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
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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][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.SMUGeorgia (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.GeorgiaPenn 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 StateSMU (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.OklahomaOklahoma (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.USCUSC (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.ClemsonFlorida (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.MichiganMichigan (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.ArkansasArkansas (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 StateOhio 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.FloridaClemson (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.TexasTexas (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 DameUCLA (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 StateMiami (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.UCLANotre 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]
NoneDropped:
  • 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 13[6]
Week 2
Sep 20[7]
Week 3
Sep 27[8]
Week 4
Oct 4[9]
Week 5
Oct 11[10]
Week 6
Oct 18[11]
Week 7
Oct 25[12]
Week 8
Nov 1[13]
Week 9
Nov 8[14]
Week 10
Nov 15[15]
Week 11
Nov 22[16]
Week 12
Nov 29[17]
Week 13
Dec 7[18]
Week 14 (Final)
Jan 3[19]
1.Pittsburgh (26)Pittsburgh (1-0) (17)Pittsburgh (2-0) (17)Pittsburgh (3-0) (19)Washington (4-0) (16)Washington (5-0) (25)Washington (6-0) (29)Washington (7-0) (24)Pittsburgh (7-0) (33)Georgia (9-0) (22)Georgia (10-0) (28)Georgia (10-0) (37)Georgia (11-0) (37)Georgia (11-0) (34)Penn State (11-1) (33)1.
2.Washington (8)Washington (1-0) (12)Nebraska (2-0) (8)Washington (3-0) (18)Pittsburgh (4-0) (16)Alabama (5-0) (10)Pittsburgh (5-0) (11)Pittsburgh (6-0) (12)Georgia (8-0) (1)SMU (9-0) (18)SMU (10-0) (9)Penn State (9-1) (2)Penn State (10-1) (2)Penn State (10-1) (3)SMU (11-0-1) (4)2.
3.Nebraska (3)Nebraska (1-0) (6)Washington (2-0) (13)Penn State (4-0) (3)Penn State (4-0) (6)Pittsburgh (4-0) (7)Georgia (6-0)Georgia (7-0) (1)SMU (8-0) (5)Nebraska (8-1) (1)Penn State (9-1) (3)Nebraska (9-1) (3)Nebraska (10-1) (3)Nebraska (11-1) (3)Nebraska (12-1)3.
4.Alabama (3)Alabama (1-0) (6)Alabama (2-0) (4)Alabama (3-0) (2)Alabama (4-0) (2)Georgia (5-0)SMU (6-0)SMU (7-0) (3)Arkansas (7-0) (2)Penn State (8-1) (1)Nebraska (9-1) (2)SMU (10-0-1)SMU (10-0-1)SMU (10-0-1)Georgia (11-1)4.
5.Penn StateGeorgia (2-0)Penn State (3-0)Florida (3-0)Georgia (4-0)SMU (5-0)Nebraska (5-1) (1)Arkansas (6-0) (1)Nebraska (7-1) (1)LSU (7-0-1)Washington (9-1)Pittsburgh (9-1)UCLA (9-1-1)UCLA (9-1-1)UCLA (10-1-1)5.
6.North Carolina (1)SMU (1-0) (1)Georgia (2-0)Georgia (3-0)SMU (4-0) (1)Nebraska (4-1)Arkansas (5-0)Nebraska (6-1) (1)Penn State (7-1)Washington (8-1)Pittsburgh (8-1)LSU (8-1-1)Arkansas (8-1-1)Pittsburgh (9-2)Arizona State (10-2)6.
7.GeorgiaFlorida (2-0)Florida (2-0)SMU (3-0)Nebraska (3-1)Arkansas (5-0)North Carolina (5-1)Penn State (6-1)Alabama (7-1)Pittsburgh (7-1)Florida State (8-1)Arkansas (8-1-1)Pittsburgh (9-2)Texas (9-2)Washington (10-2)7.
8.Oklahoma (1)Penn State (2-0)SMU (2-0)Nebraska (2-1)UCLA (4-0) (1)North Carolina (4-1)Penn State (5-1) (1)North Carolina (5-1)UCLA (7-0-1)Florida State (7-1)Arkansas (8-1)UCLA (9-1-1)West Virginia (9-2)Washington (9-2)Arkansas (9-2-1)8.
9.ClemsonMichigan (1-0)Arkansas (2-0)UCLA (3-0)Arkansas (4-0)Notre Dame (4-0)Alabama (5-1)Alabama (6-1)Washington (7-1)Arkansas (7-1)Oklahoma (8-2)Oklahoma (8-2)Washington (9-2)West Virginia (9-2)Pittsburgh (9-3)9.
10.MichiganArkansas (1-0)North Carolina (1-1)North Carolina (2-1)North Carolina (3-1)Penn State (4-1)UCLA (5-0-1)UCLA (6-0-1)LSU (6-0-1)Clemson (6-1-1)Michigan (8-2)Clemson (8-1-1)Texas (8-2)Oklahoma (8-3)Florida State (9-3)10.
