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
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
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.