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1997 Preseason AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 7 Penn State (21) Big Ten 0-0 1566 DNP
2 < 1 Florida (12) SEC 0-0 1548 DNP
3 < 3 Florida State (7) ACC 0-0 1507 DNP
4 < 16 Washington (10) Pac-10 0-0 1484 DNP
5 < 9 Tennessee (8) SEC 0-0 1480 DNP
6 < 6 Nebraska (4) Big 12 0-0 1442 DNP
7 < 10 North Carolina (4) ACC 0-0 1333 DNP
8 < 8 Colorado (3) Big 12 0-0 1302 DNP
9 < 2 Ohio State (1) Big Ten 0-0 1172 DNP
10 < 12 LSU SEC 0-0 1096 DNP
11 < 19 Notre Dame Ind 0-0 1071 DNP
12 < 23 Texas Big 12 0-0 1042 DNP
13 < 14 Miami (FL) Big East 0-0 820 DNP
14 < 20 Michigan Big Ten 0-0 797 DNP
15 < 11 Alabama SEC 0-0 673 DNP
16 < 24 Auburn SEC 0-0 592 DNP
17 < 21 Syracuse Big East 0-0 585 DNP
18 < NR Stanford Pac-10 0-0 533 DNP
19 < 5 BYU WAC 0-0 375 DNP
20 < NR Clemson ACC 0-0 352 DNP
21 < 18 Iowa Big Ten 0-0 347 DNP
22 < NR USC Pac-10 0-0 219 DNP
23 < 17 Kansas State Big 12 0-0 210 DNP
24 < NR Wisconsin Big Ten 0-0 198 DNP
25 < NR Michigan State Big Ten 0-0 148 DNP
NR < 4 Arizona State Pac-10 0-0 0 DNP
NR < 25 Army Ind 0-0 0 DNP
NR < 15 Northwestern Big Ten 0-0 0 DNP
NR < 13 Virginia Tech Big East 0-0 0 DNP
NR < 22 Wyoming WAC 0-0 0 DNP

Conference Breakdown

Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Big Ten 6 15.7 4228
SEC 5 9.6 5389
Big 12 4 12.3 3996
ACC 3 10.0 3192
Pac-10 3 14.7 2236
Big East 2 15.0 1405
Ind 1 11.0 1071
WAC 1 19.0 375

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.