1982 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1982 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
т
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][4]
1. Pittsburgh (36) Pittsburgh (0-0) Washington (1-0) Washington (2-0) Washington (3-0) Washington (4-0) Washington (5-0) Washington (6-0) Pittsburgh (6-0) Pittsburgh (7-0) Georgia (9-0) Georgia (10-0) Georgia (10-0) Georgia (11-0) Georgia (11-0) Penn State (11-1) (44) 1.
2. Washington (15) Washington (0-0) Pittsburgh (1-0) Nebraska (2-0) Pittsburgh (3-0) Pittsburgh (4-0) Alabama (5-0) Pittsburgh (5-0) Washington (7-0) SMU (8-0) SMU (9-0) SMU (10-0) Penn State (9-1) Penn State (10-1) Penn State (10-1) SMU (11-0-1) (9) 2.
3. Alabama (3) Nebraska (0-0) Nebraska (1-0) Pittsburgh (2-0) Penn State (4-0) Penn State (4-0) Pittsburgh (4-0) Georgia (6-0) Georgia (7-0) Georgia (8-0) Arizona State (9-0) Penn State (9-1) Nebraska (9-1) Nebraska (10-1) Nebraska (11-1) Nebraska (12-1) (2) 3.
4. Nebraska (2) Alabama (0-0) Alabama (1-0) Alabama (2-0) Florida (3-0) Alabama (4-0) Georgia (5-0) SMU (6-0) SMU (7-0) Arizona State (8-0) Nebraska (8-1) Nebraska (9-1) SMU (10-0-1) SMU (10-0-1) SMU (10-0-1) Georgia (11-1) 4.
5. North Carolina (2) North Carolina (0-0) Florida (2-0) Florida (2-0) Alabama (3-0) Georgia (4-0) SMU (5-0) Nebraska (5-1) Arkansas (6-0) Arkansas (7-0) Penn State (8-1) Washington (9-1) Pittsburgh (9-1) UCLA (9-1-1) UCLA (9-1-1) UCLA (10-1-1) 5.
6. SMU Georgia (0-0) SMU (1-0) SMU (2-0) Georgia (3-0) SMU (4-0) Nebraska (4-1) Arkansas (5-0) Nebraska (6-1) Nebraska (7-1) LSU (7-0-1) Pittsburgh (8-1) Arizona State (9-1) Arkansas (8-1-1) Pittsburgh (9-2) Arizona State (10-2) 6.
7. Georgia Penn State (1-0) Georgia (2-0) Georgia (2-0) SMU (3-0) Nebraska (3-1) Arkansas (5-0) Alabama (5-1) Arizona State (7-0) Penn State (7-1) Washington (8-1) Florida State (8-1) LSU (8-1-1) Pittsburgh (9-2) Clemson (9-1-1) Washington (10-2) 7.
8. Penn State SMU (0-0) Penn State (2-0) Penn State (3-0) Nebraska (2-1) UCLA (4-0) Penn State (4-1) Arizona State (7-0) Penn State (6-1) Alabama (7-1) Pittsburgh (7-1) Arizona State (9-1) UCLA (9-1-1) Clemson (9-1-1) Texas (9-2) Clemson (9-1-1) 8.
9. Oklahoma Oklahoma (0-0) Arkansas (1-0) Arkansas (2-0) UCLA (3-0) Arkansas (4-0) Notre Dame (4-0) Penn State (5-1) Alabama (6-1) UCLA (7-0-1) Florida State (7-1) Arkansas (8-1) Arkansas (8-1-1) Washington (9-2) Washington (9-2) Arkansas (9-2-1) 9.
10. USC USC (0-0) Michigan (1-0) Notre Dame (1-0) Arkansas (3-0) Notre Dame (3-0) Arizona State (6-0) North Carolina (5-1) North Carolina (5-1) Washington (7-1) Arkansas (7-1) Clemson (7-1-1) Clemson (8-1-1) West Virginia (9-2) West Virginia (9-2) Pittsburgh (9-3) 10.
11. Clemson Florida (1-0) North Carolina (0-1) North Carolina (1-1) Notre Dame (2-0) Arizona State (5-0) North Carolina (4-1) UCLA (5-0-1) UCLA (6-0-1) LSU (6-0-1) Clemson (6-1-1) UCLA (8-1-1) Oklahoma (8-2) Arizona State (9-2) Arizona State (9-2) LSU (8-3-1) 11.
12. Michigan Michigan (0-0) Ohio State (1-0) UCLA (2-0) North Carolina (2-1) North Carolina (3-1) UCLA (4-0-1) USC (4-1) USC (5-1) Florida State (6-1) UCLA (7-1-1) LSU (7-1-1) West Virginia (9-2) Texas (8-2) Oklahoma (8-3) Ohio State (9-3) 12.
13. Arkansas Arkansas (0-0) Arizona State (2-0) Ohio State (2-0) Arizona State (4-0) Texas (3-0) West Virginia (4-1) West Virginia (5-1) LSU (5-0-1) Clemson (5-1-1) Notre Dame (6-1-1) Michigan (8-2) Washington (9-2) LSU (8-2-1) LSU (8-2-1) Florida State (9-3) 13.
14. Ohio State Ohio State (0-0) UCLA (1-0) Arizona State (3-0) West Virginia (3-0) Florida (3-1) USC (3-1) LSU (4-0-1) Florida State (5-1) Oklahoma (6-2) Michigan (7-2) Oklahoma (8-2) Texas (7-2) Oklahoma (8-3) Arkansas (8-2-1) Auburn (9-3) 14.
15. Miami (FL) Arizona State (1-0) Miami (FL) (1-1) West Virginia (2-0) Texas (2-0) USC (3-1) Illinois (5-1) Notre Dame (4-1) Clemson (5-1-1) Michigan (6-2) Oklahoma (7-2) USC (7-2) Florida State (8-2) Florida State (8-2) USC (8-3) USC (8-3) 15.
16. Florida Clemson (0-0) Clemson (0-1-1) Miami (FL) (2-1) USC (2-1) West Virginia (3-1) LSU (3-0-1) Miami (FL) (5-2) Miami (FL) (5-2) USC (5-2) USC (6-2) West Virginia (8-2) Maryland (8-3) USC (8-3) Maryland (8-3) Oklahoma (8-4) 16.
17. Texas Texas (0-0) West Virginia (1-0) Texas (1-0) Miami (FL) (3-1) Miami (FL) (4-1) Miami (FL) (4-2) Florida State (5-1) Oklahoma (5-2) West Virginia (6-2) Alabama (7-2) Texas (6-2) USC (7-3) Maryland (8-3) Ohio State (8-3) Texas (9-3) 17.
18. Notre Dame UCLA (0-0) Texas (0-0) USC (1-1) Boston College (2-0-1) LSU (3-0) Texas (3-1) Clemson (4-1-1) West Virginia (5-2) North Carolina (5-2) Maryland (7-2) Notre Dame (6-2-1) Ohio State (8-3) Ohio State (8-3) Auburn (8-3) North Carolina (8-4) 18.
19. Arizona State Miami (FL) (0-1) USC (0-1) Illinois (3-0) Minnesota (3-0) Boston College (3-0-1) Florida State (4-1) Texas (3-1) Auburn (6-1) Maryland (6-2) West Virginia (7-2) Maryland (7-3) Tulsa (10-1) Auburn (8-3) Michigan (8-3) West Virginia (9-3) 19.
20. UCLA Notre Dame (0-0) Notre Dame (0-0) Michigan (1-1) Auburn (3-0) Illinois (4-1) Clemson (3-1-1) Oklahoma (4-2) Michigan (5-2) Florida (5-2) Texas (5-2) Tulsa (9-1) Michigan (8-3) Michigan (8-3) Tulsa (10-1) Maryland (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][4]
None Dropped:
  • Oklahoma
Dropped:
  • Clemson
Dropped:
  • Ohio State
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
Dropped:
  • Minnesota
  • Auburn
Dropped:
  • Florida
  • Boston College
Dropped:
  • Illinois
Dropped:
  • Notre Dame
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Miami
  • Auburn
Dropped:
  • North Carolina
  • Florida
Dropped:
  • Alabama
Dropped:
  • Notre Dame
Dropped:
  • Tulsa
Dropped:
  • Florida State
Dropped:
  • Michigan
  • Tulsa

