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1982 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Penn St.

11-1-0

2

Southern Methodist (TX)

11-0-1

3

Nebraska

12-1-0

4

Georgia

11-1-0

5

UCLA

10-1-1

6

Arizona St.

10-2-0

7

Pittsburgh (PA)

9-3-0

8

Arkansas

9-2-1

9

Clemson (SC)

9-1-1

10

Washington

10-2-0

11

Louisiana St.

8-3-1

12

Florida St.

9-3-0

13

Ohio St.

9-3-0

14

Southern California

8-3-0

15

Oklahoma

8-4-0

16

Auburn (AL)

9-3-0

17

West Virginia

9-3-0

18

Maryland

8-4-0

19

North Carolina

8-4-0

20

Texas

9-3-0

21

Michigan

8-4-0

22

Alabama

8-4-0

23

Tulsa (OK)

10-1-0

24

Iowa

8-4-0

25

Florida

8-4-0

1983 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Miami (FL)

11-1-0

2

Auburn (AL)

11-1-0

3

Nebraska

12-1-0

4

Georgia

10-1-1

5

Texas

11-1-0

6

Brigham Young (UT)

11-1-0

7

Michigan

9-3-0

8

Ohio St.

9-3-0

9

Florida

9-2-1

10

Clemson (SC)

9-1-1

11

Illinois

10-2-0

12

Southern Methodist (TX)

10-2-0

13

Alabama

8-4-0

14

Air Force (CO)

10-2-0

15

West Virginia

9-3-0

16

Iowa

9-3-0

17

Tennessee

9-3-0

18

UCLA

7-4-1

19

Pittsburgh (PA)

8-3-1

20

Penn St.

8-4-1

21

Oklahoma

8-4-0

22

Boston College (MA)

9-3-0

23

Oklahoma St.

8-4-0

24

Maryland

8-4-0

25

East Carolina (NC)

8-3-0

1984 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Brigham Young (UT)

13-0-0

2

Washington

11-1-0

3

Florida

9-1-1

4

Nebraska

10-2-0

5

Oklahoma

9-2-1

6

Boston College (MA)

10-2-0

7

Oklahoma St.

10-2-0

8

Southern Methodist (TX)

10-2-0

9

Maryland

9-3-0

10

South Carolina

10-2-0

11

Southern California

9-3-0

12

UCLA

9-3-0

13

Louisiana St.

8-3-1

14

Ohio St.

9-3-0

15

Auburn (AL)

9-4-0

16

Miami (FL)

8-5-0

17

Florida St.

7-3-2

18

Virginia

8-2-2

19

Kentucky

9-3-0

20

Iowa

8-4-1

21

West Virginia

8-4-0

22

Army (NY)

8-3-1

23

Georgia

7-4-1

24

Air Force (CO)

8-4-0

25

Notre Dame (IN)

7-5-0

1985 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Oklahoma

11-1-0

2

Penn St.

11-1-0

3

Michigan

10-1-1

4

Tennessee

9-1-2

5

Florida

9-1-1

6

Miami (FL)

10-2-0

7

Air Force (CO)

12-1-0

8

Texas A&M

10-2-0

9

UCLA

9-2-1

10

Iowa

10-2-0

11

Nebraska

9-3-0

12

Alabama

9-2-1

13

Ohio St.

9-3-0

14

Florida St.

9-3-0

15

Arkansas

10-2-0

16

Brigham Young (UT)

11-3-0

17

Maryland

9-3-0

18

Georgia Tech

9-2-1

19

Baylor (TX)

9-3-0

20

Auburn (AL)

8-4-0

21

Louisiana St.

9-2-1

22

Army (NY)

9-3-0

23

Fresno St. (CA)

11-0-1

24

Georgia

7-3-2

25

Oklahoma St.

8-4-0

1986 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Penn St.

12-0-0

2

Miami (FL)

11-1-0

3

Oklahoma

11-1-0

4

Nebraska

10-2-0

5

Arizona St.

10-1-1

6

Ohio St.

10-3-0

7

Auburn (AL)

10-2-0

8

Michigan

11-2-0

9

Alabama

10-3-0

10

Louisiana St.

9-3-0

11

Arizona

9-3-0

12

Texas A&M

9-3-0

13

UCLA

8-3-1

14

Baylor (TX)

9-3-0

15

Boston College (MA)

9-3-0

16

Iowa

9-3-0

17

Arkansas

9-3-0

18

Clemson (SC)

8-2-2

19

Washington

8-3-1

20

Virginia Tech

9-2-1

21

Florida St.

7-4-1

22

Stanford (CA)

8-4-0

23

Georgia

8-4-0

24

North Carolina St.

8-3-1

25

San Diego St. (CA)

8-4-0

1987 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Miami (FL)

12-0-0

2

Florida St.

11-1-0

3

Oklahoma

11-1-0

4

Syracuse (NY)

11-0-1

5

Nebraska

10-2-0

6

Louisiana St.

10-1-1

7

Auburn (AL)

9-1-2

8

Michigan St.

9-2-1

9

Texas A&M

10-2-0

10

UCLA

10-2-0

11

Clemson (SC)

10-2-0

12

Oklahoma St.

10-2-0

13

Georgia

9-3-0

14

Tennessee

10-2-1

15

Iowa

10-3-0

16

Notre Dame (IN)

8-4-0

17

Southern California

8-4-0

18

South Carolina

8-4-0

19

Michigan

8-4-0

20

Texas

7-5-0

21

Pittsburgh (PA)

8-4-0

22

Indiana

8-4-0

23

Penn St.

8-4-0

24

Ohio St.

6-4-1

25

Alabama

7-5-0

1988 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Notre Dame (IN)

12-0-0

2

Miami (FL)

11-1-0

3

Florida St.

11-1-0

4

UCLA

10-2-0

5

Michigan

9-2-1

6

West Virginia

11-1-0

7

Southern California

10-2-0

8

Nebraska

11-2-0

9

Auburn (AL)

10-2-0

10

Clemson (SC)

10-2-0

11

Oklahoma St.

10-2-0

12

Syracuse (NY)

10-2-0

13

Oklahoma

9-3-0

14

Arkansas

10-2-0

15

Washington St.

9-3-0

16

Georgia

9-3-0

17

Alabama

9-3-0

18

North Carolina St.

8-3-1

19

Houston (TX)

9-3-0

20

Indiana

8-3-1

21

Wyoming

11-2-0

22

Louisiana St.

8-4-0

23

Colorado

8-4-0

24

Southern Mississippi

10-2-0

25

Brigham Young (UT)

9-4-0

1989 - Final USA Today/CNN Poll

Final Poll released after Bowl Games

Rank

Team

Record

1

Miami (FL)

11-1-0

2

Notre Dame (IN)

12-1-0

3

Florida St.

10-2-0

4

Colorado

11-1-0

5

Tennessee

11-1-0

6

Auburn (AL)

10-2-0

7

Southern California

9-2-1

8

Michigan

10-2-0

9

Alabama

10-2-0

10

Illinois

10-2-0

11

Nebraska

10-2-0

12

Clemson (SC)

10-2-0

13

Arkansas

10-2-0

14

Houston (TX)

9-2-0

15

Penn St.

8-3-1

16

Virginia

10-3-0

17

Michigan St.

8-4-0

18

Texas Tech

9-3-0

19

Pittsburgh (PA)

8-3-1

20

Texas A&M

8-4-0

21

West Virginia

8-3-1

22

Brigham Young (UT)

10-3-0

23

Syracuse (NY)

8-4-0

24

Ohio St.

8-4-0

25

Washington

8-4-0

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