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Utah did receive one first-place vote in the coaches' poll and finished fourth.
Whittingham isn't worried about losing his vote.
"That's their call," he said. "I have to look out for my players."
Brown said he would vote for his team, too, but Texas was not listed first on any ballots. The Longhorns ended up ranked No. 3 in the coaches' poll, right behind USC.
Carroll has never had a vote in the coaches' poll, always skeptical of the way major college football crowns a champion.
Florida's Urban Meyer became the 17th coach to win multiple AP national championships.
"I'll tell you, we're going to enjoy a big win, we're going to enjoy the national championship," he said, brushing off questions about other coaches claiming their team is best. "Let someone else worry about that. Gators are No. 1"
Alabama's loss to Utah dropped the Crimson Tide to No. 6 in the final poll.
TCU, Utah's Mountain West rival, finished seventh, followed by Penn State, Ohio State and Oregon.
Boise State led off the second 10, followed by Texas Tech, Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia Tech.
Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, Oregon State, Missouri and Iowa rounded out the top 20.
Florida State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Michigan State and BYU were the final five.
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