As students and fans emerge from a Saturday spent immeresed in college football, many await the release of the Associated Press Top 25, eagerly scanning to see the rewards or downfalls of LSU’s exploits the night before.
However, there isn’t much known about the formula of the rankings or how the Tigers get that week’s ranking.
Sixty-five sports writers, including two from Louisiana, comprise the AP Poll. The group submits their individual rankings every Sunday, where 25 points are awarded for a first-place vote, 24 for a second-place and so on — all the way down to one point for ranking a team No. 25.
The points are added together and the poll takes shape.
Starting this week, The Daily Reveille will publish an interactive poll online, where readers can see where each sportswriter ranked each team and the disparity that may arise. For example, after LSU’s loss to Ole Miss Saturday, FOX Sports’ Charles Davis plummeted the Tigers down to No. 20, while Mercury News sports writer Jon Wilner and Albuquerque Journal sports writer Ed Johnson dropped the Tigers only three spots to No. 9.
In total, the Tigers were ranked in seven different spots by the voters. Head to lsureveille.com today and throughout the rest of the season to track the voters and their rankings of each team.
graphics by Jared Kendall