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Monday, December 3, 2012
Analyzing Lloyd Carr's Harris poll ballot

By Michael Rothstein

Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr -- like many others -- loved the Southeastern Conference on his final Harris Poll ballot of the season.

He also appeared to like many teams from smaller conferences ahead of the one he used to coach for over a decade.

Carr placed Michigan at No. 22 in his final ballot -- fourth among Big Ten teams behind Northwestern, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Also ranked ahead of the Wolverines on the ballot were Utah State and BCS-bound Northern Illinois at No. 20.

He was, though, in line with other pollsters in regards to the Wolverines. Michigan was ranked No. 22 in the Harris Poll, just below Utah State and just ahead of Kent State.

Carr’s ballot:

1. Notre Dame

2. Alabama

3. Georgia

4. Stanford

5. Kansas State

6. Oregon

7. Florida

8. LSU

9. South Carolina

10. Texas A&M

11. Oklahoma

12. Florida State

13. Clemson

14. Northwestern

15. Boise State

16. Louisville

17. Utah State

18. Nebraska

19. Oregon State

20. Northern Illinois

21. Wisconsin

22. Michigan

23. San Diego State

24. San Jose State

25. Vanderbilt