The 2021 college football season rolled on this weekend, and the Associated Press is giving us a look at how the competition stacks up. This weekend, the Week 4 AP Top 25 poll was officially released.
Once again, the Alabama Crimson Tide hold their top spot with 58 of a possible 62 first-place votes, while the Georgia Bulldogs sit at No. 2 with the other four.
If the season were to end today, the Oregon Ducks and Penn State Nittany Lions would round out the College Football Playoff as the top four teams in the country, while the Iowa Hawkeyes sit at No. 5.
Clemson, meanwhile, snapped its streak of 97 straight weeks in the top 10, falling 16 spots to No. 25. NC State, which upset the Tigers in overtime, entered the Top 25 at No. 23.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming season in the eyes of the Associated Press voters?
The Week 4 AP Top 25 poll can be seen below.
- Alabama (58)
- Georgia (4)
- Penn Sate
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- Ole Miss
- Texas A&M
- Coastal Carolina
- Michigan State
- Fresno State
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina State
- Wake Forest
Others receiving votes: Texas 131, Maryland 91, San Diego State 57, Boston College 55, SMU 44, Kentucky 26, Iowa State 25, LSU 24, Arizona State 23, Virginia Tech 20, Wisconsin 13, Rutgers 6, Kansas State 5, UTSA 4, Oregon State 4, Louisville 3, North Carolina 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.