By Brian Murphy
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen had his sharpest words yet for the Bowl Championship Series on Monday, one day after the Broncos were left out of the series' five lucrative bowl system. Listen to Petersen here.
• TCU's Gary Patterson is not happy with Petersen voting the Horned Frogs No. 18. Patterson, in my opinion, has every right to be angry.
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen voted his Broncos No. 5 in his final regular-season USA Today Coaches' Poll ballot. Boise State finished sixth in the coaches' poll.
Click here to see how every coach voted.
Two coaches voted the Broncos higher at No. 4 — Fresno State's Pat Hill and San Diego State's Rocky Long. Boise State beat Fresno State and San Diego State this season.
Louisiana-Monroe's Todd Berry voted Boise State No. 13, its lowest ranking. Five coaches voted Boise State No. 11, including three from the SEC — Alabama's Nick Saban, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier and Vanderbilt's James Franklin.
Here is the breakdown on Boise State votes:
No. 4 — 2 voters (Hill and Long)
No. 5 — 11 voters, including Petersen and Georgia's Mark Richt
No. 6 — 19 voters
No. 7 — 12 voters
No. 8 — 5 voters
No. 9 — 3 voters (Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, LSU's Les Miles, North Carolina State's Tom O'Brien)
No. 10 — 1 voter (Troy Calhoun of Air Force)
No. 11 — 5 voters (Saban, Spurriter, Franklin, Colorado's Jon Embree and Louisiana-Lafayette's Mark Hudspeth)
No. 13 — 1 voter (Berry)
Here is Petersen's complete ballot:
3. Oklahoma State
5. Boise State
10. Virginia Tech
11. Michigan State
12. South Carolina
13. Kansas State
19. Southern Miss
21. West Virginia
23. Penn State
Note: USC is ineligible for the coaches' poll.
A recent study of the coaches' poll found, on average, that coaches boost the rankings of their own teams by more than two full positions while boosting the rankings of teams in their conference by nearly a full position and upping the ranking of teams they’d beaten by more than half a position, making their own team look better, The Wall Street Journal wrote.
Of the 115 voters in the Harris Poll — which makes up part of the BCS Standings — six voters put Boise State at No. 10 or lower, including former SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer (10). The Broncos' lowest vote came from Drew Champlin (11).
The Broncos, who finished No. 6 in the Harris Poll, had nine No. 4 votes, including one from Pete Cavender, a former Boise State player and current color commentator on Boise State radio broadcasts.
Click here to see how the Harris Poll voters ranked the teams.
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