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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Grace Raynor

The Post and Courier
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (60)4-01,5231
2Georgia4-01,4222
3Clemson (1)4-01,4093
4Ohio State4-01,3634
5Oklahoma4-01,2015
6LSU4-01,2386
7Notre Dame4-01,0678
8Stanford4-01,1437
9Washington3-194610
10Penn State4-01,00110
11Auburn3-19879
12West Virginia3-092312
13Michigan3-169819
14UCF3-072716
15Wisconsin3-166218
16Miami (FL)3-157121
17Michigan State2-125624
18Texas3-1308-
19Kentucky4-0541-
20Brigham Young3-127025
21Texas A&M2-24122
22Oregon3-129720
23TCU2-22417
24Mississippi State3-124114
25Duke4-0244-

Grace Raynor

The Post and Courier

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