Longest College Football Poll Droughts

Name the college football teams that have gone 10 or more years without appearing in an AP ranking since the poll began in 1936
Only includes active Division I FBS teams as of 2021
Does not include teams that have never appeared on an AP poll
Does not include span before first AP poll appearance
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Span
Years
Team
Conference
77 years
1943-2020
Louisiana
Sun Belt
62 years
1948-2010
Nevada
Mountain West
1959-present
North Texas
C-USA
61 years
1960-present
New Mexico State
Independent
60 years
1961-present
Rice
C-USA
51 years
1961-2012
Utah State
Mountain West
47 years
1947-1994
Utah
Pac-12
44 years
1942-1986
Fresno State
Mountain West
1968-2012
Ohio
MAC
39 years
1973-2012
Kent State
MAC
37 years
1975-2012
San Jose State
Mountain West
36 years
1939-1975
San Jose State
Mountain West
1979-2015
Temple
American
34 years
1938-1972
Iowa State
Big 12
33 years
1941-1974
Temple
American
1986-2019
SMU
American
32 years
1952-1984
Virginia
ACC
1968-2000
Oregon State
Pac-12
31 years
1976-2007
Cincinnati
American
30 years
1952-1982
Tulsa
American
1956-1986
Virginia Tech
ACC
1976-2006
Rutgers
Big Ten
29 years
1950-1979
Wake Forest
ACC
27 years
1957-1980
Southern Miss
C-USA
1976-2003
Miami of Ohio
MAC
26 years
1958-1984
Vanderbilt
SEC
25 years
1979-2004
Navy
American
1994-2019
Indiana
Big Ten
24 years
1960-1984
TCU
Big 12
1971-1995
Northwestern
Big Ten
Toledo
MAC
1974-1998
Tulane
American
1984-2008
Vanderbilt
SEC
23 years
1962-1985
Army
Independent
1970-1993
Kansas State
Big 12
1984-2007
Kentucky
SEC
1998-present
Tulane
American
Wyoming
Mountain West
22 years
1954-1976
Cincinnati
American
1996-2018
Army
Independent
21 years
1955-1976
Boston College
ACC
1995-2016
San Diego State
Mountain West
20 years
1961-1981
Iowa
Big Ten
19 years
1969-1988
Wyoming
Mountain West
1981-2000
Iowa State
Big 12
1994-2013
Duke
ACC
18 years
1955-1973
Miami of Ohio
MAC
1971-1989
Duke
ACC
1972-1990
Louisville
ACC
1991-2009
Houston
American
2003-present
Miami of Ohio
MAC
17 years
1937-1954
Colorado
Pac-12
1950-1967
Indiana
Big Ten
1960-1977
Clemson
ACC
1970-1987
Oregon
Pac-12
1985-2002
Bowling Green
MAC
1991-2008
Tulsa
American
1993-2010
Baylor
Big 12
2001-2018
Syracuse
ACC
2004-present
Bowling Green
MAC
16 years
1971-1987
Syracuse
ACC
1976-1992
Kansas
Big 12
2005-present
UTEP
C-USA
15 years
1961-1976
Rutgers
Big Ten
1977-1992
San Diego State
Mountain West
14 years
1956-1970
Tulane
American
1958-1972
Oklahoma State
Big 12
Washington State
Pac-12
1964-1978
Navy
American
1977-1991
California
Pac-12
1983-1997
Missouri
SEC
1985-1999
Minnesota
Big Ten
1992-2006
Hawai'i
Mountain West
2007-present
Purdue
Big Ten
13 years
1940-1953
Texas Tech
Big 12
1945-1958
Oklahoma State
Big 12
1979-1992
Wake Forest
ACC
1984-1997
Purdue
Big Ten
1999-2012
Louisiana Tech
C-USA
12 years
1961-1973
Maryland
Big Ten
1973-1985
Bowling Green
MAC
1977-1989
Texas Tech
Big 12
2002-2014
Marshall
C-USA
2005-2017
Iowa State
Big 12
2008-2020
Ball State
MAC
2009-present
Central Michigan
MAC
Kansas
Big 12
11 years
1942-1953
Auburn
SEC
1957-1968
Stanford
Pac-12
1958-1969
West Virginia
Big 12
1959-1970
North Carolina
ACC
South Carolina
SEC
1963-1974
Wisconsin
Big Ten
1965-1976
Kentucky
SEC
1972-1983
Air Force
Mountain West
1985-1996
Army
Independent
1991-2002
Pittsburgh
ACC
1992-2003
Wake Forest
ACC
1996-2007
Kansas
Big 12
2001-2012
Toledo
MAC
2003-2014
Colorado State
Mountain West
2004-2015
Navy
American
2005-2016
Colorado
Pac-12
2007-2018
Kentucky
SEC
2008-2019
Wake Forest
ACC
2010-present
Hawai'i
Mountain West
Nevada
Mountain West
UConn
Independent
10 years
1939-1949
Pittsburgh
ACC
1941-1951
Oregon State
Pac-12
1942-1952
Syracuse
Pac-12
1955-1965
Texas Tech
Big 12
1957-1967
NC State
ACC
1958-1968
California
Pac-12
Texas A&M
SEC
1964-1974
Illinois
Big Ten
1969-1979
Indiana
Big Ten
1976-1986
Ole Miss
SEC
1978-1988
Colorado
Pac-12
1990-2000
TCU
Big 12
2004-2014
Memphis
American
2008-2018
Boston College
ACC
2010-2020
Tulsa
American
2011-present
Illinois
Big Ten
Southern Miss
C-USA
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