- Associated Press - Saturday, October 15, 2011

Some facts about the AP Top 25.

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FOUNDER _ Alan J. Gould, sports editor of The Associated Press.

FIRST POLL _ Oct. 19, 1936.

FIRST PRESEASON POLL _ 1950.

FIRST YEAR OF PANEL VOTING _ 1960.

POLL GROWTH:

Top 20 _ 1936-60

Top 10 _ 1961-67 (Post Bowl poll 1965)

Top 20 _ 1968-88 (Post Bowl polls 1968-present)

Top 25 _ 1989-present

ELIGIBILITY:

Division I schools _ 1936-1978

Division I-A schools _ 1979-2007

Division I-A (FBS) & IAA (FCS) schools _ 2007-present

MOST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:

8 _ Notre Dame (1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988)

7 _ Alabama (1961, 1964, 1965, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009)

7 _ Oklahoma (1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2000)

5 _ Miami (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001)

5 _ Southern California (1962, 1967, 1972, 2003, 2004)

MOST NO. 1 RANKINGS:

101 _ Oklahoma

95 _ Notre Dame

94 _ Ohio St.

90 _ Southern California

70 _ Nebraska

LONGEST NO. 1 STREAKS:

33 _ Southern California (2003 _ 2 weeks; 2004 - 16 weeks; 2005 - 15 weeks)

21 _ Miami (2001 - 10 weeks; 2002 - 11 weeks)

18 _ Southern California (1972 _ 14 weeks; 1973 _ 4 weeks)

17 _ Florida St. (1999 - 17 weeks)

15 _ Four teams tied at 15

MOST CONSECUTIVE APPREANCES: Nebraska 348 (1981-2002)

CLOSEST PRESEASON POLL: 2 points _ 1994 Florida over Notre Dame (1416-1414)

CLOSEST FINAL POLL: 4 _ 1991 Miami over Washington (1472-1468)

OTHER FIRSTS:

First unanimous No. 1 _ Minnesota, Oct. 26, 1936

First No. 2 with more first-place votes than No. 1 _ Nov. 23, 1942: Boston College 47 (1078 points); Georgia Tech 50 (1044 points)

First time No. 1 played No. 2 _ Oct. 9, 1943: No. 1 Notre Dame 35, No. 2 Michigan 12.

First time a team was ranked No. 1 each week season _ Notre Dame, 1943

First time a team was ranked No. 1 each week season (preseason to bowl) _ Florida State, 1999

First preseason No. 1 to win national title _ Tennessee, 1951

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