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2012 Associated Press Preseason Top 25 Poll

2012 AP Preseason Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses and total points received)

DraftInsiders.com will post our 2012 Preseason Top 25 Teams in late August.

Photo – QB Matt Barkley - Southern Cal

Southern California is No. 1 in the AP Top 25, tossing off the weight of NCAA sanctions and returning to a familiar place in the rankings -- with a boost from LSU's problems.
USC earned the top spot in The Associated Press' preseason college football poll for the seventh time in school history and the first time in five seasons, edging out No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 LSU.

The Trojans, who were banned from postseason play the past two seasons, received 25 of a possible 60 first-place votes from a media panel in a close vote. USC received 1,445 points. Defending national champion Alabama had 17 first-place votes and 1,411 points while LSU, the Crimson Tide's SEC rival, got 16 first-place votes and 1,402 points. Oklahoma and Michigan each received 1 first place vote to complete the 60 overall first place votes.

Associated Press Top 25 Teams
Rank / Team / Record / Points

1 USC (25) - 0-0 1445
2 Alabama (17) - 0-0 1411
3 LSU (16) - 0-0 1402
4 Oklahoma (1) - 0-0 1286
5 Oregon - 0-0 1274
6 Georgia - 0-0 1107
7 Florida State - 0-0 1093
8 Michigan (1) - 0-0 1000
9 South Carolina - 0-0 994
10 Arkansas - 0-0 963
11 West Virginia - 0-0 856
12 Wisconsin - 0-0 838
13 Michigan State - 0-0 742
14 Clemson - 0-0 615
15 Texas - 0-0 569
16 Virginia Tech - 0-0 548
17 Nebraska - 0-0 485
18 Ohio State - 0-0 474
19 Oklahoma State - 0-0 430
20 TCU - 0-0 397
21 Stanford - 0-0 383
22 Kansas State - 0-0 300
23 Florida - 0-0 214
24 Boise State - 0-0 212
25 Louisville - 0-0 105

Others receiving votes:
Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, Brigham Young 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Missouri 3, North Carolina State 3, Cincinnati 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi State 1, Northern Illinois 1

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Sam Houston St Places First in FCS Preseason Top-25 Poll

Sam Houston Heads FCS Preseason Top-25 College Football Poll
Missouri Valley Conference Places Five Teams in First Voting

Led by a No. 2 national ranking by defending national champion North Dakota State, a total five Missouri Valley Football Conference teams rank in the Sports Network pre-season Top 25 rankings. The Bison are joined by MVFC members UNI (9), Youngstown State (13), Illinois State (19) and Indiana State (23) in the rankings. All 10 MVFC members received at least one vote in this year's pre-season Sports Network poll.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the top-25 each season. A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.
During the regular season, the Top 25 will be released every Monday afternoon, except for the final weekend of the regular season, when it will be released Sunday morning, Nov. 18, prior to the selection of the FCS playoff field.

The Sports Network will release a final Top 25 following the FCS championship game, which will be held Jan. 5 in Frisco.

The Sports Network FCS Preseason Top-25 College Football Poll
Team (first-place votes) 2011 Record

1. Sam Houston State (79) 14-1
2. North Dakota State (59) 14-1
3. Georgia Southern (6) 11-3
4. Montana State (3) 10-3
5. James Madison (3) 8-5
6. Appalachian State (1) 8-4
7. Towson 9-3
8. Old Dominion 10-3
9. Northern Iowa 10-3
10. Wofford 8-4
11. Montana 11-3
12. Eastern Washington 6-5
13. Youngstown State 6-5
14. New Hampshire 8-4
15. Delaware 7-4
16. Lehigh 11-2
17. Stony Brook 9-4
18. Eastern Kentucky 7-5
19. Illinois State 7-4
20. Stephen F. Austin 6-5
21. Maine 9-4
22. Jacksonville State 7-4
23. Indiana State 6-5
24. Central Arkansas 9-4
25. Harvard 9-1

Others receiving votes: Murray State 292, Northern Arizona 259, Norfolk State 222, Chattanooga 191, Liberty 150, South Carolina State 137, Bethune-Cookman 134, McNeese State 127, Grambling State 87, Tennessee Tech 77, Portland State 73, North Dakota 68, Alabama State 66, Jackson State 63, Southern Illinois 63, William & Mary 59, Southern Utah 54, Georgia State 49, Furman 43, Albany 39, Richmond 31, Villanova 30, Penn 16, Duquesne 14, South Dakota State 10, San Diego 9, Elon 9, Drake 8, Holy Cross 7, Prairie View A&M 6, South Dakota 6, Alabama A&M 4, Southeast Missouri 4, Georgetown 3, Idaho State 3, Sacramento State 3, Cornell 2, Bryant 1, Eastern Illinois 1, Jacksonville 1, Missouri State 1, Samford 1, UT Martin 1, The Citadel 1, Western Illinois 1

LSU Tops 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll

2012 Preseason Coaches Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses and total points received)

DraftInsiders.com will post our 2012 Preseason Top 25 Teams in late August.

