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AP All-Time College Football Rankings: Best Teams 1960 To 1969

Sep 13, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide fans crown around the Paul Bear Bryant statue prior the the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 13, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide fans crown around the Paul Bear Bryant statue prior the the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-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 1960s according to a CFN formula using all the AP’s final polls.


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With three national championships in five years, and several other good seasons, Alabama was the program of the 1960s earning the top spot among the ranking of the best college football teams.

Texas made a push with two national titles, and Arkansas managed to tie for second despite not winning an AP national championship, but it was the decade of Roll Tide.

How does this work? 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.

1960 AP National Champions
1960 Minnesota
1961 Alabama
1962 USC
1963 Texas
1964 Alabama
1965 Alabama
1966 Notre Dame
1967 USC
1968 Ohio State
1969 Texas

1960s 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 Alabama 138
T2 Arkansas 118
T2 Texas 118
4 Ohio State 106
5 Notre Dame 105
6 USC 102
7 LSU 101
8 Penn State 99
9 Missouri 93
10 UCLA 91
11 Mississippi 86
12 Purdue 80.5
13 Michigan State 77
14 Nebraska 76
15 Tennessee 67
16 Minnesota 61
17 Oregon State 58
18 Oklahoma 56
19 Auburn 50
20 Navy 46
21 Georgia 40
22 Kansas 34
T23 Georgia Tech 31
T23 Michigan 31
25 Colorado 29
  others receiving votes
SMU 28
Wisconsin 24
Illinois 23
Iowa 23
Duke 22
Houston 22
Indiana 22
Pittsburgh 22
Florida 20
Washington 20
Wyoming 20
Syracuse 18.5
Miami, Fla. 17
Utah State 16
Baylor 14
Yale 12
Rutgers 11
New Mexico St 9
West Virginia 9
Arizona 8
Rice 8
Stanford 7
Ohio 6