1997 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1997 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 11[1]
Week 1
Aug 25[2]
Week 2
Sep 2[3]
Week 3
Sep 8[4]
Week 4
Sep 15[5]
Week 5
Sep 22[6]
Week 6
Sep 29[7]
Week 7
Oct 6[8]
Week 8
Oct 13[9]
Week 9
Oct 20[10]
Week 10
Oct 27[11]
Week 11
Nov 3[12]
Week 12
Nov 10[13]
Week 13
Nov 17[14]
Week 14
Nov 24[15]
Week 15
Dec 1[16]
Week 16
Dec 8[17]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 3[18]
1.Penn State (21)Penn State (0-0) (22)Penn State (0-0) (23)Penn State (1-0) (22)Penn State (2-0) (25)Florida (3-0) (32)Florida (4-0) (36)Florida (5-0) (35)Penn State (5-0) (51)Nebraska (6-0) (33)Nebraska (7-0) (35)Nebraska (8-0) (46)Michigan (9-0) (44)Michigan (10-0) (44)Michigan (11-0) (69)Michigan (11-0) (69)Michigan (11-0) (69)Michigan (12-0) (51½)1.
2.Florida (12)Florida (0-0) (14)Florida (1-0) (14)Florida (2-0) (15)Washington (2-0) (19)Penn State (3-0) (28)Penn State (3-0) (25)Penn State (4-0) (26)Nebraska (5-0) (14)Penn State (6-0) (26)Penn State (6-0) (25)Penn State (7-0) (16)Florida State (9-0) (23)Florida State (10-0) (24)Nebraska (10-0) (1)Nebraska (11-0) (1)Nebraska (12-0) (1)Nebraska (13-0) (18½)2.
3.Florida State (7)Florida State (0-0) (6)Tennessee (1-0) (7)Washington (1-0) (14)Florida (2-0) (14)Nebraska (3-0) (7)Nebraska (3-0) (6)Nebraska (4-0) (6)Florida State (5-0) (3)Florida State (6-0) (9)Florida State (7-0) (8)Florida State (8-0) (5)Nebraska (9-0) (3)Nebraska (10-0) (2)Tennessee (9-1)Tennessee (10-1)Tennessee (11-1)Florida State (11-1)3.
4.Washington (10)Washington (0-0) (9)Washington (0-0) (9)Tennessee (2-0) (6)Tennessee (2-0) (6)Florida State (3-0) (1)Florida State (3-0) (1)Florida State (4-0) (1)North Carolina (6-0) (2)North Carolina (7-0) (2)Michigan (7-0)Michigan (8-0) (1)Ohio State (9-1)Ohio State (10-1)Penn State (9-1)Florida State (10-1)Florida State (10-1)Florida (10-2)4.
5.Tennessee (8)Tennessee (0-0) (7)Florida State (0-0) (6)Florida State (1-0) (4)Florida State (2-0) (3)North Carolina (3-0) (2)North Carolina (4-0) (2)North Carolina (5-0) (2)Michigan (5-0)Michigan (6-0)North Carolina (7-0) (2)North Carolina (8-0) (2)Tennessee (7-1)Tennessee (8-1)Florida State (10-1)UCLA (9-2)UCLA (9-2)UCLA (10-2)5.
6.Nebraska (4)Nebraska (0-0) (4)Nebraska (1-0) (4)Nebraska (1-0) (4)North Carolina (2-0) (1)Michigan (2-0)Michigan (3-0)Michigan (4-0)Auburn (6-0)Florida (6-1)Florida (6-1)Washington (7-1)Penn State (7-1)Penn State (8-1)UCLA (9-2)Florida (9-2)Florida (9-2)North Carolina (11-1)6.
7.North Carolina (4)North Carolina (0-0) (4)North Carolina (0-0) (4)North Carolina (1-0) (2)Nebraska (2-0) (2)Ohio State (3-0)Ohio State (4-0)Ohio State (5-0)Florida (5-1)Washington (5-1)Washington (6-1)Ohio State (8-1)Georgia (7-1)UCLA (8-2)Florida (9-2)North Carolina (10-1)North Carolina (10-1)Tennessee (11-2)7.
8.Colorado (3)Colorado (0-0) (3)Colorado (0-0) (3)Colorado (1-0) (3)Michigan (1-0)Auburn (3-0)Auburn (4-0)Auburn (5-0)LSU (5-1)Tennessee (5-1)Tennessee (5-1)Tennessee (6-1)North Carolina (8-1)North Carolina (9-1)North Carolina (10-1)Washington State (10-1)Washington State (10-1)Kansas State (11-1)8.
