The Master Coaches Survey, an advisory poll comprised of 16 former college football coaches, includes 10 College Football Hall of Fame members and represents five national championships and over 2,900 all-time victories combined. Based on the MCS system, the voters review all relevant game tapes following each week of competition, discuss the teams' performances during a weekly conference call, then establish a ranking of the Top 25 teams. The results are released to the media each Wednesday afternoon and to the public on ESPN Classic's Classic Now later that evening. The MCS Top 25 also can be found on the MCS website (www.mcspoll.com), including a breakdown of how the coaches voted.
As part of their Top 25 selection process, the coaches not only attend games across the nation, but spend countless hours reviewing DVDs of the previous weekend¹s match-ups. Through this extensive process, the expert panel of coaches also selects the top players and assistant coaches who will be awarded MCS Game Balls each week.