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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Chris Murray

Reno Gazette-Journal
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (61)7-01,5251
2Georgia7-01,4174
3Penn State6-01,4323
4Wisconsin6-01,2417
5TCU6-01,3226
6Miami (FL)5-01,10911
7Clemson6-11,1172
8Oklahoma5-11,06612
9Ohio State6-11,1849
10Virginia Tech5-172715
11Washington State6-15788
12USC6-188613
13Washington6-18115
14Oklahoma State5-190014
15Notre Dame5-179816
16Michigan State5-156321
17Michigan5-155817
18South Florida6-057318
19North Carolina State6-157320
20UCF5-038722
21Iowa State4-216-
22West Virginia4-2157-
23Auburn5-230310
24Mississippi State4-23-
25San Diego State6-15619

Chris Murray

Chris Murray has been the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal’s Nevada Wolf Pack basketball beat writer since 2007 and the newspaper’s football beat writer since 2010. He’s also held the role of assistant sports editor and won multiple APSE and Nevada Press Association awards for feature writing, project writing and explanatory journalism.

Reno Gazette-Journal

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