11.SMUNorth Carolina (0-1)Ohio State (2-0)Arkansas (3-0)Notre Dame (3-0)UCLA (4-0-1)West Virginia (5-1)LSU (5-0-1)Florida State (6-1)Oklahoma (7-2)UCLA (8-1-1)West Virginia (9-2)Oklahoma (8-3)Arizona State (9-2)LSU (8-3-1)11.
12.ArkansasOhio State (1-0)Notre Dame (1-0)Notre Dame (2-0)Texas (3-0)West Virginia (4-1)LSU (4-0-1)Florida State (5-1)Oklahoma (6-2)Michigan (7-2)Clemson (7-1-1)Washington (9-2)Arizona State (9-2)Arkansas (8-2-1)Ohio State (9-3)12.
13.TexasClemson (0-1)UCLA (2-0)Texas (2-0)Florida (3-1)Illinois (5-1)Notre Dame (4-1)Clemson (5-1-1)North Carolina (5-2)UCLA (7-1-1)LSU (7-1-1)Texas (7-2)LSU (8-2-1)LSU (8-2-1)North Carolina (8-4)13.
14.Ohio StateTexas (0-0)West Virginia (2-0)West Virginia (3-0)LSU (3-0)LSU (3-0-1)Florida State (5-1)Miami (FL) (5-2)Clemson (5-1-1)Notre Dame (6-1-1)West Virginia (8-2)Florida State (8-2)Florida State (8-2)Maryland (8-3)Auburn (9-3)14.
15.Miami (FL)West Virginia (1-0)Texas (1-0)Miami (FL) (3-1)Boston College (3-0-1)Florida State (4-1)Texas (3-1)Oklahoma (5-2)Michigan (6-2)Alabama (7-2)Texas (6-2)Maryland (8-3)Maryland (8-3)Auburn (8-3)Michigan (8-4)15.
16.FloridaMiami (FL) (1-1)Miami (FL) (2-1)Boston College (2-0-1)Miami (FL)(4-1)Texas (3-1)Miami (FL) (5-2)Michigan (5-2)West Virginia (6-2)Maryland (7-2)Notre Dame (6-2-1)Tulsa (10-1)Ohio State (8-3)Ohio State (8-3)Oklahoma (8-4)16.
17.UCLAUCLA (1-0)Mississippi State (3-0)Auburn (3-0)West Virginia (3-1)Clemson (3-1-1)Clemson (4-1-1)West Virginia (5-2)Maryland (6-2)West Virginia (7-2)Tulsa (9-1)Ohio State (8-3)Auburn (8-3)Michigan (8-3)Alabama (8-4) т17.
18.Notre DameMississippi State (2-0)Illinois (3-0)Mississippi State (3-1)Stanford (3-1)Oklahoma (3-2)Oklahoma (4-2)Auburn (6-1)Florida (5-2)Texas (5-2)Maryland (7-3)Michigan (8-3)Michigan (8-3)Tulsa (10-1)Texas (9-3) т18.
19.BYUNotre Dame (0-0)Boston College (1-0-1)Clemson (1-1-1)Illinois (3-1)Florida (3-2)Michigan (4-2)Florida (4-2)Texas (4-2)North Carolina (5-3)North Carolina (6-3)BYU (8-3)Tulsa (10-1)Florida (8-3)West Virginia (9-3)19.
20.Texas A&MBYU (1-1)BYU (1-1)
Clemson (2-1-1)Miami (FL) (4-2)Florida (4-2)Boston College (5-1-1)Notre Dame (5-1-1)Tulsa (8-1)
  • Alabama (7-3) т
  • New Mexico (10-1) т
  • Boston College (8-2-1) т
  • BYU (8-3) т
Florida State (8-3)Maryland (8-4)20.
Preseason
Aug 29[5]
Week 1
Sep 13[6]
Week 2
Sep 20[7]
Week 3
Sep 27[8]
Week 4
Oct 4[9]
Week 5
Oct 11[10]
Week 6
Oct 18[11]
Week 7
Oct 25[12]
Week 8
Nov 1[13]
Week 9
Nov 8[14]
Week 10
Nov 15[15]
Week 11
Nov 22[16]
Week 12
Nov 29[17]
Week 13
Dec 7[18]
Week 14 (Final)
Jan 3[19]
Dropped:
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Michigan
  • Clemson
Dropped:
  • Ohio State
  • Illinois
  • BYU
Dropped:
  • Auburn
  • Mississippi State
  • San Jose State
  • Minnesota
Dropped:
  • Boston College
  • Stanford
Dropped:
  • Illinois
Dropped:
  • Notre Dame
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Miami (FL)
  • Auburn
  • Boston College
Dropped:
  • Florida
NoneDropped:
  • Notre Dame
  • North Carolina
Dropped:
  • Clemson
  • Alabama
  • New Mexico
Dropped:
  • Boston College
  • BYU
Dropped:
  • Tulsa
  • Florida

References[edit]

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