American Football Coaches Association Coaches Poll
Overview

Since 1950, the AFCA has conducted a weekly Top 20/Top 25 poll during the college football season. The AFCA awards the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy to the No. 1-ranked team in the final FBS Coaches Poll each season. The head coach of the No. 1-ranked team receives the trophy at the American Football Coaches Awards show in early January.

Format

The FBS Coaches Poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at FBS schools. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the AFCA their willingness to participate. Each coach submits a Top 25 with a first-place vote worth 25 points, second place 24, and so on down to one point for 25th.

The Amway Board of Coaches is 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association.

The board for the 2020 season: Dino Babers, Syracuse; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; Neal Brown, West Virginia; Troy Calhoun, Air Force; Matt Campbell, Iowa State; Steve Campbell, South Alabama; Jason Candle, Toledo; Jamey Chadwell, Coastal Carolina; Paul Chryst, Wisconsin; Geoff Collins, Georgia Tech; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Butch Davis, Florida International; Manny Diaz, Miami (Fla.); Dana Dimel, Texas-El Paso; Sonny Dykes, Southern Methodist; Luke Fickell, Cincinnati; Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern; James Franklin, Penn State; Hugh Freeze, Liberty; Willie Fritz, Tulane; Scott Frost, Nebraska; Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech; Todd Graham, Hawaii; Jeff Hafley, Boston College; Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois; Bryan Harsin, Boise State; Will Healy, Charlotte; Clay Helton, Southern California; Tyson Helton, Western Kentucky; Tom Herman, Texas; Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech; Mike Houston, East Carolina; Brian Kelly, Notre Dame; Chris Klieman, Kansas State; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Tim Lester, Western Michigan; Seth Littrell, North Texas; Mike Locksley, Maryland; Scot Loeffler, Bowling Green; Chad Lunsford, Georgia Southern; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Doug Martin, New Mexico State; Jeff Monken, Army; Dan Mullen, Florida; Billy Napier, Louisiana-Lafayette; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Jay Norvell, Nevada; Ed Orgeron, LSU; Gary Patterson, TCU; Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee; Nick Saban, Alabama; Scott Satterfield, Louisville; Jeff Scott, South Florida; Kirby Smart, Georgia; Lovie Smith, Illinois;  Jonathan Smith, Oregon State; Frank Solich, Ohio; Jake Spavital, Texas State; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Kevin Sumlin, Arizona; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Mel Tucker, Michigan State; Matt Wells, Texas Tech; Kyle Whittingham, Utah.

1950
Oklahoma
Bud Wilkinson
1951
Tennessee
Robert Neyland
1952
Michigan State
Biggie Munn
1953
Maryland
Jim Tatum
1954
UCLA
Red Sanders
1955
Oklahoma
Bud Wilkinson
1956
Oklahoma
Bud Wilkinson
1957
Ohio State
Woody Hayes
1958
LSU
Paul Dietzel
1959
Syracuse
Ben Schwartzwalder
1960
Minnesota
Murray Warmath
1961
Alabama
Bear Bryant
1962
USC
John McKay
1963
Texas
Darrell Royal
1964
Alabama
Bear Bryant
1965
Michigan State
Duffy Daugherty
1966
Notre Dame
Ara Parseghian
1967
USC
John McKay
1968
Ohio State
Woody Hayes
1969
Texas
Darrell Royal
1970
Texas
Darrell Royal
1971
Nebraska
Bob Devaney
1972
USC
John McKay
1973
Alabama
Bear Bryant
1974
USC
John McKay
1975
Oklahoma
Barry Switzer
1976
Pittsburgh
Johnny Majors
1977
Notre Dame
Dan Devine
1978
USC
John Robinson
1979
Alabama
Bear Bryant
1980
Georgia
Vince Dooley
1981
Clemson
Danny Ford
1982
Penn State
Joe Paterno
1983
Miami (FL)
Howard Schnellenberger
1984
BYU
LaVell Edwards
1985
Oklahoma
Barry Switzer
1986
Penn State
Joe Paterno
1987
Miami (FL)
Jimmy Johnson
1988
Notre Dame
Lou Holtz
1989
Miami (FL)
Dennis Erickson
1990
Georgia Tech
Bobby Ross
1991
Washington
Don James
1992
Alabama
Gene Stallings
1993
Florida State
Bobby Bowden
1994
Nebraska
Tom Osborne
1995
Nebraska
Tom Osborne
1996
Florida
Steve Spurrier
1997
Nebraska
Tom Osborne
1998
Tennessee
Phil Fulmer
1999
Florida State
Bobby Bowden
2000
Oklahoma
Bob Stoops
2001
Miami (FL)
Larry Coker
2002
Ohio State
Jim Tressel
2003
LSU
Nick Saban
2004
USC
Pete Carroll
2005
Texas
Mack Brown
2006
Florida
Urban Meyer
2007
LSU
Les Miles
2008
Florida
Urban Meyer
2009
Alabama
Nick Saban
2010
Auburn
Gene Chizik
2011
Alabama
Nick Saban
2012
Alabama
Nick Saban
2013
Florida State
Jimbo Fisher
2014
Ohio State
Urban Meyer
2015
Alabama
Nick Saban
2016
Clemson
Dabo Swinney
2017
Alabama
Nick Saban
RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.
1Georgia (62)11-015501
2Alabama10-114502
3Ohio State10-114284
4Cincinnati11-013883
5Notre Dame10-112586
6Michigan10-112507
7Oklahoma State10-112109
8Mississippi9-2104910
9Oklahoma10-1101011
10Baylor9-297713
11Oregon9-28645
12Iowa9-272214
13Michigan State9-26988
14Texas A&M8-368316
15Brigham Young9-267515
16Houston10-157217
17Pittsburgh9-250719
18Wisconsin8-348520
19Utah8-347825
20Texas-San Antonio11-047518
21Wake Forest9-240412
22San Diego State10-125723
23Louisiana-Lafayette10-123621
24North Carolina State8-319624
25Kentucky8-391NR

