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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Jimmy Burch

Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram
Follow Jimmy Burch on Twitter @Jimmy_Burch
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
2TCU12-11,3496
3Oregon13-21,4023
4Alabama12-21,2971
5Florida State13-11,2122
6Michigan State11-21,2127
7Baylor11-21,0984
8Georgia Tech11-31,07110
9Georgia10-392513
10UCLA10-390814
11Arizona State10-375615
12Missouri11-371016
13Mississippi State10-37678
14Wisconsin11-372417
15Clemson10-368318
16Mississippi9-45439
17Boise State12-265321
18Arizona10-449912
19Auburn8-521619
20Kansas State9-450911
21USC9-431524
22Utah9-430223
23Marshall13-116128
24Memphis10-39429
25Stanford8-52737

Jimmy Burch

Jimmy Burch is the college football writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and has been covering the sport for the S-T since the 1987 season. He has received state and national honors for his work and has served multiple stints as an AP poll voter, starting with the 1992 season.

Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram
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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