Citing a desire to try to influence the College Football Playoff selection committee, the coaches’ poll won’t go away despite losing its power with the end of the BCS.
Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville explained the line of reasoning to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd:
“We’re not going to be able to sway them,” Tuberville said, “but we might mentally be able to [say] ‘Hey, here’s what the coaches think: Michigan ought to be three and Ohio State ought to be five.”
Whether the selection committee would listen to a bunch of preoccupied coaches, though, is another story.
The coaches’ poll generally is the laziest of all polls — maybe because its voters are, you know, extremely busy on Saturdays — but it does have a history that dates back to the 1950s, for what it’s worth. After its members voluntarily removed it from the BCS formula, the AP poll continued and still holds some sway, too.
But with the poll not really having any power, perhaps more coaches will feel such strong ennui they won’t approach it with much rigor, or entirely pass their vote off to someone else within the program.