Since the start of the College Football Playoff with the 2014 season, 70 teams have been ranked at least once in the CFP Top 25 poll.
But a few have hoarded rankings spots more than others. Some have been ranked in every CFP poll (Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State), but others have been ranked only once — and a bunch more have yet to be ranked.
Going into the 2020 college football season, there have been 37 College Football Playoff polls. Eleven schools have been ranked at least 25 times.
Here are the teams that have been ranked in the CFP polls the most, per official CFP poll data.
The top spot is, not surprisingly, more exclusive. Only six teams have been ranked No. 1 — with Mississippi State the first.
Alabama has been ranked No. 1 the most, owning the top spot for almost half of the 37 CFP polls. Of the six schools to reach No. 1 at any point, four have won a CFP national title: Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State. But those No. 1 ranks during the season don’t mean success by season’s end. The Buckeyes’ three trips at the top spot all happened in 2019 — yet OSU won its CFP crown in 2014, when it never got higher than fourth.
Here’s a rundown of all the teams to take the top spot.
Also, though some teams have been ranked a bunch of weeks, it’s difficult to end up in the four-team CFP. In fact, some teams haven’t found a spot in the top 4 at all during the season.
Utah has been in 30 CFP polls but has yet to be in the top 4. The Utes, one of only six teams to appear in at least 30 CFP polls, were close in 2019, however. Utah was No. 5 as it played in the Pac-12 title game, losing to Oregon, 37-15.
In an odd twist, two of Utah’s Pac-12 rivals have reached the CFP semifinals despite getting CFP rankings at almost half the rate of the Utes’. Oregon and Washington both have 17 appearances in a CFP poll, with one semifinal appearance each.
But with only six seasons of the College Football Playoff, these numbers will surely change — and perhaps quickly.