CFB AP Poll

College football season has certainly had its ups and downs, and in the weeks leading up to the end of the season, the AP poll rankings also had a bit of a rollercoaster ride as well – with a few exceptions. While Alabama spent most of the season at No. 1 (until the last two weeks), other teams weren’t quite as consistent. Let’s take a look.

Ranking ‘Em High

The Alabama Crimson Tide, as mentioned, spent the overwhelming majority of the season at the top of the AP poll standings, only dropping out of the No. 1 spot in week 14 (to No. 5) and gaining a spot in week 15 (to No. 4). The other three teams in this year’s college playoff haven’t been quite as consistent all season long, at least according to the AP Poll.

Let’s take a look at the team that nabbed the final No. 2 spot – the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma was in the top four over the last month of the season, but before that, they spent some time a little farther south. Week 7, for example, found the Sooners ranked No. 12, followed by No. 9, No. 10, and then No. 8. The last four weeks, however, saw them sitting pretty at No. 3 for two weeks, before finally moving into the No. 2 spot on the final week of the season.

The Georgia Bulldogs are another team that didn’t spend a lot of time near the top until they started to heat up just as the season winded down. They started off week 1 at No. 15 and slowly but surely navigated their way near the top of the pack. They first reached No. 3 in week 8, and while they bounced around a bit after that (reaching No. 2 in weeks 10 and 11 before dropping down to No. 7 in weeks 12 and 13), they found their way back to the No. 3 spot by week 15.

The Clemson Tigers nabbed the No.1 ranking at the end of the season, but they too spent some time bouncing around the rankings as the season progressed. They were ranked No. 5 at the beginning of the season (week 1) and slowly crept up into the top three, where they remained until week 7. They then fell to No. 7, but didn’t stay there long (nor did they fall below that point during the season). In week 11, they were ranked No. 4, and in week 14, they landed in the No. 1 spot, which is where they remained until the season was over.  

Make It Rain … With Total Points

When we look at a season-long accumulation of points, it’s immediately apparent why Alabama spent most of the season atop the poll – they amassed over 22,200 points, and over 2,000 more than Clemson, who followed right behind them in overall points.

Points are awarded weekly by the AP poll voters (a panel of 61 sportswriters from around the country who vote in the poll every week). Teams receive 25 points for each first-place vote, then 24 for the second, and 23 for the third, all the way down to 1 point for teams who get a 25th place vote. Alabama, then, got the most first-place votes all season long but ended the season ranked No. 4.

Oklahoma received the third most points of the season, racking up over 19,100 points. Georgia was fourth in this category, with over 17,600 points, followed by Penn State (17,559 points), Wisconsin (17,318 points), Ohio State (16,934 points), and Washington (14,542 points).

Seeking a Championship Victory

The College Football Playoff began Jan. 1, 2017 with a couple of semifinal bowl games. The Allstate Sugar Bowl saw the Alabama Crimson Tide (No. 4) take out the Clemson Tigers (No. 1), while the Georgia Bulldogs (No. 3) defeated the Oklahoma Sooners (No. 2) in the Rose Bowl.

The College Football Playoff National Championship takes place on Jan. 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will compete to win the national title.

This format is relatively new in college football. This will only be the fourth national championship game. Interestingly, Alabama and Clemson have both played in the championship twice, when they faced each other at the end of the 2015 and 2016 seasons – Alabama won the first meeting, and Clemson the second. While this year won’t see another rematch based on the seeding, it’ll be a rousing match between two SEC powerhouses.  

Get Your Gear

Are you ready to watch your favorite college team take on the College Football Playoff National Championship? Whether you’re heading to Atlanta, hitting up a local venue to watch the game with fellow fans, or are hosting a watch party at home, make sure you’re properly attired with sweet threads from Fanatics.com.

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Best Places to Watch The Rose Bowl

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This year’s Rose Bowl will ring in the new year with a contest between the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs. Fans of Oklahoma (Big 12 champs) and Georgia (SEC champs) have a lot to be excited about (this is the first time the teams have met in the Rose Bowl), but traveling to Pasadena may not be in the cards for most fans. Where, then, can they take in the game with like-minded souls as they cheer on their favorite college football team?

Good news. Fans of either team don’t have to stray too far from campus to take in the game with their fellow students, alumni, and fans.

Oklahoma Sooners

The Mont

The Mont is a Norman institution and is located just a few blocks away from OU. Reviewers say the atmosphere is phenomenal, as is the food, but many start game day with an Original Sooner Swirl in hand.

The Garage Burgers and Beer

The Garage in Norman, Oklahoma, is a hot spot for burgers and game-watchin’. They offer traditional burgers alongside a plethora of specialities such as the Sticky Finger, which features peanut butter and jalapeno relish on a bacon cheeseburger (reviewers insist it’s amazing, even though it sounds a bit odd). Add in a fab game-watching atmosphere and terrific locale, and it may be just where you head on New Year’s Day.

