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

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"4  ALABAMA (993 Points) Total appearances:745, 67.54% of all polls First appearance:1936 No.1 ranking:74 Championships:10 (last 2015) Best full decade:1970s appeared in 91.22% of polls. Worst full decade:1950s appeared in 18.97% of polls. Poll point:From Nov. 3, 1980-Oct. 26, 2008, Alabama was only ranked No. 1 once _ the final poll of the 1992 season. The Tide has been top-ranked 43 times since under coach Nick Saban."

If the AP had only took the careers of the top two head coaches of a football program into consideration, Alabama would definitely be No. 1 on the list.

Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant was the most successful coach in college football history. And the success coach Nick Saban has enjoyed in his time as the head coach of the Crimson Tide is off the charts.

It’s the lack of success in between the time coach Bryant retired and coach Saban took over that dropped Alabama in the rankings.

Next: #3 Notre Dame