1989 College Football AP Poll

Name the teams that cracked the AP Top 25 during the 1989 college football season
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Preseason
1
Michigan
0
0
 
Big Ten
2
Notre Dame
0
0
Independent
3
Nebraska
0
0
Big Eight
4
Miami
0
0
Independent
5
USC
0
0
Pacific-10
6
Florida State
0
0
Independent
7
LSU
0
0
SEC
8
Auburn
0
0
SEC
9
UCLA
0
0
Pacific-10
10
Arkansas
0
0
Southwest
11
Penn State
0
0
Independent
12
Clemson
0
0
ACC
13
Syracuse
0
0
Independent
14
Colorado
0
0
Big Eight
15
Oklahoma
0
0
Big Eight
16
Alabama
0
0
SEC
17
West Virginia
0
0
Independent
18
Arizona
0
0
Pacific-10
19
BYU
0
0
WAC
20
Pittsburgh
0
0
Independent
21
Houston
0
0
Southwest
22
Illinois
0
0
Big Ten
23
Iowa
0
0
Big Ten
24
NC State
0
0
ACC
25
Ohio State
0
0
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 1 (9/5)
1
Notre Dame
1
0
 
Independent
2
Michigan
0
0
Big Ten
3
Miami
0
0
Independent
4
Nebraska
0
0
Big Eight
5
Auburn
0
0
SEC
6
UCLA
0
0
Pacific-10
7
Arkansas
0
0
Southwest
8
Oklahoma
1
0
Big Eight
9
Colorado
1
0
Big Eight
10
Clemson
1
0
ACC
11
Illinois
1
0
Big Ten
12
Penn State
0
0
Independent
13
USC
0
1
Pacific-10
14
Syracuse
0
0
Independent
15
Texas A&M
1
0
Southwest
16
Florida State
0
1
Independent
17
West Virginia
1
0
Independent
18
Southern Miss
1
0
Independent
19
Alabama
0
0
SEC
20
Arizona
1
0
Pacific-10
21
LSU
0
1
SEC
22
Houston
1
0
Southwest
23
Pittsburgh
1
0
Independent
24
BYU
1
0
WAC
25
NC State
1
0
ACC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 2 (9/12)
1
Notre Dame
1
0
 
Independent
2
Michigan
0
0
Big Ten
3
Miami
1
0
Independent
4
Nebraska
1
0
Big Eight
5
Auburn
1
0
SEC
6
Oklahoma
2
0
Big Eight
7
Clemson
2
0
ACC
8
Colorado
2
0
Big Eight
9
Arkansas
0
0
Southwest
10
Illinois
1
0
Big Ten
11
Syracuse
1
0
Independent
12
West Virginia
2
0
Independent
13
USC
0
1
Pacific-10
14
Pittsburgh
2
0
Independent
15
Washington
1
0
Pacific-10
16
Alabama
0
0
SEC
17
Tennessee
2
0
SEC
18
Houston
1
0
Southwest
19
NC State
2
0
ACC
20
UCLA
0
1
Pacific-10
21
LSU
0
1
SEC
22
Texas A&M
1
1
Southwest
23
Washington State
2
0
Pacific-10
24
Iowa
0
0
Big Ten
25
Mississippi State
2
0
SEC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 3 (9/19)
1
Notre Dame
2
0
 
Independent
2
Miami
2
0
Independent
3
Nebraska
2
0
Big Eight
4
Auburn
2
0
SEC
5
Michigan
0
1
Big Ten
6
Colorado
3
0
Big Eight
7
Clemson
3
0
ACC
8
Arkansas
1
0
Southwest
9
West Virginia
3
0
Independent
10
Syracuse
2
0
Independent
11
Washington
2
0
Pacific-10
12
USC
1
1
Pacific-10
13
Pittsburgh
2
0
Independent
14
Tennessee
3
0
SEC
15
Alabama
1
0
SEC
16
Oklahoma
2
1
Big Eight
17
Houston
1
0
Southwest
18
NC State
3
0
ACC
19
Washington State
3
0
Pacific-10
20
Illinois
1
1
Big Ten
21
Texas A&M
2
1
Southwest
22
Oregon
2
0
Pacific-10
23
Arizona
2
1
Pacific-10
24
UCLA
1
1
Pacific-10
25
Ohio State
1
0
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 4 (9/26)
1
Notre Dame
3
0
 
