1996 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1996 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 12 [1]
Week 1
Aug 26 [2]
Week 2
Sep 2 [3]
Week 3
Sep 9 [4]
Week 4
Sep 16 [5]
Week 5
Sep 23 [6]
Week 6
Sep 30 [7]
Week 7
Oct 7 [8]
Week 8
Oct 14 [9]
Week 9
Oct 21 [10]
Week 10
Oct 28 [11]
Week 11
Nov 4 [12]
Week 12
Nov 11 [13]
Week 13
Nov 18 [14]
Week 14
Nov 25 [15]
Week 15
Dec 2 [16]
Week 16
Dec 9 [17]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 3 [18][19]
1. Nebraska (50) Nebraska (0-0) (50) Nebraska (0-0) Nebraska (1-0) (57) Nebraska (1-0) (58) Florida (3-0) (52) Florida (4-0) (57) Florida (5-0) (38) Florida (6-0) (54) Florida (7-0) (57) Florida (7-0) (59) Florida (7-0) (59) Florida (9-0) (46) Florida (10-0) (54) Florida (10-0) (59) Florida State (11-0) (61) Florida State (11-0) (62) Florida (12-1) (65½) 1.
2. Tennessee (7) Tennessee (0-0) (8) Tennessee (1-0) (8) Tennessee (2-0) (4) Tennessee (2-0) (5) Florida State (2-0) (13) Florida State (3-0) (8) Ohio State (4-0) (24) Ohio State (5-0) (7) Ohio State (6-0) (4) Ohio State (7-0) (4) Ohio State (8-0) (5) Ohio State (9-0) (17) Ohio State (10-0) (7) Florida State (10-0) (5) Arizona State (11-0) (5) Arizona State (11-0) (5) Ohio State (11-1) (1½) 2.
3. Florida State (5) Florida State (0-0) (5) Florida State (0-0) (5) Florida State (1-0) (3) Florida State (1-0) (4) Penn State (4-0) (1) Ohio State (3-0) (1) Florida State (4-0) (4) Florida State (5-0) (5) Florida State (5-0) (5) Florida State (6-0) (3) Florida State (7-0) (2) Florida State (8-0) (2) Florida State (9-0) (4) Arizona State (11-0) (3) Nebraska (10-1) (1) Florida (11-1) Florida State (11-1) 3.
4. Florida (1) Florida (0-0) Florida (1-0) (1) Florida (2-0) Florida (2-0) Ohio State (2-0) Penn State (5-0) Arizona State (5-0) (1) Arizona State (6-0) (1) Arizona State (7-0) (1) Arizona State (8-0) (1) Arizona State (9-0) (1) Arizona State (10-0) (2) Arizona State (10-0) (2) Nebraska (9-1) Florida (10-1) Ohio State (10-1) Arizona State (11-1) 4.
5. Colorado (3) Colorado (0-0) (3) Colorado (1-0) (3) Colorado (2-0) (3) Penn State (3-0) Notre Dame (3-0) Arizona State (4-0) (1) Nebraska (3-1) Nebraska (4-1) Nebraska (5-1) Nebraska (6-1) Nebraska (7-1) Nebraska (8-1) Nebraska (9-1) Colorado (9-1) Ohio State (10-1) BYU (13-1) BYU (14-1) 5.
6. Notre Dame (1) Notre Dame (0-0) (1) Notre Dame (0-0) (1) Penn State (2-0) Texas (2-0) Arizona State (3-0) (1) Michigan (4-0) Miami (FL) (4-0) Tennessee (4-1) Tennessee (4-1) Tennessee (5-1) Tennessee (6-1) Colorado (8-1) T Colorado (9-1) Ohio State (10-1) BYU (12-1) Nebraska (10-2) Nebraska (11-2) 6.
7. USC Penn State (1-0) Penn State (1-0) Texas (2-0) Ohio State (1-0) Michigan (3-0) Nebraska (2-1) Tennessee (3-1) Alabama (6-0) Alabama (7-0) Colorado (6-1) Colorado (7-1) North Carolina (8-1) T Penn State (9-2) BYU (12-1) Colorado (9-2) Penn State (10-2) Penn State (11-2) 7.
