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Final Coaches Poll - coaches are stupid
Sunday, December 22, 2013 1:52 PM
Despite Michigan State's performance -- snapping a 24-game Ohio State winning streak that spanned two seasons -- the Spartans did not impress Baylor's Art Briles. Briles ranked the Spartans No. 8 -- the Spartans' lowest vote in the poll -- behind three Big 12 teams he ranked in the top seven in the country. Briles ranked Big 12 champion Baylor No. 4, followed by Oklahoma State (6) and Oklahoma (7), despite Oklahoma's 33-24 defeat of Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater.
Another Big 12 coach, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, also ranked his Cowboys (10-2) ahead of the team that just defeated them, the Sooners (10-2).
A handful of other coaches also ranked the losing team ahead of the winning team: SMU's June Jones had Oklahoma State at No. 8 and Oklahoma at No. 13; Northern Illinois' Rod Carey had Oklahoma State at No. 10 and Oklahoma at No. 14; Notre Dame's Brian Kelly had Oklahoma State at No. 10 and Oklahoma at No. 13. North Carolina's Larry Fedora, Georgia's Mark Richt and Utah's Kyle Whittingham also had Oklahoma State ahead of Oklahoma.
Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, who had said after the Big Ten title game he would vote his team No. 2 because it had just beaten the then-No. 2 team, followed through. He was joined in that balloting by West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen, whose team handed Oklahoma State its other loss.
There also was an interesting range of votes on Stanford, which won the Pacific-12 title Saturday. The Cardinal was voted as high as No. 3 (by another Pac-12 school's coach, Mike Leach of Washington State) and a low as No. 10 (by Clemson's Dabo Swinney, who had in-state rival South Carolina at No. 8 and Clemson at No. 9).
Coaches also had varying views of Ohio State. Its highest ranking was No. 4, from Dantonio, and its lowest was No. 12, from Arkansas' Bret Bielema, the former Wisconsin coach. Bielema had Louisville at No. 6 – the Cardinals' only vote that was higher than 10th. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer voted his Buckeyes at No. 5, one spot higher than they ended up. Louisville was ranked 16th in the poll.
Alabama was No. 3, 4 or 5 on all ballots except that of Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury; he voted the Crimson Tide sixth, behind five conference champions.
One coach thinking well of his own program was Nebraska's Bo Pelini. He was the only coach to list Nebraska on a ballot, ranking his Cornhuskers at No. 25.
It's not breaking news coaches vote like idiots but this final poll is ridiculous.
The coaches voting Okie St. ahead of Oklahoma should never be allowed to have another vote, especially Mike Gundy. He saw his own team first hand get beat and still has the audacity to vote them ahead of OU. That's just retarded.
Bielema still throwing shots at Meyer...I love it...haha
Ohio St.'s actions are not unlike their lower intestine: stinky and loaded with danger.