1976 NCAA Division I football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1976 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I football rankings. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a national championship, instead that title is bestowed by one or more different polling agencies. There are two main weekly polls that begin in the preseason—the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.

Legend[edit]

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

AP Poll[edit]

Preseason
Aug [1]
Week 1
Sep 14[2]
Week 2
Sep 21[3]
Week 3
Sep 28[4]
Week 4
Oct 5[5]
Week 5
Oct 12[6]
Week 6
Oct 19[7]
Week 7
Oct 26[8]
Week 8
Nov 2[9]
Week 9
Nov 9[10]
Week 10
Nov 16[11]
Week 11
Nov 23[12]
Week 12
Nov 30[13]
Week 13 (Final)
Jan[14]
1.Nebraska (25)Michigan (1–0) (28)Michigan (2–0) (47)Michigan (3–0) (56)Michigan (4–0) (52)Michigan (5–0) (57)Michigan (6–0) (58)Michigan (7–0) (53)Michigan (8–0) (57)Pittsburgh (9–0) (49)Pittsburgh (10–0) (44)Pittsburgh (10–0) (39)Pittsburgh (11–0) (45)Pittsburgh (12–0) (59)1.
2.Michigan (10)Ohio State (1–0) (18)Ohio State (2–0) (3)Pittsburgh (3–0) (2)Pittsburgh (4–0) (3)Pittsburgh (5–0) (3)Pittsburgh (6–0) (4)Pittsburgh (7–0) (6)Pittsburgh (8–0) (5)UCLA (8–0–1) (7)UCLA (9–0–1) (13)Michigan (10–1) (13)Michigan (10–1) (8)USC (11–1) (3)2.
3.Arizona State (7)Pittsburgh (1–0) (9)Pittsburgh (2–0) (7)Oklahoma (3–0) (2)Oklahoma (4–0) (3)Nebraska (4–0–1)Nebraska (5–0–1)UCLA (6–0–1)UCLA (7–0–1)USC (7–1) (2)USC (8–1) (1)USC (9–1) (7)USC (10–1) (3)Michigan (10–2)3.
4.Ohio State (3)Oklahoma (1–0) (4)Oklahoma (2–0) (3)UCLA (3–0)Georgia (4–0) (2)UCLA (4–0–1)UCLA (5–0–1)USC (5–1)USC (6–1)Michigan (8–1) (2)Michigan (9–1) (2)Georgia (9–1) (1)Maryland (11–0) (2)Houston (10–2)4.
5.Oklahoma (6)UCLA (1–0) (2)UCLA (2–0)Nebraska (2–0–1)UCLA (3–0–1)Maryland (5–0)Oklahoma (5–0–1)Maryland (7–0)Texas Tech (6–0)Texas Tech (7–0) (1)Texas Tech (8–0) (1)Maryland (11–0) (2)Georgia (10–1)Oklahoma (9–2–1)5.
6.Alabama (3)Missouri (1–0)Nebraska (1–0–1)Georgia (3–0)Nebraska (3–0–1)Oklahoma (4–0–1)Maryland (6–0)Texas Tech (5–0) (1)Maryland (8–0)Maryland (9–0) (2)Georgia (9–1) тUCLA (9–1–1)Houston (8–2)Ohio State (9–2–1)6.
7.Texas (3)Penn State (1–0)Georgia (2–0)Maryland (3–0)Maryland (4–0)Missouri (4–1)USC (4–1)Georgia (6–1)Georgia (7–1)Georgia (8–1)Maryland (10–0) тHouston (7–2)UCLA (9–1–1)Texas A&M (10–2)7.
8.USC (2)Nebraska (0–0–1)Maryland (2–0)Ohio State (2–1)Kansas (4–0)USC (4–1)Texas Tech (4–0)Ohio State (5–1–1)Ohio State (6–1–1)Ohio State (7–1–1)Ohio State (8–1–1)Oklahoma (7–2–1)Oklahoma (8–2–1)Maryland (11–1)8.
9.Pittsburgh (1)Georgia (1–0)Texas A&M (2–0)Kansas (3–0)Missouri (3–1)Ohio State (3–1–1)Ohio State (4–1–1)Nebraska (5–1–1)Nebraska (6–1–1)Nebraska (7–1–1)Houston (6–2)Texas Tech (8–1)Texas Tech (9–1)Nebraska (9–3–1)9.
10.Penn StateMaryland (1–0)Kansas (3–0)Alabama (2–1)Ohio State (2–1–1)Texas Tech (3–0)Georgia (5–1)Missouri (5–2)Florida (6–1)Alabama (7–2)Oklahoma (7–2–1)Nebraska (7–2–1)Texas A&M (9–2)Georgia (10–2)10.
