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CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:08 am
Edited on: October 18, 2010 8:48 am
 

UPDATE: From Travis Haney's twitter account: "The AP voters (including me) just got an e-mail outlining policies. It wants us to check with it, to ensure it gets our ballots."



The lead in the Associated Press' AP Top 25 story doesn't tell the whole story of what transpired last night.

NEW YORK -- Michigan
moved up a spot to No. 19 and South Carolina moved down to No. 20 Sunday night after it was learned that an out of date ballot was used in tabulating the Associated Press college football poll. No other rankings changed when the correct ballot was entered.

Late last night as we were looking for voters to break down in our blog and weekly "Ballot Grades" we noticed Greg Archuleta, from the Albuquerque Journal had the same ballot as the previous week.

Last week, Archuleta had Texas ranked at No. 9 with South Carolina at No. 15 and Auburn at No. 16. When looking at what we thought was his ballot this week, something didn't seem right.

Was it possible for a voter to have the same exact ballot as the previous week? What if something happened to Archuleta over the weekend and he wasn't able to turn in a ballot? Does AP just automatically default to last week? Red flags were popping up all over the place.

We contacted the Associated Press and editor Ralph Russo last night. He called us back and let us know that Archuleta did turn in a correct ballot and it was a technical glitch on their part. So they adjusted the votes and that's why Michigan moved up overnight and South Carolina moved down.

CBSSports.com and Pollspeak are here to not only keep the voters in check with their weekly ballots, but also the AP.

Comments

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2010 9:08 am
 

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

You obviously haven't given this much thought. You are wanting conference champs from the bottom conferences in a playoff. Again, sure it sounds good, but believe you me, spponsors won't go for it. Capital One, Tostitos, Fedex and Citi are no longer main sponsors. You just shot yourelf in the foot, with these main sponsors no longer getting the air time they get when they decide to sponsor a bowl, you think the ideal of paying ungodly amounts for commercials to try to hype up a game between the MAC Champion and the Sun-Belt Conference. Come on America, sure it sounds good and makes good conversation, but just get used to it. The bowl setup we have now is good enough, quit trying to make these college kids professionals before their time and btw, a 2 football league (college and pros) won't work. Look what happened to the AFL and NFL n 1970.



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:30 pm
 

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

People need to educate themselves.  This poll has NOTHING to do with the BCS and therefore, this mistake has absolutely nothing to do with a playoff. The AP poll is meaningless

Education is why Pollspeak is here.  The AP Poll is not meaningless in any way.  We've covered this many times, so I'll use the short version:

1)  If you would like more TV, Radio and Newspaper coverage for your team, you should care about the AP.  For example, teams with higher AP ranking get better TV coverage, they appear more often on the ESPN bottom line ticker, they appear every week in newspaper top 25 capsules, etc.  So the polls matter all year long, not just in the end.

2) The AP has crowned a national champion since 1936, far longer than the BCS, Bowl Coalition, and whatever is coming next.  When people look at historical records (i.e. most national championships), they are often talking about the AP.  Also, if the BCS named Team X national champion, and your favortie team was named AP National champion, I'm sure you would still accept the title, and there would be recognition by your school in its trophy room, etc.






Since: Mar 27, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 6:23 pm
 

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

This is why these clowns are not involved with the national title game.



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:51 am
 

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

over rated



Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2010 8:57 am
 

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

As a Bama fan not having a playoff doesn't hurt my team in any way,but I do think this shows more reason for us to go to that system.  It would be much more exciting to see a playoff implemented.  I don't think everybody would be all up in arms over Boise if we could do away with the BCS.  All Boise has done is win, even if they only play against a lesser oppositon, a playoff would settle if they can hang with the big boys week in and week out.




Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:53 am
 

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

No it's not the worst.  Boxing is a lot worse.  And professional wrestling?  :)



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:26 am
 

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

good catch...but it's just another proof of the utter stupidity of the  BCS/bowl/voting system




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2010 11:45 pm
 

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

Darst is a little man!



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2010 8:28 pm
 

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

  People need to educate themselves.  This poll has NOTHING to do with the BCS and therefore, this mistake has absolutely nothing to do with a playoff. The AP poll is meaningless.



Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2010 8:27 pm
 

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

Hey CBS Sportsline. I like your site EXCEPT the talking heads. When I want that I watch TV. Gimmie a break.


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