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The AP Top 25 Poll

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As Voted by Eric Hansen

The South Bend Tribune
(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Alabama (58)11-01,5221
2Miami (FL) (3)10-01,4332
3Clemson10-11,3554
4Oklahoma10-11,3703
5Auburn9-21,2036
6Wisconsin11-01,3285
7Georgia10-11,1577
8Notre Dame9-21,0239
9USC10-289112
10Ohio State9-21,0648
11TCU9-290611
12Penn State9-288813
13UCF10-083314
14Washington State9-269715
15Michigan State8-336622
16Stanford8-340720
17Washington9-261316
18Mississippi State8-357317
19Oklahoma State8-342210
20Northwestern8-3232-
21LSU8-341521
22Memphis9-149618
23Iowa State7-447-
24Wake Forest7-47-
25Boise State9-296-

Eric Hansen

Notre Dame football beat writer for the South Bend Tribune. Co-host of Weekday SportsBeat on WSBT radio (960-AM, 96.1 FB, wsbtradio.com). 

The South Bend Tribune

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