9.Ohio State (1)Ohio State (0-0) (1)Ohio State (1-0)Ohio State (1-0)Ohio State (2-0)Tennessee (2-1)Tennessee (2-1)Tennessee (3-1)Tennessee (4-1)Ohio State (6-1)Ohio State (7-1)Georgia (7-1)UCLA (7-2)Kansas State (9-1)Ohio State (10-2)Ohio State (10-2)Ohio State (10-2)Washington State (10-2)9.
10.LSULSU (0-0)LSU (0-0)LSU (1-0)LSU (2-0)Washington (2-1)Washington (2-1)Washington (3-1)Washington (4-1)Washington State (6-0)Washington State (7-0)UCLA (7-2)Kansas State (8-1)Florida (8-2)Washington State (10-1)Kansas State (10-1)Kansas State (10-1)Georgia (10-2)10.
11.Notre DameNotre Dame (0-0)Notre Dame (0-0)Texas (1-0)Alabama (2-0)Iowa (3-0)Iowa (4-0)Michigan State (4-0)Ohio State (5-1)Auburn (6-1)Auburn (7-1)Kansas State (7-1)LSU (7-2)Washington State (9-1)Kansas State (10-1)Auburn (9-2)Penn State (9-2)Auburn (10-3)11.
12.TexasTexas (0-0)Texas (0-0)Notre Dame (1-0)Auburn (2-0)Michigan State (3-0)Michigan State (3-0)Washington State (5-0)Michigan State (5-0)Oklahoma State (6-0)UCLA (6-2)Iowa (6-2)Florida (7-2)Arizona State (8-2)Arizona State (8-2)Penn State (9-2)Georgia (9-2)Ohio State (10-3)12.
13.Miami (FL)Syracuse (1-0)Miami (FL) (1-0)Miami (FL) (1-0)Iowa (2-0)LSU (2-1)LSU (3-1)Georgia (4-0)Washington State (5-0)UCLA (5-2)Kansas State (6-1)Florida (6-2)Washington (7-2)Auburn (8-2)Auburn (9-2)Georgia (9-2)Auburn (9-3)LSU (9-3)13.
14.MichiganMiami (FL) (0-0)Michigan (0-0)Michigan (0-0)Arizona State (2-0)Virginia Tech (3-0)Virginia Tech (4-0)LSU (4-1)Texas A&M (5-0)Kansas State (5-1)Georgia (6-1)LSU (6-2)Washington State (8-1)Georgia (7-2)Georgia (8-2)Texas A&M (9-2)Syracuse (9-3)Arizona State (8-3)14.
15.AlabamaMichigan (0-0)Alabama (1-0)Alabama (1-0)Colorado (1-1)Washington State (3-0)Washington State (4-0)Texas A&M (4-0)Iowa (4-1)Michigan State (5-1)Iowa (5-2)Arizona State (6-2)Arizona State (7-2)Mississippi State (7-2)Texas A&M (8-2)Syracuse (9-3)LSU (8-3)Purdue (9-3)15.
16.AuburnAlabama (0-0)Auburn (0-0)Auburn (1-0)Clemson (2-0)Colorado (1-1)Colorado (2-1)Stanford (4-1)Oklahoma State (6-0)Georgia (5-1)LSU (5-2)Washington State (7-1)Auburn (7-2)Texas A&M (8-2)Syracuse (8-3)LSU (8-3)Arizona State (8-3)Penn State (9-3)16.
17.SyracuseAuburn (0-0)Stanford (0-0)Stanford (1-0)Michigan State (2-0)Clemson (2-1)Kansas State (3-0)Iowa (4-1)UCLA (4-2)LSU (5-2)West Virginia (6-1)Auburn (7-2)Mississippi State (6-2)Washington (7-3)LSU (7-3)Arizona State (8-3)Purdue (8-3)Colorado State (11-2)17.
18.StanfordStanford (0-0)Clemson (0-0)Iowa (1-0)Virginia Tech (2-0)Kansas State (2-0)Georgia (3-0)UCLA (3-2)Air Force (7-0)Iowa (4-2)Purdue (6-1)Toledo (8-0)Texas A&M (7-2)Syracuse (8-3)Purdue (8-3)Purdue (8-3)Colorado State (10-2)Washington (8-4)18.
