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Past Rankings
AP, UPI, USA Today, Harris

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)

1980
1. Georgia
2. Pittsburgh
3. Oklahoma
4. Michigan
5. Florida State
6. Alabama
7. Nebraska
8. Penn State
9. Notre Dame
10. North Carolina
11. USC
12. Brigham Young
13. UCLA
14. Baylor
15. Ohio State
16. Washington
17. Purdue
18. Miami (Fla.)
19. Mississippi State
20. SMU
1980
1. Georgia
2. Pittsburgh
3. Oklahoma
4. Michigan
5. Florida State
6. Alabama
7. Nebraska
8. Penn State
9. North Carolina
10. Notre Dame
11. Brigham Young
12. USC
13. Baylor
14. UCLA
15. Ohio State
16. Purdue
17. Washington
18. Miami (Fla.)
19. Florida
20. SMU
 

1981
1. Clemson
2. Texas
3. Penn State
4. Pittsburgh
5. SMU
6. Georgia
7. Alabama
8. Miami (Fla.)
9. North Carolina
10. Washington
11. Nebraska
12. Michigan
13. Brigham Young
14. USC
15. Ohio State
16. Arizona State
17. West Virginia
18. Iowa
19. Missouri
20. Oklahoma
1981
1. Clemson
2. Pittsburgh
3. Penn State
4. Texas
5. Georgia
6. Alabama
7. Washington
8. North Carolina
9. Nebraska
10. Michigan
11. Brigham Young
12. Ohio State
13. USC
14. Oklahoma
15. Iowa
16. Arkansas
17. Mississippi State
18. West Virginia
19. So. Mississippi
20. Missouri
 

1982
1. Penn State
2. SMU
3. Nebraska
4. Georgia
5. UCLA
6. Arizona State
7. Washington
8. Clemson
9. Arkansas
10. Pittsburgh
11. Louisiana State
12. Ohio State
13. Florida State
14. Auburn
15. USC
16. Oklahoma
17. Texas
18. North Carolina
19. West Virginia
20. Maryland
1982
1. Penn State
2. SMU
3. Nebraska
4. Georgia
5. UCLA
6. Arizona State
7. Washington
8. Arkansas
9. Pittsburgh
10. Florida State
11. Louisiana State
12. Ohio State
13. North Carolina
14. Auburn
15. Michigan
16. Oklahoma
17. Alabama
18. Texas
19. West Virginia
20. Maryland
 

1983
1. Miami (Fla.)
2. Nebraska
3. Auburn
4. Georgia
5. Texas
6. Florida
7. Brigham Young
8. Michigan
9. Ohio State
10. Illinois
11. Clemson
12. SMU
13. Air Force
14. Iowa
15. Alabama
16. West Virginia
17. UCLA
18. Pittsburgh
19. Boston College
20. East Carolina
1983
1. Miami (Fla.)
2. Nebraska
3. Auburn
4. Georgia
5. Texas
6. Florida
7. Brigham Young
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan
10. Illinois
11. SMU
12. Alabama
13. UCLA
14. Iowa
15. Air Force
16. West Virginia
17. Penn State
18. Oklahoma State
19. Pittsburgh
20. Boston College
 

1984
1. Brigham Young
2. Washington
3. Florida
4. Nebraska
5. Boston College
6. Oklahoma
7. Oklahoma State
8. SMU
9. UCLA
10. USC
11. South Carolina
12. Maryland
13. Ohio State
14. Auburn
15. Louisiana State
16. Iowa
17. Florida State
18. Miami (Fla.)
19. Kentucky
20. Virginia
1984
1. Brigham Young
2. Washington
3. Nebraska
4. Boston College
5. Oklahoma State
6. Oklahoma
7. Florida
8. SMU
9. USC
10. UCLA
11. Maryland
12. Ohio State
13. South Carolina
14. Auburn
15. Iowa
16. Louisiana State
17. Virginia
18. West Virginia
19. Kentucky
(tie) Florida State
 

