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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Michael Lev

Arizona Daily Star
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Ohio State (3)11-21,4146
2Alabama (52)14-11,5132
3Florida State (4)10-31,3968
4Oklahoma11-21,1705
5Washington12-21,1504
6USC (2)10-31,3253
7Penn State11-31,1967
8Clemson14-11,2011
9Georgia8-5690-
10Auburn8-588024
11Michigan10-388110
12Oklahoma State10-388911
13Wisconsin11-39269
14LSU8-478413
15Stanford10-369512
16Florida9-462414
17Miami (FL)9-449220
18Louisville9-462921
19Texas5-7173-
20North Carolina State7-626-
21Kansas State9-4317-
22Oregon4-821-
23Washington State8-5133-
24Virginia Tech10-424016
25South Florida11-232719

Michael Lev

Arizona Daily Star

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