19.BYUBYU (0-0)BYU (0-0)Clemson (1-0)Washington State (2-0)Georgia (3-0)Stanford (3-1)Air Force (6-0)Georgia (4-1)Virginia Tech (5-1)Oklahoma State (6-1)Mississippi State (6-2)Purdue (7-2) TVirginia Tech (7-2)Missouri (7-4)Missouri (7-4)Missouri (7-4)Southern Miss (9-3)19.
20.ClemsonClemson (0-0)Iowa (0-0)Kansas State (1-0)Kansas State (2-0)Stanford (2-1)Alabama (3-1)Oklahoma State (5-0)Kansas State (4-1)Texas A&M (5-1)Arizona State (5-2)Virginia Tech (6-2)Virginia Tech (7-2) TLSU (7-3)Colorado State (9-2)Colorado State (9-2)Texas A&M (9-3)Texas A&M (9-4)20.
21.IowaIowa (0-0)Kansas State (0-0) TMichigan State (1-0)Stanford (1-1)Alabama (2-1)Texas A&M (3-0)BYU (3-1)Georgia Tech (4-1)West Virginia (5-1)Michigan State (5-2)Texas A&M (6-2)Syracuse (7-3)Missouri (7-4)Washington (7-4)Washington (7-4)Washington (7-4)Syracuse (9-4)21.
22.USCKansas State (0-0)Northwestern (0-0) TVirginia Tech (1-0)Miami (FL) (1-1)Texas A&M (2-0)UCLA (2-2)Kansas State (3-1)Virginia Tech (5-1)Purdue (5-1)Toledo (7-0)Syracuse (6-3)Iowa (6-3)West Virginia (7-4)Mississippi State (7-3)Southern Miss (8-3)Southern Miss (8-3)Mississippi (8-4)22.
23.Kansas StateUSC (0-0)USC (0-0)USC (0-1)Colorado State (2-1)BYU (1-1)Air Force (5-0)Virginia Tech (4-1)West Virginia (5-1)Arizona State (5-2)Virginia Tech (5-2)Purdue (6-2)Wisconsin (8-2)Purdue (7-3)Southern Miss (8-3)Air Force (10-2)Air Force (10-2)Missouri (7-5)23.
24.WisconsinNorthwestern (1-0)Colorado State (1-0)Arizona State (1-0)UCLA (1-2)UCLA (1-2)BYU (2-1)Colorado (2-2)Wisconsin (6-1)Toledo (6-0)Southern Miss (5-2)Southern Miss (6-2)Oklahoma State (7-2)Wisconsin (8-3)Air Force (10-2)Oklahoma State (8-3)Oklahoma State (8-3)Oklahoma State (8-4)24.
25.Michigan StateMichigan State (0-0)Michigan State (0-0)Colorado State (1-1)Georgia (2-0)Arizona State (2-1)Arizona State (3-1)Georgia Tech (3-1)Stanford (4-2)Mississippi (4-2)Texas A&M (5-2)Oklahoma State (6-2)Missouri (6-4)Colorado State (8-2)Oklahoma State (8-3)Michigan State (7-4)Michigan State (7-4)Georgia Tech (7-5)25.
Preseason
Aug 11[1]
Week 1
Aug 25[2]
Week 2
Sep 2[3]
Week 3
Sep 8[4]
Week 4
Sep 15[5]
Week 5
Sep 22[6]
Week 6
Sep 29[7]
Week 7
Oct 6[8]
Week 8
Oct 13[9]
Week 9
Oct 20[10]
Week 10
Oct 27[11]
Week 11
Nov 3[12]
Week 12
Nov 10[13]
Week 13
Nov 17[14]
Week 14
Nov 24[15]
Week 15
Dec 1[16]
Week 16
Dec 8[17]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 3[18]
Dropped:
Wisconsin
Dropped:
Syracuse
Dropped:
  • BYU
  • Northwestern
Dropped:
  • Texas
  • Notre Dame
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Miami (FL)
  • Colorado State
Dropped:
Clemson
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Arizona State
Dropped:
  • BYU
  • Colorado State
Dropped:
  • Air Force
  • Georgia Tech
  • Wisconsin
  • Stanford
Dropped:
Mississippi
Dropped:
  • West Virginia
  • Michigan State
Dropped:
  • Toledo
  • Southern Miss
Dropped:
  • Iowa
  • Oklahoma State
Dropped:
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
Mississippi State
NoneDropped:
  • Air Force
  • Michigan State

Coaches' Poll[edit]

In the final Coaches' Poll of the 1997 season, Nebraska leapfrogged Michigan to secure a share of the national championship, making it the 3rd split championship of the 1990s.[19] Eight coaches split their first-place votes, with a final tally of 32 first-place votes for Nebraska and 30 for Michigan. The final vote count was Nebraska 1,520, Michigan 1,516.[20]

Preseason
Aug 11[21]
Week 2
Sep 2[22]
Week 3
Sep 8[23]
Week 4
Sep 15[24]
Week 5
Sep 22[25]
Week 6
Sep 29[26]
Week 7
Oct 6[27]
Week 8
Oct 13[28]
Week 9
Oct 20[29]
Week 10
Oct 27[30]
Week 11
Nov 3[31]
Week 12
Nov 10[32]
Week 13
Nov 17[33]
Week 14
Nov 24[34]
Week 15
Dec 1[35]
Week 16
Dec 8[36]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 4[37]
1.Florida (19)Florida (1-0) (25)Florida (2-0) (25)Florida (2-0) (25)Florida (3-0) (43)Florida (4-0) (45)Florida (5-0) (48)Penn State (5-0) (51)Nebraska (6-0) (28)Nebraska (7-0) (37)Nebraska (8-0) (50)Florida State (9-0) (26)Florida State (10-0) (29)Michigan (11-0) (46)Michigan (11-0) (58)Michigan (11-0) (53½)Nebraska (13-0) (32)1.
2.Penn State (9)Penn State (0-0) (13)Penn State (1-0) (12)Penn State (2-0) (14)Penn State (3-0) (14)Penn State (3-0) (13)Penn State (4-0) (11)Nebraska (5-0) (9)Penn State (6-0) (29)Penn State (6-0) (20)Florida State (8-0) (2)Michigan (9-0) (20)Michigan (10-0) (20)Nebraska (10-0) (16)Nebraska (11-0) (4)Nebraska (12-0) (8½)Michigan (12-0) (30)2.
3.Washington (15)Tennessee (1-0) (10)Washington (1-0) (13)Washington (2-0) (12)Nebraska (3-0) (3)Nebraska (3-0) (3)Nebraska (4-0) (2)Florida State (5-0) (1)Florida State (6-0) (3)Florida State (7-0) (3)Penn State (7-0) (8)Nebraska (9-0) (16)Nebraska (10-0) (13)Tennessee (9-1)Tennessee (10-1)Tennessee (11-1)Florida State (11-1)3.
4.Florida State (3)Washington (0-0) (7)Tennessee (2-0) (5)Tennessee (2-0) (6)Florida State (3-0) (1)Florida State (3-0)Florida State (4-0)North Carolina (6-0) (1)North Carolina (7-0) (1)Michigan (7-0) (2)Michigan (8-0) (2)Ohio State (9-1)Ohio State (10-1)Penn State (9-1)Florida State (10-1)Florida State (10-1)North Carolina (11-1)4.
5.Tennessee (8)Florida State (0-0) (3)Nebraska (1-0) (2)Florida State (2-0) (2)North Carolina (3-0) (1)North Carolina (4-0) (1)North Carolina (5-0) (1)Michigan (5-0)Michigan (6-0) (1)North Carolina (7-0)North Carolina (8-0)Tennessee (7-1)Tennessee (8-1)Florida State (10-1)North Carolina (10-1)North Carolina (10-1)UCLA (10-2)5.
6.Nebraska (4)Nebraska (1-0) (2)Florida State (1-0) (3)Nebraska (2-0) (1)Michigan (2-0)Michigan (3-0)Michigan (4-0)Florida (6-1)Florida (6-1)Florida (6-1)Washington (7-1)Penn State (7-1)Penn State (8-1)North Carolina (10-1)UCLA (9-2)UCLA (9-2)Florida (10-2)6.
7.Colorado (3)Colorado (0-0) (1)Colorado (1-0) (1)North Carolina (2-0) (1)Ohio State (3-0)Ohio State (4-0)Ohio State (5-0)Auburn (6-0)Washington (5-1)Washington (6-1)Tennessee (6-1)Georgia (7-1)Kansas State (9-1)UCLA (9-2)Washington State (10-1)Washington State (10-1)Kansas State (11-1)7.
