Ohio State Football: AP's No. 1 Program All-Time
Aug. 2, 2016

Associated Press Top 100

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Associated Press, which publishes the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season, has ranked the nation’s top college football programs for the first time and Ohio State ranks as the No. 1 program all-time over the past 80 years. The ranking was based on total poll appearances, number of times ranked No. 1 and AP national championships.

Ohio State has been ranked in the AP Top 25 poll more than any other school – 852 weeks – and the Buckeyes also have the most weeks ranked as the No. 1 school in the nation: 105. Ohio State has appeared in the AP poll for 77 of the 80 years it has been determined to rank No. 1 in that category as well.

On top of those impressive statistics are five AP national championships: in 1942, 1954, 1968, 2002 and two years ago in 2014 when Ohio State won the first-ever College Football Playoff and also was awarded the AP national title and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll national crown.

Additionally, Ohio State last season became the first team in AP preseason poll history (dating to 1950) to be the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation in the preseason. The Buckeyes received all 61 first-place votes from the media members who comprise the AP pollsters.

Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama and Southern Cal round out the AP’s all-time top programs.

The 2016 preseason AP Top 25 will be released on Aug. 21.

Associated Press’s Top College Football Programs – All-Time Top 25
1. Ohio State
2. Oklahoma
3. Notre Dame
4. Alabama
5. Southern Cal
6. Nebraska
7. Michigan
8. Texas
9. Florida State
10. Florida
11. LSU
12. Penn State
13. Miami
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

All-Time Appearances as AP No. 1 Team
1. Ohio State –105 Weeks
2. Oklahoma – 101
3. Notre Dame – 98
4. USC – 90
5. Alabama – 74

All-Time Appearances in AP Poll
1. Ohio State – 852 Weeks
2. Michigan – 806
3. Oklahoma – 784
4. Notre Dame 766
5. Alabama – 745

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