Dropped out: No. 22 Arkansas (7-4).

Others receiving votes: Arkansas (7-4) 67; Clemson (8-3) 56; Mississippi State (7-4) 42; Penn State (7-4) 22; Appalachian State (9-2) 20; Purdue (7-4) 10; Coastal Carolina (9-2) 9; Air Force (8-3) 9; Oregon State (7-4) 2.

Overview

In response to overwhelming support by NCAA FCS coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a FCS Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 2018. Prior to 2018, the  NCAA FCS Coaches Poll was administered by the Southern Conference. The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the NCAA playoffs.

Format

The FCS  poll follows the same basic format as the Amway Coaches Poll. The FCS Board of Coaches will have 30 voters representing all FCS football playing conferences, as well as independent schools. The FCS Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning with a preseason poll in August and will run through the final week of the regular season in November. A final poll will be released the Monday following the NCAA FCS championship game.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 12Next Game
1Sam Houston (27)10-06751D. Abilene Christian, 35-9Dec. 4 TBD
2James Madison10-16472D. Towson, 56-10Dec. 4 TBD
3North Dakota St.10-16194D. No. 16 South Dakota, 52-24Dec. 4 TBD
4Kennesaw St.10-15615D. No. 24 Monmouth (N.J.), 49-17Nov. 27 vs. Davidson
5Montana9-25567D. No. 3 Montana St., 29-10Dec. 3 TBD
6Eastern Washington9-25436D. Portland St., 42-28Nov. 27 vs. No. 25 Northern Iowa
7Villanova9-24969D. Delaware, 21-13Dec. 3 TBD
8East Tennessee St.10-147710D. No. 23 Mercer, 38-35Dec. 4 TBD
9Montana St.9-24473Lost to No. 7 Montana, 29-10Dec. 4 TBD
10Missouri St.8-340414D. Dixie St., 55-24Nov. 27 vs. No. 13 UT Martin
11South Dakota St.8-340113D. North Dakota, 24-21Nov. 27 vs. No. 16 UC Davis
12Sacramento St.9-237718D. No. 11 UC Davis, 27-7Dec. 4 TBD
13UT Martin9-23048Lost to Southeast Missouri, 31-14Nov. 27 at No. 10 Missouri St.
14Jackson St.10-130117D. Alcorn St., 24-10Dec. 4 vs. Prairie View A&M
15UIW9-226519D. Houston Baptist, 55-14Nov. 27 vs. No. 19 Stephen F. Austin
16UC Davis8-326111Lost to No. 18 Sacramento St., 27-7Nov. 27 at No. 11 South Dakota St.
17Southeastern Louisiana8-319712Lost to Nicholls, 45-42Nov. 27 vs. No. 22 Florida A&M
18Princeton9-119120D. Penn, 34-14Season Complete
19Stephen F. Austin8-317822D. Lamar, 42-6Nov. 27 at No. 15 UIW
20t.Dartmouth9-117521D. Brown, 52-31Season Complete
20t.South Dakota7-417516Lost to No. 4 North Dakota St., 52-24Nov. 27 vs. No. 23 Southern Illinois
22Florida A&M9-215625D. Bethune-Cookman, 46-21Nov. 27 at No. 17 Southeastern Louisiana
23Southern Illinois7-414415Lost to Youngstown St., 35-18Nov. 27 at No. 20t South Dakota
24Holy Cross9-280NRD. Bucknell, 45-6Nov. 27 vs. Sacred Heart
25Northern Iowa6-529NRD. Western Illinois, 41-3Nov. 27 at No. 6 Eastern Washington

