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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Charles Davis

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
5Florida State13-11,2122
6Michigan State11-21,2127
8Georgia Tech11-31,07110
10Arizona State10-375615
13Mississippi State10-37678
15Boise State12-265321
16Kansas State9-450911
23Notre Dame8-528-

Charles Davis

Former University of Tennessee defensive back Charles Davis teams with FOX Sports play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson to form the FOX Sports Media Group’s lead college football announce team. Davis, an NFL on FOX analyst since 2009, calls select NFL games with Johnson as well.

He joined FOX Sports in 2006 as the network’s lead BCS analyst and in his three seasons called the 2007-2009 National Championship Games, the 2009 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl and the thrilling Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in 2007 featuring Boise State's remarkable come from behind heroics in their overtime victory over Oklahoma. Davis also teamed with Thom Brennaman to call Big Ten Network games in 2007-08 and hosted SEC Gridiron LIVE, the only weekly SEC football show in the country, televised on the FOX Sports RSNs serving the SEC footprint in 2008 and 2009.
Prior to joining the FOX Sports Media Group, Davis worked five seasons as lead analyst for TBS's college football coverage of the Big 12 and Pac-10 conferences, where he teamed with play-by-play announcer Ron Thulin and sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Craig Sager. Davis also served as a sideline reporter for Jefferson Pilot's SEC Football Game of the Week in 2000 and 2001, as well as host of SEC Football Today pre-game show and SEC-TV halftime reports. He also served as a studio and game analyst for NBC's coverage of the Arena Football League from 2003 to 2006.
Davis is an analyst on NFL Network's College Football Now, Path to the Draft, and NFL Total Access. His other broadcasting assignments include college football analyst for the NFL Network’s broadcasts of the Texas Bowl and Under Armour Senior Bowl as well as the network’s coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft (2006-Present), sideline reporter for TNT's NBA playoff coverage (2004-2006), sideline reporter for CBS' coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament (2000-2001), analyst for ESPN Plus' regional coverage of Big East Conference (2006) and Conference USA regular-season and post-season play basketball games (2004-2005).
Davis served as assistant athletic director at Stanford University from 1994 to 1996. Other early professional achievements include serving as director of the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; special assistant to the executive director of the USOC; became the first African-American tournament director in PGA Tour history when he ran the PGA TOUR’s Disney Golf Classic from 1998-2000; and assistant football coach at the University of the Pacific. Davis was a four-year starter at defensive back at the University of Tennessee from 1983 to 1986. In addition, he was named to the Academic All-SEC team in 1986.
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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: