1997 College Football AP Poll

Name the teams that cracked the AP Top 25 during the 1997 college football season
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Preseason
1
Penn State
0
0
Big Ten
2
Florida
0
0
SEC
3
Florida State
0
0
ACC
4
Washington
0
0
Pacific-10
5
Tennessee
0
0
SEC
6
Nebraska
0
0
Big 12
7
North Carolina
0
0
ACC
8
Colorado
0
0
Big 12
9
Ohio State
0
0
Big Ten
10
LSU
0
0
SEC
11
Notre Dame
0
0
Independent
12
Texas
0
0
Big 12
13
Miami
0
0
Big East
14
Michigan
0
0
Big Ten
15
Alabama
0
0
SEC
16
Auburn
0
0
SEC
17
Syracuse
0
0
Big East
18
Stanford
0
0
Pacific-10
19
BYU
0
0
WAC
20
Clemson
0
0
ACC
21
Iowa
0
0
Big Ten
22
USC
0
0
Pacific-10
23
Kansas State
0
0
Big 12
24
Wisconsin
0
0
Big Ten
25
Michigan State
0
0
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
Week 2 (9/2)
1
Penn State
0
0
Big Ten
2
Florida
1
0
SEC
3
Tennessee
1
0
SEC
4
Washington
0
0
Pacific-10
5
Florida State
0
0
ACC
6
Nebraska
1
0
Big 12
7
North Carolina
0
0
ACC
8
Colorado
0
0
Big 12
9
Ohio State
1
0
Big Ten
10
LSU
0
0
SEC
11
Notre Dame
0
0
Independent
12
Texas
0
0
Big 12
13
Miami
1
0
Big East
14
Michigan
0
0
Big Ten
15
Alabama
1
0
SEC
16
Auburn
0
0
SEC
17
Stanford
0
0
Pacific-10
18
Clemson
0
0
ACC
19
BYU
0
0
WAC
20
Iowa
0
0
Big Ten
21
Kansas State
0
0
Big 12
Northwestern
1
0
Big Ten
23
USC
0
0
Pacific-10
24
Colorado State
1
0
WAC
25
Michigan State
0
0
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
Week 4 (9/15)
1
Penn State
2
0
Big Ten
2
Washington
2
0
Pacific-10
3
Florida
2
0
SEC
4
Tennessee
2
0
SEC
5
Florida State
2
0
ACC
6
North Carolina
2
0
ACC
7
Nebraska
2
0
Big 12
8
Michigan
1
0
Big Ten
9
Ohio State
2
0
Big Ten
10
LSU
2
0
SEC
11
Alabama
2
0
SEC
12
Auburn
2
0
SEC
13
Iowa
2
0
Big Ten
14
Arizona State
2
0
Pacific-10
15
Colorado
1
1
Big 12
16
Clemson
2
0
ACC
17
Michigan State
2
0
Big Ten
18
Virginia Tech
2
0
Big East
19
Washington State
2
0
Pacific-10
20
Kansas State
2
0
Big 12
21
Stanford
1
1
Pacific-10
22
Miami
1
1
Big East
23
Colorado State
2
1
WAC
24
UCLA
1
2
Pacific-10
25
Georgia
2
0
SEC
 
 
 
 
 
