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Colorado named in AP all-time college football rankings

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The first ever program rankings spans over 80 years of college football.

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The Associated Press released the first ever all-time rankings of college football programs Tuesday. The list of 100 schools was tallied by national championships and 1,100 weekly polls going back to the AP's first on Oct. 19, 1936. A total of 61 media professionals that includes former Buffs quarterback and current Fox Sports personality, Joel Klatt, determined the order based on a point system. The mathematical equation is the same used for the weekly polls conducted by the AP.

The Colorado Buffaloes were ranked No. 27 all-time, finishing 19 seasons in the top 25 and eight of them in the top 10. The highest ranking was a No. 1 finish in 1990, that resulted in a National Championship for Bill McCartney's team. Over the past 80 years, the Buffs have made 28 bowl appearances and are tied for 35th in most wins, with a .581 winning percentage. Colorado's currently in the worst decade of their 126 year history and looking to get the program back to their winning ways.

The Ohio State Buckeyes got the No. 1 ranking with 852 weekly appearances in the polls and five national championships. Urban Meyer's team was followed by No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners, and No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, rounding out the top three. The most surprising ranking was Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 4, despite winning the most national championships with ten.

The Buffs were ranked the fourth best among teams in the Pac-12 conference with No. 5 USC Trojans, No. 17 UCLA Bruins, and No. 20 Washington Huskies.

CU's longtime rival, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, found the No. 6 spot due to a great 1990's decade and appeared in 100% of the top 25 polls during that time. The Big Red was unranked only three times between 1970's-1990's with coach Tom Osborne at the helm.

The Michigan Wolverines ranked No. 7, as the first team to crack the top 25 in the course of a full decade in the 1970's. The No. 8 Texas Longhorns, No. 9 Florida State Seminoles and No. 10 Florida Gators complete the top 10 teams of all-time.

The No. 67 Air Force Falcons was the next school from the state of Colorado and No. 71 Wyoming Cowboys edged out Border War foe Colorado State Rams, who landed at No. 77.

A full list of the ranking can be found at collegefootball.ap.org. The 2016 AP preseason ranking will be released on Aug. 21.