Coaches' Poll[edit]

Preseason
Aug 29[5]
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 7[6]
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[7]
1. Pittsburgh (26) Georgia (11-0) Penn State (11-1) (33) 1.
2. Washington (8) Penn State (10-1) SMU (11-0-1) (4) 2.
3. Nebraska (3) Nebraska (11-1) Nebraska (12-1) 3.
4. Alabama (3) SMU (10-0-1) Georgia (11-1) 4.
5. Penn State UCLA (9-1-1) UCLA (10-1-1) 5.
6. North Carolina (1) Pittsburgh (9-2) Arizona State (10-2) 6.
7. Georgia Texas (9-2) Washington (10-2) 7.
8. Oklahoma (1) Washington (9-2) Arkansas (9-2-1) 8.
9. Clemson West Virginia (9-2) Pittsburgh (9-3) 9.
10. Michigan Oklahoma (8-3) Florida State (9-3) 10.
11. SMU Arizona State (9-2) LSU (8-3-1) 11.
12. Arkansas Arkansas (8-2-1) Ohio State (9-3) 12.
13. Texas LSU (8-2-1) North Carolina (8-4) 13.
14. Ohio State Maryland (8-3) Auburn (9-3) 14.
15. Miami (FL) Auburn (8-3) Michigan (8-4) 15.
16. Florida Ohio State (8-3) Oklahoma (8-4) 16.
17. UCLA Michigan (8-3) Alabama (8-4) т 17.
18. Notre Dame Tulsa (10-1) Texas (9-3) т 18.
19. BYU Florida (8-3) West Virginia (9-3) 19.
20. Texas A&M Florida State (8-3) Maryland (8-4) 20.
Preseason
Aug 29[5]
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 7[6]
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[7]
None None None None None None None None None None None None None None Dropped:
  • Tulsa
  • Florida

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AP Pre-season Top 20". Detroit Free Press. August 29, 1982. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "1982 Polls". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Final AP Top Twenty". Battle Creek Enquirer. January 3, 1983. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "1982 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ "UPI Pre-season Top 20". Detroit Free Press. August 29, 1982. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Top five remains same in grid poll". Journal Gazette (Mattoon, IL). December 7, 1982. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ "The United Press International Board of Coaches Top 20 final 1982 college football ratings". Detroit Free Press. January 3, 1983. Retrieved January 1, 2017.