8. Texas Texas (0-0) Texas (1-0) Ohio State (1-0) Michigan (2-0) Nebraska (1-1) Miami (FL) (4-0) Alabama (5-0) Notre Dame (4-1) Colorado (5-1) North Carolina (6-1) North Carolina (7-1) Alabama (8-1) BYU (11-1) Penn State (10-2) Penn State (10-2) Colorado (9-2) Colorado (10-2) 8.
9. Ohio State Ohio State (0-0) Syracuse (0-0) Notre Dame (1-0) (1) Notre Dame (2-0) Tennessee(2-1) Tennessee (2-1) Colorado (3-1) Colorado (4-1) North Carolina (5-1) Michigan (6-1) Michigan (7-1) Kansas State (8-1) Tennessee (7-2) Tennessee (8-2) Tennessee (9-2) Tennessee (9-2) Tennessee (10-2) 9.
10. Syracuse Syracuse (0-0) Ohio State (0-0) Miami (FL) (2-0) Miami (FL) (3-0) Miami (FL) (3-0) Colorado (3-1) Penn State (5-1) Penn State (6-1) Michigan (5-1) Alabama (7-1) Alabama (7-1) BYU (10-1) Notre Dame (7-2) Notre Dame (8-2) Northwestern (9-2) Virginia Tech (10-1) North Carolina (10-2) 10.
11. Penn State Miami (FL) (0-0) Miami (FL) (1-0) Michigan (1-0) North Carolina (2-0) North Carolina (3-0) Notre Dame (3-1) Notre Dame (3-1) North Carolina (5-1) Northwestern (6-1) Northwestern (7-1) LSU (7-1) Penn State (8-2) Northwestern (9-2) Northwestern (9-2) Alabama (10-3) Northwestern (9-2) Alabama (10-3) 11.
12. Miami (FL) Michigan (0-0) Michigan (1-0) North Carolina (2-0) Colorado (2-1) Colorado (2-1) Virginia (4-0) LSU (4-0) Miami (FL) (4-1) West Virginia (7-0) LSU (6-1) BYU (9-1) Tennessee (6-2) Washington (8-2) Washington (9-2) Washington (9-2) North Carolina (9-2) LSU (10-2) 12.
13. Texas A&M Alabama (0-0) Northwestern (0-0) Alabama (2-0) Alabama (3-0) T Texas (2-1) Alabama (4-0) North Carolina (4-1) Michigan (4-1) LSU (5-1) BYU (8-1) Kansas State (8-1) Northwestern (8-2) North Carolina (8-2) North Carolina (9-2) North Carolina (9-2) Washington (9-2) Virginia Tech (10-2) 13.
14. Michigan Virginia Tech (0-0) Alabama (1-0) BYU (2-0) Auburn (3-0) T Alabama (4-0) LSU (3-0) Michigan (4-1) Northwestern (5-1) Virginia (5-1) Kansas State (7-1) Penn State (8-2) Notre Dame (6-2) Kansas State (8-2) Kansas State (9-2) Kansas State (9-2) Kansas State (9-2) Miami (FL) (9-3) 14.
15. Alabama Northwestern (0-0) Virginia Tech (0-0) Auburn (2-0) USC (2-1) USC (3-1) North Carolina (3-1) Northwestern (4-1) West Virginia (6-0) BYU (7-1) Penn State (7-2) Virginia (6-2) Washington (7-2) Alabama (8-2) Alabama (9-2) Virginia Tech (9-2) Michigan (8-3) Northwestern (9-3) 15.
16. Virginia Tech Auburn (0-0) BYU (2-0) USC (1-1) Kansas State (3-0) Kansas State (4-0) Kansas State (4-0) Washington (3-1) Auburn (5-1) Kansas State (6-1) Virginia (5-2) Wyoming (9-0) Michigan (7-2) Syracuse (7-2) Syracuse (8-2) Michigan (8-3) Alabama (9-3) Washington (9-3) 16.
17. Auburn USC (0-1) LSU (0-0) Kansas State (2-0) Arizona State (2-0) LSU (2-0) USC (3-1) West Virginia (6-0) LSU (4-1) Penn State (6-2) Wyoming (8-0) Notre Dame (5-2) LSU (6-2) Virginia Tech (8-1) Virginia Tech (9-1) LSU (9-2) LSU (9-2) Kansas State (9-3) 17.
