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.
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
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan State
8. Mississippi State
9. Georgia Tech
10. Kansas State
15. Arizona State
16. Ole Miss
19. Boise State
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