ESPN researcher's stat shows just how historic Alabama's current decade run has been
Alabama has held a decade-plus of dominance in college football, and that’s been reflected in the Associated Press poll.
ESPN researcher Chris Fallica dissected the number of weeks Alabama has been at No. 1 since 2008, which he found is 87 weeks. Of the 1,150 editions, the Crimson Tide’s current run since 2008 would be the sixth-highest all-time total.
In a rundown of college football bluebloods, Alabama remains No. 1 overall with 118, followed by Ohio State and Oklahoma at 105 and 101.
The AP poll began on Oct. 19, 1936, and is the longest-running poll of those that award national titles at the end of the season. The preseason poll was started in 1950. A panel of 62 sports writers and broadcasters from around the country votes on the poll weekly.
Clemson was ranked No. 1 in the final poll last season after the Tigers knocked off the Crimson Tide in the national championship. The Tigers also opened this season ranked No. 1 in the coaches poll.
The preseason AP poll will be released at noon Eastern on Aug. 19.
If you took the number of weeks (87) Alabama has been No. 1 since 2008, it would be the 6th highest total all-time in the 1,150 editions of the AP Poll.
Most Weeks Spent at No. 1
Ohio St 105
Notre Dame 98
Alabama since 2008 87
— Chris Fallica (@chrisfallica) August 13, 2019