It’s Tuesday, Sept. 4, which means it is time for the Associated Press to release the AP Top 25 Poll for Week 2 of the 2018 college football season. Because of a lengthy opening weekend that spanned through Labor Day, the AP Top 25 — which is usually released at noon ET on Mondays — was bumped 24 hours.
In Week 1, we got strong performances from the usual suspects — Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, and more — while teams like the Penn State Nittany Lions, Miami Hurricanes, and Michigan Wolverines failed to live up to expectations.
In the preseason poll for the 2018 college football season, the reigning national champion Alabama Crimson Tide earned the top spot with 42 first-place votes. Sitting in second-place was the Clemson Tigers, while the Georgia Bulldogs, Wisconsin Badgers, and Ohio State Buckeyes rounded out the top five. Clemson and Wisconsin were the only two other teams to receive first-place votes, with the Tigers receiving 18 and the Badgers receiving one.
Where does your favorite team stand entering the upcoming weekend of action?
Check out the full AP Top 25 Poll for Week 2 below.
2018 College Football AP Top 25 Poll
- Alabama (48)
- Clemson (12)
- Ohio State
- Wisconsin (1)
- Notre Dame
- Virginia Tech
- Penn State
- West Virginia
- Michigan State
- Mississippi State
- Boise State
- South Carolina
Others receiving votes: Utah 71, Oklahoma St. 62, Boston College 31, Texas A&M 29, Northwestern 28, Maryland 12, Mississippi 11, NC State 9, Florida St. 8, Memphis 6, Houston 6, Washington St. 6, Iowa St. 4, Kansas St. 3, Iowa 3, Hawaii 3, BYU 3, Fresno St. 1, Arkansas St. 1.
The Associated Press first began on Oct. 19, 1936, and is the longest-running poll in the country. The AP Top 25 is determined based on a simple point-based voting system where the voter ranks the best teams in college football. A team receives 25 points for first place, 24 points for second, and so on. The AP Top 25 poll point system is the same for college football, men’s and women’s basketball.
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.