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Coaches Poll All-Time College Football Rankings: Best Teams 2000 To 2009


The UPI and Coaches polls have been part of the college football fabric over the last 65 years. Going by the final rankings, what programs come out on top and how are they ranked? Here are the top programs of the 2000s 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?

It seems like so long ago, but Texas was the most consistently terrific program of the 2000s, and it wasn’t all that close. USC just barely edged out Oklahoma, and Ohio State was great, but it was the decade of the Longhorns.

It’s also easy to forget just how great Virginia Tech was for a long, long time under Frank Beamer, finishing tied for seventh among the final Coaches Polls. Also interesting to note is Boise State, finishing 11th after a dominant run of greatness and with so many big moments on the national stage.

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.

2000s Coaches Poll National Champions

2000 Oklahoma
2001 Miami
2002 Ohio State
2003 LSU
2004 USC
2005 Texas
2006 Florida
2007 LSU
2008 Florida
2009 Alabama

2000s Coaches Poll Rankings Greatest Teams

Rank Schools Points
1 Texas 192
2 USC 171
3 Oklahoma 170
4 Ohio State 158
5 Florida 135
6 LSU 131
7 Virginia Tech 128
7 Georgia 128
9 Miami 124
10 Michigan 96
11 Boise State 93
12 Oregon 89
13 Auburn 82
14 Iowa 79
15 TCU 75
16 Penn State 72
17 Florida State 70
18 West Virginia 66
19 Alabama 63
20 Tennessee 61
21 Nebraska 60
22 Wisconsin 57
23 Utah 56
24 Louisville 54
25 Kansas State 51
Others Receiving Votes
26 Washington State 48
27 BYU 43
28 Notre Dame 41
29 Boston College 38
30 Texas Tech 36
31 Maryland 35
32 Oregon State 32
32 Cincinnati 32
34 Missouri 31
34 California 31
36 Washington 30
37 Ole Miss 28
38 Clemson 25
39 Georgia Tech 24
40 Illinois 22
40 Colorado 22
42 Purdue 20
43 Pittsburgh 19
43 Kansas 19
43 Arizona State 19
46 South Carolina 18
47 NC State 15
48 Rutgers 14
48 Miami Univ. 14
50 UCLA 13
51 Syracuse 12
51 Marshall 12
53 Hawaii 11
53 Colorado State 11
55 Arkansas 10
56 Wake Forest 9
56 Stanford 9
56 Oklahoma State 9
56 Minnesota 9
60 Virginia 4
60 Toledo 4
60 Mississippi State 4
60 Fresno State 4
64 Iowa State 3
64 Bowling Green 3
66 Navy 2
66 Michigan State 2
66 Central Michigan 2