Independent
2
Miami
3
0
Independent
3
Nebraska
3
0
Big Eight
4
Auburn
2
0
SEC
5
Colorado
3
0
Big Eight
6
Michigan
1
1
Big Ten
7
Clemson
4
0
ACC
8
Arkansas
2
0
Southwest
9
West Virginia
4
0
Independent
10
Pittsburgh
3
0
Independent
11
USC
2
1
Pacific-10
12
Tennessee
3
0
SEC
13
Alabama
2
0
SEC
14
Houston
2
0
Southwest
15
NC State
4
0
ACC
16
Oklahoma
2
1
Big Eight
17
Arizona
3
1
Pacific-10
18
Syracuse
2
1
Independent
19
Washington State
4
0
Pacific-10
20
Illinois
2
1
Big Ten
21
Washington
2
1
Pacific-10
22
Texas A&M
2
1
Southwest
23
Georgia
2
0
SEC
24
Air Force
4
0
WAC
25
Florida State
2
2
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 5 (10/3)
1
Notre Dame
4
0
 
Independent
2
Miami
4
0
Independent
3
Colorado
4
0
Big Eight
4
Nebraska
4
0
Big Eight
5
Michigan
2
1
Big Ten
6
Tennessee
4
0
SEC
7
Arkansas
3
0
Southwest
8
Pittsburgh
3
0
1
Independent
9
USC
3
1
 
Pacific-10
West Virginia
4
0
1
Independent
11
Auburn
2
1
 
SEC
12
Houston
3
0
Southwest
13
Alabama
3
0
SEC
14
NC State
5
0
ACC
15
Clemson
4
1
ACC
16
Oklahoma
3
1
Big Eight
17
Syracuse
2
1
Independent
18
Illinois
2
1
Big Ten
19
Texas A&M
3
1
Southwest
20
Air Force
5
0
WAC
21
Washington State
4
1
Pacific-10
22
Florida State
2
2
Independent
23
Oregon
3
1
Pacific-10
24
Michigan State
1
2
Big Ten
25
UCLA
2
2
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 6 (10/10)
1
Notre Dame
5
0
 
Independent
2
Miami
5
0
Independent
3
Colorado
5
0
Big Eight
4
Nebraska
5
0
Big Eight
5
Michigan
3
1
Big Ten
6
Tennessee
5
0
SEC
7
Arkansas
4
0
Southwest
8
Houston
4
0
Southwest
9
Pittsburgh
4
0
1
Independent
10
USC
4
1
 
Pacific-10
11
Alabama
4
0
SEC
12
Auburn
3
1
SEC
13
NC State
6
0
ACC
14
Clemson
5
1
ACC
15
Oklahoma
4
1
Big Eight
16
Illinois
3
1
Big Ten
17
Air Force
6
0
WAC
Washington State
5
1
Pacific-10
19
Florida State
3
2
Independent
20
West Virginia
4
1
1
Independent
21
Michigan State
2
2
 
Big Ten
22
UCLA
3
2
Pacific-10
23
Penn State
4
1
Independent
24
South Carolina
4
1
1
Independent
25
BYU
4
1
 
WAC
Florida
4
1
SEC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 7 (10/17)
1
Notre Dame
6
0
 
Independent
2
Miami
6
0
Independent
3
Colorado
6
0
Big Eight
4
Nebraska
6
0
Big Eight
5
Michigan
4
1
Big Ten
6
Tennessee
5
0
SEC
7
Arkansas
5
0
Southwest
8
Pittsburgh
5
0
1
Independent
9
USC
5
1
 
Pacific-10
10
Alabama
5
0
SEC
11
Auburn
4
1
SEC
12
NC State
6
0
ACC
13
Illinois
4
1
Big Ten
14
Florida State
4
2
Independent
15
Washington State
6
1
Pacific-10
16
Houston
4
1
Southwest
17
Penn State
5
1
Independent
18
West Virginia
4
1
1
Independent
19
Air Force
6
1
 
WAC
20
Florida
5
1
SEC
21
BYU
5
1
WAC
22
Arizona
4
2
Pacific-10
23
Texas A&M
4
2
Southwest
24
South Carolina
4
1
1
Independent
25
Oklahoma
4
2
 
Big Eight
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 8 (10/24)
1
Notre Dame
7
0
 
Independent
2
Miami
6
0
Independent
3
Colorado
7
0
Big Eight
4
Nebraska
7
0
Big Eight
5
Michigan
5
1
Big Ten
6
Alabama
6
0
SEC
7
Pittsburgh
5
0
1
Independent
8
Illinois
5
1
 
