TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Citing the program’s unprecedented run of dominance in the 1990s, the Associated Press on Tuesday placed Florida State No. 9 in its rankings of the top 100 college football programs of all time.
The All-Time AP College Football Poll, released to commemorate the 80thanniversary of the AP poll, calculated all-time AP poll appearances, AP No. 1 rankings and AP national championships to determine its rankings.
Ohio State placed No. 1, with Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama and Southern California rounding out the top five.
With 714 points, the Seminoles placed ninth, best among schools from the state of Florida (rival Florida placed 10th, Miami 13th) and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson was the ACC’s next representative at No. 22.
In its capsule describing FSU, the AP noted that, “From Nov. 11, 1990 – Sept. 9, 2001, the Seminoles were never ranked lower than 11th under coach Bobby Bowden.”
That stretch goes right through the heart of FSU’s “dynasty era,” a 14-year run in which the Seminoles won two national championships (1993, 1999) and never finished lower than No. 4 in the final AP rankings.
FSU has maintained its elite status under coach Jimbo Fisher, having won a third national title in 2013 while finishing in the AP Top 25 in each of Fisher’s six seasons and three times in the Top 10.
Florida State also enjoys a distinction as one of the youngest programs near the top of the all-time rankings. FSU is one of just three teams in the top 25 to start its football program after the turn of the 20th century – Florida and Miami are the others – and is the only top-25 team to begin after the end of World War II.
Of further note is that the Seminoles have held the No. 1 ranking 72 times, good for sixth-most all time and ahead of Texas, Michigan, Florida and Miami.