NCAA College Football

The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Dave Reardon

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (57)13-11,5214
2UCF (4)13-01,24810
3Georgia13-21,4543
4Oklahoma12-21,3742
5Ohio State12-21,2865
6Wisconsin13-11,1946
7Clemson12-21,2921
8Penn State11-21,1209
9Auburn10-49177
10TCU11-397413
11Miami (FL)10-376911
12Notre Dame10-385714
13Oklahoma State10-375817
14USC11-38398
15LSU9-436816
16Stanford9-533615
17Northwestern10-352820
18Michigan State10-370518
19South Florida10-226723
20Washington10-366812
21Memphis10-311919
22Boise State11-325125
23Troy11-214-
24Florida Atlantic11-332-
25Army10-333-

Dave Reardon

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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