College Football

The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Jay Binkley

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
2Oregon13-21,4023
3Alabama12-21,2971
4Florida State13-11,2122
5TCU12-11,3496
6Michigan State11-21,2127
7Georgia10-392513
8Baylor11-21,0984
9Georgia Tech11-31,07110
10UCLA10-390814
11Mississippi State10-37678
12Arizona State10-375615
13Missouri11-371016
14Clemson10-368318
15Boise State12-265321
16Arizona10-449912
17Wisconsin11-372417
18USC9-431524
19Mississippi9-45439
20Auburn8-521619
21Kansas State9-450911
22Utah9-430223
23Marshall13-116128
24LSU8-51222
25Minnesota8-5926

Jay Binkley

610 Sports KCSP

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 60 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 nine 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