Stuart McNair

Alabama has incredible record in 81 years of Associated Press college football poll

Alabama leads the nation with 10 AP national championships

The most authoritative college football poll is the Associated Press rankings as voted on by sportswriters and sportscasters from across the nation. The poll was begun in 1936 and there have been 1,120 weekly rankings, with Alabama having been ranked in 759 of those polls, including a current streak of 146.
Bama has been ranked in every AP poll since the start of the 2008 season, nine seasons, which is longest in the nation. The Tide will open the season this year against Florida State, which is second with seven consecutive seasons finishing as a ranked team.
Most impressive of Alabama’s record in the AP poll is that the Crimson Tide leads in national championships with 10. Bama’s titles came in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015. Notre Dame is second with 8, followed by Oklahoma with 7, and Miami, Ohio State, and USC with 5 each. In 81 years of the poll, only 27 different teams have won national championships.
It is, after all, the final poll that counts most and Alabama’s average rank in the 54 years it has been ranked in the final poll is 7.24, which is best in the nation other than a few teams with two or fewer appearances (i.e., Iowa Pre-Flight, two appearances, average finish 4.0).
The Tide has been ranked at some point in 72 of the 81 seasons (89 per cent) of the AP poll. Including the last nine years, Alabama has been ranked in every weekly poll in 25 seasons.
Alabama has been ranked in the nation’s top 10 in 41 of the 81 final polls, also best in the nation, and has been ranked in the top 10 in 518 weekly polls, the top five in 365 polls, at No. 2 in 107, and at No. 1 in 89, including 5 preseason rankings. (No. 6 as No. 1 in the preseason poll will likely come this year.)
Bama’s 54 appearances in the final poll is fourth, behind Michigan (59) and Oklahoma  and Ohio State (56 each). After Alabama comes Notre Dame with 52, USC and Nebraska with 48 each, Texas with 46, Tennessee 44, and Penn State 41.


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