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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Keith Sargeant

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (57)13-11,5214
2Georgia13-21,4543
3UCF (4)13-01,24810
4Ohio State12-21,2865
5Clemson12-21,2921
6Oklahoma12-21,3742
7Wisconsin13-11,1946
8Penn State11-21,1209
9TCU11-397413
10Notre Dame10-385714
11USC11-38398
12Oklahoma State10-375817
13Miami (FL)10-376911
14Auburn10-49177
15Northwestern10-352820
16Michigan State10-370518
17Washington10-366812
18Stanford9-533615
19Washington State9-48421
20Boise State11-325125
21Florida Atlantic11-332-
22North Carolina State9-4232-
23LSU9-436816
24South Carolina9-446-
25Army10-333-

Keith Sargeant

Keith Sargeant covers Rutgers football and college sports for NJ Advance Media. He was unavailable to submit a ballot for the final poll of the season. It was instead handled by Ryan Dunleavy, Rutgers beat reporter for NJ.com and The Star-Ledger newspaper.

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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