11.Notre DameTexas A&M (1–0)Penn State (1–1)LSU (2–0–1)USC (3–1)Georgia (4–1)Florida (4–1)Notre Dame (5–1)Notre Dame (6–1)Missouri (6–3)Texas A&M (7–2) (1)Texas A&M (8–2)Ohio State (8–2–1)Alabama (9–3)11.
12.MarylandArkansas (1–0)Arkansas (2–0)Missouri (2–1)Florida (3–1)Florida (3–1)Notre Dame (4–1)Florida (5–1)Arkansas (5–1)Houston (6–2)Nebraska (7–2–1)Ohio State (8–2–1)Colorado (8–3)Notre Dame (9–3)12.
13.ArkansasKansas (2–0)Alabama (1–1)USC (2–1)Boston College (3–0)Texas (2–1–1)Texas (2–1–1)Oklahoma (5–1–1)Oklahoma State (5–2)Arkansas (5–1–1)Notre Dame (7–2)Notre Dame (8–2)Nebraska (7–3–1)Texas Tech (10–2)13.
14.Texas A&MAlabama (0–1)Illinois (2–0)North Carolina (4–0)Notre Dame (3–1)Notre Dame (3–1)Houston (4–1)Arkansas (4–1)Colorado (6–2)Oklahoma (6–2–1)Iowa State (8–2)Colorado (8–3) тOklahoma State (8–3)Oklahoma State (9–3)14.
15.CaliforniaBoston College (1–0)LSU (1–0–1)Boston College (2–0)Texas Tech (2–0)Kansas (4–1)Arkansas (3–1)Texas (3–1–1)Alabama (6–2)Florida (6–2)Colorado (7–3)Oklahoma State (7–3) тNotre Dame (8–3)UCLA (9–2–1)15.
16.GeorgiaLSU (0–0–1)North Carolina (3–0)Ole Miss (3–1)Texas (2–1)LSU (3–1–1) тIowa State (5–1)Oklahoma State (4–2)Missouri (5–3)Texas A&M (6–2)Oklahoma State (6–3)Penn State (7–3)Alabama (8–3)Colorado (8–4)16.
17.UCLANorth Carolina (2–0)Ole Miss (2–1)Texas Tech (2–0)Texas A&M (3–1)Ole Miss (4–2) тMissouri (4–2)Alabama (5–2)Oklahoma (5–2–1)Oklahoma State (5–3)Penn State (7–3)Rutgers (10–0)Rutgers (11–0)Rutgers (11–0)17.
18.FloridaArizona State (0–1)Boston College (1–0)Notre Dame (2–1)Arkansas (3–1)Arkansas (3–1)Alabama (4–2)Mississippi State (6–1)Texas A&M (6–2)Notre Dame (6–2)Alabama (7–3)Alabama (7–3)Baylor (7–2–1)Kentucky (8–4)18.
19.KansasTexas (0–1)USC (1–1)Florida (2–1)North Carolina (4–1)Houston (3–1)South Carolina (5–2)Colorado (5–2)Houston (5–2)Colorado (6–3)Missouri (6–4) тMississippi State (9–2) тNorth Carolina (9–2)Iowa State (8–3)19.
20.Miami (OH)Ole Miss (1–1)Texas Tech (2–0)Penn State (1–2)LSU (2–1–1)Alabama (3–2)
Cincinnati (5–1)Texas (3–2–1)South Carolina (6–3)Rutgers (10–0) тNorth Carolina (9–2) т
  • Mississippi State (9–2) т
  • Penn State (7–4) т
Mississippi State (9–2)20.
Preseason
Aug [1]
Week 1
Sep 14[2]
Week 2
Sep 21[3]
Week 3
Sep 28[4]
Week 4
Oct 5[5]
Week 5
Oct 12[6]
Week 6
Oct 19[7]
Week 7
Oct 26[8]
Week 8
Nov 2[9]
Week 9
Nov 9[10]
Week 10
Nov 16[11]
Week 11
Nov 23[12]
Week 12
Nov 30[13]
Week 13 (Final)
Jan[14]
Dropped:
  • California
  • Florida
  • Miami (OH)
  • Notre Dame
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Arizona State
  • Missouri
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Ole Miss
  • Penn State
Dropped:
  • Boston College
  • North Carolina
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Kansas
  • LSU
  • Ole Miss
Dropped:
  • East Carolina
  • Houston
  • Iowa State
  • South Carolina
Dropped:
  • Cincinnati
  • Mississippi State
Dropped:
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
Dropped:
  • Iowa State
  • Missouri
NoneDropped:
  • Baylor
  • North Carolina
  • Penn State

