This next poll is used to choose national champion but is usually not recognized as much since the BCS was instituted. Once since the BCS was institutted has the AP poll not agreed with the national champion that was selected by the BCS.
The AP poll consists of 60 sportswriters and broadcasters from across the country. Each with their own affiliation for their newspapers or news stations they work for. Austin’s own Kirk Bohls is a voter for the poll. This link here shows who they are and what they each personally voted for this past week.
These next 3 scoring systems consist of the BCS scoring system which is supposed to select a national champion.
The Coaches Poll consists of 59 head coaches at D-1 schools. It is in D-2 and D-3 schools as well. This link will show you who is in the 2009 board of coaches.
The 2009 Harris Interactive College Football Poll is comprised of 114 panelists and includes former coaches, players, administrators and current and former media. Panelists are randomly drawn by Harris Interactive from among more than 300 nominations supplied by the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) conferences and independent institutions.
The computer ranking makes the last 1/3 of the BCS total. The computers are made up of the following 6 systems
Jeff Sagarin, Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Dr. Peter Wolfe
The mathematics that are put into these ratings are just mind blowing. I would rather just let you check out this link to make your own minds up on how indepth they are.
IMO, the BCS has the ability to choose the correct national champion with more accuracy than the AP poll alone, the remaining other teams are always going to be up in the air.