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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 3, 2007 at 9:52 AM

Willingham a poll voter

Here’s the pre-season USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll and if you read the list of voters in the fine print below, you’ll see that UW’s Tyrone Willingham is among the 60 voters.
He’s a fitting choice since he’ll get a first-hand look at six of the ranked teams — No. 1 USC, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 12 Cal, No. 17 UCLA, No. 23 Boise State and No. 24 Hawaii.
The Pac-10 isn’t getting a ton of love in the poll with only the three ranked teams (we’re wondering if maybe noted Pac-10 basher Les Miles left the conference off his ballot completely).
Four other Pac-10 teams did get votes —- Oregon State 52, Oregon 30, and Arizona and WSU one each. (Kind of surprised that Arizona and WSU would get votes and Arizona State wouldn’t).
Other conference coaches with a vote are Cal’s Jeff Tedford, WSU’s Bill Doba, Oregon’s Mike Bellotti and Oregon State’s Mike Riley.
I’m hoping none of those are the coaches who voted for Memphis (2-10 a year ago and rated No. 104 by Lindy’s and 102 by The Sporting News). As for Duke’s one vote, that is an annual tradition of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who once coached at Duke.
Willingham, Bellotti, Riley, Tedford and Doba were also all voters last season along with former Stanford coach Walt Harris.

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