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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by John Bednarowski

Marietta Daily Journal
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (58)3-01,5211
2Ohio State3-01,3574
3Georgia3-01,4163
4Clemson (3)3-01,4052
5Oklahoma3-01,2835
6Penn State3-094711
7LSU3-01,24112
8Stanford3-01,0559
9Notre Dame3-01,0348
10Mississippi State3-079016
11Washington2-194710
12Auburn2-19587
13Virginia Tech2-081613
14West Virginia2-084114
15TCU2-150215
16Oklahoma State3-058724
17Wisconsin2-14866
18Michigan2-144819
19UCF2-055618
20Miami (FL)2-136221
21Oregon3-039920
22Boston College3-0130-
23Boise State2-16217
24Texas A&M2-1193-
25Michigan State1-18625

John Bednarowski

Marietta Daily Journal

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