USF posts Leavitt's ballot: Bulls ranked 18th
Great development in getting the ballots from the USA Today coaches poll open to the public, as SI.com's Andy Staples filed public records requests with all the coaches with ballots who are at public schools and as such as subject to open records.
USF has responded admirably, posting Leavitt's preseason ballot online at GoUSFbulls.com. You can read it here -- Leavitt voted Oklahoma (where his close friend, Bob Stoops, is head coach) ahead of consensus No. 1 Florida. He's the only coach to have the Sooners No. 1, and one of just six out of 59 not to vote for Florida.
Most notable is that Leavitt voted his own team No. 18 in his poll, the first of four Big East teams in his top 25 -- Pittsburgh is No. 22, Rutgers No. 23 and Cincinnati No. 24. (Yes, that means he thinks West Virginia is the fifth-best team in the league). USF only got 11 vote-points in the preseason coaches poll, and 18th place gets you eight points, so Leavitt accounted for a large majority of the Bulls' presence in the opening poll.
Leavitt also has Florida State at No. 10 and Miami at No. 19 -- so while the overall poll has USF facing just one ranked team this season (FSU), Leavitt has five opponents in his top 25. Also notable:
-- Leavitt has Alabama (where coach Nick Saban has been critical of USF's academics) at No. 11, six spots lower than its overall ranking.
-- Mississippi, ranked 10th overall, is the highest ranked team left off his ballot; No. 14 Oregon, which dominated USF in the Sun Bowl two seasons ago, also wasn't ranked by Leavitt.
-- Of the four non-BCS schools ranked in the overall coaches' top 25, Leavitt has two on his ballot, with TCU at No. 16 and Utah 21, with BYU and Boise State unranked.
-- His alma mater Missouri, which got 44 vote-points in the poll, checks in last on his ballot at No. 25.
According to USF's football twitter, the Bulls were the second school nationally to respond to Staples' request, behind only Air Force.
-- Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly, also a voter in the coaches poll, wrote that he put his own team No. 25, with Pittsburgh No. 17 and West Virginia No. 22.
-- Everydayshouldbesaturday.com is already taking aim at Leavitt's voting.