1971 NCAA University Division football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1971 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football rankings. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a national championship, instead that title is bestowed by one or more different polling agencies. There are two main weekly polls that begin in the preseason—the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.

Legend[edit]

  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  National champion
(#–#)
  Win–loss record
(Italics)
  Number of first place votes
т
Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP Poll[edit]

Preseason
Aug[1]
Week 1
Sep 13[2]
Week 2
Sep 20[3]
Week 3
Sep 27[4]
Week 4
Oct 4[5]
Week 5
Oct 11[6]
Week 6
Oct 18[7]
Week 7
Oct 25[8]
Week 8
Nov 1[9]
Week 9
Nov 8[10]
Week 10
Nov 15[11]
Week 11
Nov 22[12]
Week 12
Nov 29[13]
Week 13
Dec 6[14]
Week 14 (Final)
Jan[15]
1. Notre Dame (15) Nebraska (1-0) (31) Nebraska (2-0) (32) Nebraska (3-0) (44) Nebraska (4-0) (43) Nebraska (5-0) (40) Nebraska (6-0) (35) Nebraska (7-0) (31) Nebraska (8-0) (34) Nebraska (9-0) (41) Nebraska (10-0) (40) Nebraska (10-0) (40) Nebraska (11-0) (48) Nebraska (12-0) (48) Nebraska (13-0) (55) 1.
2. Nebraska (26) Notre Dame (0-0) (10) Notre Dame (1-0) (18) Michigan (3-0) (3) Michigan (4-0) (5) Oklahoma (4-0) (8) Oklahoma (5-0) (18) Oklahoma (6-0) (21) Oklahoma (7-0) (17) Oklahoma (8-0) (6) Oklahoma (9-0) (8) Oklahoma (9-0) (8) Alabama (11-0) (4) Alabama (11-0) (4) Oklahoma (11-1) 2.
3. Texas (5) Texas (0-0) (5) Texas (1-0) (3) Texas (2-0) (3) Texas (3-0) (3) Michigan (5-0) (4) Michigan (6-0) (1) Michigan (7-0) (1) Michigan (8-0) (2) Michigan (9-0) (6) Michigan (10-0) (4) Alabama (10-0) (1) Oklahoma (9-1) Oklahoma (10-1) Colorado (10-2) 3.
4. Michigan (1) Michigan (1-0) (2) Michigan (2-0) Notre Dame (2-0) (1) Auburn (3-0) (2) Alabama (5-0) Alabama (6-0) Alabama (7-0) (1) Alabama (8-0) Alabama (9-0) Alabama (10-0) (1) Michigan (11-0) (3) Michigan (11-0) (2) Michigan (11-0) (3) Alabama (11-1) 4.
5. USC (1) Ohio State (1-0) Auburn (1-0) (2) Auburn (2-0) (2) Colorado (4-0) (2) Auburn (4-0) (2) Auburn (5-0) (1) Auburn (6-0) (1) Auburn (7-0) (1) Penn State (8-0) (1) Auburn (9-0) (1) Auburn (9-0) (1) Penn State (10-0) (1) Auburn (9-1) Penn State (11-1) 5.
6. Auburn (1) Arkansas (1-0) Ohio State (1-0) Colorado (3-0) (2) Alabama (4-0) Colorado (5-0) (1) Notre Dame (5-0) Penn State (6-0) Penn State (7-0) (1) Auburn (8-0) (1) Penn State (9-0) (1) Penn State (10-0) (2) Auburn (9-1) Georgia (10-1) Michigan (11-1) 6.
7. Arkansas Auburn (0-0) (2) Arkansas (2-0) Alabama (3-0) Notre Dame (3-0) Notre Dame (4-0) Penn State (5-0) Georgia (7-0) Georgia (8-0) Georgia (9-0) Notre Dame (8-1) Georgia (9-1) Georgia (10-1) Colorado (9-2) Georgia (11-1) 7.
8. Tennessee Tennessee (0-0) Alabama (2-0) Oklahoma (2-0) Oklahoma (3-0) Georgia (5-0) Georgia (6-0) Arkansas (6-1) Notre Dame (6-1) Notre Dame (7-1) Georgia (9-1) Colorado (9-2) Colorado (9-2) Arizona State (10-1) Arizona State (11-1) 8.
9. LSU Alabama (1-0) Tennessee (1-0) Penn State (2-0) Penn State (3-0) Penn State (4-0) Arkansas (5-1) Colorado (6-1) Ohio State (6-1) Arizona State (7-1) Arizona State (8-1) Arizona State (9-1) Arizona State (10-1) Tennessee (9-2) Tennessee (10-2) 9.
10. Oklahoma Oklahoma (0-0) Colorado (2-0) Stanford (3-0) Georgia (4-0) Texas (3-1) Stanford (5-1) Ohio State (5-1) Arizona State (6-1) Stanford (7-2) Colorado (8-2) LSU (7-3) LSU (8-3) Penn State (10-1) Stanford (9-3) 10.
11. Ohio State Georgia (1-0) Oklahoma (1-0) Georgia (3-0) Washington (4-0) Arizona State (4-0) Colorado (5-1) LSU (5-1) Tennessee (5-2) Tennessee (6-2) Tennessee (6-2) Tennessee (7-2) Texas (8-2) LSU (8-3) LSU (9-3) 11.
12. Penn State Colorado (1-0) Penn State (1-0) Tennessee (1-1) Arizona State (3-0) LSU (4-1) Ohio State (4-1) Notre Dame (5-1) Stanford (6-2) Colorado (7-2) Texas (7-2) Texas (7-2) Tennessee (8-2) Texas (8-2) Auburn (9-2) 12.
13. Syracuse Stanford (1-0) Stanford (2-0) Arizona State (2-0) Tennessee (2-1) Ohio State (3-1) LSU (5-1) Arizona State (5-1) Colorado (6-2) Texas (6-2) Toledo (10-0) Notre Dame (8-2) Toledo (11-0) Notre Dame (8-2) Notre Dame (8-2) 13.
