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AP All-Time College Football Rankings: Best Teams 1950 To 1959

Nov 21, 2015; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners sooner schooner during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2015; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners sooner schooner during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


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 1950s according to a CFN formula using all the AP’s final polls.


Top Teams Of The … 1930s | 1940s
1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s

Which college football programs ruled the 1950s? According to the AP rankings, this was a complete and total blowout.

Using a ranking system taking all the AP final college football polls and assigning 25 points to the national champion, 24 for the final No. 2 team, 23 for the No. 3 team on down, Oklahoma obliterated the field helped by three national titles and a historic winning streak.

1950 AP National Champions
1950 Oklahoma
1951 Tennessee
1952 Michigan State
1953 Maryland
1954 Ohio State
1955 Oklahoma
1956 Oklahoma
1957 Auburn
1958 LSU
1959 Syracuse

1950s 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.

Rank Team Points
1 Oklahoma 212
2 Michigan State 154
3 Notre Dame 120
4 Ohio State 120
5 Wisconsin 107
6 Georgia Tech 104
T7 Maryland 102
T7 Tennessee 102
9 UCLA 97
10 Mississippi 94
11 Army 92
12 Texas 91
13 Auburn 87
14 TCU 82
15 Syracuse 72
16 Navy 69
T17 Illinois 67
T17 Michigan 67
19 Iowa 64
20 USC 63
T21 Clemson 58
T21 Miami 58
23 Alabama 56
24 LSU 48
T25 Texas A&M 47
T25 Princeton 47
others receiving votes
Kentucky 46
California 45
Baylor 40
Duke 40
Florida 39
West Virginia 37
Stanford 36
Pittsburgh 34
Arkansas 33
Washington 33
Rice 27
Wyoming 24
Georgia 21
Purdue 21
Tulsa 21
Air Force 20
Penn State 20
Oregon State 16
Arizona State 14
Minnesota 14
Texas Tech 14
Virginia 13
Mississippi St 12
San Francisco 12
NC State 11
South Carolina 11
Virginia Tech 10
Boston Univ. 10
George Washington 9
Missouri 8
SMU 8
Washington St 8
Washington & Lee 8
Holy Cross 7
Oklahoma St 7
Colorado 6
Rutgers 6
Tulane 6
VMI 6