Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Fun with the Coaches' Poll

There are some interesting details to glean from the individual ballots cast in the last Coaches' Poll, which weighed heavily in sending LSU and Ohio State to the national title game.This guy sucks
- Oklahoma's Bob Stoops gave LSU its lowest ranking, at No. 5. Not surprisingly, he ranked his team No. 1, followed by the Buckeyes and Missouri, the team that his Sooners beat Saturday in the Big 12 conference championship. Perhaps Stoops is still smarting from the ass-whooping that LSU gave him and his team four years ago in the national championship game in New Orleans.

Tigers No. 1
- 11 coaches put LSU at the top of their ballots, including LSU's Les Miles, Auburn's Tommy Tuberville, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Florida State's Bobby Bowden. LSU beat Virginia Tech and Auburn this season.

Green with envy
- Eight coaches (including Stoops) ranked LSU No. 3 or lower, including Notre Dame's Charlie Weis (No. 4) and Nebraska's Bill Callahan (No. 4).

I want YOU!
- Miles and Ohio State's Jim Tressel each ranked their own team No. 1 and the other team No. 2.

Put up or shut up
- Georgia's Marc Richt, whose team failed to reach the SEC championship game, was the only SEC coach who didn't vote to send LSU to the national title game. He ranked Ohio State No. 1, his team No. 2 and LSU No. 3.

All over the map
- Hawaii, the only undefeated Bowl Division team, received the widest range of votes with New Mexico's Hal Mumme ranking the Warriors No. 1 and Texas A&M's Dennis Franchione ranking them No. 22.

Is he insane?
- Florida Atlantic's Howard Schnellenberger wins the prize for the craziest ballot. For starters, he ranked Kansas No. 2, Hawaii No. 3, Missouri No. 4 and Boise State No. 10. Then he topped it all off by placing USC at No. 12 and Florida at No. 21. Get this guy a shrink.

1 comment:

BRETTCAJUN said...

I think LSU will prove all the naysayers wrong when they beat the you know what out of Ohio State. (just like we did Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl earlier) They will hang with LSU until halftime, then I predict a ROUT. ;)