The 2018 college football season is underway and fans across the country are eagerly waiting for the drop of the Week 2 AP Top 25 Poll. But while we are still hours away from the release of the poll, we have an inside look at how things could shake up thanks to Stadium college football insider Brett McMurphy.
Each and every week during the season, McMurphy takes to social media to show complete transparency and release his personal ballot for the top 25.
This week, there are no surprises at the top of McMurphy’s poll with Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Ohio State rounding out the top five. Some big risers include LSU and Virginia Tech, who scored big wins over Miami and Florida State, respectively, on opening weekend.
Where does McMurphy have your favorite team ranked? Let’s take a look.
AP Top 25 College Football Rankings — Brett McMurphy’s Ballot
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 17, 2018
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- West Virginia
- Virginia Tech
- Michigan State
- Penn State
- Mississippi State
- Boston College
- Boise State
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.