Big Ten
9
Florida State
5
2
Independent
10
USC
5
2
Pacific-10
11
Tennessee
5
1
SEC
12
Houston
5
1
Southwest
13
Arkansas
5
1
Southwest
14
Penn State
5
1
Independent
15
West Virginia
5
1
1
Independent
16
Auburn
4
2
 
SEC
17
Arizona
5
2
Pacific-10
18
BYU
6
1
WAC
19
Florida
6
1
SEC
20
NC State
6
1
ACC
21
Texas A&M
5
2
Southwest
22
Clemson
6
2
ACC
23
Washington State
6
2
Pacific-10
24
Texas
4
2
Southwest
25
South Carolina
5
1
1
Independent
Week 9 (10/31)
1
Notre Dame
8
0
 
Independent
2
Colorado
8
0
Big Eight
3
Nebraska
8
0
Big Eight
4
Michigan
6
1
Big Ten
5
Alabama
7
0
SEC
6
Florida State
6
2
Independent
7
Miami
6
1
Independent
8
Illinois
6
1
Big Ten
9
USC
6
2
Pacific-10
10
Tennessee
6
1
SEC
11
Arkansas
6
1
Southwest
12
Auburn
5
2
SEC
13
West Virginia
6
1
1
Independent
14
Pittsburgh
5
1
1
Independent
15
Arizona
6
2
 
Pacific-10
16
Penn State
5
2
Independent
17
Houston
5
2
Southwest
18
NC State
7
1
ACC
19
Florida
6
1
SEC
20
Texas A&M
6
2
Southwest
21
Clemson
7
2
ACC
22
Texas
4
2
Southwest
23
BYU
6
2
WAC
24
Virginia
7
2
ACC
25
Fresno State
8
0
Big West
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 10 (11/7)
1
Notre Dame
9
0
 
Independent
2
Colorado
9
0
Big Eight
3
Michigan
7
1
Big Ten
4
Alabama
8
0
SEC
5
Florida State
7
2
Independent
6
Nebraska
8
1
Big Eight
7
Miami
7
1
Independent
8
Illinois
7
1
Big Ten
9
USC
7
2
Pacific-10
10
Arkansas
7
1
Southwest
11
Tennessee
6
1
SEC
12
Auburn
6
2
SEC
13
Penn State
6
2
Independent
14
Pittsburgh
5
1
1
Independent
15
Houston
6
2
 
Southwest
16
Texas A&M
7
2
Southwest
17
Clemson
8
2
ACC
18
Virginia
8
2
ACC
19
West Virginia
6
2
1
Independent
20
Florida
6
2
 
SEC
21
BYU
7
2
WAC
22
NC State
7
2
ACC
23
Texas Tech
6
2
Southwest
24
Fresno State
9
0
Big West
25
Arizona
6
3
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 11 (11/14)
1
Notre Dame
10
0
 
Independent
2
Colorado
10
0
Big Eight
3
Michigan
8
1
Big Ten
4
Alabama
9
0
SEC
5
Florida State
7
2
Independent
6
Nebraska
9
1
Big Eight
7
Miami
8
1
Independent
8
USC
8
2
Pacific-10
9
Tennessee
7
1
SEC
10
Arkansas
8
1
Southwest
11
Auburn
7
2
SEC
12
Illinois
7
2
Big Ten
13
Houston
7
2
Southwest
14
Texas A&M
7
2
Southwest
15
Clemson
8
2
ACC
16
Virginia
9
2
ACC
17
Penn State
6
2
1
Independent
18
West Virginia
7
2
1
Independent
19
Pittsburgh
5
2
1
Independent
20
Texas Tech
7
2
 
Southwest
21
BYU
8
2
WAC
22
Ohio State
7
2
Big Ten
23
Fresno State
10
0
Big West
24
Hawai'i
8
2
WAC
25
Duke
7
3
ACC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 12 (11/21)
1
Notre Dame
11
0
 
Independent
2
Colorado
11
0
Big Eight
3
Michigan
9
1
Big Ten
4
Alabama
10
0
SEC
5
Florida State
8
2
Independent
6
Nebraska
10
1
Big Eight
7
Miami
9
1
Independent
8
Tennessee
8
1
SEC
9
Arkansas
8
1
Southwest
10
Auburn
8
2
SEC
11
Illinois
8
2
Big Ten
12
USC
8
2
1
Pacific-10
13
Houston
7
2
 
Southwest
14
Texas A&M
7
2
Southwest
15
Clemson
9
2
ACC
16
Virginia
10
2
ACC
17
West Virginia
7
2
1
Independent
18
Texas Tech
8
2
 
