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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Bill Landis

Cleveland Plain Dealer
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (45)3-01,5041
2Clemson (15)3-01,4463
3Oklahoma (1)3-01,4322
4Florida State0-192211
5Penn State3-01,3065
6Georgia3-094013
7USC3-01,2414
8Michigan3-01,0817
9Ohio State2-11,0158
10Oklahoma State3-01,1549
11Wisconsin3-01,03110
12Virginia Tech3-073016
13Washington3-01,1416
14Miami (FL)1-060617
15TCU3-055320
16Auburn2-159615
17Mississippi State3-0532-
18Notre Dame2-157-
19Washington State3-041921
20Oregon3-0158-
21Utah3-0194-
22San Diego State3-0201-
23West Virginia2-1114-
24LSU2-115312
25Florida1-130824

Bill Landis

Cleveland Plain Dealer

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