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SuperWest Top 10 AP Football Poll Appearances by Decade

A breakdown of program rankings from the 1980s to the 2020s with a cumulative running total

Posted on July 9, 2024


  By SuperWest Sports Staff

Rankings in the AP Top 25 football poll can be fleeting, especially when they occur in the preseason.

But multiple appearances in the Top 10 tend to indicate a significant level of success.

Here is a tabulation of rankings in the Top 10 by decade, from the 1980s to the 2020s, with national rank, the last appearance of each decade, and a cumulative running total at the bottom.

Oregon currently leads in the 2020s with 31 appearances through 2023, followed by USC with 20, and Washington with 18.

Trojans own the most Top 10 rankings overall with 231 appearances since 1980, followed by the Ducks with 166, and the Huskies with 156.


Top 10 AP Football Poll Appearances from 2020 to 2023

National RankProgramAppearancesLast of Decade
8Oregon312023
11USC202023
13Washington182023
24BYU62021
24Utah62023
32UCLA32022
40Oregon State12023

Top 10 AP Football Poll Appearances from 2010 to 2019

National RankProgramAppearancesLast of Decade
5Oregon842019
9Stanford602018
19Boise State322011
20Washington312018
24USC212017
27Utah162019
38UCLA82015
40Washington State62018
42Oregon State32012
42Arizona32014
46Colorado22016
49Arizona State12014

 


Top 10 AP Football Poll Appearances from 2000 to 2009

National RankProgramAppearancesLast of Decade
3USC1112009
11Oregon502009
19California292009
21Boise State252009
25Washington State192003
27Utah172008
28Washington152002
33BYU102009
34UCLA92005
37Oregon State72001
40Colorado62002
45Arizona State52007
46Fresno St42001
55Hawai'i12007
55Stanford12001

 


Top 10 AP Football Poll Appearances from 1990 to 1999

National RankProgramAppearancesLast of Decade
10Colorado741997
13Washington551998
17UCLA241998
20Arizona201999
25BYU151996
27Arizona State141998
27USC141996
35California71991
36Washington State61997
38Colorado State51994
44Stanford21992
44Utah21994
47Oregon11995

 


Top 10 AP Football Poll Appearances from 1980 to 1989

National RankProgramAppearancesLast of Decade
10USC651989
13UCLA531989
19Washington371987
21BYU291985
26Arizona State201986
29Colorado161989
35Air Force81985
36Arizona71986
39Wyoming31988

Total Top 10 AP Football Poll Appearances from 1980 to 2023

National RankProgramAppearancesLast Appearance
12USC2312023
18Oregon1662023
19Washington1562023
22Colorado982016
23UCLA972022
31Stanford632018
32BYU602021
34Boise State572011
40Utah412023
41ASU402014
44Cal362009
45Washington State312018
47Arizona302014
58Oregon State112023
62Air Force81985
65Colorado State51994
68Fresno State42001
71 Wyoming31988
77Hawai'i12007



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