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Recounts favor Sooners in Fan Poll

A recount of votes cast in the Tom Bowl Fan Poll  found that Oklahoma, not Michigan State, was the actual winner of this year's Fan Poll.

Counting errors brought upon by mistakes made by the individual counting the votes discovered that nine points, a first place and a second place vote, had been wrongly credited to the Spartans instead of the Sooners. The resulting swing of votes pushed Oklahoma to #1 and dropped MSU to #3. Florida State, currently holding the second slot, remained there.

Since the inception of the Tom Bowl Fan Poll three years ago MSU has topped the voting in both the first two years. Now they have been unseated by bowl-invitee Oklahoma.

The Tom Bowl Fan Poll received votes from 24 people allowing this year's results to expand from a top 20 to a top 25.

Oklahoma took the top spot on the strength of seven first place votes. MSU had three first place votes, Michigan and Duke both had two with the rest of the top spot tallies distributed among eight other teams including Burst Bubble Bowl participant Toledo and the Mulliken Kainers.

Scoring is based on teams receiving five points for a #1 ranking and down from there. Under the revised totals, Oklahoma finished with 45 pints. FSU followed with 37 and MSU came in third with 31. Michigan with 24 and bowl invitee Miami with 22 rounded out the top five.

While this miscount did not include any dimpled, hanging or swinging-door chads, we will note that two of the teams involved in the top five are from Florida and thus we feel that state is at least partially responsible.

In addition, we would like to stress that this counting error was a genuine error and not some staged media event to generate publicity for the Tom Bowl.

View the final Tom Bowl Final results for 2000