Poll Released: Dec 01

Chris Murray

Newspaper: Reno Gazette-Journal

Chris Murray has been the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal’s Nevada Wolf Pack basketball beat writer since 2007 and the newspaper’s football beat writer since 2010. He’s also held the role of assistant sports editor and won multiple APSE and Nevada Press Association awards for feature writing, project writing and explanatory journalism.

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 1 Ohio State Big Ten 12-1 1254 vs Northwestern W 45-24
6 2 Georgia SEC 11-2 1247 vs Alabama L 35-28
7 - UCF The American 12-0 1158 vs Memphis W 56-41
8 - Michigan Big Ten 10-2 1076 _
9 1 Washington Pac-12 10-3 992 vs Utah W 10-3
10 - Washington State Pac-12 10-2 845 _
11 1 LSU SEC 9-3 847 _
12 1 Florida SEC 9-3 894 _
13 - West Virginia Big 12 8-3 694 _
14 5 Texas Big 12 9-4 763 @ Oklahoma L 39-27
15 1 Penn State Big Ten 9-3 773 _
16 - Kentucky SEC 9-3 639 _
17 6 Fresno State Mountain West 11-2 373 @ Boise State W 19-16
18 3 Utah Pac-12 9-4 362 @ Washington L 10-3
19 1 Syracuse ACC 9-3 516 _
20 1 Texas A&M SEC 8-4 359 _
21 - Cincinnati The American 10-2 39 _
22 1 Army Division I FBS Ind 9-2 209 _
23 2 Mississippi State SEC 8-4 375 _
24 4 Boise State Mountain West 10-3 144 vs Fresno State L 19-16
25 - North Carolina State ACC 9-3 54 vs East Carolina W 58-3
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