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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Brent Axe

The Post-Standard, Syracuse, N.Y., syracuse.com
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
2Oregon13-21,4023
3TCU12-11,3496
4Alabama12-21,2971
5Florida State13-11,2122
6Michigan State11-21,2127
7Baylor11-21,0984
8Georgia Tech11-31,07110
9Wisconsin11-372417
10Missouri11-371016
11Boise State12-265321
12UCLA10-390814
13Mississippi State10-37678
14Georgia10-392513
15Clemson10-368318
16Arizona State10-375615
17Mississippi9-45439
18Marshall13-116128
19USC9-431524
20Arizona10-449912
21Kansas State9-450911
22Northern Illinois11-3432
23Memphis10-39429
24Louisville9-411620
25Utah9-430223

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

The Post-Standard, Syracuse, N.Y., syracuse.com

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