Dropped Out: Mercer (23), Monmouth (N.J.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Eastern Kentucky, 26; Mercer, 26; Chattanooga, 14; Monmouth (N.J.), 12; Davidson, 8; Harvard, 8; Elon, 5; Nicholls, 5; Sacred Heart, 4; Rhode Island, 3; Maine, 2; Weber St., 2; Austin Peay, 1.

Overview

In response to overwhelming support by NCAA Division II coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 2000. Prior to 2000, there was no coaches’ polls for NCAA Division II. The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the NCAA playoffs.

Format

The Division II poll follows the same basic format as the Amway Coaches Poll. The Division II Board of Coaches will have 30 voters representing all Division II conferences, as well as independent schools. The Division II Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning with a preseason poll in August and will run through the final week of the regular season in November. A final poll will be released the Monday following the NCAA Division II championship game.

Forty-six schools spent at least one week ranked in the 2015 AFCA Division II Coaches Poll … Eight schools were ranked in the Top 25 all 13 weeks the poll was released in 2015 (Colorado State-Pueblo, Ferris State (Mich.), Minnesota State, North Alabama, Northwest Missouri State, Sioux Falls (S.D.), Texas A&M-Commerce and West Georgia) … Since the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll debuted in 2000, Grand Valley State has been ranked No. 1 for 88 weeks …

