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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

Alabama tight end O. J. Howard scoring a touchdown against Clemson in the national championship game for the 2015 seasonFixing the Final AP College Football Poll for the 2015 Season

Here 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 them.

See who's in and out here:  Fixing the Final 2015 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

Updated for 2015

Now 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

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 1959, 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

Harvard football practice 19101910 College Football Top 25

We've got a lot of unusual appearances in or near the hypothetical AP poll top 25 for 1910, such as Ursinus, Colorado College, Trinity (Connecticut), Case, Marquette, Oberlin, and Wabash.

I include twice the usual number of mini-profiles of teams in this one
:  1910 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. New ones will also be posted below as they are finished.

1961 Rose Bowl, Washington vs. MinnesotaThe 1960 College Football National Championship

For the 4th time in history, the AP poll's #1 team lost its bowl game. This time it was 8-2 Minnesota losing 17-7 to 10-1 Washington. So Washington is a contender for the 1960 mythical national championship, but so are 10-0-1 Mississippi, 8-1 Iowa, and 10-1 Missouri.

That's a lot of contenders for me to summarize this time:  1960 National Championship

1909 Yale-Princeton football game1909 College Football Top 25

Once again we've got some unusual appearances in or near the top 25, this time including such teams as Sewanee, Villanova, and Drake. There are also 5 teams from the South ranked in this top 25, an unusually high number for this time period.

And again I include a lot more mini-profiles of teams than usual in this one
:  1909 Top 25

MS Paint rendering of the 1962 Sugar BowlThe 1961 College Football National Championship

For the 3rd time in 5 seasons (1957-1961), the Football Writers Association selected a Big 10 team with a loss or tie as mythical national champion over an SEC team with a perfect record.

Who's right, the FWAA or everyone else on the planet?:  1961 National Championship

Harvard game winning field goal against Yale in 19081908 College Football Top 25

The East hoards 15 spots, and the Big 10 region takes most of the rest. Unusual teams rated in this top 25 include Denver and Western Reserve.

Check out the whole top 25 here
:  1908 Top 25

1963 Rose Bowl, Southern Cal's Willie Brown carrying the ball against WisconsinNEW! -- The 1962 College Football National Championship

11-0 Southern Cal was ranked #1 by the AP poll this season, while 10-0 Mississippi was severely disrespected with a #3 ranking behind 8-2 Wisconsin, who lost to USC in the Rose Bowl after the final poll.

Was the AP poll correct to dismiss Ole Miss?:  1962 National Championship

1907 Yale-Harvard football gameNEW! -- 1907 College Football Top 25

The East hoards even more slots than in my last top 25, 18, leaving just 7 perches for the rest of the country. Unusual teams rated in this top 25 include Washburn and Vermont, each making their only appearance in a major football top 25.

The whole list can be viewed here:  1907 Top 25

1964 Cotton Bowl, Texas vs. NavyNEW! -- The 1963 College Football National Championship

11-0 Texas was and is a unanimous choice as national champion of 1963, and there are no other contenders, so this article was an easy one, a nice break for me.

See how they did it here:  1963 National Championship

Yale football practice 1906NEW! -- 1906 College Football Top 25

The East hogged up the majority of this top 25, as usual, 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

The winning touchdown for Arkansas against Nebraska in the 1965 Cotton BowlNEW! -- The 1964 College Football National Championship

10-1 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

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