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This is a list of college football teams by the number of weeks they have been ranked number one in the AP Poll since its inception in 1936 through November 25, 2018.[1][2]

Rank Team Weeks First Appearance Most Recent Appearance
1 Alabama 117 1961 2018
2 Ohio State 105 1942 2015
3 Oklahoma 101 1950 2011
4 Notre Dame 98 1938 2012
5 USC 91 1939 2012
6 Florida State 72 1988 2014
7 Nebraska 70 1965 2000
8 Miami (FL) 68 1983 2002
9 Texas 45 1941 2008
10 Florida 41 1985 2009
11 Michigan 34 1947 1997
12 LSU 30 1958 2011
13 Michigan State 29 1951 1966
14 Army 27 1944 1958
15 Penn State 21 1978 1997
Pittsburgh 21 1937 1982
17 Minnesota 18 1936 1960
Tennessee 18 1939 1998
19 Georgia 15 1942 2008
Washington 15 1982 1992
21 Iowa 11 1960 1985
22 Clemson 10 1981 2017
23 Auburn 9 1957 2010
24 Oregon 8 2010 2012
25 Colorado 7 1989 1990
Syracuse 7 1959 1960
Texas A&M 7 1939 1957
UCLA 7 1954 1988
29 Maryland 6 1953 1955
30 Ole Miss 5 1960 1964
Mississippi State 5 2014 2014
Northwestern 5 1936 1962
Purdue 5 1968 1968
34 BYU 4 1984 1984
California 4 1937 1951
Cornell 4 1940 1940
37 Virginia 3 1990 1990
38 Missouri 2 1960 2008
SMU 2 1950 1950
TCU 2 1938 1938
41 Arkansas 1 1965 1965
Boston College 1 1942 1942
North Carolina 1 1948 1948
Wisconsin 1 1952 1952

 No longer a FBS school.
Bold denotes team currently ranked number one.

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I think it fair to say that East Germany must have overtaken  Ohio State  either just earlier this year, or late last year.  

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Interesting that Cornell has spent more weeks at #1 than the likes of Big Ten Schools  Rutgers, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin,  or SEC schools like Arkansas, Missouri, Vanderbilt, South Carolina

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7 hours ago, The Gipper said:

I think it fair to say that East Germany must have overtaken  Ohio State  either just earlier this year, or late last year.  

Just think of the truly iconic coaches over time and their time spent at the top schools.

Bear, Bo, Woody, Dr Tom, Bobby plus the line of ND guys among others.  Coaches don't last decades anymore.

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Top 30 winningest coaches at the major schools:

Rk Coach W School Notes
1 Joe Paterno 409 Penn State  
2 Bobby Bowden 357 Florida State record adjusted to 346-123-4 by NCAA
3 Bear Bryant 323 Alabama  
4 Pop Warner 311 Carlisle  
5 Amos Alonzo Stagg 282 Chicago  
6 LaVell Edwards 257 Brigham Young  
7 Tom Osborne 255 Nebraska  
8 Lou Holtz 249 Notre Dame  
9 Frank Beamer 238 Virginia Tech  
  Mack Brown 238 Texas  
11 Nick Saban* 235 Alabama record adjusted to 230-62-1 by NCAA
12 Bo Schembechler 234 Michigan  
13 Hayden Fry 230 Iowa record adjusted to 233-177-10 by NCAA
14 Steve Spurrier 228 Florida  
15 Bill Snyder* 215 Kansas State  
16 Woody Hayes 205 Ohio State  
17 Don Nehlen 202 West Virginia  
18 Vince Dooley 201 Georgia  
19 Dan McGugin 197 Vanderbilt  
20 John Cooper 192 Ohio State  
21 Gary Pinkel 191 Missouri  
22 Dana Bible 190 Texas A&M  
  Bob Stoops 190 Oklahoma  
  John Vaught 190 Ole Miss  
25 George Welsh 189 Virginia  
26 Howard Jones 188 USC  
27 Jess Neely 187 Rice  
28 Johnny Majors 185 Tennessee  
  Urban Meyer* 185 Ohio State  
30 Darrell Royal 184 Texas

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