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2020 Weekly Appearance Streaks

The weekly appearance streaks of the Big Ten and Pac-12 teams that were ranked in the preseason Top 25 but ruled ineligible by the Associated Press for the first two regular season polls will remain broken on this website, at least through the end of the season.

There are several factors to consider. Some are technical due to the changes that would be required on multiple pages and/or in the database itself. Others relate to questions about teams like Oregon, who was ranked in the preseason Top 10 but reentered the poll at #14. Or Utah who still hasn't reentered the poll (as of October 11).

Regardless of the situation, my goal is to treat each team the same.


Total, Preseason, Final Polls | Weekly, Season Streaks | Last

Number 1

National Championships (by team, conference, and coach)

Split National Championships

Total Appearances at #1 | Progression

AP #1 Game Results

Most Games Played as AP #1 | Progression

Most Wins as AP #1 Progression

Most Games Coached as AP #1

#1 Weekly Progression

Preseason vs Final Rankings of #1 Teams

Wire-to-Wire at #1

AP Polls With Unanimous #1

Percent of First Place Votes for the AP Preseason #1 Team

AP polls with ties at #1:
August 26, 2002
October 20, 1992
October 27, 1941
November 27, 1939

AP preseason #1 that finished #1 with fewest regular-season weeks at #1:
1985 Oklahoma (1)
1978 Alabama (2)
1975 Oklahoma (4)
1974 Oklahoma (5)
1951 Tennessee (5)

AP National Champions with no other appearances at #1 during the season:
2018 Clemson
2016 Clemson
2015 Alabama
2014 Ohio State
2011 Alabama
2006 Florida
2005 Texas
2002 Ohio State
1992 Alabama
1989 Miami (FL)
1987 Miami (FL)
1986 Penn State
1983 Miami (FL)
1982 Penn State
1977 Notre Dame
1973 Notre Dame
1970 Nebraska
1965 Alabama
1964 Alabama
1946 Notre Dame

AP preseason #1 with no other appearances at #1 during the season:
2012 USC
2008 Georgia
1989 Michigan
1984 Auburn
1976 Nebraska
1972 Nebraska
1971 Notre Dame
1966 Alabama
1965 Nebraska
1964 Mississippi

AP National Champions that lost/tied their first game:
1990 Colorado
1983 Miami (FL)
1965 Alabama

AP National Champion that lost their last game:
1943 Notre Dame

AP #1 wins but drops to #2

AP Preseason #1 Drops Before First Game

Most Points Allowed in One Game By an AP National Champion

AP Polls Where #1 Had Less Than 30 First Place Votes

Biggest Jumps to AP Number 1

Lowest Rank by Month for AP National Champions

Multiple Games vs #1 in One Season

Others Receiving Votes

Others Receiving Votes (ORV) data is available from 2003 to present and some select polls from 1936 to 2002. Older polls – mainly before the 1970s – may or may not include points.

I have ORV data for many of the pre-2003 polls, but it takes time to add it to the database. Once all existing sets of ORV data have been added, you will be able to look it up on the team summary pages.


Total Points in the AP Poll

Most AP Top 10 Opponents in One Season Since 2010

Biggest Jumps From Unranked to Ranked in the AP Poll

Biggest Jumps into the AP Top 5

Biggest Drops Within the AP Poll

Biggest Jumps Within the AP Poll

Team Loses but Jumps in Poll

Teams Outside AP Top 10 Receiving First Place Votes

Most Teams Ranked in the AP Poll in One Season

Most Teams Receiving First Place Votes in One AP Poll

Conferences with Multiple Teams in Preseason AP Top 5

Most Years Between Appearances in the AP Top 10

Most Appearances at #2 Without Reaching #1 (see Rk #1? column)

NEWFinal 1961 AP Football Poll: How Many Teams Ranked?

January 7, 1948 Special Poll (Michigan/Notre Dame controversy)

1935 Final United Press Sportswriters Poll

November 15, 1934 Poll

Milestone AP Polls

AP Poll vs Harris Poll (preseason poll argument)

Dates of Preseason/First Polls 1998-Present

AP Voting Guidelines

Modern Era of the AP Poll

Research from Others

Football Poll Features survey suggestions and replies

College Football Playoff Rankings (2014-Present)

Total Appearances

BCS Rankings (1998-2013)

Total Appearances | National Championships

UPDATE  All BCS rankings have been added to the AP poll pages with the exception of a small percentage (3%) of teams ranked from #19 to #25 in the BCS that only appeared in the Others Receiving Votes section in the AP Poll. These BCS rankings will not display in the AP team week-by-week view, but are counted in the BCS total appearances.

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