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October 5, 1981 AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 1 USC (58) Pac-10 4-0 1293 W 56-22 A Oregon State
2 < 2 Penn State (6) Ind 3-0 1205  
3 < 3 Texas (1) Southwest 3-0 1134  
4 < 4 Pittsburgh Ind 3-0 1103  
5 < 6 North Carolina ACC 4-0 1047  
6 < 8 Michigan Big Ten 3-1 904  
7 < 11 Alabama SEC 4-1 763  
8 < 10 BYU WAC 5-0 735  
9 < 14 Clemson ACC 4-0 651  
10 < 5 Oklahoma Big 8 1-1-1 607.5 T 7-7 H #20 Iowa State
11 < 13 Georgia SEC 3-1 581  
12 < 20 Iowa State Big 8 3-0-1 455.5 T 7-7 A Oklahoma
13 < NR Missouri Big 8 4-0 412  
14 < 15 SMU Southwest 4-0 393  
15 < 18 Iowa Big Ten 3-1 384  
16 < 17 Miami (FL) Ind 3-1 369  
17 < 16 UCLA Pac-10 3-1 330  
18 < 7 Ohio State Big Ten 3-1 286.5  
19 < 9 Mississippi State SEC 3-1 188  
20 < NR Florida State Ind 3-1 152  
NR < 19 Arkansas Southwest 0  
NR < 12 Washington Pac-10 0  
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Ind 4 10.5 2829
Big 8 3 11.7 1475
SEC 3 12.3 1532
Big Ten 3 13.0 1574.5
ACC 2 7.0 1698
Southwest 2 8.5 1527
Pac-10 2 9.0 1623
WAC 1 8.0 735

Notes

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