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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Sam McKewon

Omaha World-Herald
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Clemson (18)12-21,4764
2Alabama (42)13-11,5051
3Wisconsin (1)13-11,2717
4Oklahoma12-21,1733
5Georgia13-21,3502
6Penn State11-21,0128
7Michigan8-5773-
8Ohio State12-21,2565
9Auburn10-41,01310
10Florida State7-6384-
11Notre Dame10-380411
12Washington10-31,21516
13TCU11-35339
14Stanford9-577820
16Oregon7-6148-
18UCF13-03126
19Miami (FL)10-31,02713
20Michigan State10-387715
21USC11-354312
22Mississippi State9-445019
23West Virginia7-6511-
24Boise State11-329222

Sam McKewon

Omaha World-Herald

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