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Alabama's Nick Saban voted OSU fourth in coaches poll

OSU FOOTBALL — Alabama coach Nick Saban and Stanford's David Shaw were among the coaches who voted Stanford ahead of Oklahoma State in the coaches poll.
BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: December 5, 2011
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Alabama coach Nick Saban voted Oklahoma State No. 4 in his ballot for the coaches poll. Saban's Crimson Tide edged OSU in the final BCS rankings, which put Alabama in the national title game against LSU.

Most coaches voted OSU second or third. Saban was one of six coaches who did not. Air Force's Troy Calhoun voted OSU No. 5. No coach voted Alabama below third.

Stanford's David Shaw, whose team faces Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 2, voted Stanford third and OSU fourth.

Big 12 coaches Art Briles of Baylor, Tommy Tuberville of Texas Tech, Paul Rhoads of Iowa State and Bob Stoops of OU voted OSU second. Missouri's Gary Pinkel, whose school is headed for the Southeastern Conference, voted the Cowboys fourth.

Former OSU assistants Larry Fedora and Tim Beckman voted the Cowboys second. Former OSU assistant Larry Porter voted OSU third. LSU coach Les Miles, former head coach of the Cowboys, voted OSU third.

Former OU assistants Kevin Wilson, Kevin Sumlin and Bo Pelini voted OSU third.

HOW THEY VOTED

Gary Andersen, Utah State: 2. Alabama, 3. OSU, 19. OU.

David Baliff, Rice: 2. OSU, 3. Alabama, 22. OU.

Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech: 2. Alabama, 3. OSU, 23. OU.

Tim Beckman, Toledo: 2. OSU, 3. Alabama, 23. OU.

Todd Berry, Louisiana-Monroe: 2. Alabama, 3. OSU, 18. OU.

Bret Bielema, Wisconsin: 2. OSU, 3. Alabama, 19. OU.

Art Briles, 2. OSU, 3. Alabama, 14. OU.

Troy Calhoun, Air Force: 2. Alabama, 3. Stanford, 4. Arkansas, 5. OSU, 20. OU.

Gene Chizik, Auburn: 2. Alabama, 3. OSU, 17. OU.

Dave Christensen, Wyoming: 2. OSU, 3. Alabama, 18. OU.

Dave Clawson, Bowling Green: 2. Alabama, 3. OSU, 23. OU.

David Cutcliffe, Duke: 2. Alabama, 3. Stanford, 4. OSU, 23. OU.

Mark Dantonio, Michigan State: 2. Alabama, 3. OSU, 14. OU.

Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech: 2. OSU, 3. Alabama, 18. OU.

Jon Embree, Colorado: 2. OSU, 3. Alabama, 19. OU.

Larry Fedora: 2. OSU, 3. Alabama, 18. OU.

James Franklin: 2. Alabama, 3. OSU, 20. OU.

Al Golden, Miami: 2. OSU, 3. Alabama, 18. OU.

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