18. Northwestern LSU (0-0) Auburn (1-0) Arizona State (1-0) Virginia Tech (2-0) Virginia Tech (3-0) Washington (2-1) Auburn (4-1) BYU (6-1) Wyoming (8-0) West Virginia (7-1) Northwestern (7-2) Miami (FL) (6-2) LSU (7-2) Michigan (8-3) Notre Dame (8-3) Notre Dame (8-3) Iowa (9-3) 18.
19. LSU BYU (1-0) USC (0-1) Virginia Tech (1-0) Iowa (2-0) Virginia (3-0) West Virginia (5-0) BYU (5-1) California (5-0) Notre Dame (4-2) Notre Dame (4-2) Washington (6-2) Syracuse (6-2) Virginia (7-3) LSU (8-2) Miami (FL) (8-3) Miami (FL) (8-3) Notre Dame (8-3) 19.
20. Arizona State Arizona State (0-0) Arizona State (0-0) LSU (1-0) Virginia (2-0) Kansas (2-0) Auburn (3-1) Virginia (4-1) Virginia (4-1) Iowa (5-1) Utah (7-1) Southern MIss(8-2) Auburn (7-2) Wyoming (10-1) Virginia (7-3) Wyoming (10-1) Texas (8-4) Michigan (8-4) 20.
21. Kansas State Kansas State (0-0) Kansas State (1-0) Iowa (1-0) LSU (1-0) Washington (2-1) BYU (4-1) California (5-0) Kansas State (5-1) Utah (6-1) Washington (5-2) Miami (FL) (6-2) Virginia Tech (7-1) Michigan (7-3) Wyoming (10-1) Iowa (8-3) Iowa (8-3) Syracuse (9-3) 21.
22. Iowa Iowa (0-0) Iowa (0-0) Virginia (1-0) Kansas (2-0) Auburn (3-1) Northwestern (3-1) Kansas State (4-1) Georgia Tech (4-1) Auburn (5-2) Miami (FL) (5-2) Auburn (6-2) Army (9-0) Clemson (7-3) Iowa (8-3) Syracuse (8-3) Wyoming (10-2) Wyoming (10-2) 22.
23. Virginia Texas A&M (0-1) Virginia (0-0) Syracuse (0-1) Syracuse (0-1) West Virginia (4-0) Texas (2-2) Georgia Tech (4-1) Wyoming (7-0) Washington (4-2) Southern Miss (7-1) Iowa (6-2) Wyoming (9-1) West Virginia (8-2) Miami (FL) (7-3) Army (9-1) Syracuse (8-3) Texas (8-5) 23.
24. Kansas Virginia (0-0) North Carolina (1-0) Kansas (1-0) Washington (1-1) BYU (3-1) Utah (4-1) Wyoming (6-0) Utah (5-1) Southern Miss (6-1) Auburn (5-2) Syracuse (5-2) Virginia (6-3) Iowa (7-3) Army (9-1) West Virginia (8-3) Army (10-1) Auburn (8-4) 24.
25. Clemson Kansas (0-0) Texas A&M (0-1) Texas A&M (0-1) Oregon (3-0) Northwestern (2-1) Wyoming (5-0) Texas (3-2) Washington (3-2) Miami (FL) (4-2) Iowa (5-2) Virginia Tech (6-1) Southern Miss (8-2) Miami (FL) (6-3) West Virginia (8-3) Virginia (7-4) West Virginia (8-3) Army (10-2) 25.
Preseason
Aug 12 [1]
Week 1
Aug 26 [2]
Week 2
Sep 2 [3]
Week 3
Sep 9 [4]
Week 4
Sep 16 [5]
Week 5
Sep 23 [6]
Week 6
Sep 30 [7]
Week 7
Oct 7 [8]
Week 8
Oct 14 [9]
Week 9
Oct 21 [10]
Week 10
Oct 28 [11]
Week 11
Nov 4 [12]
Week 12
Nov 11 [13]
Week 13
Nov 18 [14]
Week 14
Nov 25 [15]
Week 15
Dec 2 [16]
Week 16
Dec 9 [17]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 3 [18][19]
Dropped:
Clemson
Dropped:
Kansas
Dropped:
Northwestern
Dropped:
  • BYU
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Iowa
  • Syracuse
  • Oregon
Dropped:
  • Virginia Tech
  • Kansas
Dropped:
  • USC
  • Utah
Dropped:
Texas
Dropped:
  • California
  • Georgia Tech
None Dropped:
  • West Virginia
  • Utah
Dropped:
Iowa
Dropped:
  • Auburn
  • Army
  • Southern Miss
Dropped:
Clemson
None Dropped:
Virginia
Dropped:
West Virginia

Coaches' Poll[edit]

Preseason
Aug 12[20]
Week 2
Sep 3[21]
Week 3
Sep 9[22]
Week 4
Sep 16[23]
Week 5
Sep 23[24]
Week 6
Sep 30[25]
Week 7
Oct 7[26][27]
Week 8
Oct 14[28]
Week 9
Oct 21[29]
Week 10
Oct 28[30]
Week 11
Nov 4[31]
Week 12
Nov 11[32]
Week 13
Nov 18[33]
Week 14
Nov 25[34]
Week 15
Dec 2[35]
Week 16
Dec 9[36]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 3[37]
1. Nebraska (47) Nebraska (0-0) (51) Nebraska (1-0) (57) Nebraska (1-0) (58) Florida (3-0) (38) Florida (4-0) (48) Florida (5-0) (36) Florida (6-0) (53) Florida (7-0) (56) Florida (7-0) (53) Florida (8-0) (53) Florida (9-0) (37) Florida (10-0) (46) Florida (10-0) (52) Florida State (11-0) (56) Florida State (11-0) (57) Florida (12-1) (58) 1.
2. Tennessee (6) Tennessee (1-0) (4) Tennessee (2-0) (1) Tennessee (2-0) (2) Florida State (2-0) (22) Florida State (3-0) (9) Ohio State (4-0) (20) Florida State (5-0) (7) Florida State (5-0) (5) Florida State (6-0) (5) Florida State (7-0) (5) Ohio State (9-0) (16) Ohio State (10-0) (9) Florida State (10-0) (7) Arizona State (11-0) (6) Arizona State (11-0) (5) Ohio State (11-1) (4) 2.
3. Florida State (6) Florida State (0-0) (3) Florida State (1-0) (1) Florida State (1-0) (1) Penn State (4-0) Ohio State (3-0) (5) Florida State (4-0) (6) Ohio State (5-0) (2) Ohio State (6-0) (1) Ohio State (7-0) (4) Ohio State (8-0) (4) Florida State (8-0) (8) Florida State (9-0) (7) Arizona State (11-0) (3) Nebraska (10-1) Florida (11-1) Florida State (11-1) 3.
4. Florida (3) Florida (1-0) (3) Florida (2-0) (3) Florida (2-0) (1) Ohio State (2-0) (2) Penn State (5-0) Nebraska (3-1) Nebraska (4-1) Arizona State (7-0) Arizona State (8-0) Arizona State (9-0) Arizona State (10-0) (1) Arizona State (10-0) Nebraska (9-1) Florida (10-1) Ohio State (10-1) Arizona State (11-1) 4.
5. Colorado Colorado (1-0) Colorado (2-0) Penn State (3-0) Notre Dame (3-0) Michigan (4-0) Arizona State (5-0) Arizona State (6-0) Nebraska (5-1) Nebraska (6-1) Nebraska (7-1) Nebraska (8-1) Nebraska (9-1) Colorado (9-1) Ohio State (10-1) BYU (13-1) BYU (14-1) 5.
6. USC Penn State (1-0) (1) Penn State (2-0) Ohio State (1-0) Michigan (3-0) Nebraska (2-1) Miami (FL) (4-0) Tennessee (4-1) Alabama (7-0) Tennessee (5-1) Tennessee (6-1) Colorado (8-1) Colorado (9-1) Ohio State (10-1) BYU (12-1) Nebraska (10-2) Nebraska (11-2) 6.
7. Notre Dame Notre Dame (0-0) Ohio State (1-0) Michigan (2-0) Nebraska (1-1) Arizona State (4-0) Tennessee (3-1) Alabama (6-0) Tennessee (4-1) Colorado (6-1) Colorado (7-1) North Carolina (8-1) BYU (11-1) BYU (12-1) Penn State (10-2) Penn State (10-2) Penn State (11-2) 7.
8. Penn State Texas (1-0) Texas (2-0) Texas (2-0) Tennessee (2-1) Miami (FL) (4-0) Alabama (5-0) Penn State (6-1) Colorado (5-1) North Carolina (6-1) North Carolina (7-1) Alabama (8-1) Penn State (9-2) Penn State (10-2) Colorado (9-2) Colorado (9-2) Colorado (10-2) 8.
9. Texas Ohio State (0-0) Michigan (1-0) Notre Dame (2-0) Miami (FL) (3-0) Tennessee (2-1) Penn State (5-1) Notre Dame (4-1) North Carolina (5-1) Michigan (6-1) Michigan (7-1) Kansas State (8-1) Virginia Tech (8-1) Virginia Tech (9-1) Virginia Tech (10-1) Virginia Tech (10-1) Tennessee (10-2) 9.
10. Ohio State Michigan (1-0) Notre Dame (1-0) Miami (FL) (3-0) Alabama (4-0) Alabama (4-0) Colorado (3-1) Colorado (4-1) Michigan (5-1) Northwestern (7-1) Alabama (7-1) BYU (10-1) Tennessee (7-2) Tennessee (8-2) Tennessee (10-2) Tennessee (9-2) North Carolina (10-2) 10.
11. Michigan Syracuse (0-0) Miami (FL) (2-0) Alabama (3-0) North Carolina (3-0) Virginia (4-0) LSU (4-0) North Carolina (5-1) West Virginia (7-0) Alabama (7-1) Kansas State (7-1) Penn State (8-2) Northwestern (9-2) Northwestern (9-2) Alabama (9-2) Northwestern (9-2) Alabama (10-3) 11.
12. Texas A&M Miami (FL) (1-0) Alabama (2-0) Colorado (2-1) Arizona State (3-0) Kansas State (4-0) Notre Dame (3-1) Michigan (4-1) Northwestern (6-1) Kansas State (7-1) BYU (9-1) Tennessee (6-2) Alabama (8-2) Alabama (9-2) Northwestern (9-2) Washington (9-2) Virginia Tech (10-2) 12.
13. Syracuse Alabama (1-0) North Carolina (2-0) North Carolina (2-0) Kansas State (4-0) Colorado (3-1) Michigan (4-1) Miami (FL) (4-1) Virginia (5-1) LSU (6-1) LSU (6-1) Virginia Tech (7-1) Notre Dame (7-2) Notre Dame (8-2) Washington (9-2) North Carolina (9-2) LSU (10-2) 13.
14. Alabama Virginia Tech (0-0) Kansas State (2-0) Kansas State (3-0) Texas (2-1) Notre Dame (3-1) North Carolina (4-1) West Virginia (6-0) Kansas State (6-1) BYU (8-1) Penn State (8-2) Northwestern (8-2) North Carolina (8-2) North Carolina (9-2) North Carolina (9-2) Kansas State (9-2) Miami (FL) (9-3) 14.
15. Virginia Tech Kansas State (1-0) BYU (2-0) Auburn (3-0) Colorado (2-1) LSU (3-0) West Virginia (6-0) Northwestern (5-1) LSU (5-1) Penn State (7-2) Wyoming (9-0) Notre Dame (6-2) Washington (8-2) Washington (9-2) Kansas State (9-2) Alabama (9-3) Washington (9-3) 15.
16. Miami (FL) BYU (2-0) Auburn (2-0) Virginia Tech (2-0) Virginia Tech (3-0) USC (3-1) Washington (3-1) Auburn (5-1) BYU (7-1) Wyoming (8-0) Virginia (6-2) Michigan (7-2) Kansas State (8-2) Kansas State (9-2) LSU (9-2) LSU (9-2) Northwestern (9-3) 16.
17. Auburn Auburn (1-0) Virginia (1-0) Virginia (2-0) Virginia (3-0) North Carolina (3-1) Virginia (4-1) Virginia (4-1) Penn State (6-2) West Virginia (7-1) Virginia Tech (6-1) Washington (7-2) Syracuse (7-2) Syracuse (8-2) Michigan (8-3) Michigan (8-3) Kansas State (9-3) 17.
18. Kansas State Northwestern (0-0) USC (1-1) USC (2-1) USC (3-1) Washington (2-1) Northwestern (4-1) LSU (4-1) Wyoming (8-0) Virginia (5-2) Northwestern (7-2) Miami (FL) (6-2) LSU (7-2) LSU (8-2) Notre Dame (8-3) Notre Dame (8-3) Iowa (9-3) 18.
19. Northwestern LSU (0-0) Virginia Tech (1-0) Iowa (2-0) LSU (2-0) West Virginia (5-0) Auburn (4-1) Kansas State (5-1) Iowa (5-1) Utah (7-1) Notre Dame (5-2) Syracuse (6-2) Virginia (7-3) т Michigan (8-3) Wyoming (10-1) Miami (FL) (8-3) Syracuse (9-3) 19.
20. LSU Virginia (0-0) LSU (1-0) Kansas (2-0) Kansas (2-0) Auburn (3-1) BYU (5-1) BYU (6-1) Notre Dame (4-2) Virginia Tech (5-1) Washington (6-2) LSU (6-2) Wyoming (10-1) т Wyoming (10-1) Miami (FL) (8-3) Texas (8-4) Michigan (8-4) 20.
21. Virginia USC (0-1) Iowa (1-0) LSU (1-0) Washington (2-1) BYU (4-1) Kansas State (4-1) California (5-0) Virginia Tech (4-1) Notre Dame (4-2) Miami (FL) (6-2) Auburn (7-2) West Virginia (8-2) Virginia (7-3) Iowa (8-3) Iowa (8-3) Notre Dame (8-3) 21.
22. Washington North Carolina (1-0) Kansas (1-0) Arizona State (2-0) Auburn (3-1) Virginia Tech (3-1) California (5-0) Wyoming (7-0) Utah (6-1) Miami (FL) (5-2) Southern Miss (8-1) Wyoming (9-1) Michigan (7-3) Iowa (8-3) Syracuse (8-3) Syracuse (8-3) Wyoming (10-2) 22.
23. Clemson Washington (0-0) Arizona State (1-0) Washington (1-1) West Virginia (4-0) Texas (2-2) Virginia Tech (3-1) Virginia Tech (4-1) Miami (FL) (4-2) Washington (5-2) Syracuse (5-2) Army (9-0) Iowa (7-3) Miami (FL) (7-3) Army (9-1) Wyoming (10-2) Texas (8-5) 23.
24. Kansas Kansas (1-0) Syracuse (0-1) Syracuse (0-1) BYU (3-1) Utah (4-1) Wyoming (6-0) Georgia Tech (4-1) Washington (4-2) Southern Miss (7-1) Auburn (6-2) West Virginia (8-2) Clemson (7-3) Army (9-1) West Virginia (8-3) Army (10-1) Army (10-2) 24.
25. Iowa Texas A&M (0-1) Texas A&M (0-1) BYU (2-1) Iowa (2-1) Wyoming (5-0) Texas (3-2) Utah (5-1) California (5-1) Auburn (5-2) Iowa (6-2) Virginia (6-3) Miami (FL) (6-3) West Virginia (8-3) Virginia (7-4) West Virginia (8-3) Auburn (8-4) 25.
Preseason
Aug 12[20]
Week 2
Sep 3[21]
Week 3
Sep 9[22]
Week 4
Sep 16[23]
Week 5
Sep 23[24]
Week 6
Sep 30[25]
Week 7
Oct 7[26][27]
Week 8
Oct 14[28]
Week 9
Oct 21[29]
Week 10
Oct 28[30]
Week 11
Nov 4[31]
Week 12
Nov 11[32]
Week 13
Nov 18[33]
Week 14
Nov 25[34]
Week 15
Dec 2[35]
Week 16
Dec 9[36]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 3[37]
Dropped:
  • Clemson
  • Iowa
Dropped:
  • Northwestern
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Syracuse
Dropped:
  • Kansas
  • Iowa
Dropped:
  • USC
  • Utah
Dropped:
  • Washington
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Auburn
  • Georgia Tech
Dropped:
  • Iowa
  • California
Dropped:
  • West Virginia
  • Utah
Dropped:
  • Southern Miss
  • Iowa
Dropped:
  • Auburn
  • Army
Dropped:
  • Clemson
None Dropped:
  • Virginia
Dropped:
  • West Virginia

References[edit]

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