Tuck: Biased Coaches Poll Ballots

As I wrote earlier, the voters are the biggest problem with the system we call the BCS.  There is too much involved: Money, jobs, money, self-interest, conference and regional bias, not enough time to do it right, money.   A lot of flaws basically inherent in coaches voting for their own teams or against others.  Here is are the highlights of the annual release of the Final Coaches Poll.


Coaches Who Voted Oklahoma State (No. 2): David Baliff (Rice), Tim Beckman (Toledo, former Ok. St. DC), Bret Bielema (Wisconsin), Art Briles (Baylor), Dave Christensen (Wyoming), Sonny Dykes (LaTech), John Embree (Colorado), Larry Fedora (So. Miss), Al Golden (Miami), Mark Hudspeth (LaLaffeyette), Bronco Mendenhall (BYU), Jeff Quinn (Buffalo), Paul Rhoades (IowaState), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Jeff Tedford (Cal), Tommy Tuberville (TexasTech) and Ron Zook (Illinois).

Coaches Who Did Not Vote Oklahoma State in Top Three: Troy Calhoun (Air Force) had Oklahoma State ranked 5th!!!  The Cowboys were behind Alabama, Stanford and Arkansas.

Five coaches – David Cutcliffe (Duke), Doug Marone (Syracuse), Gary Pinkel (Missouri), NICK SABAN (Alabama), David Shaw Stanford – had OSU ranked fourth.  Shaw obviously was interested in his own school, but I wonder why he stopped at #3, and didn’t just make the Cardinal #2?  Saban surely wanted to create some space for his Tide, and I wonder why he stopped at 4.  Mizzou shows allegience to it’s future conference (SEC) over it’s current (Big XII)

Other Notes

Todd Berry (La-Monroe) had Boise State 13th and three SEC coaches – James Franklin, Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier – had them ranked 11th.  I actually agree with their thinking considering TCU won the MWC and beat them on their turf and should be ahead of them, although only Berry did that.  The others had TCU well below the MWC runner-up.

The head-2-head conference champion thing kills me.  Oregon should be ahead of Stanford and Clemson ahead of Virginia Tech, who they beat not once, but twice, both blowouts.  Coaches weren’t that impressed. Larry Fedora had VaTech 9th and Clemson 22. Pete Lemb had VaTech 9th and Clemson 19th. Kyle Whittingham had VaTech 12th and Clemson 22nd.  Overall they were still 3 spots back in the polls.

Mark Richt ranked Oregon eighth, behind his SEC brethren Arkansas and South Carolina.  Only 12 coaches (of 59) had Oregon ahead of Stanford, who they beat 53-30…at Stanford.

Art Briles is not a Wisconsin fan. He ranked the Badgers 16th. Only one other voter had them below 10th. He had Michigan, who missed the title game, ranked five places ahead of them.  Asinine.

Les Miles voted for a rematch.  He also showed some love to Michigan.  He ranked his alma-mater 8th.  Here’s how he ranked teams that could have knocked them out of the top 14: Kansas State (17), Baylor (19) and TCU (21).  Nothing like making sure the chips fall how you want them, eh?

Chris Peterson had Rutgers 25th.  Gary Anderson had La. Tech 25th.  David Bailiff had Texas 25th.  The only votes for those schools.

Strangest vote?  How about Southern Miss’s Larry Fedora voting his Conference USA champs 16th.  That would be 3 spots behind the Houston Cougars they just finished crushing 49-28 in Houston.  Houston’s Kevin Sumlin had Houston 16th, after Southern Miss at #14.