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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Kirk Bohls

Austin American-Statesman
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
2Oregon13-21,4023
3TCU12-11,3496
4Alabama12-21,2971
5Michigan State11-21,2127
6Florida State13-11,2122
7Georgia Tech11-31,07110
8Baylor11-21,0984
9Georgia10-392513
10Missouri11-371016
11UCLA10-390814
12Arizona State10-375615
13Mississippi State10-37678
14Clemson10-368318
15Kansas State9-450911
16Mississippi9-45439
17Wisconsin11-372417
18Auburn8-521619
19USC9-431524
20Boise State12-265321
21Arizona10-449912
22Utah9-430223
23Louisville9-411620
24Marshall13-116128
25Arkansas7-610-

Kirk Bohls

I assume you want me to skip the levity like being born in a log cabin? Columnist for the Austin American-Statesman since 1994 and covered college football since college days at the University of Texas since 1971. Double-major at Texas until I decided not to run for president and fell nine hours shy of a second degree in political science. Proud Taylor Duck where he was the monster man and kick returner on the football team (think Honey Badger without talent). Voted in the AP Poll since (I believe) 1990. Loves to play tennis, watch all movies from Alfed Hitchcock to James Bond, travel everywhere and read everything that Michael Connelly, David Baldacci and Ralph Russo write.

Austin American-Statesman

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