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 AFCA USA Today FBS Coaches Poll is comprised of 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
2018
Clemson
Dabo Swinney
2019
LSU
Ed Orgeron
2020
Alabama
Nick Saban
2021
Georgia
Kirby Smart
RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.
1Georgia (62)14-115503
2Alabama13-214881
3Michigan12-213982
4Cincinnati13-113464
5Ohio State11-212797
6Baylor12-212756
7Oklahoma State12-211979
8Michigan State11-2106610
9Notre Dame11-210285
10Oklahoma11-299413
11Mississippi10-39098
12Utah10-487711
13Pittsburgh11-374212
14Wake Forest11-360919
15Kentucky10-359220
16Clemson10-352822
17Houston12-251021
18Louisiana-Lafayette13-150217
19North Carolina State9-345318
20Arkansas9-435424
21Oregon10-433615
22Brigham Young10-328414
23Iowa10-427616
24Utah State11-3142NR
25Texas A&M8-413323

Dropped out: No. 25 Texas-San Antonio (12-2).

Others receiving votes: San Diego State (12-2) 114; Wisconsin (9-4) 75; Air Force (10-3) 42; Minnesota (9-4) 23; Texas-San Antonio (12-2) 11; Coastal Carolina (11-2) 7; Purdue (9-4) 6; Fresno State (10-3) 3; Army (9-4) 1.

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.Post-seasonHead Coach
1North Dakota St. (24)14-16003D. No. 9 Montana St., 38-10, in championshipMatt Entz
2Montana St.12-35719Lost to No. 3 North Dakota St., 38-10, in championshipBrent Vigen
3James Madison12-25482Lost to No. 3 North Dakota St., 20-14, in semifinalsCurt Cignetti
4Sam Houston11-15201Lost to No. 9 Montana St., 42-19, in quarterfinalsK.C. Keeler
5South Dakota St.11-447111Lost to No. 9 Montana St., 31-17, in semifinalsJohn Stiegelmeier
6Montana10-34705Lost to No. 2 James Madison, 28-6, in quarterfinalsBobby Hauck
7East Tennessee St.11-24388Lost to No. 3 North Dakota St., 27-3, in quarterfinalsRandy Sanders
8Villanova10-34357Lost to No. 11 South Dakota St., 35-21, in quarterfinalsMark Ferrante
9Eastern Washington10-34166Lost to No. 5 Montana, 57-41, in second roundAaron Best
10Kennesaw St.11-23994Lost to No. 8 Tennessee St., 32-31, in second roundBrian Bohannon
11Sacramento St.9-335812Lost to No. 11 South Dakota St., 24-19, in second roundTroy Taylor
12UT Martin10-330713Lost to No. 9 Montana St., 26-7, in second roundJason Simpson
13UIW10-329715Lost to No. 1 Sam Houston, 49-42, in second roundEric Morris
14Missouri St.8-427610Lost to No. 13 UT Martin, 32-31, in first roundBobby Petrino
15Southeastern Louisiana9-424817Lost to No. 2 James Madison, 59-20, in second roundFrank Scelfo
16UC Davis8-420516Lost to No. 11 South Dakota St., 56-24, in first roundDan Hawkins
17Southern Illinois8-520323Lost to No. 3 North Dakota St., 38-7, in second roundNick Hill
18Stephen F. Austin8-418819Lost to No. 15 UIW, 35-28 OT, in first roundColby Carthel
19Jackson St.11-213614Lost to South Carolina St., 31-10, in Celebration BowlDeion Sanders
20South Dakota7-513320tLost to No. 23 Southern Illinois, 22-10, in first roundBob Nielson
21Princeton9-113018DNQ PlayoffsBob Surace
22Holy Cross10-311724Lost to No. 7 Villanova, 21-16, in second roundBob Chesney
23Dartmouth9-18920tDNQ PlayoffsBuddy Teevens
24Florida A&M9-38822Lost to No. 17 Southeastern Louisiana, 38-14, in first roundWillie Simmons
25Northern Iowa6-66225Lost to No. 6 Eastern Washington, 19-9, in first roundMark Farley

Dropped Out: None

 

