Welcome to College Football Polls
Because unlike every other colligate sport and every other
division of college football, division one college football does not have a
playoff system, and thus does not have an officially recognized national
champion, the polls are all that we have.
Most would agree, a playoff system would be best, but the
"plus one" which is coming in the future, is better than the current state. It is
really a four team playoff. Nevertheless, getting into that playoff will
have much to do with the polls.
Here at College Football Polls, you can check on the
latest college football polls and see the history of past polls.
The AP college football poll
is one of the oldest still in existence and has a long history. Some of the
problems with the poll is that the first ranking is before the season and
teams not rank high in the opening poll have a very difficult time moving
ahead of higher ranked teams. Because of the long-standing historical ties between
high revenue generating bowl games like the Rose Bowl, Sugar and Orange Bowl
and the major college football conferences the NCAA has never held a tournament or
championship game to determine the champion of the highest
division in college football. The Football Bowl Subdivision, (formerly, NCAA Division I-A)
does not have a championship but the lower divisions do hold championship
tournaments. As a result of there being no Division One championship game,
playoff or tournament, The AP and other news organizations began having their own polls of
sports writers to determine who was, in the opinion of the writers, the best football
team in the country. These polls were at the end of the season, some
counting the bowl game and some not counting the bowl game. The Associated
Press College Football Poll was one of the earliest such polls. The AP Poll, first run in 1934 and then continuously
from 1936 on. The
public and the media began to take the leading vote-getter in the final AP
Poll as the national champion for that season.
AP Week 1 Poll
| NCAA College Football Polls - Week 2
Polls 2010 | NCAA College Football Polls
- Week 3 Polls 2010
The USA Today Coaches' Poll was UPI, (United Press International,)
poll from 1950 until 1990. After that, in the 1991 year, USA Today and CNN
took over the coaches' poll. Then in 1997, ESPN replaced CNN as co-sponsor
of the coaches' poll. Following the 2005
season, as a result of controversial voting practices related to the BCS,
(Bowl Championship Series), ESPN dropped
its co-sponsorship of the football poll, leaving USA Today as the sole
sponsor. Beginning in the 1974 season, the poll of coaches conducted its
final poll after the bowl games for the first time.
Although the coaches' football poll is often generally in
accord with the
AP Poll, there are important differences. Eleven times the Coaches Poll
has crowned a different national champion...
Coach's Week 1 Poll
| Coach's Week 2 Poll |
Coach's Week 3 Poll |Coach's
Week 4 Poll |Coach's Week 5 Poll |Coach's Week
6 Poll |Coach's Week 7 Poll
The Morris Poll is a computer generated composite poll made up of four
inputs. The average of the AP poll and the Coach's Poll are
weighted 40% of the total.
A computer algorithm which generates power ratings of each
Division 1 team is also 40% of the total. These power ratings are formulated
to not only reflect the wins and loses of each team, but also the strength
for their competition to sixteen levels. The mathematics behind the power
ratings are a closely guarded secret because historically they can predict
the outcome of a particular game to such a high degree of accuracy that it
would undermine the game...
Morris Week 1 Poll
Other Division 1 Football Polls
College Football Poll - the Top 25 results compiled
from rankings submitted by the Harris Interactive panel of
former coaches, players and
administrators, and current and former members of the media.
Jeff Sagarin NCAA
Report on Major College Football
Colley's Bias Free College Football Rankings
College Football Ratings
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