As noted by 2Bearnest in the Fanshots, the final USA Today Coaches Poll was released this morning (Link here). Let's not forget these polls make up 1/3rd of the BCS formula. Bo Pelini ranked Texas #1 so maybe we should lay off the "Stay Classy Bo" talk for a while. Texas also received #1 rankings from Bobby Akey of Idaho, Tim Brewster of Minnesota, and Mark Dantonio of Michigan State.
Among the most stunning decisions, I submit the following:
1) Les Miles (LSU): ranked Cincinnati 8th! Behind 2 loss teams Oregon and Ohio State!
2) Charlie Weatherbie (UL-Monroe): Was the only coach to rank Texas 4th (behind TCU and Cincinnati) despite UT ripping apart his team to the tune of 58-20. Imagine what Cinci would have done to them! Okay, all those teams are undefeated, so I will give him the benefit of the doubt on that. Then Mr. Weatherbie completely omitted LSU! In his eyes, LSU isn’t Top 25 caliber, but Troy, East Carolina, and Houston are. He also had Northwestern at 16!
3) Dewayne Walker (New Mexico State): Didn’t think Nebraska and Ndamakong Suh were top 25 material, but was the only coach to rank Nevada!
4). Gary Pinkel (Missouri): Pinkel ranked Boise State 9th. Yes, 9th, behind Oregon (who they beat) and Ohio State.
5) Troy Calhoun (Air Force): Coach Calhoun thought Florida was so impressive in the SEC title game that he wanted to give them a chance at a rematch! Yes, he ranked Florida #2 ahead of Big 12 Champ Texas, TCU, and Cinci.
Did anyone else spot an indefensible ranking?