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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Analyzing Hoke's poll vote

By Michael Rothstein

Michigan coach Brady Hoke was one of three coaches who vote in the USA Today coaches poll to have the Wolverines as the No. 15 team in the country, the highest spot the team achieved in the final poll of the year.

Michigan was ranked No. 22.

The other two coaches who voted Michigan at No. 15 also have ties to Michigan -- Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez. Kelly coached at Grand Valley State and Central Michigan earlier in his career and Kelly’s team also beat the Wolverines this season.

Rodriguez recruited the majority of the playmakers on this season’s Michigan team.

Michigan was on all but eight of the ballots, with former Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren, Miami coach Al Golden, Arizona State coach Todd Graham, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, Ball State coach Pete Lembo, San Jose State coach Mike McIntyre, UCF coach George O’Leary and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney leaving Michigan off.

This is Hoke’s final poll of the year:

1. Notre Dame

2. Alabama

3. Florida

4. Georgia

5. Oregon

6. Kansas State

7. LSU

8. Texas A&M

9. Stanford

10. South Carolina

11. Oklahoma

12. Florida State

13. Clemson

14. Oregon State

15. Michigan

16. Texas

17. UCLA

18. Nebraska

19. Northwestern

20. Vanderbilt

21. Boise State

22. Wisconsin

23. Louisville

24. USC

25. Northern Illinois

The only teams ranked in the final Top 25 which Hoke did not rank are Nos. 20 Utah State and No. 24 San Jose State. Hoke didn’t show much love for his former conference, either, voting Northern Illinois No. 25 -- the lowest of any pollster. The Huskies finished No. 16 in the poll.