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November 9, 1981 AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 1 Pittsburgh (53) Ind 8-0 1343 W 47-3 A Rutgers
2 < 2 Clemson (7) ACC 9-0 1272  
3 < 3 USC (8) Pac-10 8-1 1232  
4 < 4 Georgia SEC 8-1 1129  
5 < 6 Penn State Ind 7-1 1043  
6 < 7 Alabama SEC 7-1-1 935  
7 < 11 Nebraska Big 8 7-2 793  
8 < 10 SMU Southwest 8-1 791  
9 < 9 Arizona State Pac-10 7-1 783  
10 < 5 Texas Southwest 6-1-1 754  
11 < 12 Michigan Big Ten 7-2 738  
12 < 13 Miami (FL) Ind 6-2 670  
13 < 8 North Carolina ACC 7-2 509  
14 < 20 Southern Miss Ind 7-0-1 465 W 7-6 A Mississippi State
15 < 17 Oklahoma Big 8 5-2-1 358 W 28-21 A Kansas State
16 < 19 Arkansas Southwest 7-2 355  
17 < NR Washington State Pac-10 7-1-1 222 W 39-7 H Oregon
18 < NR UCLA Pac-10 6-2-1 180  
19 < NR Hawaii WAC 7-0 127 W 35-7 A UTEP
20 < 14 Florida State Ind 6-3 113  
NR < 15 Mississippi State SEC 0  
NR < 18 Ohio State Big Ten 0  
NR < 16 Washington Pac-10 0  
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Ind 5 10.4 3634
Pac-10 4 11.8 2417
Southwest 3 11.3 1900
SEC 2 5.0 2064
ACC 2 7.5 1781
Big 8 2 11.0 1151
Big Ten 1 11.0 738
WAC 1 19.0 127

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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