The Associated Press started ranking college football teams many moons ago.
Ohio State’s college football history sits among the goliaths of the sport. In the first ever Associated Press all-time Top 25, the Ohio State Buckeyes came out number one. The AP systematized more than 1,100 weekly polls from over 80 years.
The strategy behind the AP Top 100:
To determine the all-time Top 25, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency, No. 1 rankings (one point) to acknowledge elite programs and gave a bonus for AP championships (10 points).
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) August 2, 2016
There has only been three seasons in which the Buckeyes did not appear at least once in the poll since its initiation with a ranking of the nation’s top-20 teams on Oct. 19, 1936.
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