How seven SEC coaches voted in their top 25 Coaches’ Poll

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The USA Today’s Coaches’ Poll makes up 1/3 of the BCS rankings, with the other two being computer rankings and the Harris Poll. The Coaches’ Poll is made up of 59 head coaches who are voters across the country, and seven of them are from the SEC.

Related: BCS top 25 rankings

Here is how all seven voted:

Nick Saban, Alabama

1. FSU
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Michigan State
5. Baylor
6. Ohio State
7. South Carolina
8. Missouri
9. Stanford
10. Oklahoma
11. Oregon
12. Oklahoma State
13. Clemson
14. LSU
15. Arizona State
16. UCF
17. Louisville
18. Texas A&M
19. UCLA
20. Wisconsin
21. Duke
22. Fresno State
23. Georgia
24. USC
25. Vanderbilt

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Bret Bielema, Arkansas

1. FSU
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Michigan State
5. Missouri
6. Louisville
7. Baylor
8. South Carolina
9. Stanford
10. Oklahoma
11. Oregon
12. Ohio State
13. LSU
14. Oklahoma State
15. UCF
16. Arizona State
17. UCLA
18. Clemson
19. Fresno State
20. Duke
21. Wisconsin
22. Texas A&M
23. Miami
24. Georgia
25. Iowa

Mark Richt, Georgia

1. FSU
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Michigan State
5. Ohio State
6. Baylor
7. Stanford
8. Missouri
9. South Carolina
10. Oklahoma State
11. Oregon
12. Oklahoma
13. Clemson
14. LSU
15. UCF
16. Arizona State
17. Louisville
18. UCLA
19. Wisconsin
20. Georgia
21. Texas A&M
22. Vanderbilt
23. Fresno State
24. Northern Illinois
25. Duke

Les Miles, LSU

1. FSU
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Stanford
5. Michigan State
6. Baylor
7. South Carolina
8. Missouri
9. Ohio State
10. Oklahoma
11. LSU
12. Oklahoma State
13. Clemson
14. Oregon
15. UCLA
16. Arizona State
17. UCF
18. Fresno State
19. Louisville
20. Georgia
21. Texas A&M
22. Wisconsin
23. Vanderbilt
24. Northern Illinois
25. Iowa

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

1. FSU
2. Auburn
3. Michigan State
4. Alabama
5. Ohio State
6. Baylor
7. South Carolina
8. Stanford
9. Missouri
10. Oklahoma
11. Oklahoma State
12. Clemson
13. Arizona State
14. Oregon
15. UCF
16. Duke
17. Louisville
18. LSU
19. Wisconsin
20. UCLA
21. Miami
22. Fresno State
23. Texas A&M
24. Vanderbilt
25. Georgia

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

1. FSU
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Michigan State
5. Ohio State
6. South Carolina
7. Stanford
8. Missouri
9. Baylor
10. Clemson
11. Oregon
12. LSU
13. Oklahoma
14. Louisville
15. Oklahoma State
16. UCF
17. UCLA
18. Wisconsin
19. Fresno State
20. Texas A&M
21. Arizona State
22. Iowa
23. Georgia
24. Vanderbilt
25. Rice

James Franklin, Vanderbilt

1. FSU
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Michigan State
5. Missouri
6. Ohio State
7. South Carolina
8. Baylor
9. Stanford
10. LSU
11. Clemson
12. Oklahoma
13. Oregon
14. Oklahoma State
15. Arizona State
16. Texas A&M
17. Wisconsin
18. UCLA
19. UCF
20. Louisville
21. Texas
22. Duke
23. Vanderbilt
24. Fresno State
25. USC

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  • James Franklin is a jealous, grudge holding jerk! The only coach not to put the Dawgs in top 25. I wouldn’t care if he ranked his team ahead, but he obviously is still holding on to some animosities. At least Dawgs beat the teams ranked in the top 10 that they played! Vandy can’t claim a single SEC victory against a team that finished ranked in the top 25 (according to their coach)!

    • Yep, was thinking the exact same thing. UGA beat 2 top final 15 teams and everyone knows we should have had Auburn beat too. Vandy got some official calls and UGA with total depleted offense to barely beat us.

      • The thing is, without Murray, your offense is pretty depleted. Sure, it was worse against Vandy, but the fact of the matter is that he beat you with mostly less talented players. This poll is done by the coaches so that the bcs can have an inside opinion in it, so Franklin can put UGA wherever the hell he wants. And guess what…he beat you!

        • You miss the Tech game? Minus the first half where we looked like a high school team except for our last drive, we did pretty darn good without Aaron Murray. Watch out for next year, for when you go back to being irrelevant to us.

        • “He beat you” doesn’t quite carry the sting it would without the worst call of the season giving him the ball back on a huge momentum ToD. A slightly more accurate statement would be “he didn’t get put away completely and had the depth on the bench to pull out a win in the 4th after UGA’s 3rd string freshman RB couldn’t convert in a pressure situation.”

          Your point that the O is depleted without Murray doesn’t make a lot of sense when he was in during our losses but the RB/WR stars were out, then when Murray is out and Gurley and Bennett are back we seem to click pretty well. I thought Vandy folks were smart enough to put 2 and 2 together. Congratulations on the first season ever beating UGA and UF. That’s quite an accomplished set of bragging rights your coach earned.

      • Um should have beat Auburn? Murray didn’t even score on that 4th down. You came back and played a hell of a game, but Karma has a way of stepping in when teams get screwed. Thus we get a lucky hail marry after getting screwed on the Murray TD

        • You have ex-ray vision Acklete? I know ‘There’s no way Murray’s knee didn’t touch the ground’ sounds right in your head…but the fact is, not a single video angle proved that was a botched call.

        • You’re right; that’s why he got that call, to make up for the fumble that UGA recovered that resulted in an Auburn TD. The Hail Mary was nothing short of a team being unwilling to quit and running through the end of the play. Sometimes when a team is prepared and doesn’t give up, the ball falls their way.

        • Funny how those plays feel more like a “fluke” when you’re on the losing side. I think both teams showed the same remarkable “unwillingness to quit”…”running through the end of the play (Murray)”…and “preparedness.” IMO, a couple of OTs would have been a better determinant of the best team that night. As for those Auburn fans who keep using Murray’s 4th down play as an impetus for so-called “bad karma”…you should go see a counselor to fix your ‘stupid.’ But to those who received the ‘W’ against Georgia with relief and a bit of class…I tip my hat and promise to yell “SEC!!!”…and maybe a “War Eagle” or two…on January 6th.

    • UGA lost four games and almost a fifth against Tennessee. I’d say it’s a six-of-one type of situation.

  • I know it killed Spurrier to include Georgia at #25…so props to him. But James Franklin…really? You squeaked one out against us this year b/c of our injuries and horrible officiating. We’ll be sure to reward your disrespect next year.

  • Ha, Spurrier of course is the only coach that put Michigan State ahead of Bama. I mean, it’s not crazy, but no other coach agreed with him. The only time these teams played each other was in the 2011 Capital One Bowl and Alabama absolutely destroyed Michigan State in one of the most lopsided games I’ve ever witnessed. Bama just brutalized their QB and won 49-7. Fun fact: Mich. St had to punt on 4th and Goal in this game if that’s any indication of how badly they were physically beaten.

    • I don’t think Spurrier actually thinks Mich St. could beat Alabama. Spurrier is a really nice guy and he likes to throw higher votes at teams that may need them more. Pretty much every time he’s voted since being at SC he has voted Duke in the top 25.

    • I think Alabama was probably universally voted ahead, so it’s not like they really need it. Mich. St. could have gotten some 7th or 6th votes that he helped evened the score with.

  • Re.Franklin vote. Look at it this way fellas. Vandy didn’t even make the top 25 in any poll. So the laugh’s on him. I’ll give him credit though for building a more competitive program than we’ve ever seen there. He should bear in mind UGA won’t give them much breathing room next year, then we’ll find out who holds a grudge. So he’d better keep working on that program of his.

