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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Brent Axe

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (52)14-11,5132
2Florida State (4)10-31,3968
3Ohio State (3)11-21,4146
4Penn State11-31,1967
5USC (2)10-31,3253
6Wisconsin11-39269
7Clemson14-11,2011
8Washington12-21,1504
9Oklahoma11-21,1705
10Louisville9-462921
11Oklahoma State10-388911
12Auburn8-588024
13Stanford10-369512
14LSU8-478413
15Georgia8-5690-
16Michigan10-388110
17Florida9-462414
18Miami (FL)9-449220
19South Florida11-232719
20TCU6-798-
21Washington State8-5133-
22Virginia Tech10-424016
23West Virginia10-320718
24Kansas State9-4317-
25Colorado10-41817

Brent Axe

Brent Axe “The Axeman” has been a sports commentator in Central New York for over 16 years. In addition to writing for Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard, Axe can be heard on ESPN Radio in Syracuse as a guest commentator and pre and post game host for Syracuse football coverage. Axe has also been a member of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network, a reporter for Fox Sports Radio, and is a frequent guest on radio shows nationwide and as a television commentator in Syracuse. 

Website: Syracuse.com/axeman

Syracuse Media Group

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