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The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college football since 1936. Over 81 years and 1,119 polls, a total of 167 schools have been ranked and 44 of them have been ranked No. 1 (Minnesota was the first).

To determine the all-time Top 25, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency, No. 1 rankings (two points) to acknowledge elite programs and gave a bonus for AP championships (10 points).

2016 RECAP

Alabama pulled within a national-championship win of overtaking Notre Dame at the No. 3 spot, while champion Clemson jumped Arkansas to become No. 21. Other changes in the All-Time AP Top 100 from the 2016 season included:

  • Auburn passed rival Georgia to become No. 15, dropping the Bulldogs to No. 16
  • Colorado moved up to No. 26, knocking down Georgia Tech to No. 27
  • Mississippi improved to No. 28, replacing Oregon, which is now No. 29
  • West Virginia climbed to No. 33 to a tie for No. 31 with Virginia Tech, while Stanford fell from No. 31 to No. 32
  • North Carolina jumped from No. 38 to a tie for No. 36 with Purdue, dropping Minnesota from No. 37 to No. 38
  • Oklahoma State moved to No. 42, replacing Army, which is now No. 43
  • Baylor moved to No. 46, replacing Mississippi State, which is now No. 47
  • Houston moved to No. 48, replacing South Carolina, which is now No. 49
  • Boise State jumped from No. 61 to No. 59, while Louisville jumped from No. 62 to No. 60. They replaced Washington State, which fell to No. 61, and Navy, the new No. 62.
  • Utah passed Kansas to become No. 63, as the Jayhawks moved to No. 64.
  • South Florida moved into a tie at No. 91 with Princeton and Marshall, while Hawaii fell from No. 93 to 94.
  • San Diego State entered the Top 100 at No. 98.
  • Temple eked into the Top 100, tying four other teams for No. 100
  • Western Michigan and Troy also made their debuts in the AP Top 25, but haven’t had enough poll appearances yet to crack the Top 100.

 

1  OHIO STATE (1,128 Points)

852, 77.24% of all polls
1936
105
Five (last 2014)
1970s appeared in 92.57% of polls.
1940s appeared in 55.68% of polls.
There have only been three seasons during the 80-year history of the AP poll in which the Buckeyes were not ranked at least once, the fewest poll-less seasons of any program.

2  OKLAHOMA (1,070 Points)

784, 71.08% of all polls
1938
100 1/2
Seven (last 2000)
1950s appeared in 94.83% of polls.
1960s appeared in 28.57% of polls.
Oklahoma has been top-five in percentage of poll appearances in five decades (1950s, '70s, '80s, 2000, '10), most of any program.

3  NOTRE DAME (1,045 Points)

766, 69.45% of all polls
1936
98
Eight (last 1988)
1940s appeared in 96.59% of polls.
2000s appeared in 45.18% of polls.
Notre Dame was ranked at least once every season from the first poll in 1936 through 1961.

4  ALABAMA (1039 Points)

745, 67.54% of all polls
1936
74
10 (last 2015)
1970s appeared in 91.22% of polls.
1950s appeared in 18.97% of polls.
From Nov. 3, 1980-Oct. 26, 2008, Alabama was only ranked No. 1 once _ the final poll of the 1992 season. The Tide has been top-ranked 43 times since under coach Nick Saban.

5  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (980 Points)

743, 67.36% of all polls
1936
90 1/2
Five (last 2004)
1970s appeared in 89.86% of polls.
1940s appeared in 47.43% of polls.
The Trojans were top-ranked 42 times from Dec. 7, 2003-Sept. 21, 2008 under coach Pete Carroll.

6  NEBRASKA (913 Points)

717, 65% of all polls
1936
72
Four (last 1995)
1990s appeared in 100% of polls.
1950s appeared in 5.17% of polls.
Mostly under coach Tom Osborne, the Cornhuskers were unranked in only three polls combined during the 1970s, '80s and '90s _ appearing in 99.35 percent over three decades.

7  MICHIGAN (910 Points)

806, 73.07% of all polls
1938
34
Two (last 1997)
1970s appeared in 100% of polls.
1960s appeared in 26.98% of polls.
The Wolverines were first team to appear in every poll over the course of a full decade, when they did it in the 1970s under coach Bo Schembechler.

8  TEXAS (826 Points)

703, 63.74% of all polls
1940
44 1/2
Three (last 2005)
2000s appeared in 99.40% of polls.
1990s appeared in 47.34% of polls.
The Longhorns have not had a top-10 rankings since Sept. 19, 2010, the program's longest such streak since Nov. 26, 1984-Nov. 4, 1990.

9  FLORIDA STATE (730 Points)

540, 48.96% of all polls
1964
72
Three (last 2013)
1990s appeared in 100% of polls.
1950s no poll appearances.(Florida State started football program in 1947).
From Nov. 11, 1990-Sept. 9, 2001, the Seminoles were never ranked lower than 11th under coach Bobby Bowden.

10  FLORIDA (689 Points)

562, 50.95% of all polls
1950
41
Three (last 2008)
1990s appeared in 98.82% of polls.
1940s no poll appearances.
The Gators had no top-three appearances before Nov. 26, 1984 and then 95 top-three appearances after.

11  LSU (668 Points)

575, 52.13% of all polls
1936
30
Two (last 2007)
2000s appeared in 82.53% of polls.
1950s appeared in 25.86% of polls.
After being unranked for most of the 1950s, the Tigers held the No. 1 ranking 14 times in 1958 and '59 _ then went 48 years before being ranked No. 1 again (2007).

12  PENN STATE (655 Points)

589, 53.40% of all polls
1940
19
Two (last 1986)
1990s appeared in 95.27% of polls.
1950s appeared in 20.69% of polls.
The Nittany Lions have not been ranked at any point during the last four seasons (2011-15). Since making their poll debut in 1940, Penn State had never gone more than three seasons without being ranked at least once.

13  MIAMI (649 Points)

458, 41.52% of all polls
1950
67
Five (last 2001)
1990s appeared in 81.66% of polls.
1940s no poll appearances. (First poll appearance was 1950)
The Hurricanes made 367 of their poll appearances (80.13 percent) between Sept. 29, 1980-Jan. 4, 2006.

14  TENNESSEE (635 Points)

568, 51.50% of all polls
1936
18
Two (last 1998)
1990s appeared in 93.49% of polls.
1980s appeared in 29.19% of polls.
From 1936-59, no Southeastern Conference team had more poll appearances (134) than the Volunteers.

15  AUBURN (580 Points)

532, 48.23% of all polls
1936
Nine
Two (last 2010)
1980s appeared in 75.78% of polls.
1940s appeared in 2.27% of polls.
The Deep South's oldest rivals, Auburn and Georgia enter 2016 with the same amount of poll appearances. The overall record in 119 games between the two teams is Georgia 56, Auburn 55 and eight ties.

16  GEORGIA (577 Points)

532, 48.23% of all polls
1941
15
One (1980)
2000s appeared in 85.54% of polls.
1950s appeared in 11.21% of polls.
Since 1975, the Bulldogs have had only two seasons (1990 and '96) during which they have not been ranked for at least one week.

17  UCLA (536 Points)

521, 47.23% of all polls
1939
7
None
1980s appeared in 72.67% of polls.
1940s appeared in 29.55% of polls.
Highest ranked team to never win a championship.

18  TEXAS A&M (489 Points)

424, 38.44% of all polls
1936
6 1/2
One (1939)
1990s appeared in 83.43% of polls.
1960s appeared in 2.38% of polls.
The Aggies were last No. 1 in Nov. 11, 1957, and have not been No. 2 since Dec. 1, 1975.

19  MICHIGAN STATE (448 Points)

375, 34% of all polls
1948
29
One (1952)
1960s appeared in 74.14% of polls.
1980s appeared in 16.15% of polls.
Has the most No. 1 rankings for a program not ranked No. 1 since the 1960s.

20  WASHINGTON (446 Points)

401, 36.36% of all polls
1936
14 1/2
None
1990s appeared in 75.74% of polls.
1960s appeared in 16.67% of polls.
Eleven times in the last 12 seasons, the Huskies have had either one or no poll appearances.

21  CLEMSON (439 Points)

387, 35.09% of all polls
1939
Seven
One (1981)
1980s appeared in 58.39% of polls.
1960s appeared in 3.97% of polls.
Before the Tigers national championship season in 1981, their best ranking was No. 5 on Sept. 21, 1959.

22  ARKANSAS (418 Points)

410, 37.17% of all polls
1936
One
None
1970s appeared in 66.22% of polls.
1940s appeared in 7.95% of polls.
The Razorbacks have 30 top-three appearances, but only one (Nov. 20, 2011) since 1978.

23  PITTSBURGH (358 Points)

294, 26.65% of all polls
1936
21
Two (last 1976)
1980s appeared in 50.93% of polls.
1940s appeared in 3.41% of polls.
The Panthers have not had a top-five appearance during the regular season since Dec. 6, 1982.

24  WISCONSIN (351 Points)

334, 30.28% of all polls
1937
One
None
1950s appeared in 63.69% of polls.
1980s appeared in 1.86% of polls.
During a 29-year span from 1964-92, the Badgers had just 10 poll appearances. Since '92, Wisconsin has made 215 poll appearances.

25  IOWA (334 Points)

307, 27.83% of all polls
1939
7
None
1980s appeared in 46.58% of polls.
1970s no poll appearances.
The Hawkeyes worst decade ('70s) was followed by their best after Hayden Fry took over as coach in 1979.

 

TOP 100 TEAMS

Rank Team name Points
26 Colorado 325
27 Georgia Tech 320
28 Mississippi 298
29 Oregon 297
30 Arizona State 284
31 Virginia Tech 282
32 West Virginia 282
33 Stanford 280
34 BYU 258
35 Missouri 256
36 Purdue 246
36 North Carolina 246
38 Minnesota 241
39 TCU 237
40 Maryland 230
41 Syracuse 221
42 Oklahoma State 217
43 Army 214
44 Kansas State 207
45 California 199
46 Baylor 198
47 Mississippi State 195
48 Houston 193
49 South Carolina 185
50 Northwestern 183
51 Illinois 181
52 Virginia 174
53 Duke 172
54 Arizona 168
55 SMU 165
56 N.C. State 149
57 Boston College 141
58 Texas Tech 137
59 Boise State 136
60 Louisville 135
61 Washington State 133
62 Navy 132
63 Utah 111
64 Kansas 108
65 Oregon State 95
66 Penn 89
67 Air Force 78
68 Kentucky 75
69 Rice 70
70 Tulane 62
71 Wyoming 56
72 Indiana 55
72 Fresno State 55
72 Southern Mississippi 55
72 Cornell 55
76 Toledo 45
77 Santa Clara 43
77 Tulsa 43
77 Colorado State 43
80 Wake Forest 42
81 Cincinnati 41
81 Miami (Ohio) University 41
83 Fordham 40
83 Iowa State 40
85 Holy Cross 39
86 Rutgers 38
87 Dartmouth 37
88 East Carolina 37
89 Vanderbilt 31
90 Yale 30
91 Princeton 29
91 Marshall 29
91 USF 29
94 Hawaii 28
95 Villanova 25
96 Northern Illinois 23
97 Duquesne 20
98 Iowa Pre-Flight 18
98 San Diego State 18
100 Columbia 16
100 William & Mary 16
100 Nevada 16
100 Bowling Green 16
100 Temple 16