1996 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
Italics   Number of first place votes
(#-#)   Win-loss record
т Tied with team above or below also with this symbol


AP poll[edit]

Preseason
Aug 12 [1]
Week 1
Aug 26 [2]
Week 2
Sep 2 [3]
Week 3
Sep 9 [4]
Week 4
Sep 16 [5]
Week 5
Sep 23 [6]
Week 6
Sep 30 [7]
Week 7
Oct 7 [8]
Week 8
Oct 14 [9]
Week 9
Oct 21 [10]
Week 10
Oct 28 [11]
Week 11
Nov 4 [12]
Week 12
Nov 11 [13]
Week 13
Nov 18 [14]
Week 14
Nov 25 [15]
Week 15
Dec 2 [16]
Week 16
Dec 9 [17]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 3 [18]
1. Nebraska (50) Nebraska (0-0) (50) Nebraska (0-0) Nebraska (1-0) (57) Nebraska (1-0) (58) Florida (3-0) (52) Florida (4-0) (57) Florida (5-0) (38) Florida (6-0) (54) Florida (7-0) (57) Florida (7-0) (59) Florida (7-0) (59) Florida (9-0) (46) Florida (10-0) (54) Florida (10-0) (59) Florida State (11-0) (61) Florida State (11-0) (62) Florida (12-1) (65½) 1.
2. Tennessee (7) Tennessee (0-0) (8) Tennessee (1-0) (8) Tennessee (2-0) (4) Tennessee (2-0) (5) Florida State (2-0) (13) Florida State (3-0) (8) Ohio State (4-0) (24) Ohio State (5-0) (7) Ohio State (6-0) (4) Ohio State (7-0) (4) Ohio State (8-0) (5) Ohio State (9-0) (17) Ohio State (10-0) (7) Florida State (10-0) (5) Arizona State (11-0) (5) Arizona State (11-0) (5) Ohio State (11-1) (1½) 2.
3. Florida State (5) Florida State (0-0) (5) Florida State (0-0) (5) Florida State (1-0) (3) Florida State (1-0) (4) Penn State (4-0) (1) Ohio State (3-0) (1) Florida State (4-0) (4) Florida State (5-0) (5) Florida State (5-0) (5) Florida State (6-0) (3) Florida State (7-0) (2) Florida State (8-0) (2) Florida State (9-0) (4) Arizona State (11-0) (3) Nebraska (10-1) (1) Florida (11-1) Florida State (11-1) 3.
4. Florida (1) Florida (0-0) Florida (1-0) (1) Florida (2-0) Florida (2-0) Ohio State (2-0) Penn State (5-0) Arizona State (5-0) (1) Arizona State (6-0) (1) Arizona State (7-0) (1) Arizona State (8-0) (1) Arizona State (9-0) (1) Arizona State (10-0) (2) Arizona State (10-0) (2) Nebraska (9-1) Florida (10-1) Ohio State (10-1) Arizona State (11-1) 4.
5. Colorado (3) Colorado (0-0) (3) Colorado (1-0) (3) Colorado (2-0) (3) Penn State (3-0) Notre Dame (3-0) Arizona State (4-0) (1) Nebraska (3-1) Nebraska (4-1) Nebraska (5-1) Nebraska (6-1) Nebraska (7-1) Nebraska (8-1) Nebraska (9-1) Colorado (9-1) Ohio State (10-1) BYU (13-1) BYU (14-1) 5.
6. Notre Dame (1) Notre Dame (0-0) (1) Notre Dame (0-0) (1) Penn State (2-0) Texas (2-0) Arizona State (3-0) (1) Michigan (4-0) Miami (FL) (4-0) Tennessee (4-1) Tennessee (4-1) Tennessee (5-1) Tennessee (6-1) Colorado (8-1) T Colorado (9-1) Ohio State (10-1) BYU (12-1) Nebraska (10-2) Nebraska (11-2) 6.
7. USC Penn State (1-0) Penn State (1-0) Texas (2-0) Ohio State (1-0) Michigan (3-0) Nebraska (2-1) Tennessee (3-1) Alabama (6-0) Alabama (7-0) Colorado (6-1) Colorado (7-1) North Carolina (8-1) T Penn State (9-2) BYU (12-1) Colorado (9-2) Penn State (10-2) Penn State (11-2) 7.
8. Texas Texas (0-0) Texas (1-0) Ohio State (1-0) Michigan (2-0) Nebraska (1-1) Miami (FL) (4-0) Alabama (5-0) Notre Dame (4-1) Colorado (5-1) North Carolina (6-1) North Carolina (7-1) Alabama (8-1) BYU (11-1) Penn State (10-2) Penn State (10-2) Colorado (9-2) Colorado (10-2) 8.
9. Ohio State Ohio State (0-0) Syracuse (0-0) Notre Dame (1-0) (1) Notre Dame (2-0) Tennessee(2-1) Tennessee (2-1) Colorado (3-1) Colorado (4-1) North Carolina (5-1) Michigan (6-1) Michigan (7-1) Kansas State (8-1) Tennessee (7-2) Tennessee (8-2) Tennessee (9-2) Tennessee (9-2) Tennessee (10-2) 9.
10. Syracuse Syracuse (0-0) Ohio State (0-0) Miami (FL) (2-0) Miami (FL) (3-0) Miami (FL) (3-0) Colorado (3-1) Penn State (5-1) Penn State (6-1) Michigan (5-1) Alabama (7-1) Alabama (7-1) BYU (10-1) Notre Dame (7-2) Notre Dame (8-2) Northwestern (9-2) Virginia Tech (10-1) North Carolina (10-2) 10.
11. Penn State Miami (FL) (0-0) Miami (FL) (1-0) Michigan (1-0) North Carolina (2-0) North Carolina (3-0) Notre Dame (3-1) Notre Dame (3-1) North Carolina (5-1) Northwestern (6-1) Northwestern (7-1) LSU (7-1) Penn State (8-2) Northwestern (9-2) Northwestern (9-2) Alabama (10-3) Northwestern (9-2) Alabama (10-3) 11.
12. Miami (FL) Michigan (0-0) Michigan (1-0) North Carolina (2-0) Colorado (2-1) Colorado (2-1) Virginia (4-0) LSU (4-0) Miami (FL) (4-1) West Virginia (7-0) LSU (6-1) BYU (9-1) Tennessee (6-2) Washington (8-2) Washington (9-2) Washington (9-2) North Carolina (9-2) LSU (10-2) 12.
