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By John Rohde Modified: January 7, 2009 at 7:34 am •  Published: January 7, 2009
OU and No. 2 Florida at Dolphin Stadium.

"I wasn’t sure before, but Friday morning I’m going to vote Texas No. 1 because I think this is the best team in the country,” Brown said.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Brown are both members of the AFCA’s board of trustees.

"They know the drill,” Pulliam said.

Tressel said he would abide by the AFCA-BCS agreement in his final ballot.

"I have always been one that believes you go with the system because you agreed upon it on the way in the door,” Tressel said after losing to Texas. "Now, did Utah have an extraordinary year? Absolutely. Man, they’re good. They will be ranked very high on my ballot. But for me to say they should be ranked No. 1, I don’t think so because we have a system.”

Another agreed-upon first-place vote is expected to stray from Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, whose unbeaten team defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

"It’s understandable, especially to those coaches who coach those teams that are in the mix,” Pulliam said. "They have strong feelings.”