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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Sammy Batten

The Fayetteville Observer
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (57)13-11,5214
2Georgia13-21,4543
3Clemson12-21,2921
4Oklahoma12-21,3742
5Ohio State12-21,2865
6Penn State11-21,1209
7UCF (4)13-01,24810
8Wisconsin13-11,1946
9TCU11-397413
10Notre Dame10-385714
11USC11-38398
12Oklahoma State10-375817
13Auburn10-49177
14Michigan State10-370518
15Northwestern10-352820
16Washington10-366812
17Miami (FL)10-376911
18North Carolina State9-4232-
19Mississippi State9-435924
20Boise State11-325125
21South Florida10-226723
22Stanford9-533615
23LSU9-436816
24Memphis10-311919
25Army10-333-

Sammy Batten

The Fayetteville Observer

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