Considering the Pac-12 in the coaches poll

December, 10, 2013
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Which coach loves your favorite Pac-12 team? And which coach hates your team?

Go here and find the geniuses and the miscreants.

The truth is, after reviewing the coaches votes, there's really not too much cause for outrage. Some. But not too much.

The most notable snub is UCLA not appearing on the ballot of Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey, whose vote was otherwise pretty typical for where it place Pac-12 teams (Stanford seventh, Oregon 12th, Arizona State 15th).

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney ranked Stanford 10th, which is ridiculous. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer ranked Oregon 17th, which should enrage Ducks fans until they realize Arizona State coach Todd Graham had the Ducks at 15th.

It's notable that Arizona State and Oregon didn't play this year, and Graham's team was seemingly competing with the Ducks in the bowl pecking order.

Yet Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, who voted his team seventh, ranked the Sun Devils 10th, their second-highest placing.

Who, you immediately asked, had Arizona State higher than 10th? That would be Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, who ranked the Sun Devils ninth. I've got no explanation for that.

As far as not getting too outraged at Swinney, that starts with seven other coaches ranking the Cardinal ninth. While that sounds like stupidity loves company, it also shows that Swinney's ballot wasn't unique in its, er, "thinking."

USC appeared on 11 ballots, including Alabama coach Nick Saban and four Pac-12 coaches but not with Oregon State's Mike Riley and Utah's Kyle Whittingham. The Trojans ended up 25th in the BCS standings though not in the coaches top-25. The Trojans highest ranking was 19th from Washington State coach Mike Leach.

Washington's lone vote? Michigan's Brady Hoke.

In conclusion, there really aren't any votes like Arkansas coach Bret Bielema's for Ohio State that merit taking a blood oath swearing lifelong and bitter enmity.

Here are the highs and lows for the ranked Pac-12 teams.

High Low

Stanford: (3) Mike Leach, Washington State; (10) Dabo Swinney, Clemson

Oregon: (6) Leach; (17) Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

Arizona State: (9) Kyle Flood, Rutgers; (21) Dan Holgorsen, West Virginia & Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

UCLA: (13) Helfrich; (unranked) Rod Carey, Northern Illinois

Some other interesting notes.
  • New Washington coach Chris Petersen ranked Oregon eighth. Not sure if that's of note, but I'm guessing some Oregon fans will find something sinister and Husky-ish there.
  • Leach loves his conference: No. 3 Stanford, No. 6 Oregon, No. 11 Arizona State, No. 16 UCLA and No. 19 USC. But, of course, no Washington.
  • Baylor's Art Briles is a closet Pac-12 North Division fan. He had Stanford fifth and Oregon ninth.
  • Who also loves Stanford? LSU's Les Miles, who sometimes requires a Stanford linguist for translations, voted the Cardinal fourth, as did South Alabama coach Joey Jones, Arizona's Rich Rodriguez and Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury.
  • Kingsbury, however, isn't a big Oregon fan. He had the Ducks 15th.

Ted Miller | email

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