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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Brent Axe

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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (60)4-01,5231
2Clemson (1)4-01,4093
3Georgia4-01,4222
4Ohio State4-01,3634
5Stanford4-01,1437
6Oklahoma4-01,2015
7LSU4-01,2386
8Penn State4-01,00110
9Notre Dame4-01,0678
10West Virginia3-092312
11Auburn3-19879
12Washington3-194610
13UCF3-072716
14Kentucky4-0541-
15Duke4-0244-
16Miami (FL)3-157121
17Brigham Young3-127025
18Wisconsin3-166218
19Texas3-1308-
20Oregon3-129720
21Mississippi State3-124114
22Michigan3-169819
23Florida3-129-
24Texas Tech3-1106-
25Texas A&M2-24122

Brent Axe

Brent Axe “The Axeman” has been a sports commentator in Central New York for over 16 years. In addition to writing for Syracuse.com/The Post-Standard, Axe can be heard on ESPN Radio in Syracuse as a guest commentator and pre and post game host for Syracuse football coverage. Axe has also been a member of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network, a reporter for Fox Sports Radio, and is a frequent guest on radio shows nationwide and as a television commentator in Syracuse. 

Website: Syracuse.com/axeman

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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