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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.

Click here to view the full list of voters

Our Mission

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.

14 Comments

14 comments
CraigPMiller
CraigPMiller

So much for the "Legends" coaches knowledge of football. What, are you all from the East? Let me educate you. Wisconsin foes win/loss record is 56 and 64 to date. Two of those are in the top 25. Arizona State foes are 75 and 48 and 5...yes 5, are currently ranked in the BCS top 25. To top it off, ASU plays 9 conference games, Wisconsin 8. So they have one more weak game already played. One may make the same argument for Michigan State.

gsu2432
gsu2432

Give BYU some love.  They have consistently gotten better and have a future Heisman candidate in Taysom Hill.  They have a great defense and kyle Van Noy is playing great football.

Just something to think about.

Teeburg
Teeburg

Honestly of all the final polls, I think this is the most accurate regarding where each team should actually be ranked.  I think this truly reflects the strength of the teams without the bias and media hype and it eliminates voters who don't truly know the game.

Timothy
Timothy

Evidently all Notre Dame haters as far as I can see. 

gregbuckner
gregbuckner

How on earth does Nebraska go up two spots after getting trounced by 40?? haha, last time I look at these standings!!

X X
X X

Alabama #1  Notre Dame #2   What world are these coaches living in. This is pure BS

Adamdavid
Adamdavid

Bobby bowden didn't even know his own players' names by the time he retired...how can he possibly vote for the best teams...

Don Swenson
Don Swenson

The mission of the Legends poll is to be unbiased.  It is the only poll that has Louisville and Rutgers ranked and Kent State and Northern Illinois not ranked.  Kent State beat Rutgers at Rutgers 35-23.  Louisville lost to Connecticut which lost to Western Michigan, a 4-7 MAC team.  The Big East does has not earned these rankings.  The MAC has.

john jay
john jay

sirs: the best poll extent, seems to me.  beats the bcs hands down.  i have great respect for the coaches and their decisions on ranking, even when i don't agree with them.  at least you know where they are coming from. john jay milton freewater, oregon p.s.  oregon should be ranked over stanford.  and, yes, usc is a very solid football team, especially late this season.

Marcusturko
Marcusturko

I only count two components.  What's the 3rd? The Scripps 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.

Low3477
Low3477

What happen to the forum page with giveaways?

Cirmrt
Cirmrt

Pretty prescient world, huh?

RollTide
RollTide

hahhahahahhahahhahahha 

corbett
corbett

1) Experienced coaches  2) They watch the game (as opposed to the current USA Today Coaches Poll) and 3) panel discussion.