So I was going to come in here and just post "what the heck is their reasoning behind that?", but I figured if I read the article they'd explain it. So I read the article, and the questions still stands....what the heck is their reasoning behind that?
The really didn't explain it at all, except to say "confidential voting is better, that's why they use it when they vote for the president". Ok...that's not really a reason at all. They just kind of said "we're doing it this way because it's better", without ever saying why they think it's better.
It's going to be a mess. Heck, it already is. Mack Brown said he was really, really close to going against the rules and voting Texas #1 after the BCS championship game last year. Then he said he wouldn't vote next year. Now after this gets announced he says he's really excited about being a voter next year. Anyone think Mack Brown's poll is going to be anything other than the exact scenario that works best for Texas?
Seriously, where do they find the guys that make these rules? The head of whatever ridiculous committee that is responsible for this said he was relieved that not only did this part about confidentiality pass, but also that the proposed change to eliminate preseason polls did not pass. Uh...that's the exact opposite of the optimal results. Eliminating preseason polls would have been a step forward.