1976 NCAA Division I Football Rankings
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1976 NCAA Division I Football Rankings

Two human polls comprised the 1976 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I 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

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

AP Poll

Preseason
Aug [1]
Week 1
Sep 14[2]
Week 2
Sep 21[3]
Week 3
Sep 28[4]
Week 4
Oct 5[5]
Week 5
Oct 12[6]
Week 6
Oct 19[7]
Week 7
Oct 26[8]
Week 8
Nov 2[9]
Week 9
Nov 9[10]
Week 10
Nov 16[11]
Week 11
Nov 23[12]
Week 12
Nov 30[13]
Week 13 (Final)
Jan[14]
1.Nebraska (25)Michigan (1-0) (28)Michigan (2-0) (47)Michigan (3-0) (56)Michigan (4-0) (52)Michigan (5-0) (57)Michigan (6-0) (58)Michigan (7-0) (53)Michigan (8-0) (57)Pittsburgh (9-0) (49)Pittsburgh (10-0) (44)Pittsburgh (10-0) (39)Pittsburgh (11-0) (45)Pittsburgh (12-0) (59)1.
2.Michigan (10)Ohio State (1-0) (18)Ohio State (2-0) (3)Pittsburgh (3-0) (2)Pittsburgh (4-0) (3)Pittsburgh (5-0) (3)Pittsburgh (6-0) (4)Pittsburgh (7-0) (6)Pittsburgh (8-0) (5)UCLA (8-0-1) (7)UCLA (9-0-1) (13)Michigan (10-1) (13)Michigan (10-1) (8)USC (11-1) (3)2.
3.Arizona State (7)Pittsburgh (1-0) (9)Pittsburgh (2-0) (7)Oklahoma (3-0) (2)Oklahoma (4-0) (3)Nebraska (4-0-1)Nebraska (5-0-1)UCLA (6-0-1)UCLA (7-0-1)USC (7-1) (2)USC (8-1) (1)USC (9-1) (7)USC (10-1) (3)Michigan (10-2)3.
4.Ohio State (3)Oklahoma (1-0) (4)Oklahoma (2-0) (3)UCLA (3-0)Georgia (4-0) (2)UCLA (4-0-1)UCLA (5-0-1)USC (5-1)USC (6-1)Michigan (8-1) (2)Michigan (9-1) (2)Georgia (9-1) (1)Maryland (11-0) (2)Houston (10-2)4.
5.Oklahoma (6)UCLA (1-0) (2)UCLA (2-0)Nebraska (2-0-1)UCLA (3-0-1)Maryland (5-0)Oklahoma (5-0-1)Maryland (7-0)Texas Tech (6-0)Texas Tech (7-0) (1)Texas Tech (8-0) (1)Maryland (11-0) (2)Georgia (10-1)Oklahoma (9-2-1)5.
6.Alabama (3)Missouri (1-0)Nebraska (1-0-1)Georgia (3-0)Nebraska (3-0-1)Oklahoma (4-0-1)Maryland (6-0)Texas Tech (5-0) (1)Maryland (8-0)Maryland (9-0) (2)Georgia (9-1) ?UCLA (9-1-1)Houston (8-2)Ohio State (9-2-1)6.
7.Texas (3)Penn State (1-0)Georgia (2-0)Maryland (3-0)Maryland (4-0)Missouri (4-1)USC (4-1)Georgia (6-1)Georgia (7-1)Georgia (8-1)Maryland (10-0) ?Houston (7-2)UCLA (9-1-1)Texas A&M (10-2)7.
8.USC (2)Nebraska (0-0-1)Maryland (2-0)Ohio State (2-1)Kansas (4-0)USC (4-1)Texas Tech (4-0)Ohio State (5-1-1)Ohio State (6-1-1)Ohio State (7-1-1)Ohio State (8-1-1)Oklahoma (7-2-1)Oklahoma (8-2-1)Maryland (11-1)8.
9.Pittsburgh (1)Georgia (1-0)Texas A&M (2-0)Kansas (3-0)Missouri (3-1)Ohio State (3-1-1)Ohio State (4-1-1)Nebraska (5-1-1)Nebraska (6-1-1)Nebraska (7-1-1)Houston (6-2)Texas Tech (8-1)Texas Tech (9-1)Nebraska (9-3-1)9.
10.Penn StateMaryland (1-0)Kansas (3-0)Alabama (2-1)Ohio State (2-1-1)Texas Tech (3-0)Georgia (5-1)Missouri (5-2)Florida (6-1)Alabama (7-2)Oklahoma (7-2-1)Nebraska (7-2-1)Texas A&M (9-2)Georgia (10-2)10.
11.Notre DameTexas A&M (1-0)Penn State (1-1)LSU (2-0-1)USC (3-1)Georgia (4-1)Florida (4-1)Notre Dame (5-1)Notre Dame (6-1)Missouri (6-3)Texas A&M (7-2) (1)Texas A&M (8-2)Ohio State (8-2-1)Alabama (9-3)11.
