AP football poll history and UNT

A few people have asked me over the years about UNT’s history when it comes to the Associated Press Top 25 football poll.

Did UNT receive votes in the bowl era (glory days)?

When was the last time UNT was ranked?

You get the idea.

And since you asked, here are the answers:

Yes, UNT did make its way into the “others receiving votes” category back in the bowl era.

UNT received one vote in the final AP Top 25 in 2002.

UNT also received one vote in the preseason AP Top 25 in 2004.

In an interesting side note, UNT enters the season with the second longest streak in the FBS ranks in terms of polls released since its last appearance. There have been a total of 822 AP polls released since the Mean Green last appeared in the poll back in 1959.

Only Louisiana-Lafayette has a longer run of not finding its way into the Top 25 nationally.

Rice (No. 4, 794 polls) and SMU (No. 6, 440 polls) are also in the top 10 in terms of poll droughts.

What one has to keep in mind is that a lot of schools have not spent as much time in the FBS ranks as UNT.

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