Sixty-three Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches turned in their ballots for the final USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll of the 2022 college football season.
Georgia repeated as national champions, and Alabama missed the College Football Playoff. Nick Saban was obviously disappointed when his team was left out of the final four, but do you think he went a little too far with where he placed Alabama – a team that missed both the SEC Championship Game and the playoff – in his final Coaches Poll ballot of the year?
Nick Saban’s final ballot of the 2022 season:
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Where voters had Georgia: All 63 had Georgia No. 1
In final coaches poll:
Nick Saban’s ballot:
5. Ohio State
Kirby Smart’s ballot
4. Ohio State
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Alabama Crimson Tide
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Where voters had Alabama: Only two of the 63 coaches had Alabama at No. 2, and those were Nick Saban and UTEP’s Dana Dimel.
Eight coaches had Bama at No. 3, five had them at No. 4, 27 at No. 5 and 21 at No. 6.
Kirby Smart had Alabama at No. 6, behind Tennessee.
Where Alabama actually ranked in official Coaches Poll: No. 5
TCU Horned Frogs
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Where TCU actually ranked in official Coaches Poll: No. 2
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Where Michigan actually ranked in official Coaches Poll: No. 3
Ohio State Buckeyes
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Where Ohio State actually ranked in official Coaches Poll: No. 4
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Where Tennessee ranked in official Coaches Poll: No. 6