13. Texas A&M Alabama (0-0) Northwestern (0-0) Alabama (2-0) Alabama (3-0) T Texas (2-1) Alabama (4-0) North Carolina (4-1) Michigan (4-1) LSU (5-1) BYU (8-1) Kansas State (8-1) Northwestern (8-2) North Carolina (8-2) North Carolina (9-2) North Carolina (9-2) Washington (9-2) Virginia Tech (10-2) 13.
14. Michigan Virginia Tech (0-0) Alabama (1-0) BYU (2-0) Auburn (3-0) T Alabama (4-0) LSU (3-0) Michigan (4-1) Northwestern (5-1) Virginia (5-1) Kansas State (7-1) Penn State (8-2) Notre Dame (6-2) Kansas State (8-2) Kansas State (9-2) Kansas State (9-2) Kansas State (9-2) Miami (FL) (9-3) 14.
15. Alabama Northwestern (0-0) Virginia Tech (0-0) Auburn (2-0) USC (2-1) USC (3-1) North Carolina (3-1) Northwestern (4-1) West Virginia (6-0) BYU (7-1) Penn State (7-2) Virginia (6-2) Washington (7-2) Alabama (8-2) Alabama (9-2) Virginia Tech (9-2) Michigan (8-3) Northwestern (9-3) 15.
16. Virginia Tech Auburn (0-0) BYU (2-0) USC (1-1) Kansas State (3-0) Kansas State (4-0) Kansas State (4-0) Washington (3-1) Auburn (5-1) Kansas State (6-1) Virginia (5-2) Wyoming (9-0) Michigan (7-2) Syracuse (7-2) Syracuse (8-2) Michigan (8-3) Alabama (9-3) Washington (9-3) 16.
17. Auburn USC (0-1) LSU (0-0) Kansas State (2-0) Arizona State (2-0) LSU (2-0) USC (3-1) West Virginia (6-0) LSU (4-1) Penn State (6-2) Wyoming (8-0) Notre Dame (5-2) LSU (6-2) Virginia Tech (8-1) Virginia Tech (9-1) LSU (9-2) LSU (9-2) Kansas State (9-3) 17.
18. Northwestern LSU (0-0) Auburn (1-0) Arizona State (1-0) Virginia Tech (2-0) Virginia Tech (3-0) Washington (2-1) Auburn (4-1) BYU (6-1) Wyoming (8-0) West Virginia (7-1) Northwestern (7-2) Miami (FL) (6-2) LSU (7-2) Michigan (8-3) Notre Dame (8-3) Notre Dame (8-3) Iowa (9-3) 18.
19. LSU BYU (1-0) USC (0-1) Virginia Tech (1-0) Iowa (2-0) Virginia (3-0) West Virginia (5-0) BYU (5-1) California (5-0) Notre Dame (4-2) Notre Dame (4-2) Washington (6-2) Syracuse (6-2) Virginia (7-3) LSU (8-2) Miami (FL) (8-3) Miami (FL) (8-3) Notre Dame (8-3) 19.
20. Arizona State Arizona State (0-0) Arizona State (0-0) LSU (1-0) Virginia (2-0) Kansas (2-0) Auburn (3-1) Virginia (4-1) Virginia (4-1) Iowa (5-1) Utah (7-1) Southern MIss(8-2) Auburn (7-2) Wyoming (10-1) Virginia (7-3) Wyoming (10-1) Texas (8-4) Michigan (8-4) 20.
21. Kansas State Kansas State (0-0) Kansas State (1-0) Iowa (1-0) LSU (1-0) Washington (2-1) BYU (4-1) California (5-0) Kansas State (5-1) Utah (6-1) Washington (5-2) Miami (FL) (6-2) Virginia Tech (7-1) Michigan (7-3) Wyoming (10-1) Iowa (8-3) Iowa (8-3) Syracuse (9-3) 21.
22. Iowa Iowa (0-0) Iowa (0-0) Virginia (1-0) Kansas (2-0) Auburn (3-1) Northwestern (3-1) Kansas State (4-1) Georgia Tech (4-1) Auburn (5-2) Miami (FL) (5-2) Auburn (6-2) Army (9-0) Clemson (7-3) Iowa (8-3) Syracuse (8-3) Wyoming (10-2) Wyoming (10-2) 22.
23. Virginia Texas A&M (0-1) Virginia (0-0) Syracuse (0-1) Syracuse (0-1) West Virginia (4-0) Texas (2-2) Georgia Tech (4-1) Wyoming (7-0) Washington (4-2) Southern Miss (7-1) Iowa (6-2) Wyoming (9-1) West Virginia (8-2) Miami (FL) (7-3) Army (9-1) Syracuse (8-3) Texas (8-5) 23.
24. Kansas Virginia (0-0) North Carolina (1-0) Kansas (1-0) Washington (1-1) BYU (3-1) Utah (4-1) Wyoming (6-0) Utah (5-1) Southern Miss (6-1) Auburn (5-2) Syracuse (5-2) Virginia (6-3) Iowa (7-3) Army (9-1) West Virginia (8-3) Army (10-1) Auburn (8-4) 24.
25. Clemson Kansas (0-0) Texas A&M (0-1) Texas A&M (0-1) Oregon (3-0) Northwestern (2-1) Wyoming (5-0) Texas (3-2) Washington (3-2) Miami (FL) (4-2) Iowa (5-2) Virginia Tech (6-1) Southern Miss (8-2) Miami (FL) (6-3) West Virginia (8-3) Virginia (7-4) West Virginia (8-3) Army (10-2) 25.
Preseason
Aug 12 [1]
Week 1
Aug 26 [2]
Week 2
Sep 2 [3]
Week 3
Sep 9 [4]
Week 4
Sep 16 [5]
Week 5
Sep 23 [6]
Week 6
Sep 30 [7]
Week 7
Oct 7 [8]
Week 8
Oct 14 [9]
Week 9
Oct 21 [10]
Week 10
Oct 28 [11]
Week 11
Nov 4 [12]
Week 12
Nov 11 [13]
Week 13
Nov 18 [14]
Week 14
Nov 25 [15]
Week 15
Dec 2 [16]
Week 16
Dec 9 [17]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 3 [18]
Dropped:
Clemson
Dropped:
Kansas
Dropped:
Northwestern
Dropped:
BYU
Texas A&M
Dropped:
Iowa
Syracuse
Oregon
Dropped:
Virginia Tech
Kansas
Dropped:
USC
Utah
Dropped:
Texas
Dropped:
California
Georgia Tech
Dropped:
None
Dropped:
West Virginia
Utah
Dropped:
Iowa
Dropped:
Auburn
Army
Southern Miss
Dropped:
Clemson
Dropped:
None
Dropped:
Virginia
Dropped:
West Virginia