Coaches Poll[edit]

Week 1
Sep 13
Week 2
Sep 20
Week 3
Sep 27
Week 4
Oct 4
Week 5
Oct 11
Week 6
Oct 18
Week 7
Oct 25
Week 8
Nov 1
Week 9
Nov 8
Week 10
Nov 15
Week 11
Nov 22
Week 12
Nov 29
Week 13
Jan 4 (Final)
1.Ohio State (1–0)Michigan (2–0)Pittsburgh (9–0)Pittsburgh (10–0)Pittsburgh (10–0)Pittsburgh (11–0)Pittsburgh (12–0) (39)1.
2.Michigan (1–0)Ohio State (2–0)Pittsburgh (4–0)Pittsburgh (5–0)Pittsburgh (6–0)Pittsburgh (7–0)Pittsburgh (8–0)Michigan (10–1)USC (11–1) (3)2.
3.UCLA (1–0)Pittsburgh (2–0)Pittsburgh (3–0)USC (10–1)Michigan (10–2)3.
4.Pittsburgh (1–0)UCLA (2–0)Georgia (10–1)Houston (10–2)4.
5.Oklahoma (1–0)Oklahoma (2–0)Maryland (11–0)Ohio State (9–2–1)5.
6.Missouri (1–0)Nebraska (1–0–1)Oklahoma (9–2–1)6.
7.Penn State (1–0)Georgia (2–0)Nebraska (8–3–1)7.
8.Nebraska (0–0–1)Maryland (2–0)Texas A&M (10–2)8.
9.Georgia (1-0)Texas A&M (2–0)Alabama (9–3)9.
10.Texas A&M (1–0)Penn State (1–1)Georgia (10–2)10.
11.Maryland (1–0)Arkansas (2–0)Maryland (11–1)11.
12.Arkansas (1–0)Kansas (3–0)Notre Dame (9–3)12.
13.Alabama (0–1)Alabama (1–1)Texas Tech (10–2)13.
14.LSU (0–0–1)Illinois (2–0)Oklahoma State (9–3)14.
15.Boston College (1–0)LSU (1–0–1) тUCLA (9–2–1)15.
16.Kansas (2–0) тUSC (1–1) тColorado (8–4)16.
17.North Carolina (2-0) тBoston College (1–0)Rutgers (11–0)17.
18.Texas Tech (1–0) тNorth Carolina (3–0)Iowa State (8–3)18.
19.USC (0–1)Florida (1–1) тBaylor (8–2–1) т19.
20.Oklahoma State (1–0)Texas Tech (1–0) тKentucky (8–4) т20.
Week 1
Sep 13
Week 2
Sep 20
Week 3
Sep 27
Week 4
Oct 4
Week 5
Oct 11
Week 6
Oct 18
Week 7
Oct 25
Week 8
Nov 1
Week 9
Nov 8
Week 10
Nov 15
Week 11
Nov 22
Week 12
Nov 29
Week 13
Jan 4 (Final)
Dropped:
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma State
NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneDropped:
  • BYU
  • Florida

Sources:[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1976 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "September 14, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "September 21, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "September 28, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "October 5, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  6. ^ "October 12, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "October 19, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "October 26, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "November 2, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  10. ^ "November 9, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  11. ^ "November 16, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "November 23, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "November 30, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "1976 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  15. ^ MacCambridge, Michael (2005). ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. pp. 1316–1317. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  16. ^ "UPI poll". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. January 4, 1977. p. 3C.