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Associated Press Poll Rankings for the 1996 Season

   AP Poll Stats
Poll:   Year:  
Associated Press Poll
Preseason
- Preseason -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Nebraska (50) 1,644
2 Tennessee (7) 1,538
3 Florida State (5) 1,529
4 Florida (1) 1,490
5 Colorado (3) 1,377
6 Notre Dame (1) 1,295
7 USC  1,171
8 Texas  1,026
9 Ohio State  987
10 Syracuse  982
11 Penn State  981
12 Miami  877
13 Texas A&M  803
14 Michigan  766
15 Alabama  601
16 Virginia Tech  563
17 Auburn  536
18 Northwestern  496
19 LSU  465
20 Arizona State  380
21 Kansas State  366
22 Iowa  356
23 Virginia  288
24 Kansas  217
25 Clemson  212
Associated Press Poll
8/26/1996
- Week 1 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Nebraska (50) 1,646
2 Tennessee (8) 1,555
3 Florida State (5) 1,530
4 Florida  1,485
5 Colorado (3) 1,402
6 Notre Dame (1) 1,302
7 Penn State  1,247
8 Texas  1,099
9 Ohio State  1,059
10 Syracuse  1,050
11 Miami  881
12 Michigan  805
13 Alabama  669
14 Virginia Tech  610
15 Northwestern  583
16 Auburn  552
17 USC  549
18 LSU  519
19 Brigham Young  497
20 Arizona State  432
21 Kansas State  389
22 Iowa  388
23 Texas A&M  296
24 Virginia  257
25 Kansas  207
Associated Press Poll
9/2/1996
- Week 2 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Nebraska (49) 1,642
2 Tennessee (8) 1,566
3 Florida State (5) 1,516
4 Florida (1) 1,484
5 Colorado (3) 1,405
6 Notre Dame (1) 1,311
7 Penn State  1,266
8 Texas  1,128
9 Syracuse  1,062
10 Ohio State  1,036
11 Miami  923
12 Michigan  845
13 Northwestern  663
14 Alabama  660
15 Virginia Tech  625
16 Brigham Young  589
17 LSU  538
18 Auburn  511
19 USC  456
20 Arizona State  447
21 Kansas State  438
22 Iowa  354
23 Virginia  242
24 North Carolina  237
25 Texas A&M  227
Associated Press Poll
9/9/1996
- Week 3 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Nebraska (57) 1,659
2 Tennessee (4) 1,557
3 Florida State (3) 1,528
4 Florida  1,509
5 Colorado (3) 1,402
6 Penn State  1,315
7 Texas  1,191
8 Ohio State  1,182
9 Notre Dame (1) 1,061
10 Miami  1,038
11 Michigan  885
12 North Carolina  856
13 Alabama  775
14 Brigham Young  708
15 Auburn  695
16 USC  646
17 Kansas State  605
18 Arizona State  526
19 Virginia Tech  425
20 LSU  412
21 Iowa  377
22 Virginia  352
23 Syracuse  331
24 Kansas  207
25 Texas A&M  180
Associated Press Poll
9/16/1996
- Week 4 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Nebraska (58) 1,662
2 Tennessee (5) 1,561
3 Florida State (4) 1,536
4 Florida  1,519
5 Penn State  1,369
6 Texas  1,232
7 Ohio State  1,225
8 Michigan  1,211
9 Notre Dame  1,099
10 Miami  1,071
11 North Carolina  926
12 Colorado  911
13 Alabama  764
13 Auburn  764
15 USC  702
16 Kansas State  684
17 Arizona State  587
18 Virginia Tech  528
19 Iowa  454
20 Virginia  441
21 LSU  381
22 Kansas  360
23 Syracuse  214
24 Washington  174
25 Oregon  103
Associated Press Poll
9/23/1996
- Week 5 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (52) 1,659
2 Florida State (13) 1,612
3 Penn State (1) 1,505
4 Ohio State  1,411
5 Notre Dame  1,373
6 Arizona State (1) 1,229
7 Michigan  1,207
8 Nebraska  1,198
9 Tennessee  1,125
10 Miami  1,100
11 North Carolina  991
12 Colorado  891
13 Texas  855
14 Alabama  764
15 USC  711
16 Kansas State  677
17 LSU  662
18 Virginia Tech  577
19 Virginia  543
20 Kansas  440
21 Washington  376
22 Auburn  299
23 West Virginia  155
24 Brigham Young  100
25 Northwestern  79
Associated Press Poll
9/30/1996
- Week 6 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (57) 1,664
2 Florida State (8) 1,586
3 Ohio State (1) 1,533
4 Penn State  1,459
5 Arizona State (1) 1,389
