Huskies get two votes in preseason coaches poll

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Northern Illinois received two votes in the USA Today Top 25 football coaches preseason poll, which was released Thursday. Last season, the Huskies finished No. 26 in the coaches poll after a MAC championship and a win over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

NIU coach Dave Doeren does have a vote in the coaches poll. Other MAC coaches that have votes are Akron's Terry Bowden, Toledo's Matt Campbell, Kent State's Darrell Hazell, Ball State's Pete Lembo and Ohio's Frank Solich.

The two schools that played for the 2011 national championship are ranked 1-2 in the preseason poll. LSU comes in at No. 1 while defending national champ Alabama is ranked second. The Crimson Tide actually received more first-place votes (20) than the Tigers (18).

Southern California, a team that was banned from postseason play in 2010 and 2011, is ranked third while getting 19 first-place votes. Oklahoma (4) and Florida State (7) each got one first-place vote.

Here is the full USA Today Top 25 football coaches preseason poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2011 records, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th and 2011 final ranking:

                            Record    Pts        2011
1. LSU (18)                    13-1        1403    2
2. Alabama (20)                12-1        1399    1
3. Southern Cal (19)            10-2        1388    —
4. Oklahoma (1)                10-3        1276    15
5. Oregon                        12-2        1258    4
6. Georgia                    10-4        1061    20
7. Florida State (1)                9-4        1055    23
8. Michigan                    11-2        1023    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        —
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        —
24. Notre Dame                8-5        166        —
25. Auburn                    8-5        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, Louisiana Tech 10, Virginia 9, Houston 7, Southern Mississippi 6, UCF 5, Rutgers 5, FIU 3, Missouri 3, Tennessee 3, Northern Illinois 2, Texas Tech 1.


— Steve Nitz, snitz@shawmedia.com, @SNitz_DDC on Twitter

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