14. Arizona State Penn State (0-0) Georgia (2-0) Ohio State (1-1) Duke (4-0) Tennessee (3-1) Arizona State (4-1) т Texas (4-2) Toledo (8-0) Toledo (9-0) LSU (6-3) Toledo (11-0) Notre Dame (8-2) Toledo (11-0) Toledo (12-0) 14.
15. UCLA Syracuse (0-0) Arizona State (1-0) Washington (3-0) Ohio State (2-1) Stanford (4-1) Toledo (6-0) т Toledo (7-0) Texas (5-2) USC (5-4) USC (6-4) Houston (8-2) Houston (9-2) Houston (9-2) Mississippi (10-2) 15.
16. Alabama Arizona State (0-0) USC (1-1) LSU (2-1) LSU (3-1) Arkansas (4-1) Texas (3-2) Tennessee (4-2) Arkansas (6-2) Ohio State (6-2) Houston (7-2) Stanford (8-3) Arkansas (8-2-1) т Stanford (8-3) Arkansas (8-3-1) 16.
17. Georgia Tech USC (0-1) Washington (2-0) USC (2-1) Arkansas (3-1) Toledo (5-0) Purdue (3-2) Stanford (5-2) USC (4-4) Arkansas (6-2-1) Arkansas (7-2-1) Arkansas (8-2-1) Stanford (8-3) т Mississippi (9-2) Houston (9-3) 17.
18. Georgia Michigan State (1-0) LSU (1-1) Arkansas (2-1) North Carolina (4-0) Washington (4-1) Tennessee (3-2) Air Force (5-1) LSU (5-2) Houston (6-2) Stanford (7-3) Mississippi (8-2) Mississippi (9-2) т Arkansas (8-2-1) Texas (8-3) 18.
19. Stanford South Carolina (1-0) Toledo (2-0) Duke (3-0) Stanford (3-1) Florida State (5-0) Duke (5-1) Florida State (6-1) Houston (5-2) Washington (7-2) Michigan State (6-4) North Carolina (9-2) North Carolina (9-2) т Northwestern (7-4) Washington (8-3) 19.
20. Northwestern (1) Houston (1-0) Duke (2-0) North Carolina (3-0) Toledo (4-0) Purdue (2-2) Air Force (4-1) USC (3-4) Washington (6-2) LSU (5-3) Mississippi (8-2) Washington (8-3) Washington (8-3) Washington (8-3) USC (6-4-1) 20.
Preseason
Aug[1]
Week 1
Sep 13[2]
Week 2
Sep 20[3]
Week 3
Sep 27[4]
Week 4
Oct 4[5]
Week 5
Oct 11[6]
Week 6
Oct 18[7]
Week 7
Oct 25[8]
Week 8
Nov 1[9]
Week 9
Nov 8[10]
Week 10
Nov 15[11]
Week 11
Nov 22[12]
Week 12
Nov 29[13]
Week 13
Dec 6[14]
Week 14 (Final)
Jan[15]
Dropped:
  • Georgia Tech
  • LSU
  • Northwestern
  • UCLA
Dropped:
  • Houston
  • Michigan State
  • South Carolina
  • Syracuse
Dropped:
  • Toledo
Dropped:
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Duke
  • North Carolina
Dropped:
  • Florida State
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Duke
  • Purdue
Dropped:
  • Air Force
  • Florida State
None Dropped:
  • Ohio State
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Michigan State
  • USC
None Dropped:
  • North Carolina
Dropped:
  • Northwestern

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, in early December.[16]
Nebraska received 29 of the 31 first place votes; Alabama received the other two.

Ranking Team
1 Nebraska
2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma
4 Michigan
5 Auburn
6 Arizona State
7 Colorado
8 Georgia
9 Tennessee
10 LSU
11 Penn State
12 Texas
13 Toledo
14 Houston
15 Notre Dame
16 Stanford
17 Iowa State
18 North Carolina
19 Florida State
20 Arkansas
Mississippi

Source:[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1971 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ "September 13, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "September 20, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "September 27, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "October 4, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "October 11, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "October 18, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "October 25, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "November 1, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "November 8, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "November 15, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ "November 22, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ "November 29, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "December 6, 1971 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ "1971 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b Madden, Bill (December 7, 1971). "Coaches agree". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. p. 32. 
  17. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt