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Greatest Teams of the 2000s - The AP Rankings

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 2000s according to the AP polls.


Decade Rankings - 2000s

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 ...

2000 AP National Champions: 2000 Oklahoma - 2001 Miami - 2002 Ohio State - 2003 USC - 2004 USC - 2005 Texas - 2006 Florida - 2007 LSU - 2008 Florida - 2009 Alabama

1  Texas 190
2  Oklahoma 170
3  USC 168
4  Ohio State 158
5  Florida 141
6  LSU 134
7  Georgia 127
8  Miami 125
9  Virginia Tech 122
10  Michigan 96
11  Boise State 93
12  Oregon 90
13  Auburn 84
14  Iowa 79
15  Alabama 78
16  Florida State 71
17  Penn State 70
18  TCU 67
19  West Virginia 62
20  Tennessee 61
21  Utah 59
22  Nebraska 57
23  Louisville 56
24  Wisconsin 54
25  Washington State 49
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
 BYU 48
 Kansas State 48
 Notre Dame 46
 Boston College 39
 Maryland 37
 Mississippi 37
 Texas Tech 37
 Cincinnati 36
 Oregon State 36
 California 30
 Washington 30
 Missouri 29
 Georgia Tech 28
 Clemson 26
 Colorado 23
 Purdue 21
 Illinois 20
 South Carolina 20
 Kansas 19
 Pittsburgh 18
 Arizona State 17
Miami Univ. 16
 N. C. State 14
 Rutgers 14
 Colorado State 12
 Syracuse 12
 Arkansas 11
 Oklahoma State 10
 Stanford 10
 UCLA 10
 Wake Forest 8
 Hawaii 7
 Virginia 7
 Fresno State 4
 Bowling Green 3
 Central Michigan 3
 Toledo 3
 Marshall 2
 Michigan State 2
 Mississippi State 2
 Navy 2
 Iowa State 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