By TIMES WIRES
Published August 5, 2006
Coaches put UF, FSU, Miami among top 11
The state of Florida hasn't had a football team playing for the national title since the 2002 season, but Florida, Florida State and Miami all are possibilities in the minds of the 63 coaches who make up USA Today's poll, which was re-leased Friday. Florida is eighth, FSU 10th and Miami 11th. "For 20 years, this state was it," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said recently. "Between Florida, Florida State and Miami, one of us would win the national championship. ... We haven't been in the fight, and we've got to get back in there." The poll's top five with first-place votes, points and first opponent:
TEAM 1ST PTS OPP
Ohio State 28 1,487 N. Illinois
Texas 11 1,378 N. Texas
USC 1 1,348 Arkansas
Notre Dame 9 1,348 Ga. Tech
Oklahoma 13 1,320 UAB
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Boston's David Ortiz had two home runs against the Devil Rays on Friday. How many two-homer games has Ortiz had in his career?
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Ortiz has 25 two-homer games.