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, in partnership with USA Today and Amway, awards the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy to the No. 1-ranked team in the final Amway 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 Amway 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 made up of 65 head coaches at Bowl Subdivision schools. All are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The board for the 2017 season:

Major Applewhite, Houston; David Bailiff, Rice; David Beaty, Kansas; Bret Bielema, Arkansas; Craig Bohl, Wyoming; John Bonamego, Central Michigan; Terry Bowden, Akron; Jeff Brohm, Purdue; Matt Campbell, Iowa State; Rod Carey, Northern Illinois; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Butch Davis, Florida International; Dave Doeren, North Carolina State; DJ Durkin, Maryland; Shawn Elliott, Georgia State; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Luke Fickell, Cincinnati; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; P.J. Fleck, Minnesota; James Franklin, Penn State; Willie Fritz, Tulane; Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech; Bryan Harsin, Boise State; Clay Helton, Southern California; Tom Herman, Texas; Doc Holliday, Marshall; Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana-Lafayette; Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech; Joey Jones, South Alabama; Mike Leach, Washington State; Lance Leipold, Buffalo; Tim Lester, Western Michigan; Seth Littrell, North Texas; Rocky Long, San Diego State; Mike MacIntyre, Colorado; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; Derek Mason, Vanderbilt; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Jeff Monken, Army; Philip Montgomery, Tulsa; Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina; Jim Mora, UCLA; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh; Ken Niumatalolo, Navy; Barry Odom, Missouri; Gary Patterson, TCU; Mike Riley, Nebraska; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Nick Rolovich, Hawaii; Nick Saban, Alabama; Tony Sanchez, UNLV; Mike Sanford Jr., Western Kentucky; Scott Satterfield, Appalachian State; Bill Snyder, Kansas State; Frank Solich, Ohio; Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee; Mark Stoops, Kentucky; Tyson Summers, Georgia Southern; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; Matt Wells, Utah State; Mark Whipple, Massachusetts; Kyle Whittingham, Utah; Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion; Everett Withers, Texas State.

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 (record)PointsLast week’s rankFirst-place votes
1Alabama (12-0)1599163
2Clemson (12-0)153621
3Notre Dame (12-0)146930
4Georgia (11-1)139850
5Oklahoma (11-1)132460
6Ohio State (11-1)1292100
7Central Florida (11-0)120090
8Michigan (10-2)104140
9Texas (9-3)939110
10Florida (9-3)937130
11Washington (9-3)921160
12Penn State (9-3)889140
13Washington State (10-2)82970
14LSU (9-3)82180
15Kentucky (9-3)634180
16West Virginia (8-3)621120
17Utah (9-3)610170
18Syracuse (9-3)499190
19Mississippi State (8-4)460200
20Boise State (10-2)375220
21Northwestern (8-4)363210
22Texas A&M (8-4)295not ranked0
23Fresno State (10-2)157230
24Utah State (10-2)130150
25Army (9-2)119240

Dropped out: No. 25 Pittsburgh (7-5).

Others receiving votes: Iowa State (7-4) 103; Cincinnati (10-2) 82; North Carolina State (8-3) 55; Missouri (8-4) 33; Iowa (8-4) 20; Appalachian State (9-2) 14; Pittsburgh (7-5) 13; Memphis (8-4) 6; Alabama at Birmingham (9-3) 4; Buffalo (10-2) 3; Oregon (8-4) 3; Stanford (7-4) 3; California (7-4) 1; Georgia Southern (9-3) 1; Wisconsin (7-5) 1.

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

Note: Everett Withers of Texas State is no longer participating as a voter.

*Games Played through November 25th.

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.

