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September 28, 1981 AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 1 USC (57.5) Pac-10 3-0 1311 W 28-24 H #2 Oklahoma
2 < 3 Penn State (5.5) Ind 2-0 1208  
3 < 4 Texas (1) Southwest 3-0 1104  
4 < 5 Pittsburgh Ind 2-0 1027  
5 < 2 Oklahoma Big 8 1-1 1022 L 28-24 A #1 USC
6 < 9 North Carolina ACC 3-0 967  
7 < 8 Ohio State Big Ten 3-0 922  
8 < 7 Michigan Big Ten 2-1 835  
9 < 12 Mississippi State SEC 3-0 743  
10 < 11 BYU WAC 4-0 703  
11 < 10 Alabama SEC 3-1 658  
12 < 16 Washington Pac-10 3-0 533  
13 < 17 Georgia SEC 3-1 492  
14 < 19 Clemson ACC 3-0 386  
15 < 20 SMU Southwest 4-0 324  
16 < 6 UCLA Pac-10 2-1 266  
17 < 14 Miami (FL) Ind 2-1 225  
18 < NR Iowa Big Ten 2-1 169  
19 < NR Arkansas Southwest 3-0 156  
20 < NR Iowa State Big 8 3-0 134 W 28-19 H Kent State
NR < 18 Arizona State Pac-10 0  
NR < 15 Nebraska Big 8 0  
NR < 13 Notre Dame Ind 0  
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Ind 3 7.7 2460
Pac-10 3 9.7 2110
SEC 3 11.0 1893
Big Ten 3 11.0 1926
Southwest 3 12.3 1584
ACC 2 10.0 1353
Big 8 2 12.5 1156
WAC 1 10.0 703

Notes

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