NCAA Football Rankings: Houston Cougars Continue To Rise, No. 10 In Coaches Poll

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 10: Bryce Beall #25 of the University of Houston Cougars is tripped up by Trent Mackey #20 of the Tulane Green Wave during a game being held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 10, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Houston Cougars continue to climb the rankings, now sit at No. 10 in this week's coaches poll.

The Houston Cougars realize that all they have to do is live by the ethos of legendary Oakland Raiders coach Al Davis. Just win baby. The Cougs have reached the top 10, now sitting at No. 10 in this week's coaches poll.

As Houston prepares to make their BCS run, their objectives are simple. Win out and win the Conference USA title.  ESPN's College GameDay will take their talents to Houston for the first as they face their rival, the SMU Mustangs, in a marquee C-USA matchup.

Here is the USA Today coaches poll for week 11:

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week's poll
1.
LSU (59)
10-0
1,475
1
2.
Oklahoma State
10-0
1,410
3
3.
Alabama
9-1
1,340
4
4.
Oregon
9-1
1,300
6
5.
Oklahoma
8-1
1,228
7
6.
Arkansas
9-1
1,170
8
7.
Virginia Tech
9-1
1,045
9
8.
Clemson
9-1
1,042
10
9.
Stanford
9-1
1,024
2
10.
Houston
10-0
927
11
11.
Boise State
8-1
831
5
12.
Michigan State
8-2
791
13
13.
Wisconsin
8-2
745
14
14.
South Carolina
8-2
727
15
15.
Georgia
8-2
698
16
16.
Nebraska
8-2
615
17
17.
Kansas State
8-2
501
22
18.
Michigan
8-2
477
21
19.
TCU
8-2
392
24
20.
Southern Mississippi
9-1
386
23
21.
Penn State
8-2
361
12
22.
Florida State
7-3
189
NR
23. (tie)
Georgia Tech
7-3
87
19
23. (tie)
West Virginia
7-3
87
NR
25.
Notre Dame
7-3
86
NR

Dropped out
No. 18 Cincinnati (7-2, lost to then-unranked West Virginia 24-21), No. 20 Texas (6-3, lost to Missouri 17-5), No. 25 Auburn (6-4, lost to then-No. 16 Georgia 45-7).

Others receiving votes
Cincinnati (7-2) 84; Baylor (6-3) 56; Texas (6-3) 27; Virginia (7-3) 24; Rutgers (7-3) 15; Tulsa (7-3) 10; Arkansas State (8-2) 5; Missouri (5-5) 5; Texas A&M (5-5) 5; Brigham Young (7-3) 4; Arizona State (6-4) 2; Northern Illinois (7-3) 2; Utah (6-4) 2.

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