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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Eric Hansen

The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
2Oregon13-21,4023
3TCU12-11,3496
4Michigan State11-21,2127
5Alabama12-21,2971
6Baylor11-21,0984
7Florida State13-11,2122
8Georgia Tech11-31,07110
9UCLA10-390814
10Georgia10-392513
11Arizona State10-375615
12Wisconsin11-372417
13Arizona10-449912
14Mississippi9-45439
15Mississippi State10-37678
16Clemson10-368318
17Missouri11-371016
18Boise State12-265321
19Utah9-430223
20Kansas State9-450911
21USC9-431524
22Auburn8-521619
23Louisville9-411620
24Notre Dame8-528-
25Stanford8-52737

Eric Hansen

Notre Dame football beat writer for the South Bend Tribune. Co-host of Weekday SportsBeat on WSBT radio (960-AM, 96.1 FB, wsbtradio.com). 

The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune

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