8.North Carolina (1)North Carolina (0-0) (1)North Carolina (1-0) (1)Ohio State (2-0) (1)Auburn (3-0)Iowa (4-0)Auburn (5-0)Washington (4-1)Tennessee (5-1)Tennessee (5-1)Ohio State (8-1)Kansas State (8-1)North Carolina (9-1)Florida (9-2)Florida (9-2)Florida (9-2)Tennessee (11-2)8.
9.Ohio StateOhio State (1-0)Ohio State (1-0)Michigan (1-0)Iowa (3-0)Auburn (4-0)Washington (3-1)Tennessee (4-1)Ohio State (6-1)Ohio State (7-1)Georgia (7-1)North Carolina (8-1)UCLA (8-2)Kansas State (10-1)Kansas State (10-1)Kansas State (10-1)Washington State (10-2)9.
10.TexasTexas (0-0)Texas (1-0)LSU (2-0)Tennessee (2-1)Tennessee (2-1)Tennessee (3-1)LSU (5-1)Washington State (6-0)Washington State (7-0)Kansas State (7-1)UCLA (7-2)Florida (8-2)Washington State (10-1)Ohio State (10-2)Ohio State (10-2)Georgia (10-2)10.
11.LSULSU (0-0)LSU (1-0)Alabama (2-0)Washington (2-1)Washington (2-1)Michigan State (4-0)Michigan State (5-0)Auburn (6-1)Auburn (7-1)UCLA (7-2)LSU (7-2)Washington State (9-1)Ohio State (10-2)Auburn (9-2)Georgia (9-2)Auburn (10-3)11.
12.Notre DameMiami (FL) (1-0)Miami (FL) (1-0)Auburn (2-0)Virginia Tech (3-0)Virginia Tech (4-0)Washington State (5-0)Ohio State (5-1)Oklahoma State (6-0)Kansas State (6-1)LSU (6-2)Florida (7-2)Arizona State (8-2)Arizona State (8-2)Penn State (9-2)Penn State (9-2)Ohio State (10-3)12.
13.MichiganNotre Dame (0-0)Michigan (0-0)Iowa (2-0)Michigan State (3-0)Michigan State (3-0)Texas A&M (4-0)Washington State (5-0)Kansas State (5-1)UCLA (6-2)Florida (6-2)Washington State (8-1)Auburn (8-2)Auburn (9-2)Georgia (9-2)Auburn (9-3)LSU (9-3)13.
14.Miami (FL)Michigan (0-0)Alabama (1-0)Virginia Tech (2-0)Washington State (3-0)LSU (3-1)LSU (4-1)Texas A&M (5-0)Michigan State (5-1)LSU (5-2)Iowa (6-2)Washington (7-2)Georgia (7-2)Georgia (8-2)Texas A&M (9-2)Syracuse (9-3)Arizona State (9-3)14.
15.AlabamaAlabama (1-0)Notre Dame (1-0)Clemson (2-0)LSU (2-1)Washington State (4-0)Georgia (4-0)Iowa (4-1)LSU (5-2)Georgia (6-1)Washington State (7-1)Arizona State (7-2)Virginia Tech (7-2)Texas A&M (8-2)Syracuse (9-3)LSU (8-3)Purdue (9-3)15.
16.SyracuseBYU (0-0)Auburn (1-0)Colorado (1-1)Colorado (1-1)Kansas State (3-0)Iowa (4-1)Oklahoma State (6-0)UCLA (5-2)Iowa (5-2)Arizona State (6-2)Auburn (7-2)Texas A&M (8-2)Syracuse (8-3)LSU (8-3)Purdue (8-3)Colorado State (11-2)16.
17.BYUStanford (0-0)Iowa (1-0)Arizona State (2-0)Kansas State (2-0)Texas A&M (3-0)Stanford (4-1)Air Force (7-0)Virginia Tech (5-1)West Virginia (6-1)Auburn (7-2)Virginia Tech (7-2)Syracuse (8-3)LSU (7-3)Purdue (8-3)Colorado State (10-2)Penn State (9-3)17.
18.StanfordAuburn (0-0)Stanford (1-0)Michigan State (2-0)Texas A&M (2-0)Colorado (2-1)Air Force (6-0)UCLA (4-2)Georgia (5-1)Purdue (6-1)Virginia Tech (6-2)Texas A&M (7-2)LSU (7-3)Purdue (8-3)Colorado State (9-2)Arizona State (8-3)Washington (8-4)18.
