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


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

Rank Teams Points
1 Oklahoma 904
2 Ohio State 896
3 Alabama 871
4 Michigan 748
5 Nebraska 736
6 USC 694
7 Texas 691
8 Notre Dame 654
9 Penn State 652
10 Florida State 599
11 Tennessee 549
12 LSU 505
13 Miami 501
14 Georgia 487
15 Auburn 476
16 UCLA 475
17 Florida 451
18 Arkansas 428
19 Michigan State 426
20 Wisconsin 350
21 Iowa 320
22 Ole Miss 319
23 Texas A&M 283
24 Washington 282
25 Georgia Tech 269
Others Receiving Votes
26 Clemson 265
27 Colorado 257
28 Arizona State 251
29 Oregon 245
30 Syracuse 240
31 Pittsburgh 238
32 TCU 237
33 Stanford 231
34 Missouri 228
35 Virginia Tech 224
36 Maryland 214
37 Purdue 212
38 BYU 208
39 Baylor 189
40 Kansas State 187
40 West Virginia 187
42 Houston 180
43 Illinois 169
44 North Carolina 164
45 Boise State 154
46 Oklahoma State 143
47 Navy 133
48 Minnesota 122
49 Oregon State 118
50 Washington State 111
51 Texas Tech 110
52 California 109
53 Louisville 107
53 SMU 107
55 South Carolina 105
55 Utah 105
57 Kansas 103
58 Army 99
58 Duke 99
60 Boston College 97
61 NC State 92
62 Arizona 91
63 Air Force 84
64 Wyoming 81
65 Mississippi State 77
66 Northwestern 72
67 Kentucky 67
68 Virginia 65
69 Princeton 63
70 Miami Univ. 55
71 Rice 46
72 Indiana 43
73 Cincinnati 41
74 Southern Miss 34
75 Colorado State 33
76 Marshall 32
76 Utah State 32
78 Tulane 30
78 Tulsa 30
80 Rutgers 29
81 San Diego State 28
81 Toledo 28
83 East Carolina 20
83 Iowa State 20
83 UCF 20
86 Fresno State 18
86 Hawaii 18
86 Louisiana 18
89 Yale 17
90 Dartmouth 13
90 Memphis 13
90 Nevada 13
93 San Francisco 12
94 San Jose State 11
95 New Mexico 10
95 North Texas 10
97 Holy Cross 9
97 Temple 9
97 Vanderbilt 9
97 Wake Forest 9
101 Denver 8
101 Ohio 8
101 Washington & Lee 8
104 New Mexico State 7
105 Cornell 6
106 Bowling Green 3
107 Central Michigan 2
107 Northern Illinois 2