2011 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team
|2011 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football|
Conference USA champion
C-USA East Division champion
Hawaii Bowl champion
|2011 record||12–2 (6–2 C-USA)|
|Head coach||Larry Fedora (4th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Blake Anderson|
|Defensive coordinator||Dan Disch / David Duggan|
|Home stadium||M. M. Roberts Stadium|
|2011 Conference USA football standings|
|No. 20 Southern Miss x$||6||–||2||12||–||2|
|No. 18 Houston x||8||–||0||13||–||1|
|Championship: Southern Miss 49, Houston 28|
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.
Top 25 rankings
During the pre-season, Southern Miss was ranked in several notable top 25 polls. Phil Steele ranked the team as No. 20. 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.
|September 3||9:00 PM||Louisiana Tech*||M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Rivalry in Dixie)||FSN||W 19–17||22,356|
|September 10||2:30 PM||at Marshall||Joan C. Edwards Stadium • Huntington, West Virginia||CSS||L 20–26||24,247|
|September 17||6:00 PM||Southeastern Louisiana*||M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, Mississippi||W 52–6||27,433|
|September 24||3:30 PM||at Virginia*||Scott Stadium • Charlottesville, Virginia||FS South||W 30–24||43,220|
|October 1||6:30 PM||Rice||M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, Mississippi||CSS||W 48–24||28,656|
|October 8||3:30 PM||at Navy*||Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium • Annapolis, Maryland||CBSSN||W 63–35||33,462|
|October 22||7:00 PM||SMU||M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, Mississippi||CBSSN||W 27–3||32,685|
|October 29||7:00 PM||at UTEP||Sun Bowl • El Paso, Texas||CBSSN||W 31–13||24,906|
|November 5||3:00 PM||at East Carolina||Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium • Greenville, North Carolina||CSS||W 48–28||50,345|
|November 12||7:00 PM||UCF||No. 25||M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, Mississippi||CBSSN||W 30–29||32,925|
|November 17||7:00 PM||at UAB||No. 22||Legion Field • Birmingham, Alabama||CBSSN||L 31–34||14,103|
|November 26||3:00 PM||Memphis||M. M. Roberts Stadium • Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Black and Blue Bowl)||CSS||W 44–7||26,347|
|December 3||11:00 AM||vs. No. 7 Houston||No. 24||Robertson Stadium • Houston (C-USA Championship)||ABC||W 49–28||32,413|
|December 24||7:00 PM||vs. Nevada*||No. 22||Aloha Stadium • Honolulu, HI (Hawaii Bowl)||ESPN||W 24–17||32,630|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
|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|
- Steele, Phil (2011-05-17). "Top 30 Countdown Begins!". Phil Steele's College Football Blog. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- Hayes, Matt (2011-08-29). "College football preseason top 120: A closer look after a busy offseason". Sporting News. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- "2011 NCAA Football Rankings – AP Top 25 Preseason". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- "2011 NCAA Football Rankings – USA Today Coaches' Poll Preseason". ESPN. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- "Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. East Carolina Pirates Box Score". ESPN.com. November 5, 2011.