The 2020 college football season will look different than we could have ever imagined thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped the Associated Press from continuing to rank the field.
Following another busy weekend, the AP Top 25 Poll for Week 11 was released.
For the second consecutive week, the Alabama Crimson Tide sit in the No. 1 spot.
The top five is rounded out by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Ohio State Buckeyes, Clemson Tigers, and Texas A&M Aggies.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming week in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?
The preseason AP Top 25 poll can be seen below.
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings — Week 11
No. 25 Tulsa is ranked for the first time since 2010 and No. 9 Indiana is set for a historic matchup. Watch for more notes on this week’s AP Top 25.
Full poll >> https://t.co/7dTTUiB0CJ
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) November 16, 2020
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- Coastal Carolina
- Iowa State
Others receiving votes: North Carolina 101, SMU 20, Utah 17, Washington 15, Arizona State 9, Boise State 6, San Jose State 5, Appalachian State 5, Nevada 3, Iowa 2, Buffalo 1, UCF 1
The Associated Press rankings carry more weight than polls like the Coaches Poll and FWAA Poll, as they are part of the deciding factor on which teams reach the College Football Playoff. The Coaches Poll, which is not part of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s formula to determine the four teams that will compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship, is voted on by 65 FBS head coaches.
Longtime college football writers who vote in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll include Ben Jones, Bill Landis, Brett McMurphy, Brian Howell, Rece Davis, Rob Long, Robert Gagliardi, Steve Layman, Steve Virgen, Tom Murphy, and Tony Parks.
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 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly.