Big Ten: Paul Wulff

Today is the only time that we get a glimpse into the coaches poll, as the final ballot has been released.

Six Big Ten head coaches participated this year: Ohio State's Jim Tressel, Michigan's Rich Rodriguez, Illinois' Ron Zook, Indiana's Bill Lynch, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Minnesota's Tim Brewster.

Let's take a quick look at the notable selections from each coach's ballot.

Jim Tressel's ballot: Alabama at No. 1, Oregon at No. 7, Ohio State at No. 8, Iowa at No. 9, Penn State at No. 10, Wisconsin at No. 15, USC at No. 25.

Rich Rodriguez's ballot: Alabama at No. 1, Texas at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 7, Oregon at No. 8, Penn State at No. 9, Iowa at No. 10, West Virginia at No. 18, Wisconsin at No. 20.

Ron Zook's ballot: Alabama at No. 1, Texas at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 7, Penn State at No. 10, Iowa at No. 11, Wisconsin at No. 17.

Bill Lynch's ballot: Alabama at No. 1, Texas at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 7, Iowa at No. 9, Penn State at No. 10, Wisconsin at No. 16, Northwestern at No. 24.

Mark Dantonio's ballot: Texas at No. 1, Alabama at No. 2, Cincinnati at No. 3, Ohio State at No. 7, Penn State at No. 9, Iowa at No. 10, Wisconsin at No. 18, Central Michigan at No. 25.

Tim Brewster's ballot: Texas at No. 1, Alabama at No. 2, Ohio State at No. 7, Iowa at No. 9, Penn State at No. 10, Wisconsin at No. 23.

Quick thoughts:
  • Dantonio and Brewster were two of only four coaches to rank Texas at No. 1 (Idaho's Robb Akey and Nebraska's Bo Pelini were the others). Brewster coached under Mack Brown at Texas and has a son, Nolan, who plays safety for the Longhorns.
  • Only three of the six Big Ten coaches voted Iowa ahead of Penn State despite the Hawkeyes' head-to-head victory Sept. 26.
  • Brewster ranked Wisconsin much lower than his Big Ten colleagues (think there's a rivalry there?).
  • Lynch was the only Big Ten coach who voted for Northwestern. Louisiana-Monroe's Charlie Weatherbie ranked the Wildcats at No. 19.
  • Ohio State received its highest ranking (5) from a Michigan guy, LSU head coach Les Miles. The Buckeyes' lowest rating (11) came from South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, who ranked Iowa at No. 10.
  • Penn State ranked anywhere from 8 to 13, with the lowest votes coming from Eastern Michigan's Ron English and Mississippi State's Dan Mullen.
  • Iowa ranked anywhere from 8 to 18, as Washington State's Paul Wulff clearly didn't think much of the Hawkeyes. Stanford's Jim Harbaugh ranked Iowa 16th.

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