Greatest Teams of the 1990s - The AP Rankings
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Nebraska QB Tommie Frazier
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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 1990s according to the AP polls.


Decade Rankings - 1990s

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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 ...

1990 AP National Champions: 1990 Colorado - 1991 Miami - 1992 Alabama - 1993 Florida St - 1994 Nebraska - 1995 Nebraska - 1996 Florida - 1997 Michigan - 1998 Tennessee - 1999 Florida St

RANK TEAM POINTS
1 Florida State 231
2 Florida 194
3 Nebraska 172
4 Tennessee 163
5 Michigan 154
6 Penn State 146
7 Miami, Fla. 137
T8 Alabama 117
T8 Ohio State 117
10 Colorado 116
11 Texas A&M 115
12 Notre Dame 105
13 Kansas St 95
14 Washington 78
15 Virginia Tech 70
16 Auburn 67
17 Georgia 65
18 Wisconsin 62
19 UCLA 54
20 Syracuse 53
21 North Carolina 50
22 Arizona 44
23 Georgia Tech 48
24 Texas 43
25 Iowa 42
others receiving votes
26 BYU 36
27 Arizona St 34
T28 USC 33
T28 Wash St 33
30 Oregon 30
T31 Michigan St 29
T31 Northwestern 29
T33 Clemson 28
T33 Oklahoma 28
35 LSU 27
36 Mississippi 23
37 Virginia 22
T38 Boston College 21
T38 Kansas 21
T38 Stanford 21
41 NC State 20
T42 Arkansas 19
T42 California 19
T42 Colorado State 19
T42 Southern Miss 19
T42 Tulane 19
T42 West Virginia 19
48 Miss St 18
49 E Carolina 17
T50 Houston 16
T50 Marshall 16
T50 Utah 16
T53 Air Force 14
T53 Louisville 14
T53 Purdue 14
T56 Missouri 8
T56 Minnesota 8
58 Hawaii 6
59 Tulsa 5
60 Wyoming 4
T61 Illinois 3
T61 Texas Tech 3
T63 Fresno State 2
T63 Oklahoma St 2
T63 Toledo 2
T66 Army 1
T66 Wake Forest 1
 
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