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Associated Press ranks Maryland as No. 40 football program all-time

Former Terps football coach Ralph Friedgen and members of the team stand on the sideline during the first game of the 2001 season.
Former Terps football coach Ralph Friedgen and members of the team stand on the sideline during the first game of the 2001 season. (ROBERTO BOREA / AP)

The Associated Press top 25 football poll turns 80 this season, so the AP is diving into its archives to rank the top 100 football programs of the poll's history.

The rankings are based on a formula that accounts for poll appearances, No. 1 rankings and AP national championships.

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The teams at the top of the rankings aren't surprising. Ohio State -- which has been ranked in the AP poll in 77 seasons -- leads the way, followed by Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama and Southern California. Nebraska, Michigan, Texas, Florida State and Florida round out the top 10. Pretty much what you'd expect.

Maryland checks in at No. 40 with 230 points. The five schools immediately in front of the Terps are TCU, North Carolina, Minnesota, Purdue and Missouri. Right behind them are Syracuse, Army, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and California.

Maryland captured its lone AP national title in 1953 when Jim Tatum led the Terps to a 10-0 regular season that closed with a 21-0 win over Alabama. In the postseason, Maryland lost to Oklahoma, 7-0, in the Orange Bowl.

Maryland hasn't been ranked in the AP poll since October 2013 when it held the No. 25 spot entering a 63-0 loss at Florida State. In the final 2010 poll, the Terps were ranked No. 23 after posting a 9-4 record in Ralph Friedgen's final season.

Maryland was ranked in the final AP poll 18 times, with five top-10 finishes.

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