Louie’s Grill and Bar

There are tons of Louie’s scattered around the OKC metro area, but for those who are on or near campus, there is one located right on the edge of the university (in fact, its location is termed “Campus Corner”). Reviewers say this is a great place to take in a game, as there are multiple TVs scattered throughout.

Georgia Bulldogs

Blind Pig Tavern

Bulldogs fans that love fried pickles – we’ve got your game day locale scouted out for some quality Rose Bowl watching. Blind Pig Tavern will definitely have the game on while you look over the menu (which includes other awesomeness aside from fried pickles – don’t worry). There are three locations to choose from, all right there in Athens.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is known for a variety of kick-ass food, including burgers, wings, and dogs. Reviewers rave about the excellent food and great service, and they’re totally all about the Bulldogs (and other Georgia teams, of course). This may be your only stop on Rose Bowl day for food, drinks, and the game.

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Bar South

Plenty of TVs make Bar South a go-to spot for the Rose Bowl. It doesn’t hurt that it has an amazing beer selection and super good food, too. They usually run specials on big game days, so belly up to the table and get well-fed while getting your Bulldogs fix as they take on the Sooners.

Food, Drinks, and Large TVs

If you’re lucky enough to be traveling to California for the Rose Bowl, or if you have other plans like checking out one of these amazing pubs (or really, hanging out at home with your best buds), be sure to check out the vast selection of Sooners and Bulldogs gear at Fanatics.

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Top College Football Stadiums of 2011

College football is quickly approaching. No matter what team you root for on gameday, we recommend visiting these Top College Football Stadiums for the 2011 NCAA season! The following list takes into account scenic views, current stadium capacity, past lists of top stadiums, unique facts about each, and overall game-day atmosphere.

#20 Falcon Stadium, US Air Force Academy

Falcon Stadium

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Capacity: 46,692

Unique Facts

  • Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains is the gameday backdrop
  • The mascot is a peregrine falcon named “Mach 1,” which means the speed of sound – the peregrine can fly at a speed of 200 miles per hour and dives over the heads of Air Force fans
  • 2nd highest elevation in Division I-A football – over 6,620 feet above sea level

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#19 Folsom Field, University of Colorado

Folsom Field

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Capacity: 53,613

Unique Facts

  • Another high elevation – 3rd highest elevation in NCAA football – 5,360 feet above sea level
  • Flatiron mountain range is the background setting
  • A massive recycling effort in 2008 made it the first “zero-waste” stadium in the NCAA

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#18 LaVell Edwards Stadium, Brigham Young University

LaVell Edwards Stadium

Location: Provo, Utah

Capacity: 63,725

Unique Facts

  • Mt. Timpanogos and Wasatch Mountain Range are the background views
  • Part of the largest collection of North American fossils were stored under the bleachers until 2005 – now displayed in the university’s museum
  • Previously known as Cougar Stadium, head coach LaVell Edwards retired in 2000 when the stadium was renamed

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#17 Ohio Stadium, Ohio State University

Ohio Stadium

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Capacity: 102,329

Unique Facts

  • 4th largest football stadium in the US
  • No field lights are installed. Special lighting is used during night games
  • The stadium is a concert venue to some of the biggest names in music like U2 and The Rolling Stones

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#16 Husky Stadium, University of Washington

Husky Stadium

Location: Seattle, Washington

Capacity: 72,500

Unique Facts

  • Open side of the stadium looks out on Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains
  • 70% of the seats are covered by metal roofs between the end zones
  • Noise level has measured 135 decibels…loudest recorded ever

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#15 Frank Howard Field at Memorial Stadium “Death Valley”, Clemson University

Frank Howard Field at Memorial Stadium

Location: Clemson, South Carolina

Capacity: 80,301

Unique Facts

  • 2nd largest stadium in the ACC
  • Hosted concerts to popular music artists like Pink Floyd and Rage Against the Machine
  • “Howard’s Rock” is a rock given to Frank Howard by a friend claiming to originally be from Death Valley, California. The rock was eventually placed in an encasement and the Clemson Army ROTC protects the rock 24 hours prior to the Clemson/SC game every year

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#14 Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn University

Jordan-Hare Stadium

Location: Auburn, Alabama

Capacity: 87,451

Unique Facts

  • Stadium is named for the winningest coach in Auburn football, Ralph “Shug” Jordan, and Cliff Hare a member of the 1st football team and president of the Southern Conference
  • 1st SEC school to install an HD video display and 2nd in the NCAA
  • Known for great gameday atmospheres and one of the more intimidating places for any opponent

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#13 Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State University

Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium

Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Capacity: 82,300

Unique Facts

  • Largest continuous structure made of brick in the US
  • Field named for head coach Bobby Bowden and stadium named for former president at time of construction
  • Bronze sculpture resembling Chief Osceola and Renegade, FSU’s mascots, stands 19′ tall outside stadium. At sunset before home games, the Marching Chiefs play as Osceola’s spear is lit on fire

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#12 Camp Randall Stadium, University of Wisconsin

