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National Champion: Nebraska (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Pat Sullivan (Auburn)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Bob Devaney (Nebraska)

AP Preseason #1: Notre Dame ▪ AP Final #1: Nebraska

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 2 Nebraska NA Big 8
1 Preseason 3 Texas NA SWC
1 Preseason 4 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 5 Southern California NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 6 Auburn NA SEC
1 Preseason 7 Arkansas NA SWC
1 Preseason 8 Tennessee NA SEC
1 Preseason 9 Louisiana State NA SEC
1 Preseason 10 Oklahoma NA Big 8
1 Preseason 11 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 12 Penn State NA Ind
1 Preseason 13 Syracuse NA Ind
1 Preseason 14 Arizona State NA WAC
1 Preseason 15 UCLA NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 16 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 17 Georgia Tech NA Ind
1 Preseason 18 Georgia NA SEC
1 Preseason 19 Stanford NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 20 Northwestern NA Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1971-09-13 1 Nebraska (1-0-0) 2 Up 1 Big 8
2 1971-09-13 2 Notre Dame 1 Down 1 Ind
2 1971-09-13 3 Texas 3 NC SWC
2 1971-09-13 4 Michigan (1-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
2 1971-09-13 5 Ohio State (1-0-0) 11 Up 6 Big Ten
2 1971-09-13 6 Arkansas (1-0-0) 7 Up 1 SWC
2 1971-09-13 7 Auburn 6 Down 1 SEC
2 1971-09-13 8 Tennessee 8 NC SEC
2 1971-09-13 9 Alabama (1-0-0) 16 Up 7 SEC
2 1971-09-13 10 Oklahoma 10 NC Big 8
2 1971-09-13 11 Georgia (1-0-0) 18 Up 7 SEC
2 1971-09-13 12 Colorado (1-0-0) Up  Big 8
2 1971-09-13 13 Stanford (1-0-0) 19 Up 6 Pac-8
2 1971-09-13 14 Penn State 12 Down 2 Ind
2 1971-09-13 15 Syracuse 13 Down 2 Ind
2 1971-09-13 16 Arizona State 14 Down 2 WAC
2 1971-09-13 17 Southern California (0-1-0) 5 Down 12 Pac-8
2 1971-09-13 18 Michigan State (1-0-0) Up  Big Ten
2 1971-09-13 19 South Carolina (1-0-0) Up  ACC
2 1971-09-13 20 Houston (1-0-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1971-09-20 1 Nebraska (2-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
3 1971-09-20 2 Notre Dame (1-0-0) 2 NC Ind
3 1971-09-20 3 Texas (1-0-0) 3 NC SWC
3 1971-09-20 4 Michigan (2-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
3 1971-09-20 5 Auburn (1-0-0) 7 Up 2 SEC
3 1971-09-20 6 Ohio State (1-0-0) 5 Down 1 Big Ten
3 1971-09-20 7 Arkansas (2-0-0) 6 Down 1 SWC
3 1971-09-20 8 Alabama (2-0-0) 9 Up 1 SEC
3 1971-09-20 9 Tennessee (1-0-0) 8 Down 1 SEC
3 1971-09-20 10 Colorado (2-0-0) 12 Up 2 Big 8
3 1971-09-20 11 Oklahoma (1-0-0) 10 Down 1 Big 8
3 1971-09-20 12 Penn State (1-0-0) 14 Up 2 Ind
3 1971-09-20 13 Stanford (2-0-0) 13 NC Pac-8
3 1971-09-20 14 Georgia (2-0-0) 11 Down 3 SEC
3 1971-09-20 15 Arizona State (1-0-0) 16 Up 1 WAC
3 1971-09-20 16 Southern California (1-1-0) 17 Up 1 Pac-8
3 1971-09-20 17 Washington (2-0-0) Up  Pac-8
3 1971-09-20 18 Louisiana State (1-1-0) Up  SEC
3 1971-09-20 19 Toledo (2-0-0) Up  MAC
3 1971-09-20 20 Duke (2-0-0) Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1971-09-27 1 Nebraska (3-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
4 1971-09-27 2 Michigan (3-0-0) 4 Up 2 Big Ten
