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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Keith Sargeant

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (42)13-11,5051
2Clemson (18)12-21,4764
3Georgia13-21,3502
4Ohio State12-21,2565
5Wisconsin (1)13-11,2717
6Oklahoma12-21,1733
7Washington10-31,21516
8Penn State11-21,0128
9Miami (FL)10-31,02713
10Notre Dame10-380411
11Auburn10-41,01310
12Michigan State10-387715
13Stanford9-577820
14USC11-354312
15Michigan8-5773-
16TCU11-35339
17Virginia Tech9-435124
18West Virginia7-6511-
19LSU9-410618
20UCF13-03126
21Texas7-6216-
22Florida State7-6384-
23Mississippi State9-445019
24Boise State11-329222

Keith Sargeant

Keith Sargeant covers Rutgers football and college sports for NJ Advance Media. He was unavailable to submit a ballot for the final poll of the season. It was instead handled by Ryan Dunleavy, Rutgers beat reporter for NJ.com and The Star-Ledger newspaper.

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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