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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Chris Murray

Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
2TCU12-11,3496
3Oregon13-21,4023
4Alabama12-21,2971
5Michigan State11-21,2127
6Florida State13-11,2122
7Baylor11-21,0984
8UCLA10-390814
9Georgia Tech11-31,07110
10Georgia10-392513
11Wisconsin11-372417
12Clemson10-368318
13Missouri11-371016
14Boise State12-265321
15Kansas State9-450911
16Arizona10-449912
17Mississippi State10-37678
18Arizona State10-375615
19Utah9-430223
20USC9-431524
21Auburn8-521619
22Mississippi9-45439
23Notre Dame8-528-
24Stanford8-52737
25Marshall13-116128

Chris Murray

Chris Murray has been the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal’s Nevada Wolf Pack basketball beat writer since 2007 and the newspaper’s football beat writer since 2010. He’s also held the role of assistant sports editor and won multiple APSE and Nevada Press Association awards for feature writing, project writing and explanatory journalism.

Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal

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