Greatest Teams of the 1970s - The AP Rankings
Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer
Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer
CollegeFootballNews.com
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 1970s according to the AP polls.


Decade Rankings - 1970s

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 ...

1970 AP National Champions: 1970 Nebraska - 1971 Nebraska - 1972 USC - 1973 Notre Dame - 1974 Oklahoma - 1975 Oklahoma - 1976 Pittsburgh - 1977 Notre Dame - 1978 Alabama - 1979 Alabama
 
Rank Team Points
1 Oklahoma 212.5
T2 Alabama 191
T2 Nebraska 191
4 Michigan 187
5 USC 178
6 Ohio State 163
7 Notre Dame 152
8 Penn State 150
9 Texas 147.5
T10 Arizona State 100
T10 Arkansas 100
12 Houston 98
13 Auburn 79
14 Pittsburgh 73
15 Tennessee 70
16 UCLA 69
17 LSU 62
18 Maryland 55.5
19 Stanford 54
20 Colorado 53
21 Georgia 52
22 Texas A&M 51
23 NC State 42
24 Miami, Ohio 41
25 Washington 38
others receiving votes
North Carolina 34
Florida State 32
Purdue 29
Michigan State 28
Texas Tech 28
Clemson 27
Toledo 26
Baylor 24
California 21
Kentucky 20
Mississippi State 20
Missouri 20
Brigham Young 19
Georgia Tech 19
Tulane 14.5
Dartmouth 2
Oklahoma State 12
Florida 11
Mississippi 11
Air Force 10
San Diego State 10
Rutgers 9
Temple 9
Arizona 8
Kansas 8
Louisville 8
Indiana 7
Iowa State 7
Washington State 7
West Virginia 6

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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