The final USA Today Coaches poll is significant. Not just because it factors into the final BCS standings, but because those ballots are made public.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy caught some outside heat Sunday when his final rankings had his Cowboys ranked 10th and Oklahoma 12th, despite the Sooners' 33-24 Bedlam victory Saturday combined with the fact that OSU and OU had identical overall and conference records.
Gundy said Sunday evening that when filling out his ballot, he puts an emphasis on point differential in games played against bowl eligible teams.
“I just try to take into account the season in general and not one or two games and come up with the best formula that I think works,” Gundy said.
This was the first season Gundy has voted in the coaches poll since 2005.
COACHES CATCHING UP ON RECRUITING TRAIL
With the late Bedlam date cutting into a week of recruiting, Cowboy coaches were already on the road Sunday morning to visit prospects.
That left virtually no time for the heartbreaking loss to the Sooners to linger.
“Unfortunately for us, life goes on the next morning,” Gundy said following the game. “We've already missed one week of recruiting. We've got to get our butts out on the road and continue to bring quality people in here.”
GUNDY ON FINAL BEDLAM PLAY: ‘WE PRACTICED IT'
OSU's final play of Bedlam looked typical for a team desperately trying to score as the clock runs out, with a series of laterals eventually leading to an OU fumble recovery for a touchdown.