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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Tom Murphy

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (45)3-01,5041
2Oklahoma (1)3-01,4322
3Clemson (15)3-01,4463
4Penn State3-01,3065
5USC3-01,2414
6Washington3-01,1416
7Florida State0-192211
8Oklahoma State3-01,1549
9Michigan3-01,0817
10Ohio State2-11,0158
11Wisconsin3-01,03110
12Mississippi State3-0532-
13Georgia3-094013
14Virginia Tech3-073016
15TCU3-055320
16Miami (FL)1-060617
17Auburn2-159615
18Washington State3-041921
19San Diego State3-0201-
20Louisville2-135614
21South Florida3-027222
22Maryland2-084-
23Florida1-130824
24LSU2-115312
25Memphis2-021-

Tom Murphy

Louisiana Tech graduate (1988) with MA in English; Covered nine head coaches in last 16 seasons at Alabama (1998-2007) and Arkansas (2007-13). Married with 3 children. Native of Atlanta, Ga.
 

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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 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