Camp Randall Stadium

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Capacity: 80,321

Unique Facts

  • Oldest college football stadium – first formed in 1895 and completed in 1917
  • 5th largest stadium in the Big Ten Conference
  • Built on the Camp Randall grounds, former training camp of the Union Army during the Civil War

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#11 Tiger Stadium, Louisiana State University

Tiger Stadium, LSU

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Capacity: 92,542

Unique Facts

  • Home of the most intimidating mascot in college football, Mike The Tiger (a real tiger)
  • One of the worst places for visiting teams because of the loudest atmosphere in stadium history
  • New 27×80 HD Video Board

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#10 Michigan Stadium “The Big House”, University of Michigan

The Big House

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Capacity: 109,901

Unique Facts

  • Largest stadium in the US and 3rd largest in the world
  • First night football game in Michigan Stadium history will occur Sept 10, 2011, against Notre Dame
  • Size of gameday crowds almost matches Ann Arbor’s population

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#9 Beaver Stadium, Penn State University

Beaver Stadium, Penn State

Location: University Park, Pennsylvania

Capacity: 107,282

Unique Facts

  • 2nd largest stadium in the US and 4th largest in the world
  • The WhiteOut occurs when students wear all white during night games and the same for the WhiteHouse during day games
  • First stadium to be included in Google Street View

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#8 Sanford Stadium, University of Georgia

Sanford Stadium

Location: Athens, Georgia

Capacity: 92,746

Unique Facts

  • Privet hedges surround the field for not only cosmetic reasons, but also crowd control – originally planted in 1929, removed and restored in 1996
  • One of the best mascots, Uga, descends from the original white bulldog and has an air-conditioned doghouse with bags of ice inside
  • Field has only been rushed one time in history in 2000 when the Bulldogs beat their rival, the Tennessee Vols, for the first time since 1988 – the goal posts were also torn down

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#7 Kyle Field, Texas A&M University

Kyle Field

Location: College Station, Texas

Capacity: 83,002

Unique Facts

  • Kyle Field press box has won many honors with accomodations for hundreds of press members
  • The entire press box sways during the Aggie War Hymn
  • The Zone contains a sports museum, multiple seating levels, and a graveyard right outside for the Aggie mascot

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#6 Autzen Stadium, University of Oregon

Autzen Stadium, Oregon

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Capacity: 54,000

Unique Facts

  • One of the loudest stadiums in college football with steep stands, seats close to the field, and a roof that overhangs
  • Located near Willamette River and next to Alton Baker Park
  • 74 consecutive sellouts dating back to 1999

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#5 Memorial Stadium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Memorial Stadium

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Capacity: 81,067

Unique Facts

  • Continuous NCAA record of consecutive sellouts…now at 311
  • ‘Huskers fans are some of the most loyal in college football and the stands are always filled with a “Sea of Red”
  • The stadium name honors Nebraska natives who served during the Civil and Spanish-American Wars, as well as 751 who died in World War I

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#4 Bryant-Denny Stadium, University of Alabama

Bryant-Denny Stadium

Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Capacity: 101,821

Unique Facts

  • Originally named Denny Stadium after George Denny, former president – changed in 1975 to honor famous past head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant
  • 2nd largest stadium in the SEC and 5th largest in the US
  • In 2010, South End Zone expanded and the new seats sold out quickly prior to the 2010 season

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#3 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium “The Swamp”, University of Florida

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Location: Gainesville, Florida

Capacity: 88,548

Unique Facts

  • Can we say Home Field Advantage? The Swamp is below ground level with enclosed playing areas on every side, which makes humid climate temperatures exceed 100 degrees and screaming fans even louder
  • Large bronze statues of the three Heisman Trophy winners placed outside the stadium in April 2011: Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow
  • The Gator Chomp symbolizes an alligator’s mouth and fans use this as a gesture to support the team, occuring when the Pride of the Sunshine plays a two-note music sequence from the film Jaws

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#2 Notre Dame Stadium, University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame Stadium

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana

Capacity: 80,795

Unique Facts

  • Known as “The House That Rockne Built”, Knute Rockne was a coach who popularized the forward pass and helped the stadium’s construction project get off the ground
  • The playing surface has always consisted of natural grass
  • “Rudy”, a biographical film about Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who dreamed of playing Notre Dame football, was the first movie shot on campus since “Knute Rockne, All American”
  • First night game since 1991 will be held on October 22, 2011, against USC

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#1 Neyland Stadium, University of Tennessee

Neyland Stadium

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Capacity: 102,455

Unique Facts

  • General Robert Neyland made the Vols a football powerhouse from 1926-1952
  • One of 70 stadiums in the US bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup
  • The largest SEC stadium, 3rd largest in the US and 6th largest in the world
  • Unique endzone paint with an orange and white checkerboard
  • Located on the Tennessee River, The Volunteer Navy tailgates (or sailgates) outside of Neyland each gameday
  • “Rocky Top” is one of the most well-known, repetitively played songs during any college football game

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