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Most Top Five Appearances in the AP College Football Poll

Posted by Andrew McKillop on January 27, 2011

Listed below are all the schools that have appeared in the top five of the college football AP Poll since 1936 (includes all the weeks the poll was conducted).

Legend: # (Number of Appearances), First (First Appearance in the Poll), Last (Last Appearance in the Poll)

Rk Team # First Last
1 Oklahoma 371 1938 2010
2 Ohio St 310 1939 2010
3 Nebraska 296 1964 2010
4 Alabama 277 1936 2010
4 Notre Dame 277 1938 2006
6 Michigan 273 1939 2007
6 USC 273 1939 2009
8 Texas 267 1941 2010
9 Florida St 206 1979 2005
10 Miami FL 202 1967 2005
11 Florida 179 1968 2010
12 Penn St 159 1947 2009
13 Tennessee 122 1938 2005
14 Auburn 116 1957 2010
15 UCLA 110 1946 2001
16 Michigan St 97 1950 2010
17 Georgia 91 1942 2008
18 LSU 88 1936 2010
19 Army 75 1936 1959
20 Texas A&M 72 1939 1999
21 Pittsburgh 70 1936 1984
22 Washington 66 1936 2000
23 Georgia Tech 58 1942 1990
24 Mississippi 56 1954 2009
25 Arkansas 55 1954 2006
26 Iowa 51 1954 2002
27 California 47 1937 2007
27 Colorado 47 1967 2001
29 Minnesota 46 1936 1962
30 Maryland 45 1951 1978
31 Virginia Tech 44 1999 2009
32 Navy 41 1941 1963
33 Illinois 37 1942 1990
33 Wisconsin 37 1942 2010
35 West Virginia 32 1953 2007
36 SMU 30 1947 1985
36 TCU 30 1938 2010
38 Purdue 27 1936 2004
39 North Carolina 26 1948 1997
40 Northwestern 25 1936 1995
40 Oregon 25 2000 2010
42 Clemson 21 1959 2000
42 Duke 21 1936 1957
44 Arizona St 20 1975 1996
45 Kansas St 19 1998 2000
45 Missouri 19 1960 2008
45 Syracuse 19 1959 1987
48 Boise St 18 2006 2010
49 BYU 17 1984 1996
50 Boston College 16 1940 2007
51 Cornell 13 1939 1940
52 Fordham 12 1936 1941
52 Stanford 12 1940 2010
54 Houston 9 1967 1990
54 Kansas 9 1960 2007
54 Randolph Field 9 1944 1944
57 Cincinnati 8 2009 2009
57 Kentucky 8 1950 1964
57 Pennsylvania 8 1943 1947
60 Indiana 7 1945 1967
60 Tulane 7 1939 1949
62 Texas Tech 6 1976 2008
62 Utah 6 2004 2008
64 Arizona 5 1983 1999
64 Iowa Pre-Flight 5 1943 1944
64 Oklahoma St 5 1945 2009
67 Virginia 5 1990 1990
68 Dartmouth 4 1937 1938
68 NC St 4 1967 1967
68 Oregon St 4 2000 2000
71 Bainbridge NTS 3 1944 1944
71 Baylor 3 1937 1953
71 Louisville 3 2006 2006
71 Princeton 3 1951 1951
71 Rice 3 1946 1949
71 South Carolina 3 1984 1984
71 Washington St 3 2002 2002
71 Yale 3 1937 1937
79 Air Force 2 1985 1985
79 Santa Clara 2 1936 1938
79 South Florida 2 2007 2007
79 St. Mary’s (CA) 2 1945 1945
83 Duquesne 1 1941 1941
83 Great Lakes Navy 1 1944 1944
83 Marquette 1 1936 1936
83 NC Pre-Flight 1 1944 1944
83 Tulsa 1 1942 1942

 

References: College-Football-Reference.com, College Football Data Warehouse, USA Today College Football Encyclopedia (2008) by Bob Boyles and Paul Guido

 

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