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AP, UPI, USA Today, Harris

1970-1979

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| 1960-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 |
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AP Final Polls
(Began 1936)
UPI Final Polls
(Began 1950)
Harris Final Polls
(Began 2005)
USA Today Final Polls
(Took over from UPI in 1991)

1970
1. Nebraska
2. Notre Dame
3. Texas
4. Tennessee
5. Ohio State
6. Arizona State
7. Louisiana State
8. Stanford
9. Michigan
10. Auburn
11. Arkansas
12. Toledo
13. Georgia Tech
14. Dartmouth
15. USC
16. Air Force
17. Tulane
18. Penn State
19. Houston
20. Oklahoma
(tie) Mississippi
1970
1. Texas
2. Ohio State
3. Nebraska
4. Tennessee
5. Notre Dame
6. Louisiana State
7. Michigan
8. Arizona State
9. Auburn
10. Stanford
11. Air Force
12. Arkansas
13. Houston
(tie) Dartmouth
15. Oklahoma
16. Colorado
17. Georgia Tech
(tie) Toledo
19. Penn State
(tie) USC
 

1971
1. Nebraska
2. Oklahoma
3. Colorado
4. Alabama
5. Penn State
6. Michigan
7. Georgia
8. Arizona State
9. Tennessee
10. Stanford
11. Louisiana State
12. Auburn
13. Notre Dame
14. Toledo
15. Mississippi
16. Arkansas
17. Houston
18. Texas
19. Washington
20. USC
1971
1. Nebraska
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma
4. Michigan
5. Auburn
6. Arizona State
7. Colorado
8. Georgia
9. Tennessee
10. Louisiana State
11. Penn State
12. Texas
13. Toledo
14. Houston
15. Notre Dame
16. Stanford
17. Iowa State
18. North Carolina
19. Florida State
20. Arkansas
(tie) Mississippi
 

1972
1. USC
2. Oklahoma
3. Texas
4. Nebraska
5. Auburn
6. Michigan
7. Alabama
8. Tennessee
9. Ohio State
10. Penn State
11. Louisiana State
12. North Carolina
13. Arizona State
14. Notre Dame
15. UCLA
16. Colorado
17. N. C. State
18. Louisville
19. Washington St.
20. Georgia Tech
1972
1. USC
2. Oklahoma
3. Ohio State
4. Alabama
5. Texas
6. Michigan
7. Auburn
8. Penn State
9. Nebraska
10. Louisiana State
11. Tennessee
12. Notre Dame
13. Arizona State
14. Colorado
(tie) North Carolina
16. Louisville
17. UCLA
(tie) Washington St.
19. Utah State
20. San Diego State
 

1973
1. Notre Dame
2. Ohio State
3. Oklahoma
4. Alabama
5. Penn State
6. Michigan
7. Nebraska
8. USC
9. Arizona State
(tie) Houston
11. Texas Tech
12. UCLA
13. Louisiana State
14. Texas
15. Miami (Ohio)
16. N. C. State
17. Missouri
18. Kansas
19. Tennessee
20. Maryland
(tie) Tulane
1973
1. Alabama
2. Oklahoma
3. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
5. Penn State
6. Michigan
7. USC
8. Texas
9. UCLA
10. Arizona State
11. Nebraska
(tie) Texas Tech
13. Houston
14. Louisiana State
15. Kansas
(tie) Tulane
17. Miami (Ohio)
18. Maryland
19. San Diego State
(tie) Florida
 

1974
1. Oklahoma
2. USC
3. Michigan
4. Ohio State
5. Alabama
6. Notre Dame
7. Penn State
8. Auburn
9. Nebraska
10. Miami (Ohio)
11. N. C. State
12. Michigan State
13. Maryland
14. Baylor
15. Florida
16. Texas A&M
17. Mississippi State
(tie) Texas
19. Houston
20. Tennessee
1974*
1. USC
2. Alabama
3. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
5. Michigan
6. Auburn
7. Penn State
8. Nebraska
9. N. C. State
10. Miami (Ohio)
11. Houston
12. Florida
13. Maryland
14. Baylor
15. Texas A&M
(tie) Tennessee
17. Mississippi State
18. Michigan State
19. Tulsa
*Beginning in 1974, by agreement with the American Football Coaches Association, teams on probation by the NCAA were ineligible for ranking and national championship consideration by the UPI Board of Coaches.
 

