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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

Comments on the 11-27-16 AP Poll

It's that time of year again. I won't be fully fixing the AP poll until its final edition is released in January, but it's late enough in the season to start commenting on the weekly AP poll, pointing out logical errors that I would have to fix if this were the final poll. If you are an AP poll voter, I'd suggest you take some time to consider these issues, and think twice. Or 3 times if you have to.

This year the AP poll is unusually hard on "little big teams"
:  11-27-16 AP Poll

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

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

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

Top College Football Coaches of the AP Poll Era by Total Ranking Points

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 1965, 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. It took me 2 1/2 years to fix every AP poll. 1936 was a good season for the AP poll to debut, since there was 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

1901 Harvard-Yale football game in Harper's1901 College Football Top 25

I've done it! Completed all the top 25s 1901-1935! Woohoo! I'll not be doing earlier ones, as the further you go back, the less nation-wide college football becomes, and the harder it is to find 25 teams worthy of being listed at all.

The "first" top 25 can be found here:  1901 Top 25

I have created 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.

1966 Game of the Century, Notre Dame vs. Michigan StateThe 1966 College Football National Championship

We've got a 3-team race for the 1966 crown. 9-0-1 Notre Dame and 9-0-1 Michigan State tied each other in a "Game of the Century," finished #1 and #2 in the AP poll, and hogged up all the mythical national championship selections, but defending MNC Alabama was 11-0 this season, and I'll be looking at their case as well.

Who shall we be fitting for crowns?
:  1966 National Championship

Southern Cal running back O. J. Simpson's 64 yard touchdown run to beat UCLA 21-20 in 1967The 1967 College Football National Championship

10-1 Southern Cal was a unanimous choice as mythical national champion of 1967, but Oklahoma was also 10-1, so I'll be looking at their season and comparing them to USC in this article.

Do the Sooners merit a share of this MNC?
:  1967 National Championship

1969 Rose BowlThe 1968 College Football National Championship

This is the first of 2 straight seasons that Joe Paterno and Penn State went unbeaten, untied, and uncrowned. This year, it was 10-0 Ohio State's "Super Sophomores" that denied them.

Should Penn State share this MNC?
:  1968 National Championship

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