Here is the point system for tiers:
- 5 points – National Champion. 4 points – National Championship Game Participant. 3 Points – Elite Season (Any team that finishes in the Top 5 of the Final AP Poll or any team in the Top 15 that has defeated another Elite Team). 2 Points – Big Boy Season (the non-elite top 15 teams in the final AP Poll and any top 25 team that has defeated a top 15 team). 1 point – Fringe Top 25 Season (Any team left in the top 25 or has a winning record and has defeated a top 25 team). 0 Points – Mediocre Season (any team left with a winning record or any team with a .500 record that has beaten an FBS team with a winning record). -1 Points – Weak Season (Any team left with a .500 record or a team with a losing record that has beaten an FBS team with a winning record). -2 Points – Bottom Feeder (A team with a losing record that has not beaten an FBS team with a winning record)
This ranking is the average of the 7-Year Snapshot rank and All-Time Snapshot rank (1936-2018). Current Elite Programs are listed in their school colors.
This ranking is used to determine the viability of a particular program if a new head coach were to take over this year. This ranking is listed in a column in the Head Coach Rating to measure year to year success vs. the history of the program. New coaches for 2019 will be measured against this ranking throughout their tenure at the program. It can also be used to help gauge the attractiveness of the job to head coaching candidates just based on potential for football success.