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AP All-Time College Football Rankings: Best Teams 1990 To 1999

Oct 18, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; A general view of Doak Campbell Stadium before the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Florida State Seminoles. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 18, 2014; Tallahassee, FL, USA; A general view of Doak Campbell Stadium before the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Florida State Seminoles. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-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 1990s according to a CFN formula using all the AP’s final polls.


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There were plenty of split national titles in the 1990s with the AP pollsters picking Colorado in 1990, Penn State in 1994 and Michigan in 1997, but Florida State was the star of the decade highlighted by AP national championships in 1993 and 1999.

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.

1990 AP National Champions
1990 Colorado
1991 Miami
1992 Alabama
1993 Florida State
1994 Nebraska
1995 Nebraska
1996 Florida
1997 Michigan
1998 Tennessee
1999 Florida State

1990s 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 Florida State 231
2 Florida 194
3 Nebraska 172
4 Tennessee 163
5 Michigan 154
6 Penn State 146
7 Miami 137
T8 Alabama 117
T8 Ohio State 117
10 Colorado 116
11 Texas A&M 115
12 Notre Dame 105
13 Kansas St 95
14 Washington 78
15 Virginia Tech 70
16 Auburn 67
17 Georgia 65
18 Wisconsin 62
19 UCLA 54
20 Syracuse 53
21 North Carolina 50
22 Arizona 44
23 Georgia Tech 48
24 Texas 43
25 Iowa 42
others receiving votes
26 BYU 36
27 Arizona St 34
T28 USC 33
T28 Wash St 33
30 Oregon 30
T31 Michigan St 29
T31 Northwestern 29
T33 Clemson 28
T33 Oklahoma 28
35 LSU 27
36 Mississippi 23
37 Virginia 22
T38 Boston College 21
T38 Kansas 21
T38 Stanford 21
41 NC State 20
T42 Arkansas 19
T42 California 19
T42 Colorado State 19
T42 Southern Miss 19
T42 Tulane 19
T42 West Virginia 19
48 Miss St 18
49 E Carolina 17
T50 Houston 16
T50 Marshall 16
T50 Utah 16
T53 Air Force 14
T53 Louisville 14
T53 Purdue 14
T56 Missouri 8
T56 Minnesota 8
58 Hawaii 6
59 Tulsa 5
60 Wyoming 4
T61 Illinois 3
T61 Texas Tech 3
T63 Fresno State 2
T63 Oklahoma St 2
T63 Toledo 2
T66 Army 1
T66 Wake Forest 1