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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
1Clemson (15)3-01,4463
2Alabama (45)3-01,5041
3Oklahoma (1)3-01,4322
4Penn State3-01,3065
5Oklahoma State3-01,1549
6USC3-01,2414
7Ohio State2-11,0158
8Washington3-01,1416
9Wisconsin3-01,03110
10Mississippi State3-0532-
11Michigan3-01,0817
12Florida State0-192211
13Auburn2-159615
14Georgia3-094013
15Miami (FL)1-060617
16Virginia Tech3-073016
17San Diego State3-0201-
18LSU2-115312
19Utah3-0194-
20Washington State3-041921
21Colorado3-093-
22Florida1-130824
23TCU3-055320
24Louisville2-135614
25Notre Dame2-157-

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