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Greatest Teams of the 1930s - The AP Rankings

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Aug 16, 2014


The AP poll is has been the most consistent ranking system over the long history of college football. Going by the final rankings, what programs come out best? Here are the top programs of the late 1930s according to the AP polls.


Decade Rankings - 1930s

The AP Rankings 


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By the AP Rankings - The Greatest Programs Ever
- AP Preseason Poll | Top Teams of All-Time
- Top Teams of the 1930s | Top Teams of the 1940s
- Top Teams of the 1950s | Top Teams of the 1960s
- Top Teams of the 1970s | Top Teams of the 1980s
- Top Teams of the 1990s | Top Teams of the 2000s 
- Top Teams of the 2010s
 
The AP rankings might now be irrelevant since they don't have anything to do with determining a national champion anymore, but they're still great to use when analyzing college football on a historical scale.

Around since 1936, the AP college football poll has been through World War II, has changed and adapted with the times, and has often looked to make a statement when needed - like in 2003 by naming USC the national champion, even though LSU took home the BCS title..

Since the AP poll is the only consistent ranking system from 1936 through today, CFN came up with a scoring system to compare and contrast how the programs finished over the decades. Every time a team finished No. 1 in the final poll, it got 25 points. The No. 2 team got 24 points, No. 3 got 23 points, and so on.  Through the decades, the AP ranked the top ten teams for a few years before going back to the top 20 rankings, and eventually, the it went  to the top 25 system it's at now.

According to the scoring system, consistent production isn't necessarily rewarded. For example, if a team finished 17th for four straight years, it would get a total of 36 points (No. 17 gets 9 points). A team that finished the beginning of the decade No. 2 (24 points) and the end of the decade ranked tenth (16 points), but wasn't ranked any year in between, would get a total 40 points.

So with all of that in mind ... 

1930 AP National Champions: 1936 Minnesota - 1937 Pittsburgh - 1938 TCU - 1939 Texas A&M

1  Notre Dame 69
2  Pittsburgh 66
T3  Duke 62
T3  Minnesota 62
T5  Alabama 57
T5  Tennessee 57
7  Fordham 54
8  Santa Clara 49
9  Texas Christian 45
T10  Louisiana State 42
T10  USC 42
12  Nebraska 40
13  Holy Cross 29
T14  Duquesne 28
T14  Northwestern 28
T14  Villanova 28
T14  Yale 28
18  Texas A&M 25
19  Ohio State 24
20  Cornell 22
T21  Tulane 21
T21  Washington 21
T23  Arkansas 20
T23  Carnegie Tech 20
T23  Missouri 20
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
   Dartmouth 19
   UCLA 19
   Iowa 17
   Michigan 16
   Pennsylvania 16
   Boston College 15
   Texas Tech 15
   Clemson 14
   California 12
   Georgia Tech 10
   Colorado 9
   Navy 8
   Rice 8
   North Carolina 7
   Oklahoma 7
   Marquette 6
  Dartmouth 6

By the AP Rankings - The Greatest Programs Ever
- AP Preseason Poll | Top Teams of All-Time
- Top Teams of the 1930s | Top Teams of the 1940s
- Top Teams of the 1950s | Top Teams of the 1960s
- Top Teams of the 1970s | Top Teams of the 1980s
- Top Teams of the 1990s | Top Teams of the 2000s 
- Top Teams of the 2010s
 










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