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Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy is not a voter for the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Do you think he would do anything possible to get on there now?
Nick Saban is a voter.
The Alabama coach's final ballot had LSU at No. 1, followed by his Crimson Tide, Stanford and, then, Oklahoma State.
Alabama edged Oklahoma State .9419 to .9333 for second place and the right to play for a national championship.
As expected, most SEC coaches who have votes selected Alabama No. 2, while most Big 12 coaches selected Oklahoma State.
One funny note is that Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel also had Stanford ahead of Oklahoma State with Alabama at No. 2.
Missouri left the Big 12 for the SEC.
Les Miles of LSU had Alabama at No. 2, followed by Oklahoma State, He put Arkansas, which finished at No. 7, at No. 6.
David Cutcliffe of Duke had Oklahoma State behind Stanford, as well.
Gene Chizik of Auburn had Alabama at No. 2. No need to give your arch-rival any more motivation.
Sonny Dykes of Louisiana Tech put Alabama behind Oklahoma State. Hope Tech doesn't play Alabama any time soon.
Same can be said of Southern Mississippi after Larry Fedora placed Alabama third behind Oklahoma State.
Todd Berry of ULM had Alabama at No. 2.
Troy Calhoun of Air Force had Oklahoma State fifth behind Stanford and Arkansas.
Doug Marrone of Syracuse had Oklahoma State fourth behind Stanford and Alabama.
Mark Hudspeth, the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette who is rumored to be going to Mississippi State, had Alabama third. Hmmm. Maybe he is not going to Mississippi State.
Tommy Tuberville of Texas Tech had Alabama at No. 3. Tech is in Big 12 and Tuberville probably was letting a little bitterness come into the picture, as well.
Ron Zook of Illinois had Alabama at No. 3. Guess he put his former SEC ties behind him from when he was at Florida.
Oklahoma State was ranked sixth by three Harris voters: former Iowa sports information director George Wine, former Hawaii coach Bob Wagner, and former Notre Dame wide receiver Derrick Mayes.
Wine, 80, had one of the more unusual ballots, selecting Houston at No. 5 and one spot ahead of Oklahoma State even though the Cougars lost their C-USA title game to Southern Miss.
"I think the BCS is just a mess," Wine told The St. Petersburg Times. "I think college football is crying for a playoff system. This voting is highly subjective. ... I probably don't do as much research ... but who the (heck) knows whether Oregon is better than Wisconsin?"
Anyway, as the old saying goes, it is what it is.
Now we can concentrate on the game itself.
I truly believe they got it right, although I would like to see LSU's defense against the Oklahoma State offense. Sorry, Coach Gundy, no way you would score 30 on LSU.
LSU will certainly have to pick it up on the offensive end.
Jordan Jefferson can not have a first half against Alabama like he had against Georgia.
Les Miles should have sat him down at least a series. Somehow I believe that Miles was trying to avoid any more controversy. If Lee had come in and moved LSU down for a touchdown, it would make for a very uncomfortable situation for Miles, who obviously wants to go with Jefferson.
We'll have plenty of time to dissect the game and by the first of the year fans will be so sick and tired of all the talk that they may hit their mute buttons when the topic comes up until the day of the game.
Until then, let the build-up begin.
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