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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Dave Southorn

Idaho Statesman
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (52)14-11,5132
2Florida State (4)10-31,3968
3USC (2)10-31,3253
4Ohio State (3)11-21,4146
5Clemson14-11,2011
6Washington12-21,1504
7Penn State11-31,1967
8Oklahoma11-21,1705
9Oklahoma State10-388911
10Michigan10-388110
11Wisconsin11-39269
12LSU8-478413
13Stanford10-369512
14Auburn8-588024
15Georgia8-5690-
16Louisville9-462921
17West Virginia10-320718
18Virginia Tech10-424016
19Miami (FL)9-449220
20Washington State8-5133-
21Florida9-462414
22South Florida11-232719
23Tennessee9-411422
24Kansas State9-4317-
25North Carolina State7-626-

Dave Southorn

Idaho Statesman

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