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Greatest Teams of the 1960s - The AP Rankings
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Posted Aug 18, 2013


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 1960s according to the AP polls.


Decade Rankings - 1960s

The AP Rankings 

 
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By the AP Rankings - The Greatest Programs Ever
- 2013 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 ... 

1960 AP National Champions: 1960 Minnesota - 1961 Alabama - 1962 USC - 1963 Texas - 1964 Alabama - 1965 Alabama - 1966 Notre Dame - 1967 USC - 1968 Ohio State - 1969 Texas

RANK TEAM POINTS
1 Alabama 138
T2 Arkansas 118
T2 Texas 118
4 Ohio State 106
5 Notre Dame 105
6 USC 102
7 LSU 101
8 Penn State 99
9 Missouri 93
10 UCLA 91
11 Mississippi 86
12 Purdue 80.5
13 Michigan State 77
14 Nebraska 76
15 Tennessee 67
16 Minnesota 61
17 Oregon State 58
18 Oklahoma 56
19 Auburn 50
20 Navy 46
21 Georgia 40
22 Kansas 34
T23 Georgia Tech 31
T23 Michigan 31
25 Colorado 29
others receiving votes
SMU 28
Wisconsin 24
Illinois 23
Iowa 23
Duke 22
Houston 22
Indiana 22
Pittsburgh 22
Florida 20
Washington 20
Wyoming 20
Syracuse 18.5
Miami, Fla. 17
Utah State 16
Baylor 14
Yale 12
Rutgers 11
New Mexico St 9
West Virginia 9
Arizona 8
Rice 8
Stanford 7
Ohio 6
 
By the AP Rankings - The Greatest Programs Ever
- 2013 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