Week 6 (9/29)
1
Florida
4
0
SEC
2
Penn State
3
0
Big Ten
3
Nebraska
3
0
Big 12
4
Florida State
3
0
ACC
5
North Carolina
4
0
ACC
6
Michigan
3
0
Big Ten
7
Ohio State
4
0
Big Ten
8
Auburn
4
0
SEC
9
Tennessee
2
1
SEC
10
Washington
2
1
Pacific-10
11
Iowa
4
0
Big Ten
12
Michigan State
3
0
Big Ten
13
LSU
3
1
SEC
14
Virginia Tech
4
0
Big East
15
Washington State
4
0
Pacific-10
16
Colorado
2
1
Big 12
17
Kansas State
3
0
Big 12
18
Georgia
3
0
SEC
19
Stanford
3
1
Pacific-10
20
Alabama
3
1
SEC
21
Texas A&M
3
0
Big 12
22
UCLA
2
2
Pacific-10
23
Air Force
5
0
WAC
24
BYU
2
1
WAC
25
Arizona State
3
1
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
Week 8 (10/13)
1
Penn State
5
0
Big Ten
2
Nebraska
5
0
Big 12
3
Florida State
5
0
ACC
4
North Carolina
6
0
ACC
5
Michigan
5
0
Big Ten
6
Auburn
6
0
SEC
7
Florida
5
1
SEC
8
LSU
5
1
SEC
9
Tennessee
4
1
SEC
10
Washington
4
1
Pacific-10
11
Ohio State
5
1
Big Ten
12
Michigan State
5
0
Big Ten
13
Washington State
5
0
Pacific-10
14
Texas A&M
5
0
Big 12
15
Iowa
4
1
Big Ten
16
Oklahoma State
6
0
Big 12
17
UCLA
4
2
Pacific-10
18
Air Force
7
0
WAC
19
Georgia
4
1
SEC
20
Kansas State
4
1
Big 12
21
Georgia Tech
4
1
ACC
22
Virginia Tech
5
1
Big East
23
West Virginia
5
1
Big East
24
Wisconsin
6
1
Big Ten
25
Stanford
4
2
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
Week 10 (10/27)
1
Nebraska
7
0
Big 12
2
Penn State
6
0
Big Ten
3
Florida State
7
0
ACC
4
Michigan
7
0
Big Ten
5
North Carolina
7
0
ACC
6
Florida
6
1
SEC
7
Washington
6
1
Pacific-10
8
Tennessee
5
1
SEC
9
Ohio State
7
1
Big Ten
10
Washington State
7
0
Pacific-10
11
Auburn
7
1
SEC
12
UCLA
6
2
Pacific-10
13
Kansas State
6
1
Big 12
14
Georgia
6
1
SEC
15
Iowa
5
2
Big Ten
16
LSU
5
2
SEC
17
West Virginia
6
1
Big East
18
Purdue
6
1
Big Ten
19
Oklahoma State
6
1
Big 12
20
Arizona State
5
2
Pacific-10
21
Michigan State
5
2
Big Ten
22
Toledo
7
0
MAC
23
Virginia Tech
5
2
Big East
24
Southern Miss
5
2
C-USA
25
Texas A&M
5
2
Big 12
 
 
 
 
 
Week 12 (11/10)
1
Michigan
9
0
Big Ten
2
Florida State
9
0
ACC
3
Nebraska
9
0
Big 12
4
Ohio State
9
1
Big Ten
5
Tennessee
7
1
SEC
6
Penn State
7
1
Big Ten
7
Georgia
7
1
SEC
8
North Carolina
8
1
ACC
9
UCLA
7
2
Pacific-10
10
Kansas State
8
1
Big 12
11
LSU
7
2
SEC
12
Florida
7
2
SEC
13
Washington
7
2
Pacific-10
14
Washington State
8
1
Pacific-10
15
Arizona State
7
2
Pacific-10
16
Auburn
7
2
SEC
17
Mississippi State
6
2
SEC
18
Texas A&M
7
2
Big 12
19
Purdue
7
2
Big Ten
Virginia Tech
7
2
Big East
21
Syracuse
7
3
Big East
22
Iowa
6
3
Big Ten
23
Wisconsin
8
2
Big Ten
24
Oklahoma State
7
2
Big 12
25
Missouri
6
4
Big 12
 
 
 
 
 
