West Virginia Remains Ahead Of Cincinnati In Coaches Poll, Appears BCS Bound

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 1: Kicker Tyler Bitancurt #40 of the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrates after kicking a 28-yard, game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter against the South Florida Bulls December 1, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Final USA Today Coaches Poll, one third of the BCS formula, has been released. Since the Big East finished with a three way tie for first place, the final tiebreaker is the BCS rankings and that means the coaches poll will play a large factor. After this weekend's action, Cincinnati actually made up ground on West Virginia in the minds of voters, but not enough to have a chance to pass them in the BCS rankings. West Virginia is ranked #22 while the Bearcats are ranked #24. The two are separated by 184 total votes. No other Big East teams were ranked. You can view the full poll below and as well as the AP Poll, which, while not a part of the BCS formula also reflects public opinion of having West Virginia ranked ahead of Cincinnati. You can view both polls below the break.

Later today we'll post bowl destinations for all five teams that are eligible.

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week's poll
1.
LSU (59)
13-0
1,475
1
2.
11-1
1,399
2
3.
11-1
1,367
5
4.
Stanford
11-1
1,286
4
5.
Oregon
11-2
1,232
7
6.
11-1
1,128
8
7.
Arkansas
10-2
1,112
10
8.
11-2
1,085
12
9.
South Carolina
10-2
971
13
10.
Kansas State
10-2
878
15
11.
Virginia Tech
11-2
835
3
12.
10-2
789
16
13.
10-3
735
9
14.
Clemson
10-3
657
21
15.
10-2
631
17
16.
Baylor
9-3
599
18
17.
Houston
12-1
542
6
18.
Georgia
10-3
538
14
19.
Oklahoma
9-3
437
11
20.
Nebraska
9-3
402
19
21.
Southern Mississippi
11-2
366
23
22.
West Virginia
9-3
278
20
23.
9-3
189
22
24.
Cincinnati
9-3
94
25
25.
Florida State
8-4
68
24

Dropped out
None.

Others receiving votes
Brigham Young (9-3) 20; Northern Illinois (10-3) 14; Missouri (7-5) 11; Georgia Tech (8-4) 10; Arkansas State (10-2) 9; Notre Dame (8-4) 9; Virginia (8-4) 5; Louisiana Tech (8-4) 2; Rutgers (8-4) 1; Texas (7-5) 1.

Associated Press Poll

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS PVS
1 LSU (60) 13-0 1500 1
2 Alabama 11-1 1418 2
3 Oklahoma State 11-1 1400 3
4 Stanford 11-1 1283 4
5 USC 10-2 1179 9
6 Oregon 11-2 1170 8
7 Arkansas 10-2 1148 6
8 Boise State 11-1 1107 9
9 Wisconsin 11-2 1038 15
10 South Carolina 10-2 946 14
11 Kansas State 10-2 829 16
12 Michigan State 10-3 733 11
13 Michigan 10-2 707 17
14 Clemson 10-3 663 21
15 Baylor 9-3 656 19
16 TCU 10-2 632 18
17 Virginia Tech 11-2 591 5
18 Georgia 10-3 566 12
19 Oklahoma 9-3 386 13
20 Houston 12-1 370 7
21 Nebraska 9-3 363 20
22 Southern Miss 11-2 336 24
23 West Virginia 9-3 199 22
24 Penn State 9-3 129 23
25 Florida State 8-4 49 25

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