1980 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1980 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I-A 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 29[1]
Week 1
Sep 6[2]
Week 2
Sep 13[2]
Week 3
Sep 20[2]
Week 4
Sep 27[2]
Week 5
Oct 4[2]
Week 6
Oct 11[2]
Week 7
Oct 18[2]
Week 8
Oct 25[2]
Week 9
Nov 1[2]
Week 10
Nov 8[2]
Week 11
Nov 15[2]
Week 12
Nov 22[2]
Week 13
Nov 29[2]
Week 14
Dec 6[2]
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[3]
1. Ohio State (36) Ohio State (0-0-0) Alabama (1-0-0) Alabama (2-0-0) Alabama (3-0-0) Alabama (4-0-0) Alabama (5-0-0) Alabama (6-0-0) Alabama (7-0-0) Notre Dame (7-0-0) Georgia (9-0-0) Georgia (10-0-0) Georgia (10-0-0) Georgia (11-0-0) Georgia (11-0-0) Georgia (12-0) (58 ½) 1.
2. Alabama (24) Alabama (1-0-0) Ohio State (1-0-0) Ohio State (2-0-0) Ohio State (3-0-0) Southern California (4-0-0) Southern California (5-0-0) Texas (5-0-0) UCLA (6-0-0) Georgia (8-0-0) Southern California (7-0-1) Notre Dame (8-0-1) Notre Dame (9-0-1) Notre Dame (9-0-1) Florida State (10-1-0) Pittsburgh (11-1) (3 ½) 2.
3. Pittsburgh (3) Pittsburgh (0-0-0) Oklahoma (1-0-0) Nebraska (2-0-0) Nebraska (3-0-0) Texas (4-0-0) Texas (5-0-0) UCLA (5-0-0) Notre Dame (6-0-0) Florida State (8-1-0) Florida State (9-1-0) Florida State (9-1-0) Florida State (9-1-0) Florida State (9-1-0) Pittsburgh (10-1-0) Oklahoma (10-2) 3.
4. USC (1) Oklahoma (0-0-0) Southern California (1-0-0) Oklahoma (1-0-0) Southern California (3-0-0) Pittsburgh (4-0-0) UCLA (5-0-0) Notre Dame (5-0-0) Georgia (7-0-0) Southern California (6-0-1) Nebraska (8-1-0) Nebraska (9-1-0) Pittsburgh (10-1-0) Pittsburgh (10-1-0) Oklahoma (9-2-0) Michigan (10-2) 4.
5. Oklahoma (1) Southern California (0-0-0) Pittsburgh (1-0-0) Southern California (2-0-0) Texas (3-0-0) UCLA (4-0-0) Notre Dame (4-0-0) Georgia (6-0-0) Florida State (7-1-0) Nebraska (7-1-0) Alabama (8-1-0) Ohio State (9-1-0) Penn State (9-2-0) Oklahoma (9-2-0) Michigan (9-2-0) Florida State (10-2) (1) 5.
6. Arkansas Texas (1-0-0) Nebraska (1-0-0) Pittsburgh (2-0-0) Pittsburgh (3-0-0) Georgia (4-0-0) Georgia (5-0-0) Florida State (6-1-0) North Carolina (7-0-0) Alabama (7-1-0) Notre Dame (7-0-1) Pittsburgh (9-1-0) Oklahoma (8-2-0) Michigan (9-2-0) Baylor (10-1-0) Alabama (10-2) 6.
7. Nebraska Notre Dame (1-0-0) Texas (1-0-0) Texas (2-0-0) Notre Dame (2-0-0) Notre Dame (3-0-0) Florida State (5-1-0) North Carolina (6-0-0) Southern California (5-0-1) Ohio State (7-1-0) Ohio State (8-1-0) Penn State (9-1-0) Michigan (9-2-0) Baylor (10-1-0) Notre Dame (9-1-1) Nebraska (10-2) 7.
8. Houston Nebraska (0-0-0) Notre Dame (1-0-0) Notre Dame (2-0-0) Georgia (4-0-0) North Carolina (4-0-0) North Carolina (5-0-0) Southern California (5-0-1) Nebraska (6-1-0) UCLA (6-1-0) Pittsburgh (8-1-0) Alabama (8-2-0) Baylor (10-1-0) Alabama (9-2-0) Nebraska (9-2-0) Penn State (10-2) 8.
