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College Football Teams Ranked Historically

College Football Teams Ranked Historically

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CFP Rankings: College Football Teams Ranked Historically – The best college football teams of all time

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A few weeks ago someone left us a suggestion in our comment section: they said we should rank all of the College football teams historically. We didn’t give it a second look at first; seemed like something someone would’ve done long ago. I was wrong, though, as my 15 year old informed me that night.

Not only has no one bothered to do this, its a harder question to answer than you’d think. Could be why no one has done it.

You look at the question: If you look at every team, and judge them by their entire body of work; not just this year, or decade, or even era…. every game of top tier football they’ve ever played… who’s best? Who’s worst?

We started in what seemed like the most obvious place: Wins. You want to know who wins the most, it seems like a reasonable place to begin. Only… it wasn’t. The top few teams were the ones we’d all expect, but beyond that, you started to see teams you know damn well aren’t anything close to one of the best teams. It turns out there are a lot of teams high up on that list not because they’ve been good, but because they’ve been playing damn near since the civil war.

So we tried the next obvious stop: Winning percentage. Only that proved just as worthless when we saw the top team on that list…. the team with the highest winning percentage in history? Boise State.

We realized this was going to be a matter of gathering the info. But we didn’t want to just make a subjective list. Big dreams here. We wanted to build a little system… one based on numbers, not opinions. But nothing too damn complicated; you ever seen the formula to figure out QB Rating? Holy sh@t. No, we wanted to make something that answers the question, but in a way everybody can understand. And damned if, after a good two weeks of bumbling around and experimenting, we don’t think we did.



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Here’s how it works. 7 categories for the college football teams ranked historically.

  1. Wins
  2. Winning Percentage
  3. Bowls
  4. Conference Titles
  5. NFL Draft Picks
  6. Weeks In Top 25
  7. Seasons ended ranked

We ranked all 130 teams in each category. Yes, there were others we could have included, but these covered the basics well enough to gather a good size cross section. And these numbers are all fixed points; how many wins and conference titles aren’t questions… they’re facts. And we kept it simple. The number one team gets 130 points. Number 2 gets 129, and so on, all the way to 130, which gets one point. Because we wanted to make it so anyone can understand it, we plugged those numbers into this:

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winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
29376064324752+36-26

You’ll notice “conf. titles” is in red. In the actual rankings, you can click any of them. Click “wins” and you’ll go straight to the actual list of teams’ wins ranked. The last two columns? + seasons are simply seasons in which they won more games than they lost. – seasons? You guessed it… the years in which they didn’t. 2 points were given for each +, and one deducted for each minus.

That’s it. we added the totals, put the teams in order, and below is what you get. Looking at it all after nearly 3 weeks, it’s a pretty damn good list. Most of it is hard to argue with.

If you’re a football nerd or a stat geek, which we obviously are, you’ll probably enjoy this. Some of the numbers, if you’re any kind of student of the game, are actually really damned interesting.

You’ll see that as with all of our articles, the helmets aren’t your team’s actual helmet, but concept versions. Click your team’s helmet to see more.

As always, we appreciate you joining us. If you like what we do, share it. We put buttons down there for that too, I think. Until we find another pointless venture to share, be safe.

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130 Charlotte 49ers

75

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
12101351829+2-5
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130 South Alabama Jaguars

75

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
7791321829+0-9
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128 Georgia State Panthers

80

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
45121311829+4-6
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127 UMass Minutemen

82

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
104313161829+8-19

126 Old Dominion Monarchs

94

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
519101341829+2-6
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125 Texas State Bobcats

104

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
61313331829+2-8
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124 UTSA Roadrunners

111

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
827101331829+8-5
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123 Eastern Michigan Eagles

116

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
2331827201829+16-38
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121 FIU Panthers

119

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
1110202791829+8-13
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121 ULM Warhawks

119

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
2191027301829+6-31
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120 Kent State Golden Flashes

124

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
2761227302529+18-50
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119 Akron Zips

127

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
22131227141829+18-26
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118 UAB Blazers

134

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
16221327111829+14-16
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117 Buffalo Bulls

145

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
19141827132329+22-20
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116 UNLV Runnin Rebels

147

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
25111827351829+18-34
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115 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

150

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
35931363529+4-1
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114 FAU Owls

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157

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
13242042101829+12-11
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113 UConn Huskies

176

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
14152337342829+12-16
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112 New Mexico State Aggies

184

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
3981850402840+32-71
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111 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

203

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
17432937221829+20-12
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110 Georgia Southern Eagles

207

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
9891827121829+10-5
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109 Liberty Flames

211

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
2117101373029+4-1
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108 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

218

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
12492337242340+16-6
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107 UTEP Miners

239

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
40125537522529+48-59
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106 Louisiana Ragin Cajuns

244

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
31332558263629+36-30
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105 New Mexico Lobos

254

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
55184550431827+58-60
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104 Arkansas State Red Wolves

255

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
26343769361829+30-24
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103 Ohio Bobcats

256

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
36255042253140+44-37
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102 Troy Trojans

261

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
18692964231929+20-10
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101 Ball State Cardinals

266

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
33462558183529+46-23
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100 USF Bulls

268

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
20783713215329+26-8
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99 Temple Owls

269

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
41263227494040+58-44
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98 North Texas Mean Green

285

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
34213786482329+42-35
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97 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

304

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
38585050454445+48-24
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96 Appalachian State Mountaineers

311

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
151102350193540+24-5
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95 San Jose State Spartans

311

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
46282979553040+50-46
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94 Northern Illinois Huskies

317

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
37445058284140+50-28
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93 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

319

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
30674550472829+42-19
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92 Indiana Hoosiers

330

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
60174537776159+6490
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91 Wake Forest Demon Deacons

331

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
57165537645357+70-78
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90 Marshall Thundering Herd

331

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
29376064324752+36-26
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89 Western Michigan Broncos

342

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
45653242373540+72-26
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88 Rutgers Scarlet Knights

345

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
63483727424857+86-63
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87 Central Michigan Chippewas

348

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
35744569272340+54-19
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86 Vanderbilt Commodores

369

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
79363286584552+49-68
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85 Iowa State Cyclones

379

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
74316037576045+92-77
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83 East Carolina Pirates

386

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
42606364414645+54-29
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83 Nevada Wolfpack

386

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
28756769384040+42-13
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82 Rice Owls

388

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
59204579626266+68-73
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81 UCF Knights

390

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
24944564295559+30-10
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80 Memphis Tigers

401

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
43475058614352+72-25
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79 Tulane Green Wave

402

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
71295550665963+72-63
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78 Bowling Green Falcons

421

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
47774586464040+66-26
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77 Kansas Jayhawks

422

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
76354558786763+80-80
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76 Oregon State Beavers

425

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
58306058746671+74-66
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75 Air Force Falcons

444

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
5476904286463+74-27
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74 Kansas State Wildcats

445

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
62237842679180+74-72
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73 Utah State Aggies

454

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
70505098593752+96-58
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72 San Diego State Aztecs

462

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
44845586714245+58-23
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71 Kentucky Wildcats

463

winswin %bowlsconf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
67387137886570+88-61
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70 Duke Blue Devils

565

winswin %bowls conf.
titles
nflweeks
top 25
years
top 25
+
seasons

seasons
664555114697896+94-52