AP All-Time Top Ten: Why They Are Correct, And Guess Who Is No. 1

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"10  FLORIDA (674 Points) Total appearances:562, 50.95% of all polls First appearance:1950 No.1 ranking:41 Championships:Three (last 2008) Best full decade:1990s appeared in 98.82% of polls. Worst full decade:1940s no poll appearances. Poll point:The Gators had no top-three appearances before Nov. 26, 1984 and then 95 top-three appearances after."

If these were rankings for the last 30 years, the University of Florida would be at or near the top of the list. However, the Gators weren’t a power in the SEC very often before that, or a team that was usually in the national rankings and a potential National champion.

That began to change in the 1980s but the Gators really got on a roll when Steve Spurrier returned to his alma mater in the 1990s and won a National championship. It continued through the Urban Meyer era when he won two National titles. Now Florida is one of the premier football schools in the nation.

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