FCS Poll Voters

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Post-seasonHead Coach
1.North Dakota St. (26)15-06501D. No. 3 Eastern Washington, 38-24, in championshipChris Klieman
2.Eastern Washington12-36233Lost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 38-24, in championshipAaron Best
3.South Dakota St.10-35905Lost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 44-21, in semifinalsJohn Stiegelmeier
4.Kennesaw St.11-25582Lost to No. 5 South Dakota St., 27-17, in quarterfinalsBrian Bohannon
5.Maine10-452114Lost to No. 3 Eastern Washington, 50-19, in semifinalsJoe Harasymiak
6.Weber St.10-35024Lost to No. 14 Maine, 23-18, in quarterfinalsJay Hill
7.Colgate10-24927Lost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 35-0, in quarterfinalsDan Hunt
8.UC Davis10-346810Lost to No. 3 Eastern Washington, 34-29, in quarterfinalsDan Hawkins
9.Princeton10-04328Nov. 17, D. Penn, 42-14Bob Surace
10.James Madison9-44056Lost to No. 7 Colgate, 23-20, in second roundMike Houston
11.North Carolina A&T10-238811D. Alcorn St., 24-22, in Celebration BowlSam Washington
12.Wofford9-436412Lost to No. 2 Kennesaw St., 13-10, in second roundJosh Conklin
13.Jacksonville St.9-43479Lost to No. 14 Maine, 55-27, in second roundJohn Grass
14.Nicholls9-432813Lost to No. 3 Eastern Washington, 42-21, in second roundTim Rebowe
15.Dartmouth9-127515Nov. 17, D. Brown, 49-7Buddy Teevens
16.Southeast Missouri St.9-423520Lost to No. 4 Weber St., 48-23, in second roundTom Matukewicz
17.Montana St.8-519324Lost to No. 1 North Dakota St., 52-10, in second roundJeff Choate
18.Stony Brook7-516116Lost to No. 20 Southeast Missouri St., 28-14, in first roundChuck Priore
19.Elon6-515317Lost to No. 12 Wofford, 19-7, in first roundCurt Cignetti
20.San Diego9-313318Lost to No. 13 Nicholls, 49-30, in first roundDale Lindsey
21.East Tennessee St.8-412821Lost to No. 9 Jacksonville St., 34-27, in first roundRandy Sanders
22.Towson7-59219Lost to Duquesne, 31-10, in first roundRob Ambrose
23.Delaware7-58923Lost to No. 6 James Madison, 20-6, in first roundDanny Rocco
24.Duquesne9-483NRLost to No. 5 South Dakota St., 51-6, in second roundJerry Schmitt
25.Indiana St.7-47722DNQ PlayoffsCurt Mallory

Dropped Out: UIW (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Northern Iowa, 73; Alcorn St., 30; UIW, 21; Monmouth (N.J.), 17; Illinois St., 9; Lamar, 9; Rhode Island, 3; Idaho St., 1.

*Final Poll

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.Post-season ResultsHead Coach
1.Valdosta St. (Ga.) (33)14-08253D. No. 2 Ferris St. (Mich.), 49-47, in championshipKerwin Bell
2.Ferris St. (Mich.)15-17922Lost to No. 3 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 49-47, in championshipTony Annese
3. Minnesota St.13-17501Lost to No. 2 Ferris St. (Mich.), 42-25, in semifinalsTodd Hoffner
4.Notre Dame (Ohio)13-169911Lost to No. 3 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 30-24, in semifinalsMike Jacobs
5.Tarleton St. (Texas)12-16706Lost to No. 1 Minnesota St., 13-10, in quarterfinalsTodd Whitten
6.Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)12-16624Lost to No. 2 Ferris St. (Mich.), 37-14, in quarterfinalsTodd Knight
7.Colorado St.-Pueblo11-25469Lost to No. 1 Minnesota St., 24-10, in second roundJohn Wristen
8.Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)12-249717Lost to No. 3 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 61-21, in quarterfinalsDrew Cronic
9.Texas A&M-Commerce10-348215Lost to No. 6 Tarleton St. (Texas), 34-28, in second roundColby Carthel
10.Northwest Missouri St.10-347518Lost to No. 2 Ferris St. (Mich.), 27-21, in second roundRich Wright
11.Indianapolis (Ind.)10-246212Lost to No. 4 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 35-7, in second roundBob Bartoloemeo
12.Slippery Rock (Pa.)11-3412NRLost to No. 11 Notre Dame (Ohio), 21-17, in quarterfinalsShawn Lutz
13.Minnesota-Duluth11-14085Lost to No. 15 Texas A&M-Commerce, 33-17, in first roundCurt Wiese
14.Grand Valley St. (Mich.)10-23957Lost to No. 18 Northwest Missouri St., 42-17, in first roundMatt Mitchell
15.Hillsdale (Mich.)10-330123Lost to No. 11 Notre Dame (Ohio), 19-14, in second roundKeith Otterbein
16.West Georgia10-229310Lost to Wingate (N.C.), 41-31, in first roundDavid Dean
17.West Chester (Pa.)10-12818Lost to New Haven (Conn.), 35-28, in first roundBill Zwaan
18.Colorado School of Mines10-225614Lost to No. 10 Colorado St.-Pueblo, 37-17, in first roundGregg Brandon
19.Bowie St. (Md.)10-323225Lost to No. 3 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 66-16, in second roundDamon Wilson
20.Harding (Ark.)9-322921Lost to No. 2 Ferris St. (Mich.), 21-19, in first roundPaul Simmons
21.LIU-Post (N.Y.) 10-118913Lost to Slippery Rock (Pa.), 20-14, in first roundBryan Collins
22.Fort Hays St. (Kan.)9-318019Lost to No. 12 Indianapolis (Ind.), 38-27, in first roundChris Brown
23.New Haven (Conn.)9-3177NRLost to Slippery Rock (Pa.), 59-20, in second roundChris Pincince
24.Wingate (N.C.)9-4137NRLost to No. 17 Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 21-17, in second roundJoe Reich
25.Midwestern St. (Texas)8-211916DNQ PlayoffsBill Maskill

