AP Reveals Top 100 College Football Programs of All-Time

See where your school ranked among the top 100 college football programs of all time.

In an effort to determine the 100 greatest college football program of all-time, the Associated Press created a metric that counted poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency, No. 1 rankings (two points) to acknowledge elite programs, and then gave a bonus for AP national championships (10 points).

The top five schools have been perennial powerhouses from Day One: Ohio State leads the way with their five championships, while Oklahoma finishes close behind.

Surprisingly, Texas only managed to be ranked eighth. Their long-time strengths as a program have faded in recent years, but they have always been a talent factory in Austin. Other surprisingly low ratings came from South Carolina.

A couple of the schools that sneaked into the rankings are not typically known for their football anymore. Villanova has developed into a basketball school under Jay Wright, but their consistent play under long-time coach Andy Talley helped push them into the rankings. 

A team that most people have never heard of is Iowa Pre-flight, which was one of many branch campuses created by the United States Navy as a pre-cursor to flight school in the 1940's. The Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks only played three seasons (1942-'44) but finished with a 26-5 record. They finished second in the 1943 AP poll, falling short after losing to number one Notre Dame in the second-to-last game of a nearly-perfect season.

See where your school ranks among the top 100 college football programs of all-time.

  1. Ohio State: 77.24 percent of all AP polls 
  2. Oklahoma: 71.08 percent of all AP polls
  3. Notre Dame: 69.45 percent of all AP polls
  4. Alabama: 67.54 percent of all AP polls
  5. USC: 67.36 percent of all AP polls
  6. Nebraska
  7. Michigan
  8. Texas
  9. Florida State
  10. Florida
  11. LSU
  12. Penn State
  13. Miami (Fl)
  14. Tennessee
  15. Georgia
  16. Auburn
  17. UCLA
  18. Texas A&M
  19. Michigan State
  20. Washington
  21. Arkansas
  22. Clemson
  23. Pittsburgh
  24. Wisconsin
  25. Iowa
  26. Georgia Tech
  27. Colorado
  28. Oregon
  29. Mississippi
  30. Arizona State
  31. Virginia Tech
  32. Stanford
  33. West Virginia
  34. BYU Cougars 
  35. Missouri
  36. Purdue
  37. Minnesota
  38. North Carolina
  39. TCU
  40. Maryland
  41. Syracuse
  42. Army
  43. Oklahoma State
  44. Kansas State
  45. Cal
  46. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  47. Baylor
  48. South Carolina
  49. Houston
  50. Northwestern
  51. Illinois
  52. Virginia
  53. Duke
  54. Arizona
  55. SMU
  56. NC State
  57. Boston College
  58. Texas Tech
  59. Washington State
  60. Navy
  61. Boise State
  62. Louisville
  63. Kansas
  64. Utah
  65. Oregon State
  66. Penn
  67. Air Force
  68. Kentucky
  69. Rice
  70. Tulane
  71. Wyoming
  72.  IndianaFresno StateSouthern Mississippi, Cornell
  73. --
  74. --
  75. --
  76. Toledo
  77. Santa Clara, TulsaColorado State
  78. --
  79. --
  80. Wake Forest
  81. CincinnatiMiami (OH)
  82. --
  83. FordhamIowa State
  84. --
  85. Holy Cross
  86. Rutgers
  87. Dartmouth
  88. East Carolina
  89. Vanderbilt
  90. Yale
  91. Princeton, Marshall
  92. --
  93. Hawaii
  94. South Florida
  95. Villanova
  96. Northern Illinois
  97. Duquesne
  98. Iowa Pre-Flight
  99. Columbia, William & Mary, Nevada, Bowling Green

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