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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Aaron Suttles

The Tuscaloosa News
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (45)3-01,5041
2Clemson (15)3-01,4463
3Oklahoma (1)3-01,4322
4Washington3-01,1416
5Penn State3-01,3065
6Oklahoma State3-01,1549
7USC3-01,2414
8Ohio State2-11,0158
9Wisconsin3-01,03110
10Michigan3-01,0817
11Florida State0-192211
12Georgia3-094013
13Virginia Tech3-073016
14Miami (FL)1-060617
15Mississippi State3-0532-
16Oregon3-0158-
17Utah3-0194-
18Washington State3-041921
19LSU2-115312
20Auburn2-159615
21West Virginia2-1114-
22Louisville2-135614
23South Florida3-027222
24Notre Dame2-157-
25San Diego State3-0201-

Aaron Suttles

The Tuscaloosa News

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