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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by John Silver

The Journal Inquirer, Manchester, Conn.
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (59)14-11,4755
5Michigan State11-21,2127
6Florida State13-11,2122
8Georgia Tech11-31,07110
10Arizona State10-375615
15Mississippi State10-37678
16Kansas State9-450911
17Boise State12-265321

John Silver

John Silver is the Assistant Sports Editor for the Manchester (Conn.) Journal Inquirer and is entering his eighth season covering the University of Connecticut football team. John has a decade of experience working in the newspaper field and has covered college basketball and football for the last 11 seasons. John has won a handful of regional awards for his work covering college athletics and also won the FWAA's Best Writing Contest for column writing in 2010. John will serve on the FWAA's 2012 FWAA All-America Board representing the Big East Conference and also is a voter for the Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver) and the Davey O'Brien Award (top quarterback). A University of Connecticut graduate, John resides in Farmington, Conn. with his wife Shannon and two children, Julia and John Jr. ages 6 and 3. 

The Journal Inquirer, Manchester, Conn.

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