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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

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

Updated for 2015

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     Updated for 2015

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     Updated for 2015

Top College Football Coaches of the AP Poll Era by Total Ranking Points     Updated for 2015

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 1963, 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. 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 following Spring.

Who should have been the first #1?:  Fixing the Final 1936 AP Poll

Yale football practice 19061906 College Football Top 25

The East hogged up the majority of this hypothetical AP poll top 25, but 5 other regions are represented. The Great Lakes region placed 5 teams in this ranking, and the South and Missouri Valley regions placed 2 teams each.

See where they all shake out here:  1906 Top 25

I 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. New ones will also be posted below as they are finished.

The winning touchdown for Arkansas against Nebraska in the 1965 Cotton BowlThe 1964 College Football National Championship

10-1 Alabama was the last AP poll "champion" that lost its bowl game. They were victimized by 10-1 Texas in the Orange Bowl, who lost to 11-0 Arkansas, and Arkansas is therefore the legitimate mythical national champion of 1964.

Arkansas was overloaded on Hall of Fame coaches that season:  1964 National Championship

1905 Chicago-Michigan football game1905 College Football Top 25

This was a landmark season for college football outside the East, as a whole lot more teams than ever before were separating themselves from the minor colleges and high school teams around them. The Western Conference (Big 10) places 4 teams in this top 10, and 6 teams in the top 25.

In addition, the South had a pair of powerhouses in 9-1 Virginia Tech and 7-1 Vanderbilt, the Missouri Valley region gave us 9-2 Nebraska and 10-1 Kansas, the Rockies produced 8-1 Colorado, and Stanford forged a perfect record out on the West Coast.

See where they all line up here:  1905 Top 25

1966 Rose Bowl, UCLA quarterback Gary Beban throwing the ball against Michigan StateThe 1965 College Football National Championship

This was the first season the AP poll ever conducted an official post-bowl poll, and it was a wild New Year's Day! #1 Michigan State was upset by #5 UCLA in the Rose Bowl, #2 Arkansas was upset by unrated LSU in the Cotton, and #3 Nebraska lost to #4 Alabama in the Orange. That left 10-1 Michigan State, a bowl loser, vying against 9-1-1 Alabama for the title.

See who deserves the throne here
:  1965 National Championship

Penn at Harvard football game 19041904 College Football Top 25

The East took up 13 of the top 16 slots for this season, but most of the rest hailed from other regions. The Great Lakes region (Big 10) populated a respectable 6 slots in the top 25.

The South had a pair of teams with perfect records:  1904 Top 25

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

1903 Princeton Football Team Photo1903 College Football Top 25

Only 3 regions are represented in this top 25, unless you consider Georgetown to be a "Southern" team, as people did at the time. If, like me, you don't, then the only regions with rated teams this time out are the East (14 teams), the Great Lakes (8), and the Missouri Valley (3).

The Missouri Valley even had a top 10 team:  1903 Top 25

Southern Cal running back O. J. Simpson's 64 yard touchdown run to beat UCLA 21-20 in 1967NEW! -- The 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

1902 Michigan-Wisconsin football gameNEW! -- 1902 College Football Top 25

The Great Lakes region (Big 10 area) squeezed a big 9 teams in to this list, a number that the region has never topped, though they equaled it in 1913 and 1929. The Missouri Valley again puts a team into the top 10, and the West Coast puts 2 teams into the top 25.

The whole list is here:  1902 Top 25

1969 Rose BowlNEW! -- The 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

1901 Harvard-Yale football game in Harper'sNEW! -- 1901 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.

My last top 25 can be found here:  1901 Top 25

Contact the writer at this e-mail address:   James@TipTop25.com