By John Williams February 15, 2022 9:00 am
By John Williams |
The Oklahoma Sooners have had a long and storied history of success in college football. They have seven national championships and 50 conference championships in their 127-year run as one of college football’s best programs.
Though the Alabama Crimson Tide have had one of the better runs in college football during the Nick Saban era, Oklahoma hasn’t had a losing season since 1998. The Crimson Tide have more national championships, which certainly sets them apart, but no one has as many 10-win or 11-win seasons in college football history as the Sooners.
That’s why they show up as the No. 1 team in College Football News AP all-time rankings and No. 1 in the all-time Coaches Poll rankings according to College Football News.
As it did with the AP rankings, College Football News awarded points to teams based on their finish inside the Coaches Poll top 25. For a No. 1 finish, a team received 25 points, No. 2 received 24 points, and so on to No. 25 which received one.
It’s certainly not a perfect system, but the poll system awarding national championships isn’t perfect either. So here we are with the Oklahoma Sooners sitting tied atop the all-time Coaches Poll rankings with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Alabama is at No. 3, followed by Michigan at No. 4 and Notre Dame at No. 5.
Below you can see the Coaches Poll all-time Top 25 according to College Football News.
Once again, there’s only one Oklahoma.
Jan. 3, 2001: Head coach Bob Stoops, J.T. Thatcher #15 and Ontei Jones #11 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrate after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 13-2 to win the Orange Bowl at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT
Nov. 6, 2021; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) looks to throw a pass during the second quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban celebrates after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 9, 2021; Lincoln, Nebraska; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh (right) watches a play against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 13, 2021; Charlottesville, Virginia; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Logan Diggs (22) carries the ball past Virginia Cavaliers inside linebacker Nick Jackson (6) during the fourth quarter at Scott Stadium. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
October 1988; Lincoln; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Tom Osborne on the sidelines during the 1988 season at Memorial Stadium. Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 4, 2004; Pasadena, California; USC running back #5 Reggie Bush outraces the UCLA defense on his way to an 81-yard touchdown run during the Trojans’ 29-24 win over the Bruins on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Joe Robbins-USA TODAY Sports.
Jan. 1, 1986; Miami; Penn State Nittany Lions running back D.J. Dozier (42) carries the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners during the 1986 National Championship game at the Orange Bowl. The Sooners won the game 25-10. RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 27, 1998; Austin; Texas Longhorns running back Ricky Williams (34) breaking a 60 yard run for a touchdown to break the NCAA rushing record against Texas A&M Aggies. RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports
Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden waves to fans along the parade route Thursday afternoon. Thursday afternoon the city of Jacksonville hosted the Winn-Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade with Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden serving as the Grand Marshal. The parade route was filled with Florida State University and West Virginia fans here for Friday’s bowl match up. The Florida Times-Union/Bob Self
Jan. 15, 2022; Athens; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart holds up the AFCA National Championship Trophy at the Georgia Bulldogs National Championship Celebration at Sanford Stadium. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Dec. 7, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia; LSU Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) runs the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first quarter in the 2019 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 28, 1995; Knoxville; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Peyton Manning (16) runs out of the tunnel against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 1995 season at Neyland Stadium. RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 1, 1989; Miami, Florida; Miami Hurricanes head coach Jimmy Johnson is surrounded by reporters after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1989 Orange Bowl. USA TODAY Sports
Jan. 8, 2007; Glendale, Arizona; Florida Gators quarterback (15) Tim Tebow runs with the ball against Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker James Laurinaitis (33) in the second half of the BCS National Championship game at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Florida won the game 41-14. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Nov. 13, 2010; Auburn, Alabama; Auburn Tigers quarterback Cameron Newton (2) scores a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan Hare Stadium. Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Oct. 24, 1987; Pasadena, California; UCLA Bruins quarterback Troy Aikman (8) in action against the California Golden Bears during the 1987 season at the Rose Bowl. Long Photography-USA TODAY Sports
Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III avoids a tackle by Michigan’s R.J. Moten during his touchdown run during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
Nov. 23, 2012; Fayetteville; Arkansas Razorbacks former head football coach and athletic director Frank Broyles and current athletic director Jeff Long call the hogs during a dedication ceremony before the start of a game against the Louisiana State Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. A seven and a half foot statue weighing more than 700 pounds was dedicated to Broyles who served the University of Arkansas for more than 50 years in his career. Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports
Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the Mississippi Rebels calls an audible against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the SBC Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2, 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. ‘Ole Miss defeated Oklahoma State 31-28. Brian Bahr/Getty Images
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Clemson running back Darien Rencher (21), left, linebacker James Skalski (47), defensive coordinator Brent Venables , and head coach Dabo Swinney smile during the alma mater after Clemson beat Syracuse 17-14 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, center, reacts during a NCAA college football game in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl against Kentucky, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Oct. 31, 1992; Seattle; Washington Huskies head coach Don James on the field prior to the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Husky Stadium. USA TODAY Sports
Sept. 19, 1992; Columbia, Missouri; Texas A&M Aggies head coach R.C. Slocum and his team emerging from the tunnel at the game against Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. USA TODAY Sports
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