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Posted on: September 26, 2011 11:36 am
 

Big East poll reactions (Sept. 25)

Posted by Chip Patterson

The new polls were released on Sunday, and as suggested by Brett McMurphy - holder of an AP ballot - LSU has taken over as the top team in the nation. The coaches poll reflects otherwise, with the Sooners holding on to No. 1 and Alabama locked with the Tigers in a tie for second.

In the Big East, the conference continues to only see South Florida and West Virginia receive any attention from the voters. The Bulls continue their climb up the rankings after their third straight 35+ point performance. West Virginia slipped to No. 22 after falling to LSU at home on Saturday night. With Cincinnati still trying to prove themselves and Pittsburgh continuing to frustrate their fans with inconsistent play, it is hard to find many more teams in the conference worthy of even consideration for a national ranking.

South Florida (AP: 16/Coaches: 14) - The Bulls weren't exactly known for their high-powered offense in 2010, and averaged just 11.0 points in their five losses. But four games into the 2011 season, junior quarterback BJ Daniels is leading one of the most prolific offenses in the nation. Voters and fans alike are impressed with 523.3 yards per game (9th nationally) and 45.5 points per game (10th nationally). The fast start will be met with a challenging stretch ahead for Skip Holtz's team. USF has just one home game (Oct. 22 against Cincinnati) between now and the mid-November. Surviving the extended road test will make or break the Bull's Big East title chances and be reflected in their climb or fall in the polls.

West Virginia (AP: 22/Coaches: 23) - The Mountaineers get credit for climbing back in the third quarter against the AP's new No. 1 team, still hanging on near the bottom of the rankings. Quarterback Geno Smith made some plays under center, but when you throw the ball 65 times against LSU's secondary you are going to expect some interceptions. After facing Maryland and LSU, the Mountaineers will face Bowling Green on Saturday before finishing their schedule against all seven Big East opponents. Rankings will mean much less to West Virginia for the rest of the season, with the focus being on winning the conference title.

Other receiving votes: Not Applicable

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Posted on: September 11, 2011 9:31 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Big East poll reactions, Week 2

Posted by Chip Patterson

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big East fared, from the top of the polls to its bottom, and what it means.

West Virginia (AP:18/Coaches: 20) - The Mountaineers got a quick scare from Norfolk State when they trailed 12-10 at the half, but quarterback Geno Smith got the offense clicking in the third quarter and West Virginia pulled away with a 55-12 win. But things will not get any easier for Dana Holgorsen's squad in the next weeks with a road game at Maryland on Saturday and then a visit from No. 3 LSU on Sept. 24.

South Florida (AP: 20/Coaches: 22) - The Bulls were all business against Ball State on Saturday, showing no signs of a Notre Dame hangover in front of the largest crowd for a home opener since 2008. BJ Daniels set career-highs for completions (28), attempts (29), and passing yards (359) while the defense put together a three quarter shutout. South Florida's greatest challenge this season begins Sept. 29, when the Bulls play four conference road games in six weeks.

Other receiving votes - Pittsburgh and Syracuse are the only teams in the conference still undefeated, but close wins over Maine and Rhode Island on Saturday did not attract any extra positive attention that would result in votes. As far as the polls go, I'm not expecting to see anyone from the conference other than the Bulls or Mountaineers anytime soon.
Posted on: September 11, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 1:38 pm
 

ACC Poll Reactions, Week 2

Posted by Chip Patterson

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the ACC fared, from the top of the polls to its bottom, and what it means.

Florida State (AP: 5/Coaches: 5) - No real change in the polls after taking care of business against Charleston Southern, putting away the Buccaneers early on the war to a 62-10 route.  until proven otherwise I'd say many would agree Florida state to the best team in the "second tier" of title contenders.  The Seminoles first real test in 2011 is also their greatest opportunity to move up in the polls.  The eyes of the nation will be on Tallahassee on Saturday, when the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners come to town for a showdown under the lights.

Virginia Tech (AP: 13/Coaches: 12) - An expected dip here after being ranked at No. 11 heading into the weekend. The Hokies' offense struggled through three quarters to move the ball through the air against East Carolina's defense, which was somewhat alarming to Virginia Tech fans. Logan Thomas did prove to me much more of a rushing threat, but the Hokies showed some vulnerability in the 17-10 victory.

Other Receiving Votes - Despite an off weekend, Maryland picked up some points from voters. They've got a date with No. 18 West Virginia on Saturday in Byrd Stadium, and a victory should be enough to get them into the poll. Georgia Tech, who once again put up surprisingly high numbers with their passing game, also collected some votes from both polls. North Carolina and Clemson received votes in the coaches poll, once again proving that most coaches (or the ones responsible for their votes) do not get much time (or care) to survey the day's action before voting.
 
 
 
 
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