9. Purdue Houston (0-0-0) Florida State (2-0-0) Florida State (3-0-0) Missouri (3-0-0) Ohio State (3-1-0) Ohio State (4-1-0) Nebraska (5-1-0) Ohio State (6-1-0) Pittsburgh (7-1-0) Penn State (8-1-0) Oklahoma (7-2-0) Alabama (8-2-0) Nebraska (9-2-0) Alabama (9-2-0) Notre Dame (9-2-1) 9.
10. Texas Florida State (1-0-0) Georgia (2-0-0) Georgia (3-0-0) North Carolina (3-0-0) Nebraska (3-1-0) Nebraska (4-1-0) Ohio State (5-1-0) Baylor (7-0-0) Penn State (7-1-0) Oklahoma (6-2-0) Michigan (8-2-0) Nebraska (9-2-0) Penn State (9-2-0) Penn State (9-2-0) North Carolina (11-1) 10.
11. Notre Dame Michigan (0-0-0) Stanford (2-0-0) Penn State (2-0-0) UCLA (3-0-0) Florida State (4-1-0) Pittsburgh (4-1-0) Baylor (6-0-0) Pittsburgh (6-1-0) Oklahoma (5-2-0) Michigan (7-2-0) Baylor (9-1-0) Ohio State (9-2-0) Ohio State (9-2-0) Ohio State (9-2-0) USC (8-2-1) 11.
12. Michigan Georgia (1-0-0) Penn State (1-0-0) Missouri (2-0-0) Oklahoma (1-1-0) Oklahoma (2-1-0) Penn State (4-1-0) Pittsburgh (5-1-0) Texas (5-1-0) Michigan (6-2-0) Baylor (8-1-0) Southern California (7-1-1) Brigham Young (10-1-0) North Carolina (10-1-0) Southern California (8-2-1) BYU (12-1) 12.
13. Florida State Stanford (1-0-0) North Carolina (2-0-0) Washington (2-0-0) Miami (FL) (4-0-0) Miami (FL) (4-0-0) Baylor (5-0-0) Penn State (5-1-0) Penn State (6-1-0) Brigham Young (7-1-0) Brigham Young (8-1-0) Brigham Young (9-1-0) North Carolina (10-1-0) Brigham Young (11-1-0) North Carolina (10-1-0) UCLA (9-2) 13.
14. North Carolina Penn State (1-0-0) Michigan (1-0-0) North Carolina (2-0-0) Arkansas (2-1-0) Penn State (3-1-0) Arkansas (4-1-0) South Carolina (6-1-0) South Carolina (6-1-0) North Carolina (7-1-0) South Carolina (7-2-0) South Carolina (8-2-0) UCLA (8-2-0) UCLA (9-2-0) Brigham Young (11-1-0) Baylor (10-2) 14.
15. Stanford North Carolina (1-0-0) Missouri (1-0-0) Arkansas (1-1-0) Stanford (3-1-0) Arkansas (3-1-0) South Carolina (5-1-0) Arkansas (4-1-0) Missouri (6-1-0) South Carolina (6-2-0) North Carolina (8-1-0) North Carolina (9-1-0) Washington (9-2-0) Washington (9-2-0) UCLA (9-2-0) Ohio State (9-3) 15.
16. Georgia Arkansas (0-1-0) Washington (1-0-0) UCLA (2-0-0) Florida State (3-1-0) Stanford (4-1-0) Missouri (4-1-0) Missouri (5-1-0) Oklahoma (4-2-0) Baylor (7-1-0) Purdue (7-2-0) Washington (8-2-0) Mississippi State (9-2-0) Mississippi State (9-2-0) Washington (9-2-0) Washington (9-3) 16.
17. Missouri Missouri (0-0-0) Arkansas (0-1-0) Michigan (1-1-0) Penn State (2-1-0) South Carolina (4-1-0) Oklahoma (2-2-0) Oklahoma (3-2-0) Brigham Young (6-1-0) Purdue (6-2-0) UCLA (6-2-0) Mississippi State (8-2-0) Southern California (7-2-1) Southern California (7-2-1) Mississippi State (9-2-0) Purdue (9-3) 17.
18. Penn State Auburn (0-0-0) Houston (0-1-0) Auburn (2-0-0) South Carolina (3-1-0) Baylor (4-0-0) Miami (FL) (4-1-0) Washington (5-1-0) Michigan (5-2-0) Southern Methodist (6-2-0) Southern Methodist (7-2-0) UCLA (7-2-0) Florida (7-2-0) South Carolina (8-3-0) South Carolina (8-3-0) Miami (FL) (9-3) 18.
