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College Football: Record as the AP No. 1

Posted by Andrew McKillop on August 25, 2011

Post Highlights

  • Ohio State and Oklahoma have played the most games (79) as the AP No. 1.  Oklahoma ranked No. 1 in this year’s preseason AP poll, will soon surpass Ohio State for most games played as an AP No. 1.
  • Oklahoma has the most wins (71) as an AP No. 1. Followed by USC (67 wins) and Ohio State (66 wins).
  • Ohio State has lost their last three games as the AP No. 1.

 

Since the Associated Press started ranking college football teams in 1936, there have been 820 games involving an AP No. 1 ranked team.  In this post I’ll examine the records that AP No.1 teams have against their opponents.

Click here to check out a post on schools records vs. AP No. 1 teams.

Record as the AP No. 1

School W L T W Pct PF/GM PA/GM
Oklahoma 71 8 0.899 37.0 11.7
USC 67 6 2 0.907 34.1 14.0
Ohio St 66 12 1 0.842 33.3 11.3
Notre Dame 62 12 3 0.825 29.7 12.2
Nebraska 46 7 1 0.861 39.7 13.1
Miami FL 42 6 0.875 36.6 14.2
Florida St 40 5 0.889 40.0 16.3
Texas 30 7 3 0.788 24.7 13.9
Alabama 29 6 0.829 28.2 10.6
Florida 26 6 0.813 38.3 14.5
Michigan St 22 4 0.846 26.0 10.7
Michigan 22 5 0.815 28.3 10.1
Army 20 0 2 0.955 39.5 5.7
Tennessee 16 1 0.941 31.2 8.9
LSU 14 3 0.824 24.5 11.1
Washington 13 2 0.867 27.1 12.7
Pittsburgh 13 4 0.765 25.7 11.9
Penn St 9 3 0.750 30.6 13.0
Georgia 8 2 0.800 33.9 15.8
Iowa 8 2 0.800 24.7 17.5
Minnesota 8 3 0.727 21.6 8.3
School W L T W Pct PF/GM PA/GM
Oregon 6 0 1.000 44.3 20.5
Syracuse 5 0 1.000 38.2 5.6
Mississippi 5 1 0.833 29.3 12.2
Cornell 4 0 1.000 25.5 3.3
Maryland 4 1 0.800 17.6 4.0
Texas A&M 4 1 0.800 13.2 6.4
Auburn 4 2 0.667 22.8 15.8
Purdue 3 1 0.750 31.0 11.8
Northwestern 3 2 0.600 14.6 20.4
UCLA 3 3 0.500 22.7 10.8
BYU 2 0 1.000 31.0 15.0
California 2 1 1 0.625 15.3 10.3
Arkansas 1 0 1.000 55.0 20.0
Clemson 1 0 1.000 22.0 15.0
North Carolina 1 0 1.000 14.0 0.0
TCU 1 0 1.000 28.0 6.0
Colorado 1 1 0.500 8.0 15.0
Virginia 1 1 0.500 43.5 27.5
Boston College 0 2 0.000 16.5 46.0
Missouri 0 2 0.000 12.0 30.5
SMU 0 1 0.000 20.0 23.0
Wisconsin 0 1 0.000 14.0 23.0

 

Ohio State and Oklahoma have played the most games (79) as the AP No. 1.  Oklahoma ranked No. 1 in this year’s preseason AP poll, will soon surpass Ohio State for most games played as an AP No. 1.

Oklahoma has the most wins (71) as an AP No. 1. Followed by USC (67 wins) and Ohio State (66 wins).

As the AP No. 1, Army has the best winning percentage (.955) amongst schools that have played as the AP No. 1 on more than ten occasions.  Followed by Tennessee (.941 W Pct) and USC (.907 W Pct).

Ohio State and Notre Dame have the most losses (12) as an AP No. 1.  Followed by Oklahoma (8 losses), Nebraska (7 losses), and Texas (7 losses).

As the AP No. 1, Minnesota has the worst winning percentage (.727) amongst schools that have played as the AP No. 1 on more than ten occasions.  Followed by Penn State (.750 W Pct) and Pittsburgh (.765 W Pct).

Ohio State has lost their last three games as the AP No. 1.

The only team to ever lose two games at home in the same season as the AP No. 1, was Notre Dame in 1990 (Stanford 31-36 and Penn State 21-24).

 

As the AP No. 1 Ohio State has never lost to Northwestern (7 games), Indiana (5 games), and Minnesota (5 games).

As the AP No. 1 Oklahoma has never lost to Oklahoma State (7 games), Colorado (6 games), Iowa State (6 games), and Kansas (6 games).

As the AP No. 1 USC has never lost to Washington (7 games), California (5 games), Notre Dame (5 games), UCLA (5 games), and Washington State (5 games).

 

Totaling the Records of AP No. 1’s

AP No. 1’s have a record of 683-124-13 (.841 W Pct).

Listed below is a chart which shows how AP No. 1 teams have fared against each AP ranking.

vs. Rk W L T W Pct vs. Rk W L T W Pct
#2 26 17 2 0.600 #15 10 0 1.000
#3 13 11 1 0.540 #16 5 2 0.714
#4 14 7 1 0.659 #17 7 4 0.636
#5 9 5 0.643 #18 8 2 0.800
#6 8 7 0.533 #19 7 3 0.700
#7 9 7 0.563 #20 12 1 1 0.893
#8 7 5 1 0.577 #21 3 0 1.000
#9 14 1 0.933 #22
#10 12 2 0.857 #23 5 0 1.000
#11 11 5 0.688 #24 7 0 1.000
#12 6 2 0.750 #25
#13 6 2 0.750 UR 473 38 7 0.920
#14 11 3 0.786

 

Reference: James Howell’s College Football Scores, College Football at Sports-Reference.com


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