Wildcat Insider Fan Poll

When the mighty fall they certainly do fall hard. Despite USC's tumble from the king's chair, the Pac-10 now has four teams in the top 12 compared to only two for the SEC. The Cal Bears lead the lot of Pac-10 teams in their chase of the LSU Tigers while the Buckeyes are poised to capitalize if either of the top two teams slips up.

 

 

NATIONAL TOP 25 RANKINGS

 

RANK

TEAM (first place votes),record, points

 

1.

LSU (19) 6-0, 499

 

2.

California (1) 5-0, 478

 

3.

Ohio State 6-0, 462

 

4.

Boston College 6-0, 418

 

5.

Oklahoma 5-1, 392

 

6.

South Florida 5-0, 378

 

7.

Oregon 4-1, 355

 

8.

West Virginia 5-1, 336

 

9.

South Carolina 5-1, 333

 

10.

Missouri 5-0, 308

 

11.

USC 4-1, 297

 

12.

Arizona State 6-0, 272

 

13.

Cincinnati 6-0, 253

 

14.

Florida 4-2, 243

 

15.

Virginia Tech 5-1, 233

 

16.

Illinois 5-1, 189

 

17.

Hawaii 6-0, 178

 

18.

Kentucky 5-1, 170

 

19.

Wisconsin 5-1, 155

 

20.

Kansas 5-0, 151

 

21.

Florida State 4-1, 111

 

22.

Auburn 4-2, 66

 

23.

Texas 4-2, 58

 

24.

Tennessee 3-2, 44

 

25.

Georgia 4-2, 32

 

Others Receiving Votes:

Purdue 31, Connecticut 11, Indiana 11, Kansas State 11, Texas Tech 9, Texas A&M 6, UCLA 4, Rutgers 3, Boise State 1, Stanford 1

Dropped From Rankings:

Purdue (20), Clemson (22), Rutgers (23), UCLA (24), Nebraska (25)

 

While LSU was grinding out a victory over Florida in a pivotal SEC match up, Stanford was giving the then top-ranked USC Trojans all they could handle in Los Angeles.  When both games ended, the Tigers had won.  The Trojans, on the other hand, had lost to a team that only hours before were considered 41-point underdogs.

 

Voters awarded the Tigers the top spot in this week's Wildcat Insider Top 25 Fan Poll.  Moving in behind them is California.  Following the Bears is Ohio State, Boston College and Oklahoma.

 

South Florida is at number six, followed by Oregon, West Virginia, South Carolina and the undefeated Missouri Tigers.

 

Just outside of the top 10 is USC who now has a long road to travel to get back into national title contention.  The BCS Championship Game remains a possibility though as the Trojans still have games remaining against Cal and Oregon to bolster their strength of schedule component.

 

Arizona State is at number 12 while Cincinnati, Florida and Virginia Tech serve to round out the top 15. 

 

Illinois, Hawaii and Kentucky are tightly bunched while Wisconsin and Kansas are not far behind.

 

Florida State is at 21 and leads a list of perennial two-loss football powers to close out the rankings.  At 22 is Auburn, followed closely by Texas, Tennessee and Georgia.   


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