The Poling System was a mathematical rating system used to select college football national championship teams on a current basis from 1935 to 1984. Its selections were published in the Football Review Supplement and several newspapers. The system was developed by Richard Poling, a native of Mansfield, Ohio who had played college football at Ohio Wesleyan University. While there was no official method for naming a national championship in the sport during the system's existence, it is considered to have been a "National Champion Major Selector" by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.:108
The Poling System named contemporary champions from 1935 to 1984 and retroactively named champions from 1924 to 1934.:108-109,111-114
- Teams listed in bold reflect the NCAA's designation as "Consensus National Champions" by virtue of their selection from 1950 onward by one or more selectors from Associated Press, United Press/UPI, Football Writers Association of America, NFF/College Football Hall of Fame, and USA Today.
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