One of the fun things about the final USA Today Coaches Poll of the year is the unveiling of the ballots. Unlike the Associated Press poll, the voters' ballots are not revealed until the final week of the season, so we have to wait to see any interesting voting habits.
And the biggest takeaway from this year's final poll? Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is still not an Ohio State fan. The former Wisconsin coach has the Buckeyes ranked 12th on his ballot. Ohio State is ranked sixth overall. Apparently Jen Bielema and Jen Vrabel have not made up to each other.
You know who Bielema has sixth? Louisville. The Cardinals are headed to the Russell Athletic Bowl after they finished second in the weak American Athletic Conference. The AAC champion, Central Florida, the team who beat Louisville at Louisville, is ranked 15th. Yeah, not sure what to say about that one.
Even Louisville coach Charlie Strong had more common sense than that. He put UCF 10th and his own team 12th.
Here are some other highlights from the poll which you can view here:
- Mark Dantonio voted his Michigan State Spartans second. Do you blame him?
- Mike Gundy has Oklahoma State 10th and Oklahoma 12th. Oklahoma just beat Gundy's Cowboys in Stillwater on Saturday.
- Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has Baylor third and Alabama sixth.
- Mike Leach at Washington State has Stanford third, ahead of Alabama, and Oregon sixth, ahead of Baylor and Ohio State.
- The only vote for Nebraska in the poll came courtesy of Bo Pelini, who slotted his 8-4 Huskers 25th.
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