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AP Poll List

Associated Press Poll
Started in 1936.

The Associated Press began running polls of sports writers to determine who is, by popular opinion, the best college football team in the country. The first AP Poll was run in 1934 but was not run continuously until 1936.

The AP Poll currently lists the top 25 teams in the nation.  From 1936 to 1961 the poll only ranked the top 20 teams.  From 1962 to 1967 it only ranked the top 10 teams.  From 1968 to 1988 the AP Poll returned to ranking the top 20 teams.  In 1989 they started ranking the top 25.

The AP poll was used in the beginning of the BCS to calculate the team standings.  Due to some controversies within the BCS, the AP Poll was pulled from these calculations which caused the BCS to create the new Harris Poll.
Poll Poll Count Pre-Season #1 Final #1
2020 AP 16 Clemson Alabama
2019 AP 17 Clemson LSU
2018 AP 16 Alabama Clemson
2017 AP 16 Alabama Alabama
2016 AP 16 Alabama Clemson
2015 AP 16 Ohio State Alabama
2014 AP 17 Florida State Ohio State
2013 AP 17 Alabama Florida State
2012 AP 16 USC Alabama
2011 AP 16 Oklahoma Alabama
2010 AP 16 Alabama Auburn
2009 AP 16 Florida Alabama
2008 AP 17 Georgia Florida
2007 AP 16 USC LSU
2006 AP 16 Ohio State Florida
2005 AP 16 USC Texas
2004 AP 16 USC USC
2003 AP 17 Oklahoma USC
2002 AP 18 Miami Ohio State
2001 AP 17 Florida Miami
2000 AP 17 Nebraska Oklahoma
1999 AP 17 Florida State Florida State
1998 AP 16 Ohio State Tennessee
1997 AP 18 Penn State Michigan
1996 AP 18 Nebraska Florida
1995 AP 17 Florida State Nebraska
1994 AP 17 Florida Nebraska
1993 AP 17 Florida State Florida State
1992 AP 17 Miami Alabama
1991 AP 16 Florida State Miami
1990 AP 16 Miami Colorado
1989 AP 16 Michigan Miami
1988 AP 16 Florida State Notre Dame
1987 AP 16 Oklahoma Miami
1986 AP 15 Oklahoma Penn State
1985 AP 17 Oklahoma Oklahoma
1984 AP 16 Auburn BYU
1983 AP 16 Nebraska Miami
1982 AP 16 Pittsburgh Penn State
1981 AP 15 Michigan Clemson
1980 AP 16 Ohio State Georgia
1979 AP 15 USC Alabama
1978 AP 15 Alabama Alabama
1977 AP 14 Oklahoma Notre Dame
1976 AP 14 Nebraska Pittsburgh
1975 AP 15 Oklahoma Oklahoma
1974 AP 15 Oklahoma Oklahoma
1973 AP 15 USC Notre Dame
1972 AP 15 Nebraska USC
1971 AP 15 Notre Dame Nebraska
1970 AP 15 Ohio State Nebraska
1969 AP 14 Ohio State Texas
1968 AP 14 Purdue Ohio State
1967 AP 12 Notre Dame USC
1966 AP 13 Alabama Notre Dame
1965 AP 13 Nebraska Alabama
1964 AP 11 Mississippi Alabama
1963 AP 13 USC Texas
1962 AP 12 Ohio State USC
1961 AP 12 Iowa Alabama
1960 AP 12 Syracuse Minnesota
1959 AP 13 LSU Syracuse
1958 AP 12 Ohio State LSU
1957 AP 12 Oklahoma Auburn
1956 AP 12 Oklahoma Oklahoma
1955 AP 12 UCLA Oklahoma
1954 AP 12 Notre Dame Ohio State
1953 AP 11 Notre Dame Maryland
1952 AP 11 Michigan State Michigan State
1951 AP 11 Tennessee Tennessee
1950 AP 10 Notre Dame Oklahoma
1949 AP 9 Michigan Notre Dame
1948 AP 9 Notre Dame Michigan
1947 AP 10 Notre Dame Notre Dame
1946 AP 9 Texas Notre Dame
1945 AP 9 Army Army
1944 AP 9 Notre Dame Army
1943 AP 9 Notre Dame Notre Dame
1942 AP 8 Ohio State Ohio State
1941 AP 8 Minnesota Minnesota
1940 AP 8 Cornell Minnesota
1939 AP 9 Pittsburgh Texas A&M
1938 AP 8 Pittsburgh TCU
1937 AP 7 California Pittsburgh
1936 AP 7 Minnesota Minnesota
*Not all polls have a preseason and/or final poll