ATHENS – The Associated Press has called it: Georgia has the 15th-best college football program of all time.
That’s according to a statistical ranking compiled by the AP, using its polls, which it has been doing since 1936. (So yes, it’s not really an all-time poll, it’s a poll done since the last year of FDR’s first term.)
The AP’s formula for the poll: One point for every weekly appearance in the AP poll (in order to mark consistency), two points for every week a team was ranked No. 1 (to mark elite programs) and then 10 points for every AP championship.
So in Georgia’s case, it was broken down as follows:
- 532 points for appearing in the AP weekly poll that many times. (Which is 48.23 percent of every poll since 1936.)
- 30 points for being ranked No. 1 in the poll 15 times.
- 10 points for winning the AP championship in 1980. (The Bulldogs finished second in the AP poll in 1942.)
Ohio State topped the ranking, followed by Oklahoma, ,Notre Dame, Alabama and Southern California.
Among SEC teams, Georgia came in fifth, behind Alabama (4), Florida (10), LSU (11) and Tennessee (14). But the Bulldogs did come one spot ahead of Auburn (16).