The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college football since 1936. Over 81 years and 1,119 polls, a total of 167 schools have been ranked and 44 of them have been ranked No. 1 (Minnesota was the first).
To determine the all-time Top 25, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency, No. 1 rankings (two points) to acknowledge elite programs and gave a bonus for AP championships (10 points).
Alabama pulled within a national-championship win of overtaking Notre Dame at the No. 3 spot, while champion Clemson jumped Arkansas to become No. 21. Other changes in the All-Time AP Top 100 from the 2016 season included:
- Auburn passed rival Georgia to become No. 15, dropping the Bulldogs to No. 16
- Colorado moved up to No. 26, knocking down Georgia Tech to No. 27
- Mississippi improved to No. 28, replacing Oregon, which is now No. 29
- West Virginia climbed to No. 33 to a tie for No. 31 with Virginia Tech, while Stanford fell from No. 31 to No. 32
- North Carolina jumped from No. 38 to a tie for No. 36 with Purdue, dropping Minnesota from No. 37 to No. 38
- Oklahoma State moved to No. 42, replacing Army, which is now No. 43
- Baylor moved to No. 46, replacing Mississippi State, which is now No. 47
- Houston moved to No. 48, replacing South Carolina, which is now No. 49
- Boise State jumped from No. 61 to No. 59, while Louisville jumped from No. 62 to No. 60. They replaced Washington State, which fell to No. 61, and Navy, the new No. 62.
- Utah passed Kansas to become No. 63, as the Jayhawks moved to No. 64.
- South Florida moved into a tie at No. 91 with Princeton and Marshall, while Hawaii fell from No. 93 to 94.
- San Diego State entered the Top 100 at No. 98.
- Temple eked into the Top 100, tying four other teams for No. 100
- Western Michigan and Troy also made their debuts in the AP Top 25, but haven’t had enough poll appearances yet to crack the Top 100.
1 OHIO STATE (1,128 Points)
2 OKLAHOMA (1,070 Points)
3 NOTRE DAME (1,045 Points)
4 ALABAMA (1039 Points)
5 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (980 Points)
6 NEBRASKA (913 Points)
7 MICHIGAN (910 Points)
8 TEXAS (826 Points)
9 FLORIDA STATE (730 Points)
10 FLORIDA (689 Points)
11 LSU (668 Points)
12 PENN STATE (655 Points)
13 MIAMI (649 Points)
14 TENNESSEE (635 Points)
15 AUBURN (580 Points)
16 GEORGIA (577 Points)
17 UCLA (536 Points)
18 TEXAS A&M (489 Points)
19 MICHIGAN STATE (448 Points)
20 WASHINGTON (446 Points)
21 CLEMSON (439 Points)
22 ARKANSAS (418 Points)
23 PITTSBURGH (358 Points)
24 WISCONSIN (351 Points)
25 IOWA (334 Points)
TOP 100 TEAMS
|81||Miami (Ohio) University||41|
|98||San Diego State||18|
|100||William & Mary||16|