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November 2, 1981 AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 2 Pittsburgh (49) Ind 7-0 1283 W 29-24 A Boston College
2 < 3 Clemson (9) ACC 8-0 1201  
3 < 4 USC (7) Pac-10 7-1 1178  
4 < 5 Georgia SEC 7-1 1075  
5 < 6 Texas Southwest 6-1 1007  
6 < 1 Penn State Ind 6-1 869 L 17-14 A Miami (FL)
7 < 8 Alabama SEC 7-1-1 861  
8 < 9 North Carolina ACC 7-1 767  
9 < 10 Arizona State Pac-10 6-1 658  
10 < 13 SMU Southwest 7-1 626  
11 < 12 Nebraska Big 8 6-2 625  
12 < 15 Michigan Big Ten 6-2 554  
13 < NR Miami (FL) Ind 5-2 427  
14 < 17 Florida State Ind 6-2 415  
15 < 7 Mississippi State SEC 6-2 411  
16 < 18 Washington Pac-10 7-1 388  
17 < 19 Oklahoma Big 8 4-2-1 280 W 49-0 H Colorado
18 < NR Ohio State Big Ten 6-2 267  
19 < 20 Arkansas Southwest 6-2 199  
20 < NR Southern Miss Ind 6-0-1 153 W 22-0 A North Texas
NR < 16 Iowa Big Ten 0  
NR < 11 Iowa State Big 8 0  
NR < 14 Washington State Pac-10 0  
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Ind 5 10.8 3147
SEC 3 8.7 2347
Pac-10 3 9.3 2224
Southwest 3 11.3 1832
ACC 2 5.0 1968
Big 8 2 14.0 905
Big Ten 2 15.0 821

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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