Photo – QB Matt Barkley - Southern Cal

1. LSU (18) - 1,403
2. Alabama (20) - 1,399
3. USC (19) - 1,388
4. Oklahoma (1) - 1,276
5. Oregon - 1,258
6. Georgia - 1,061
7. Florida State (1) - 1,055
8. Michigan - 1,023
9. South Carolina - 981
10. Arkansas - 948
11. West Virginia - 833
12. Wisconsin - 743
13. Michigan State - 717
14. Clemson - 598
15. Texas - 549
16. Nebraska - 501
17. TCU - 499
18. Stanford - 497
19. Oklahoma State - 476
20. Virginia Tech - 461
21. Kansas State - 398
22. Boise State - 271
23. Florida - 250
24. Notre Dame - 166
25. Auburn - 66

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, CBS, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

LSU Wins SEC Title Game – Faces Alabama for #1 in BCS Championship Game

LSU Wins SEC Title Game – Faces Alabama in BCS Championship Game
Polls - Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. This is the final weekly regular season poll. We will have a final postseason poll after BCS title game.
Dec. 6

Team of the Week – LSU

Offensive Player of the Week - RB Montee Ball - Wisconsin

Defensive Player of the Week - CB Tyrann Mathieu - LSU

Photo – Tyrann Mathieus - LSU

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(This year’s record in parentheses)

1. LSU (13-0)
2. Alabama (11-1)
3. Stanford (11-1)
4. Oklahoma St (11-1)
5. Southern Cal (10-2)
6. Oregon (11-2)
7. Arkansas (10-2)
8. Boise St (11-1)
9. South Carolina (10-2)
10. Wisconsin (11-2)
11. Michigan (10-2)
12. Kansas St (10-2)
13. Clemson (10-3)
14. Michigan St (10-3)
15. Texas Christian (10-2)
16. Virginia Tech (11-2)
17. Georgia (10-3)
18. Baylor (9-3)
19. Oklahoma (9-3)
20. Southern Miss (11-2)
21. Houston (12-1)
22. Nebraska (9-3)
23. West Virginia (9-3)
24. Cincinnati (9-3)
25. Penn St (9-3)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W - L / Previous

1. LSU - 13 - 0 / 1
2. Alabama - 11 - 1 / 2
3. Oklahoma St - 11 - 1 / 3
4. Stanford - 11 - 1 / 4
5. Southern Cal - 10-2 / 9
6. Oregon - 11 - 2 / 8
7. Arkansas - 10 - 2 / 6
8. Boise St. - 11 - 1 / 9
9. Wisconsin - 11-2 / 15
10. South Carolina - 10 - 2 / 14
11. Kansas St. - 10 -2 / 16
12. Michigan St - 10-2 / 11
13 Michigan - 10 - 3 / 17
14. Clemson - 10 - 3 / 21
15. Baylor - 9-3 / 19
16. Texas Christian - 10-2 / 18
17. Virginia Tech - 11 - 2 / 5
18. Georgia - 10-3 / 12
19. Oklahoma - 9 - 3 / 13
20. Houston - 12 - 1 / 7
21. Nebraska - 9 -3 / 20
22. Southern Miss - 11-2 / 24
23. West Virginia - 9-3 / 22
24. Penn St - 9-3 / 23
25. Florida St - 8-4 / 25

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank / Team (first-place votes) / Record

1. LSU (59) - 13-0
2. Alabama - 11-1
3. Oklahoma St - 11-1
4. Stanford - 11-1
5. Oregon - 11-2
6. Boise St - 11-1
7. Arkansas - 10-2
8. Wisconsin - 11-2
9. South Carolina - 10-2
10. Kansas St - 10-2
11. Virginia Tech - 11-1
12. Michigan - 10-2
13. Michigan St. - 10-3
14. Clemson - 10-3
15. Texas Christian - 10-2
16. Baylor - 9-3
17. Houston - 12-1
18. Georgia - 10-3
19. Oklahoma - 9-3
20. Nebraska - 9-3
21. Southern Miss - 11-2
22. West Virginia - 9-3
23. Penn St - 9-3
24. Cincinnati (9-3)
25. Florida St - 8-4

LSU / Alabama / Oklahoma St Top Rankings in BCS Final Season Poll

LSU vs Alabama in BCS Championhip Gamel

Photo - QB Brandon Weeden - Oklahoma St

Rank / Team / Harris Poll / USA Today / Computer rank / BCS Average

1 LSU 1 1.0000 / 1 1.0000 / 1 1.0000 / 1.0000

2 Alabama 2 .9471 / 2 .9485 / 3 .9300 / .9419

3 Oklahoma State 3 .9231 / 3 .9268 / 2 .9500 / .9333

4 Stanford 4 .8710 / 4 .8719 / 5 (tie) .8000 / .8476

5 Oregon 5 .8250 / 5 .8353 / 8 .7100 / .7901

6 Arkansas 7 .7523 / 7 .7539 / 5 (tie) .8000 / .7687

7 Boise State 6 .7777 / 6 .7647 / 9 .6800 / .7408

8 Kansas State 10 .6028 / 10 .5953 / 4 .8500 / .6827

9 South Carolina 9 .6376 / 9 .6583 / 10 .6700 / .6553

10 Wisconsin 8 .7165 8 / .7356 / 14 .4600 / .6374

11 Virginia Tech 11 .5210 / 11 .5661 / 13 .4700 / .5190

12 Baylor 16 .4271 / 16 .4061 / 11 .6600 / .4977

13 Michigan 12 .5033 / 12 .5349 / 15 .4000 / .4794

14 Oklahoma 19 .3245 / 19 .2963 / 7 .7600 / .4603

15 Clemson 14 .4699 / 14 .4454 / 16 .3500 / .4218

16 Georgia 18 .3809 / 18 .3647 / 12 .4900 / .4119

17 Michigan State 13 .4967 / 13 .4983 / 21 .1700 / .3883

18 TCU 15 .4330 / 15 .4278 / 17 .3000 / .3869

19 Houston 17 .3937 / 17 .3675 / 18 .2900 / .3504

20 Nebraska 20 .2494 / 20 .2725 / 19 .2600 / .2606

21 Southern Mississippi 21 .2473 / 21 .2481 / 25 .0800 / .1918

22 Penn State 23 .1332 / 23 .1281 / 24 .1300 / .1305

23 West Virginia 22 .1816 / 22 .1885 / -- .0000 / .1233

24 Texas -- .0021 / -- .0007 / 19 .2600 / .0876

25 Auburn -- .0052 / -- .0000 / 21 .1700 / .0584

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

LSU Heads Polls and Conference Championship Weekend Games

LSU Heads Conference Championship Weekend - Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. We will have weekly polls thru the season & postseason in our College Football Mondays blog column.

Nov. 29

Team of the Week – LSU

Photo – WR Rueben Randle - LSU

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(This year’s record in parentheses)

1. LSU (12-0)
2. Alabama (11-1)
3. Stanford (11-1)
4. Oklahoma St (10-1)
5. Arkansas (10-2)
6. Virginia Tech (11-1)
7. Houston (12-0)
8. Oregon (10-2)
9. Boise St (10-1)
10. Oklahoma (9-2)
11. Michigan St (10-2)
12. South Carolina (10-2)
13. Georgia (10-2)
14. Southern Cal (10-2)
15. Michigan (10-2)
16. Wisconsin (10-2)
17. Kansas St (9-2)
18. Texas Christian (9-2)
19. Clemson (9-3)
20. Baylor (8-3)
21. Nebraska (9-3)
22. Southern Miss (10-2)
23. West Virginia (8-3)
24. Penn St (9-3)
25. Cincinnati (8-3)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W L / Previous

1. LSU - 12 - 0 / 1
2. Alabama - 11 - 1 / 2
3. Oklahoma St - 10 - 1 / 5
4. Stanford - 11 - 1 / 4
5. Virginia Tech - 11 - 1 / 6
6. Arkansas - 10 - 2 / 3
7. Houston - 12 - 0 / 8
8. Oregon - 9 - 2 / 9
9. Boise St. - 10 - 1 / 7
10. Southern Cal - 10-2 / 10
11. Michigan St - 10-2 / 11
12. Georgia - 10-2 / 13
13. Oklahoma - 9 - 2 / 12
14. South Carolina - 10 - 2 / 14
15. Wisconsin - 10-2 / 15
16. Kansas St. - 10 -2 / 16
17 Michigan - 10 - 2 / 20
18. Texas Christian - 9-2 / 19
19. Baylor - 9-3 / 21
20. Nebraska - 9 -3 / 22
21. Clemson - 9 - 3 / 18
22. West Virginia - 8-3 / NR
23. Penn St - 9-3 / 20
24. Southern Miss - 10-2 / NR
25. Florida St - 8-4 / NR

