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The AP Top 25 Poll

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(###) Number of first place votes
1
Record: 5-0
PV Rank
1
Points
1,482
2
Record: 5-0
2
1,397
3
Record: 4-1
3
1,349
4
Record: 5-0
3
1,254
5
Record: 4-0
5
1,196
6
6
1,163
7
Record: 4-1
9
1,156
8
Record: 4-1
7
1,147
9
Record: 4-0
8
1,075
10
Utah (1)
Record: 4-0
18
1,034
11
Record: 4-0
10
888
12
Record: 4-0
11
853
13
Record: 4-1
12
850
14
Record: 5-0
14
776
15
Record: 4-0
15
747
16
Record: 5-0
17
566
17
Record: 3-1
19
509
18
Record: 4-1
21
486
19
Record: 3-2
22
309
20
Record: 5-0
24
281
21
Record: 3-2
26
211
22
Record: 4-1
-
209
23
Record: 3-1
27
179
24
Record: 5-0
29
149
25
Record: 5-0
40
140

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 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