Poll Released: Nov 10

Bob Asmussen

Newspaper: Champaign News-Gazette

Bob Asmussen is in his 25th year at The Champaign News-Gazette. He became the Illinois football beat writer in 1996. Asmussen has also covered men's and women's basketball, volleyball and wrestling. He has won numerous national and state awards for his writing. Married to a fellow reporter, Asmussen has a son and a daughter. They live in Champaign.

Rank Trend Team Conference Record Points Game scores Share
1 - Alabama SEC 10-0 1525(61) vs Mississippi State W 24-0
2 - Clemson ACC 10-0 1459 @ Boston College W 27-7
3 - Notre Dame Division I FBS Ind 10-0 1406 vs Florida State W 42-13
4 - Michigan Big Ten 9-1 1327 @ Rutgers W 42-7
5 - Georgia SEC 9-1 1288 vs Auburn W 27-10
6 - UCF The American 9-0 983 vs Navy W 35-24
7 - West Virginia Big 12 8-1 1111 vs TCU W 47-10
8 - Oklahoma Big 12 9-1 1188 vs Oklahoma State W 48-47
9 1 Ohio State Big Ten 9-1 1050 @ Michigan State W 26-6
10 1 LSU SEC 8-2 1019 @ Arkansas W 24-17
11 2 Washington State Pac-12 9-1 1052 @ Colorado W 31-7
12 - Utah State Mountain West 9-1 689 vs San Jose State W 62-24
13 1 Syracuse ACC 8-2 787 vs Louisville W 54-23
14 6 Cincinnati The American 9-1 344 vs South Florida W 35-23
15 3 Washington Pac-12 7-3 501 _
16 2 Texas Big 12 7-3 726 @ Texas Tech W 41-34
17 4 Florida SEC 7-3 575 vs South Carolina W 35-31
18 5 Penn State Big Ten 7-3 542 vs Wisconsin W 22-10
19 - Utah Pac-12 7-3 307 vs Oregon W 32-25
20 5 Iowa State Big 12 6-3 497 vs Baylor W 28-14
21 5 Boston College ACC 7-3 254 vs Clemson L 27-7
22 - Northwestern Big Ten 6-4 136 @ Iowa W 14-10
23 - UAB Conference USA 9-1 78 _
24 - Boise State Mountain West 8-2 147 vs Fresno State W 24-17
25 - Army Division I FBS Ind 8-2 128 vs Lafayette W 31-13

Others Receiving Votes:
Others receiving votes:Army 128, UAB 78, Fresno St. 61, Michigan St. 31, NC State 30, Buffalo 29, Pittsburgh 28, Duke 20, Texas A&M 16, Iowa 8, Arizona St. 6, Stanford 3, Auburn 3, Troy 1.

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