Week 14 (11/24)
1
Michigan
11
0
Big Ten
2
Nebraska
10
0
Big 12
3
Tennessee
9
1
SEC
4
Penn State
9
1
Big Ten
5
Florida State
10
1
ACC
6
UCLA
9
2
Pacific-10
7
Florida
9
2
SEC
8
North Carolina
10
1
ACC
9
Ohio State
10
2
Big Ten
10
Washington State
10
1
Pacific-10
11
Kansas State
10
1
Big 12
12
Arizona State
8
2
Pacific-10
13
Auburn
9
2
SEC
14
Georgia
8
2
SEC
15
Texas A&M
8
2
Big 12
16
Syracuse
8
3
Big East
17
LSU
7
3
SEC
18
Purdue
8
3
Big Ten
19
Missouri
7
4
Big 12
20
Colorado State
9
2
WAC
21
Washington
7
4
Pacific-10
22
Mississippi State
7
3
SEC
23
Southern Miss
8
3
C-USA
24
Air Force
10
2
WAC
25
Oklahoma State
8
3
Big 12
 
 
 
 
 
Week 16 (12/8)
1
Michigan
11
0
Big Ten
2
Nebraska
12
0
Big 12
3
Tennessee
11
1
SEC
4
Florida State
10
1
ACC
5
UCLA
9
2
Pacific-10
6
Florida
9
2
SEC
7
North Carolina
10
1
ACC
8
Washington State
10
1
Pacific-10
9
Ohio State
10
2
Big Ten
10
Kansas State
10
1
Big 12
11
Penn State
9
2
Big Ten
12
Georgia
9
2
SEC
13
Auburn
9
3
SEC
14
Syracuse
9
3
Big East
15
LSU
8
3
SEC
16
Arizona State
8
3
Pacific-10
17
Purdue
8
3
Big Ten
18
Colorado State
10
2
WAC
19
Missouri
7
4
Big 12
20
Texas A&M
9
3
Big 12
21
Washington
7
4
Pacific-10
22
Southern Miss
8
3
C-USA
23
Air Force
10
2
WAC
24
Oklahoma State
8
3
Big 12
25
Michigan State
7
4
Big Ten
Week 1 (8/25)
1
Penn State
0
0
Big Ten
2
Florida
0
0
SEC
3
Florida State
0
0
ACC
4
Washington
0
0
Pacific-10
5
Tennessee
0
0
SEC
6
Nebraska
0
0
Big 12
7
North Carolina
0
0
ACC
8
Colorado
0
0
Big 12
9
Ohio State
0
0
Big Ten
10
LSU
0
0
SEC
11
Notre Dame
0
0
Independent
12
Texas
0
0
Big 12
13
Syracuse
1
0
Big East
14
Miami
0
0
Big East
15
Michigan
0
0
Big Ten
16
Alabama
0
0
SEC
17
Auburn
0
0
SEC
18
Stanford
0
0
Pacific-10
19
BYU
0
0
WAC
20
Clemson
0
0
ACC
21
Iowa
0
0
Big Ten
22
Kansas State
0
0
Big 12
23
USC
0
0
Pacific-10
24
Northwestern
1
0
Big Ten
25
Michigan State
0
0
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
Week 3 (9/8)
1
Penn State
1
0
Big Ten
2
Florida
2
0
SEC
3
Washington
1
0
Pacific-10
4
Tennessee
2
0
SEC
5
Florida State
1
0
ACC
6
Nebraska
1
0
Big 12
7
North Carolina
1
0
ACC
8
Colorado
1
0
Big 12
9
Ohio State
1
0
Big Ten
10
LSU
1
0
SEC
11
Texas
1
0
Big 12
12
Notre Dame
1
0
Independent
13
Miami
1
0
Big East
14
Michigan
0
0
Big Ten
15
Alabama
1
0
SEC
16
Auburn
1
0
SEC
17
Stanford
1
0
Pacific-10
18
Iowa
1
0
Big Ten
19
Clemson
1
0
ACC
20
Kansas State
1
0
Big 12
21
Michigan State
1
0
Big Ten
22
Virginia Tech
1
0
Big East
23
USC
0
1
Pacific-10
24
Arizona State
1
0
Pacific-10
25
Colorado State
1
1
WAC
 
