USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll Released

The first official Top 25 was released on Friday with the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

The 2004 college football season welcomed it's first official Top 25 poll of the year on Friday, when the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll was released.

The poll, which will account for one-third of the BCS rankings this year, has no surprise at the top, as split national champion USC received 44 of a possible first-place votes. Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia and Miami round out the top five.

While many expected to see Louisville make the initial Top 25 list, the Cardinals failed to crack the rankings and were among the others receiving votes. U of L trails Nebraska, Oregon State, Boise State, Washington State and North Carolina State, coming in at a fictitious #31.

Future Big East opponent West Virginia, who was selected as the league's preseason favorite by league coaches earlier this week, enters the initial poll ranked 11th.

The Miami Hurricanes are currently the only Louisville opponent ranked.

Other Conference USA members receiving votes are TCU, Memphis and Southern Miss.

To view the entire poll, click here.


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