College Football: Record as the AP No. 1
Posted by Andrew McKillop on August 25, 2011
- 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.
Record as the AP No. 1
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.
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