Pac-12 well-represented in first coaches poll

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three Pac-12 schools are ranked in the top-25 in the first USA Today Sports Coaches Poll released on Thursday. USC, which received 19 first place votes -- one more than preseason favorite LSU -- will start the season ranked No. 3, while OREGON enters the season at No. 5. STANFORD, coming off its second-straight BCS bowl appearance in 2011, came in at No. 18 in the initial poll, and WASHINGTON landed at No. 26, collecting 64 points-- two fewer than No. 25-ranked Auburn. UTAH is also on the list of vote-getters with 22 points. 

 

USC, which is eligible for inclusion in the poll for the first time since 2009, finished with 1,388 points, 11 fewer than No. 2-ranked Alabama and 15 shy of LSU's 1,403.  The 15-point margin between the top three schools is the slimmest since USA Today began polling coaches in 1991.

 

  Rk.  School Pts.

1. LSU (18) 1403

2. Alabama (20) 1399

3. USC (19) 1388

4. Oklahoma 1276

5. OREGON 1258

6. Georgia 1061

7. Florida State 1055

8. Michigan 1023

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 476

20. Virginia Tech 461

21. Kansas State 398

22. Boise State 271

23. Florida 250

24. Notre Dame 166

25. Auburn 66

 

Others receiving votes: WASHINGTON (64), Louisville (46), Georgia Tech (35), Cincinnati (32), Texas A&M (28), Baylor (23), UTAH (22), Mississippi State (21), South Florida (12), N.C. State (11), BYU (10), La. Tech (10), Virginia (9), Houston (7), Southern Mississippi (6), Central Florida (5), Rutgers (5), Florida International (3), Missouri (3), Tennessee (3), Northern Illinois (2), Texas Tech (1).

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