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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Bob Asmussen

Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
2TCU12-11,3496
3Oregon13-21,4023
4Michigan State11-21,2127
5Alabama12-21,2971
6Florida State13-11,2122
7Baylor11-21,0984
8Georgia Tech11-31,07110
9UCLA10-390814
10Wisconsin11-372417
11Mississippi State10-37678
12Arizona State10-375615
13Georgia10-392513
14Missouri11-371016
15Boise State12-265321
16Clemson10-368318
17Mississippi9-45439
18Marshall13-116128
19USC9-431524
20Arizona10-449912
21Kansas State9-450911
22Air Force10-32133
23Louisville9-411620
24Auburn8-521619
25Memphis10-39429

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 (Ill.) 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 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