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.

VOTERS — College football writers and broadcasters whose publications, websites, TV and radio stations are members of The AP.

POINTS — A first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote is worth 24, etc.

SCHOOLS ELIGIBLE — All NCAA Division FBS and FCS teams. Teams on NCAA probation are eligible to receive votes.

VOTER FORMULA — By state (1-3 schools — 1 voter; 4-6 schools — 2 voters; 7-9 schools — 3 voters; 10-12 — 4 voters) and three national voters for total of 61.

PRESEASON TIDBITS — Eleven of the 68 previous preseason No. 1 teams, have won the national championship. ... Florida State (1999) and Southern California (2004) are the only schools to hold the top spot for the entire season. ... Six national champions were not ranked in the preseason poll. The last team was Brigham Young in 1984. ... Twenty-two different teams have been ranked No. 1. ... This is the seventh time Alabama has been the No. 1 team in the preseason poll (1966, 1978, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018). The Crimson Tide won the national title in 1978 and 2017.