Others Receiving Votes: Davidson, 20; Sacred Heart, 18; South Carolina St., 17; Eastern Kentucky, 13; Mercer, 9; Monmouth (N.J.), 6; Chattanooga, 5; Harvard, 4; Columbia, 1; Elon, 1; Rhode Island, 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.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Post-seasonHead Coach
1Ferris St. (Mich.) (30)14-07501D. No. 5 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 58-17, in national championshipTony Annese
2Valdosta St. (Ga.)12-27205Lost to No. 1 Ferris St. (Mich.), 58-17, in national championshipGary Goff
3Colorado School of Mines12-26519Lost to No. 5 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 34-31, in semifinalsGregg Brandon
4Northwest Missouri St.11-26463Lost to No. 1 Ferris St. (Mich.), 41-20, in quarterfinalsRich Wright
5Shepherd (W.Va.)13-26268Lost to No. 1 Ferris St. (Mich.), 55-7, in semifinalsErnie McCook
6Bowie St. (Md.)12-254510Lost to No. 5 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 41-17, in quarterfinalsDamon Wilson
7Grand Valley St. (Mich.)10-25214Lost to No. 1 Ferris St. (Mich.), 50-24, in second roundMatt Mitchell
8Kutztown (Pa.)11-249712Lost to No. 8 Shepherd (W.Va.), 30-28, in quarterfinalsJim Clements
9Notre Dame (Ohio)11-24546Lost to No. 8 Shepherd (W.Va.), 38-34, in second roundMickey Mental
10Harding (Ark.)11-24487Lost to No. 3 Northwest Missouri St., 28-9, in second roundPaul Simmons
11Angelo St. (Tex.)11-3437NRLost to No. 9 Colorado School of Mines, 34-26, in quarterfinalsJeff Girsch
12West Florida9-24222Lost to Newberry (S.C.), 33-30 OT, in first roundPete Shinnick
13West Georgia9-341313Lost to No. 5 Valdosta St. (Ga.), 66-35, in second roundDavid Dean
14New Haven (Conn.)10-230718Lost to No. 12 Kutztown (Pa.), 10-7, in second roundChris Pincince
15Nebraska-Kearney10-330421Lost to Angelo St. (Texas), 20-7, in second roundJosh Lynn
16Western Colorado10-229311Lost to No. 21 Nebraska-Kearney, 31-24, in first roundJas Bains
17Newberry (S.C.)10-3271NRLost to No. 10 Bowie St. (Md.), 13-10, in second roundTodd Knight
18Albany St. (Ga.)10-223316Lost to No. 13 West Georgia, 23-7, in first roundGabe Giardina
19Bemidji St. (Minn.)10-3175NRLost to No. 9 Colorado School of Mines, 55-6, in second roundBrent Bolte
20Slippery Rock (Pa.)9-316619Lost to No. 6 Notre Dame (Ohio), 33-25, in first roundShawn Lutz
21California (Pa.)9-113514DNQ PlayoffsGary Dunn
22Frostburg St. (Md.)10-113415DNQ PlayoffsDeLane Fitzgerald
23Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)9-210117DNQ PlayoffsTodd Knight
24Bentley (Mass.)9-29720Lost to No. 18 New Haven (Conn.), 38-13, in first roundBill Kavanaugh
25Washburn (Kan.)9-38424Lost to No. 7 Harding (Ark.), 30-14, in first roundCraig Schurig

 

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.

RankSchool (1st votes)Rec.Pts.Prev.Post-seasonHead Coach
1Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.) (47)15-011752D. No. 1 North Central (Ill.), 57-24, in national championshipPete Fredenburg
2North Central (Ill.)13-111261Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 57-24, in national championshipJeff Thorne
3Wisconsin-Whitewater13-110713Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 24-7, in semifinalsKevin Bullis
4Mount Union (Ohio)13-110374Lost to No. 1 North Central (Ill.), 26-13, in semifinalsGeoff Dartt
5Linfield (Ore.)11-19606Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 49-24, in quarterfinalsJoseph Smith
6Central (Iowa)12-189010Lost to No. 3 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 51-21, in quarterfinalsJeff McMartin
7Muhlenberg (Pa.)11-284213Lost to No. 4 Mount Union (Ohio), 35-29 OT, in quarterfinalsNate Milne
8St. John’s (Minn.)11-18225Lost to No. 6 Linfield (Ore.), 31-28, in second roundGary Fasching
9Wheaton (Ill.)10-27279Lost to No. 10 Central (Iowa), 30-28, in second roundJesse Scott
10Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)9-16958DNQ PlayoffsJesse Burleson
11Delaware Valley (Pa.)11-16757Lost to No. 13 Muhlenberg (Pa.), 14-0, in second roundDuke Greco
12Wisconsin-La Crosse9-362515Lost to No. 1 North Central (Ill.), 34-20, in second roundMatt Janus
13Johns Hopkins (Md.)10-257616Lost to No. 4 Mount Union (Ohio), 45-35, in second roundGreg Chimera
14Rensselaer (N.Y.)11-256820Lost to No. 1 North Central (Ill.), 55-6, in quarterfinalsRalph Isernia
15Trinity (Tex.)9-156614Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 13-3, in first roundJerheme Urban
16Cortland (N.Y.)11-149112Lost to No. 20 Rensselaer (N.Y.), 21-14, in second roundCurt Fitzpatrick
17Salisbury (Md.)8-240711Lost to No. 16 Johns Hopkins (Md.), 45-20, in first roundSherman Wood
18Bethel (Minn.)8-338917Lost to No. 10 Central (Iowa), 61-35, in first roundSteve Johnson
19Birmingham-Southern (Ala.)10-237619Lost to No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Tex.), 42-7, in second roundTony Joe White
20Randolph-Macon (Va.)9-120618DNQ PlayoffsPedro Arruza
21Redlands (Calif.)8-217621Lost to No. 6 Linfield (Ore.), 44-10, in first roundJim Good
22Wisconsin-River Falls9-216025D. Washington (Mo.), 48-27, in Culver’s Isthmus BowlMatt Walker
23Lake Forest (Ill.)10-112022Lost to No. 5 St. John’s (Minn.), 41-14, in first roundJim Catanzaro
24Ithaca (N.Y.)8-211624DNQ PlayoffsDan Swanstrom
25Albion (Mich.)9-210923Lost to No. 15 Wisconsin-La Crosse, 58-23, in first roundDustin Beurer

Dropped Out: None

 

Others Receiving Votes: DePauw (Ind.), 102; Aurora (Ill.), 54; Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 30; Merchant Marine (N.Y.), 28; Baldwin Wallace (Ohio), 20; Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), 15; Hobart (N.Y.), 13; Susquehanna (Pa.), 13; Union (N.Y.), 13; Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), 12; Springfield (Mass.), 12; Huntingdon (Ala.), 10; Coe (Iowa), 9; Washington & Lee (Va.), 8; Williams (Mass.), 7; John Carroll (Ohio), 6; Endicott (Mass.), 5; Heidelberg (Pa.), 4; Wabash (Ind.), 4; Ohio Wesleyan, 2; Methodist (N.C.), 1; Rose-Hulman (Ind.), 1; Wartburg (Iowa), 1.

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