How to Rate College Football Teams
you are a voter in the AP poll, the coaches' poll, the Harris poll, a
fan poll, or are just interested in ranking college football teams
yourself, I am here to help you get better at it. And judging by
various poll results I've seen over the years, chances are you have room for improvement.
Access the entire guide here: How to Rate College Football Teams
Comments on the 12-4-16 AP PollIt's
that time of year again. I won't be fully fixing the AP poll until its
final edition is released in January, but it's late enough in the
season to start commenting on the weekly AP poll, pointing out logical
errors that I would have to fix if this were the final poll. If you are
an AP poll voter, I'd suggest you take some time to consider these
issues, and think twice. Or 3 times if you have to.
I also have a dim view on the playoff committee's rankings to share here: 12-4-16 AP Poll
Fixing the Final AP College Football Poll for the 2015 SeasonHere
it is, the final 2015 AP poll, cleansed of logical errors!
Unfortunately, the AP poll voters did a significantly worse job this
year than they had done the previous 2 seasons, so there is a lot of
movement in this fixed top 25. Still, only 2 teams fall out of the
fixed AP poll, which isn't so bad, and naturally, 2 new teams replace
See who's in and out here: Fixing the Final 2015 AP Poll
have also repaired the errors in all the AP polls going back to the
first one in 1936. You can find those repaired polls by clicking the Fixed AP Polls link at the upper left of this page, or by clicking this one right here.
The Greatest College Football Programs of the AP Poll Era
that I have fixed all the AP polls 1936-2015, we can total up the
numbers and see which programs have truly been the best since 1936. You
know the drill:
each team gets 25 points for each #1 finish, 24 for #2, etc., down to 1
point for a #25 finish. If you do this with the original AP polls,
Oklahoma is #1 overall since 1936. But in the far more accurate fixed
polls, Oklahoma is only #4.
Who's #1? And who's #120? Hit the link for the entire top-to-bottom list: Greatest Programs of the AP Poll Era
But wait, that's not all! I've got a couple more AP Poll era lists for your perusing pleasure:
Most Overrated and Underrated Programs in AP Poll History
Greatest College Football Dynasties of the AP Poll Era
More Lists!I hope you love lists as much as I do-- but
if you're a college football fan, I know you do. And rest assured,
you'll not have to trudge your way through a 50-page "slide show" for
any list I ever compile. Hit the links, and the whole lists are there--
the way God intended the internet to be. Hallelujah.
Top Major-College Football Coaches of All Time by Winning Percentage
Top College Football Coaches of the AP Poll Era by Total Ranking Points
The 1901 College Football National Championship
deserves the imaginary trophy for the mythical national championship of
1901, Harvard or Michigan? Or should they share it? The experts of 1901
said Harvard. The experts today say Michigan. Who is right? For many
older seasons, there is no clear answer to such questions. But there is a clear answer
Take a look at my analysis and I think you'll agree: 1901 National Championship
have also written articles summarizing the mythical national
championship race for each season 1902 through 1965, with more to come below.
You can find those summaries by clicking the National Champions link at the upper left of this page. Or this one.
Fixing the Final 1936 AP College Football PollHere
it is, the very first AP college football poll, fully repaired and made
sensible. It took me 2 1/2 years to fix every AP poll. 1936 was a good
season for the AP poll to debut, since there was a full-blown
controversy at the top of the poll. Minnesota finished #1, but
Pittsburgh likely would have finished #1 if the AP had conducted a poll
after the bowls, and writers continued to argue about it through the
Who should have been the first #1?: Fixing the Final 1936 AP Poll
1901 College Football Top 25I've
done it! Completed all the top 25s 1901-1935! Woohoo! I'll not be doing
earlier ones, as the further you go back, the less nation-wide college
football becomes, and the harder it is to find 25 teams worthy of
being listed at all.
The "first" top 25 can be found here: 1901 Top 25
I have created hypothetical AP poll top 25s for every season
prior to the actual AP poll's debut in 1936, going back to 1901. You
can find those here.
The 1966 College Football National ChampionshipWe've
got a 3-team race for the 1966 crown. 9-0-1 Notre Dame and 9-0-1
Michigan State tied each other in a "Game of the Century," finished #1
and #2 in the AP poll, and hogged up all the mythical national
championship selections, but defending MNC Alabama was 11-0 this
season, and I'll be looking at their case as well.
Who shall we be fitting for crowns?: 1966 National Championship
The 1967 College Football National Championship10-1
Southern Cal was a unanimous choice as mythical national champion of
1967, but Oklahoma was also 10-1, so I'll be looking at their season
and comparing them to USC in this article.
Do the Sooners merit a share of this MNC?: 1967 National Championship
The 1968 College Football National ChampionshipThis
is the first of 2 straight seasons that Joe Paterno and Penn State went
unbeaten, untied, and uncrowned. This year, it was 10-0 Ohio State's
"Super Sophomores" that denied them.
Should Penn State share this MNC?: 1968 National Championship