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Arkansas still in USA Today coaches’ poll; LSU leaps USC

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The good news for Arkansas is that SIDs coaches around college football still believe in the Hogs despite an upset loss in Week 2 to Louisiana-Monroe.

Rather than being dropped from the top 25, as was the case with the Associated Press poll, Arkansas fell 11 spots from No. 10 to No. 21.

Alabama remained atop the coaches’ poll, pulling in 42 first-place votes. LSU, which fell two spots to No. 3 last week, gained one spot back and jumped USC for the No. 2 spot. Oregon and Oklahoma come in at No. 4 and No. 5. Florida State, Georgia, West Virginia, South Carolina and Michigan State round out the top 10.

Wisconsin, previously ranked at No. 13, has fallen to No. 22 after losing to Oregon State; Nebraska, following its loss to UCLA, dropped 10 spots to No. 24. Spots 11-15 are now made up of Clemson, Texas, Virginia Tech, Kansas State and TCU. Stanford, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and Louisville complete the top 20.

Entering this week’s USA Today poll are UCLA (No. 23) and Arizona (No. 25). Dropping out are Oklahoma State (previously No. 18) and Boise State.

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17 Responses to “Arkansas still in USA Today coaches’ poll; LSU leaps USC”
  1. orthomarine says: Sep 9, 2012 2:04 PM


  2. bertenheim says: Sep 9, 2012 2:48 PM

    Less than two years and it won’t matter what these morons think.

  3. overratedgators says: Sep 9, 2012 3:18 PM

    ess-eee-see bias at work. Thank god that just like Arky, these polls will soon be irrelevant.

  4. billmead1976 says: Sep 9, 2012 3:29 PM

    In the true sense of transparency, USA Today should consider putting an online link of all the ballots from all the voters.

    Don’t just OUT Goatee Boy Kiffin – OUT them all!!

  5. hornbuckle says: Sep 9, 2012 7:46 PM

    Where’s the Vols?

  6. steelers6pack says: Sep 9, 2012 9:57 PM

    Auburn is 0-2..why aren’t they ranked?

  7. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 9, 2012 11:02 PM

    Anybody that gives up that many points to UL Monroe has no business being in the Top 25,… period!

  8. pudgalvin says: Sep 9, 2012 11:16 PM

    Michigan loses to the number one team in the country and drops ten spots. Arkansas loses to a D II team and drops 11. Brilliant.

  9. florida727 says: Sep 10, 2012 7:53 AM

    Okay, I’m an SEC apologist, but even I’m a little “miffed” by this poll. I get the part about 5 of our teams being ranked in the Top 20. Love the SEC, or hate the SEC, the conference HAS won the last SIX national titles. They’ve earned the right to be considered highly in early season polls.

    Here’s the 2 things I don’t get:

    1) How does LSU jump USC when LSU has only 5 first-place votes and USC has 11? What idiot(s) voted USC worse than third? That’s the only way they could be ranked below LSU having that many first-place votes more than LSU, yet being 17 voting points behind them in total.

    2) How does Arkansas stay in the Top 25? They didn’t even lose to an entire state. They lost to Louisiana-MONROE. No disrespect to ULM. They played great and deserved to win, but come on, that’s a little absurd.

    Like “pudgalvin” says, lose to the #1 team in the country and you drop 10 spots. Lose to a D2 school and drop 11. Something wrong there. Ironically, both Michigan and Arkansas started those respective games ranked #8. Moral of the story: don’t be ranked #8 when Saturday rolls around. Puts West Virginia on this week’s hot seat.

  10. omniusprime says: Sep 10, 2012 9:03 AM

    The coaches are just as in the tank for the SEC trash as the AP pundit morons. Definitely a sad case of prejudice for the SEC trash when LSU overtakes USC with less than half the first place votes. Even Arkansas stayed in the top 25 despite losing to lowly UL-Monroe. Time to end the bias for the SEC trash, better not have another SEC trash national championship game that was the most boring and irrelevant ever.

  11. manchestermiracle says: Sep 10, 2012 9:39 AM

    Interesting trend here. USC wins in week one and drops to #2. USC wins in week two and drops to #3. At the end of the season, should they go undefeated, they won’t be in the top 10.

    You can be overrated, lose to an unranked FBS school (or even to an FCS school), and not drop out of the polls. But apparently if you are USC you can win all you want, yet you keep sliding backwards. Yeah, interesting trend here. Where interesting means unfathomably stupid.

  12. manchestermiracle says: Sep 10, 2012 9:41 AM

    I’m glad Kiffin is no longer voting in this farce. Anyone know where to find out which coaches vote in this scam? I’ve done web searches, but found nothing.

