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Coaches Poll College Football Rankings: Greatest Big Ten Programs Of All-Time


What are the top college football programs of all-time going by the UPI and USA Today Coaches Poll rankings? Here are the top Big Ten programs according to a CFN formula using all the UPI and USA Today Coaches final polls.


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Which current Big Ten college football programs are the greatest of all-time according to the UPI and USA Today Coaches final polls?

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, and it’s surprising.

Michigan might have its share of huge years on an all-time scale, but recent issues – combined with Ohio State’s run of excellence – puts the Buckeyes easily up top.

One note on this – this is made up of current Big Ten programs and factoring in their histories. Obviously many of these programs weren’t in the Big Ten starting in 1950.

Rank School Points
1 Ohio State 896
2 Michigan 748
3 Nebraska 736
4 Penn State 652
5 Michigan State 426
6 Wisconsin 350
7 Iowa 320
8 Maryland 214
9 Purdue 212
10 Illinois 169
11 Minnesota 122
12 Northwestern 72
13 Indiana 43
14 Rutgers 29