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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Doug Doughty

Roanoke (Va) Times
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
2Oregon13-21,4023
3TCU12-11,3496
4Alabama12-21,2971
5Florida State13-11,2122
6Michigan State11-21,2127
7Baylor11-21,0984
8Georgia Tech11-31,07110
9Boise State12-265321
10UCLA10-390814
11Georgia10-392513
12Clemson10-368318
13Wisconsin11-372417
14Arizona State10-375615
15Missouri11-371016
16Mississippi State10-37678
17Arizona10-449912
18Mississippi9-45439
19USC9-431524
20Kansas State9-450911
21Marshall13-116128
22Utah9-430223
23Memphis10-39429
24Duke9-41830
25Auburn8-521619

Doug Doughty

Roanoke (Va) Times

Poll Methodology

The AP Top 25 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks college football's best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first place vote, 24 for second place and so on through to the 25th team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams' point totals from highest to lowest. The mathematical formula is the same as the one used for the AP Pro 32 rankings and the AP Top 25 rankings for men's and women's basketball.

History of the Poll

The Associated Press began its college football poll on Oct. 19, 1936, and it is now the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. The preseason poll was started in 1950. A panel of 60 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly. All of the voters have an extensive background in covering college football. Alabama's nine AP national titles lead the way, with Notre Dame sitting second with eight. Oklahoma has seven, while Miami and Southern California have five each. Each team's ranking will be mentioned in AP stories throughout the preseason and the regular season, along with a link to the Top 25: collegefootball.ap.org/poll