1981 College Football AP Poll

Name the teams that cracked the AP Top 20 during the 1981 college football season
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Preseason
1
Michigan
0
0
 
Big Ten
2
Oklahoma
0
0
Big Eight
3
Notre Dame
0
0
Independent
4
Alabama
0
0
SEC
5
USC
0
0
Pacific-10
6
Nebraska
0
0
Big Eight
7
Penn State
0
0
Independent
8
Pittsburgh
0
0
Independent
9
Texas
0
0
Southwest
10
Georgia
0
0
SEC
11
Ohio State
0
0
Big Ten
12
North Carolina
0
0
ACC
13
UCLA
0
0
Pacific-10
14
Mississippi State
0
0
SEC
15
Washington
0
0
Pacific-10
16
BYU
0
0
WAC
17
Florida
0
0
SEC
18
Stanford
0
0
Pacific-10
19
Florida State
0
0
Independent
20
Arizona State
0
0
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 2 (9/14)
1
Notre Dame
1
0
 
Independent
2
USC
1
0
Pacific-10
3
Oklahoma
1
0
Big Eight
4
Georgia
2
0
SEC
5
Penn State
1
0
Independent
6
Texas
1
0
Southwest
7
Pittsburgh
1
0
Independent
8
Ohio State
1
0
Big Ten
9
UCLA
1
0
Pacific-10
10
North Carolina
1
0
WAC
11
Michigan
0
1
Big Ten
12
Alabama
1
1
SEC
13
BYU
2
0
WAC
14
Mississippi State
1
0
SEC
15
Washington
1
0
Pacific-10
16
Miami
1
0
Independent
17
Nebraska
0
1
Big Eight
18
Arizona State
1
0
Pacific-10
19
Florida State
2
0
Independent
20
Wisconsin
1
0
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 4 (9/28)
1
USC
3
0
 
Pacific-10
2
Penn State
2
0
Independent
3
Texas
3
0
Southwest
4
Pittsburgh
2
0
Independent
5
Oklahoma
1
1
Big Eight
6
North Carolina
3
0
ACC
7
Ohio State
3
0
Big Ten
8
Michigan
2
1
Big Ten
9
Mississippi State
3
0
SEC
10
BYU
4
0
WAC
11
Alabama
3
1
SEC
12
Washington
3
0
Pacific-10
13
Georgia
3
1
SEC
14
Clemson
3
0
ACC
15
SMU
4
0
Southwest
16
UCLA
2
1
Pacific-10
17
Miami
2
1
Independent
18
Iowa
2
1
Big Ten
19
Arkansas
3
0
Southwest
20
Iowa State
3
0
Big Eight
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 6 (10/12)
1
Texas
4
0
 
Southwest
2
Penn State
4
0
Independent
3
Pittsburgh
4
0
Independent
4
North Carolina
5
0
ACC
5
Michigan
4
1
Big Ten
6
Clemson
5
0
ACC
7
USC
4
1
Pacific-10
8
Missouri
5
0
Big Eight
9
Georgia
4
1
SEC
10
SMU
5
0
Southwest
11
Florida State
4
1
Independent
12
Iowa
4
1
Big Ten
13
Miami
3
1
Independent
14
Wisconsin
4
1
Big Ten
15
Alabama
4
1
1
SEC
16
Mississippi State
4
1
 
SEC
17
BYU
5
1
WAC
18
Washington State
5
0
Pacific-10
19
Nebraska
3
2
Big Eight
20
Arizona State
4
1
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 8 (10/26)
1
Penn State
6
0
 
Independent
2
Pittsburgh
6
0
Independent
3
Clemson
7
0
ACC
4
USC
6
1
Pacific-10
5
Georgia
6
1
SEC
6
Texas
5
1
Southwest
7
Mississippi State
6
1
SEC
8
Alabama
6
1
1
SEC
9
North Carolina
6
1
 
ACC
10
Arizona State
6
1
Pacific-10
11
Iowa State
5
1
1
Big Eight
12
Nebraska
5
2
 
Big Eight
13
SMU
6
1
Southwest
14
Washington State
6
0
1
Pacific-10
15
Michigan
5
2
 
Big Ten
16
Iowa
5
2
Big Ten
17
Florida State
5
2
Independent
18
Washington
6
1
Pacific-10
19
Oklahoma
3
2
1
Big Eight
20
Arkansas
5
2
 
Southwest
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 10 (11/9)
1
Pittsburgh
8
0
 
Independent
2
Clemson
9
0
ACC
3
USC
8
1
Pacific-10
4
Georgia
8
1
SEC
5
Penn State
7
1
Independent
6
Alabama
7
1
1
SEC
7
Nebraska
7
2
 
Big Eight
8
SMU
8
1
Southwest
9
Arizona State
7
1
Pacific-10
10
Texas
6
1
1
Southwest
11
Michigan
7
2
 
Big Ten
12
Miami
6
2
Independent
13
North Carolina
7
2
ACC
14
Southern Miss
7
0
1
Independent
15
Oklahoma
5
2
1
Big Eight
16
Arkansas
7
2
 
Southwest
17
Washington State
7
1
1
Pacific-10
18
UCLA
6
2
1
Pacific-10
19
Hawai'i
7
0
 
WAC
20
Florida State
6
3
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 12 (11/23)
1
Pittsburgh
10
0
 
Independent
2
Clemson
11
0
ACC
3
Georgia
9
1
SEC
4
Alabama
8
1
1
SEC
5
Nebraska
9
2
 
Big Eight
6
SMU
10
1
Southwest
7
Texas
8
1
1
Southwest
8
USC
9
2
 
Pacific-10
9
Miami
8
2
Independent
10
North Carolina
9
2
ACC
11
Penn State
8
2
Independent
12
Washington
9
2
Pacific-10
13
Iowa
8
3
Big Ten
14
BYU
10
2
WAC
15
Ohio State
8
3
Big Ten
16
Michigan
8
3
Big Ten
17
Southern Miss
8
1
1
Independent
18
Arizona State
8
2
 
Pacific-10
19
UCLA
7
3
1
Pacific-10
20
Washington State
8
2
1
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Postseason
1
Clemson
12
0
 
ACC
2
Texas
10
1
1
Southwest
3
Penn State
10
2
 
Independent
4
Pittsburgh
11
1
Independent
5
SMU
10
1
Southwest
6
Georgia
10
2
SEC
7
Alabama
9
2
1
SEC
8
Miami
9
2
 
Independent
9
North Carolina
10
2
ACC
10
Washington
10
2
Pacific-10
11
Nebraska
9
3
Big Eight
12
Michigan
9
3
Big Ten
13
BYU
11
2
WAC
14
USC
9
3
Pacific-10
15
Ohio State
9
3
Big Ten
16
Arizona State
9
2
Pacific-10
17
West Virginia
9
3
Independent
18
Iowa
8
4
Big Ten
19
Missouri
8
4
Big Eight
20
Oklahoma
7
4
1
Big Eight
Week 1 (9/7)
1
Michigan
0
0
 
Big Ten
2
Alabama
1
0
SEC
3
Oklahoma
0
0
Big Eight
4
Notre Dame
0
0
Independent
5
USC
0
0
Pacific-10
6
Georgia
1
0
SEC
7
Nebraska
0
0
Big Eight
8
Texas
0
0
Southwest
9
Penn State
0
0
Independent
10
Pittsburgh
1
0
Independent
11
Ohio State
0
0
Big Ten
12
UCLA
0
0
Pacific-10
13
North Carolina
0
0
ACC
14
Mississippi State
1
0
SEC
15
BYU
1
0
WAC
16
Miami
1
0
Independent
17
Washington
0
0
Pacific-10
18
Florida State
1
0
Independent
19
Stanford
0
0
Pacific-10
20
Arizona State
0
0
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 3 (9/21)
1
USC
2
0
 
Pacific-10
2
Oklahoma
1
0
Big Eight
3
Penn State
1
0
Independent
4
Texas
2
0
Southwest
5
Pittsburgh
2
0
Independent
6
UCLA
2
0
Pacific-10
7
Michigan
1
1
Big Ten
8
Ohio State
2
0
Big Ten
9
North Carolina
2
0
ACC
10
Alabama
2
1
SEC
11
BYU
3
0
WAC
12
Mississippi State
2
0
SEC
13
Notre Dame
1
1
Independent
14
Miami
2
0
Independent
15
Nebraska
1
1
Big Eight
16
Washington
2
0
Pacific-10
17
Georgia
2
1
SEC
18
Arizona State
2
0
Pacific-10
19
Clemson
3
0
ACC
20
SMU
3
0
Southwest
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 5 (10/5)
1
USC
4
0
 
