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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
1Florida State (4)10-31,3968
2Alabama (52)14-11,5132
3Penn State11-31,1967
4Ohio State (3)11-21,4146
5USC (2)10-31,3253
6Wisconsin11-39269
7Oklahoma State10-388911
8Washington12-21,1504
9Clemson14-11,2011
10South Florida11-232719
11Oklahoma11-21,1705
12Auburn8-588024
13LSU8-478413
14Stanford10-369512
15Georgia8-5690-
16Kansas State9-4317-
17Florida9-462414
18Michigan10-388110
19Miami (FL)9-449220
20Texas5-7173-
21Louisville9-462921
22Washington State8-5133-
23Houston9-419-
24TCU6-798-
25San Diego State11-3925

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