Associated Press Poll (1936-Present)
Total, Preseason, Final Polls | Weekly, Season Streaks | Last
AP National Championships (by team, conference, and coach)
Number 1 vs Number 2
AP #1 Game Results
Preseason vs Final Rankings of #1 Teams
Wire-to-Wire at #1
AP Polls With Unanimous #1
AP Polls with ties at #1:
August 26, 2002
October 20, 1992
October 27, 1941
November 27, 1939
NEWPercent of First-Place Votes for the AP Preseason #1 Team
AP Preseason #1 that Finished #1 with Fewest Regular-Season Weeks at #1:
1985 Oklahoma (1)
1978 Alabama (2)
1975 Oklahoma (4)
1974 Oklahoma (5)
1951 Tennessee (5)
AP National Champions with only One Appearance at #1 During the Season:
2002 Ohio State
1989 Miami (FL)
1987 Miami (FL)
1986 Penn State
1983 Miami (FL)
1982 Penn State
1977 Notre Dame
1973 Notre Dame
1946 Notre Dame
AP Preseason #1 with only One Appearance at #1 During the Season:
1971 Notre Dame
Lowest Rank by Month for AP National Champions
AP #1 wins but drops to #2
Most Points Allowed in One Game By an AP National Champion
Total Points in the AP Poll
AP Poll vs Harris Poll (preseason poll argument)
January 7, 1948 Special Poll (Michigan/Notre Dame controversy)
November 15, 1934 Poll
Dates of Preseason/First Polls 1995-Present
Never Been Ranked (now included in the Team Index)
AP Voting Guidelines
FBS Scoring Streaks
Sources for this data are Collegio Football 2008 (1998-2008), PollSpeak.com (2009-13; names only), and The Associated Press (2014). Some minor inconsistencies were found when compiling this data, but few corrections have been made so far. Some assumptions were made for voters that participated in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
NEWModern Era of the AP Poll
Based on three factors -- preseason poll, number of voters, and number of teams ranked -- 1968 could be considered the start of the 'modern' era of the AP Poll.
The first preseason poll was in 1950. Although its usefulness or accuracy is often questioned, it does allow for a more complete view of a team's rise or fall during a given season.
Prior to 1960, voting was open to any TV, radio, or newspaper sports editor. The average number of voters per poll was 158 and varied greatly with as many as 409 for one poll in 1954. Panel voting began in 1960, where a set number of football experts from around the country were selected before each season.
From 1936 to 1960, there were 20 teams ranked in the poll. That changed from 1961 to 1967 where all but one poll had just 10 teams. This affected the ability to appear in the poll and continue appearance streaks compared to previous seasons. In 1968 the poll went back to 20 teams.
Considering these factors, the years since 1968 have been the most complete and consistent for the AP Poll since its inception.
Research from Others
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Voter Bias in the Associated Press College Football Poll, Jay Coleman, Andres Gallo, Paul Mason, Jeffrey W. Steagall, University of North Florida, August 2010.
20-Year AP Top 25 Trends, Brian Fremeau, BCF Toys, March 2010.
Connectivity in College Football: 1989 vs. 2009, Brian Fremeau, BCF Toys, March 2010.
Ranking high: scientific proof that preseason polls matter, Scott Albrecht, College Football by the Numbers, August 2009.
Rectifying a Stupid Conclusion - Preseason Polls, Scott Albrecht, College Football by the Numbers, August 2008.
Games Where #1 Was Shutout, Doug Tammaro, August 2008.
Testing Bayesian Updating with the AP Top 25 (312 KB PDF), Daniel F.Stone, July 10, 2008. (check here for updates)
Whoa, Nellie! Empirical Tests of College Football's Conventional
Wisdom (abstract only), Trevon D. Logan, November 2007.
Success of Current Division-I College Football Teams Since Inception of Polls in 1936 (94 KB PDF), Lemieux, September 2007.
Evidence of Television Exposure Effects in AP Top 25 College Football Rankings (abstract only), Noel D. Campbell, Tammy M. Rogers, R. Zachary Finney.
BCS Rankings (1998-2013)
Total Appearances | National Championships
UPDATE All BCS rankings have been added to the AP poll pages with the exception of a small percentage (3%) of teams ranked from #19 to #25 in the BCS that only appeared in the Others Receiving Votes section in the AP Poll. These BCS rankings will not display in the AP team week-by-week view, but are counted in the BCS total appearances.