Which Schools Have Appeared the Most in the College Football Playoff Rankings?

Only three schools have been ranked in every edition of the College Football Playoff rankings — Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State. That trio, plus Oklahoma, has combined for 14 of the 20 playoff berths since the College Football Playoff replaced the BCS beginning in 2014.

Here’s the list of schools that have been ranked the most in the College Football Playoff rankings, listed in order of most weeks ranked, then playoff appearances, then the highest ranking earned by the school (with the number of weeks they’ve earned their best ranking in parentheses).

The chart below isn’t a perfect way to evaluate or rank the most successful college football programs during the playoff era, but it does provide a big-picture outlook of which schools have been in the playoff discussion the most often since the start of the 2014 season.

School CFP Appearances Weeks Ranked High Rank
Alabama 5 31 1 (18)
Clemson 4 31 1 (8)
Ohio State 2 31 2 (3)
Oklahoma 3 29 2
LSU 0 27 2
Utah 0 24 10
Mississippi State 0 22 1 (3)
Notre Dame 1 21 3 (7)
Michigan State 1 20 3
Auburn 0 20 2
Wisconsin 0 20 4
Georgia 1 19 1 (2)
Florida State 1 19 2 (2)
Michigan 0 19 3 (4)
TCU 0 19 3
Penn State 0 18 5
Oklahoma State 0 18 6
Washington 1 17 4 (3)
Washington State 0 17 8 (4)
USC 0 17 8
Florida 0 17 8
Stanford 0 15 6
Northwestern 0 15 13
Baylor 0 14 5
West Virginia 0 14 9 (2)
Boise State 0 14 19
Ole Miss 0 12 4
UCF 0 12 8 (2)
Oregon 1 11 2 (5)
Louisville 0 11 5
UCLA 0 10 8
Texas A&M 0 9 4
Iowa 0 9 4
Memphis 0 9 13
Virginia Tech 0 9 13
Arizona 0 8 7
Nebraska 0 8 10
Navy 0 8 15
Iowa State 0 8 15
Arizona State 0 7 6
Kansas State 0 7 7
North Carolina 0 7 10 (2)
NC State 0 7 14
Houston 0 7 18
Miami (FL) 0 6 2
Colorado 0 6 8
Kentucky 0 6 9
Georgia Tech 0 6 11
Syracuse 0 6 12
Texas 0 6 14 (2)
Western Michigan 0 6 15
Missouri 0 6 16 (2)
Tennessee 0 6 17
Temple 0 6 22 (3)
Fresno State 0 5 21
Minnesota 0 4 18
Boston College 0 3 17
Duke 0 3 21
Pittsburgh 0 3 23
Utah State 0 2 21
Toledo 0 2 24 (2)
East Carolina 0 1 23
Cincinnati 0 1 24
Marshall 0 1 24
South Carolina 0 1 24
Virginia 0 1 25
Arkansas 0 1 25