After missing out on the top 25 in the Week 2 Coaches Poll, Northwestern also fell short of the AP top 25. But as they did in the Coaches Poll, the Wildcats received plenty of top 25 votes from the media.
Northwestern came in at No. 28 in the AP Poll, receiving 72 votes. Among those not in the top 25, NU was behind only Wisconsin and BYU.
Here's a look at both the AP and Coaches Polls:
|1||Ohio State (61)||Ohio State (63)|
|11||Florida State||Notre Dame|
|16||Texas A&M||Georgia Tech|
And here is the "Others Receiving Votes" section of the AP Poll:
The points system works as follows: All voters submit their top 25. A team is considered to have received one vote if one voter ranks them at No. 25, two votes if a voter ranks them at No. 24, and so on (25 votes if a voter ranks them at No. 1).
Some voters release their ballots individually. Here are a few people who had Northwestern in their top 25s:
My AP ballot this week: 1. OSU 2. Bama 3. TCU 4. Auburn 5. MSU 6. Baylor 7. Irish 8. USC 9. Oregon... 22. Northwestern...25. Wisconsin— Dave Briggs (@DBriggsBlade) September 8, 2015
My AP ballot: OhSt Ala USC TCU MiSt Bay Ore ND Aub TAMU UCLA Clem GT Ga OU FSU Ark LSU NW Az OleMiss Tenn Boise BYU WVU— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 8, 2015
As was the case in the Coaches Poll, Northwestern jumped well ahead of Stanford.