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
т
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) т UCLA (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) т Houston (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 State Maryland (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 Dame Texas 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. Maryland Arkansas (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. Arkansas Kansas (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&M Alabama (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) т Oklahoma State (8-3) Oklahoma State (9-3) 14.
15. California Boston 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) т Notre Dame (8-3) UCLA (9-2-1) 15.
16. Georgia LSU (0-0-1) North Carolina (3-0) Mississippi (3-1) Texas (2-1) LSU (3-1-1) т Iowa 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. UCLA North Carolina (2-0) Mississippi (2-1) Texas Tech (2-0) Texas A&M (3-1) Mississippi (4-2) т Missouri (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. Florida Arizona 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. Kansas Texas (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) т Mississippi State (9-2) т North Carolina (9-2) Iowa State (8-3) 19.
20. Miami (OH) Mississippi (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) т North 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
  • Mississippi
  • Penn State
Dropped:
  • Boston College
  • North Carolina
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Kansas
  • LSU
  • Mississippi
Dropped:
  • East Carolina
  • Houston
  • Iowa State
  • South Carolina
Dropped:
  • Cincinnati
  • Mississippi State
Dropped:
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
Dropped:
  • Iowa State
  • Missouri
None Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • North Carolina
  • Penn State

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released after the bowl games, on January 3, 1977.[15]
Pittsburgh received 39 of the 42 first-place votes, and USC received the other three.[16]

Ranking Team
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
Kentucky

Source:[16][17]

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. ^ "UPI board picks Pitt". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. January 4, 1977. p. 24. 
  16. ^ a b "UPI poll". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. January 4, 1977. p. 3C. 
  17. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt