Posted on August 3, 2016
Knoxville, Tennessee. — Tennessee football was named the No. 14 all-time program by the Associated Press on Tuesday, as the organization ranked the top 100 programs since the AP started releasing its rankings.
To determine the all-time Top 25, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point) to mark consistency, No. 1 rankings (two points) to acknowledge elite programs and gave a bonus for AP championships (10 points).
The Volunteers had a total of 624 points, ranking them fourth in the SEC behind Alabama, Florida and LSU. Tennessee appeared in over half of the all-time polls and was ranked No. 1 overall a total of 18 times.
Since the Vols’ first poll appearance in 1936, the team won two AP national championships (1951, 1998), tying for 12th all-time.
The AP has been ranking the best teams in college football since 1936. Over 80 years and 1,103 polls, a total of 165 schools have been ranked and 44 of them have been ranked No. 1.