6 Michigan  1,330
7 Nebraska  1,242
8 Miami  1,198
9 Tennessee  1,132
10 Colorado  981
11 Notre Dame  900
12 Virginia  874
13 Alabama  836
14 LSU  770
15 North Carolina  767
16 Kansas State  754
17 USC  753
18 Washington  515
19 West Virginia  418
20 Auburn  410
21 Brigham Young  268
22 Northwestern  201
23 Texas  146
24 Utah  101
25 Wyoming  99
Associated Press Poll
10/7/1996
- Week 7 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (38) 1,643
2 Ohio State (24) 1,609
3 Florida State (4) 1,557
4 Arizona State (1) 1,471
5 Nebraska  1,374
6 Miami  1,312
7 Tennessee  1,243
8 Alabama  1,052
9 Colorado  1,019
10 Penn State  995
11 Notre Dame  988
12 LSU  977
13 North Carolina  910
14 Michigan  863
15 Northwestern  743
16 Washington  680
17 West Virginia  618
18 Auburn  483
19 Brigham Young  348
20 Virginia  339
21 California  322
22 Kansas State  281
23 Georgia Tech  206
24 Wyoming  185
25 Texas  162
Associated Press Poll
10/14/1996
- Week 8 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (54) 1,659
2 Ohio State (7) 1,578
3 Florida State (5) 1,575
4 Arizona State (1) 1,472
5 Nebraska  1,406
6 Tennessee  1,319
7 Alabama  1,146
8 Notre Dame  1,126
9 Colorado  1,118
10 Penn State  1,093
11 North Carolina  1,018
12 Miami  927
13 Michigan  899
14 Northwestern  798
15 West Virginia  731
16 Auburn  590
17 LSU  514
18 Brigham Young  487
19 California  451
20 Virginia  409
21 Kansas State  379
22 Georgia Tech  317
23 Wyoming  264
24 Utah  111
25 Washington  104
Associated Press Poll
10/21/1996
- Week 9 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (57) 1,664
2 Ohio State (4) 1,574
3 Florida State (5) 1,572
4 Arizona State (1) 1,476
5 Nebraska  1,397
6 Tennessee  1,333
7 Alabama  1,252
8 Colorado  1,181
9 North Carolina  1,140
10 Michigan  998
11 Northwestern  977
12 West Virginia  941
13 LSU  759
14 Virginia  711
15 Brigham Young  673
16 Kansas State  643
17 Penn State  570
18 Wyoming  482
19 Notre Dame  444
20 Iowa  408
21 Utah  300
22 Auburn  234
23 Washington  224
24 Southern Miss  212
25 Miami  119
Associated Press Poll
10/28/1996
- Week 10 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (59) 1,666
2 Ohio State (4) 1,579
3 Florida State (3) 1,563
4 Arizona State (1) 1,481
5 Nebraska  1,404
6 Tennessee  1,347
7 Colorado  1,210
8 North Carolina  1,195
9 Michigan  1,080
10 Alabama  1,065
11 Northwestern  1,037
12 LSU  868
13 Brigham Young  790
14 Kansas State  759
15 Penn State  644
16 Virginia  580
17 Wyoming  576
18 West Virginia  459
19 Notre Dame  439
20 Utah  412
21 Washington  271
22 Miami  265
23 Southern Miss  257
24 Auburn  231
25 Iowa  190
Associated Press Poll
11/4/1996
- Week 11 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (59) 1,667
2 Ohio State (5) 1,582
3 Florida State (2) 1,564
4 Arizona State (1) 1,477
5 Nebraska  1,406
6 Tennessee  1,344
7 Colorado  1,218
8 North Carolina  1,204
9 Michigan  1,133
10 Alabama  1,086
11 LSU  902
12 Brigham Young  858
13 Kansas State  813
14 Penn State  810
15 Virginia  684
16 Wyoming  646
17 Notre Dame  583
18 Northwestern  518
19 Washington  439
20 Southern Miss  341
21 Miami  336
22 Auburn  298
23 Iowa  269
24 Syracuse  233
25 Virginia Tech  137
Associated Press Poll
11/11/1996
- Week 12 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (46) 1,650
2 Ohio State (17) 1,597
3 Florida State (2) 1,560
4 Arizona State (2) 1,486
5 Nebraska  1,411
6 Colorado  1,282
6 North Carolina  1,282
8 Alabama  1,231
9 Kansas State  1,060
10 Brigham Young  1,042
11 Penn State  979
12 Tennessee  852
13 Northwestern  813
14 Notre Dame  795
15 Washington  669
16 Michigan  638
17 LSU  570
18 Miami  500
19 Syracuse  492
20 Auburn  415
21 Virginia Tech  409
22 Army  281
23 Wyoming  227
24 Virginia  162
25 Southern Miss  117
Associated Press Poll
11/18/1996
- Week 13 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (54) 1,660
2 Ohio State (7) 1,580
3 Florida State (4) 1,568
4 Arizona State (2) 1,485
5 Nebraska  1,412
6 Colorado  1,336
7 Penn State  1,197
8 Brigham Young  1,192
9 Tennessee  1,026
10 Notre Dame  972
11 Northwestern  959
12 Washington  872
13 North Carolina  862
14 Kansas State  799
15 Alabama  772
16 Syracuse  713
17 Virginia Tech  677
18 LSU  659
19 Virginia  476
20 Wyoming  381
21 Michigan  327
22 Clemson  185
23 West Virginia  170
24 Iowa  139
25 Miami  126
Associated Press Poll
11/25/1996
- Week 14 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (59) 1,667
2 Florida State (5) 1,601
3 Arizona State (3) 1,554
4 Nebraska  1,475
5 Colorado  1,382
6 Ohio State  1,326
7 Brigham Young  1,207
8 Penn State  1,206
9 Tennessee  1,042
10 Notre Dame  1,020
11 Northwestern  950
12 Washington  870
13 North Carolina  851
14 Kansas State  793
15 Alabama  758
16 Syracuse  700
17 Virginia Tech  677
18 Michigan  625
19 LSU  576
20 Virginia  416
21 Wyoming  360
22 Iowa  237
23 Miami  203
24 Army  73
25 West Virginia  51
Associated Press Poll
12/2/1996
- Week 15 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida State (61) 1,669
2 Arizona State (5) 1,609
3 Nebraska (1) 1,526
4 Florida  1,484
5 Ohio State  1,383
6 Brigham Young  1,274
7 Colorado  1,250
8 Penn State  1,233
9 Tennessee  1,043
10 Northwestern  990
11 Alabama  977
12 Washington  916
13 North Carolina  910
14 Kansas State  857
15 Virginia Tech  829
16 Michigan  657
17 LSU  640
18 Notre Dame  535
19 Miami  454
20 Wyoming  450
21 Iowa  306
22 Syracuse  280
23 Army  144
24 West Virginia  96
25 Virginia  75
Associated Press Poll
12/9/1996
- Week 16 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida State (62) 1,670
2 Arizona State (5) 1,612
3 Florida  1,539
4 Ohio State  1,454
5 Brigham Young  1,322
6 Nebraska  1,271
7 Penn State  1,259
8 Colorado  1,248
9 Tennessee  1,078
10 Virginia Tech  1,037
11 Northwestern  1,000
12 North Carolina  929
13 Washington  914
14 Kansas State  838
15 Michigan  676
16 Alabama  655
17 LSU  645
18 Notre Dame  504
19 Miami  459
20 Texas  423
21 Iowa  291
22 Wyoming  288
23 Syracuse  242
24 Army  213
25 West Virginia  78
Associated Press Poll
1996 Final
- Week 17 -
Rank Team (FPV) Points
1 Florida (66) 1,674
2 Ohio State (2) 1,586
3 Florida State  1,529
4 Arizona State  1,486
5 Brigham Young  1,360
6 Nebraska  1,316
7 Penn State  1,293
8 Colorado  1,228
9 Tennessee  1,172
10 North Carolina  1,070
11 Alabama  977
12 LSU  849
13 Virginia Tech  786
14 Miami  690
15 Northwestern  663
16 Washington  643
17 Kansas State  625
18 Iowa  535
19 Notre Dame  511
20 Michigan  466
21 Syracuse  451
22 Wyoming  314
23 Texas  169
24 Auburn  130
25 Army  71

Associated Press Poll Information:
The Associated Press began running polls of sports writers to determine who is, by popular opinion, the best college football team in the country. The first AP Poll was run in 1934 but was not run continuously until 1936.

The AP Poll currently lists the top 25 teams in the nation.  From 1936 to 1961 the poll only ranked the top 20 teams.  From 1962 to 1967 it only ranked the top 10 teams.  From 1968 to 1988 the AP Poll returned to ranking the top 20 teams.  In 1989 they started ranking the top 25.

The AP poll was used in the beginning of the BCS to calculate the team standings.  Due to some controversies within the BCS, the AP Poll was pulled from these calculations which caused the BCS to create the new Harris Poll.


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