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Gundy votes Cowboys ahead of Sooners

by Ryan Aber Published: December 8, 2013

The USA Today Coaches Poll is out and, with it, the individual ballots. The coaches don’t release their ballots week to week but their final ballots that are used as part of the Bowl Championship Series equation are made public.

Both Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy are part of the panel that helps put the rankings together.

And although the Sooners beat OSU 33-24 on Saturday in Stillwater, Gundy still voted his Cowboys No. 10 in his final poll, ahead of the Sooners at No. 12.

Gundy’s Cowboys beat both Baylor and Texas this season, the two teams that Stoops’ Sooners lost to. OSU lost to West Virginia.

Gundy was hardly alone in keeping his Cowboys ahead of Oklahoma. Ten other coaches voted OSU ahead of OU, including Baylor’s Art Briles and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly.

Briles gave both teams their highest votes in the poll, putting the Cowboys No. 6 and OU No. 7. He put his Bears No. 4.

Other voters who had OSU ahead of OU were Akron’s Terry Bowden, Northern Illinois’ Rod Carey, Eastern Michigan’s Ron English, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora, Arkansas State’s Bryan Harsin, SMU’s June Jones, Georgia’s Mark Richt and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham.

To look up the ballots for all coaches who voted, visit here.

The final BCS rankings will be released tonight and the bowl pairing will be set shortly thereafter. Oklahoma is expected to head to the Sugar Bowl and OSU to the Cotton.

Here is Bob Stoops’ final USA Today Coaches Poll Ballot:
1. Florida State
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Michigan State
5. Baylor
6. Ohio State
7. Missouri
8. Stanford
9. Oklahoma
10. South Carolina
11. Oklahoma State
12. Clemson
13. Oregon
14. Arizona State
15. LSU
16. Louisville
17. Central Florida
18. UCLA
19. Wisconsin
20. Duke
21. Northern Illinois
22. Fresno State
23. Cincinnati
24. Texas A&M
25. Texas

And the vote of Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy:
1. Florida State
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Michigan State
5. Baylor
6. Stanford
7. Ohio State
8. South Carolina
9. Missouri
10. Oklahoma State
11. Oregon
12. Oklahoma
13. Clemson
14. LSU
15. Central Florida
16. Arizona State
17. UCLA
18. Louisville
19. Wisconsin
20. Georgia
21. Fresno State
22. Texas A&M
23. Duke
24. Northern Illinois
25. USC

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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