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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Chris Murray

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (42)13-11,5051
2Clemson (18)12-21,4764
3Georgia13-21,3502
4Washington10-31,21516
5Ohio State12-21,2565
6Wisconsin (1)13-11,2717
7Miami (FL)10-31,02713
8Oklahoma12-21,1733
9Notre Dame10-380411
10Penn State11-21,0128
11Michigan8-5773-
12Michigan State10-387715
13Stanford9-577820
14USC11-354312
15Texas7-6216-
16Auburn10-41,01310
17Boise State11-329222
18TCU11-35339
19Mississippi State9-445019
20West Virginia7-6511-
21Florida State7-6384-
22Oregon7-6148-
24Virginia Tech9-435124
25UCF13-03126

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: collegefootball.ap.org/poll