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank Team (first-place votes) Record

1. LSU (59) - 12-0
2. Alabama - 11-1
3. Virginia Tech - 11-1
4. Stanford - 11-1
5. Oklahoma St - 10-1
6. Houston - 12-0
7. Oregon - 10-2
8. Boise St - 10-1
9. Michigan St. - 10-2
10. Arkansas - 10-2
11. Oklahoma - 9-2
12. Wisconsin - 10-2
13. South Carolina - 10-2
14. Georgia - 10-2
15. Kansas St - 10-2
16. Michigan - 10-2
17. Texas Christian - 9-2
18. Baylor - 9-3
19. Nebraska - 9-3
20. West Virginia - 8-3
21. Clemson - 9-3
22. Penn St - 9-3
23. Southern Miss - 10-2
24. Florida St - 8-4
25. Cincinnati (8-3)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

LSU - Alabama Hold Top Two Spots - Heading For Repeat Showdown

LSU / Alabama Hold Top Two Spots - Draft Insiders.com, AP and Coaches Top 25 Teams

This is DraftInsiders.com weekly 2011 season College Poll. We will have weekly polls thru the season & postseason in our College Football Mondays blog column.

Nov. 22

Team of the Week – Baylor

Photo – QB Robert Griffin - Baylor

Draft Insiders.com Top 25 Poll
(This year’s record in parentheses)

1. LSU (11-0)
2. Alabama (10-1)
3. Stanford (10-1)
4. Arkansas (10-1)
5. Virginia Tech (10-1)
6. Houston (11-0)
7. Oklahoma St (10-1)
8. Boise St (9-1
9. Oregon (9-2)
10. Oklahoma (8-2)
11. Clemson (9-2)
12. Michigan St (9-2)
13. South Carolina (9-2)
14. Georgia (9-2)
15. Michigan (9-2)
16. Wisconsin (9-2)
17. Kansas St (9-2)
18. Southern Cal (9-2)
19. Texas Christian (8-2)
20. Notre Dame (8-3)
21. Nebraska (8-3)
22. Penn St (9-2)
23. Baylor (7-3)
24. Virginia (8-3)
25. Georgia Tech (8-3)

AP Top 25 Poll
Rank / Name / W - L / Previous

1. LSU - 11 - 0 / 1
2. Alabama - 10 - 1 / 3
3. Arkansas - 10 - 1 / 6
4. Stanford - 10 - 1 / 8
5. Oklahoma St - 10 - 1 / 2
6. Virginia Tech - 10 - 1 / 9
7. Boise St. - 9 - 1 / 10
8. Houston - 11 - 0 / 11
9. Oregon - 8 - 2 / 4
10. Southern Cal - 8-2 / 18
11. Michigan St - 9-2 / 12
12. Oklahoma - 8 - 2 / 12
13. Georgia - 9-2 / 13
14. South Carolina - 9 - 2 / 14
15. Wisconsin - 9-2 / 15
16. Kansas St. - 9 -2 / 16
17 Michigan - 9 - 2 / 20
18. Clemson - 9 - 2 / 7
19. Texas Christian - 9-2 / 19
20. Penn St - 9-2 / 21
21. Baylor - 7-3 / NR
22. Nebraska - 8 -3 / 17
23. Notre Dame - 8-3 / 24
24. Virginia - 8-3 / NR
25. Georgia Tech - 8-3 / NR

Coaches Top 25 Poll
Rank Team (first-place votes) Record

1. LSU (59) - 11-0
2. Alabama - 10-1
3. Arkansas - 10-1
4. Virginia Tech - 10-1
5. Stanford - 10-1
6. Oklahoma St - 10-1
7. Houston - 11-0
8. Boise St - 9-1
9. Oregon - 9-2
10. Michigan St. - 9-2
11. Oklahoma - 9-2
12. Wisconsin - 9-2
13. South Carolina - 9-2
14. Georgia - 9-2
15. Kansas St - 9-2
16. Michigan - 9-2
17. Clemson - 9-2
18. Texas Christian - 9-2
19. Penn St - 9-2
20. Baylor - 7-3
21. Georgia Tech - 8-3
22. Nebraska - 8-3
23. West Virginia - 7-3
24. Notre Dame - 8-3
25. Virginia (8-3)

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe and All-American teams. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards.

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