College Football Rankings: LSU Edges Alabama For No. 1; Boise St. Checks In At No. 22

The LSU Tigers are the preseason No. 1 team in the Coaches Top 25 poll released on Thursday. The Boise St. Broncos come in at No. 22.

The Tigers, losers to the Crimson Tide in the BCS title game in January, received two fewer first place votes than Alabama, 20-18, but finished with four more total points. The No. 3 USC Trojans, previously ineligible due to sanctions, finished 11 points behind Alabama. The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners are over 100 points behind USC.

Other notes to entertain here: Boise State's opening opponent, the Michigan St. Spartans, came in at No. 13. Utah and BYU appear in the "Others receiving votes" category.

In a few years' time, the Coaches Poll won't matter in determining a national champion since the BCS system will be blown up.

Here is the complete poll:

Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Final 2011 rank
1. LSU (18) 13-1 1,403 2
2. Alabama (20) 12-1 1,399 1
3. Southern California (19) 10-2 1,388 NR
4. Oklahoma 10-3 1,276 15
5. Oregon 12-2 1,258 4
6. Georgia 10-4 1,061 20
7. Florida State 9-4 1,055 23
8. Michigan 11-2 1,023 9
9. South Carolina 11-2 981 8
10. Arkansas 11-2 948 5
11. West Virginia 10-3 833 18
12. Wisconsin 11-3 743 11
13. Michigan State 11-3 717 10
14. Clemson 10-4 598 22
15. Texas 8-5 549 NR
16. Nebraska 9-4 501 24
17. TCU 11-2 499 13
18. Stanford 11-2 497 7
19. Oklahoma State 12-1 476 3
20. Virginia Tech 11-3 461 17
21. Kansas State 10-3 398 16
22. Boise State 12-1 271 6
23. Florida 7-6 250 NR
24. Notre Dame 8-5 166 NR
25. Auburn 8-5 66 NR

Others receiving votes (with 2011 records)
Washington (7-6) 64; Louisville (7-6) 46; Georgia Tech (8-5) 35; Cincinnati (10-3) 32; Texas A&M (7-6) 28; Baylor (10-3) 23; Utah (8-5) 22; Mississippi State (7-6) 21; South Florida (5-7) 12; N.C. State (8-5) 11; BYU (10-3) 10; Louisiana Tech (8-5) 10; Virginia (8-5) 9; Houston (13-1) 7; Southern Mississippi (12-2) 6; Central Florida (5-7) 5; Rutgers (9-4) 5; Florida International (8-5) 3; Missouri (8-5) 3; Tennessee (5-7) 3; Northern Illinois (11-3) 2; Texas Tech (5-7) 1.

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