Greatest #CollegeFootball Programs…EVER

Today the AP put out their Top 100 College Football Programs of all time. You can read all about it here: http://collegefootball.ap.org/top-100

It uses a formula that is really good, but I wanted to know what would happen if some other variables were added. So on top of the AP formula counting poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency, No. 1 rankings (two points) to acknowledge elite programs; I edited the bonus National Championship (10 points) to include claimed National Championships, then Total Victories (1 point) and Bowl Victories (5 points) were also added in. The results are similar to the AP list but I did not go down 100 schools (might have taken until the start of the season to compile that data). I am going to give a Top 25 with an “others receiving votes” starting at #26 and ending at #35. Data for calculations taken from: http://www.winsipedia.com/ & http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/

Other’s Receiving Votes: West Virginia, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Iowa, Syracuse, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, & Stanford.

25 Ole Miss – 281 AP appearances, 3 #1 Rankings, 3 claimed National Titles, 655 Total Wins, & 24 Bowl Wins

Ole Miss was 29th in the AP article

24 Georgia Tech – 307 AP appearances, 0 #1 Rankings, 4 claimed National Titles, 714 Total Wins, & 24 Bowl Wins

Only team in Top 25 to have never been ranked #1

23 Pittsburgh – 294 AP appearances, 21 #1 Rankings, 9 claimed National Titles, 704 Total Wins, & 13 Bowl Wins

I had no idea Pittsburgh had 9 National Titles, it did not change their position from the AP list though

22 Arkansas – 410 AP appearances, 1 #1 Ranking, 1 claimed National Title, 702 Total Wins, & 15 Bowl Wins

The Hogs just do not have enough postseason or #1 ranking success, hard to change that in the SEC West

21 Clemson – 387 AP appearances, 7 #1 Rankings, 1 claimed National Title, 703 Total Wins, & 20 Bowl Wins

Clemson almost added to an impressive resume last season, have a shot this season as well

20 UCLA – 521 AP appearances, 7 #1 Rankings, 1 claimed National Title, 585 Total Wins, & 17 Bowl Wins

The Bruins consistency of being ranked is why they are so high without the lofty win totals that some schools below have

19 Michigan State – 375 AP appearances, 29 #1 Rankings, 6 claimed National Titles, 681 Total Wins, & 11 Bowl Wins

Everything looks like the Spartans are one of the most successful programs ever, except they only have 11 bowl wins-head scratching

18 Washington – 401 AP appearances, 15 #1 Rankings, 2 claimed National Titles, 702 Total Wins, & 18 Bowl Wins

Washington is has been a sleeping giant lately, this year they may be awakened

17 Texas A&M – 424 AP appearances, 7 #1 Rankings, 3 claimed National Titles, 717 Total Wins, & 17 Bowl Wins

The Aggies have a rich history, they have been good in the SEC but we are all waiting for that breakout

16 Miami – 458 AP appearances, 67 #1 Rankings, 5 claimed National Titles, 596 Total Wins, & 18 Bowl Wins

Much of the success of The U has been in the last 35 years

15 Florida State – 540 AP appearances, 72 #1 Rankings, 3 claimed National Titles, 522 Total Wins, & 26 Bowl Wins

The Seminoles are another run like they were under Bobby Bowden, watch out America

14 Auburn – 532 AP appearances, 9 #1 Rankings, 2 claimed National Titles, 748 Total Wins, & 23 Bowl Wins

Everything about the Auburn program screams top 15-20 in the nation, no surprise here

13 Florida – 562 AP appearances, 41 #1 Rankings, 3 claimed National Titles, 701 Total Wins, & 21 Bowl Wins

There was a lull in between Spurrier and Meyer, then another one after Meyer left, now it seems they are rolling again under McElwain

12 Georgia – 532 AP appearances, 15 #1 Rankings, 2 claimed National Titles, 787 Total Wins, & 28 Bowl Wins

Georgia is almost always a threat to win double digit games each year

11 LSU – 575 AP appearances, 30 #1 Rankings, 3 claimed National Titles, 770 Total Wins, & 24 Bowl Wins

As long as those recruiting grounds in Louisiana stay fertile, LSU will stay relevant

10 Tennessee – 568 AP appearances, 18 #1 Rankings, 6 claimed National Titles, 820 Total Wins, & 27 Bowl Wins

Now we are into Top 10 territory, the Volunteers can stand up to almost everyone in the country and this year it seems they will add to this rich history

9 Penn State – 589 AP appearances, 19 #1 Rankings, 4 claimed National Titles, 856 Total Wins, & 28 Bowl Wins

The Nittany Lions are just outside the Elite 8 (to borrow from the basketball tourney). Lets stop here and take a moment. The next 8 college football programs are hands down the elite of all time. There are no other arguments, you may can crunch numbers to jockey up the order but if these next 8 are not in your top 8 then you have a list that is not worth reading.

8 Texas – 703 AP appearances, 45 #1 Rankings, 4 claimed National Titles, 885 Total Wins, & 27 Bowl Wins

Just look at how the numbers take a defined leap from Penn State to Texas, and they’re only in the 8 position

7 Nebraska – 717 AP appearances, 72 #1 Rankings, 5 claimed National Titles, 880 Total Wins, & 26 Bowl Wins

Under Tom Osborne, Nebraska enjoyed one of the longest (if not the longest) runs of sustained excellence the nation has ever seen – last program under 2000 total points

6  USC – 743 AP appearances, 91 #1 Rankings, 11 claimed National Titles, 813 Total Wins, & 33 Bowl Wins

The Trojans have the 2nd highest total of bowl wins and national titles in the country

5 Michigan – 806 AP appearances, 34 #1 Rankings, 11 claimed National Titles, 925 Total Wins, & 21 Bowl Wins

The Wolverines have the most total wins in the country

4 Notre Dame – 766 AP appearances, 98 #1 Rankings, 11 claimed National Titles, 892 Total Wins, & 17 Bowl Wins

The Irish are an 8 win season away from being the second program in the country to amass 900 total wins

3 Oklahoma – 784 AP appearances, 101 #1 Rankings, 7 claimed National Titles, 861 Total Wins, & 28 Bowl Wins

The Sooners have the 2nd most #1 rankings in the country

2 Alabama – 745 AP appearances, 74 #1 Rankings, 16 claimed National Titles, 864 Total Wins, & 36 Bowl Wins

The Crimson Tide have more claimed national titles and bowl wins than anyone else

1 Ohio State – 852 Appearances, 105 #1 Rankings, 8 claimed National Titles, 875 Total Wins, & 22 Bowl Wins

The Buckeyes are #1 in this and the AP list, they have appeared and been ranked #1 more than anyone else

 

Did you see the clear separation of the top 6? The amount of programs from the Big 10 and SEC? Now do you get why the media covers these teams and these two conferences more than the others. Now you get why the Big 10 and SEC play each other so often in the New Year’s Day games and why the Rose Bowl seems to have the same pool of teams squaring off each year. This list is proof of all those statements. Thanks for reading and if you want to dispute then bring your list to @originaldaveo on Twitter.

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