How does bama qualify for the game when it should not have a poll vote that qualifies as 1/3 of the total total? What am I missing? The coaches poll is 1/3rd of the total BCS Explained, Bowl Championship Series [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]I. Harris Interactive Poll (1/3rd) Replaces the AP Poll. The first poll will be released September 27, then weekly through December 6. A team's score in the Harris poll will be divided by 2,850, which is the maximum number of points any team can receive if all 114 voting members rank the same team as Number 1. Example: 2,850 / 2,850 = 1.0. If a team receives a total of 114 voting points, an average of 25th place, their BCS quotient of this component would be .04. (1.0 / 25 = 0.04).[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]II. Coaches Poll (1/3rd) A team's score in the USA Today poll will be divided by 1,475, which is the maximum number of points any team can receive if all 59 voting members rank the same team as Number 1. Example: 1,475 / 1,475 = 1.0. If a team receives a total of 59 voting points, an average of 25th place, their BCS quotient of this component would be .04. (1.0 / 25 = 0.04).[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1](Better understanding the polls: In both human polls, voting members fill out their own top 25 rankings ballot. Each team receives 1-25 points in reverse order of the way they are ranked. The 25th place team on each ballot receives 1 point, 24th place gets 2 points, 23rd receives 3 points... first place receives 25 points. This inverse point order is also applied to the computer rankings.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]In the Harris Interactive College Football Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll, a team will be evaluated on the number of voting points it receives in each poll. The number of actual voters, which can vary and has varied in the past, is figured into the computation on a weekly basis in stating each team's percentage of a possible perfect score.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1]III. Computer rankings (1/3rd) The computer rankings percentage is calculated by dropping the highest and lowest ranking for each team and then dividing the remaining total by 100, the maximum possible points. (Example: the 6 rankers have Team A ranked 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, and 4. Take away the 2 and 4 which leaves an average of 3rd place. The BCS quotient of this component would be 0.92. (23 / 25 = 0.92).[/SIZE][/FONT] ___________________________________________________ College Football 2008 Special Feature - Ranking the Polls Coaches – Before the preseason poll is conducted, all voters receive a letter from AFCA executive director Grant Teaff reminding them of what he and the newspaper expect each week. Basically, it's a ballot that's cast without fear or favor and delivered on time. It must be personally drawn up by the coach and preferably phoned in by him as well, though it is acceptable to have a staff member call if necessary. Failure to adhere to these guidelines can result in removal from the board of voters. The AFCA also reviews the guidelines in a letter sent out before the final regular-season poll: · The coaches are told they can vote for any eligible Division I-A team. They are told that any team on major NCAA or conference probation is not eligible (if a team's status should change during the season, we do notify them). __________________________________________________________ Alabama football, 15 other teams on probation Published: June 11, 2009 Updated: 06/11/2009 03:17 pm TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The NCAA placed Alabama's football program and 15 other of the school's athletic teams on three years' probation for major violations due to misuse of free textbooks. __________________________________________________________ But bama gets 54 first place votes in a poll it isn't eligible for? USATODAY.com [FONT="]Team (first-place votes)[/FONT] [FONT="]Record[/FONT] [FONT="]Points [/FONT] [FONT="]Last week[/FONT] [FONT="]1.[/FONT] [FONT="]Alabama (54)[/FONT] [FONT="]13-0[/FONT] [FONT="]1,470[/FONT] [FONT="]3[/FONT] The AFCA prohibits coaches from voting for schools on major NCAA probation.