NEW YORK -- Call it the Appalachian State rule. After pulling off one of the greatest upsets in college football history, Appalachian State is still shaking things up.
The Associated Press is changing its rules covering its weekly
college football poll. Lower-division schools are now eligible for
its 71-year-old poll.
Several AP voters expressed interest in putting Appalachian
State on their ballots after a shocking 34-32 upset at
then-Number-5 Michigan last weekend. But the poll guidelines, which
mirrored the coaches' rankings conducted by USA Today, limited
AP Sports Editor Terry Taylor says the change was made because
schools that can compete with big-time teams on the field should
have a chance to be recognized with them in the top 25.