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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Brent Axe

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Clemson (43)12-11,5061
2Oklahoma (18)12-11,4742
3Georgia12-11,4096
4Alabama11-11,3075
5Ohio State11-21,3008
6Wisconsin12-11,1623
7USC11-21,10111
8UCF12-098312
9Miami (FL)10-29487
10Auburn10-31,1234
11Penn State10-21,0089
12Washington10-282013
13Memphis10-247516
14TCU10-381610
15Notre Dame9-363215
16LSU9-359917
17Oklahoma State9-354918
18Northwestern9-339820
19Michigan State9-348719
20Washington State9-334221
21Stanford9-462914
22Virginia Tech9-332322
23South Florida9-211523
24Toledo11-225-
25Boise State10-359-

Brent Axe

Brent Axe “The Axeman” has been a sports commentator in Central New York for over 16 years. In addition to writing for Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard, Axe can be heard on ESPN Radio in Syracuse as a guest commentator and pre and post game host for Syracuse football coverage. Axe has also been a member of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network, a reporter for Fox Sports Radio, and is a frequent guest on radio shows nationwide and as a television commentator in Syracuse. 

Website: Syracuse.com/axeman

Syracuse Media Group

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