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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Eric Hansen

The South Bend Tribune
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (3)11-21,4146
2Alabama (52)14-11,5132
3Clemson14-11,2011
4USC (2)10-31,3253
5Auburn8-588024
6Florida State (4)10-31,3968
7Penn State11-31,1967
8Washington12-21,1504
9Oklahoma11-21,1705
10Stanford10-369512
11Wisconsin11-39269
12LSU8-478413
13Miami (FL)9-449220
14Louisville9-462921
15Michigan10-388110
16Oklahoma State10-388911
17Virginia Tech10-424016
18Utah9-48523
19Georgia8-5690-
20South Florida11-232719
21Notre Dame4-865-
22Tennessee9-411422
23Washington State8-5133-
24San Diego State11-3925
25Appalachian State10-34-

Eric Hansen

Notre Dame football beat writer for the South Bend Tribune. Co-host of Weekday SportsBeat on WSBT radio (960-AM, 96.1 FB, wsbtradio.com). 

The South Bend Tribune

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