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1972 Final AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 1 USC (50) Pac-8 12-0 1000 W 42-17 N #3 Ohio State
2 < 2 Oklahoma Big 8 11-1 872 W 14-0 N #5 Penn State (Sugar)
3 < 7 Texas Southwest 10-1 667  
4 < 9 Nebraska Big 8 9-2-1 665 W 40-6 N #12 Notre Dame (Orange)
5 < 6 Auburn SEC 10-1 631  
6 < 8 Michigan Big Ten 10-1 502  
7 < 4 Alabama SEC 10-2 453  
8 < 11 Tennessee SEC 10-2 409  
9 < 3 Ohio State Big Ten 9-2 372  
10 < 5 Penn State Ind 10-2 340  
11 < 10 LSU SEC 9-2-1 209  
12 < 16 North Carolina ACC 11-1 179  
13 < 15 Arizona State WAC 10-2 158  
14 < 12 Notre Dame Ind 8-3 75  
15 < 14 UCLA Pac-8 8-3 71  
16 < 13 Colorado Big 8 8-4 58  
17 < NR NC State ACC 8-3-1 35  
18 < 17 Louisville MVC 9-1 19 DNP
19 < 19 Washington State Pac-8 7-4 9 DNP
20 < NR Georgia Tech Ind 7-4-1 5  
NR < 20 Purdue Big Ten 0  
NR < 18 West Virginia Ind 0  

Conference Breakdown

Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
SEC 4 7.8 1702
Big 8 3 7.3 1595
Pac-8 3 11.7 1080
Ind 3 14.7 420
Big Ten 2 7.5 874
ACC 2 14.5 214
Southwest 1 3.0 667
WAC 1 13.0 158
MVC 1 18.0 19

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.