12.MarylandArkansas (1-0)Arkansas (2-0)Missouri (2-1)Florida (3-1)Florida (3-1)Notre Dame (4-1)Florida (5-1)Arkansas (5-1)Houston (6-2)Nebraska (7-2-1)Ohio State (8-2-1)Colorado (8-3)Notre Dame (9-3)12.
13.ArkansasKansas (2-0)Alabama (1-1)USC (2-1)Boston College (3-0)Texas (2-1-1)Texas (2-1-1)Oklahoma (5-1-1)Oklahoma State (5-2)Arkansas (5-1-1)Notre Dame (7-2)Notre Dame (8-2)Nebraska (7-3-1)Texas Tech (10-2)13.
14.Texas A&MAlabama (0-1)Illinois (2-0)North Carolina (4-0)Notre Dame (3-1)Notre Dame (3-1)Houston (4-1)Arkansas (4-1)Colorado (6-2)Oklahoma (6-2-1)Iowa State (8-2)Colorado (8-3) ?Oklahoma State (8-3)Oklahoma State (9-3)14.
15.CaliforniaBoston College (1-0)LSU (1-0-1)Boston College (2-0)Texas Tech (2-0)Kansas (4-1)Arkansas (3-1)Texas (3-1-1)Alabama (6-2)Florida (6-2)Colorado (7-3)Oklahoma State (7-3) ?Notre Dame (8-3)UCLA (9-2-1)15.
16.GeorgiaLSU (0-0-1)North Carolina (3-0)Ole Miss (3-1)Texas (2-1)LSU (3-1-1) ?Iowa State (5-1)Oklahoma State (4-2)Missouri (5-3)Texas A&M (6-2)Oklahoma State (6-3)Penn State (7-3)Alabama (8-3)Colorado (8-4)16.
17.UCLANorth Carolina (2-0)Ole Miss (2-1)Texas Tech (2-0)Texas A&M (3-1)Ole Miss (4-2) ?Missouri (4-2)Alabama (5-2)Oklahoma (5-2-1)Oklahoma State (5-3)Penn State (7-3)Rutgers (10-0)Rutgers (11-0)Rutgers (11-0)17.
18.FloridaArizona State (0-1)Boston College (1-0)Notre Dame (2-1)Arkansas (3-1)Arkansas (3-1)Alabama (4-2)Mississippi State (6-1)Texas A&M (6-2)Notre Dame (6-2)Alabama (7-3)Alabama (7-3)Baylor (7-2-1)Kentucky (8-4)18.
19.KansasTexas (0-1)USC (1-1)Florida (2-1)North Carolina (4-1)Houston (3-1)South Carolina (5-2)Colorado (5-2)Houston (5-2)Colorado (6-3)Missouri (6-4) ?Mississippi State (9-2) ?North Carolina (9-2)Iowa State (8-3)19.
20.Miami (OH)Ole Miss (1-1)Texas Tech (2-0)Penn State (1-2)LSU (2-1-1)Alabama (3-2)Cincinnati (5-1)Texas (3-2-1)South Carolina (6-3)Rutgers (10-0) ?North Carolina (9-2) ?
  • Mississippi State (9-2) ?
  • Penn State (7-4) ?
Mississippi State (9-2)20.
Preseason
Aug [1]
Week 1
Sep 14[2]
Week 2
Sep 21[3]
Week 3
Sep 28[4]
Week 4
Oct 5[5]
Week 5
Oct 12[6]
Week 6
Oct 19[7]
Week 7
Oct 26[8]
Week 8
Nov 2[9]
Week 9
Nov 9[10]
Week 10
Nov 16[11]
Week 11
Nov 23[12]
Week 12
Nov 30[13]
Week 13 (Final)
Jan[14]
Dropped:
  • California
  • Florida
  • Miami (OH)
  • Notre Dame
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Arizona State
  • Missouri
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Ole Miss
  • Penn State
Dropped:
  • Boston College
  • North Carolina
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Kansas
  • LSU
  • Ole Miss
Dropped:
  • East Carolina
  • Houston
  • Iowa State
  • South Carolina
Dropped:
  • Cincinnati
  • Mississippi State
Dropped:
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • South Carolina
Dropped:
  • Iowa State
  • Missouri
NoneDropped:
  • Baylor
  • North Carolina
  • Penn State

