As noted by Steve Berkowitz of USA Today,
“Among the 59 voters in the coaches poll, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, Baylor's Art Briles, Iowa State's Paul Rhoads and West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen all either voted the Sooners No. 6 and/or the Mid-American Conference champion Huskies No. 24 in Sunday's final regular-season balloting. Stoops did both.
No other voter had Oklahoma higher than eighth, and only one, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, had the Sooners that high .”
Fox Sports Greg Couch put it well,
“...The MAC champ still does not get an automatic bid into a BCS game, as the bigger conferences do. But Northern Illinois, under the rules put in for fairness, got the Orange Bowl bid because it won its conference and is ranked in the top 16, above champs that qualified automatically.
So this isn’t to say that Northern Illinois is better than Oklahoma. Under the rules, it doesn’t have to be.
The rules are about fairness. Attempting to get around them? That’s about greed and bullying and cheating.
Just curious: Which one do you think represents college football best?”
Other than Tommy Tuberville, all Big 12 coaches with votes should be publicly reprimanded and be warned if it happens again that they would lose their vote permanently. But most likely no warning will be given and the good ole’ boy network will continue to do as it pleases. At least this time, it did not work.
It is not like how they voted could have hurt anyone other than screw Northern Illinois out of a top tier bowl and $17 million under the rules in place. Be warned, the four team playoff in the near future will based on the “best” teams. I wonder who will be voting.
6. Kansas State
9. Texas A&M
10. South Carolina
12.. Florida State
14. Oregon State
15. Boise State
16. Northern Illinois
20. Utah State
24. San Jose State
How Big 12 Coaches Voted
How MAC Coaches Voted