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2014 college football power rankings by AP

The Associated Press preseason Top 25 is out. Take a look at how the ballots break down, and find out what to watch for when the college football season begins this month.

Do you agree with the rankings? Let us know!

For full details, click here.


Last season was a good reminder that preseason rankings can look pretty silly by the end of the season. Four teams that finished in final top 10 last season (No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 5 Missouri and No. 10 UCF) were unranked to start the season. Throw in No. 13 Baylor, No. 20 Arizona State and No. 23 Duke, and seven of the teams that either won or played for the championship in the six conferences with BCS automatic-qualifying status began 2013 unranked.

The Bowl Championship Series is gone now, replaced by the College Football Playoff. The top four teams will be placed into national semifinals to be played on New Year's Day and advance to the championship game about a week and half later.

Expect surprises, though coming up with a scenario in which Florida State is not part of college football's first final four is difficult.

More info on the poll methodology: The AP Top 25 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks college football's best teams. A team receives 25 points for each first place vote, 24 for second place and so on through to the 25th team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams' point totals from highest to lowest. The mathematical formula is the same as the one used for the AP Pro 32 rankings and the AP Top 25 rankings for men's and women's basketball.

History of the AP poll: 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 60 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly. All of the voters have an extensive background in covering college football. Alabama, last season's champion, and Notre Dame are tied for the most AP national titles with eight. Oklahoma has seven, while Miami and Southern California have five each. Beginning on Sept. 4, the AP Top 25 will be updated each week.

Preseason AP Top 25 Poll Released

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stud-muffin August 18 2014 at 6:40 AM

gettin tired of Florida State already

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JOE stud-muffin August 18 2014 at 8:28 PM

Looks like your going to be awfully tired

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Allan stud-muffin August 19 2014 at 11:50 AM

arent we all?

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egl49 August 18 2014 at 6:55 AM

Who's the idiot that posted a picture of Ohio State for the Michigan State ranking?

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Steve August 18 2014 at 7:35 AM

Your Mich State pic needs some work :-(

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fedlawsuit Steve August 18 2014 at 10:19 AM

15 yard penalty, AOL

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Randy fedlawsuit August 18 2014 at 12:00 PM

You would need to spend three weeks explaining to the dweebs at AOL what a "penalty" is....

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Jim Steve August 18 2014 at 1:06 PM

not really typical of a Dantonio led team. Cluster ! Playing in the little 10 and have a couple decent years and then 1 good year and all of a sudden they are a force? HAHHA Without Narduzzi your DC MSU is nobody! Once he goes it is back to the toilet for Dantonio

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jim August 18 2014 at 9:42 AM

Over the years we always said that the U. of Miami & Florida St were allowed to play on weekends because the PAROLE BOARD showed mercy on them. They couldn't put a team together if the FELONS couldn't play.

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libienaduh August 18 2014 at 7:35 AM

The photo of the "Oregon Ducks" is that of the Oregon State Beavers, you idiots!!! What the hell is the matter with you? God almighty!!!

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lawrie libienaduh August 18 2014 at 3:31 PM

what...OSU wears orange and black, that's the Ducks...and even though i'm "just" a girl i know my DUCKS...LOOK at the uniform above where it says the Ducks are ranked 3rd nationally! and then there's Puddles, NO ONE could mistake him.

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Thel August 18 2014 at 7:34 AM

These pre-season & weekly rankings are a joke. Wasted time. Don't want opinions. Wait for end of season and announce the RESULTS!!

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jtandlizard August 18 2014 at 8:11 AM

I think there is a new term needed in the AOL Vocab...PROOFREADING/PICTURING

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fedlawsuit jtandlizard August 18 2014 at 10:19 AM

"Time Out !!! "

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jellisam1 August 18 2014 at 8:20 AM

Forget about the pictures. What about the typo in the story line. It's there, at least one and very 4th grade. The picture of the OSU student as an MSU player, I'll not name him, will fire up the Spartans. I see some blowouts and some real fun times. And just like the Spartans, the Ducks get no respect. So, it will be the those two teams for the championship. I hope.

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Randy jellisam1 August 18 2014 at 9:34 AM

Remember - Its AOL who is now being run by the dweebs of the huff and puff, most of whom could not describe the shape of a football, let alone determine the best of this years college teams.

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Jim jellisam1 August 18 2014 at 1:10 PM

Dream on buddy , not a Big OSU fan but Meyer is way better of a HC than Dantonio , without Narduzzi Dantonio is average HC at best he gets the credit for that team but it is Narduzzi who is the main guy

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maddevilmac August 18 2014 at 11:13 AM

Pretty sure that Oklahoma pic is from the Oklahoma State spring practice photos. You suck, AOL.

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fredlynn07 August 18 2014 at 11:01 AM

Funny a lot of the pictures for the teams shows people who aren't there anymore.

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