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
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 EraUpdated for 2015
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 Updated for 2015
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 Updated for 2015
Top College Football Coaches of the AP Poll Era by Total Ranking Points Updated for 2015
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 1963, 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. After 2 1/2 years, I've finally fixed every AP poll. Now I'm
going to Disneyland. This was a good one too, with 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
1906 College Football Top 25The
East hogged up the majority of this hypothetical AP poll top 25, but 5 other
regions are represented. The Great Lakes region placed 5 teams in this
ranking, and the South and Missouri Valley regions placed 2 teams each.
See where they all shake out here: 1906 Top 25
am currently creating 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. New ones will also be posted below as they are finished.
The 1964 College Football National Championship10-1
Alabama was the last AP poll "champion" that lost its bowl game. They
were victimized by 10-1 Texas in the Orange Bowl, who lost to 11-0
Arkansas, and Arkansas is therefore the legitimate mythical national
champion of 1964.
Arkansas was overloaded on Hall of Fame coaches that season: 1964 National Championship
1905 College Football Top 25This
was a landmark season for college football outside the East, as a whole
lot more teams than ever before were separating themselves from the
minor colleges and high school teams around them. The Western
Conference (Big 10) places 4 teams in this top 10, and 6 teams in the
In addition, the South had a pair of powerhouses in 9-1
Virginia Tech and 7-1 Vanderbilt, the Missouri Valley region gave us
9-2 Nebraska and 10-1 Kansas, the Rockies produced 8-1 Colorado, and
Stanford forged a perfect record out on the West Coast.
See where they all line up here: 1905 Top 25
The 1965 College Football National ChampionshipThis
was the first season the AP poll ever conducted an official post-bowl
poll, and it was a wild New Year's Day! #1 Michigan State was upset by
#5 UCLA in the Rose Bowl, #2 Arkansas was upset by unrated LSU in the
Cotton, and #3 Nebraska lost to #4 Alabama in the Orange. That left
10-1 Michigan State, a bowl loser, vying against 9-1-1 Alabama for the
See who deserves the throne here: 1965 National Championship
1904 College Football Top 25The
East took up 13 of the top 16 slots for this season, but most of the
rest hailed from other regions. The Great Lakes region (Big 10)
populated a respectable 6 slots in the top 25.
The South had a pair of teams with perfect records: 1904 Top 25
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
1903 College Football Top 25Only
3 regions are represented in this top 25, unless you consider
Georgetown to be a "Southern" team, as people did at the time. If, like
me, you don't, then the only regions with rated teams this time out are
the East (14 teams), the Great Lakes (8), and the Missouri Valley (3).
The Missouri Valley even had a top 10 team: 1903 Top 25
NEW! -- 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
NEW! -- 1902 College Football Top 25The
Great Lakes region (Big 10 area) squeezed a big 9 teams in to this
list, a number that the region has never topped, though they equaled it
in 1913 and 1929. The Missouri Valley again puts a team into the top
10, and the West Coast puts 2 teams into the top 25.
The whole list is here: 1902 Top 25
NEW! -- 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
NEW! -- 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.
My last top 25 can be found here: 1901 Top 25