Poll Released: Nov 17

Kirk Bohls

Newspaper: Austin American-Statesman

Columnist for the Austin American-Statesman since 1994 and covered college football since college days at the University of Texas since 1971. Double-major at Texas until I decided not to run for president and fell nine hours shy of a second degree in political science. Proud Taylor Duck where he was the monster man and kick returner on the football team (think Honey Badger without talent). Voted in the AP Poll since (I believe) 1990. Loves to play tennis, watch all movies from Alfed Hitchcock to James Bond, travel everywhere and read everything that Michael Connelly, David Baldacci and Ralph Russo write.

Rank Trend Team Conference Record Points Game scores Share
1 - Alabama SEC 11-0 1525(61) vs Citadel W 50-17
2 - Clemson ACC 11-0 1455 vs Duke W 35-6
3 - Notre Dame Division I FBS Ind 11-0 1412 vs Syracuse W 36-3
4 - Michigan Big Ten 10-1 1327 vs Indiana W 31-20
5 2 LSU SEC 9-2 1064 vs Rice W 42-10
6 - Georgia SEC 10-1 1288 vs Massachusetts W 66-27
7 1 Washington State Pac-12 10-1 1149 vs Arizona W 69-28
8 - Oklahoma Big 12 10-1 1182 vs Kansas W 55-40
9 3 UCF The American 10-0 1064 vs Cincinnati W 38-13
10 1 Ohio State Big Ten 10-1 1019 @ Maryland W 52-51
11 2 Texas Big 12 8-3 856 vs Iowa State W 24-10
12 2 Florida SEC 8-3 707 vs Idaho W 63-10
13 1 Penn State Big Ten 8-3 659 @ Rutgers W 20-7
14 - Utah State Mountain West 10-1 667 @ Colorado State W 29-24
15 4 Northwestern Big Ten 7-4 307 @ Minnesota W 24-14
16 5 West Virginia Big 12 8-2 822 @ Oklahoma State L 45-41
17 3 Kentucky SEC 8-3 508 vs Middle Tennessee W 34-23
18 3 Mississippi State SEC 7-4 260 vs Arkansas W 52-6
19 7 Syracuse ACC 8-3 427 @ Notre Dame L 36-3
20 2 Boise State Mountain West 9-2 287 @ New Mexico W 45-14
21 - Fresno State Mountain West 9-2 100 vs San Diego State W 23-14
22 7 Iowa State Big 12 6-4 123 @ Texas L 24-10
23 1 Washington Pac-12 8-3 631 vs Oregon State W 42-23
24 - North Carolina State ACC 7-3 45 @ Louisville W 52-10
25 - Army Division I FBS Ind 9-2 176 vs Colgate W 28-14
Poll Methodology
The AP Top 25 Poll 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