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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Robert Gagliardi

Laramie Boomerang
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (52)14-11,5132
2Florida State (4)10-31,3968
3Ohio State (3)11-21,4146
4USC (2)10-31,3253
5Oklahoma11-21,1705
6Washington12-21,1504
7Clemson14-11,2011
8Penn State11-31,1967
9Michigan10-388110
10Oklahoma State10-388911
11Wisconsin11-39269
12Auburn8-588024
13Georgia8-5690-
14Florida9-462414
15Stanford10-369512
16Louisville9-462921
17Kansas State9-4317-
18Miami (FL)9-449220
19West Virginia10-320718
20South Florida11-232719
21Virginia Tech10-424016
22Tennessee9-411422
23LSU8-478413
24Texas5-7173-
25Utah9-48523

Robert Gagliardi

Laramie Boomerang

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