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AP Football Voters and Voting Guidelines

Voters by Season

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000

1999 | 1998

Sources for this data are Collegio Football 2008 (1998-2008), PollSpeak.com (2009-13; names only), and The Associated Press (2014 to present). Some minor inconsistencies were found when compiling this data, but few corrections have been made so far. Some assumptions were made for voters that participated in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

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

AP voters are selected as follows (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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