AP Voting Guidelines
As posted by Jon Wilner here.
Some voting guidelines:
- Base your vote on performance, not reputation or preseason speculation.
- Avoid regional bias, for or against. Your local team does not deserve any special handling when it comes to your ballot.
- Pay attention to head-to-head results and
- Don’t hesitate to make significant changes in your ballot from week to week. There’s no rule against jumping the 16th-ranked team over the eighth-ranked team, if No. 16 is coming off a big victory and No. 8 just lost 52-6 to a so-so team.
- Teams on NCAA probation ARE eligible for the AP poll.
Some ethics guidelines:
- Voters should have no professional or booster connection to the schools they cover. This could pose a conflict of interest.
- Voters cannot write for team media guides or even independent fan magazines associated with certain schools. This has the potential of compromising a reporter’s objectivity.
- Adhere to APME and APSE standards of conduct: We do not accept free tickets, deals, discounts or gifts, etc.
- Please be advised: “Homerism” will be challenged and could lead to dismissal from the poll board.
How voters are selected (as of August 2016):
- Four 'national' voters are selected by the AP
- Local sports writers and editors select one voter for every three FBS teams in each state
- Discretion has been used in the past to adjust the number of voters
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