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Monday, December 3, 2012
Digging into the coaches' top 25 votes

By David Ubben

The USA Today coaches' top 25 poll is private all season, until the final week. Every year, the final ballot is made public. Last year, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel made waves by voting Oklahoma State No. 4, instead of No. 3, which would possibly give Alabama the edge in the BCS race with Oklahoma State for the right to play LSU for the title.

So, what happened this year? Half the nation's coaches have a vote, and it rotates each year. I'll go through this starting with the Big 12 coaches' individual ballots, and then we'll look at how each Big 12 team looked on various coaches' ballots. You can see all the ballots in their entirety with this great graph from USA Today.

Let's get started:

Art Briles, Baylor
Paul Rhoads, Iowa State

Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech

All in all, mostly decent ballots from the Big 12 coaches. So, how did the Big 12 teams receiving votes do?


No other Big 12 teams received votes.