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2021 Preseason AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts CP Last Week
1 < 1 Alabama (47) SEC 0-0 1548 *1 DNP
2 < 6 Oklahoma (6) Big 12 0-0 1462 *3 DNP
3 < 3 Clemson (6) ACC 0-0 1447 2 DNP
4 < 2 Ohio State (1) Big Ten 0-0 1393 4 DNP
5 < 7 Georgia (3) SEC 0-0 1364 5 DNP
6 < 4 Texas A&M SEC 0-0 1223 6 DNP
7 < 9 Iowa State Big 12 0-0 1160 8 DNP
8 < 8 Cincinnati AAC 0-0 1014 10 DNP
9 < 5 Notre Dame Ind 0-0 1009 7 DNP
10 < 18 North Carolina ACC 0-0 999 9 DNP
11 < NR Oregon Pac-12 0-0 968 12 DNP
12 < NR Wisconsin Big Ten 0-0 743 15 DNP
13 < 13 Florida SEC 0-0 728 11 DNP
14 < 22 Miami (FL) ACC 0-0 663 16 DNP
15 < 21 USC Pac-12 0-0 660 14 DNP
16 < NR LSU SEC 0-0 631 13 DNP
17 < 12 Indiana Big Ten 0-0 549 17 DNP
18 < 16 Iowa Big Ten 0-0 513 18 DNP
19 < NR Penn State Big Ten 0-0 456 20 DNP
20 < NR Washington Pac-12 0-0 449 21 DNP
21 < 19 Texas Big 12 0-0 350 19 DNP
22 < 14 Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 0-0 232 24 DNP
23 < 15 Louisiana Sun Belt 0-0 208 23 DNP
24 < NR Utah Pac-12 0-0 176 RV DNP
25 < NR Arizona State Pac-12 0-0 125 RV DNP
RV < 20 Oklahoma State Big 12 0-0 107 22 DNP
RV < NR Mississippi SEC 0-0 106 25 DNP
RV < NR TCU Big 12 0-0 40 RV DNP
RV < 17 Liberty Ind 0-0 36 RV DNP
RV < NR Auburn SEC 0-0 32 RV DNP
RV < NR NC State ACC 0-0 14 RV DNP
RV < NR Michigan Big Ten 0-0 12 RV DNP
RV < 10 Northwestern Big Ten 0-0 8 RV DNP
RV < NR Boise State MWC 0-0 7 RV DNP
RV < NR Nevada MWC 0-0 7 RV DNP
RV < 11 BYU Ind 0-0 6 RV DNP
RV < 23 Ball State MAC 0-0 6 RV DNP
RV < NR Boston College ACC 0-0 5 RV DNP
RV < NR Houston AAC 0-0 5 RV DNP
RV < NR UCF AAC 0-0 5 RV DNP
RV < NR West Virginia Big 12 0-0 3 RV DNP
RV < NR Army Ind 0-0 2 RV DNP
RV < NR UAB C-USA 0-0 2 RV DNP
RV < NR UCLA Pac-12 0-0 2 RV DNP
NR < 24 San Jose State MWC 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < 25 Buffalo MAC 0-0 0 NR DNP
NR < NR Air Force MWC 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Appalachian State Sun Belt 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Arkansas SEC 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR California Pac-12 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Florida State ACC 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Kentucky SEC 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Marshall C-USA 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Mississippi State SEC 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Missouri SEC 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Pittsburgh ACC 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR SMU AAC 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Stanford Pac-12 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Tulsa AAC 0-0 0 RV DNP
NR < NR Virginia Tech ACC 0-0 0 RV DNP

Conference Breakdown

Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
SEC 5 8.2 5494
Big Ten 5 14.0 3654
Pac-12 5 19.0 2378
ACC 3 9.0 3109
Big 12 3 10.0 2972
Sun Belt 2 22.5 440
AAC 1 8.0 1014
Ind 1 9.0 1009

Milestones

Last Appearances:
- Arizona State makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 10/20/2019 poll (25 polls)
- LSU makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 10/4/2020 poll (12 polls)
- North Carolina makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the 10/11/2020 poll (11 polls)
- Oklahoma makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the 9/20/2020 poll (14 polls)
- Utah makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 2020 preseason poll (16 polls)

Weekly Streaks:
- BYU's Top 25 streak ends at 16
- Notre Dame's Top 5 streak ends at 14

Season Streaks:
- Alabama's season streak reaches 15
- Clemson's preseason streak reaches 10
- Georgia's season streak reaches 25 and preseason streak reaches 20
- Iowa State's season streak reaches 5
- Michigan's preseason streak ends at 5
- Penn State's preseason streak reaches 5
- Texas' preseason streak reaches 5
- USC's season streak reaches 20
- Wisconsin's season streak reaches 25 and preseason streak reaches 5

Total Appearances:
- Clemson reaches 470 appearances (#18)
- Coastal Carolina ties two others for #112
- Louisiana ties March Field for #107
- LSU reaches 640 appearances (#10)
- North Carolina ties Oklahoma State for #35
- Oregon reaches 320 appearances (#25)
- Texas A&M reaches 470 appearances (#18)
- Utah reaches 140 appearances (#62)

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.