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USF gets votes in USA Today coaches poll

Posted Aug 4, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Aug 4, 2011 at 01:43 PM

The first USA Today coaches poll for 2011 was released Thursday, and USF, coming off an 8-5 season in 2010, picked up nine points in the preseason poll.

USF’s point total was the second-best among programs in the Big East Conference, which did not have a team ranked in the Top 25. West Virginia was the top vote getter from the Big East with 149 points, which was the 27th best total.

The Bulls total was fifth-best among state schools. Florida State and Florida were ranked fifth and 23rd in the preseason poll, respectively, while Miami picked up 49 points and UCF 22.

USF’s Skip Holtz is among the 59 FBS head coaches voting in the poll this year and one of four coaches from the Big East, joining Syracuse’s Doug Marrone, Rutgers’ Greg Schiano and Louisville’s Charlie Strong.

The Bulls will have a chance to impress those voting right out of the gate with a season-opening trip to Notre Dame, which is ranked 18th. Their home opener the following week also could have some implications on a future position in the poll, as Ball State’s Pete Lembo is among the coaches voting this year.

Oklahoma was the preseason No. 1 team after receiving 42 of 59 first-place votes, while Alabama, Oregon, LSU and FSU rounded out the top five.

You can view the entire preseason poll and list of coaches voting this year HERE.

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