4 1971-09-27 3 Texas (2-0-0) 3 NC SWC
4 1971-09-27 4 Notre Dame (2-0-0) 2 Down 2 Ind
4 1971-09-27 5 Auburn (2-0-0) 5 NC SEC
4 1971-09-27 6 Colorado (3-0-0) 10 Up 4 Big 8
4 1971-09-27 7 Alabama (3-0-0) 8 Up 1 SEC
4 1971-09-27 8 Oklahoma (2-0-0) 11 Up 3 Big 8
4 1971-09-27 9 Penn State (2-0-0) 12 Up 3 Ind
4 1971-09-27 10 Stanford (3-0-0) 13 Up 3 Pac-8
4 1971-09-27 11 Georgia (3-0-0) 14 Up 3 SEC
4 1971-09-27 12 Tennessee (1-1-0) 9 Down 3 SEC
4 1971-09-27 13 Arizona State (2-0-0) 15 Up 2 WAC
4 1971-09-27 14 Ohio State (1-1-0) 6 Down 8 Big Ten
4 1971-09-27 15 Washington (3-0-0) 17 Up 2 Pac-8
4 1971-09-27 16 Louisiana State (2-1-0) 18 Up 2 SEC
4 1971-09-27 17 Southern California (2-1-0) 16 Down 1 Pac-8
4 1971-09-27 18 Arkansas (2-1-0) 7 Down 11 SWC
4 1971-09-27 19 Duke (3-0-0) 20 Up 1 ACC
4 1971-09-27 20 North Carolina (3-0-0) Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1971-10-04 1 Nebraska (4-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
5 1971-10-04 2 Michigan (4-0-0) 2 NC Big Ten
5 1971-10-04 3 Texas (3-0-0) 3 NC SWC
5 1971-10-04 4 Auburn (3-0-0) 5 Up 1 SEC
5 1971-10-04 5 Colorado (4-0-0) 6 Up 1 Big 8
5 1971-10-04 6 Alabama (4-0-0) 7 Up 1 SEC
5 1971-10-04 7 Notre Dame (3-0-0) 4 Down 3 Ind
5 1971-10-04 8 Oklahoma (3-0-0) 8 NC Big 8
5 1971-10-04 9 Penn State (3-0-0) 9 NC Ind
5 1971-10-04 10 Georgia (4-0-0) 11 Up 1 SEC
5 1971-10-04 11 Washington (4-0-0) 15 Up 4 Pac-8
5 1971-10-04 12 Arizona State (3-0-0) 13 Up 1 WAC
5 1971-10-04 13 Tennessee (2-1-0) 12 Down 1 SEC
5 1971-10-04 14 Duke (4-0-0) 19 Up 5 ACC
5 1971-10-04 15 Ohio State (2-1-0) 14 Down 1 Big Ten
5 1971-10-04 16 Louisiana State (3-1-0) 16 NC SEC
5 1971-10-04 17 Arkansas (3-1-0) 18 Up 1 SWC
5 1971-10-04 18 North Carolina (4-0-0) 20 Up 2 ACC
5 1971-10-04 19 Stanford (3-1-0) 10 Down 9 Pac-8
5 1971-10-04 20 Toledo (4-0-0) Up  MAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1971-10-11 1 Nebraska (5-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
6 1971-10-11 2 Oklahoma (4-0-0) 8 Up 6 Big 8
6 1971-10-11 3 Michigan (5-0-0) 2 Down 1 Big Ten
6 1971-10-11 4 Alabama (5-0-0) 6 Up 2 SEC
6 1971-10-11 5 Auburn (4-0-0) 4 Down 1 SEC
6 1971-10-11 6 Colorado (5-0-0) 5 Down 1 Big 8
6 1971-10-11 7 Notre Dame (4-0-0) 7 NC Ind
6 1971-10-11 8 Georgia (5-0-0) 10 Up 2 SEC
6 1971-10-11 9 Penn State (4-0-0) 9 NC Ind
6 1971-10-11 10 Texas (3-1-0) 3 Down 7 SWC
6 1971-10-11 11 Arizona State (4-0-0) 12 Up 1 WAC
6 1971-10-11 12 Louisiana State (4-1-0) 16 Up 4 SEC
6 1971-10-11 13 Ohio State (3-1-0) 15 Up 2 Big Ten
6 1971-10-11 14 Tennessee (3-1-0) 13 Down 1 SEC
6 1971-10-11 15 Stanford (4-1-0) 19 Up 4 Pac-8
6 1971-10-11 16 Arkansas (4-1-0) 17 Up 1 SWC
6 1971-10-11 17 Toledo (5-0-0) 20 Up 3 MAC
6 1971-10-11 18 Washington (4-1-0) 11 Down 7 Pac-8
6 1971-10-11 19 Florida State (5-0-0) Up  Ind
6 1971-10-11 20 Purdue (2-2-0) Up  Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1971-10-18 1 Nebraska (6-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
7 1971-10-18 2 Oklahoma (5-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
7 1971-10-18 3 Michigan (6-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
7 1971-10-18 4 Alabama (6-0-0) 4 NC SEC
7 1971-10-18 5 Auburn (5-0-0) 5 NC SEC
7 1971-10-18 6 Notre Dame (5-0-0) 7 Up 1 Ind
7 1971-10-18 7 Penn State (5-0-0) 9 Up 2 Ind
