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1981 Final AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf W-L-T Points Last Week
1 < 1 Clemson (47) ACC 12-0 977 W 22-15 N #4 Nebraska (Orange)
2 < 6 Texas Southwest 10-1-1 862  
3 < 7 Penn State (1) Ind 10-2 845  
4 < 10 Pittsburgh Ind 11-1 834  
5 < 5 SMU (1) Southwest 10-1 774  
6 < 2 Georgia SEC 10-2 691  
7 < 3 Alabama SEC 9-2-1 638  
8 < 9 Miami (FL) Ind 9-2 594  
9 < 11 North Carolina ACC 10-2 590  
10 < 12 Washington Pac-10 10-2 587  
11 < 4 Nebraska Big 8 9-3 535  
12 < 16 Michigan Big Ten 9-3 416  
13 < 14 BYU WAC 11-2 388  
14 < 8 USC Pac-10 9-3 325  
15 < 15 Ohio State Big Ten 9-3 310  
16 < 17 Arizona State Pac-10 9-2 245  
17 < NR West Virginia Ind 9-3 111  
18 < 13 Iowa Big Ten 8-4 103  
19 < NR Missouri Big 8 8-4 85  
20 < NR Oklahoma Big 8 7-4-1 76 W 40-14 N Houston (Sun)
NR < 18 Southern Miss Ind 0  
NR < 19 UCLA Pac-10 0  
NR < 20 Washington State Pac-10 0  
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Ind 4 8.0 2384
Pac-10 3 13.3 1157
Big Ten 3 15.0 829
Big 8 3 16.7 696
Southwest 2 3.5 1636
ACC 2 5.0 1567
SEC 2 6.5 1329
WAC 1 13.0 388

Notes

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  • Regular season polls from 1936-60 had 20 teams, from 1961-67 had 10 teams (except for the 1961 final poll which had 20), 1968-88 had 20 teams, and 1989-present had 25 teams.


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