Using Pareto’s concept of circulation of elites as a guiding principle, the Associated Press (AP) final Collegiate football polls were analyzed for the years 1968-1984. It appears that Pareto’s conception of the circulation of elites is a useful framework in understanding the changes that occur in the rankings of NCAA Division I football teams as measured by the AP final polls. There appears to be three levels of circulation: (a) those involved in very minor shifts up and down; (b) those that shift considerably but still remain in the standings; and (c) those that circulate in and out of the polls.
Direct all correspondence to John F. Seggar, Dept. of Sociology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.