Coaches Poll Ballots

I’m not sure what I find more interesting: knowing how all of the coaches who voted in this weekend’s BCS-impacting coaches poll, or this super cool presentation of the information by USA Today (who have displayed it similarly for the last couple of years). Say what you want about USA Today’s editorial content (and I will), their design work can be awesome.

At any rate, the most interesting thing to me is that Michigan State and San Jose State’s coaches thought that Missouri was a mere #12. Former Michigan savior Les Miles put them at #11.

Coaches poll results have only been public since the 2004 season, when several coaches ranked California, Berkeley bizarrely low in what was construed as an effort to get in Texas into the Rose Bowl. Of course, nothing was as embarrassing as the mess back in 2001 which ultimately led to Nebraska getting owned by Miami in the only Rose Bowl without the Big Ten or Pac Ten since WWII.

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6 Responses to Coaches Poll Ballots

  1. brianbunton says:

    Steve Spurrier voted Oklahoma #1, while Tommy Bowden voted them #7.
    Les Miles gave a vote to Michigan.
    Bobby Bowden gave Clemson its highest vote at #11.
    Hawaii got a vote at #1 (NM State) and a vote at #22 (Texas A&M).

  2. jwambaugh says:

    I don’t know much about Gregg Easterbrook, but he has an unusually rational and well-reasoned discussion of the BCS on ESPN.com including his reasoning on why Missouri got left out.

  3. jwambaugh says:

    I hadn’t caught this, but one of Stewie Mandel’s readers points out that “Mike Bellotti, Howard Schnellenberger, and the Bowdens have some explaining to do[.] Their treatment of Oklahoma is indefensible. All these coaches ranked Missouri ahead of Oklahoma, and Bobby Bowden even ranked the Sooners 10th!” I think we should hold Brian responsible for this since Clemson extended Bowden’s contract.

  4. bpt2 says:

    Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column has been running since 2000, when it started in Slate. At some point, I forget when, it migrated to ESPN. The column is long and usually well written. It’s a quixotic mix of advocacy for his favorite football theories (don’t punt, don’t dress like you’re cold, don’t blitz, don’t run backwards), his favorite public policy issues, and photos of his favorite cheerleaders. Easterbrook’s better known as a “serious journalist” who is good at backing up his arguments with, you know, facts and stuff. He is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. He used to write for the New Republic, but was involved in a scandal when one of his blog posts was attacked as anti-Semitic. In the post he decried the excessive glamorizing of violence in Hollywood movies, a viewpoint he still regularly flogs in TMQ. He tried to argue that, in light of history, Jewish heads of production studios like Michael Eisner and Harvey Weinstein should be particularly loath to “worship money above all else, by promoting for profit the adulation of violence.”

  5. jwambaugh says:

    Ah, you know I read the New Republic and it had never occured to me that they were the same person. Literaly inconceivable.

  6. adawes says:

    That is a fun graph to play with at USA Today. I think it needs a histogram on the right side though, there are some teams with strange low and high variances. In particular, I think Arizona St. has a very narrow distribution compared to Tennessee. Why were so many coaches in agreement that Arizona should be 12th?

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