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Roster analysis: A look at the top 20s

RecruitingNation

Updated: January 15, 2013, 1:42 PM ET
By ESPN.com

In order to illustrate the changing patterns of college football recruiting, ESPN's RecruitingNation analyzed the rosters from the top 20 teams in the 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 final AP polls.

1940

1. Minnesota
2. Stanford
3. Michigan
4. Tennessee
5. Boston College
6. Texas A&M
7. Nebraska
8. Northwestern
9. Mississippi State
10. Washington
11. Santa Clara
12. Fordham
13. Georgetown
14. Penn
15. Cornell
16. Oklahoma
17. SMU
18. Hardin-Simmons
19. Duke
20. Lafayette

1950

1. Oklahoma
2. Army
3. Texas
4. Tennessee
5. California
6. Princeton
7. Kentucky
8. Michigan State
9. Michigan
10. Clemson
11. Washington
12. Wyoming
13. Illinois
14 Ohio State
15. Miami
16. Alabama
17. Nebraska
18. Washington & Lee
19. Tulsa
20. Tulane

1960

1. Minnesota
2. Ole Miss
3. Iowa
4. Navy
5. Missouri
6. Washington
7. Arkansas
8. Ohio State
9. Alabama
10. Duke
11. Kansas
12. Baylor
13. Auburn
14. Yale
15. Michigan State
16. Penn State
17. New Mexico State
18. Florida
19. Purdue
19. Syracuse

1970

1. Nebraska
2. Notre Dame
3. Texas
4. Tennessee
5. Ohio State
6. Arizona State
7. LSU
8. Stanford
9.Michigan
10. Auburn
11. Arkansas
12. Toledo
13. Georgia Tech
14. Dartmouth
15. USC
16. Air Force
17. Tulane
18. Penn State
19. Houson
20. Ole Miss
20. Oklahoma

1980

1. Georgia
2. Pittsburgh
3. Oklahoma
4. Michigan
5. Florida State
6. Alabama
7. Nebraska
8. Penn State
9. Notre Dame
10. North Carolina
11. USC
12. BYU
13. UCLA
14. Baylor
15. Ohio State
16. Washington
17. Purdue
18. Miami
19. Mississippi State
20. SMU

1990

1. Colorado
2. Georgia Tech
3. Miami
4. Florida State
5. Washington
6. Notre Dame
7. Michigan
8. Tennessee
9. Clemson
10. Houston
11. Penn State
12. Texas
13. Florida
14. Louisville
15. Texas A&M
16. Michigan State
17. Oklahoma
18. Iowa
19. Auburn
20. USC

2000

1. Oklahoma
2. Miami
3. Washington
4. Oregon State
5. Florida State
6. Virginia Tech
7. Oregon
8. Nebraska
9. Kansas State
10. Florida
11. Michigan
12. Texas
13. Purdue
14. Colorado State
15. Notre Dame
16. Clemson
17. Georgia Tech
18. Auburn
19. South Carolina
20. Georgia

2010

1. Auburn
2. TCU
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Ohio State
6. Oklahoma
7. Wisconsin
8. LSU
9. Boise State
10. Alabama
11. Nevada
12. Arkansas
13. Oklahoma St.
14. Michigan St.
15. Mississippi St.
16. Virginia Tech
17. Florida State
18. Missouri
19. Texas A&M
20. Nebraska