All-Time SuperWest AP Football Poll Appearances

Updated through the 2023 regular season and 2023-24 bowls with average and highest ranks

Posted on March 31, 2024

  By SuperWest Sports Staff

The Associated Press (AP) Football Poll has run continuously since 1936. Up to 1960, the poll ranked only 20 teams. From 1961 to 1967, it was reduced to just the Top 10.

The Poll returned to ranking the Top 20 teams in 1968, retaining that format through 1988. In 1989, it was expanded to the Top 25, and has not altered its count since.

Initially, AP did not conduct a preseason poll, adding it in 1950.

Through 1968, except the 1965 poll, AP crowned its national football champion after the regular season, before the bowl games were played.

That changed in 1964, when the regular-season AP champ, Alabama, lost the Orange Bowl to Texas.

Consequently, the news organization made plans to hold its poll after the bowl season, beginning in 1967, to award its national title.

Below you will find a table showing the counts of each SuperWest program’s all-time appearances plus its:

  • national rank
  • percentage of polls appeared in
  • average ranking
  • all-time highest ranking

USC leads by a large margin with 813 all-time appearances, followed by UCLA with  553, Washington with 481, and Oregon with 366.

National RankProgramAppPctAvgHigh
33Arizona State29123.6%14.72
54 Arizona17414.1%15.43
57Washington State16613.5%16.03
58Boise State16513.4%14.72
65 Oregon State1169.4%15.54
69Air Force846.8%16.14
75Fresno State655.3%20.28
83 Colorado State433.5%19.710
92San Diego State322.6%20.013
104 Nevada161.3%17.210
112 Utah State131.1%17.810
125 San Jose State80.6%21.318
131New Mexico State60.5%16.514

—More from Staff—