The men who vote weekly in the Legends Poll Top 8 include retired coaches like Gene Stallings of Alabama, Vince Dooley of Georgia, Frank Broyles of Arkansas, and John Robinson of USC. What do these men have that those on the selection committee do not? Experience coaching national championship teams. And experience coaching against national championship teams.
The Legends Poll is a “Top 8” because the retired coaches believe that the four-team playoff, which begins at the end of this season, will soon expand to an eight-team playoff.
The CFP Selection Committee will reveal its second poll tonight. Today the Legends have a top six that remains unchanged from last week.
Mississippi State remains number one, followed by Florida State, Alabama third, Auburn fourth, Oregon fifth, Michigan State sixth, TCU moving back into the poll at seventh after its last second win over West Virginia, and Notre Dame falling down a spot to number eight.
Alabama received first place votes from two men who coached at Texas A&M, Stallings and R.C. Slocum. Former Virginia Coach George Welsh was the only one of the 14 participants who did not have Alabama in his top four.