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

Ranking Team
1 Florida
2 Ohio State
3 Florida State
4 Arizona State
5 BYU
6 Nebraska
7 Penn State
8 Colorado
9 Tennessee
10 North Carolina
11 Alabama
12 Virginia Tech
13 LSU
14 Miami (FL)
15 Washington
16 Northwestern
17 Kansas State
18 Iowa
19 Syracuse
20 Michigan
21 Notre Dame
22 Wyoming
23 Texas
24 Army
25 Auburn

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "1996 AP Week 1 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-22. [dead link]
  3. ^ "1996 AP Week 2 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-22. [dead link]
  4. ^ "1996 AP Week 3 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-22. [dead link]
  5. ^ "1996 AP Week 4 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-22. [dead link]
  6. ^ "1996 AP Week 5 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  7. ^ "1996 AP Week 6 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  8. ^ "1996 AP Week 7 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  9. ^ "1996 AP Week 8 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  10. ^ "1996 AP Week 9 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  11. ^ "1996 AP Week 10 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  12. ^ "1996 AP Week 11 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  13. ^ "1996 AP Week 12 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  14. ^ "1996 AP Week 13 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  15. ^ "1996 AP Week 14 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  16. ^ "1996 AP Week 15 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Archived from the original on November 5, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  17. ^ "1996 AP Week 16 Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
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  19. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt