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 63 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly.

AP Top 25 College Football Poll

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
Released August 15
RANKTEAMPV RANKCONFERENCEPOINTS
1
Alabama (0-0)2SEC1,566 (54)
2
Ohio State (0-0)6Big Ten1,506 (6)
3
Georgia (0-0)1SEC1,455 (3)
4
Clemson (0-0)14ACC1,292
5
Notre Dame (0-0)8IA Independents1,242
6
Texas A&M (0-0)SEC1,212
7
Utah (0-0)12Pac-121,209
8
Michigan (0-0)3Big Ten1,203
9
Oklahoma (0-0)10Big 12956
10
Baylor (0-0)5Big 12884
11
Oregon (0-0)22Pac-12831
12
Oklahoma State (0-0)7Big 12814
13
North Carolina State (0-0)20ACC752
14
USC (0-0)Pac-12711
15
Michigan State (0-0)9Big Ten631
16
Miami (FL) (0-0)ACC476
17
Pittsburgh (0-0)13ACC383
18
Wisconsin (0-0)Big Ten365
19
Arkansas (0-0)21SEC348
20
Kentucky (0-0)18SEC332
21
Ole Miss (0-0)11SEC324
22
Wake Forest (0-0)15ACC303
23
Cincinnati (0-0)4American Athletic265
24
Houston (0-0)17American Athletic263
25
BYU (0-0)19IA Independents234
Others receiving votes:

Tennessee 180, Texas 164, Iowa 163, Penn State 160, LSU 55, Fresno State 32, Minnesota 31, UCF 27, Purdue 17, Mississippi State 15, Auburn 15, Kansas State 14, Florida 14, North Carolina 9, Boise State 5, Air Force 4, Appalachian State 4, UCLA 2, San Diego State 2, South Carolina 2, Utah State 2, Nebraska 1

*Point values in parentheses indicate the number of first place votes.