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The AP Top 25 Poll

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(###) Number of first place votes
1
Record: 14-1
PV Rank
5
Points
1,475
2
Record: 13-2
3
1,402
3
Record: 12-1
6
1,349
4
Record: 12-2
1
1,297
5
Record: 11-2
7
1,212
5
Record: 13-1
2
1,212
7
Record: 11-2
4
1,098
8
Record: 11-3
10
1,071
9
Record: 10-3
13
925
10
Record: 10-3
14
908
11
Record: 10-3
8
767
12
Record: 10-3
15
756
13
Record: 11-3
17
724
14
Record: 11-3
16
710
15
Record: 10-3
18
683
16
Record: 12-2
21
653
17
Record: 9-4
9
543
18
Record: 9-4
11
509
19
Record: 10-4
12
499
20
Record: 9-4
24
315
21
Record: 9-4
23
302
22
Record: 8-5
19
216
23
Record: 13-1
28
161
24
Record: 9-4
20
116
25
Record: 10-3
29
94

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