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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
1Clemson (60)14-11,5003
2Alabama14-11,4401
3USC10-31,2929
4Penn State11-31,1305
5Oklahoma11-21,2527
6Washington12-21,2774
7Ohio State11-21,2402
8Wisconsin11-31,0328
9Florida State10-31,10510
10Oklahoma State10-392013
11Michigan10-31,0016
12Western Michigan13-161912
13Virginia Tech10-461018
14Stanford10-373016
15South Florida11-235825
16Colorado10-458511
17Florida9-464020
18Miami (FL)9-4338-
19West Virginia10-336814
20LSU8-465119
21Air Force10-330-
22San Diego State11-3113-
23Western Kentucky11-332-
24Kansas State9-483-
25Pittsburgh8-52122

Kirk Bohls

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 61 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 ten 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