 
 
 
 
Week 5 (9/22)
1
Florida
3
0
ACC
2
Penn State
3
0
Big Ten
3
Nebraska
3
0
Big 12
4
Florida State
3
0
ACC
5
North Carolina
3
0
ACC
6
Michigan
2
0
Big Ten
7
Ohio State
3
0
Big Ten
8
Auburn
3
0
SEC
9
Tennessee
2
1
SEC
10
Washington
2
1
Pacific-10
11
Iowa
3
0
Big Ten
12
Michigan State
3
0
Big Ten
13
LSU
2
1
SEC
14
Virginia Tech
3
0
Big East
15
Washington State
3
0
Pacific-10
16
Colorado
1
1
Big 12
17
Clemson
2
1
ACC
18
Kansas State
2
0
Big 12
19
Georgia
3
0
SEC
20
Stanford
2
1
Pacific-10
21
Alabama
2
1
SEC
22
Texas A&M
2
0
Big 12
23
BYU
1
1
WAC
24
UCLA
1
2
Pacific-10
25
Arizona State
2
1
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
Week 7 (10/6)
1
Florida
5
0
SEC
2
Penn State
4
0
Big Ten
3
Nebraska
4
0
Big 12
4
Florida State
4
0
ACC
5
North Carolina
5
0
ACC
6
Michigan
4
0
Big Ten
7
Ohio State
5
0
Big Ten
8
Auburn
5
0
SEC
9
Tennessee
3
1
SEC
10
Washington
3
1
Pacific-10
11
Michigan State
4
0
Big Ten
12
Washington State
5
0
Pacific-10
13
Georgia
4
0
SEC
14
LSU
4
1
SEC
15
Texas A&M
4
0
Big 12
16
Stanford
4
1
Pacific-10
17
Iowa
4
1
Big Ten
18
UCLA
3
2
Pacific-10
19
Air Force
6
0
WAC
20
Oklahoma State
5
0
Big 12
21
BYU
3
1
WAC
22
Kansas State
3
1
Big 12
23
Virginia Tech
4
1
Big East
24
Colorado
2
2
Big 12
25
Georgia Tech
3
1
ACC
 
 
 
 
 
Week 9 (10/20)
1
Nebraska
6
0
Big 12
2
Penn State
6
0
Big Ten
3
Florida State
6
0
ACC
4
North Carolina
7
0
ACC
5
Michigan
6
0
Big Ten
6
Florida
6
1
SEC
7
Washington
5
1
Pacific-10
8
Tennessee
5
1
SEC
9
Ohio State
6
1
Big Ten
10
Washington State
6
0
Pacific-10
11
Auburn
6
1
SEC
12
Oklahoma State
6
0
Big 12
13
UCLA
5
2
Pacific-10
14
Kansas State
5
1
Big 12
15
Michigan State
5
1
Big Ten
16
Georgia
5
1
SEC
17
LSU
5
2
SEC
18
Iowa
4
2
Big Ten
19
Virginia Tech
5
1
Big East
20
Texas A&M
5
1
Big 12
21
West Virginia
5
1
Big East
22
Purdue
5
1
Big Ten
23
Arizona State
5
2
Pacific-10
24
Toledo
6
0
MAC
25
Ole Miss
4
2
SEC
 
 
 
 
 
