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1981 Preseason AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 4 Michigan (38) Big Ten 0-0 1183 DNP
2 < 3 Oklahoma (7) Big 8 0-0 1100 DNP
3 < 9 Notre Dame (7) Ind 0-0 1050 DNP
4 < 6 Alabama (3) SEC 0-0 1020 DNP
5 < 11 USC (5) Pac-10 0-0 1014 DNP
6 < 7 Nebraska Big 8 0-0 768 DNP
7 < 8 Penn State (1) Ind 0-0 716 DNP
8 < 2 Pittsburgh Ind 0-0 686 DNP
9 < NR Texas Southwest 0-0 647 DNP
10 < 1 Georgia SEC 0-0 624 DNP
11 < 15 Ohio State (1) Big Ten 0-0 594 DNP
12 < 10 North Carolina ACC 0-0 462 DNP
13 < 13 UCLA Pac-10 0-0 454 DNP
14 < 19 Mississippi State SEC 0-0 359 DNP
15 < 16 Washington Pac-10 0-0 272 DNP
16 < 12 BYU WAC 0-0 269 DNP
17 < NR Florida SEC 0-0 268 DNP
18 < NR Stanford Pac-10 0-0 205 DNP
19 < 5 Florida State Ind 0-0 198 DNP
20 < NR Arizona State Pac-10 0-0 158 DNP
NR < 14 Baylor Southwest 0-0 0 DNP
NR < 18 Miami (FL) Ind 0-0 0 DNP
NR < 17 Purdue Big Ten 0-0 0 DNP
NR < 20 SMU Southwest 0-0 0 DNP
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Pac-10 5 14.2 2103
Ind 4 9.3 2650
SEC 4 11.3 2271
Big 8 2 4.0 1868
Big Ten 2 6.0 1777
Southwest 1 9.0 647
ACC 1 12.0 462
WAC 1 16.0 269

Notes

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