What Are the Football Polls for College Coaches?


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The Amway Coaches Poll, published by USA Today, is a ranking of the top 25 Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS, Division 1 college teams. The poll's results are compiled from votes by 64 college football coaches from the country's seven geographical regions.

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What Are the Football Polls for College Coaches?
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The poll and panel of members was established in 1950 by Leo Petersen, United Press International's first sports editor. Peterson wanted the Coaches Poll to rival the current poll at the time sponsored by the Associated Press. The Coaches Poll was also know as the UPI poll because of its sponsor from 1950 to 1990. After that, the poll has been sponsored by USA Today and CNN from 1991 to 1996; USA Today and ESPN from 1997 to 2004; and by USA Today alone after that.

From 1998 to 2013, the Coaches Poll was one of the elements that influenced the team rankings in the Bowl Championship Series in college football. Such rankings determined what teams played in the BCS National Championship Game, the winner of which was considered NCAA Division FBS national champion in college football. In 2014, Amway became a title sponsor of the Coaches Poll, and since then, it has been known as the Amway Coaches Poll. Since 1974, teams on probation have not been allowed to receive votes from panel members.

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