Poll Released: Nov 17

Mike Barber

Newspaper: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Rank Trend Team Conference Record Points Game scores Share
1 - Alabama SEC 11-0 1525(61) vs Citadel W 50-17
2 - Clemson ACC 11-0 1455 vs Duke W 35-6
3 - Notre Dame Division I FBS Ind 11-0 1412 vs Syracuse W 36-3
4 - Georgia SEC 10-1 1288 vs Massachusetts W 66-27
5 - Michigan Big Ten 10-1 1327 vs Indiana W 31-20
6 - Oklahoma Big 12 10-1 1182 vs Kansas W 55-40
7 2 LSU SEC 9-2 1064 vs Rice W 42-10
8 1 Washington State Pac-12 10-1 1149 vs Arizona W 69-28
9 1 Ohio State Big Ten 10-1 1019 @ Maryland W 52-51
10 3 UCF The American 10-0 1064 vs Cincinnati W 38-13
11 5 West Virginia Big 12 8-2 822 @ Oklahoma State L 45-41
12 2 Texas Big 12 8-3 856 vs Iowa State W 24-10
13 7 Syracuse ACC 8-3 427 @ Notre Dame L 36-3
14 1 Washington Pac-12 8-3 631 vs Oregon State W 42-23
15 1 Penn State Big Ten 8-3 659 @ Rutgers W 20-7
16 3 Kentucky SEC 8-3 508 vs Middle Tennessee W 34-23
17 2 Florida SEC 8-3 707 vs Idaho W 63-10
18 - Utah State Mountain West 10-1 667 @ Colorado State W 29-24
19 7 Iowa State Big 12 6-4 123 @ Texas L 24-10
20 3 Mississippi State SEC 7-4 260 vs Arkansas W 52-6
21 2 Boise State Mountain West 9-2 287 @ New Mexico W 45-14
22 3 Utah Pac-12 8-3 491 @ Colorado W 30-7
23 9 Cincinnati The American 9-2 43 @ UCF L 38-13
24 4 Northwestern Big Ten 7-4 307 @ Minnesota W 24-14
25 - Pittsburgh ACC 7-4 129 @ Wake Forest W 34-13
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