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College Football Poll Watch: The Voters are Finally Getting it Right

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Jabrill Peppers

Every week, I write this column as a result of some of the strange decisions made by the voters in college football’s two most popular polls: the AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll. For the first time all season, I have nothing bad to say about either poll.

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Sure, we could nit-pick and argue whether or not Team A should be a spot or two above Team B, but for the most part, it would seems as though the preseason polls have been wiped away and the teams that are ranked are the teams that should be ranked.

I'll take it, especially given that the first edition of the only rankings that matter come out Tuesday night.

Here are some signs that the AP and coaches finally got their acts together this season:

The top six teams are pretty obvious

Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville and Ohio State are the top six teams in both the AP and the Coaches Polls — and in that order. Not only is it good to see both polls on the same page, but I'm on that page as well. And I’ve got a pretty good feeling that when the College Football Playoff rankings come out on Tuesday night, the top six teams on that list will match. In fact, I'll be stunned if they are different. If you've been watching college football at all in 2016, I'm not sure how you'd have anything different, either.

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Nebraska didn't get crushed for losing at Wisconsin

Now that Colin Cowherd has laid off the Iowa Hawkeyes and tipped his glass of Haterade toward the Nebraska Cornhuskers, I would not have been the least bit surprised to see the voters drop Nebraska well outside of the top 10 following Saturday night's overtime loss to Wisconsin. To the credit of the AP and Coaches Poll, that was not the case — nor should it have been. Wisconsin rose to the top of the rankings by winning and stayed there by proving they could go toe-to-toe with anyone. Nebraska rose to the top by beating everyone on its schedule. On Saturday night in Madison, Mike Riley's Huskers proved to the rest of the nation that they too have the horses and weapons to slug it out with the best of them. Kudos to the voters in both polls for keeping Nebraska in the top 10.

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No more eyebrow-raising appearances in the "others receivng votes" sections

Last week, one voter thought he would get cute and give SMU some love for knocking off Houston. There have been other questionable choices and teams receiving votes at the very bottom of the polls throughout the season. That was not the case this week, as all of the voters decided to take their ballot seriously. Perhaps the arrival of the first playoff rankings had something to do with that.

In any event, I'm happy that these polls that don't really matter actually won't matter for the rest of the season after Tuesday. Now, I get to put my poll-watching microscope on Condoleeza Rice and a group of old guys with various ties to the sport.

The season starts now.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on,, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.