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BallHype: hype it up! Tuesday, December 4, 2007
"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?"

School Number 1 Number 2 Voted his own school
Frank Beamer Virginia Tech LSU Virginia Tech 2 / 5
Mike Bellotti Oregon Ohio State LSU 25 / NR
Bret Bielema Wisconsin Ohio State Oklahoma 13 / 15
Larry Blakeney Troy Ohio State LSU - / NR
Bobby Bowden Florida State LSU Ohio State - / NR
Tommy Bowden Clemson Ohio State LSU 14 / 16
Jeff Bower S. Mississippi Ohio State LSU - / NR
Art Brines Houston LSU Oklahoma - / NR
Mack Brown Texas Ohio State LSU 17 / 17
Bill Callahan Nebraska Ohio State Oklahoma - / NR
Neil Callaway Alabama at Birmingham Ohio State Georgia - / NR
Lloyd Carr Michigan Ohio State LSU 21 / NR
Mario Cristobal Florida Int. LSU Oklahoma - / NR
Mark Dantonio Michigan St. Ohio State LSU - / NR
Butch Davis North Carolina LSU USC - / NR
Bill Doba Washington St Ohio State USC - / NR
Randy Edsall U Conn Ohio State Georgia 23 / NR
Dennis Franchione Texas A&M Ohio State USC - / NR
Phillip Fulmer Tennessee Ohio State LSU 14 / 18
Jeff Genyk E. Michigan Ohio State LSU - / NR
Joe Glenn Wyoming LSU Oklahoma - / NR
Jim Grobe Wake Forest Ohio State LSU - / NR
Dan Hawkins Colorado LSU Oklahoma - / NR
Pat Hill Fresno State LSU USC - / NR
Steve Kranthorpe Louisville Ohio State LSU - / NR
Mike Leach Texas Tech Ohio State Georgia 22 / NR
Rocky Long New Mexico LSU Ohio State - / NR
Sonny Lubrick Colorado State Ohio State LSU - / NR
Bill Lynch Indiana Ohio State LSU - / NR
Doug Martin Kent State Ohio State LSU - / NR
Les Miles LSU LSU Ohio State 1 / 2
Shane Montgomery Miami (Ohio) Ohio State Oklahoma - / NR
Hal Mumme New Mexico State Hawaii Ohio State - / NR
Joe Novak Northern Illinois Ohio State LSU - / NR
Houston Nutt Arkansas Ohio State LSU 17 / 24
Tom O'Brien North Carolina State Ohio State LSU - / NR
George O'Leary Central Florida Ohio State LSU 17 / NR
Gary Patterson TCU Ohio State LSU - / NR
Chris Peterson Boise State Ohio State LSU 14 / 22
Mark Richt Georgia Ohio State Georgia 2 / 4
Mike Riley Oregon State Ohio State LSU 24 / NR
Rich Rodriguez W. Virginia Ohio State LSU 8 / 9
Greg Schiano Rutgers Ohio State Georgia - / NR
Howard Schnellenberger Florida Atlantic Ohio State Kansas - / NR
Mark Snyder Marshall Ohio State LSU - / NR
Frank Solich Ohio Ohio State Oklahoma - / NR
Steve Spurrier South Carolina Oklahoma LSU - / NR
Rick Stockstill Middle Tennessee Ohio State Oklahoma - / NR
Bob Stoops Oklahoma Oklahoma Ohio State 1 / 3
Jeff Tedford California Ohio State USC - / NR
Joe Tiller Purdue Ohio State Oklahoma - / NR
Bob Toledo Tulane Ohio State Georgia - / NR
Dick Tomey San Jose State Ohio State LSU - / NR
Jim Tressel Ohio State Ohio State LSU 1 / 1
Tommy Tubberville Auburn LSU Oklahoma 19 / 21
Charlie Weis Notre Dame Ohio State Georgia - / NR
Tyrone Willingham Washington Ohio State USC - / NR
Ron Zook Illinois Ohio State LSU 9 / 13

The final ballot of the coaches poll is made public and that is how things should be. There should be no secrecy with the coaches ballot in my opinion. If you're part of the 60 voters of the coaches' poll that can eventually affect teams on the other side of the country, your ballot should be public throughout the year. There's only really one reason why the ballots would be kept secret. To save the coaches from humiliation. Think Ohio State's Jim Tressel wouldn't want to keep his final ballot for last year secret when he voted Florida ahead of Michigan?

