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September 12, 2021 AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts CP Last Week
1 < 1 Alabama (60) SEC 2-0 1572 *1 W 48-14 H Mercer
2 < 2 Georgia (3) SEC 2-0 1514 *2 W 56-7 H UAB
3 < 4 Oklahoma Big 12 2-0 1402 3 W 76-0 H Western Carolina
4 < 12 Oregon Pac-12 2-0 1355 4 W 35-28 A #3 Ohio State
5 < 10 Iowa Big Ten 2-0 1263 7 W 27-17 A #9 Iowa State
6 < 6 Clemson ACC 1-1 1246 6 W 49-3 H South Carolina State
7 < 5 Texas A&M SEC 2-0 1206 5 W 10-7 N Colorado
8 < 7 Cincinnati AAC 2-0 1149 8 W 42-7 H Murray State
9 < 3 Ohio State Big Ten 1-1 1029 11 L 35-28 H #12 Oregon
10 < 11 Penn State Big Ten 2-0 1005 12 W 44-13 H Ball State
11 < 13 Florida SEC 2-0 935 9 W 42-20 A South Florida
12 < 8 Notre Dame ACC 2-0 926 10 W 32-29 H Toledo
13 < 16 UCLA Pac-12 2-0 804 13 DNP
14 < 9 Iowa State Big 12 1-1 593 14 L 27-17 H #10 Iowa
15 < 19 Virginia Tech ACC 2-0 591 15 W 35-14 H Middle Tennessee
16 < 17 Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 2-0 562 18 W 49-22 H Kansas
17 < 20 Mississippi SEC 2-0 550 16 W 54-17 H Austin Peay
18 < 18 Wisconsin Big Ten 1-1 499 17 W 34-7 H Eastern Michigan
19 < 23 Arizona State Pac-12 2-0 347 21 W 37-10 H UNLV
20 < NR Arkansas SEC 2-0 277 24 W 40-21 H #15 Texas
21 < 24 North Carolina ACC 1-1 268 19 W 59-17 H Georgia State
22 < 25 Auburn SEC 2-0 233 20 W 62-0 H Alabama State
23 < NR BYU Ind 2-0 213 23 W 26-17 H #21 Utah
24 < 22 Miami (FL) ACC 1-1 177 RV W 25-23 H Appalachian State
25 < NR Michigan Big Ten 2-0 163 25 W 31-10 H Washington
RV < NR UCF AAC 111 RV W 63-14 H Bethune-Cookman
RV < NR TCU Big 12 103 RV W 34-32 H California
RV < NR Liberty Ind 52 RV W 21-13 A Troy
RV < NR Michigan State Big Ten 44 RV W 42-14 H Youngstown State
RV < 14 USC Pac-12 39 RV L 42-28 H Stanford
RV < NR Indiana Big Ten 34 RV W 56-14 H Idaho
RV < NR LSU SEC 31 RV W 34-7 H McNeese State
RV < NR Kansas State Big 12 30 RV W 31-23 H Southern Illinois
RV < NR Nevada MWC 28 RV W 49-10 H Idaho State
RV < NR Oklahoma State Big 12 27 22 W 28-23 H Tulsa
RV < 15 Texas Big 12 23 RV L 40-21 A Arkansas
RV < NR Maryland Big Ten 14 RV W 62-0 H Howard
RV < NR Kentucky SEC 13 RV W 35-28 H Missouri
RV < NR Pittsburgh ACC 13 RV W 41-34 A Tennessee
RV < NR Stanford Pac-12 10 RV W 42-28 A #14 USC
RV < 21 Utah Pac-12 9 RV L 26-17 A BYU
RV < NR Boston College ACC 8 RV W 45-28 A Massuchusetts
RV < NR Fresno State MWC 2 RV W 63-10 H Cal Poly
RV < NR Texas Tech Big 12 2 NR W 28-22 H Stephen F. Austin
RV < NR Toledo MAC 2 NR L 32-29 A #8 Notre Dame
RV < NR Army Ind 1 RV W 38-35 H Western Kentucky
NR < NR Air Force MWC 0 RV W 23-3 A Navy
NR < NR Boise State MWC 0 RV W 54-13 H UTEP
NR < NR Louisiana Sun Belt 0 RV W 27-24 H Nicholls
NR < NR Marshall C-USA 0 RV W 44-10 H North Carolina Central
NR < NR Memphis AAC 0 RV W 55-50 A Arkansas State
NR < NR Mississippi State SEC 0 RV W 24-10 H NC State
NR < NR NC State ACC 0 RV L 24-10 A Mississippi State
NR < NR Rutgers Big Ten 0 RV W 17-7 A Syracuse
NR < NR San Diego State MWC 0 RV W 38-14 A Arizona
NR < NR San Jose State MWC 0 RV DNP
NR < NR SMU AAC 0 RV W 35-12 H North Texas
NR < NR Tulane AAC 0 RV W 69-20 H Morgan State
NR < NR UTSA C-USA 0 RV W 54-0 H Lamar
NR < NR Virginia ACC 0 RV W 42-14 H Illinois

Conference Breakdown

Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
SEC 7 11.4 6287
Big Ten 5 13.4 3959
ACC 5 15.6 3208
Pac-12 3 12.0 2506
Big 12 2 8.5 1995
AAC 1 8.0 1149
Sun Belt 1 16.0 562
Ind 1 23.0 213

Milestones

Last Appearances:
- Arkansas makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 10/16/2016 poll (76 polls)
- Iowa makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the 11/29/2015 poll (86 polls)
- Michigan makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 11/1/2020 poll (10 polls)
- Oregon makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the final 2019 poll (19 polls)
- Penn State makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the 10/18/2020 poll (12 polls)

Weekly Streaks:
- Alabama's Top 5 streak reaches 20
- Notre Dame's Top 10 streak ends at 19
- Ohio State's Top 5 streak ends at 13
- Texas A&M's Top 25 streak reaches 20
- USC's Top 25 streak ends at 14

Total Appearances:
- Coastal Carolina ties Pacific for #109

Notes

  • * = Received first place votes (non-AP rankings); Hold the mouse cursor over these rankings to see the first place votes (where available) in a tooltip (for browsers that support tooltips)
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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.