Big 12: Russell Maryland
At the end of the regular season, the veil comes off. Every now and then, there's an interesting note or two, and this year is no exception.
You can see all the coaches' ballots in this well-done chart.
Note: Plenty of coaches let a graduate assistant handle the duties during the season, but the majority will take over duties at the end of the season for the ballot that becomes public.
The following Big 12 coaches are voters: Art Briles (Baylor), Bo Pelini (Nebraska), Gary Pinkel (Missouri), Mike Sherman (Texas A&M), Paul Rhoads (Iowa State), Tommy Tuberville (Texas Tech)
The coaches poll is factored into the BCS standings, along with the computer rankings and the Harris poll.
A few notes:
- All but four coaches voted their teams higher than its actual rank, but Bo Pelini ranked Nebraska No. 8, eight spots higher than its actual rank. Robb Akey at Idaho had the Huskers the next-highest, at No. 11. The Huskers beat the Vandals earlier this season.
- Pinkel ranked Missouri No. 11. The Tigers came in at No. 14 in the final poll.
- Sherman ranked Texas A&M No. 15. The Aggies came in at No. 17 in the final poll.
- Pelini and Pinkel were the only voters in the Big 12 whose ballots contained all 25 teams on the final poll.
- Who had Auburn No. 1? Pelini, Rhoads and Tuberville.
- Who had Oregon No. 1? Briles, Pinkel and Sherman.
Finally, here's who ranked the Big 12 teams the highest and the lowest.
- No. 8 Oklahoma: Jim Harbaugh, Stanford (No. 5); Three coaches ranked Oklahoma No. 12. (Steve Fairchild, Colorado State; Al Golden, Temple; Chris Petersen, Boise State)
- No. 13 Oklahoma State: Two coaches ranked OSU No. 11. (Jim Harbaugh, Stanford; Tom O'Brien, NC State.) Interestingly, no coaches voted OSU at No. 17, but two had it at No. 18. (Mike MacIntyre, San Jose State; Robb Akey, Idaho)
- No. 14 Missouri: Three coaches had Missouri at No. 11. (Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe; Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Ron Zook, Illinois). Greg Schiano at Rutgers had the Tigers the lowest, at No. 17.
- No. 16 Nebraska: Pelini obviously had the Huskers the highest, at No. 8, and Akey had them at No. 11. New Mexico coach Mike Locksley had the Huskers at No. 21.
- No. 17 Texas A&M: Brian Kelly at Notre Dame had the Aggies the highest, at No. 11. Five coaches had the Aggies at No. 19.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Here are some factoids to get you ready for Texas' Tostitos Fiesta Bowl appearance tonight against Ohio State.
Bowl record: 24-21-2
Current bowl streak: Won 4.
Most memorable bowl victory: Vince Young directed a wild comeback to pace the Longhorns' 41-38 triumph over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl, claiming the national championship and snapping the Trojans' 34-game winning streak. The Longhorns trailed 38-26 with 6:42 left, but Young scored on a 17-yard TD run to pull within five points. After Michael Huff stopped LenDale White on a critical fourth-down play, Young directed a masterful comeback, capped by his own 8-yard TD run with 19 seconds left.
Most disappointing loss: Miami ran Texas out of Fair Park en route to a 46-3 triumph over the Longhorns in the 1991 Cotton Bowl. Texas quarterback Peter Gardere was intercepted three times and sacked eight times -- including three by Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland. Craig Erickson torched the Longhorns' secondary for 272 yards and four touchdown passes. The Hurricanes taunted the Longhorns in the tunnel before the game and then lived up to their boasts in a penalty-marred game where Miami was flagged 16 times for 202 yards.
Best individual bowl performance: Young had a performance for the ages in the 2006 Rose Bowl, leading his team to its first national championship in 36 years with a wild comeback over the Trojans. Young finished with 200 rushing yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns and also passed for 267 yards to cap the Longhorns' 13-0 season.
Record against Ohio State: Tied at 1-1. Texas won the first game in the series, 25-22, in Columbus in 2005. Ohio State won the rematch with a 24-7 triumph in Austin in 2006.
Common 2008 opponents: None.
The number: 47. Texas' previous bowl appearances, which leads all Big 12 schools.