College Football Rankings Archive
The current system for ranking college football teams began with the AP Poll in the 1936 season. The UPI Poll was introduced in 1950, but was later replaced in 1991 by the USA Today Coaches Poll. Beginning in 1968, the AP Poll was released after the bowl games. The UPI Poll released final rankings of teams after the bowl games like the AP Poll in 1974.
Other polls and computer rankings have always been around, but the national champion has always been determined by who won the AP Poll and the UPI/USA Today Coaches Poll. If different teams won each poll, it was a split title that year.
Click a year below to see any season’s final rankings: