Texas coach Charlie Strong shook up his coaching staff one week into the 2015 season. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN- STATESMAN)

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Charlie Strong votes Florida State No. 1 in coaches poll

Posted December 7th, 2014

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If it were up to Charlie Strong, a Big 12 team would be in the College Football Playoff and his former boss would not.

On Sunday, the USA Today revealed how each coach voted in his final regular season ballot. Strong, Texas’ coach, slotted undefeated Florida State No. 1 followed, in order, by Alabama, TCU and Oregon.

All ballots for the coach’s poll are kept secret until this one. The vote has no influence on the College Football Playoff, which snubbed the Big 12 by leaving Baylor and TCU as the first and second teams out of the four-team playoff. Top-seed Alabama will take on No. 4 Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, while No. 2 Oregon faces No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl.

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Strong showed little love for his former boss Urban Meyer’s Ohio State team, ranking the one-loss Buckeyes sixth. Strong had Baylor fifth. Strong voted his former school, Louisville, 23rd — three spots lower than the Cardinals finished. He had two other Big 12 teams on his ballot — Kansas State at 10, Oklahoma at 20.

Here’s strong ballot:

1. Florida State

2. Alabama

3. TCU

4. Oregon

5. Baylor

6. Ohio State

7. Michigan State

8. Mississippi State

9. Georgia Tech

10. Kansas State

11. Georgia

12. Arizona

13. Wisconsin

14. UCLA

15. Arizona State

16. Ole Miss

17. Auburn

18. Missouri

19. Boise State

20. Oklahoma

21. Clemson

22. LSU

23. Louisville

24. Nebraska

25. Utah

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