The UPI and Coaches polls have been part of the college football fabric almost 70 years. Going by the final rankings, what programs come out on top and how are they ranked? Here are the top programs of the 1980s according to a CFN formula using all the UPI and USA Today Coaches poll final rankings.
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Which college football programs are the greatest of all-time according to the UPI and USA Today Coaches final polls?
You’d think this would’ve been the decade of Miami with three national titles and being a few plays away from winning a couple more, but Nebraska was the consistently great star of the 1980s. There might not have been a national championship, but the Huskers were right there in the hunt each and every year.
BYU was the interesting program outside of the blue blood superpowers, finishing 12th helped by the 1984 national title. Washington and Pitt were powerhouses, and UCLA was great finishing seventh as the highest-ranked Pac-10 team.
Taking all the UPI and Coaches Poll 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.
1980s Coaches Poll National Champions
1982 Penn State
1986 Penn State
1988 Notre Dame
1980s Coaches Poll Rankings Greatest Teams
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