19.AuburnIowa (0-0)Virginia Tech (1-0)Kansas State (2-0)Alabama (2-1)Georgia (3-0)UCLA (3-2)Virginia Tech (5-1)Iowa (4-2)Oklahoma State (6-1)Syracuse (6-3)Syracuse (7-3)Mississippi State (7-2)Colorado State (9-2)Arizona State (8-3)Texas A&M (9-3)Southern Miss (9-3)19.
20.IowaClemson (0-0)Kansas State (1-0)Washington State (2-0)Georgia (3-0)Alabama (3-1)Oklahoma State (5-0) тKansas State (4-1)West Virginia (5-1)Michigan State (5-2)Toledo (8-0)Purdue (7-2)Washington (7-3)Missouri (7-4)Missouri (7-4)Missouri (7-4)Syracuse (9-4)20.
21.ClemsonUSC (0-0)Clemson (1-0)Miami (FL) (1-1)Clemson (2-1)Stanford (3-1)Virginia Tech (4-1) тGeorgia (4-1)Texas A&M (5-1)Arizona State (5-2)Texas A&M (6-2)Oklahoma State (7-2)West Virginia (7-2)Virginia Tech (7-3)Air Force (10-2)Air Force (10-2)Texas A&M (9-4)21.
22.USCVirginia Tech (1-0)USC (0-1)Texas A&M (1-0)Stanford (2-1)Arizona State (3-1)BYU (3-1)West Virginia (5-1)Arizona State (5-2)Virginia Tech (5-2)West Virginia (6-2)Iowa (6-3)Colorado State (8-2)Washington (7-4)Washington (7-4)Southern Miss (8-3)Mississippi (8-4)22.
23.Kansas StateKansas State (0-0)Michigan State (1-0)Stanford (1-1)Arizona State (2-1)Air Force (5-0)Kansas State (3-1)Stanford (4-2)Purdue (5-1)Toledo (7-0)Oklahoma State (6-2)West Virginia (6-2)Missouri (7-4)Air Force (10-2)Southern Miss (8-3)Washington (7-4)Missouri (7-5)23.
24.WisconsinNorthwestern (1-0)West Virginia (2-0)Texas (1-1)BYU (1-1)BYU (2-1)West Virginia (4-1)Wisconsin (6-1)Air Force (7-1)Syracuse (5-3)Purdue (6-2)Wisconsin (8-2)Wisconsin (8-3)Southern Miss (8-3)Oklahoma State (8-3)Oklahoma State (8-3)Oklahoma State (8-4)24.
25.Virginia TechColorado State (1-0)NC State (2-0)Georgia (2-0)Air Force (4-0)UCLA (2-2)Colorado (2-2)Georgia Tech (4-1)Syracuse (5-3)BYU (5-2)Southern Miss (6-2)Mississippi State (6-2)Purdue (7-3)Oklahoma State (8-3)New Mexico (9-2)Michigan State (7-4)Air Force (10-3)25.
Preseason
Aug 11[21]
Week 2
Sep 2[22]
Week 3
Sep 8[23]
Week 4
Sep 15[24]
Week 5
Sep 22[25]
Week 6
Sep 29[26]
Week 7
Oct 6[27]
Week 8
Oct 13[28]
Week 9
Oct 20[29]
Week 10
Oct 27[30]
Week 11
Nov 3[31]
Week 12
Nov 10[32]
Week 13
Nov 17[33]
Week 14
Nov 24[34]
Week 15
Dec 1[35]
Week 16
Dec 8[36]
Week 17 (Final)
Jan 4[37]
Dropped:
  • Syracuse
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • BYU
  • Northwestern
  • Colorado State
Dropped:
  • Notre Dame
  • USC
  • West Virginia
  • NC State
Dropped:
  • Miami (FL)
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Clemson
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Arizona State
Dropped:
  • BYU
  • Colorado
Dropped:
  • Stanford
  • Wisconsin
  • Georgia Tech
Dropped:
  • Texas A&M
  • Air Force
Dropped:
  • Michigan State
  • BYU
Dropped:
  • Toledo
  • Southern Miss
Dropped:
  • Oklahoma State
  • Iowa
Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Virginia Tech
Dropped:
  • New Mexico
Dropped:
  • Michigan State

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