Dropped Out: Kutztown (Pa.) (20), Ohio Dominican (22), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Kutztown (Pa.), 105; West Alabama, 43; Ohio Dominican, 32; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 21; Fairmont St. (W.Va.), 14; Missouri S&T, 11; Florida Tech, 8; Indiana (Pa.), 7; Pittsburg St. (Kan.), 6; Chadron St. (Neb.), 3; Central Washington, 2; Virginia Union, 2; Ashland (Ohio), 1; Tiffin (Ohio), 1.

Final Poll

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.Post-season ResultsHead Coach
1.Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) (50)15-012502D. No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 24-16, in Stagg BowlPete Fredenburg
2.Mount Union (Ohio)14-111971Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 24-16, in Stagg BowlVince Kehres
3.Wisconsin-Whitewater13-111184Lost to No 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 31-14, in semifinalsKevin Bullis
4.St. John’s (Minn.)12-110905Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 21-18, in quarterfinalsGary Fasching
5.Johns Hopkins (Md.)12-2106513Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 28-20, in semifinalsJim Margraff
6.Bethel (Minn.)11-290915Lost to No. 4 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 26-12, in quarterfinalsSteve Johnson
7.Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)9-28157Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 27-6, in first roundJesse Burleson
8.Frostburg St. (Md.)10-17886Lost to No. 13 Johns Hopkins (Md.), 58-27, in second roundDeLane Fitzgerald
9.North Central (Ill.)10-27849Lost to No. 15 Bethel (Minn.), 27-24, in second roundJeff Thorne
10.Muhlenberg (Pa.)11-276022Lost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 38-10, in quarterfinalsNate Milne
11.Brockport (N.Y.)11-17553Lost to No. 23 Rensselaer (N.Y.), 21-13, in second roundJason Mangone
12.Rensselaer (N.Y.)10-270023Lost to No. 13 Johns Hopkins (Md.), 37-14, in quarterfinalsRalph Isernia
13.Whitworth (Wash.)10-169211tLost to No. 5 St. John’s (Minn.), 45-24, in second roundRod Sandberg
14.John Carroll (Ohio)9-24288Lost to Randolph-Macon (Va.), 23-20, in first roundRick Finotti
15.Centre (Ky.)10-2427NRLost to No. 1 Mount Union (Ohio), 51-35, in second roundAndy Frye
16t.Berry (Ga.)10-242518Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 75-9, in second roundTony Kunczewski
16t.Delaware Valley (Pa.)9-242511tLost to No. 22 Muhlenberg (Pa.), 20-13, in first roundDuke Greco
18.St. Thomas (Minn.)8-233219DNQ PlayoffsGlenn Caruso
19.Trine (Ind.)10-131910Lost to St. Norbert (Wis.), 31-7, in first roundTroy Abbs
20.Wittenberg (Ohio)9-125116DNQ PlayoffsJoe Fincham
21.St. Norbert (Wis.)10-2247NRLost to No. 4 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 54-21, in second roundDan McCarty
22.Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)9-223314Lost to Centre (Ky.), 54-13, in first roundMike Sirianni
23.Wabash (Ind.)9-123117DNQ PlayoffsDon Morel
24.Randolph-Macon (Va.)9-3225NRLost to No. 22 Muhlenberg (Pa.), 35-6, in second roundPedro Arruza
25.Illinois Wesleyan8-221021DNQ PlayoffsNorm Eash

Dropped Out: Linfield (Ore.) (20), Wheaton (Ill.) (24), Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) (25)

Others Receiving Votes: Linfield (Ore.), 173; Wheaton (Ill.), 97; Wartburg (Iowa), 64; Baldwin Wallace (Ohio), 40; Wisconsin-La Crosse, 39; Framingham St. (Mass.), 27; Denison (Ohio), 21; Washington (Mo.), 17; Salisbury (Md.), 14; Case Western Reserve (Ohio), 12; Trinity (Conn.), 12; Wesley (Del.), 9; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), 8; Hanover (Ind.), 6; MIT (Mass.), 6; Southwestern (Tex.), 5; Western New England (Mass.), 5; Amherst (Mass.), 4; Monmouth (Ill.), 4; Eureka (Ill.), 3; Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 3; Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), 2; Ithaca (N.Y.), 1; Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), 1; Trinity (Tex.), 1.

*Final Poll

 

Coaches Poll Archives