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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Jerry DiPaola

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (52)14-11,5132
2Ohio State (3)11-21,4146
3USC (2)10-31,3253
4Penn State11-31,1967
5Oklahoma11-21,1705
6Florida State (4)10-31,3968
7Washington12-21,1504
8Clemson14-11,2011
9Michigan10-388110
10LSU8-478413
11Georgia8-5690-
12Oklahoma State10-388911
13Auburn8-588024
14Louisville9-462921
15Stanford10-369512
16Wisconsin11-39269
17Florida9-462414
18Texas5-7173-
19Miami (FL)9-449220
20Kansas State9-4317-
21Tennessee9-411422
22Washington State8-5133-
23Virginia Tech10-424016
24West Virginia10-320718
25South Florida11-232719

Jerry DiPaola

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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