OSU Fans Are Going To Be Furious Over Dabo Swinney’s Final Coaches’ Poll Ballot

The final coaches’ poll ballots were sent in this weekend, and Ohio State fans, already fired up for another shot at Clemson, are going to be extra triggered after they get a look at where Dabo Swinney ranked the Buckeyes on his ballot.

Dabo last week said that Ohio State getting into the College Football Playoff was “almost like you’ve got to have 120 hours to get a business degree and yet these people over here only need 60 hours to get a business degree.” On his final ballot, he ranked Ohio State No. 11, behind the likes of Iowa State and Coastal Carolina.

Staying true to his belief that the Big Ten’s season should be devalued because the conference didn’t start playing until October 24, Dabo didn’t let his foot off the gas when ranking teams for his ballot.

“It’s incredible, and I think the Big Ten had the same opportunity, and they chose not to play. And I think the only reason they ended up playing is because of the leadership of the SEC and the ACC and the Big 12, and have demonstrated that we can do it and do it in a safe way,” he said December 11. “So it’s been an unbelievably challenging season, that’s for sure, but I think that the committee’s going to have some tough, tough, tough questions to answer and things like that, regardless of what they do.”

“Obviously, as coaches, we don’t control any of that stuff. So I do think that our team has played incredibly well. We had a double-overtime loss at the No. 2 team in the country now in Notre Dame, who’s a great team and an unbelievable game. Again, no matter what happens for Notre Dame or Clemson, nothing changes in my mind, as far as both of these teams being in the top four.”

Clemson and Ohio State meet January 1 in the Sugar Bowl for the right to play Alabama in the national championship game at Hard Rock Stadium on January 11.


61 college coaches vote in the poll. You can see all of the ballots here.

Ohio State on final coaches’ poll:

  • No. 1: N/A
  • No. 2: Craig Bohl (Wyoming), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Scott Frost (Nebraska), Bryan Harsin (Boise State), Scott Loeffler (Bowling Green), Jeff Monken (Army)
  • No. 3: Dino Babers (Syracuse), Neal Brown (West Virginia), Matt Campbell (Iowa State), Steve Campbell (South Alabama), Jason Candle (Toledo), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Geoff Collins (Georgia Tech), David Cutcliffe (Duke), Manny Diaz (Miami), Sonny Dykes (SMU), Luke Fickell (Cincinnati), James Franklin (Penn State), Hugh Freeze (Liberty), Willie Fritz (Tulane), Todd Graham (Hawaii), Jeff Hafley (Boston College), Thomas Hammock (Northern Illinois), Will Healy (Charlotte), Tyson Helton (Western Kentucky), Tom Herman (Texas), Skip Holtz (Louisiana Tech), Chris Klieman (Kansas State), Lance Leipold (Buffalo), Tim Lester (Western Michigan), Seth Littrell (North Texas), Mike Locksley (Maryland), Chad Lunsford (Georgia Southern), Dan Muller (Florida), Ken Niumatalolo (Navy), Ed Orgeron (LSU), Scott Satterfield (Louisville), Jeff Scott (South Florida), Jonathan Smith (Oregon State), Frank Solich (Ohio), Jake Spavital (Texas State), Mel Tucker (Michigan State), Matt Wells (Texas Tech), Kyle Whittingham (Utah)
  • No. 4: Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech), Clay Halton (USC), Mike Houston (East Carolina), Brian Kelly (Notre Dame), Gus Malzahn (Auburn), Billy Napier (Louisiana-Lafayette), Jeremy Pruitt (Tennessee), Rick Stockstill (Middle Tennessee)
  • No. 5: Jamey Chadwell (Coastal Carolina), Butch Davis (Florida International), Dana Dimel (Texas El-Paso), Jimbo Fisher (Texas A&M), Gary Patterson (TCU), Nick Saban (Alabama)
  • No. 6: Kirby Smart (Georgia)
  • No. 7: N/A
  • No. 8: N/A
  • No. 9: N/A
  • No. 10: N/A
  • No. 11: Dabo Swinney (Clemson)

Dabo’s final ballot:

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Notre Dame

4. Texas A&M

5. Florida

6. Georgia

7. Cincinnati

8. Oklahoma

9. Iowa State

10. Coastal Carolina

11. Ohio State

12. North Carolina

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.


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  1. How about we establish a CFP rule: if you can’t advance beyond the semi-final-especially after a certain number of tries (OU) or you get blown out in the semi-final (ND, OSU) then you get to go on a 2 year CFP/New Year’s Six sabbatical…enjoy playing in the Citrus or Alamo for a couple of seasons to test your commitment so to speak.

  2. No way should OSU be allowed to be in the CFP. The Big 10 conference chose to have those insane COVID rules, so their teams should not be allowed to play so few games but get the benefit of CFP payout, utterly ridiculous. It’s clearly obvious that Texas A&M should be in the playoff.

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