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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Bob Asmussen

Champaign News-Gazette
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (57)10-01,5211
2Miami (FL) (4)9-01,4387
3Wisconsin10-01,3226
4Oklahoma9-11,3675
5Clemson9-11,3584
6Auburn8-21,19910
7Ohio State8-21,03611
8UCF9-080714
9Georgia9-11,1512
10TCU8-28758
11Notre Dame8-21,0013
12Penn State8-281816
13USC9-286615
14Oklahoma State8-289812
15Mississippi State7-349218
16Washington8-25759
17South Florida8-123622
18Washington State9-261419
19Stanford7-3287-
20Memphis8-143720
21Michigan State7-325913
22Michigan8-231521
23LSU7-3276-
24West Virginia7-322223
25Arizona7-349-

Bob Asmussen

Bob Asmussen is in his 25th year at The Champaign News-Gazette. He became the Illinois football beat writer in 1996. Asmussen has also covered men's and women's basketball, volleyball and wrestling. He has won numerous national and state awards for his writing. Married to a fellow reporter, Asmussen has a son and a daughter. They live in Champaign.

Champaign News-Gazette

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 61 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 ten 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