  13. florida727 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:44 PM

    “omniusprime”, any chance, aside from your obvious bias against the SEC, that you could expand your vocabulary? Seriously… the phrase “SEC trash” used FOUR times in a four-sentence post? Where’d you get your education from? Mail order is a wonderful thing isn’t it? Then again, so is the work release program you’re on. Idiot.

  14. florida727 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:52 PM

    One more comment about these polls: If you’re a USC fan, take a freaking pill.

    Alabama plays LSU. One of them will lose (obviously) and drop out of the top spots. USC plays Oregon. Guess what? One of THEM will lose (just as obvious) and drop. You’ll get your shot at an SEC team in the title game unless either the SEC survivor or Pac-12 survivor drops another game, thereby shooting themselves in the foot and discrediting their body of work to qualify for the title game.

    Also guess what? Get your shot at either ‘Bama or LSU, and you’ll have to permanently STFU from posting on here or any other college football blog site if you lose. EARN the right to brag about your team/conference. WE HAVE!

  15. jonanthans says: Sep 10, 2012 2:03 PM

    USC keeps dropping because they aren’t as good as advertised. They were up by 5 points on Syracuse in the 4th quarter. Syracuse.
    And with a total of 59 votes cast for the #1 ranking, 47 of them were cast for SEC teams. The SEC coaches votes only account for 1/5 of that total at best. So obviously the rest of the coaches in other conferences are voting who they think are the strongest teams. And it’s not the media-hyped USC. I would personally vote Oregon over USC anyhow.

  16. gogatorsjohn says: Sep 10, 2012 2:54 PM

    Let’s not get all over-worked on polls this early in the season. Let the games play out before we start shouting about minor dips like USC. Now I agree the logic doesn’t make sense about Arkansas. But if you’re moving up or down a few it’s still too early in the game to get all upset.

  17. secucks says: Sep 10, 2012 4:52 PM

    Here’s the entire list of USA TODAY Board of Coaches made up of 59 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. Note that SEC has one more than any other conference. Why? The coaches aren’t distributed proportionally by conference. Just another factor in the bias that exists for SEC. And if they have so many teams in their ALMIGHTY conference why do they play 4 OOC games and so many cupcakes? Inquiring minds KNOW the reason why. Perpetuating the myth of superiority.

    ACC (12 teams)
    Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
    Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
    Al Golden, Miami (Fla.)
    Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
    Dabo Swinney, Clemson
    Mike London, Virginia

    Big-12 (10 teams)
    Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
    Art Briles, Baylor
    Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech
    Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
    Paul Rhoads, Iowa State

    Big East (8 teams)
    Kyle Flood, Rutgers
    Butch Jones, Cincinnati
    Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut
    Skip Holtz, South Florida

    Big-10 (12 Teams)
    Tim Beckman, Illinois
    Bret Bielema, Wisconsin
    Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
    Brady Hoke, Michigan
    Bo Pelini, Nebraska
    Kevin Wilson, Indiana.

    Conference USA (14 teams)
    David Bailiff, Rice
    Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina
    Ellis Johnson, Southern Miss
    Tony Levine, Houston
    Curtis Johnson, Tulane
    George O’Leary, Central Florida

    Independents (4 teams)
    Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
    Bronco Mendenhall, BYU

    Mid-American (13 teams)
    Terry Bowden, Akron
    Matt Campbell, Toledo
    Dave Doeren, Northern Illinois
    Darrell Hazell, Kent State
    Frank Solich, Ohio
    Pete Lembo, Ball State

    Mountain West (10 Teams)
    Troy Calhoun, Air Force
    Chris Petersen, Boise State
    Rocky Long, San Diego State
    Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State
    Dave Christensen, Wyoming

    PAC-12 (12 teams)
    Todd Graham, Arizona State (replace Lane Kiffin, USC)
    Mike Leach, Washington State
    Mike Riley, Oregon State
    Steve Sarkisian, Washington
    Jeff Tedford, California
    Rich Rodriguez, Arizona

    Special Education Conference (14 teams)
    Gene Chizik, Auburn
    James Franklin, Vanderbilt
    Mark Richt, Georgia
    Joker Phillips, Kentucky
    Les Miles, LSU
    Steve Spurrier, South Carolina
    Nick Saban, Alabama

    Sun Belt (11 teams)
    Gus Malzahn, Arkansas State
    Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
    Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette
    Dan McCarney, North Texas

    WAC (7 teams)
    Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech
    Mike MacIntyre, San Jose State

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