There’s a bad, bad, bad mix potentially brewing between a sport whose national championship matchup is decided, mostly, by opinions and judging in a system that thrives and flourishes on chaos and open dialogue, and a network with financial rooting interests and no tolerance whatsoever for even the most minor of controversies. Yes, it will be a problem at some point that ESPN will control the message and the information that those voting for the top teams will be receiving.
Does any ACC coach who votes in the Coaches’ Poll watch any Pac 10 football whatsoever? Not unless it’s USC against someone big. Does any WAC coach spend his college football Saturday dissecting the Big East matchups before his team has to play? Of course not.