Week 11 (11/3)
1
Nebraska
8
0
Big 12
2
Penn State
7
0
Big Ten
3
Florida State
8
0
ACC
4
Michigan
8
0
Big Ten
5
North Carolina
8
0
ACC
6
Washington
7
1
Pacific-10
7
Ohio State
8
1
Big Ten
8
Tennessee
6
1
SEC
9
Georgia
7
1
SEC
10
UCLA
7
2
Pacific-10
11
Kansas State
7
1
Big 12
12
Iowa
6
2
Big Ten
13
Florida
6
2
SEC
14
LSU
6
2
SEC
15
Arizona State
6
2
Pacific-10
16
Washington State
7
1
Pacific-10
17
Auburn
7
2
SEC
18
Toledo
8
0
MAC
19
Mississippi State
6
2
SEC
20
Virginia Tech
6
2
Big East
21
Texas A&M
6
2
Big 12
22
Syracuse
6
3
Big East
23
Purdue
6
2
Big Ten
24
Southern Miss
6
2
C-USA
25
Oklahoma State
6
2
Big 12
 
 
 
 
 
Week 13 (11/17)
1
Michigan
10
0
Big Ten
2
Florida State
10
0
ACC
3
Nebraska
10
0
Big 12
4
Ohio State
10
1
Big Ten
5
Tennessee
8
1
SEC
6
Penn State
8
1
Big Ten
7
UCLA
8
2
Pacific-10
8
North Carolina
9
1
ACC
9
Kansas State
9
1
Big 12
10
Florida
8
2
SEC
11
Washington State
9
1
Pacific-10
12
Arizona State
8
2
Pacific-10
13
Auburn
8
2
SEC
14
Georgia
7
2
SEC
15
Mississippi State
7
2
SEC
16
Texas A&M
8
2
Big 12
17
Washington
7
3
Pacific-10
18
Syracuse
8
3
Big East
19
Virginia Tech
7
2
Big East
20
LSU
7
3
SEC
21
Missouri
7
4
Big 12
22
West Virginia
7
2
Big East
23
Purdue
7
3
Big Ten
24
Wisconsin
8
3
Big Ten
25
Colorado State
8
2
WAC
 
 
 
 
 
Week 15 (12/1)
1
Michigan
11
0
Big Ten
2
Nebraska
11
0
Big 12
3
Tennessee
10
1
SEC
4
Florida State
10
1
ACC
5
UCLA
9
2
Pacific-10
6
Florida
9
2
SEC
7
North Carolina
10
1
ACC
8
Washington State
10
1
Pacific-10
9
Ohio State
10
2
Big Ten
10
Kansas State
10
1
Big 12
11
Auburn
9
2
SEC
12
Penn State
9
2
Big Ten
13
Georgia
9
2
SEC
14
Texas A&M
9
2
Big 12
15
Syracuse
9
3
Big East
16
LSU
8
3
SEC
17
Arizona State
8
3
Pacific-10
18
Purdue
8
3
Big Ten
19
Missouri
7
4
Big 12
20
Colorado State
9
2
WAC
21
Washington
7
4
Pacific-10
22
Southern Miss
8
3
C-USA
23
Air Force
10
2
WAC
24
Oklahoma State
8
3
Big 12
25
Michigan State
7
4
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
Postseason
1
Michigan
12
0
Big Ten
2
Nebraska
13
0
Big 12
3
Florida State
11
1
ACC
4
Florida
10
2
SEC
5
UCLA
10
2
Pacific-10
6
North Carolina
11
1
ACC
7
Tennessee
11
2
SEC
8
Kansas State
11
1
Big 12
9
Washington State
10
2
Pacific-10
10
Georgia
10
2
SEC
11
Auburn
10
3
SEC
12
Ohio State
10
3
Big Ten
13
LSU
9
3
SEC
14
Arizona State
9
3
Pacific-10
15
Purdue
9
3
Big Ten
16
Penn State
9
3
Big Ten
17
Colorado State
11
2
WAC
18
Washington
8
4
Pacific-10
19
Southern Miss
9
3
C-USA
20
Texas A&M
9
4
Big 12
21
Syracuse
9
4
Big East
22
Ole Miss
8
4
SEC
23
Missouri
7
5
Big 12
24
Oklahoma State
8
4
Big 12
25
Georgia Tech
7
5
ACC
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