The Insiders Football Poll - Week 11

After defeating Boston College, 39-28, and securing at least second place in the Big East, the Syracuse Orangemen rank 19th in this week's Insiders Football Poll. Syracuse meanwhile must watch this week's Miami vs. Virginia Tech game, where, if the Hurricanes lose, SU will secure a share of the Big East conference title.

SEATTLE - Throughout this season, it seems every poll, including this one, has searched for reasons to doubt the Miami Hurricanes' worthiness as a No. 1 team. Now there is no doubt. network has unanimously awarded its top ranking to a team - the Hurricanes - for the first time. Consecutive 59-0 and 65-7 victories over ranked teams apparently makes a pretty convincing argument.

So now the Hurricanes, 10-0 after its victory over Washington, with a game remaining against Virginia Tech, have nailed down a spot in the Rose Bowl, as well as the inside track on their fifth national championship.

Miami's nearest pursuers, No. 2 Florida (9-1) and No. 3 Texas (10-1), have difficult roads to Pasadena. The Gators must play No. 5 Tennessee, then another highly ranked opponent in the SEC championship game. The Longhorns have a Big 12 title matchup against No. 9 Colorado, upset winners over Nebraska.

Oregon, No. 4 and 9-1 with a game left against Oregon State in the so-called "Civil War," has an outside shot at a Rose Bowl berth. But the Ducks need Florida and Texas to falter, and Tennessee not to win over too many voters if it knocks off the Gators.

Back into Top 25 College Football Poll are Ohio State, 7-4 and fresh off its upset of then No. 9 Michigan (now No. 16); LSU, 7-3, and Auburn, 7-4. Out are Georgia Tech, Boston College and Arkansas. is an online sports network featuring the top college team, recruiting, NFL and high school sites on the Web. The Top 25 College Poll includes ballots from publishers reflecting the regions and conferences represented in college team network.

The Nov. 25, 2001 Poll:

1 Miami (11)2751
2 Florida2624
3 Texas2475
4 Oregon2386
5 Tennessee2318
6 Maryland2107
7 Nebraska2092
8 Brigham Young18510
9 Colorado18314
10 Illinois18111
11 Stanford15913
12 Oklahoma1543
13 Virginia Tech13617
14 Washington State12115
15 South Carolina10916
16 Michigan1029
17 Washington8812
19 Syracuse8121
20 Marshall6719
21 Fresno State6024
22 Ohio State35 
23 Louisville3018
25 Auburn23 
*First place votes in parenthesis.

Other teams receiving votes:
Florida State 14, UCLA 11, Georgia Tech 10, Boston College 8, Texas A&M 7, Texas Tech 5, Michigan State 4, Toledo 4, NC State 3, Boise State 2, Iowa State 1, USC 1.

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