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09.24.06: Clemson recognizes 1981 national champs ... Ref gets assignment involving Stoops family ... ECU volleyball falls at Tulane, hosts UTEP
09.23.06: ACC football struggling despite expansion ... Cavs may have found their quarterback ... Southern Miss freshman setting records
09.22.06: Pirate baseball announces fall scrimmages ... Tulane football in ESPN spotlight today ... Southern Miss AD will chair NCAA group
09.21.06: Holland addresses crowd behavior ... WVU game at center of Pirate Club weekend ... AFCA cuts ties with Hula Bowl
09.20.06: Bad officiating costs Oklahoma against Oregon ... ECU women's hoops will travel to Cancun ... Pirate volleyball a shutout winner over A&T
09.19.06: Memphis ousts defensive coordinator Dunn ... ECU's Kasey Ross earns
C-USA weekly honor ... Sept. TV calendar filling up for
C-USA teams
09.18.06: Mountaineers have some things to work on ... New Jersey will test prep players for steroids ... ECU women's soccer falls 1-0 to Penn
09.17.06: Knife trouble nothing new at Northern Colorado ... South Carolina QB will rejoin team ... Pirate volleyball sweeps Grambling State
09.16.06: Yahoo report says Bush accepted benefits ... Pirate volleyball gets fourth shutout ... ECU women's soccer edged by Seahawks
09.15.06: Amato post-Akron comments fueling reactions ... Stabbed N. Colorado punter watches team ... Pirate volleyball topped by Herd
09.14.06: NFL rosters filled with C-USA alums ... Southern Miss coach Bower calls Pack "scary" ... Rice goalkeeper McClintock gets national honor
09.13.06: Pirate punter Dougherty on Guy watch list ... ECU golfers finish ninth at Mid Pines ... East Carolina sweeps Campbell in volleyball
09.12.06: WVU, Pirates to be shown on ESPN 2 ... UAB's Felder honored for game- saving strip ... C-USA volleyball accolade for Pirates' Krug
09.11.06: Buckeye cheerleader drinks, drives, hits veep ... Houston's Kolb sets school mark in rout ... Krug sets ECU volleyball assists mark
09.10.06: Aundrae Allison on Biletnikoff watch list ... SEC's artificial noise penalties reinstated ... ECU volleyball falls to North Florida
09.09.06: UAB focuses on covering Aundrae Allison ... Ga. Southern mourns death of Erk Russell ... Shelby named to ECU women's hoops staff
09.08.06: NCAA's Brand calls for 80 percent grad rate ... ECU women's soccer gets regional ranking ... Soccer Buzz recognizes ECU's Nicole Moore ... Pirates get volleyball sweep over UNCW
09.07.06: Tigers, Pack, Deacs highlight ECU hoops slate ... Record contradicts Tressel's poll vote claim ... Winston- Salem State coach gets extension
09.06.06: Holland featured speaker at power lunch ... College games shorter after rule changes ... Full day in
C-USA includes Pirates vs. Blazers ... C-USA names football players of the week
09.05.06: Holtz discusses loss to Navy, challenge at UAB ... UAB pleased with performance vs. Sooners ... U of L's Bush has surgery for broken leg
09.04.06: Ole Miss survives Memphis in Sunday opener ... Blazers narrowly miss upset bid at Oklahoma ... Early showdown tonight for 'Canes, 'Noles ... Cavaliers turn back Pirates in volleyball final
09.03.06: NCAA president Brand at Elon on Wednesday ... Pirate volleyball 2-0 after topping Georgetown ... National honor for Memphis soccer player
09.02.06: Miners prevail over Aztecs in season opener ... East Carolina has Wright stuff in volleyball ... ECU women's soccer gets another shutout
09.01.06: UAB game off limits to Peterson's Dad ... Tulsa rolls past Stephen F. Austin in opener ... Pirates announce nine women's track signees

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O'Brien: Buckeyes, Auburn, USC, WVU tops


Bonesville columnist Denny O'Brien is a member of the 2006 voting panel for the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, commissioned by the Bowl Championship Series. O'Brien is also the editor of The Pirates' Chest, a senior writer for Bonesville Magazine and co-host of WNCT-AM Talk 1070's Game Day Countdown Show.

When selected to the panel, O'Brien indicated he would disclose his ballot each week in conjunction with his regular Monday column on Here is O'Brien's ballot for this season's first Harris Poll, which was released Sunday by Harris Interactive:

Denny O'Brien's
Harris Poll Ballot
(Sept. 24, 2006)

 1. Ohio State
 2. Auburn
 3. Southern Cal
 4. West Virginia
 5. Michigan
 6. Louisville
 7. Florida
 8. Texas
 9. LSU
10. Notre Dame
11. Virginia Tech
12. Georgia
13. Oregon
14. Tennessee
15. Texas Christian
16. Iowa
17. Oklahoma
18. Clemson
19. California
20. Nebraska
21. Florida State
22. Missouri
23. Michigan State
24. Rutgers
25. Boston College

Ohio State, Southern Cal lead Harris BCS poll

From staff reports and a release

ROCHESTER, NY — This week’s Harris Interactive College Football Poll rankings, the first for the 2006 college football season, show the Top 25 results compiled from rankings submitted by Harris Interactive’s panel of former coaches, players and administrators, and current and former media. The panel has been designed to be a statistically valid representation of all 11 Division I-A Conferences and independent institutions. For this week’s poll, 113 panelists, including Bonesville columnist Denny O'Brien, submitted their top 25 college football team rankings. One panelist did not submit rankings this week.

