Greatest Teams of the 2010s - The AP Rankings
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Posted Aug 16, 2014


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
- 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
2013 Florida State

1 Oregon 86
2 Alabama 85
3 Stanford 75
4 LSU 66
T5 Oklahoma 61
T5 South Carolina 61
7 Ohio State 58
8 Oklahoma State 55
9 Florida State 53
10 Michigan State 50
11 Auburn 49
12 Boise State 43
13 Wisconsin 39
14 Clemson 37
15 TCU 36
T16 Arkansas 35
T16 Texas A&M 35
18 Missouri 29
T19 Georgia 28
T19 Notre Dame 28
20 USC 27
21 Baylor  26
22 Kansas State 25
23 Louisville 24
24 UCF 21
25 Florida 17
Others Receiving Votes
26 Michigan 16
T27 Nevada 15
T27 Virginia Tech 15
29 Mississippi State 11
T30 UCLA 10
T30 Utah State 10
T32 Nebraska 9
T32 Northwestern 9
T32 West Virginia 9
35 Houston 8
36 Texas 7
T37 Oregon State 6
T37 Southern Miss 6
T39 Arizona State 5
T39 San Jose State 5
T39 Vanderbilt 5
42 Northern Illinois 4
T43 Duke 3
T43 Maryland 3
45 Tulsa 2
T46 Cincinnati 1
T46 N.C. State 1
T46 Washington 1

By the AP Rankings - The Greatest Programs Ever
- 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