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2016 Final AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts CP Last Week
1 < 3 Clemson (60) ACC 14-1 1500 *1 W 35-31 N #1 Alabama (CFP Final)
2 < 1 Alabama SEC 14-1 1440 2 L 35-31 N #3 Clemson (CFP Final)
3 < 9 USC Pac-12 10-3 1292 5 W 52-49 N #5 Penn State (Rose)
4 < 4 Washington Pac-12 12-2 1277 4 L 24-7 N #1 Alabama (CFP Semi/Peach)
5 < 7 Oklahoma Big 12 11-2 1252 3 W 35-19 N #17 Auburn (Sugar)
6 < 2 Ohio State Big Ten 11-2 1240 6 L 31-0 N #3 Clemson (CFP Semi/Fiesta)
7 < 5 Penn State Big Ten 11-3 1130 7 L 52-49 N #9 USC (Rose)
8 < 10 Florida State ACC 10-3 1105 8 W 33-32 N #6 Michigan (Orange)
9 < 8 Wisconsin Big Ten 11-3 1032 9 W 24-16 N #12 Western Michigan (Cotton)
10 < 6 Michigan Big Ten 10-3 1001 10 L 33-32 N #10 Florida State (Orange)
11 < 13 Oklahoma State Big 12 10-3 920 11 W 38-8 N #11 Colorado (Alamo)
12 < 16 Stanford Pac-12 10-3 730 12 W 25-23 N North Carolina (Sun)
13 < 19 LSU SEC 8-4 651 14 W 29-9 N #15 Louisville (Citrus)
14 < 20 Florida SEC 9-4 640 13 W 30-3 N #21 Iowa (Outback)
15 < 12 Western Michigan MAC 13-1 619 18 L 24-16 N #8 Wisconsin (Cotton)
16 < 18 Virginia Tech ACC 10-4 610 16 W 35-24 N Arkansas (Belk)
17 < 11 Colorado Pac-12 10-4 585 15 L 38-8 N #13 Oklahoma State (Alamo)
18 < 14 West Virginia Big 12 10-3 368 17 L 31-14 N Miami (FL) (Russell Athletic)
19 < 25 South Florida AAC 11-2 358 19 W 46-39 (1OT) N South Carolina (Birmingham)
20 < NR Miami (FL) ACC 9-4 338 23 W 31-14 N #14 West Virginia (Russell Athletic)
21 < 15 Louisville ACC 9-4 277 20 L 29-9 N #19 LSU (Citrus)
22 < NR Tennessee SEC 9-4 253 24 W 38-24 N #24 Nebraska (Music City)
23 < NR Utah Pac-12 9-4 222 21 W 26-24 N Indiana (Foster Farms)
24 < 17 Auburn SEC 8-5 206 22 L 35-19 N #7 Oklahoma (Sugar)
25 < NR San Diego State MWC 11-3 113 25 W 34-10 N Houston (Las Vegas)
RV < NR Kansas State Big 12 9-4 83 RV W 33-28 N Texas A&M (Texas)
RV < NR Georgia Tech ACC 9-4 47 RV W 33-18 N Kentucky (TaxSlayer)
RV < 24 Nebraska Big Ten 9-4 38 RV L 38-24 N Tennessee (Music City)
RV < NR Western Kentucky C-USA 11-3 32 RV W 51-31 N Memphis (Boca Raton)
RV < NR Air Force MWC 10-3 30 RV W 45-21 N South Alabama (Arizona)
RV < 22 Pittsburgh ACC 8-5 21 NR L 31-24 N Northwestern (Pinstripe)
RV < NR Boise State MWC 10-3 19 RV L 31-12 N Baylor (Cactus)
RV < 21 Iowa Big Ten 8-5 14 RV L 30-3 N #20 Florida (Outback)
RV < NR Minnesota Big Ten 9-4 12 RV W 17-12 N Washington State (Holiday)
RV < NR Tulsa AAC 10-3 10 RV W 55-10 N Central Michigan (Miami Beach)
RV < NR BYU Ind 9-4 9 RV W 24-21 N Wyoming (Poinsettia)
RV < NR Houston AAC 9-4 8 NR L 34-10 N San Diego State (Las Vegas)
RV < NR North Carolina ACC 8-5 8 NR L 25-23 N #16 Stanford (Sun)
RV < 23 Temple AAC 10-4 8 RV L 34-26 N Wake Forest (Military)
RV < NR Navy AAC 9-5 1 RV L 48-45 N Louisiana Tech (Armed Forces)
RV < NR Washington State Pac-12 8-5 1 RV L 17-12 N Minnesota (Holiday)
NR < NR Arkansas SEC 7-6 0 RV L 35-24 N #18 Virginia Tech (Belk)
NR < NR Georgia SEC 8-5 0 RV W 31-23 N TCU (Liberty)
NR < NR Troy Sun Belt 10-3 0 RV W 28-23 N Ohio (Dollar General)
NR < NR Wake Forest ACC 7-6 0 RV W 34-26 N #23 Temple (Military)

Conference Breakdown

Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Pac-12 5 11.8 4106
ACC 5 13.2 3830
SEC 5 15.0 3190
Big Ten 4 8.0 4403
Big 12 3 11.3 2540
MAC 1 15.0 619
AAC 1 19.0 358
MWC 1 25.0 113

Milestones

Last Appearances:
- Clemson makes first appearance at #1 since the 12/6/2015 poll (16 polls)
- USC makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the 9/9/2012 poll (78 polls)
- Oklahoma makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the 2016 preseason poll (14 polls)

Weekly Streaks:
- Alabama's #1 streak ends at 16
- Auburn's Top 25 streak reaches 10
- Nebraska's Top 25 streak ends at 12
- Western Michigan's Top 25 streak reaches 10

Season Streaks:
- Alabama has longest active final poll streak with 9
- Alabama's season streak reaches 10
- Boise State's season streak reaches 15
- Florida State's season streak reaches 40
- Ohio State's final poll streak reaches 5
- Ohio State has longest active season streak with 49
- Oregon's final poll streak ends at 9
- UCLA's season streak reaches 5
- USC's season streak reaches 15
- Wisconsin's season streak reaches 20

Total Appearances:
- Ohio State reaches 870 appearances
- San Diego State ties Iowa Pre-Flight for #98
- South Florida ties two others for #91
- Western Michigan reaches 10 appearances and ties two others for #112

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)
  • Clicking on the team name will display the week-by-week ranking for that team.
  • Polls from 1936-60 had 20 teams, 1961-67 had 10 teams, 1968-88 had 20 teams, and 1989-present had 25 teams.