Sept. 24 Harris Interactive College Football Poll

Rank Team  (First Place Votes)   Record    Points
  1. Ohio State          (107)     4-0      2,816
  2. Southern Cal          (4)     3-0      2,654
  3. Auburn                (2)     4-0      2,632
  4. West Virginia                 4-0      2,390
  5. Michigan                      4-0      2,364
  6. Florida                       4-0      2,320
  7. Louisville                    4-0      2,065
  8. Texas                         3-1      2,001
  9. Georgia                       4-0      1,827
 10. LSU                           3-1      1,793
 11. Virginia Tech                 4-0      1,699
 12. Notre Dame                    3-1      1,503
 13. Oregon                        3-0      1,421
 14. Iowa                          4-0      1,413
 15. Tennessee                     3-1      1,170
 16. Oklahoma                      3-1      1,078
 17. Texas Christian               3-0      1,035
 18. California                    3-1        864
 19. Clemson                       3-1        846
 20. Florida State                 3-1        815
 21. Nebraska                      3-1        573
 22. Boise State                   4-0        319
 23. Rutgers                       4-0        155
 24. Missouri                      4-0        147
 25. Boston College                3-1        135

Number of first place votes shown in parentheses.

Other teams receiving votes: Purdue (4-0) 117; Georgia Tech (3-1) 102; Arizona State (3-1) 85; Texas Tech (3-1) 79; Michigan State (3-1) 55; Wake Forest (4-0) 36; Penn State (2-2) 32; Texas A&M (4-0) 31; Arkansas (3-1) 30; Alabama (3-1) 29; Washington (3-1) 20; Miami (FL) (1-2) 19; Houston (4-0) 17; NC State (2-2) 7; Wisconsin (3-1) 7; UCLA (2-1) 6; Utah (3-1) 6; Washington State (3-1) 4; Southern Miss (2-1) 2; Oregon State (2-1) 2; South Carolina (3-1) 2; Air Force (1-1) 1; BYU (2-2) 1.

Dropped out of the Top 25: N/A for this week.

Blazers topped in OT for Bulldogs' first win

The UAB and Mississippi State offenses took turns trying to out-ugly each other on Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 36,014 at Legion Field, according to a Birmingham News report.

In the end, a nice 21-yard run by Mississippi State quarterback Omarr Conner put an end to a 16-10 non-conference victory over the Blazers. It was the first win of the season for Mississippi State (1-3) and came one week after the Bulldogs lost to Tulane at home.

UAB (1-3) falls for the second successive week to an SEC team, but last week's loss to then No. 10 Georgia is easier to explain.

Where did things go wrong for UAB in the Blazers' first visit from an SEC school? A good place to start — and perhaps finish — was with an offense that got little going against a Mississippi State defense that allowed 32 points to Tulane just seven days ago.

The Blazers ran 58 plays on Saturday night and gained just 210 yards. Quarterback Chris Williams threw two interceptions, including one on the second play of overtime, and the running game managed just 94 yards on 32 carries.

UAB's lone win came by a 17-12 margin over East Carolina on Sept. 9 as the Pirates lost a fumble at the Blazers' 1-yard line with 1:12 remaining.

Tulsa edges Midshipmen on blocked kick

Defending Conference USA football champion Tulsa handed host Navy its first loss of the season as Nick Graham of the Golden Hurricane blocked the conversion kick by Matt Harmon of the Midshipmen for a 24-23 overtime victory on Saturday.

Paul Smith's 6-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Johnson and Jarod Tracy's extra point had given Tulsa (3-1) a 24-17 lead on the first overtime possession.

Navy (3-1) answered on its first snap in overtime on Brian Hampton's 25-yard pass to O.J. Washington.

Navy topped East Carolina 28-23 in the Pirates' season opener on Sept. 2. ECU hosts Tulsa on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.

UTEP tops East Carolina 3-0 in volleyball

The East Carolina volleyball team dropped its second straight match, 3-0, to Texas-El Paso on Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum, according to a university athletic media relations release.

The Miners won in three straight games, 32-30, 30-23, 30-28. UTEP improves to 5-10 on the year, getting its first Conference USA win of the season, while the Pirates fall to 9-8, 0-3 in league play.

Kelley Wernert and Mignon Dubenion led the Pirates with 14 kills each. Wernert added 10 digs for the double-double. Trish Monroe led the Pirates with 17 digs while Dubenion tallied 4 total blocks. Heidi Krug had 53 assists in the loss.

East Carolina hits the road this weekend, traveling to Dallas to face SMU on Friday. The Pirates will then head to Tulsa to play the Golden Hurricanes on Sunday.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from electronic services and other sources. Copyright 2006 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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