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 14 was released.
For the fifth consecutive week, the Alabama Crimson Tide sit in the No. 1 spot as the unanimous top team in the country.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming week in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?
The Week 14 AP Top 25 poll can be seen below.
POLL ALERT: No. 1 Alabama makes 210th consecutive poll appearance, third-longest streak; Buffalo ranked for 1st time.
Full poll >> https://t.co/1bR5Dltou5
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) December 6, 2020
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Iowa State
- Coastal Carolina
- North Carolina
Others receiving votes: North Carolina State 98, Marshall 66, San Jose State 66, Oklahoma State 33, UCF 11, Boise State 10, Washington 10, Auburn 9, Missouri 8, Nevada 5, Army 2, UCLA 1, TCU 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.