1985
1. Oklahoma
2. Michigan
3. Penn State
4. Tennessee
5. Florida
6. Texas A&M
7. UCLA
8. Air Force
9. Miami (Fla.)
10. Iowa
11. Nebraska
12. Arkansas
13. Alabama
14. Ohio State
15. Florida State
16. Brigham Young
17. Baylor
18. Maryland
19. Georgia Tech
20. Louisiana State
1985
1. Oklahoma
2. Michigan
3. Penn State
4. Tennessee
5. Air Force
6. UCLA
7. Texas A&M
8. Miami (Fla.)
9. Iowa
10. Nebraska
11. Ohio State
12. Arkansas
13. Florida State
14. Alabama
15. Baylor
16. Fresno State
17. Brigham Young
18. Georgia Tech
19. Maryland
20. Louisiana State
 

1986
1. Penn State
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Oklahoma
4. Arizona State
5. Nebraska
6. Auburn
7. Ohio State
8. Michigan
9. Alabama
10. Louisiana State
11. Arizona
12. Baylor
13. Texas A&M
14. UCLA
15. Arkansas
16. Iowa
17. Clemson
18. Washington
19. Boston College
20. Virginia Tech
1986
1. Penn State
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Oklahoma
4. Nebraska
5. Arizona State
6. Ohio State
7. Michigan
8. Auburn
9. Alabama
10. Arizona
11. Louisiana State
12. Texas A&M
13. Baylor
14. UCLA
15. Iowa
16. Arkansas
17. Washington
18. Boston College
19. Clemson
20. Florida State
 

1987
1. Miami (Fla.)
2. Florida State
3. Oklahoma
4. Syracuse
5. Louisiana State
6. Nebraska
7. Auburn
8. Michigan State
9. UCLA
10. Texas A&M
11. Oklahoma State
12. Clemson
13. Georgia
14. Tennessee
15. South Carolina
16. Iowa
17. Notre Dame
18. USC
19. Michigan
20. Arizona State
1987
1. Miami (Fla.)
2. Florida State
3. Oklahoma
4. Syracuse
5. Louisiana State
6. Nebraska
7. Auburn
8. Michigan State
9. Texas A&M
10. Clemson
11. UCLA
12. Oklahoma State
13. Tennessee
14. Georgia
15. South Carolina
16. Iowa
17. USC
18. Michigan
19. Texas
20. Indiana
 

1988
1. Notre Dame
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Florida State
4. Michigan
5. West Virginia
6. UCLA
7. USC
8. Auburn
9. Clemson
10. Nebraska
11. Oklahoma State
12. Arkansas
13. Syracuse
14. Oklahoma
15. Georgia
16. Washington St.
17. Alabama
18. Houston
19. Louisiana State
20. Indiana
1988
1. Notre Dame
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Florida State
4. Michigan
5. West Virginia
6. UCLA
7. Auburn
8. Clemson
9. USC
10. Nebraska
11. Oklahoma State
12. Syracuse
13. Arkansas
14. Oklahoma
15. Georgia
16. Washington St.
17. N. C. State
(tie) Alabama
19. Indiana
20. Wyoming
 

1989
1. Miami (Fla.)
2. Notre Dame
3. Florida State
4. Colorado
5. Tennessee
6. Auburn
7. Michigan
8. USC
9. Alabama
10. Illinois
11. Nebraska
12. Clemson
13. Arkansas
14. Houston
15. Penn State
16. Michigan State
17. Pittsburgh
18. Virginia
19. Texas Tech
20. Texas A&M
21. West Virginia
22. Brigham Young
23. Washington
24. Ohio State
25. Arizona
1989
1. Miami (Fla.)
2. Florida State
3. Notre Dame
4. Colorado
5. Tennessee
6. Auburn
7. Alabama
8. Michigan
9. USC
10. Illinois
11. Clemson
12. Nebraska
13. Arkansas
14. Penn State
15. Virginia
16. Texas Tech
(tie) Michigan State
18. Brigham Young
19. Pittsburgh
20. Washington