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The last polls of the regular season were released on Sunday. Of course, there is still one more regular season game to be played: Army vs. Navy. This year, the outcome should have no bearing on the polls, but it is possible that someday it will. The BCS and AP should consider that in future seasons.
The last regular season polls means something big at Pollspeak: the release of the Coaches’ and Harris Interactive ballots! We get the AP ballots every week of the season, but this is the only week we get to see the other two. They don’t even get released after the bowl games. Check out all of the ballots here:
· AP Poll Ballots
· Coaches’ Poll Ballots
· Harris Interactive College Football Poll Ballots
This year was relatively uncontroversial -- particularly at the top. The two teams most people think should be in the BCS championship are the ones going: Auburn and Oregon. This will be a year that the BCS can point to and say that the system works. Of course, there was still one undefeated team left out of the championship: TCU. While most people think the BCS got it right this year, just for the record, the following voters thought TCU should be in the title game instead:
AP Poll: Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bill Cole of the Winston-Salem Journal, Bob Asmussen of the Champaign News-Gazette, and Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Coaches’ Poll: Robb Akey, Head Coach of Idaho; Kyle Whittingham, Head Coach of Utah; and Mike Locksley, Head Coach of New Mexico.
Harris Interactive Poll: Larry Keech, long-time journalist for the News-Record in North Carolina; Bob Wagner, ex-Head Coach of Hawaii; and Sammy Batten, journalist for the Fay Observer in North Carolina.
The voters know that their ballots are public this week, so everybody should be on their best behavior. We can only guess what kind of shenanigans go on the rest of the season. With that in mind, here are the most extreme voters in each poll. You can make your own judgments about how well they voted:
Harris Interactive Poll: