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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Bill Rabinowitz

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
4Michigan State11-21,2127
6Florida State13-11,2122
9Georgia Tech11-31,07110
10Arizona State10-375615
12Boise State12-265321
18Mississippi State10-37678
20Kansas State9-450911
25Colorado State10-3231

Bill Rabinowitz

Bill Rabinowitz covers Ohio State football for the Columbus Dispatch. Before that, he was the national college football writer for the Dispatch. He covered the NFL (Ravens, Browns and Bengals) for 12 seasons. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Northwestern University.

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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: