AP CFB Poll, All-Time Rankings

LaQuintaHawkeye

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Found this interesting, and a bit amusing when you get down to into the 90's 🤡

According to the AP final rankings for each season, how do all the college football teams rank since the start of the poll in 1939?

According to the AP voters, what are the greatest programs of all-time?

Take all the AP final rankings and use our simple scoring system – the AP national champion in each season gets 25 points, the No. 2 team 24, No. 3 23, and so on down to the bottom.

AP College Football Poll: 1936 to 2021 Final All-Time Rankings


Here are the T25...

1 Oklahoma 1136

2 Alabama 1129

3 Ohio State 1119

4 Notre Dame 1028

5 Michigan 1016

6 USC 837

7 Nebraska 798

8 Texas 797

9 Penn State 702

10 Tennessee 686

11 LSU 678

12 Georgia 657

13 Auburn 584

14 Florida State 570

15 Florida 551

16 Miami 534

17 UCLA 493

18 Clemson 484

19 Michigan State 472

20 Arkansas 444

21 Texas A&M 397

22 Wisconsin 378

23 Washington 376

24 Ole Miss 362

25 Iowa 344
 
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jthawk

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Two interesting points after looking at the entire list. Iowa State is the third Iowa team on the list, after the Hawks and Iowa Pre-Flight:). The other is UCLA at 110 with only 12 points. That just does not seem right to me. Edit: As LaQuinta Hawkeye pointed out below, UCLA is listed twice. Curious!
 
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LaQuintaHawkeye

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Iowa State is around 12 weeks...I think?

The ranking isn’t how many weeks you were in the poll, but where you finished in the poll each season.

For ISU go to page 2 of the blog …

84 Iowa Pre-Flight 44​

85 Villanova 41​

T86 Wake Forest 33​

T86 William & Mary 33​

88 March Field 32​

89 Utah State 32​

90 Toledo 31​

91 Bainbridge NTS 30​

92 Great Lakes Navy 29​

93 Rutgers 29​

94 Saint Mary’s (CA) Pre-Flight 26​

T95 Iowa State 25​

 
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BonzoFury

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I'd like to see a generation-weighted version of this. For example...rankings in the last 25 years given a 1.0 factor, 25-50 years ago .8, 50-75 a .6 and .4 for anything older. You'd see some interesting shifts in the rankings.
 

hawkcub

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Air Force Base team from the WWII era. Like Iowa Pre-Flight. The military basically had their own division.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1943_March_Field_Flyers_football_team

Who knew?
They also had the best athletes. If you were able-bodied you were going to serve in WWII. The military base teams got their pick of very good athletes.

They played many state schools. Iowa Pre-flight at least did. Iowa Pre-Flight played their games at Iowa stadium (Kinnick Stadium). Even played Iowa twice.
 
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