Coaches cast curious ballots in a poll the BCS uses

Three coaches voted Nebraska 15th and omitted Wisconsin

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Brady Hoke, Michigan head coach, is one of 59 voters in the USA Today/coaches poll that the BCS uses to determine its bowl-participants. That poll counts for one-third of the BCS formula, in fact.

He voted his 8-4 team No. 15. He voted 4-loss Texas 16th, 4-loss Vanderbilt 20th, 5-loss Wisconsin 22nd, 5-loss USC 24th (he was the only coach who voted for the Trojans), and 1-loss Northern Illinois 25th.

Despite that, he could not stop Northern Illinois from reaching the Orange Bowl.

Twenty-six of the coaches voted Northern Illinois between 14th and 16th, and the Huskies were 16th all told. Central Florida Coach George O'Leary slotted NIU at No. 11, one spot ahead of Oklahoma. That can't make Sooners fans too happy.

Oregon Coach Mike Riley ranks Oregon No. 2, Alabama No. 3. I wonder how this plays with Oregon State fans. I wonder how it plays with Oregon fans. How do they work up a healthy dislike for their state-rival's coach if he's one of just two coaches to have the Ducks second behind Notre Dame?

Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin's Top 5 are this: 1. Alabama, 2. Georgia, 3. Florida, 4. Notre Dame, 5. LSU. Do you think he is biased toward the SEC?

Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini ranked Wisconsin 16th. Badgers Coach Bret Bielema ranked his own team 18th.

Gus Malzahn of Arkansas State, Steve Spurrier of South Carolina and Bob Stoops of Oklahoma all voted Nebraska No. 15, and did not rank Wisconsin at all. Saturday, Wisconsin defeated Nebraska, 70-31.


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