How to Rate College Football Teams
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
Fixing the Final AP College Football Poll for the 2013 SeasonHere
it is, the final 2013 AP poll, cleansed of logical errors! This AP poll
was much better than usual, and required relatively little fixing, but
it holds some good examples of the complexity of accounting for
head-to-head results. Some people think that when 2 teams have the same
record, and one team beats the other, the winner should always be rated
higher. Not so. What if the loser defeated 2 teams that the winner lost
to? In that case, all else being equal, the loser of the head-to-head
matchup should be ranked higher.
This poll has a lot of trouble properly accounting for head-to-head results: Fixing the Final 2013 AP Poll
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.
The Greatest College Football Programs of the AP Poll EraNow updated to include the 2013 season!
that I have fixed all the AP polls 1936-2013, 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 Now updated to include the 2013 season!
Greatest College Football Dynasties of the AP Poll Era
you know what I've been doing for the last month-- compiling college
football data into 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 Now updated to include the 2013 season!
Top College Football Coaches of the AP Poll Era by Total Ranking Points Now updated to include the 2013 season!
The 1901 College Football National Championship
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
Take a look at my analysis and I think you'll agree: 1901 National Championship
have also written articles summarizing the mythical national
championship race for each season 1902 through 1940, 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.
Fixing the Final 1936 AP College Football PollHere
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
Who should have been the first #1?: Fixing the Final 1936 AP Poll
The 1942 College Football National ChampionshipWe've got a 2-team race for the mythical national championship of 1942:
9-1 Ohio State and 11-1 Georgia. Ohio State was tabbed #1 by the AP
poll. Their loss came to 8-1-1 Wisconsin, ranked #3. Georgia's loss
came to 6-4-1 Auburn, ranked #13, but Georgia played the tougher
schedule-- if not by much. 9 of the 11 math-based systems listed in the
NCAA Records Book have Georgia #1.
Who deserves the crown?: 1942 National Championship
1929 College Football Top 25Here's my latest hypothetical AP poll top 25. The
Great Lakes region was the best this season, giving us 9 of the top 25
teams, and the state of Indiana held the top 2 teams. The West Coast
was also strong, and supplies the next 4 teams after the top 2.
There are mini-profiles of 5 teams here: 1929 Top 25
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.
The 1943 College Football National ChampionshipIt's
been a long time between articles, but I've finally finished this one.
Notre Dame is a unanimous choice as mythical national champion of 1943.
They went 9-1, losing their finale to Great Lakes Navy, making them the
only team to ever lose their last game but remain ranked #1 in the AP
poll. However, Purdue went 9-0 this season, including a win over Great
Lakes Navy, the team that beat Notre Dame.
Can this possibly be fair?: 1943 National Championship
1928 College Football Top 25Georgia
Tech was #1 for 1928, but places #2 though #6 are all hogged up by West
Coast teams. The Pacific Coast had a remarkable season, their only
intersectional loss being Cal's 1 point loss to #1 Georgia Tech in the
A total of 7 Pacific Coast teams make this top 25: 1928 Top 25
NEW!-- The 1944 College Football National Championship9-0
Army was not only the greatest team of 1944, but they are one of the
greatest teams of all time, outscoring their opposition by an average
of 56-4, and outscoring 4 top 10 opponents by an average of 43-5. They
would continue this rampage for a similar 9-0 campaign in 1945, then
settle for a "mere" 9-0-1 in 1946. But they are not the only team to
consider for 1944, as Ohio State went 9-0 as well.
Do the Buckeyes merit a share of the 1944 MNC?: 1944 National Championship