Coaches Poll

Week 1
Sep 13
Week 2
Sep 20
Week 3
Sep 27
Week 4
Oct 4
Week 5
Oct 11
Week 6
Oct 18
Week 7
Oct 25
Week 8
Nov 1
Week 9
Nov 8
Week 10
Nov 15
Week 11
Nov 22
Week 12
Nov 29
Week 13
Jan 4 (Final)
1.Ohio State (1-0)Michigan (2-0)Pittsburgh (9-0)Pittsburgh (10-0)Pittsburgh (10-0)Pittsburgh (11-0)Pittsburgh (12-0) (39)1.
2.Michigan (1-0)Ohio State (2-0)Pittsburgh (4-0)Pittsburgh (5-0)Pittsburgh (6-0)Pittsburgh (7-0)Pittsburgh (8-0)Michigan (10-1)USC (11-1) (3)2.
3.UCLA (1-0)Pittsburgh (2-0)Pittsburgh (3-0)USC (10-1)Michigan (10-2)3.
4.Pittsburgh (1-0)UCLA (2-0)Georgia (10-1)Houston (10-2)4.
5.Oklahoma (1-0)Oklahoma (2-0)Maryland (11-0)Ohio State (9-2-1)5.
6.Missouri (1-0)Nebraska (1-0-1)Oklahoma (9-2-1)6.
7.Penn State (1-0)Georgia (2-0)Nebraska (8-3-1)7.
8.Nebraska (0-0-1)Maryland (2-0)Texas A&M (10-2)8.
9.Georgia (1-0)Texas A&M (2-0)Alabama (9-3)9.
10.Texas A&M (1-0)Penn State (1-1)Georgia (10-2)10.
11.Maryland (1-0)Arkansas (2-0)Maryland (11-1)11.
12.Arkansas (1-0)Kansas (3-0)Notre Dame (9-3)12.
13.Alabama (0-1)Alabama (1-1)Texas Tech (10-2)13.
14.LSU (0-0-1)Illinois (2-0)Oklahoma State (9-3)14.
15.Boston College (1-0)LSU (1-0-1) ?UCLA (9-2-1)15.
16.Kansas (2-0) ?USC (1-1) ?Colorado (8-4)16.
17.North Carolina (2-0) ?Boston College (1-0)Rutgers (11-0)17.
18.Texas Tech (1-0) ?North Carolina (3-0)Iowa State (8-3)18.
19.USC (0-1)Florida (1-1) ?Baylor (8-2-1) ?19.
20.Oklahoma State (1-0)Texas Tech (1-0) ?Kentucky (8-4) ?20.
Week 1
Sep 13
Week 2
Sep 20
Week 3
Sep 27
Week 4
Oct 4
Week 5
Oct 11
Week 6
Oct 18
Week 7
Oct 25
Week 8
Nov 1
Week 9
Nov 8
Week 10
Nov 15
Week 11
Nov 22
Week 12
Nov 29
Week 13
Jan 4 (Final)
Dropped:
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma State
NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneDropped:
  • BYU
  • Florida

Sources:[15][16]

References

  1. ^ "1976 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "September 14, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "September 21, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "September 28, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "October 5, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "October 12, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "October 19, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "October 26, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "November 2, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "November 9, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "November 16, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "November 23, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "November 30, 1976 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ "1976 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ MacCambridge, Michael (2005). ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. pp. 1316-1317. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  16. ^ "UPI poll". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. January 4, 1977. p. 3C.

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