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Baby placing blocksHow to Rate College Football Teams

Whether 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

Picking Duke out of a hat CFB 2015NEW! -- 2015 TipTop 25 Week Four

Do you think that preseason college football ratings are silly because no one really knows how good the teams are yet? Well, have I got a top 25 for you! For my preseason top 25, I literally picked teams out of a hat. The first team I picked out, as pictured, was Duke... so Duke was our #1 team to start the season, but they lost to Northwestern in week 3, and currently they are ranked behind the 4-0 Wildcats at #7.

See where everyone else is ranked here:   TipTop 25

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott scoring a touchdown against Oregon in the national championship game for the 2014 seasonFixing the Final AP College Football Poll for the 2014 Season

Here it is, the final 2014 AP poll, cleansed of logical errors! As is typical, the voters did a much better job ranking the top half than they did ranking the bottom half, and in fact I did not have to change anything in the top 11. Nice job there, sportswriters! Unfortunately, a whole lot of head-to-head results were ignored in the bottom half of the poll.

The voters also had their typical trouble with properly accounting for strength of schedule:  Fixing the Final 2014 AP Poll

I 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.

Sooner Schooner defaced with Michigan logo, then that defaced with "tOSU."The Greatest College Football Programs of the AP Poll Era

Now that I have fixed all the AP polls 1936-2014, 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 #5.

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

Harvard-Yale football game 1901The 1901 College Football National Championship

Who 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 for 1901.

Take a look at my analysis and I think you'll agree:  1901 National Championship

I have also written articles summarizing the mythical national championship race for each season 1902 through 1953, 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.

Northwestern's touchdown to beat Minnesota 6-0 in 1936Fixing the Final 1936 AP College Football Poll

Here 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 following Spring.

Who should have been the first #1?:  Fixing the Final 1936 AP Poll

Cornell quarterback Charley Barrett carrying the ball1915 College Football Top 25

1915 was a very unusual year for this time period, the East taking only 9 slots of this top 25, and 8 different regions being represented. The Pacific Northwest puts an unprecedented 4 teams on this list thanks to some big intersectional wins, one of them in the first Tournament of Roses game since 1902.

Of course, we've still got an Eastern team at #1
:  1915 Top 25

I 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.

Oklahoma football coach Bud Wilkinson on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1955The 1955 College Football National Championship

This one was nice and easy for me, because 11-0 Oklahoma, who defeated 10-1 Maryland 20-6 in the Orange Bowl, is a unanimous selection for the 1955 mythical national championship, and there are no other contenders for the crown.

See how they did it here:  1955 National Championship

NEW! -- 1914 College Football Top 25

Yale Bowl on opening day, 1914
The East takes 14 slots in this one, the Great Lakes region (Big 10) gets 7, and that doesn't leave much room for the rest of the country. Get used to that as we move backward in time.

The East and Great Lakes regions share the most important slot here
:  1914 Top 25

Oklahoma running back Tommy McDonaldNEW! -- The 1956 College Football National Championship

10-0 Oklahoma posted their 3rd straight perfect season and outscored their opponents by an average of 47-5 to sweep all the major polls in 1956, but their schedule featured just 1 rated opponent, #22 Colorado, and every other team they played had a losing record! 9-1 Iowa, meanwhile, faced 5 opponents that finished in the top 17, and they are a contender for this season's crown.

Who should wear it?:  1956 National Championship

1913 Harvard's field goal to beat Princeton 3-0NEW! -- 1913 College Football Top 25

In games between major teams, the "West" went a big 5-0 against the East this year, and so "Western" teams take up most of this season's top 10 slots.

The East still takes #1 though
:  1913 Top 25

1957 Auburn-Alabama football gameNEW! -- The 1957 College Football National Championship

10-0 Auburn won the AP poll to claim their first mythical national championship. But despite taking a loss, 9-1 Ohio State won the coaches' poll and 2 sportswriter polls from the time. Fair or foul? I go into great detail on this one, and I also look at the case for 8-1 Michigan State, who had pretty much the same season Ohio State had.

Who shall sit upon the throne?:  1957 National Championship

LSU's 1958 "Chinese Bandits"NEW! -- The 1958 College Football National Championship

For the 3rd straight season, this MNC boils down to a team with a perfect record and a 1-loss Big 10 team that played a tougher schedule. But this time, the Big 10 team, Iowa, took a loss and a tie.

Does 8-1-1 Iowa have a case vs. 11-0 LSU?:  1958 National Championship

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