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SEC goes three-for-five in coaches’ Top Five

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Putting a rubber stamp to Alabama’s Monday night domination, the final release of the USA Today coaches’ poll saw the Tide sitting atop the 2011 college football mountain at No. 1.  It also saw some history-making conference company for the team from Tuscaloosa.

The SEC had three teams in the Top Five of the last poll: in addition to the Tide, title-game runner-up LSU was No. 2 and Arkansas came in at No. 5.  It marks the first time three teams from the same conference had occupied such lofty positions in the coaches’ poll.

Not only that, but the SEC had four in the Top 10 — South Carolina at No. 8 — and five in the Top 25 — Georgia at No. 20.

The Big Ten and the Big 12 were amply represented as well with four each in the final release for the 2011 season — Michigan (No. 9), Michigan State (No. 10), Wisconsin (No. 11) and Nebraska (No. 24) for the former conference, and Oklahoma State (No. 3), Baylor (No. 12), Oklahoma (No. 15) and Kansas State (No. 16) for the latter.

The ACC had three teams in the Top 25, although none higher than Virginia Tech at No. 17.  Conversely, the Pac-12 had just two ranked teams but both were inside the Top 10 — Oregon at No. 4, Stanford at No. 7.  In fairness, USC was ineligible for the coaches’ poll, or else there would’ve been three teams from the Left Coast conference inside the Top 10.

The Big East, Mountain West and Conference USA each had two ranked teams as well.

Penn State (then-No. 23) was the only team to fall out of the rankings, replaced by independent BYU (No. 25).

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20 Responses to “SEC goes three-for-five in coaches’ Top Five”
  1. thekatman says: Jan 10, 2012 1:45 AM

    As usual, the Coaches Poll forgets to place USC in the ranking at #4, considering USC beat Oregon in 2011.

  2. cowhawkfan says: Jan 10, 2012 1:47 AM

    Coaches voting is a joke. They are biased and surely don’t watch enough games.

  3. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 1:50 AM


    GO SEC!!!!!

  4. billmead1976 says: Jan 10, 2012 1:58 AM

    LSU number 2? Puh-leeze.

    Put aside any bias you may have. LSU second best team in the country, right now? That LSU team on the field today would lose to at least 3-4 other top 10 teams.

    Congrats to Alabama.

  5. webfootdoug58 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:10 AM

    @katman, unfortunately the Trojans were on probation this year and couldn’t be officially ranked. Next year should be hot in the PAC12, though!
    Having had the pleasure of watching most of the bowl games, I’ve gotta say that when all is said and done, these rankings seem to pretty much make sense—though we’d all have a few differences.

    And we’ll never know for sure, will we? Even when we think we know, because two teams have actually played each other head to head, if they accidentally meet again the other might win (and I can think of a great example tonight!).

    Is March Madness in BB any different?

  6. gopokes0714 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:11 AM

    First congrats to Alabama on winning the game that counted. apparently not all count.

    Second I have no issue or ill will against LSU or Bama. They are both great teams.

    ESPN is getting out of control. They pushed the rematch. Pushing on National TV “These are the best two teams, no question about it”. NO, there is actually some debate about that. Having Saban on for two hours the final weekend. OSU sat the week before and I didn’t see Gundy on. They influenced the voting.

    So now they acclaim Alabama’s defense. This game was two top defenses. They are not on the field at the same time! All Alabama really did is shutdown an average offense at best. best defense ever? So is Baylor the best offense of all time? Look at their bowl stats, who cares what defense they played.

    if Alabama can throw over them, OSU could light them up. Even Georgia started to before they choked.

    All I am saying is NOTHING is proven. EVERYTHING is debatable in the top 3.

    OSU played Stanford’s game plan and came out on top. Our weakness is run defense, We beat the best run first offense in the country, and they have the NFL top prospect at QB.

    LSU #2? that performance and they lose one spot? Sorry not drinking that cool-aid.

    This year broke the BCS, but the culprit goes unscathed. ESPN. There is way too much opinion pushed as fact. ESPN is a News agency. if they reported on current events they would be more skewed than Fox News. But I suspect its even worse than that. There is blatant corruption, how did Craig James have a job this year? He can use his job position to lie and get a head coach fired, then get exposed, but everything is good with ESPN. Plus his history with SMU? seriously ESPN is disgusting.

    I am not here to say OSU would beat them, or there should be a split title. Just that NOBODY can speak in absolutes. Everything is debatable

  7. gopokes0714 says: Jan 10, 2012 3:27 AM

    #1 plays #2 and gets shut out losing by 3 touchdowns. They drop one spot.