  • For all you guys wanting to make a big deal out of Franklin or Spurrier’s picks, you need to understand there’s not one head coach in the top 100 programs that fills these cards out each week….that is what they pay their support staff for.

    • Paying them to make them look silly? You’re not saying that the coaches don’t even look at the poll that has their own name assigned to it, even the last one of the year, before the bowl games? Not even a consultation with the support staff to reflect what the might think about it before they send it in? If that’s the case, then they are silly. And that not one coach takes the time to fill out the card — you’re absolutely sure about that? Sorry, that’s a bit of a stretch.

  • Props to Bielema for putting Ohio State at number 12 LOL

  • Bielema is an idiot! He ranked Louisville at 6 and UCF at 15. Didn’t Louisville lose to UCF at home, while UCF’s 1 loss came from South Carolina who he ranked at 8…smh

  • Leave it to Steve Superior to put Bama after MSU.
    That’s alright Cocky, just keep hatin’

    • I’m guessing Spurrier put MSU there because they won their conference championship. Maybe he just wanted to tweak Saban. Bielema’s list was definitely the most bizarre; he’s got Louisville at 6.

  • Who’s hatin’? I can see why Spurrier could have possibly voted that way, to not seem biased to the SEC when MSU beat the supposed #2 team in the country while Bama didn’t play. With that being said Ohio St was overrated and still is, and Bama is probably still the best team in the country that go beat by a flukey play. I really don’t think it was personal, nor would it have changed anything in the grand scheme of things if all the coaches voted that way.

  • That’s ok….He got lucky this year. Let him enjoy it. Next year it won’t be pretty in Athens for Vandy and hopefully the refs won’t make bogus targeting calls and the Dawgs won’t fumble a punt and center the punt over the punter’s head. It took that and more for Georgia to lose that game. Yes, Georgia lost that game, Vandy didn’t win it…..

    • As a Commodore fan, I recognize that there were many things that went wrong for UGA in that game. Injuries in particular have been cruel to the Dawgs this year.

      That being said, shut up. Your team lost. Even with the injuries your team still fielded more highly-regarded players than Vandy did. And it’s not like everything went perfect for us either and we were gifted the game by some fluke. We lost our starting QB before halftime and still had more than 100 yards more than UGA during the game. You weren’t the only team that made mistakes that day. You think Carta-Samuels’ screen pass that was intercepted was any different than sending a punt over the punter’s head? I’m sorry you had a bad year, and I fully expect that next year y’all will be much better, but learn to give some credit where credit is due. Otherwise you just reflect poorly on your team.

  • If any of you think the Coaches actually fill out these ballots you’re crazy. There’s no way the guys have the time or even the desire to try and follow all the Top 25 teams. They are undoubtedly filled out by a Grad Asst or other staff member.

    • Maybe so…But since their names are assigned to the picks, you would think they would put a little thought into it. If a grad student or assistant decided to be funny, it would look bad on the Coach.

      • No doubt. I’d say that goes especially for the last poll of the year. The coaches would at least take a glance at it before it was submitted, you’d think. And even if they don’t have the time or the desire to follow all the top 25 teams, you sure can’t say the same about whether they have the time or desire to follow the teams in their own conference, which is what we’re discussing here. After all, it’s part of their job to keep themselves abreast of the immediate competition.

  • Yeah Louisville at #6 and Vandy leaving UGA out were definitely the two biggest BS votes that I saw at first glance while scanning through these ballots. Vandy fans you have to know that everything had to go perfectly for you (and horribly wrong for the Dawgs) in order for you to pull of the W. Please don’t fool yourself; society says that you’re too smart for that.

    • I didn’t realize that everything going perfectly involved losing your starting QB before halftime… Maybe UGA should have tried that strategy more often this year…

  • Suck it Franklin! He better hope Grantham doesn’t see this!

  • O*M*G… I can’t believe you dumbazz dawgs are whining about whethere or not Franklin voted UGA in the top 25… geeze….

    • Most UGA fans are concerned with winning the SEC or at least the East. Who cares if you’re 27, 25, 22….who cares? With their talent they should’ve been top ten or higher. It’s snubbing you of the smallest of recognition.

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