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The Boand System was a system for determining the college football national championship.[1] It was also known as the Azzi Ratem system.[2] The system was developed by William F. Boand.[2] The rankings were based on mathematical formula.[3] Boand announced annual national champions on a current basis from 1930 to 1960. He also chose national champions on a retroactive basis for the years from 1919 to 1929. The Boand System is recognized as a "National Champion Major Selector" by the Official NCAA Division I Records Book.[4]

The rankings appeared in many newspapers, the Illustrated Football Annual from 1932-1942, and Football News from 1942 to 1944 and again from 1951 to 1960.[2] The design of the system sought to combine the best parts of the Dickinson System, with mathematical systems developed by Ralph Powell of Ohio State University and William T. Van de Graaf, football coach and mathematics instructor at Colorado College.[3] Prominent football coaches Knute Rockne, Howard Jones, and Pop Warner consulted with Boand on the rankings.[3] At various times, the system was applied to high school football rankings.[3]


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Further readingEdit

  • Boand, William F. (1950). Azzi Ratem-Boand football ranking system: featuring famous coaches who have had top-rated teams in past years. Football News.
  • Boand, William F. (1941). National Football Champions.


  1. ^ "Boand System National Championship Selections". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  2. ^ a b c Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Records Book. Triumph Books. 2007. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-60078-034-9.
  3. ^ a b c d Boand, William F. (November 21, 1961). "Bill Boand's Baffling System Explained In Briefest Manner" (PDF). The New Mexican. New Mexico: Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  4. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. pp. 105–106. Retrieved January 3, 2016.