USA Today/CNN Final Season Polls

1982 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank Team Record
1 Penn St. 11-1-0
10 Washington 10-2-0
11 Louisiana St. 8-3-1
12 Florida St. 9-3-0
13 Ohio St. 9-3-0
14 Southern California 8-3-0
15 Oklahoma 8-4-0
16 Auburn (AL) 9-3-0
17 West Virginia 9-3-0
18 Maryland 8-4-0
19 North Carolina 8-4-0
2 Southern Methodist (TX) 11-0-1
20 Texas 9-3-0
21 Michigan 8-4-0
22 Alabama 8-4-0
23 Tulsa (OK) 10-1-0
24 Iowa 8-4-0
25 Florida 8-4-0
3 Nebraska 12-1-0
4 Georgia 11-1-0
5 UCLA 10-1-1
6 Arizona St. 10-2-0
7 Pittsburgh (PA) 9-3-0
8 Arkansas 9-2-1
9 Clemson (SC) 9-1-1

1983 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank Team Record
1 Miami (FL) 11-1-0
10 Clemson (SC) 9-1-1
11 Illinois 10-2-0
12 Southern Methodist (TX) 10-2-0
13 Alabama 8-4-0
14 Air Force (CO) 10-2-0
15 West Virginia 9-3-0
16 Iowa 9-3-0
17 Tennessee 9-3-0
18 UCLA 7-4-1
19 Pittsburgh (PA) 8-3-1
2 Auburn (AL) 11-1-0
20 Penn St. 8-4-1
21 Oklahoma 8-4-0
22 Boston College (MA) 9-3-0
23 Oklahoma St. 8-4-0
24 Maryland 8-4-0
25 East Carolina (NC) 8-3-0
3 Nebraska 12-1-0
4 Georgia 10-1-1
5 Texas 11-1-0
6 Brigham Young (UT) 11-1-0
7 Michigan 9-3-0
8 Ohio St. 9-3-0
9 Florida 9-2-1

1984 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank Team Record
1 Brigham Young (UT) 13-0-0
10 South Carolina 10-2-0
11 Southern California 9-3-0
12 UCLA 9-3-0
13 Louisiana St. 8-3-1
14 Ohio St. 9-3-0
15 Auburn (AL) 9-4-0
16 Miami (FL) 8-5-0
17 Florida St. 7-3-2
18 Virginia 8-2-2
19 Kentucky 9-3-0
2 Washington 11-1-0
20 Iowa 8-4-1
21 West Virginia 8-4-0
22 Army (NY) 8-3-1
23 Georgia 7-4-1
24 Air Force (CO) 8-4-0
25 Notre Dame (IN) 7-5-0
3 Florida 9-1-1
4 Nebraska 10-2-0
5 Oklahoma 9-2-1
6 Boston College (MA) 10-2-0
7 Oklahoma St. 10-2-0
8 Southern Methodist (TX) 10-2-0
9 Maryland 9-3-0

1985 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank Team Record
1 Oklahoma 11-1-0
10 Iowa 10-2-0
11 Nebraska 9-3-0
12 Alabama 9-2-1
13 Ohio St. 9-3-0
14 Florida St. 9-3-0
15 Arkansas 10-2-0
16 Brigham Young (UT) 11-3-0
17 Maryland 9-3-0
18 Georgia Tech 9-2-1
19 Baylor (TX) 9-3-0
2 Penn St. 11-1-0
20 Auburn (AL) 8-4-0
21 Louisiana St. 9-2-1
22 Army (NY) 9-3-0
23 Fresno St. (CA) 11-0-1
24 Georgia 7-3-2
25 Oklahoma St. 8-4-0
3 Michigan 10-1-1
4 Tennessee 9-1-2
5 Florida 9-1-1
6 Miami (FL) 10-2-0
7 Air Force (CO) 12-1-0
8 Texas A&M 10-2-0
9 UCLA 9-2-1

1986 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank Team Record
1 Penn St. 12-0-0
10 Louisiana St. 9-3-0
11 Arizona 9-3-0
12 Texas A&M 9-3-0
13 UCLA 8-3-1
14 Baylor (TX) 9-3-0
15 Boston College (MA) 9-3-0
16 Iowa 9-3-0
17 Arkansas 9-3-0
18 Clemson (SC) 8-2-2
19 Washington 8-3-1
2 Miami (FL) 11-1-0
20 Virginia Tech 9-2-1
21 Florida St. 7-4-1
22 Stanford (CA) 8-4-0
23 Georgia 8-4-0
24 North Carolina St. 8-3-1
25 San Diego St. (CA) 8-4-0
3 Oklahoma 11-1-0
4 Nebraska 10-2-0
5 Arizona St. 10-1-1
6 Ohio St. 10-3-0
7 Auburn (AL) 10-2-0
8 Michigan 11-2-0
9 Alabama 10-3-0

1987 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank Team Record
Arizona St. 7-4-1
1 Miami (FL) 12-0-0
10 UCLA 10-2-0
11 Clemson (SC) 10-2-0
12 Oklahoma St. 10-2-0
13 Georgia 9-3-0
14 Tennessee 10-2-1
15 Iowa 10-3-0
16 Notre Dame (IN) 8-4-0
17 Southern California 8-4-0
18 South Carolina 8-4-0
19 Michigan 8-4-0
2 Florida St. 11-1-0
20 Texas 7-5-0
21 Pittsburgh (PA) 8-4-0
22 Indiana 8-4-0
23 Penn St. 8-4-0
24 Ohio St. 6-4-1
25 Alabama 7-5-0
3 Oklahoma 11-1-0
4 Syracuse (NY) 11-0-1
5 Nebraska 10-2-0
6 Louisiana St. 10-1-1
7 Auburn (AL) 9-1-2
8 Michigan St. 9-2-1
9 Texas A&M 10-2-0

1988 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank Team Record
1 Notre Dame (IN) 12-0-0
10 Clemson (SC) 10-2-0
11 Oklahoma St. 10-2-0
12 Syracuse (NY) 10-2-0
13 Oklahoma 9-3-0
14 Arkansas 10-2-0
15 Washington St. 9-3-0
16 Georgia 9-3-0
17 Alabama 9-3-0
18 North Carolina St. 8-3-1
19 Houston (TX) 9-3-0
2 Miami (FL) 11-1-0
20 Indiana 8-3-1
21 Wyoming 11-2-0
22 Louisiana St. 8-4-0
23 Colorado 8-4-0
24 Southern Mississippi 10-2-0
25 Brigham Young (UT) 9-4-0
3 Florida St. 11-1-0
4 UCLA 10-2-0
5 Michigan 9-2-1
6 West Virginia 11-1-0
7 Southern California 10-2-0
8 Nebraska 11-2-0
9 Auburn (AL) 10-2-0

1989 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank Team Record
Arizona 8-4-0
1 Miami (FL) 11-1-0
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 Virginia 10-3-0
17 Michigan St. 8-4-0
18 Texas Tech 9-3-0
19 Pittsburgh (PA) 8-3-1
2 Notre Dame (IN) 12-1-0
20 Texas A&M 8-4-0
21 West Virginia 8-3-1
22 Brigham Young (UT) 10-3-0
23 Syracuse (NY) 8-4-0
24 Ohio St. 8-4-0
25 Washington 8-4-0
3 Florida St. 10-2-0
4 Colorado 11-1-0
5 Tennessee 11-1-0
6 Auburn (AL) 10-2-0
7 Southern California 9-2-1
8 Michigan 10-2-0
9 Alabama 10-2-0