Pacific-10
2
Penn State
3
0
Independent
3
Texas
3
0
Southwest
4
Pittsburgh
3
0
Independent
5
North Carolina
4
0
ACC
6
Michigan
3
1
Big Ten
7
Alabama
4
1
SEC
8
BYU
5
0
WAC
9
Clemson
4
0
ACC
10
Oklahoma
1
1
1
Big Eight
11
Georgia
3
1
 
SEC
12
Iowa State
3
0
1
Big Eight
13
Missouri
4
0
 
Big Eight
14
SMU
4
0
Southwest
15
Iowa
3
1
Big Ten
16
Miami
3
1
Independent
17
UCLA
3
1
Pacific-10
18
Ohio State
3
1
Big Ten
19
Mississippi State
3
1
SEC
20
Florida State
3
1
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 7 (10/19)
1
Penn State
5
0
 
Independent
2
Pittsburgh
5
0
Independent
3
North Carolina
6
0
ACC
4
Clemson
6
0
ACC
5
USC
5
1
Pacific-10
6
Iowa
5
1
Big Ten
7
Georgia
5
1
SEC
8
SMU
6
0
Southwest
9
Mississippi State
5
1
SEC
10
Texas
4
1
Southwest
11
Alabama
5
1
1
SEC
12
Arkansas
5
1
 
Southwest
13
BYU
6
1
WAC
14
Iowa State
4
1
1
Big Eight
15
Nebraska
4
2
 
Big Eight
16
Washington State
5
0
1
Pacific-10
17
Arizona State
5
1
 
Pacific-10
18
Michigan
4
2
Big Ten
19
Missouri
5
1
Big Eight
20
Florida State
4
2
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 9 (11/2)
1
Pittsburgh
7
0
 
Independent
2
Clemson
8
0
ACC
3
USC
7
1
Pacific-10
4
Georgia
7
1
SEC
5
Texas
6
1
Southwest
6
Penn State
6
1
Independent
7
Alabama
7
1
1
SEC
8
North Carolina
7
1
 
ACC
9
Arizona State
7
1
Pacific-10
10
SMU
7
1
Southwest
11
Nebraska
6
2
Big Eight
12
Michigan
6
2
Big Ten
13
Miami
5
2
Independent
14
Florida State
6
2
Independent
15
Mississippi State
6
2
SEC
16
Washington
7
1
Pacific-10
17
Oklahoma
4
2
1
Big Eight
18
Ohio State
6
2
 
Big Ten
19
Arkansas
6
2
Southwest
20
Southern Miss
6
0
1
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 11 (11/16)
1
Pittsburgh
9
0
 
Independent
2
Clemson
10
0
ACC
3
Georgia
9
1
SEC
4
Alabama
8
1
1
SEC
5
Nebraska
8
2
 
Big Eight
6
SMU
9
1
Southwest
7
Michigan
8
2
Big Ten
8
Texas
7
1
1
Southwest
9
Southern Miss
8
0
1
Independent
10
USC
8
2
 
Pacific-10
11
Miami
7
2
Independent
12
North Carolina
8
2
ACC
13
Penn State
7
2
Independent
14
Washington State
8
1
1
Pacific-10
15
UCLA
7
2
1
Pacific-10
16
Arkansas
8
2
 
Southwest
17
Washington
8
2
Pacific-10
18
BYU
9
2
WAC
19
Iowa
7
3
Big Ten
20
Arizona State
7
2
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 13 (11/30)
1
Clemson
11
0
 
ACC
2
Georgia
9
1
SEC
3
Alabama
9
1
1
SEC
4
Nebraska
9
2
 
Big Eight
5
SMU
10
1
Southwest
6
Texas
9
1
1
Southwest
7
Penn State
9
2
 
Independent
8
USC
9
2
Pacific-10
9
Miami
9
2
Independent
10
Pittsburgh
10
1
Independent
11
North Carolina
9
2
ACC
12
Washington
9
2
Pacific-10
13
Iowa
8
3
Big Ten
14
BYU
10
2
WAC
15
Ohio State
8
3
Big Ten
16
Michigan
8
3
Big Ten
17
Arizona State
9
2
Pacific-10
18
Southern Miss
9
1
1
Independent
19
UCLA
7
3
1
Pacific-10
20
Washington State
8
2
1
Pacific-10
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