The other 13 schoolswhich have appeared No. 1 in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll are Northwest Missouri State (29 weeks), Valdosta State (25), Minnesota State (19), Pittsburg State (12), Delta State (11), Minnesota-Duluth (eight), Colorado State-Pueblo (seven), North Alabama (five), Saginaw Valley State (three), West Georgia (two), Abilene Christian (one), Central Washington (one) and North Dakota (one) … Northwest Missouri State owns the record for the most consecutive weeks ranked in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, which currently stands at 161 … Northwest Missouri State also holds the record for being ranked the most times in the AFCA Division II Coaches Poll at 203 weeks out of a possible 213 since 2000.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Week 11Next Game
1Ferris St. (Mich.) (30)10-07501D. Wayne St. (Mich.), 35-13Nov. 27 TBD
2West Florida9-17183D. No. 2 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 61-42Nov. 20 vs. Newberry (S.C.)
3Northwest Missouri St.9-16694D. Emporia St. (Kan.), 35-7Nov. 20 vs. Central Washington
4Grand Valley St. (Mich.)9-16425D. Davenport (Mich.), 42-0Nov. 20 vs. Lindenwood (Mo.)
5Valdosta St. (Ga.)9-16042Lost to No. 3 West Florida, 61-42Nov. 27 TBD
6Notre Dame (Ohio)10-15966D. Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.), 72-7Nov. 20 vs. No. 19 Slippery Rock (Pa.)
7Harding (Ark.)10-15707D. Arkansas Tech, 31-0Nov. 20 vs. No. 24 Washburn (Kan.)
8Shepherd (W.Va.)10-15378D. Clarion (Pa.), 55-0Nov. 20 vs. Findlay (Ohio)
9Colorado School of Mines10-15279D. Adams St. (Colo.), 63-0Nov. 27 TBD
10Bowie St. (Md.)10-143712D. Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 17-7Nov. 20 vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)
11Western Colorado10-140414D. Colorado St.-Pueblo, 14-7Nov. 20 vs. No. 21 Nebraska-Kearney
12Kutztown (Pa.)10-139716D. No. 10 Slippery Rock (Pa.), 38-32Nov. 27 TBD
13West Georgia8-239211D. Delta St. (Miss.), 44-7Nov. 20 at No. 16 Albany St. (Ga.)
14California (Pa.)9-135415D. Bloomsburg (Pa.), 24-9Season Complete
15Frostburg St. (Md.)10-131217D. West Liberty (W.Va.), 56-3Season Complete
16Albany St. (Ga.)9-127518D. Miles (Ala.), 31-0Nov. 20 vs. No. 13 West Georgia
17Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)9-225920D. No. 13 Henderson St. (Ark.), 31-28Regular Season Complete
18New Haven (Conn.)9-124319D. Franklin Pierce (N.H.), 34-20Nov. 20 vs. No. 20 Bentley (Mass.)
19Slippery Rock (Pa.)9-221710Lost to No. 16 Kutztown (Pa.), 38-32Nov. 20 at No. 6 Notre Dame (Ohio)
20Bentley (Mass.)9-119221D. Assumption (Mass.), 48-23Nov. 20 at No. 18 New Haven (Conn.)
21Nebraska-Kearney9-216722D. Northeastern St. (Okla.), 56-10Nov. 20 at No. 11 Western Colorado
22Henderson St. (Ark.)9-214313Lost to No. 20 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 31-28Season Complete
23Minnesota-Duluth9-211123D. Northern St. (S.D.), 49-35Nov. 20 at Angelo St. (Texas)
24Washburn (Kan.)9-29424D. Missouri Southern, 38-28Nov. 20 at No. 7 Harding (Ark.)
25Augustana (S.D.)9-26225D. Southwest Minnesota St., 55-0Nov. 20 vs. Bemidji St. (Minn.)

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Angelo St. (Texas), 27; Lindenwood (Mo.), 17; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 11; Charleston (W.Va.), 7; Colorado Mesa, 5; Bemidji St. (Minn.), 4; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 3; Newberry (S.C.), 3; Savannah St. (Ga.), 1.

Overview

In response to overwhelming support by NCAA Division III coaches, the American Football Coaches Association began publishing a Division III Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 1999.

Prior to 1999, there were no coaches’ polls for any NCAA divisions other than Football Bowl Subdivision. The NCAA had published a regional poll for Division III prior to 1999, but discontinued the poll because of changes in the selection process for the Division III playoffs that took effect in 1999.

The regional poll had been used to rank teams for consideration for the 16-team playoff tournament. But in 1999, the Division III playoffs expanded to 28 teams and the regional format was no longer used.

Format

The Division III poll follows the same basic format as the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Division III Board of Coaches will have 42 voters, representing all Division III conferences. The Division III Coaches’ Poll will be released on Mondays beginning in September and will run through the completion of the regular season in mid-November. A final poll will be released on the Monday following the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

Forty-one schools spent at least one week ranked in the Division III Coaches Poll in 2015 … Sixteen schools were ranked in the Top 25 all 10 weeks the poll was released in 2015: Mount Union (Ohio), St. Thomas (Minn.), Linfield (Ore.), Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), Wesley (Del.), Wabash (Ind.), Wheaton (Ill.), Johns Hopkins (Md.), St. John’s (Minn.), Thomas More (Ky.), Hardin-Simmons (Texas), Wartburg (Iowa), Wisconsin-Platteville, John Carroll (Ohio) … Mount Union has appeared in every Top 25 since the AFCA first released the poll in 1999 …

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had five schools ranked in the Top 25 poll at least once in 2015 (St. Thomas, Concordia-Moorhead, Bethel, St. John’s and Gustavus Adolphus) … The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) and the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) all had three schools ranked in the Top 25 this season: (Wisconsin-Whitewater, -Platteville and -Oshkosh for the WIAC; Mount Union, John Carroll and Ohio Northern for the OAC; Wesley, Rowan (N.J.) and Salisbury (Md.) for the NJAC; Wheaton, North Central (Ill.) and Illinois Wesleyan for the CCIW; and Wabash, Wittenberg (Ohio) and DePauw (Ind.) for the NCAC) … Washington & Lee (Va.) began the season unranked but was No. 16 in the final poll, which represented the largest jump by a team that wasn’t ranked in the season-opening poll.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Last WeekNext Game
1North Central (Ill.) (39)10-011581D. North Park (Ill.), 84-6Nov. 20 vs. Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)
2Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) (6)10-011172D. McMurry (Tex.), 77-3Nov. 20 vs. No. 14 Trinity (Tex.)
3Wisconsin-Whitewater (1)10-010803D. Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 56-10Nov. 20 vs. Greenville (Ill.)
4Mount Union (Ohio) (1)10-010474D. Marietta (Ohio), 37-7Nov. 20 vs. Washington & Lee (Va.)
5St. John’s (Minn.)10-09745D. No. 12 Bethel (Minn.), 29-28Nov. 20 vs. No. 22 Lake Forest (Ill.)
6Linfield (Ore.)9-09286D. Lewis & Clark (Ore.), 51-17Nov. 20 vs. No. 21 Redlands (Calif.)
7Delaware Valley (Pa.)10-08477D. Widener (Pa.), 27-0Nov. 20 vs. Anna Maria (Mass.)
8Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)9-18418D. Texas Lutheran, 65-0Season Complete
9Wheaton (Ill.)9-17969D. Millikin (Ill.), 49-7Nov. 20 vs. Aurora (Ill.)
10Central (Iowa)10-079210D. Buena Vista (Iowa), 65-6Nov. 20 vs. No. 17 Bethel (Minn.)
11Salisbury (Md.)8-167111D. William Paterson (N.J.), 38-7Nov. 20 vs. No. 16 Johns Hopkins (Md.)
12Cortland (N.Y.)10-064013D. No. 18 Ithaca (N.Y.), 28-27Nov. 20 vs. Springfield (Mass.)
13Muhlenberg (Pa.)9-157914D. Moravian (Pa.), 55-0Nov. 20 vs. Framingham St. (Mass.)
14Trinity (Tex.)9-054415D. Rhodes (Tenn.), 55-21Nov. 20 at No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.)
15Wisconsin-La Crosse8-252016D. Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 44-20Nov. 20 at No. 23 Albion (Mich.)
16Johns Hopkins (Md.)9-143617D. McDaniel (Md.), 48-7Nov. 20 at No. 11 Salisbury (Md.)
17Bethel (Minn.)8-240412Lost to No. 5 St. John’s (Minn.), 29-28Nov. 20 at No. 10 Central (Iowa)
18Randolph-Macon (Va.)9-134319D. Hampden-Sydney (Va.), 37-14Season Complete
19Birmingham-Southern (Ala.)9-133023D. Millsaps (Miss.), 49-7Nov. 20 vs. Huntingdon (Ala.)
20Rensselaer (N.Y.)9-130524D. No. 22 Union (N.Y.), 19-17Nov. 20 at Endicott (Mass.)
21Redlands (Calif.)8-122525D. California Lutheran, 56-28Nov. 20 at No. 6 Linfield (Ore.)
22Lake Forest (Ill.)10-0145NRD. Chicago (Ill.), 28-6Nov. 20 at No. 5 St. John’s (Minn.)
23Albion (Mich.)9-1134NRD. Alma (Mich.), 34-7Nov. 20 vs. No. 15 Wisconsin-La Crosse
24Ithaca (N.Y.)8-212718Lost to No. 13 Cortland (N.Y.), 28-27Season Complete
25Wisconsin-River Falls8-2109NRD. No. 20 Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 28-21Nov. 20 vs. Washington (Mo.)

Dropped Out: Wisconsin-Oshkosh (20), Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) (21), Union (N.Y.) (22)

Others Receiving Votes: Hobart (N.Y.), 27; Union (N.Y.), 26; Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 19; Merchant Marine (N.Y.), 15; Williams (Mass.), 15; Baldwin Wallace (Ohio), 11; Aurora (Ill.), 10; Coe (Iowa), 10; Westminster (Pa.), 10; Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 9; Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), 5; George Fox (Ore.), 5; John Carroll (Ohio), 5; Susquehanna (Pa.), 4; DePauw (Ind.), 3; Methodist (N.C.), 3; Ohio Wesleyan, 3; Heidelberg (Pa.), 2; Hope (Mich.), 1.

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