AP reveals plans for Top 25 poll in 2020 college football season
The annual Associated Press preseason Top 25 signifies that the college football season is close to kicking off. With the fall season officially off for the Big Ten and Pac-12, many college football fans have wondered about the makeup of the first AP Top 25 of August.
On Friday, the AP addressed those questions. For the preseason poll, set to come out Aug. 24, the AP has asked its voters to consider all Divison I teams, indicating that Big Ten and Pac-12 will be ranked in the first poll. That won’t last long, however, as once games begin, voters will rank only teams that are scheduled to play.
“The preseason poll has always been a speculative ranking of teams based on last year’s results and knowledge about the new makeup of teams,” AP global sports editor Michael Giarrusso told Ralph D. Russo. “This year, we think it is crucial to give all the teams and all their fans a snapshot look at what the Top 25 would have been to open the season.”
The AP preseason and postseason All-American teams will be conducted similarly, per the article. The Big Ten and Pac-12 are both eying to play in the spring. If a spring season takes place, the AP will rank teams then as well.
“The AP and our voters have no idea what a spring football season will look like. But we are open to adapting and finding a way for our Top 25 voters to be involved in ranking teams if real games are played in the spring of 2021,” Giarrusso said.
On Twitter, Russo shared that a smaller poll was discussed. While the AP is keeping a Top 25, it plans to be “nimble and flexible.”
That was discussed. A lot of stuff was discussed.
I would say this: the buzzwords around college sports nimble and flexible.
We plan to be nimble and flexible. The AP poll is by nature reactive. The plan with the poll this season is to keep reacting when the landscape changes. https://t.co/uyseUKkFdG
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 14, 2020
Flexibility will likely be important in an unusual college football season.