COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Running back Bernard Pierce #30 of the Temple Owls celebrates after the Owls defeated the Maryland Terrapins 38-7 at Byrd Stadium on September 24, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The Temple Owls failed to make an appearance on the 2012 USA Today Preseason Coaches' Poll while Penn State is ineligible to receive votes this season due to NCAA sanctions. LSU is named as the preseason No. 1 team, beating out Alabama and Southern California.
Penn State is ineligible to be a part of the Coaches' poll this season as they are in the midst of serving a four-year bowl ban due to sanctions brought forth from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. North Carolina and Ohio State are also ineligible to receive votes this year.
The Nittany Lions will face two ranked teams for the 2012 season, taking on Michigan (8th) and Nebraska (16th) in Big Ten play this year.
The Temple Owls do not face anyone in the Top 25, but face a number of teams in the "Also Receiving Votes" category in USF, Louisville, Rutgers and Cincinnati.
The LSU Tigers were namedas the as the top team in the Coaches' Poll, edging out Alabama and Southern California. Both teams had at least 18 first place votes, and there were only 15 votes difference between first and third.
The full Coaches' poll is below, with first place votes in parenthesis:
|3.||Southern California (19)||10-2||1,388||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.|