Best Overall Top AP 25 College Football

Name each team that was ranked in the AP Top 25 since its inception in 1936. The teams are ranked by overall points based on position in final AP rankings for each year.. Formula is based on what each teams rank was each year and points are awarded by position(i.e. #1 gets 25 points,#2 24 points, etc.) The totals on each team is their overall total since 1936. This is for teams that were FBS at one point in their career. (Note: Some of these teams may no longer exist.) Updated: 3/31/2020, after 2019 Championship.
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Last updated: March 31, 2020
First submittedAugust 27, 2014
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Overall Point Score
Team
1090
Oklahoma
1080
Alabama
1076
Ohio State
993
Michigan
988
Notre Dame
832
USC
788
Texas
783
Nebraska
707
Penn State
686
Tennessee
678
LSU
613
Georgia
584
Auburn
562
Florida State
538
Florida
530
Miami(FL)
503
UCLA
456
Michigan State
448
Clemson
439
Arkansas
378
Wisconsin
376
Washington
374
Texas A&M
347
Ole Miss
343
Georgia Tech
331
Iowa
293
Pittsburgh
289
TCU
284
Stanford
275
Oregon
267
Colorado
251
Missouri
251
Minnesota
246
Army
243
Arizona State
238
Maryland
225
Virginia Tech
213
Duke
212
Navy
210
North Carolina
208
West Virginia
202
Syracuse
198
California
196
Purdue
190
Baylor
182
Houston
179
Oklahoma State
178
BYU
177
Illinois
176
Kansas State
168
SMU
156
Boise State
152
Northwestern
150
Boston College
139
Washington State
122
Mississippi State
120
Oregon State
118
South Carolina
110
Kentucky
109
Louisville
108
NC State
107
Rice
104
Texas Tech
102
Utah
96
Kansas
88
Fordham
85
Santa Clara
84
Arizona
81
Tulane
Overall Point Score
Team
80
Tulsa
79
Air Force
76
Penn
68
Miami(OH)
68
Cornell
66
Virginia
63
Indiana
60
Dartmouth
58
UCF
55
Princeton
54
Yale
51
Holy Cross
48
Wyoming
46
Duquesne
44
Iowa Pre-Flight
44
Cincinnati
41
Villanova
40
Rutgers
33
William and Mary
32
March Field
31
Toledo
31
Colorado State
30
Bainbridge Naval
30
Utah State
29
Great Lakes Naval
25
Southern Miss
23
Randolph Field
23
Pacific
23
East Carolina
22
Wake Forest
21
Marshall
20
Carnegie Mellon
19
Vanderbilt
19
St Mary's
18
Del Monte Pre-Flight
15
Nevada
14
Fresno State
13
Georgetown
12
South Florida
12
San Francisco
12
Norman Pre-Flight
12
Columbia
11
Western Michigan
11
San Diego State
11
Memphis
10
El Toro Marines
10
Boston
9
Temple
9
New Mexico State
9
Hardin-Simmons
9
George Washington
8
Iowa State
8
Fort Pierce Naval
7
Washington and Lee
7
St Mary's Pre-Flight
7
Lafayette
7
Delaware
7
Appalachian St
6
VMI
6
Ohio
6
Marquette
6
Hawaii
6
2nd Air Force
5
San Jose State
4
Northern Illinois
3
Central Michigan
3
Bowling Green
2
Western Kentucky
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Level 78
Sep 1, 2014
Title needs to include what sport you're speaking of (or is this a cumulative of the top 25 in all sports, or all men's sports?) I used football as my guide, since football season is starting, but even then there's a lack of clarity-- North Dakota State, for example, has clearly been ranked tops in FCS, which IS division I, and has numerous national championships under their belts the last several years, but aren't on this list. So clarify. Also, disclosing the formula you used would be good. That said, love that numerous schools that no longer exist are higher than many that wish they could crack the top 25 just once! The fun of Jetpunk is learning stuff or getting tricked by history, and this quiz does both. Great Lakes Naval? I know where that is, it's a Navy basic training base near Chicago (which is funny, anyway), but a top 25 athletic program? And a University? I think they might offer flag football and have a few classrooms for certain specialties now.
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Level 81
Nov 24, 2015
This is clearly the accumulated top 20/25 rankings since the rankings were started in 1936 for the highest level of college football of the era. Great Lakes Training and other military bases competed in college football like the academies do today back in the 30's and 40's. Thus, their rankings. (Along with U. of Chicago and Georgetown which dropped football, at least for a while in Georgetown's case.) In contrast, North Dakota State (and other Dakota and Big Sky schools) have been strong in I-AA/FCS but they were never powers in the I-A or whatever the highest level was/is. Personally, I like this list because it shows how much the sport has changed (e.g., the power of the Ivies), yet some programs have always dominated (Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma, USC . . .)
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Level 38
Sep 2, 2014
Thank you for all the advice. Made some changes and hopefully that will be helpful to future test takers. It took some time to put together all the numbers for the quiz but it was interesting to see the history of teams and college football. Hope more people enjoy this as much as you did. And for the naval teams, that was during WWII and a lot training facilities created teams that were allowed to compete and be ranked against other college teams at the time.
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Level 51
Feb 3, 2017
This will shock you all... I got ones like Princeton and East Carolina and Memphis... yet SOMEHOW missed OHIO STATE!
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Level 47
May 13, 2017
Troy was in the top 25 for one week in 2016! :)
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Level 38
Sep 7, 2017
dubscurry30, I keep needing to add clarification, so thank you for the heads up. But the overall rankings are based on the final AP poll for each year.