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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Chris Murray

Reno Gazette-Journal
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (57)13-11,5214
4UCF (4)13-01,24810
5Ohio State12-21,2865
8Penn State11-21,1209
10Michigan State10-370518
12Notre Dame10-385714
14Miami (FL)10-376911
16Oklahoma State10-375817
18Mississippi State9-435924
19North Carolina State9-4232-
20Boise State11-325125
23South Florida10-226723
24Virginia Tech9-412622

Chris Murray

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.

Reno Gazette-Journal

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: