About the Legends Poll
The Legends Poll was established in 2005 as an advisory top 8 college football poll, currently comprised of 14 retired, Hall of Fame caliber coaches.
The poll’s voting panel includes 13 College Football Hall of Fame Members and represents seven national championships and over 3,000 victories combined.
The legendary coaches watch as many games as possible each week, then following each week of competition they discuss each team’s performance during a weekly conference call and establish a ranking of the Top 8 teams.
The Legends Poll voting process is exactly what the BCS has created in the College Football Playoff beginning in 2014 season. We essentially are a “de facto” Selection Committee. Follow us over this season and you will see how the Selection Committee will operate from 2014 onward.
Who are the Legends Football Coaches?
Their names are synonymous with college football excellence. The legendary coaches are all College Football Hall of Fame members, or former coaches who are on track to be Hall of Fame members in the future.
The current Legends Poll voting panel includes coaching icons Bobby Bowden (Florida State), Frank Broyles (Arkansas), John Cooper (Ohio State), Fisher DeBerry (Air Force), Vince Dooley (Georgia), Terry Donahue (UCLA), Pat Dye (Auburn), LaVell Edwards (BYU), Bill Mallory (Indiana), Don Nehlen (West Virginia), John Robinson (USC), R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M), Gene Stallings (Alabama) and George Welsh (Virginia).
Retired voting panel members include the legendary coaches Hayden Fry (Iowa), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), John Ralston (Stanford), Bobby Ross (Georgia Tech), Frank Kush (Arizona State) Dick MacPherson (Syracuse and Tom Osborne (Nebraska). Bo Schembechler (Michigan) passed away in 2006 and Don James (Washington) passed away in 2013, both while serving as a voters on the Legends Poll.
Our mission is to deliver an alternative rankings system for college football that is unbiased and accurate, and to provide unique content to the college football fan.
The Legends Poll is unique because it is made up of three components… the most experienced coaches, who actually watch the games, and a panel of voters that discusses and deliberates throughout the season before casting its votes. No other system has any of these components.