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1980 - Final AP Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Georgia

12-0-0

2

Pittsburgh (PA)

11-1-0

3

Oklahoma

10-2-0

4

Michigan

10-2-0

5

Florida St.

10-2-0

6

Alabama

10-2-0

7

Nebraska

10-2-0

8

Penn St.

10-2-0

9

Notre Dame (IN)

9-2-1

10

North Carolina

11-1-0

11

Southern California

8-2-1

12

Brigham Young (UT)

12-1-0

13

UCLA

9-2-0

14

Baylor (TX)

10-2-0

15

Ohio St.

9-3-0

16

Washington

9-3-0

17

Purdue (IN)

9-3-0

18

Miami (FL)

9-3-0

19

Mississippi St.

9-3-0

20

Southern Methodist (TX)

8-4-0

1981 - Final AP Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Clemson (SC)

12-0-0

2

Texas

10-1-1

3

Penn St.

10-2-0

4

Pittsburgh (PA)

11-1-0

5

Southern Methodist (TX)

10-1-0

6

Georgia

10-2-0

7

Alabama

9-2-1

8

Miami (FL)

9-2-0

9

North Carolina

10-2-0

10

Washington

10-2-0

11

Nebraska

9-3-0

12

Michigan

9-3-0

13

Brigham Young (UT)

11-2-0

14

Southern California

9-3-0

15

Ohio St.

9-3-0

16

Arizona St.

9-2-0

17

West Virginia

9-3-0

18

Iowa

8-4-0

19

Missouri

8-4-0

20

Oklahoma

7-4-1

1982 - Final AP Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Penn St.

11-1-0

2

Southern Methodist (TX)

11-0-1

3

Nebraska

12-1-0

4

Georgia

11-1-0

5

UCLA

10-1-1

6

Arizona St.

10-2-0

7

Washington

10-2-0

8

Clemson (SC)

9-1-1

9

Arkansas

9-2-1

10

Pittsburgh (PA)

9-3-0

11

Louisiana St.

8-3-1

12

Ohio St.

9-3-0

13

Florida St.

9-3-0

14

Auburn (AL)

9-3-0

15

Southern California

8-3-0

16

Oklahoma

8-4-0

17

Texas

9-3-0

18

North Carolina

8-4-0

19

West Virginia

9-3-0

20

Maryland

8-4-0

1983 - Final AP Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Miami (FL)

11-1-0

2

Nebraska

12-1-0

3

Auburn (AL)

11-1-0

4

Georgia

10-1-1

5

Texas

11-1-0

6

Florida

9-2-1

7

Brigham Young (UT)

11-1-0

8

Michigan

9-3-0

9

Ohio St.

9-3-0

10

Illinois

10-2-0

11

Clemson (SC)

9-1-1

12

Southern Methodist (TX)

10-2-0

13

Air Force (CO)

10-2-0

14

Iowa

9-3-0

15

Alabama

8-4-0

16

West Virginia

9-3-0

17

UCLA

7-4-1

18

Pittsburgh (PA)

8-3-1

19

Boston College (MA)

9-3-0

20

East Carolina (NC)

8-3-0

1984 - Final AP Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Brigham Young (UT)

13-0-0

2

Washington

11-1-0

3

Florida

9-1-1

4

Nebraska

10-2-0

5

Boston College (MA)

10-2-0

6

Oklahoma

9-2-1

7

Oklahoma St.

10-2-0

8

Southern Methodist (TX)

10-2-0

9

UCLA

9-3-0

10

Southern California

9-3-0

11

South Carolina

10-2-0

12

Maryland

9-3-0

13

Ohio St.

9-3-0

14

Auburn (AL)

9-4-0

15

Louisiana St.

8-3-1

16

Iowa

8-4-1

17

Florida St.

7-3-2

18

Miami (FL)

8-5-0

19

Kentucky

9-3-0

20

Virginia

8-2-2

1985 - Final AP Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Oklahoma

11-1-0

2

Michigan

10-1-1

3

Penn St.

