Bo Pelini's Final Coaches Poll Ballot - Shameless?

The Final Coaches poll ballot has been released. Below is how Nebraska coach Bo Pelini voted:

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. Southern Cal
  5. Alabama
  6. Texas Tech
  7. Penn State
  8. Utah
  9. Boise State
  10. Ohio State
  11. TCU
  12. Cincinnati
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Oregon
  15. Georgia Tech
  16. Ball State
  17. Brigham Young
  18. Georgia
  19. Oregon State
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. Missouri
  22. Nebraska
  23. Mississippi
  24. Michigan State
  25. Pittsburgh

Note Pelini put Missouri on the ballot, and just like I did, one place above Nebraska. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News calls Pelini's vote "utter shamelessness", so I assume that he'd say the same about me.

Nebraska lost four games - to Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, and Virginia Tech. Two of those teams are in the top five. Virginia Tech won their conference, and Missouri was the Big 12 North representative. Not a bad group of losses. Is it really that shameless that Pelini would be voting for his own team?

Mississippi and Oregon State both finished the season 8-4. Mississippi lost to Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, and Alabama. Urban Meyer had them ranked 11th (big shock there), but otherwise, not a great group of losses.

Oregon State lost to Stanford, Penn State (45-14), Utah, and Oregon. Stanford is a head scratcher (beginning of the season), but the others are at least respectable.

Still, why not Nebraska?

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