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

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

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

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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 and became an instant factor.

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.

USA Today Coaches Poll/UPI Final Rankings Greatest Teams Of All-Time

Others Receiving Votes
This year’s ranking, team, total points, conference.

T109 Central Michigan 2 MAC
T109 Northern Illinois 2 MAC
108 Bowling Green 3 MAC
107 Cornell 6 Ivy
T103 Washington & Lee 8 ODAC
T103 Western Michigan 8 MAC
T103 Ohio 8 MAC
T103 Denver 8 CAA
T99 Vanderbilt 9 SEC
T99 Holy Cross 9 Patriot
T99 Wake Forest 9 ACC
T99 Temple 9 AAC
T97 New Mexico 10 Mountain West
T97 North Texas 10 C-USA
96 San Jose State 11 Mountain West
T94 San Francisco 12 D-II
T94 USF 12 AAC
T92 Nevada 13 Mountain West
T92 Dartmouth 13 Ivy
91 Memphis 15 AAC
90 Yale 17 Ivy
T88 Louisiana 18 Sun Belt
T88 Hawaii 18 Mountain West
T86 Iowa State 20 Big 12
T86 East Carolina 20 AAC
85 Fresno State 26 Mountain West
84 Toledo 28 MAC
T82 Rutgers 29 Big Ten
T82 San Diego State 29 Mountain West
T80 Tulane 30 C-USA
T80 Tulsa 30 AAC
79 Marshall 32 C-USA
78 Colorado State 33 Mountain West
77 Southern Miss 34 C-USA
76 Utah State 37 Mountain West
75 Indiana 43 Big Ten
74 Cincinnati 44 AAC
73 Rice 46 C-USA
72 UCF 53 AAC
71 Miami Univ. 55 MAC
70 Princeton 63 Ivy
69 Virginia 65 ACC
68 New Mexico State 77 Independent
67 Wyoming 81 Mountain West
66 Kentucky 82 SEC
65 Mississippi State 83 SEC
64 Air Force 84 Mountain West
63 Northwestern 88 Big Ten
62 Arizona 91 Pac-12
61 NC State 95 ACC
60 Boston College 97 ACC
59 Duke 99 ACC
58 Kansas 103 Big 12
T56 South Carolina 105 SEC
T56 Army 105 Independent
55 SMU 107 AAC
54 California 109 Pac-12
52 Utah 110 Pac-12
52 Texas Tech 110 Big 12
51 Louisville 113 ACC
50 Oregon State 118 Pac-12
49 Minnesota 122 Big Ten
48 Washington State 127 Pac-12
47 Navy 133 AAC
46 Boise State 160 Mountain West
45 North Carolina 164 ACC
44 Illinois 169 Big Ten
43 Oklahoma State 170 Big 12
42 Houston 180 AAC
41 Kansas State 187 Big 12
40 Baylor 189 Big 12
39 West Virginia 200 Big 12
38 BYU 208 Independent
37 Purdue 212 Big Ten
36 Maryland 214 Big Ten
35 Missouri 228 SEC
34 Virginia Tech 236 ACC
33 Pitt 238 ACC
32 Oregon 245 Pac-12
T30 Arizona State 251 Pac-12
T30 Syracuse 251 ACC
29 Stanford 252 Pac-12
28 TCU 254 Big 12
27 Colorado 268 Pac-12
26 Georgia Tech 269 ACC

NEXT: All-Time Coaches Poll Top 25

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