    #4 plays #3 and loses in overtime, never trailing in regulation. They drop three spots.


  8. philliesblow says: Jan 10, 2012 7:42 AM

    Gopokes0714, I agree 100,000% with you. ESPN (and most other networks) don’t want anything that would spoil the narrative they prefer to cling to. Defenses look dominant when they play mediocre offenses. The whole BCS (Big Cash Syndicate) system needs to be blown up. Put teh best teams into the bowl games, not the biggest names.

  9. phillyb6 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:15 AM

    …and VT is ranked 5 spots higher than Clemson… how?

  10. LogicalConsideration says: Jan 10, 2012 8:55 AM

    phillyb6, please bother to LOOK at all the data provided in the poll. In the last pre-bowl poll, Vtech was #11 and Clemson #14. At least Vtech bothered to show up for their bowl game.

    Seriously, anyone who lets ANYBODY hang 70 points on them just needs to be quiet, lick their wounds and get ready for spring ball. Frankly, if the voters had decided to drop Clemson entirely out of the Top 25, Clemson and its fans really could not have justified a complaint.

    PS I actually generally have a positive view of Clemson and pull for them when they aren’t playing one of my preferred teams. I despise South Carolina. So, the foregoing is not from someone biased against Clemson.

  11. CBFAN says: Jan 10, 2012 8:57 AM

    LSU should not be in the top 10 given that performance. It was not only the lack of any offense that was so disturbing but the lack of any emotional control by the QB and apathy of the entire team. Way over rated.

  12. blueglaze says: Jan 10, 2012 8:58 AM

    Lsu is a great number 2 team… Bama is just NFL caliber on D.

  13. helenh777 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:00 AM

    To phillyb6:

    I have a couple of better questions. How is Clemson ranked at all? How is it that Michigan and VT are ranked above W.Va.?Clemson beat VT twice and W.VA. stomped Clemson. They did not give up until after the second TD of the third quarter. We had them 63 to 20 before we stopped playing. The only thing I can’t understand is how people think they can tell who is or who is not the best team. Predictions were terrible this year. Do not expect them to be better next year.

    By the way, why didn’t anyone scream about that TD they took away from VT.? Wow some one put a Michigan referee in that game? One thing is for sure they could not beat the referees.

  14. cometkazie says: Jan 10, 2012 9:20 AM

    gopokes0714 says:
    Jan 10, 2012 3:27 AM
    #1 plays #2 and gets shut out losing by 3 touchdowns. They drop one spot.


    WTF? Did you do anything but look at the score?

    BTW, the SEC West had three teams in the top five.

  15. jason1214 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:38 AM

    Memo to Oklahoma St fans….you lost to a 6-6 team. That is why you didn’t play for title. Not the BCS, not ESPN. Keep grasping at straws instead of ack facts. You had the worst loss of all the 1 loss teams, stop making up conspiracy’s its getting old.

  16. radrntn says: Jan 10, 2012 11:52 AM

    SEC is so over rated , much like the BCS, and BSPN……..all are corrupt.

  17. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 1:04 PM

    @radrntn …

    Baby, it’s always a good day when one of my teams can piss you off!!

    Yeah … we in the SEC are soooo overrated that we’ve won the last five, six national titles? Gee, I’m starting to lose count. As I recall, your Raiders did quite well with an Alabama QB. Maybe you should call the Snake and see if he’s available. Obiwan might be your only hope 😉

    ROLL TIDE!!!

  18. Deb says: Jan 10, 2012 1:05 PM

    @cometkazie …

    I sent you a personal message on one of these game threads. You are a man among bottomfeeders, my friend!!!! Great respect for what your team accomplished this year!

  19. cometkazie says: Jan 10, 2012 2:20 PM

    Deb says:
    Jan 10, 2012 1:05 PM
    @cometkazie …

    I sent you a personal message on one of these game threads. You are a man among bottomfeeders, my friend!!!! Great respect for what your team accomplished this year!

    The feeling is mutual. It says something about the bottomfeeders when a congratulatory message gets thumbs down.

    We know who the real fans are.

  20. thegamecocker says: Jan 16, 2012 10:36 AM

    TO LogicalConsiderations:

    You HATE South Carolina? Hate all you want b/c we have beaten Clemson 3 straight times and look forward to next season’s game as well. I wonder why you hate the Fighting Gamecocks? Could it be backlash against the Head Ball Coach? Or is it that we continually win against your team, who ever that may be. Apparently you are too embarrassed to identify that team. But that’s OK…the Gamecocks finished 11-2 and #8 in the Coaches Poll. And your team?….Oh that’s right….you are too embarrassed…..

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