Poll Released: Jan 09
Rank Trend Team Overall Record Points Game scores Share
1 3 Alabama 13-1 1,521 _
2 1 Georgia 13-2 1,454 _
3 1 Oklahoma 12-2 1,374 _
4 3 Clemson 12-2 1,292 _
5 - Ohio State 12-2 1,286 _
6 4 UCF 13-0 1,248 _
7 1 Wisconsin 13-1 1,194 _
8 1 Penn State 11-2 1,120 _
9 4 TCU 11-3 974 _
10 3 Auburn 10-4 917 _
11 3 Notre Dame 10-3 857 _
12 4 USC 11-3 839 _
13 2 Miami (FL) 10-3 769 _
14 3 Oklahoma State 10-3 758 _
15 3 Michigan State 10-3 705 _
16 4 Washington 10-3 668 _
17 3 Northwestern 10-3 528 _
18 2 LSU 9-4 368 _
19 5 Mississippi State 9-4 359 _
20 5 Stanford 9-5 336 _
21 2 South Florida 10-2 267 _
22 3 Boise State 11-3 251 _
23 - North Carolina State 9-4 232 _
24 2 Virginia Tech 9-4 126 _
25 6 Memphis 10-3 119 _

Others Receiving Votes:
Others receiving votes: Washington St. 84, South Carolina 46, Iowa St. 36, Army 33, FAU 32, Troy 14, Fresno St. 13, San Diego St. 3, Iowa 2.

Poll Methodology
The AP Top 25 Poll 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