Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, who votes in the USA Today Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll, had the Aggies 17th in the final regular-season poll, a spot ahead of Texas.
UT coach Tom Herman voted the Longhorns 14th and had the Aggies 22nd.
Fisher voted Big Ten champ Ohio State fourth, just ahead of Oklahoma which made the College Football Playoffs.
Arizona State’s Herm Edwards did not rank the Aggies and neither did Akron coach Terry Bowden who was fired Sunday. I sure thought Bowden would rank A&M because of Fisher’s history with the Bowdens. But looking back, Bowden did have Fisher’s Florida State Seminoles ranked sixth in the final 2016 poll, so I guess he just doesn’t think the Aggies are a Top 25 team.
Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi ranked the Aggies 10th, the highest by any coach. Narduzzi while he was defensive coordinator at Michigan State turned down former A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin to stay with the Spartans, thus Sumlin hired Mark Snyder to be his first DC.
New Mexico’s Bob Davie, who was A&M’s defensive coordinator under R.C. Slocum, had the Aggies 18. Syracuse’s Dino Babers, who was A&M’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Slocum, voted the Aggies 20th. Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was OC under Sumlin for a year, had A&M 18th.
Here’s how Fisher voted, according to USA Today: 1, Alabama; 2, Clemson; 3, Notre Dame; 4, Ohio State; 5, Oklahoma; 6, Georgia; 7, Michigan; 8, Central Florida; 9, Florida; 10, Washington; 11, LSU; 12, Penn State; 13, West Virginia; 14, Washington State; 15, Kentucky; 16, Mississippi State; 17, A&M; 18, Texas; 19, Utah; 20, Syracuse; 21, Utah State; 22, Northwestern; 23, Iowa; 24, Fresno State; 25, Iowa State.
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