The lone coach who voted for Hawaii was Hal Mumme of New Mexico State. Who gave HIM a ballot? Other than that, the votes weren't really all that surprising. Coaches tended to vote along conference lines: SEC coaches placed Georgia or LSU in their top two, sometimes both, Pac 10 coaches supported USC and Big 10 coaches didn't really have much of a choice with Ohio State awarding the buckeyes the top spot and LSU second. Then there was Frank Beamer who felt he deserved a shot at the buckeyes despite having lost horribly to LSU earlier in the season.

On the Ball reward

Delta

Jim Tressel (Ohio State)
0
voted the Buckeyes #1 and they were ranked #1 in the BCS
Mack Brown (Texas)
0
voted his Longhorns #17 with a delta of 0 from the actual BCS poll.
Drank a little too much kool aid award

Delta

Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech)
+3
Thinks he deserves to leapfrog the LSU Tigers that dismantled them earlier in the season by voting himself #2 when in fact he was #5.
Mike Bellotti (Oregon)
This one is even funnier, the Ducks that fell apart with the loss of their star quarterback getting shutout by UCLA (that lost to Notre Dame) and in overtime to Oregon State, still thinks he should be ranked #25 despite not making it in the top 25 of the BCS poll.
Houston Nutt (Arkansas)
+7
That was a nice win against LSU Nutt, but that doesn't make you #17 in the nation. BCS believes you are #24 and thats more reasonable.
Chris Peterson (Boise State)
+8
"Oh oh Livin' on a Prayer" A win against Oklahoma last year doesn't make you #14, 8 spots higher than your actual BCS ranking. Nice try for BCS eligibility (need to be in the top 14 to be eligible), but maybe next year.
Ron Zook (Illinois)
+4
Hey buddy, nobody and I mean NOBODY in the top 10 should lose to Iowa. The Ohio State win was nice, but so was Appalachian State's win against Michigan but you don't see them in the top 25, let alone the top 10. So nice try for #9 Ron, but try #13.
Tried for the brass ring but fell on my ass award (need to be in the top 14 to be BCS eligible)

Delta
Bret Bielma (Wisconsin) +2 maybe you're new, or just trying to skirt the rules again. But getting dismantled by Illinois and Penn State means you shouldn't be BCS eligible. Try #15 instead Bret.
Tommy Bowden (Clemson) +2 It might not be your father's year, but doesn't mean its yours either. Nice win against South Carolina though.
Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee) +4 "I would like to go to the Rose Bowl. How about that?" Fulmer responded after being asked if there was a bowl he preferred. Well, you might not be going to the rose bowl, but losing the SEC championship shouldn't make you BCS eligible either, try #18 instead. Welcome back to the Outback bowl.
Bob Stoops (Oklahoma) +2 Playoff this, playoff that, you didn't get the job done against Colorado or Texas Tech (far worse losses than LSU's), so enjoy yet another BCS bowl and try again next year.
Mark Richt (Georgia) +2 Mark might have the most valid case of any coach to vote his team higher than the BCS standings indicate. There is no hotter team other than USC than Georgia at the moment, but doesn't that Tennessee loss sure sting now? Nice attempt at getting into the big game, but a bowl berth against W Virginia can be another statement for what could have been.
Les Miles +1 Lucky things turned out the way they did Les. After this season, there might be no luckier coach in the nation than the one pacing the sidelines at LSU. A miracle catch to win against Auburn, 4 fourth-down conversions in one drive to win against Florida. To be able to reach the big dance after losing the number 1 spot TWICE in a season. Boy, you remember to take that rabbit's foot with you down to New Orleans. Or you could just have your wife drive it down to you the day of.

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