College Football

The AP Top 25 Poll

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(###) Number of first place votes
1
Record: 14-0
PV Rank
1
Points
1,500
2
Record: 12-2
2
1,428
3
Record: 13-1
4
1,385
4
Record: 11-2
8
1,247
5
Record: 12-2
9
1,236
6
Record: 11-2
11
1,205
7
Record: 11-2
3
1,114
8
Record: 11-2
12
1,078
9
Record: 11-2
10
974
10
Record: 12-1
15
959
11
Record: 11-3
5
936
12
Record: 12-2
7
816
13
Record: 11-2
6
778
14
Record: 10-3
14
717
15
Record: 12-1
18
693
16
Record: 10-3
17
632
17
Record: 10-3
13
598
18
Record: 9-4
20
459
19
Record: 10-4
26
299
20
Record: 10-4
16
258
21
25
256
22
Record: 9-4
19
245
23
Record: 10-4
22
190
24
Record: 9-4
29
117
25
Record: 9-4
33
109

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 60 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, last season's champion, and Notre Dame are tied for the most AP national titles with eight. Oklahoma has seven, while Miami and Southern California have five each. Beginning on Sept. 4, the AP Top 25 will be updated each week. In addition, 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