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Total Appearances in the AP Poll

RK Team Conf App* Pct* Avg RK High RK
1. Ohio State Big Ten 854 77.4% 8.4 1
2. Michigan Big Ten 807 73.2% 9.4 1
3. Oklahoma Big 12 783 71.0% 7.7 1
4. Notre Dame Ind 767 69.5% 8.3 1
5. Alabama SEC 743 67.4% 8.0 1
6. USC Pac-12 742 67.3% 9.2 1
7. Nebraska Big Ten 716 64.9% 8.1 1
8. Texas Big 12 702 63.6% 8.9 1
9. Penn State Big Ten 591 53.6% 10.0 1
10. LSU SEC 575 52.1% 10.7 1
11. Tennessee SEC 568 51.5% 10.4 1
12. Florida SEC 567 51.4% 10.0 1
13. Georgia SEC 542 49.1% 11.4 1
14. Florida State ACC 539 48.9% 8.5 1
15. Auburn SEC 533 48.3% 11.0 1
16. UCLA Pac-12 531 48.1% 11.8 1
17. Miami (FL) ACC 460 41.7% 8.6 1
18. Texas A&M SEC 424 38.4% 12.4 1
19. Arkansas SEC 411 37.3% 11.5 1
20. Washington Pac-12 400 36.3% 12.5 1
21. Clemson ACC 387 35.1% 13.7 1
22. Michigan State Big Ten 375 34.0% 11.2 1
23. Wisconsin Big Ten 336 30.5% 13.5 1
24. Iowa Big Ten 308 27.9% 12.4 1
25. Georgia Tech ACC 307 27.8% 12.2 2
26. Pittsburgh ACC 294 26.7% 12.0 1
27. Colorado Pac-12 293 26.6% 11.6 1
28. Mississippi SEC 281 25.5% 12.0 1
29. Arizona State Pac-12 280 25.4% 14.5 2
30. Oregon Pac-12 277 25.1% 11.3 1
31. Virginia Tech ACC 274 24.8% 13.1 2
32. Stanford Pac-12 273 24.8% 13.5 2
33. West Virginia Big 12 272 24.7% 14.4 2
34. Missouri SEC 253 22.9% 14.0 1
35. BYU Ind 242 21.9% 15.4 1
36. North Carolina ACC 239 21.7% 13.4 1
37. Purdue Big Ten 237 21.5% 13.0 1
38. TCU Big 12 220 19.9% 12.7 1
39. Oklahoma State Big 12 212 19.2% 14.3 2
40. Kansas State Big 12 208 18.9% 12.9 2
41. California Pac-12 197 17.9% 12.0 1
  Syracuse ACC 197 17.9% 13.8 1
43. Maryland Big Ten 192 17.4% 12.2 1
44. Baylor Big 12 189 17.1% 12.8 2
45. South Carolina SEC 186 16.9% 15.1 2
46. Houston AAC 184 16.7% 13.8 2
47. Illinois Big Ten 181 16.4% 12.3 2
48. Mississippi State SEC 180 16.3% 17.1 1
49. Northwestern Big Ten 172 15.6% 12.9 1
  Duke ACC 172 15.6% 13.3 2
51. Arizona Pac-12 168 15.2% 15.4 3
52. Virginia ACC 167 15.1% 16.6 1
53. SMU AAC 161 14.6% 11.5 1
54. Minnesota Big Ten 160 14.5% 11.5 1
55. NC State ACC 149 13.5% 17.3 3
56. Army (NY) Ind 140 12.7% 7.1 1
  Boston College ACC 140 12.7% 15.6 1
58. Texas Tech Big 12 139 12.6% 15.8 2
59. Washington State Pac-12 129 11.7% 15.6 3
60. Navy (MD) AAC 128 11.6% 9.6 2
61. Boise State MWC 127 11.5% 13.1 2
62. Louisville ACC 119 10.8% 16.0 3
63. Kansas Big 12 109 9.9% 14.1 2
64. Utah Pac-12 101 9.2% 15.4 2
65. Oregon State Pac-12 95 8.6% 15.2 4
66. Penn Ivy 89 8.1% 11.2 3
67. Kentucky SEC 78 7.1% 12.8 3
  Air Force MWC 78 7.1% 15.7 4
69. Rice (TX) C-USA 70 6.3% 13.3 5
70. Tulane (LA) AAC 59 5.3% 14.3 4
71. Wyoming MWC 56 5.1% 16.5 6
  Southern Miss C-USA 56 5.1% 20.5 9
73. Indiana Big Ten 55 5.0% 15.1 4
74. Fresno State MWC 53 4.8% 19.8 8
75. Cornell (NY) Ivy 47 4.3% 10.7 1
76. Toledo (OH) MAC 45 4.1% 19.3 12
77. Santa Clara (CA) 43 3.9% 12.7 5
  Colorado State MWC 43 3.9% 19.7 10
79. Miami (OH) MAC 42 3.8% 16.0 10
  Tulsa AAC 42 3.8% 16.3 4
  Wake Forest (NC) ACC 42 3.8% 18.4 11
82. Cincinnati AAC 41 3.7% 15.4 4
83. Fordham (NY) Patriot 40 3.6% 10.0 3
  Iowa State Big 12 40 3.6% 17.7 9
85. Holy Cross (MA) Patriot 39 3.5% 15.1 9
86. Rutgers (NJ) Big Ten 38 3.4% 18.1 7
87. Dartmouth (NH) Ivy 37 3.4% 13.2 4
88. East Carolina AAC 34 3.1% 18.5 9
89. Vanderbilt SEC 31 2.8% 15.9 7
90. Yale (CT) Ivy 30 2.7% 13.6 5
91. Princeton (NJ) Ivy 29 2.6% 12.1 4
  Marshall (WV) C-USA 29 2.6% 17.6 10
93. Hawaii MWC 28 2.5% 19.4 10
94. South Florida AAC 26 2.4% 17.0 2
95. Villanova (PA) Colonial 25 2.3% 13.8 6
96. Northern Illinois MAC 23 2.1% 19.9 12
97. Duquesne (PA) Northeast 20 1.8% 11.4 5
98. Iowa Pre-Flight 18 1.6% 6.3 2
99. William & Mary (VA) Colonial 16 1.5% 15.8 12
  Columbia (NY) Ivy 16 1.5% 15.9 10
  Nevada MWC 16 1.5% 17.2 10
  Bowling Green (OH) MAC 16 1.5% 21.4 15
103. March Field/4th AF (CA) 15 1.4% 11.3 8
  Temple (PA) AAC 15 1.4% 19.9 13
105. Pacific (CA) 14 1.3% 13.9 6
  San Diego State MWC 14 1.3% 17.2 13
107. St. Mary's (CA) 13 1.2% 11.6 5
  Great Lakes Naval (IL) 13 1.2% 12.2 5
109. Bainbridge Naval (MD) 12 1.1% 11.4 5
110. Georgetown (DC) Patriot 11 1.0% 13.4 9
  UCF AAC 11 1.0% 17.6 10
112. Randolph Field (TX) 10 0.9% 4.8 2
  Ball State MAC 10 0.9% 18.1 12
114. Carnegie Mellon (PA) 9 0.8% 10.4 6
  Del Monte Pre-Flight (CA) 9 0.8% 13.0 8
  Ohio MAC 9 0.8% 18.8 15
117. San Francisco 8 0.7% 16.3 13
118. North Carolina Pre-Flight 7 0.6% 11.9 2
  Marquette (WI) 7 0.6% 12.0 4
  George Washington (DC) 7 0.6% 16.4 14
  Utah State MWC 7 0.6% 18.0 10
122. New Mexico State Sun Belt 6 0.5% 16.5 14
  2nd Air Force 6 0.5% 18.0 15
  Memphis AAC 6 0.5% 20.7 15
  Connecticut AAC 6 0.5% 21.0 16
  Louisiana Tech C-USA 6 0.5% 22.0 19
127. Norman Pre-Flight (OK) 5 0.5% 15.2 13
  El Toro Marines (CA) 5 0.5% 16.4 15
  Colorado College 5 0.5% 17.2 16
  VMI Southern 5 0.5% 17.2 13
  Harvard (MA) Ivy 5 0.5% 18.2 17
  San Jose State (CA) MWC 5 0.5% 20.4 18
  Kent State (OH) MAC 5 0.5% 22.0 18
  UTEP C-USA 5 0.5% 24.0 23
135. Hardin-Simmons (TX) 4 0.4% 18.3 17
136. Southwestern (TX) 3 0.3% 13.3 11
  Memphis Naval 3 0.3% 15.7 13
  Boston 3 0.3% 16.3 15
  Delaware Colonial 3 0.3% 16.7 15
  New York 3 0.3% 17.7 17
  Lafayette (PA) Patriot 3 0.3% 18.3 18
142. Colgate (NY) Patriot 2 0.2% 14.5 9
  Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 2 0.2% 14.5 14
  Camp Peary (VA) 2 0.2% 15.5 14
  Detroit Mercy 2 0.2% 17.5 17
  North Texas C-USA 2 0.2% 18.0 16
  San Diego Naval 2 0.2% 18.5 17
  Washington & Lee (VA) 2 0.2% 18.5 18
  Central Michigan MAC 2 0.2% 24.0 23
  Western Kentucky C-USA 2 0.2% 24.5 24
151. Arkansas-Monticello 1 0.1% 17.0 17
  Fort Pierce Naval (FL) 1 0.1% 18.0 18
  3rd Air Force 1 0.1% 19.0 19
  Lehigh (PA) Patriot 1 0.1% 19.0 19
  Muhlenberg (PA) 1 0.1% 19.0 19
  St. Mary's Pre-Flight (CA) 1 0.1% 19.0 19
  Bucknell (PA) Patriot 1 0.1% 20.0 20
  Camp Grant (IL) 1 0.1% 20.0 20
  Catawba (NC) 1 0.1% 20.0 20
  Loyola Marymount (CA) 1 0.1% 20.0 20
  Richmond (VA) Colonial 1 0.1% 20.0 20
  Williams (MA) 1 0.1% 20.0 20
* Out of 1103 total polls since 1936

NOTES
- Teams in the latest poll are in bold.
- Conference affiliation is as of 2015.
- Updated through January 12, 2016.



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