1983 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1983 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 28[1][2]
Week 1
Sep 5[3]
Week 2
Sep 12[4]
Week 3
Sep 19[5]
Week 4
Sep 26[6]
Week 5
Oct 3[7]
Week 6
Oct 10[8]
Week 7
Oct 17[9]
Week 8
Oct 24[10]
Week 9
Oct 31[11]
Week 10
Nov 7[12]
Week 11
Nov 14[13]
Week 12
Nov 21[14]
Week 13
Nov 28[15]
Week 14
Dec 5[16]
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[17]
1. Nebraska (30) Nebraska (1-0) (44) Nebraska (2-0) (51) Nebraska (3-0) (57) Nebraska (4-0) (60) Nebraska (5-0) (60) Nebraska (6-0) (55) Nebraska (7-0) (52) Nebraska (8-0) (54) Nebraska (9-0) (57) Nebraska (10-0) (58) Nebraska (11-0) (59) Nebraska (11-0) (58) Nebraska (12-0) (52) Nebraska (12-0) (51) Miami (FL) (11-1) (47 ½) 1.
2. Oklahoma (11) Oklahoma (0-0) (3) Oklahoma (1-0) (2) Texas (1-0) (2) Texas (2-0) Texas (3-0) Texas (4-0) (5) Texas (5-0) (6) Texas (6-0) (4) Texas (7-0) (2) Texas (8-0) (2) Texas (9-0) (1) Texas (10-0) (1) Texas (11-0) (3) Texas (11-0) (3) Nebraska (12-1) (4 ½) 2.
3. Texas (3) Texas (0-0) (2) Texas (0-0) (2) Ohio State (2-0) Arizona (4-0) Alabama (4-0) North Carolina (6-0) North Carolina (7-0) North Carolina (7-0) Auburn (7-1) Auburn (8-1) Auburn (9-1) Auburn (9-1) Auburn (9-1) Auburn (10-1) Auburn (11-1) (7) 3.
4. Penn State (2) Auburn (0-0) (1) Notre Dame (1-0) (1) Arizona (3-0) Iowa (3-0) North Carolina (5-0) West Virginia (5-0) West Virginia (6-0) Auburn (6-1) Georgia (7-0-1) Georgia (8-0-1) Illinois (9-1) Illinois (10-1) Illinois (10-1) Illinois (10-1) Georgia (10-1-1) 4.
5. Auburn (2) Notre Dame (0-0) Auburn (1-0) North Carolina (3-0) North Carolina (4-0) West Virginia (5-0) Auburn (4-1) Auburn (5-1) Florida (6-0-1) Miami (FL) (8-1) Illinois (8-1) Miami (FL) (10-1) Miami (FL) (10-1) Miami (FL) (10-1) Miami (FL) (10-1) Texas (11-1) 5.
6. Notre Dame Michigan (0-0) Ohio State (1-0) Alabama (2-0) Alabama (3-0) Ohio State (3-1) Ohio State (4-1) Florida (5-0-1) Georgia (6-0-1) Illinois (7-1) Miami (FL) (9-1) SMU (8-1) SMU (9-1) SMU (10-1) SMU (10-1) Florida (9-2-1) 6.
7. Florida State (1) Ohio State (0-0) Arizona (2-0) Iowa (2-0) West Virginia (4-0) Auburn (3-1) Florida (5-0-1) Georgia (5-0-1) Miami (FL) (7-1) Maryland (7-1) SMU (7-1) Georgia (8-1-1) Georgia (8-1-1) Georgia (9-1-1) Georgia (9-1-1) BYU (11-1) 7.
8. USC North Carolina (1-0) Michigan (1-0) Oklahoma (1-1) Ohio State (2-1) Oklahoma (3-1) Georgia (4-0-1) Miami (FL) (6-1) Michigan (6-1) SMU (6-1) BYU (8-1) Michigan (8-2) Michigan (9-2) Michigan (9-2) Michigan (9-2) Michigan (9-3) 8.
9. Ohio State USC (0-0) Florida State (2-0) Washington (2-0) Oklahoma (2-1) Florida (4-0-1) Arizona (5-0-1) SMU (5-0) Illinois (6-1) Florida (6-1-1) Michigan (7-2) BYU (9-1) BYU (10-1) BYU (10-1) BYU (10-1) Ohio State (9-3) 9.
10. Michigan (1) Georgia (1-0) North Carolina (2-0) USC (1-0-1) Auburn (2-1) Arizona (4-0-1) Miami (FL) (5-1) Michigan (5-1) SMU (5-1) North Carolina (7-1) Ohio State (7-2) Ohio State (8-2) Iowa (9-2) Iowa (9-2) Iowa (9-2) Illinois (10-2) 10.
11. North Carolina Arizona (1-0) Georgia (1-0) Auburn (1-1) Georgia (2-0-1) Georgia (3-0-1) Alabama (4-1) Illinois (5-1) Washington (6-1) Oklahoma (6-2) Maryland (7-2) Iowa (8-2) Florida (7-2-1) Clemson (9-1-1) Florida (8-2-1) Clemson (9-1-1) 11.
12. LSU Florida State (1-0) Alabama (1-0) West Virginia (3-0) Florida (3-0-1) Miami (FL) (4-1) SMU (5-0) Iowa (5-1) West Virginia (6-1) BYU (7-1) Iowa (7-2) Florida (7-2-1) Clemson (9-1-1) Florida (7-2-1) Clemson (9-1-1) SMU (10-2) 12.
13. Alabama LSU (0-0) Iowa (1-0) Notre Dame (1-1) SMU (3-0) SMU (4-0) Michigan (4-1) Arizona State (4-0-1) Maryland (6-1) Michigan (6-2) Boston College (7-1) Clemson (8-1-1) Alabama (7-2) Boston College (9-2) Boston College (9-2) Air Force (10-2) 13.
14. Arizona Alabama (0-0) USC (0-0-1) Georgia (1-0-1) Michigan (2-1) Michigan (3-1) Iowa (4-1) Washington (5-1) Oklahoma (5-2) Ohio State (6-2) Florida (6-2-1) West Virginia (8-2) Ohio State (8-3) Ohio State (8-3) Ohio State (8-3) Iowa (9-3) 14.
15. Georgia SMU (1-0) Florida (1-0-1) Florida (2-0-1) Miami (FL) (3-1) Iowa (3-1) Oklahoma (3-2) Maryland (5-1) BYU (6-1) Iowa (6-2) West Virginia (7-2) Washington (8-2) Boston College (8-2) Pittsburgh (8-2-1) Pittsburgh (8-2-1) Alabama (8-4) 15.
16. Iowa Iowa (0-0) Washington (1-0) Pittsburgh (2-0) LSU (2-1) Maryland (3-1) т Maryland (4-1) Oklahoma (4-2) Ohio State (5-2) Boston College (6-1) Alabama (6-2) Alabama (7-2) Pittsburgh (8-2-1) Maryland (8-3) Air Force (9-2) т West Virginia (9-3) 16.
17. Maryland Maryland (0-0) Maryland (1-0) Michigan (1-1) Florida State (2-1) Washington (3-1) т Washington (4-1) Ohio State (4-2) Iowa (5-2) West Virginia (6-2) Clemson (7-1-1) Pittsburgh (8-2) Maryland (8-3) Air Force (8-2) Maryland (8-3) т UCLA (7-4-1) 17.
18. Washington Florida (1-0) SMU (2-0) SMU (2-0) Washington (2-1) Arizona State (3-0-1) Arizona State (3-0-1) BYU (5-1) Alabama (4-2) Notre Dame (6-2) Washington (7-2) Boston College (7-2) Air Force (8-2) West Virginia (8-3) West Virginia (8-3) Pittsburgh (8-3-1) 18.
19. SMU Washington (0-0) Pittsburgh (2-0) Boston College Maryland (2-1) Illinois (3-1) Illinois (4-1) Arizona (5-1-1) Boston College (5-1) т Alabama (5-2) North Carolina (7-2) Missouri (7-3) West Virginia (8-3) Alabama (7-3) East Carolina (8-3) Boston College (9-3) 19.
20. UCLA Penn State (0-1) West Virginia (2-0) Florida State (2-1) Arizona State (2-0-1) BYU (3-1) BYU (4-1) Alabama (4-2) Notre Dame (5-2) т Washington (6-2) Pittsburgh (7-2) Maryland (7-3) East Carolina (8-3) East Carolina (8-3) Oklahoma (8-4) т
Baylor (7-3-1) т
East Carolina (8-3) 20.
Preseason
Aug 28[1][2]
Week 1
Sep 5[3]
Week 2
Sep 12[4]
Week 3
Sep 19[5]
Week 4
Sep 26[6]
Week 5
Oct 3[7]
Week 6
Oct 10[8]
Week 7
Oct 17[9]
Week 8
Oct 24[10]
Week 9
Oct 31[11]
Week 10
Nov 7[12]
Week 11
Nov 14[13]
Week 12
Nov 21[14]
Week 13
Nov 28[15]
Week 14
Dec 5[16]
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[17]
Dropped:
  • UCLA
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Penn State
Dropped:
  • Maryland
Dropped:
  • USC
  • Notre Dame
  • Pittsburgh
  • Boston College
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Florida State
None None Dropped:
  • Arizona State
  • Arizona
None Dropped:
  • Oklahoma
  • Notre Dame
Dropped:
  • North Carolina
Dropped:
  • Washington
  • Missouri
None Dropped:
  • Alabama
Dropped:
  • Maryland
  • Baylor
  • Oklahoma

Coaches' Poll[edit]

Clemson, USC, and Arizona were on probation by the NCAA during the 1983 season; they were therefore ineligible to receive votes in the Coaches' Poll.

Preseason
Aug 28[18]
Week 1
Sep 5[19]
Week 2
Sep 12[20]
Week 3
Sep 19[21]
Week 4
Sep 26[22]
Week 5
Oct 3[23]
Week 6
Oct 10[24]
Week 7
Oct 17[25]
Week 8
Oct 24[26]
Week 9
Oct 31[27]
Week 10
Nov 7[28]
Week 11
Nov 14[29]
Week 12
Nov 21[30]
Week 13
Nov 28[31]
Week 14
Dec 5
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[32]
1. Nebraska (18) Nebraska (1-0) (32) Nebraska (2-0) (36) Nebraska (3-0) (39) Nebraska (4-0) (40) Nebraska (5-0) (42) Nebraska (6-0) (38) Nebraska (7-0) (38) Nebraska (8-0) (38) Nebraska (9-0) (38) Nebraska (10-0) (38) Nebraska (11-0) (40) Nebraska (11-0) (39) Nebraska (12-0) (33) Miami (FL) (11-1) (30) 1.
2. Texas (7) Texas (0-0) (2) Oklahoma (1-0) (2) Texas (1-0) Texas (2-0) Texas (3-0) Texas (4-0) (3) Texas (5-0) (4) Texas (6-0) (4) Texas (7-0) (3) Texas (8-0) (2) Texas (9-0) (1) Texas (10-0) (1) Texas (11-0) (2) Nebraska (12-1) (6) 2.
3. Auburn (3) Auburn (0-0) (1) Texas (0-0) Ohio State (2-0) (1) Iowa (3-0) Alabama (4-0) North Carolina (6-0) North Carolina (7-0) North Carolina (7-0) Auburn (7-1) Auburn (8-1) Auburn (9-1) Auburn (9-1) Auburn (9-1) Auburn (11-1) (4) 3.
4. Penn State (3) Oklahoma (0-0) (2) Auburn (1-0) North Carolina (3-0) Alabama (3-0) North Carolina (5-0) West Virginia (5-0) West Virginia (6-0) Florida (6-0-1) Georgia (7-0-1) Georgia (8-0-1) Miami (FL) (10-1) Miami (FL) (10-1) Miami (FL) (10-1) Georgia (10-1-1) 4.
5. Oklahoma (6) Michigan (0-0) Notre Dame (1-0) (1) Alabama (2-0) North Carolina (4-0) West Virginia (5-0) Florida (5-0-1) Auburn (5-1) Auburn (6-1) Miami (FL) (8-1) Miami (FL) (9-1) Illinois (9-1) Illinois (10-1) Illinois (10-1) Texas (11-1) (1) 5.
6. Ohio State Ohio State (0-0) Ohio State (1-0) Iowa (2-0) West Virginia (4-0) Florida (4-0-1) Georgia (4-0-1) Florida (5-0-1) Georgia (6-0-1) Illinois (7-1) Illinois (8-1) SMU (8-1) SMU (9-1) SMU (10-1) Florida (9-2-1) 6.
7. Florida State Georgia (1-0) Georgia (1-0) Washington (2-0) Oklahoma (2-1) Oklahoma (3-1) Ohio State (4-1) Georgia (5-0-1) Miami (FL) (7-1) Maryland (7-1) SMU (7-1) Georgia (8-1-1) Georgia (8-1-1) Georgia (9-1-1) BYU (11-1) 7.
8. Notre Dame (2) North Carolina (1-0) North Carolina (2-0) West Virginia (3-0) Georgia (2-0-1) Georgia (3-0-1) Auburn (4-1) SMU (5-0) Michigan (6-1) SMU (6-1) Michigan (7-2) Michigan (8-2) Michigan (9-2) Michigan (9-2) Ohio State (9-3) 8.
9. Michigan Notre Dame (0-0) Florida State (2-0) Pittsburgh (2-0) Florida (3-0-1) Ohio State (3-1) SMU (5-0) Miami (FL) (6-1) Illinois (6-1) North Carolina (7-1) Iowa (7-2) BYU (9-1) BYU (10-1) BYU (10-1) Michigan (9-3) 9.
10. North Carolina т LSU (0-0) Michigan (1-0) Oklahoma (1-1) Auburn (2-1) Auburn (2-1) Alabama (4-1) Michigan (5-1) Maryland (6-1) Florida (6-1-1) BYU (8-1) Ohio State (8-2) Iowa (9-2) Iowa (9-2) Illinois (10-2) 10.
11. LSU т Pittsburgh (1-0) Alabama (1-0) Georgia (1-0-1) Ohio State (2-1) Miami (FL) (4-1) Michigan (4-1) Illinois (5-1) Washington (6-1) Oklahoma (6-2) Ohio State (7-2) Iowa (8-2) Florida (7-2-1) Florida (8-2-1) SMU (10-2) 11.
12. UCLA Florida (1-0) Iowa (1-0) SMU (2-0) SMU (3-0) SMU (4-0) Miami (FL) (5-1) Iowa (5-1) SMU (5-1) BYU (7-1) Boston College (7-1) Florida (7-2-1) Alabama (7-2) Boston College (9-2) Alabama (8-4) 12.
13. Georgia (1) Florida State (1-0) Pittsburgh (2-0) Florida (2-0-1) LSU (2-1) Michigan (3-1) Iowa (4-1) Maryland (5-1) West Virginia (6-1) Boston College (6-1) Florida (6-2-1) Pittsburgh (8-2) Ohio State (8-3) Ohio State (8-3) UCLA (7-4-1) 13.
14. Alabama Alabama (0-0) West Virginia (2-0) Auburn (1-1) Michigan (2-1) Iowa (3-1) Illinois (4-1) Arizona State (4-0-1) Oklahoma (5-2) Iowa (6-2) Pittsburgh (7-2) Washington (7-2) Pittsburgh (8-2-1) Pittsburgh (8-2-1) Iowa (9-3) 14.
15. Pittsburgh West Virginia (1-0) Florida (1-0-1) Boston College (3-0) Miami (FL) (3-1) Maryland (3-1) Maryland (4-1) Washington (5-1) BYU (6-1) Ohio State (6-2) West Virginia (7-2) West Virginia (8-2) Boston College (8-2) Maryland (8-3) Air Force (10-2) 15.
16. Washington SMU (0-0) Washington (1-0) Notre Dame (1-1) Maryland (2-1) Arizona State (3-0-1) Arizona State (3-0-1) BYU (5-1) Ohio State (5-2) Michigan (6-2) Alabama (6-2) Alabama (7-2) Oklahoma (7-3) Air Force (8-2) West Virginia (9-3) 16.
17. SMU Iowa (0-0) SMU (2-0) Michigan (1-1) Arizona State (2-0-1) Illinois (3-1) Oklahoma (3-2) Oklahoma (4-2) Iowa (5-2) Alabama (5-2) Maryland (7-2) Missouri (7-3) Maryland (8-3) Baylor (7-3-1) Penn State (8-4-1) 17.
18. Arizona State Arizona State (0-0) Arizona State (1-0) Arkansas (2-0) Kentucky (4-0) Washington (3-1) Washington (4-1) Ohio State (4-2) Boston College (5-1) Notre Dame (6-2) North Carolina (7-2) Baylor (7-2-1) Air Force (8-2) Virginia Tech (9-2) Oklahoma State (8-4) 18.
19. Miami (FL) Penn State (0-1) Maryland (1-0) Arizona State (1-0-1) Washington (2-1) BYU (3-1) BYU (4-1) Pittsburgh (4-2) Alabama (4-2) Pittsburgh (6-2) Tennessee (6-2) Boston College (7-2) Baylor (7-3-1) West Virginia (8-3) Pittsburgh (8-3-1) 19.
20. Maryland т
Iowa т
Maryland (0-0) Boston College (2-0) Michigan State (2-0) Pittsburgh (2-1) Oklahoma State (4-0) Oklahoma State (4-1) Alabama (4-2) т
Boston College (5-1) т
Pittsburgh (5-2) West Virginia (6-2) Washington (7-2) Oklahoma (7-3) Virginia Tech (9-2) Oklahoma (7-4) Boston College (9-3) 20.
Preseason
Aug 28[18]
Week 1
Sep 5[19]
Week 2
Sep 12[20]
Week 3
Sep 19[21]
Week 4
Sep 26[22]
Week 5
Oct 3[23]
Week 6
Oct 10[24]
Week 7
Oct 17[25]
Week 8
Oct 24[26]
Week 9
Oct 31[27]
Week 10
Nov 7[28]
Week 11
Nov 14[29]
Week 12
Nov 21[30]
Week 13
Nov 28[31]
Week 14
Dec 5
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[32]
Dropped:
  • Washington
  • Miami (FL)
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Penn State
Dropped:
  • Florida State
  • Maryland
Dropped:
  • Boston College
  • Notre Dame
  • Arkansas
  • Michigan State
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Kentucky
  • Pittsburgh
None Dropped:
  • Oklahoma State
Dropped:
  • Arizona State
Dropped:
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Oklahoma
  • Notre Dame
Dropped:
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Missouri
Dropped:
  • Alabama
None Dropped:
  • Maryland
  • Baylor

References[edit]

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