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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by John Clay

Lexington Herald-Leader
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (57)13-11,5214
2Georgia13-21,4543
3Oklahoma12-21,3742
4Clemson12-21,2921
5Ohio State12-21,2865
6Wisconsin13-11,1946
7Penn State11-21,1209
8UCF (4)13-01,24810
9Auburn10-49177
10Washington10-366812
11USC11-38398
12TCU11-397413
13Miami (FL)10-376911
14Oklahoma State10-375817
15Stanford9-533615
16Notre Dame10-385714
17Virginia Tech9-412622
18LSU9-436816
19Michigan State10-370518
20Mississippi State9-435924
21Northwestern10-352820
22South Florida10-226723
23North Carolina State9-4232-
24Washington State9-48421
25Memphis10-311919

John Clay

Lexington Herald-Leader

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