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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Michael Lev

Arizona Daily Star
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (61)8-01,5251
2Penn State7-01,4442
3Georgia7-01,4093
4Ohio State6-11,1656
5TCU7-01,3274
6Wisconsin7-01,2415
7Notre Dame6-11,06613
8Clemson6-11,1137
9Washington6-183612
10Oklahoma6-11,0409
11Miami (FL)6-01,1018
12Oklahoma State6-189410
13UCF6-050020
14Virginia Tech6-179114
15Michigan State6-161518
16North Carolina State6-166616
17Stanford5-234422
18Auburn6-239721
19Washington State7-164815
20South Florida7-060416
21Iowa State5-298-
22Texas A&M5-274-
23USC6-231911
24Mississippi State5-243-
25LSU6-218224

Michael Lev

Arizona Daily Star

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