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October 12, 1981 AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf W-L-T Points Last Week
1 < 3 Texas (35) Southwest 4-0 1274 W 34-14 N #10 Oklahoma
2 < 2 Penn State (24) Ind 4-0 1262  
3 < 4 Pittsburgh (3) Ind 4-0 1192  
4 < 5 North Carolina (4) ACC 5-0 1126  
5 < 6 Michigan Big Ten 4-1 898  
6 < 9 Clemson ACC 5-0 889  
7 < 1 USC Pac-10 4-1 874 L 13-10 H Arizona
8 < 13 Missouri Big 8 5-0 824  
9 < 11 Georgia SEC 4-1 765  
10 < 14 SMU Southwest 5-0 629  
11 < 20 Florida State Ind 4-1 591  
12 < 15 Iowa Big Ten 4-1 558  
13 < 16 Miami (FL) Ind 3-1 481  
14 < NR Wisconsin Big Ten 4-1 427  
15 < 7 Alabama SEC 4-1-1 358  
16 < 19 Mississippi State SEC 4-1 344  
17 < 8 BYU WAC 5-1 220  
18 < NR Washington State Pac-10 5-0 195 W 23-0 A Oregon State
19 < NR Nebraska Big 8 3-2 161  
20 < NR Arizona State Pac-10 4-1 125  
NR < 12 Iowa State Big 8 0  
NR < 18 Ohio State Big Ten 0  
NR < 10 Oklahoma Big 8 1-2-1 0 L 34-14 N #3 Texas
NR < 17 UCLA Pac-10 0  
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Ind 4 7.3 3526
Big Ten 3 10.3 1883
SEC 3 13.3 1467
Pac-10 3 15.0 1194
ACC 2 5.0 2015
Southwest 2 5.5 1903
Big 8 2 13.5 985
WAC 1 17.0 220

Notes

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  • Regular season polls from 1936-60 had 20 teams, from 1961-67 had 10 teams (except for the 1961 final poll which had 20), 1968-88 had 20 teams, and 1989-present had 25 teams.


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