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October 19, 1981 AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 2 Penn State (36.5) Ind 5-0 1283.5 W 41-16 A Syracuse
2 < 3 Pittsburgh (26.5) Ind 5-0 1277.5  
3 < 4 North Carolina (3) ACC 6-0 1155  
4 < 6 Clemson ACC 6-0 1033  
5 < 7 USC Pac-10 5-1 994  
6 < 12 Iowa Big Ten 5-1 928  
7 < 9 Georgia SEC 5-1 902  
8 < 10 SMU Southwest 6-0 848  
9 < 16 Mississippi State SEC 5-1 641  
10 < 1 Texas Southwest 4-1 618 L 42-11 A Arkansas
11 < 15 Alabama SEC 5-1-1 559  
12 < NR Arkansas Southwest 5-1 479  
13 < 17 BYU WAC 6-1 413  
14 < NR Iowa State Big 8 4-1-1 410 W 34-13 H #8 Missouri
15 < 19 Nebraska Big 8 4-2 346  
16 < 18 Washington State Pac-10 5-0-1 335 T 17-17 H UCLA
17 < 20 Arizona State Pac-10 5-1 326  
18 < 5 Michigan Big Ten 4-2 298 L 9-7 H #12 Iowa
19 < 8 Missouri Big 8 5-1 267  
20 < 11 Florida State Ind 4-2 147  
NR < 13 Miami (FL) Ind 0  
NR < 14 Wisconsin Big Ten 0  
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Ind 3 7.7 2708
SEC 3 9.0 2102
Southwest 3 10.0 1945
Pac-10 3 12.7 1655
Big 8 3 16.0 1023
ACC 2 3.5 2188
Big Ten 2 12.0 1226
WAC 1 13.0 413

Notes

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