Poll Released: Dec 01

Eric Hansen

Newspaper: The South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame football beat writer for the South Bend Tribune. Co-host of Weekday SportsBeat on WSBT radio (960-AM, 96.1 FB, wsbtradio.com). 

Rank Trend Team Conference Record Points Game scores Share
1 - Alabama SEC 13-0 1525(61) @ Georgia W 35-28
2 - Clemson ACC 13-0 1460 @ Pittsburgh W 42-10
3 - Notre Dame Division I FBS Ind 12-0 1405 _
4 1 Oklahoma Big 12 12-1 1327 vs Texas W 39-27
5 2 Georgia SEC 11-2 1247 vs Alabama L 35-28
6 1 Ohio State Big Ten 12-1 1254 vs Northwestern W 45-24
7 - UCF The American 12-0 1158 vs Memphis W 56-41
8 - Michigan Big Ten 10-2 1076 _
9 1 Florida SEC 9-3 894 _
10 1 LSU SEC 9-3 847 _
11 1 Washington Pac-12 10-3 992 vs Utah W 10-3
12 1 Syracuse ACC 9-3 516 _
13 - Kentucky SEC 9-3 639 _
14 - Washington State Pac-12 10-2 845 _
15 5 Texas Big 12 9-4 763 @ Oklahoma L 39-27
16 - West Virginia Big 12 8-3 694 _
17 1 Penn State Big Ten 9-3 773 _
18 1 Texas A&M SEC 8-4 359 _
19 3 Utah Pac-12 9-4 362 @ Washington L 10-3
20 1 Army Division I FBS Ind 9-2 209 _
21 1 Iowa State Big 12 8-4 110 vs Drake W 27-24
22 2 Mississippi State SEC 8-4 375 _
23 - Missouri SEC 8-4 133 _
24 6 Fresno State Mountain West 11-2 373 @ Boise State W 19-16
25 - Stanford Pac-12 8-4 28 @ California W 23-13
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