McLEAN, Va. -- After extending its winning streak to 20 games, top-ranked Southern California retained 48 of the 61 first-place votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, which was released Sunday.
The top 15 schools remained the same as eight of them played and
USC (11-0) trounced Notre Dame 41-10 Saturday night as
Heisman Trophy candidate Matt Leinart threw for a career-high
400 yards and matched a personal best and school record with
five touchdown passes.
The Trojans, who are also No. 1 in The Associated Press' poll,
received 1,509 points in the coaches' poll. They will close the
regular season next week against Pac-10 rival UCLA.
Oklahoma (11-0) and Auburn (11-0) were idle and remained
2-3 in the poll. Oklahoma received six first-place votes and
owns a slim seven-point edge over Auburn, which is third despite
having one more first-place vote than the Sooners.
Oklahoma will face Colorado next week in the Big 12 title game,
and Auburn will play in the Southeastern Conference title
against No. 15 Tennessee, which rallied for a 37-31 victory over
Kentucky on Saturday.
Idle California (9-1) is ranked fourth, and Texas (10-1)
withstood in-state rival Texas A&M on Friday to hold down its
No. 5 spot.
No. 6 Utah (11-0) of the Mountain West Conference is followed
by Georgia (9-2), Louisville (9-1) and Miami (8-2).
Boise State (11-0) of the Western Athletic Conference extended
its winning streak to 22 games with a 58-21 victory over Nevada
on Saturday. The Broncos are 10th, followed by Virginia Tech
(9-2), which posted a 24-10 triumph over then-No. 16 Virginia.
The Cavaliers (8-3) dropped two spots to 18th.
No. 12 Louisiana State (9-2) ended Arkansas' 17-game winning
streak in Little Rock with a 43-14 triumph Saturday. The LSU Tigers
are followed by Michigan (9-2) and Iowa (9-2).
Despite a 20-13 loss to previously unranked Florida, Florida
State (8-3) climbed one spot to 16th and is followed by
Wisconsin (9-2). The Gators (7-4) re-entered the poll at No.
Also entering the poll were Texas Tech (7-4), Pittsburgh (7-3)
and Ohio State at the 20-22 spots, respectively. The Panthers
defeated then-No. 21 West Virginia 16-13 on Thanksgiving and
can seal the Big East BCS bid with a victory over South Florida
Arizona State (8-3), West Virginia (8-3) and Texas A&M (7-4)
round out the poll, while Boston College, Oklahoma State, Bowling
Green and Texas-El Paso dropped out.