Greatest Teams of the 2010s - 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 2010s according to the AP polls.


Decade Rankings - 2010s

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 ...

2010 AP National Champions: 2010 Auburn - 2011 Alabama - 2012 Alabama

1 Oregon 69
2 Alabama 66
3 Stanford 60
4 LSU 54
5 Oklahoma State 46
6 Ohio State 44
7 Boise State 43
8 Oklahoma 41
9 South Carolina 39
10 TCU 36
T11 Arkansas 35
T11 Wisconsin 35
T13 Florida State 28
T13 Georgia 28
T15 Michigan State 27
T15 Texas A&M 27
T17 Auburn 25
T17 Kansas State 25
19 Notre Dame 22
20 USC 20
21 Clemson 19
22 Florida 17
23 Michigan 16
T24 Nevada 15
T24 Virginia Tech 15
Others Receiving Votes
T26 Baylor  13
T26 Louisville 13
28 Mississippi State 11
29 Utah State 10
T30 Nebraska 9
T30 Northwestern 9
T30 West Virginia 9
T33 Houston 8
T33 Missouri 8
35 Texas 7
T36 Oregon State 6
T36 Southern Miss 6
T38 San Jose State 5
T38 UCF 5
40 Northern Illinois 4
T41 Maryland 3
T41 Vanderbilt 3
43 Tulsa 2
T44 Cincinnati 1
T44 N.C. 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