The AP poll is has been the most consistent ranking system over the long history of college football. Going by the final rankings, what programs come out best? Here are the top programs of the 1930s according to a CFN formula using all the AP’s final polls.
The AP rankings began in 1936, and they’ve been a constant ever since.
So, according to the final AP rankings, which college football programs are the greatest? Which ones were the best over the second half of the 1930s?
Here’s the drill. Taking all the AP final rankings, CFN devised a scoring system giving every AP national champion 25 points, the No. 2 team 24, No. 3 23, and so on down to the bottom – currently No. 25, but there was a top ten for a bit and later a top 20.
Interestingly enough, Notre Dame didn’t win a national title over the four years the AP ranked teams in the 1930s, but it managed to come out on top.
1930s AP National Champions
1939 Texas A&M
1930s AP Rankings Greatest Teams
These rankings are created according to the CFN scoring system – this isn’t the official AP ranking of its all-time greatest teams.
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