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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Bob Asmussen

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1USC (2)10-31,3253
2Alabama (52)14-11,5132
3Florida State (4)10-31,3968
4Oklahoma11-21,1705
5Ohio State (3)11-21,4146
6Clemson14-11,2011
7Michigan10-388110
8Washington12-21,1504
9Penn State11-31,1967
10Wisconsin11-39269
11Auburn8-588024
12LSU8-478413
13Stanford10-369512
14Oklahoma State10-388911
15Georgia8-5690-
16Florida9-462414
17Kansas State9-4317-
18Louisville9-462921
19South Florida11-232719
20West Virginia10-320718
21Miami (FL)9-449220
22Tennessee9-411422
23Texas5-7173-
24Oregon4-821-
25Boise State10-337-

Bob Asmussen

Bob Asmussen is in his 25th year at The Champaign News-Gazette. He became the Illinois football beat writer in 1996. Asmussen has also covered men's and women's basketball, volleyball and wrestling. He has won numerous national and state awards for his writing. Married to a fellow reporter, Asmussen has a son and a daughter. They live in Champaign.

Champaign News-Gazette

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