11-1-0

4

Tennessee

9-1-2

5

Florida

9-1-1

6

Texas A&M

10-2-0

7

UCLA

9-2-1

8

Air Force (CO)

12-1-0

9

Miami (FL)

10-2-0

10

Iowa

10-2-0

11

Nebraska

9-3-0

12

Arkansas

10-2-0

13

Alabama

9-2-1

14

Ohio St.

9-3-0

15

Florida St.

9-3-0

16

Brigham Young (UT)

11-3-0

17

Baylor (TX)

9-3-0

18

Maryland

9-3-0

19

Georgia Tech

9-2-1

20

Louisiana St.

9-2-1

1986 - Final AP Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Penn St.

12-0-0

2

Miami (FL)

11-1-0

3

Oklahoma

11-1-0

4

Arizona St.

10-1-1

5

Nebraska

10-2-0

6

Auburn (AL)

10-2-0

7

Ohio St.

10-3-0

8

Michigan

11-2-0

9

Alabama

10-3-0

10

Louisiana St.

9-3-0

11

Arizona

9-3-0

12

Baylor (TX)

9-3-0

13

Texas A&M

9-3-0

14

UCLA

8-3-1

15

Arkansas

9-3-0

16

Iowa

9-3-0

17

Clemson (SC)

8-2-2

18

Washington

8-3-1

19

Boston College (MA)

9-3-0

20

Virginia Tech

9-2-1

1987 - Final AP Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Miami (FL)

12-0-0

2

Florida St.

11-1-0

3

Oklahoma

11-1-0

4

Syracuse (NY)

11-0-1

5

Louisiana St.

10-1-1

6

Nebraska

10-2-0

7

Auburn (AL)

9-1-2

8

Michigan St.

9-2-1

9

UCLA

10-2-0

10

Texas A&M

10-2-0

11

Oklahoma St.

10-2-0

12

Clemson (SC)

10-2-0

13

Georgia

9-3-0

14

Tennessee

10-2-1

15

South Carolina

8-4-0

16

Iowa

10-3-0

17

Notre Dame (IN)

8-4-0

18

Southern California

8-4-0

19

Michigan

8-4-0

20

Arizona St.

7-4-1

1988 - Final AP Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Notre Dame (IN)

12-0-0

2

Miami (FL)

11-1-0

3

Florida St.

11-1-0

4

Michigan

9-2-1

5

West Virginia

11-1-0

6

UCLA

10-2-0

7

Southern California

10-2-0

8

Auburn (AL)

10-2-0

9

Clemson (SC)

10-2-0

10

Nebraska

11-2-0

11

Oklahoma St.

10-2-0

12

Arkansas

10-2-0

13

Syracuse (NY)

10-2-0

14

Oklahoma

9-3-0

15

Georgia

9-3-0

16

Washington St.

9-3-0

17

Alabama

9-3-0

18

Houston (TX)

9-3-0

19

Louisiana St.

8-4-0

20

Indiana

8-3-1

1989 - Final AP Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Miami (FL)

11-1-0

2

Notre Dame (IN)

12-1-0

3

Florida St.

10-2-0

4

Colorado

11-1-0

5

Tennessee

11-1-0

6

Auburn (AL)

10-2-0

7

Michigan

10-2-0

8

Southern California

9-2-1

9

Alabama

10-2-0

10

Illinois

10-2-0

11

Nebraska

10-2-0

12

Clemson (SC)

10-2-0

13

Arkansas

10-2-0

14

Houston (TX)

9-2-0

15

Penn St.

8-3-1

16

Michigan St.

8-4-0

17

Pittsburgh (PA)

8-3-1

18

Virginia

10-3-0

19

Texas Tech

9-3-0

20

Texas A&M

8-4-0

21

West Virginia

8-3-1

22

Brigham Young (UT)

10-3-0

23

Washington

8-4-0

24

Ohio St.

8-4-0

25

Arizona

8-4-0

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