Posted on: September 27, 2010 10:08 am
Edited on: October 18, 2010 8:48 am

CBSSports.com, Pollspeak notify AP of error

UPDATE: From Travis Haney's twitter account: "The AP voters (including me) just got an e-mail outlining policies. It wants us to check with it, to ensure it gets our ballots."

The lead in the Associated Press' AP Top 25 story doesn't tell the whole story of what transpired last night.

NEW YORK -- Michigan
moved up a spot to No. 19 and South Carolina moved down to No. 20 Sunday night after it was learned that an out of date ballot was used in tabulating the Associated Press college football poll. No other rankings changed when the correct ballot was entered.

Late last night as we were looking for voters to break down in our blog and weekly "Ballot Grades" we noticed Greg Archuleta, from the Albuquerque Journal had the same ballot as the previous week.

Last week, Archuleta had Texas ranked at No. 9 with South Carolina at No. 15 and Auburn at No. 16. When looking at what we thought was his ballot this week, something didn't seem right.

Was it possible for a voter to have the same exact ballot as the previous week? What if something happened to Archuleta over the weekend and he wasn't able to turn in a ballot? Does AP just automatically default to last week? Red flags were popping up all over the place.

We contacted the Associated Press and editor Ralph Russo last night. He called us back and let us know that Archuleta did turn in a correct ballot and it was a technical glitch on their part. So they adjusted the votes and that's why Michigan moved up overnight and South Carolina moved down.

CBSSports.com and Pollspeak are here to not only keep the voters in check with their weekly ballots, but also the AP.

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