2011 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team

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2011 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football
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Conference USA champion
C-USA East Division champion
Hawaii Bowl champion
Hawaii Bowl, W 24–17 vs. Nevada
Conference Conference USA
Division East Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 19
AP No. 20
2011 record 12–2 (7–2 C-USA)
Head coach Larry Fedora (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Dan Disch / David Duggan
Home stadium M. M. Roberts Stadium
(Capacity: 36,000)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 20 Southern Miss x$   6 2         12 2  
Marshall   5 3         7 6  
East Carolina   4 4         5 7  
UAB   3 5         3 9  
UCF   3 5         5 7  
Memphis   1 7         2 10  
West Division
No. 18 Houston x   8 0         13 1  
Tulsa   7 1         8 5  
SMU   5 3         8 5  
Rice   3 5         4 8  
UTEP   2 6         5 7  
Tulane   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Southern Miss 49, Houston 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 10, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team represented the University of Southern Mississippi in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Golden Eagles were led by fourth-year head coach Larry Fedora and played their home games at M. M. Roberts Stadium. They are a member of the East Division of Conference USA. They finished the season 12–2, 7–2 in C-USA play. They were champions of the East Division and defeated undefeated Houston, 49–28, in the C-USA Championship Game to become conference champions. They were invited to the Hawaii Bowl, where they defeated Nevada, 24–17.

Fedora resigned at the end of the regular season to become the head coach at North Carolina. He stayed on and coached the Golden Eagles in the Hawaii Bowl and finished at Southern Miss with a four-year record of 34–19. South Carolina assistant head coach Ellis Johnson took over as head coach in 2012.

Pre-season[edit]

Top 25 rankings[edit]

During the pre-season, Southern Miss was ranked in several notable top 25 polls. Phil Steele ranked the team as No. 20.[1] Outside the Top 25, Southern Miss was ranked as No. 55 by Sporting News, No. 31 in the AP Poll, and No. 42 in the Coaches' Poll.[2][3][4]

Schedule[edit]

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Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 9:00 PM Louisiana Tech* M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS (Rivalry in Dixie) FSN W 19–17   22,356
September 10 2:30 PM at Marshall Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV CSS L 20–26   24,247
September 17 6:00 PM Southeastern Louisiana* M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, MS W 52–6   27,433
September 24 3:30 PM at Virginia* Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA FS South W 30–24   43,220
October 1 6:30 PM Rice M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, MS CSS W 48–24   28,656
October 8 3:30 PM at Navy* Navy – Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBSSN W 63–35   33,462
October 22 7:00 PM SMUdagger M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, MS CBSSN W 27–3   32,685
October 29 7:00 PM at UTEP Sun BowlEl Paso, TX CBSSN W 31–13   24,906
November 5 3:00 PM at East Carolina Dowdy–Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC CSS W 48–28   50,345[6]
November 12 7:00 PM UCF No. 25 M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, MS CBSSN W 30–29   32,925
November 17 7:00 PM at UAB No. 22 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL CBSSN L 31–34   14,103
November 26 3:00 PM Memphis M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, MS (Black and Blue Bowl) CSS W 44–7   26,347
December 3 11:00 AM vs. No. 7 Houston No. 24 Robertson StadiumHouston, TX (C-USA Championship) ABC W 49–28   32,413
December 24 7:00 PM vs. Nevada* No. 22 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI (Hawaii Bowl) ESPN W 24–17   32,630
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Poll rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 22 RV 24 22 20 
Coaches' RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 24 23 20 RV 23 21 19 
Harris Not released RV RV RV RV 23 20 RV 23 21 Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR 25 22 20 NR 24 21 Not released


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