Southwest
19
Pittsburgh
6
2
1
Independent
20
Ohio State
8
2
 
Big Ten
21
BYU
9
2
WAC
22
Penn State
6
3
1
Independent
23
Duke
8
3
 
ACC
24
Hawai'i
8
2
WAC
25
Michigan State
6
4
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 13 (11/28)
1
Colorado
11
0
 
Big Eight
2
Alabama
10
0
SEC
3
Michigan
10
1
Big Ten
4
Miami
10
1
Independent
5
Notre Dame
11
1
Independent
6
Florida State
8
2
Independent
7
Nebraska
10
1
Big Eight
8
Tennessee
9
1
SEC
9
Arkansas
9
1
Southwest
10
Illinois
9
2
Big Ten
11
Auburn
8
2
SEC
12
USC
8
2
1
Pacific-10
13
Houston
8
2
 
Southwest
14
Clemson
9
2
ACC
15
Virginia
10
2
ACC
16
Texas A&M
7
3
Southwest
17
West Virginia
8
2
1
Independent
18
Penn State
7
3
1
Independent
19
BYU
10
2
 
WAC
20
Duke
8
3
ACC
21
Ohio State
8
3
Big Ten
22
Michigan State
7
4
Big Ten
23
Hawai'i
9
2
WAC
24
Pittsburgh
6
3
1
Independent
25
Texas Tech
8
3
 
Southwest
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 14 (12/5)
1
Colorado
11
0
 
Big Eight
2
Miami
10
1
Independent
3
Michigan
10
1
Big Ten
4
Notre Dame
11
1
Independent
5
Florida State
9
2
Independent
6
Nebraska
10
1
Big Eight
7
Alabama
10
1
SEC
8
Tennessee
10
1
SEC
9
Auburn
9
2
SEC
10
Arkansas
10
1
Southwest
11
Illinois
9
2
Big Ten
12
USC
8
2
1
Pacific-10
13
Houston
9
2
 
Southwest
14
Clemson
9
2
ACC
15
Virginia
10
2
ACC
16
Texas A&M
8
3
Southwest
17
West Virginia
8
2
1
Independent
18
Penn State
7
3
1
Independent
19
BYU
10
2
 
WAC
20
Duke
8
3
ACC
21
Ohio State
8
3
Big Ten
22
Michigan State
7
4
Big Ten
23
Hawai'i
9
2
WAC
24
Pittsburgh
7
3
1
Independent
25
Texas Tech
8
3
 
Southwest
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 15 (12/12)
1
Colorado
11
0
 
Big Eight
2
Miami
10
1
Independent
3
Michigan
10
1
Big Ten
4
Notre Dame
11
1
Independent
5
Florida State
9
2
Independent
6
Nebraska
10
1
Big Eight
7
Alabama
10
1
SEC
8
Tennessee
10
1
SEC
9
Auburn
9
2
SEC
10
Arkansas
10
1
Southwest
11
Illinois
9
2
Big Ten
12
USC
8
2
1
Pacific-10
13
Houston
9
2
 
Southwest
14
Clemson
9
2
ACC
15
Virginia
10
2
ACC
16
Texas A&M
8
3
Southwest
17
West Virginia
8
2
1
Independent
18
Penn State
7
3
1
Independent
19
BYU
10
2
 
WAC
20
Duke
8
3
ACC
21
Ohio State
8
3
Big Ten
22
Michigan State
7
4
Big Ten
23
Pittsburgh
7
3
1
Independent
24
Texas Tech
8
3
 
Southwest
25
Hawai'i
9
2
1
WAC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Postseason
1
Miami
11
1
 
Independent
2
Notre Dame
12
1
Independent
3
Florida State
10
2
Independent
4
Colorado
11
1
Big Eight
5
Tennessee
11
1
SEC
6
Auburn
10
2
SEC
7
Michigan
10
2
Big Ten
8
USC
9
2
1
Pacific-10
9
Alabama
10
2
 
SEC
10
Illinois
10
2
Big Ten
11
Nebraska
10
2
Big Eight
12
Clemson
10
2
ACC
13
Arkansas
10
2
Southwest
14
Houston
9
2
Southwest
15
Penn State
8
3
1
Independent
16
Michigan State
8
4
 
Big Ten
17
Pittsburgh
8
3
1
Independent
18
Virginia
10
3
 
ACC
19
Texas Tech
9
3
Southwest
20
Texas A&M
8
4
Southwest
21
West Virginia
8
3
1
Independent
22
BYU
10
3
 
WAC
23
Washington
8
4
Pacific-10
24
Ohio State
8
4
Big Ten
25
Arizona
8
4
Pacific-10
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