Poll Released: Oct 20

Chris Murray

Newspaper: Reno Gazette-Journal

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.

Rank Trend Team Conference Overall Record Points Game scores Share
1 - Alabama SEC 8-0 1525 @ Tennessee W 58-21
2 1 Notre Dame Division I FBS Ind 7-0 1400 _
3 1 Clemson ACC 7-0 1454 vs North Carolina State W 41-7
4 1 Michigan Big Ten 7-1 1250 @ Michigan State W 21-7
5 1 Texas Big 12 6-1 1186 _
6 2 Florida SEC 6-1 998 _
7 1 LSU SEC 7-1 1327 vs Mississippi State W 19-3
8 1 Oklahoma Big 12 6-1 1065 @ TCU W 52-27
9 9 Ohio State Big Ten 7-1 985 @ Purdue L 49-20
10 - UCF The American 7-0 996 @ East Carolina W 37-10
11 1 Georgia SEC 6-1 1136 _
12 2 Kentucky SEC 6-1 754 vs Vanderbilt W 14-7
13 - West Virginia Big 12 5-1 747 _
14 11 Washington State Pac-12 6-1 692 vs Oregon W 34-20
15 1 Penn State Big Ten 5-2 528 @ Indiana W 33-28
16 7 Oregon Pac-12 5-2 450 @ Washington State L 34-20
17 - Washington Pac-12 6-2 677 vs Colorado W 27-13
18 1 Texas A&M SEC 5-2 622 _
19 3 Wisconsin Big Ten 5-2 357 vs Illinois W 49-20
20 1 Iowa Big Ten 6-1 489 vs Maryland W 23-0
21 6 North Carolina State ACC 5-1 186 @ Clemson L 41-7
22 - South Florida The American 7-0 291 vs Connecticut W 38-30
23 - Virginia ACC 5-2 25 @ Duke W 28-14
24 - Auburn SEC 5-3 5 @ Ole Miss W 31-16
25 - San Diego State Mountain West 6-1 48 vs San Jose State W 16-13

Others Receiving Votes:
Others receiving votes:Texas Tech 54, Utah St. 50, San Diego St. 48, Fresno St. 35, Miami 34, Virginia 25, Houston 19, Purdue 17, Michigan St. 8, Cincinnati 7, Auburn 5, Mississippi St. 2, Boston College 2, UAB 1.

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