1975
1. Oklahoma
2. Arizona State
3. Alabama
4. Ohio State
5. UCLA
6. Texas
7. Arkansas
8. Michigan
9. Nebraska
10. Penn State
11. Texas A&M
12. Miami (Ohio)
13. Maryland
14. California
15. Pittsburgh
16. Colorado
17. USC
18. Arizona
19. Georgia
20. West Virginia
1975
1. Oklahoma
2. Arizona State
3. Alabama
4. Ohio State
5. UCLA
6. Arkansas
7. Texas
8. Michigan
9. Nebraska
10. Penn State
11. Maryland
12. Texas A&M
13. Arizona
(tie) Pittsburgh
15. California
16. Miami (Ohio)
17. Notre Dame
(tie) West Virginia
19. Georgia
(tie) USC
 

1976
1. Pittsburgh
2. USC
3. Michigan
4. Houston
5. Oklahoma
6. Ohio State
7. Texas A&M
8. Maryland
9. Nebraska
10. Georgia
11. Alabama
12. Notre Dame
13. Texas Tech
14. Oklahoma State
15. UCLA
16. Colorado
17. Rutgers
18. Kentucky
19. Iowa State
20. Mississippi State
1976
1. Pittsburgh
2. USC
3. Michigan
4. Houston
5. Ohio State
6. Oklahoma
7. Nebraska
8. Texas A&M
9. Alabama
10. Georgia
11. Maryland
12. Notre Dame
13. Texas Tech
14. Oklahoma State
15. UCLA
16. Colorado
17. Rutgers
18. Iowa State
19. Baylor
(tie) Kentucky
 

1977
1. Notre Dame
2. Alabama
3. Arkansas
4. Texas
5. Penn State
6. Kentucky
7. Oklahoma
8. Pittsburgh
9. Michigan
10. Washington
11. Ohio State
12. Nebraska
13. USC
14. Florida State
15. Stanford
16. San Diego State
17. North Carolina
18. Arizona State
19. Clemson
20. Brigham Young
1977
1. Notre Dame
2. Alabama
3. Arkansas
4. Penn State
5. Texas
6. Oklahoma
7. Pittsburgh
8. Michigan
9. Washington
10. Nebraska
11. Florida State
12. Ohio State
(tie) USC
14. North Carolina
15. Stanford
16. North Texas St.
(tie) Brigham Young
18. Arizona State
19. San Diego State
(tie) N. C. State
 

1978
1. Alabama
2. USC
3. Oklahoma
4. Penn State
5. Michigan
6. Clemson
7. Notre Dame
8. Nebraska
9. Texas
10. Houston
11. Arkansas
12. Michigan State
13. Purdue
14. UCLA
15. Missouri
16. Georgia
17. Stanford
18. N. C. State
19. Texas A&M
20. Maryland
1978
1. USC
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma
4. Penn State
5. Michigan
6. Notre Dame
7. Clemson
8. Nebraska
9. Texas
10. Arkansas
11. Houston
12. UCLA
13. Purdue
14. Missouri
15. Georgia
16. Stanford
17. Navy
18. Texas A&M
19. Arizona State
(tie) N. C. State
 

1979
1. Alabama
2. USC
3. Oklahoma
4. Ohio State
5. Houston
6. Florida State
7. Pittsburgh
8. Arkansas
9. Nebraska
10. Purdue
11. Washington
12. Texas
13. Brigham Young
14. Baylor
15. North Carolina
16. Auburn
17. Temple
18. Michigan
19. Indiana
20. Penn State
1979
1. Alabama
2. USC
3. Oklahoma
4. Ohio State
5. Houston
6. Pittsburgh
7. Nebraska
8. Florida State
9. Arkansas
10. Purdue
11. Washington
12. Brigham Young
13. Texas
14. North Carolina
15. Baylor
16. Indiana
17. Temple
18. Penn State
19. Michigan
20. Missouri
 


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