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September 21, 1981 AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 2 USC (46) Pac-10 2-0 1258 W 21-0 A Indiana
2 < 3 Oklahoma (15) Big 8 1-0 1203 DNP
3 < 5 Penn State (2) Ind 1-0 1092  
4 < 6 Texas (1) Southwest 2-0 1038  
5 < 7 Pittsburgh Ind 2-0 976  
6 < 9 UCLA Pac-10 2-0 912  
7 < 11 Michigan (1) Big Ten 1-1 903  
8 < 8 Ohio State Big Ten 2-0 832  
9 < 10 North Carolina ACC 2-0 806  
10 < 12 Alabama SEC 2-1 556  
11 < 13 BYU WAC 3-0 554  
12 < 14 Mississippi State SEC 2-0 549  
13 < 1 Notre Dame Ind 1-1 548 L 25-7 A #11 Michigan
14 < 16 Miami (FL) Ind 2-0 439  
15 < 17 Nebraska Big 8 1-1 412  
16 < 15 Washington Pac-10 2-0 378  
17 < 4 Georgia SEC 2-1 365 L 13-3 A Clemson
18 < 18 Arizona State Pac-10 2-0 265  
19 < NR Clemson ACC 3-0 227  
20 < NR SMU Southwest 3-0 125  
NR < 19 Florida State Ind 0  
NR < 20 Wisconsin Big Ten 0  
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Ind 4 8.8 3055
Pac-10 4 10.3 2813
SEC 3 13.0 1470
Big Ten 2 7.5 1735
Big 8 2 8.5 1615
Southwest 2 12.0 1163
ACC 2 14.0 1033
WAC 1 11.0 554

Notes

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  • Polls from 1936-60 had 20 teams, 1961-67 had 10 teams, 1968-88 had 20 teams, and 1989-present had 25 teams.

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