The Associated Press Top 25 poll has been an essential part of college football for 80 years. For the first time, the AP has compiled the data from the more than 1,100 weekly polls to determine the All-Time Top 100 programs. To help you with your planning for this special package, we will have the following lists, stories and with photos in coming weeks. For questions, please call 212-621-1630 or email Barry Bedlan (bbedlan(at)ap.org), Dave Zelio (dzelio(at)ap.org) or Ed Montes (emontes(at)ap.org. All times Eastern.
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WHO IS BEST?
FBC--T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL
To look back, all the way back, to the first Top 25 college football poll is to take a walk through history. The great teams at Notre Dame and Army, at Oklahoma and Alabama, the coaching greats like Bud Wilkinson and Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, Lou Holtz and Nick Saban. For the first time, The Associated Press has sorted through all those polls - all 1,103 of them - to determine the top 100 programs of all time after eight decades of arguing who's the best. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.
FBC-- T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL -THE TOP 100-LIST
The Top 100 college football teams of all time as determined by The Associated Press Top 25. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 2,500 words. Capsules on the best 25 teams, then a list of the remaining 75 on Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. Will be featured on special page of the College Football DNE.
FBC-- T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL -THE NO. 1s-LIST
All 44 teams ranked No. 1 at least once over the 80 years, with capsules that include the overall top team for each school. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 2,000 words, photos on Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. Will be featured on special page of the College Football DNE.
THE DECADE STORIES
Through analysis of the data some clear themes begin to emerge over the 80 years of the poll. Our college football writers take an in-depth look at the evolution of the sport in a series of eight stories to be released in two four-day blocks, Aug. 14-17 and Aug. 22-25.
FBC--T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL -1930s-40s
The Associated Press college football poll was created to try to answer the simplest yet most divisive question in sports: Who's better? The poll helped give a regional sport more of a national scope. The poll helped define the Army-Notre Dame rivalry in the 1940s and was part of their games becoming major events. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos to move Aug. 14.
FBC--T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL -1950s
By the 1950s, college football's power has drifted away from the elite eastern schools and into the Midwest. Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma dynasty dominated the polls as it set a record winning streak that still stands. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos to move Aug. 15.
FBC--T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL -1960s
The focus on the national championship race and the polls reached new heights in the 1960s, with a peak in 1966 when the matchup of No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Michigan State late in the season ended in a famous 10-10 tie. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos to move Aug. 16.
FBC--T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL -1970s
Coaching icons dominated the AP poll during the 1970s with Bear Bryant at Alabama, Joe Paterno at Penn State, Woody Hayes at Ohio State, Bo Schembechler at Michigan, Barry Switzer at Oklahoma and Tom Osborne at Nebraska. Their matchups would often help determine who was No. 1. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos to move Aug. 17.
FBC--T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL -1980s
A new dynasty emerges in Miami, where the brash Hurricanes upend the established Midwestern powers, with pro-style offenses and speedy defenses that smother option football. It takes a little while for AP poll voters to catch up to the power shift, but when they do, Miami becomes a fixture. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos to move Aug. 22.
FBC--T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL-1990s
Controversial championships, sometimes with the AP poll breaking one way and the coaches' poll going the other, are the catalyst for the bowls and conferences to start working toward a more definitive way to determine the national title. Eventually, it becomes the BCS. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos to move Aug. 23.
FBC--T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL-2000s
The first half of the decade is dominated by USC's unprecedented run at No. 1, but then the SEC takes over. The overlap produces the last split national champion with the Trojans taking the AP title and LSU winning the BCS. The constant controversy leads to the AP asking out of the BCS process. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos to move Aug. 24.
FBC--T25-ALL-TIME AP POLL-2010s
A new power emerges in Oregon, a rarity for college football. But an old one in Alabama dominates as Nick Saban reigns. AP voters are asked to judge a changing brand of football that is played fast and furious and often without a lot of defense. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos to move Aug. 25.