19. Auburn Washington (0-0-0) Auburn (1-0-0) Maryland (3-0-0) Florida (3-0-0) Missouri (3-1-0) Iowa State (5-0-0) Brigham Young (5-1-0) Southern Methodist (5-2-0) Mississippi State (7-2-0) Mississippi State (7-2-0) Florida (7-2-0) South Carolina (8-3-0) Southern Methodist (8-3-0) Southern Methodist (8-3-0) Mississippi State (9-3) 19.
20. Washington Purdue (0-1-0) South Carolina (2-0-0) Arizona State (2-0-0) Baylor (3-0-0) Southern Methodist (4-0-0) Stanford (4-2-0) Southern Mississippi (6-0-0) Purdue (5-2-0) Florida (6-1-0) Florida (6-2-0) Texas (7-2-0) Southern Methodist (8-3-0) Miami (FL) (8-3-0) Miami (FL) (8-3-0) SMU (8-4) 20.
Preseason
Aug 29[1]
Week 1
Sep 6[2]
Week 2
Sep 13[2]
Week 3
Sep 20[2]
Week 4
Sep 27[2]
Week 5
Oct 4[2]
Week 6
Oct 11[2]
Week 7
Oct 18[2]
Week 8
Oct 25[2]
Week 9
Nov 1[2]
Week 10
Nov 8[2]
Week 11
Nov 15[2]
Week 12
Nov 22[2]
Week 13
Nov 29[2]
Week 14
Dec 6[2]
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[3]
None Dropped:
  • Purdue
Dropped:
  • Stanford
  • Houston
  • South Carolina
Dropped:
  • Washington
  • Michigan
  • Auburn
  • Maryland
  • Arizona State
Dropped:
  • Florida
Dropped:
  • Southern Methodist
Dropped:
  • Miami
  • Iowa State
  • Stanford
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Washington
  • Southern Mississippi
Dropped:
  • Texas
  • Missouri
None Dropped:
  • Purdue
  • Southern Methodist
Dropped:
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Florida
None Dropped:
  • South Carolina

Coaches' Poll[edit]

Preseason
Preseason[4]
Week 1
Sep 6
Week 2
Sep 13
Week 3
Sep 20
Week 4
Sep 27
Week 5
Oct 4
Week 6
Oct 11
Week 7
Oct 18
Week 8
Oct 25
Week 9
Nov 1
Week 10
Nov 8
Week 11
Nov 15
Week 12
Nov 22
Week 13
Nov 29
Week 14
Dec 6
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 4[5]
1. Ohio State (21) Georgia (12-0) (36) 1.
2. Alabama (10) Pittsburgh (11-1) (3) 2.
3. Oklahoma (1) Oklahoma (10-2) 3.
4. Pittsburgh (4) Michigan (10-2) (1) 4.
5. USC Florida State (10-2) 5.
6. Houston Alabama (10-2) 6.
7. Nebraska (1) Nebraska (10-2) 7.
8. Arkansas Penn State (10-2) 8.
9. Texas North Carolina (11-1) 9.
10. Purdue Notre Dame (9-2-1) 10.
11. Michigan BYU (12-1) 11.
12. Notre Dame USC (8-2-1) 12.
13. Penn State Baylor (10-2) 13.
14. Stanford UCLA (9-2) 14.
15. Washington Ohio State (9-3) 15.
16. Florida State Purdue (9-3) 16.
17. North Carolina Washington (9-3) 17.
18. Missouri Miami (FL) (9-3) 18.
19. BYU Florida (9-3) 19.
20. Georgia SMU (8-4) 20.
Preseason
Preseason[4]
Week 1
Sep 6
Week 2
Sep 13
Week 3
Sep 20
Week 4
Sep 27
Week 5
Oct 4
Week 6
Oct 11
Week 7
Oct 18
Week 8
Oct 25
Week 9
Nov 1
Week 10
Nov 8
Week 11
Nov 15
Week 12
Nov 22
Week 13
Nov 29
Week 14
Dec 6
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 4[5]
None None None None None None None None None None None None None None Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
  • South Carolina
  • Maryland

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. August 29, 1982. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "1980 Polls". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "1980 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ "UPI Preseason Poll". Arizona Republic. August 31, 1980. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ "The United Press International Board of Coaches Top 20 final college football ratings". The Tennessean. January 4, 1981. Retrieved January 8, 2017.