The issue of who casts a ballot in each poll is obviously the major difference between the two services, and this is the case regardless of what time of year it is.
Yes, do you think a group of college football coaches (guys who cannot be completely unbiased…ummm…Lane Kiffin) should decide the best 25 teams in college football, or instead should it be left to a panel of media types who cover the sport but are not actually involved in the playing of it?
There certainly are conflict of interests inherent to the underlying ideals of the Coaches poll and then you have the fact that college football head coaches are really busy guys who might not have time to cover every single team’s progress through a season.
On the other hand, how can we assured that the AP voters are unbiased when they cast their votes, and truly what qualifications do they possess to wield such power?
As far as who is voting in 2012 in each poll, following is a breakdown.
USA Today Coaches Poll: the 59 FBS coaches voting in 2012 are David Bailiff, Rice; Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech; Tim Beckman, Illinois; Bret Bielema, Wisconsin; Terry Bowden, Akron; Art Briles, Baylor; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Matt Campbell, Toledo; Gene Chizik, Auburn; Dave Christensen, Wyoming; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Dave Doeren, Northern Illinois; Sonny Dykes, Louisiana Tech; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Kyle Flood, Rutgers; James Franklin, Vanderbilt; Al Golden, Miami (Fla.); Jim Grobe, Wake Forest; Darrell Hazell, Kent State; Brady Hoke, Michigan; Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia; Skip Holtz, South Florida; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Curtis Johnson, Tulane; Ellis Johnson, Southern Miss; Butch Jones, Cincinnati; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Lane Kiffin, Southern California (who has since relinquished his vote); Mike Leach, Washington State; Pete Lembo, Ball State; Tony Levine, Houston; Mike London, Virginia; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Dan McCarney, North Texas; Mike MacIntyre, San Jose State; Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina; Gus Malzahn, Arkansas State; Bronco Mendenhall, BYU; Les Miles, LSU; George O'Leary, Central Florida; Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut; Bo Pelini, Nebraska; Chris Petersen, Boise State; Joker Phillips, Kentucky; Paul Rhoads, Iowa State; Mark Richt, Georgia; Mike Riley, Oregon State; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Saban, Alabama; Steve Sarkisian, Washington; Frank Solich, Ohio; Steve Spurrier, South Carolina; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Jeff Tedford, California; Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech; Kevin Wilson, Indiana.
Breaking it down further, by conference the voting breaks out thus: The SEC tops the charts with seven voters, in a five-way tie for second with six voters each are the ACC, the Big Ten, C-USA, the MAC and the Pac-12, next with five voters each are the Big 12 and the MWC, tied for No. 4 with four voters each are the Big East and the Sun Belt and finally, in last place, with two voters each are the WAC and the Independents.
The AP Poll: The AP Poll is conducted by soliciting the votes of 65 sportswriters and broadcasters. If you are interested in reviewing the entire list (though this specific list may be a bit outdated, you’ll get an idea of how it works). Follow the link provided here, AP voters.
It is interesting to note that of the 41 states that have an FBS member, all 41 are represented on the AP voter committee.