The UPI and Coaches Poll has been one of the key college football rankings for decades. What schools come out best and which are the greatest programs of all-time? Here are the top ones according to a CFN formula using all the UPI and Coaches Poll final rankings.
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The USA Today Coaches Poll has turned into the most important of the preseason polls over the last few years, even if it doesn’t hold the influence it did before the College Football Playoff kicked in.
The AP college football poll has been around longer – starting in 1936 – and has a bigger and better history, but starting in 1950, the UPI – United Press International – created its own ranking system right along side of it.
Over the years, the UPI Poll held just as much weight as the AP, creating split national champions in some seasons, and eventually being acknowledged as the other standard for the sport.
Things changed in 1991 when USA Today took over for UPI creating what’s now known as the Coaches Poll, building on the history already created becoming a part of the BCS rankings before the CFP was created.
Like we did with the AP rankings, CFN devised a scoring system giving every UPI/USA Today national champion 25 points, the No. 2 team 24, No. 3 23, and so on down to the bottom of the top 20 in most years, top 25 after USA Today took over.
The AP had 14 polls in the equation before the UPI started, but the overall results were about the same. The all-time No. 1 is the same as the AP, but there’s a big shake-up between 2 on down.
USA Today Coaches Poll/UPI Final Rankings Greatest Teams Of All-Time
|Others Receiving Votes|
|81||San Diego State||28|
|94||San Jose State||11|
|101||Washington & Lee||8|
|104||New Mexico State||7|