7 1971-10-18 8 Georgia (6-0-0) 8 NC SEC
7 1971-10-18 9 Arkansas (5-1-0) 16 Up 7 SWC
7 1971-10-18 10 Stanford (5-1-0) 15 Up 5 Pac-8
7 1971-10-18 11 Colorado (5-1-0) 6 Down 5 Big 8
7 1971-10-18 12 Ohio State (4-1-0) 13 Up 1 Big Ten
7 1971-10-18 13 Louisiana State (5-1-0) 12 Down 1 SEC
7 1971-10-18 14 Arizona State (4-1-0) 11 Down 3 WAC
7 1971-10-18 14 Toledo (6-0-0) 17 Up 3 MAC
7 1971-10-18 16 Texas (3-2-0) 10 Down 6 SWC
7 1971-10-18 17 Purdue (3-2-0) 20 Up 3 Big Ten
7 1971-10-18 18 Tennessee (3-2-0) 14 Down 4 SEC
7 1971-10-18 19 Duke (5-1-0) Up  ACC
7 1971-10-18 20 Air Force (4-1-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1971-10-25 1 Nebraska (7-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
8 1971-10-25 2 Oklahoma (6-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
8 1971-10-25 3 Michigan (7-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
8 1971-10-25 4 Alabama (7-0-0) 4 NC SEC
8 1971-10-25 5 Auburn (6-0-0) 5 NC SEC
8 1971-10-25 6 Penn State (6-0-0) 7 Up 1 Ind
8 1971-10-25 7 Georgia (7-0-0) 8 Up 1 SEC
8 1971-10-25 8 Arkansas (6-1-0) 9 Up 1 SWC
8 1971-10-25 9 Colorado (6-1-0) 11 Up 2 Big 8
8 1971-10-25 10 Ohio State (5-1-0) 12 Up 2 Big Ten
8 1971-10-25 11 Louisiana State (5-1-0) 13 Up 2 SEC
8 1971-10-25 12 Notre Dame (5-1-0) 6 Down 6 Ind
8 1971-10-25 13 Arizona State (5-1-0) 14 Up 1 WAC
8 1971-10-25 14 Texas (4-2-0) 16 Up 2 SWC
8 1971-10-25 15 Toledo (7-0-0) 14 Down 1 MAC
8 1971-10-25 16 Tennessee (4-2-0) 18 Up 2 SEC
8 1971-10-25 17 Stanford (5-2-0) 10 Down 7 Pac-8
8 1971-10-25 18 Air Force (5-1-0) 20 Up 2 Ind
8 1971-10-25 19 Florida State (6-1-0) Up  Ind
8 1971-10-25 20 Southern California (3-4-0) Up  Pac-8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1971-11-01 1 Nebraska (8-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
9 1971-11-01 2 Oklahoma (7-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
9 1971-11-01 3 Michigan (8-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
9 1971-11-01 4 Alabama (8-0-0) 4 NC SEC
9 1971-11-01 5 Auburn (7-0-0) 5 NC SEC
9 1971-11-01 6 Penn State (7-0-0) 6 NC Ind
9 1971-11-01 7 Georgia (8-0-0) 7 NC SEC
9 1971-11-01 8 Notre Dame (6-1-0) 12 Up 4 Ind
9 1971-11-01 9 Ohio State (6-1-0) 10 Up 1 Big Ten
9 1971-11-01 10 Arizona State (6-1-0) 13 Up 3 WAC
9 1971-11-01 11 Tennessee (5-2-0) 16 Up 5 SEC
9 1971-11-01 12 Stanford (6-2-0) 17 Up 5 Pac-8
9 1971-11-01 13 Colorado (6-2-0) 9 Down 4 Big 8
9 1971-11-01 14 Toledo (8-0-0) 15 Up 1 MAC
9 1971-11-01 15 Texas (5-2-0) 14 Down 1 SWC
9 1971-11-01 16 Arkansas (6-2-0) 8 Down 8 SWC
9 1971-11-01 17 Southern California (4-4-0) 20 Up 3 Pac-8
9 1971-11-01 18 Louisiana State (5-2-0) 11 Down 7 SEC
9 1971-11-01 19 Houston (5-2-0) Up  Ind
9 1971-11-01 20 Washington (6-2-0) Up  Pac-8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1971-11-08 1 Nebraska (9-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
10 1971-11-08 2 Oklahoma (8-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
10 1971-11-08 3 Michigan (9-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
10 1971-11-08 4 Alabama (9-0-0) 4 NC SEC
10 1971-11-08 5 Penn State (8-0-0) 6 Up 1 Ind
10 1971-11-08 6 Auburn (8-0-0) 5 Down 1 SEC
10 1971-11-08 7 Georgia (9-0-0) 7 NC SEC
10 1971-11-08 8 Notre Dame (7-1-0) 8 NC Ind
10 1971-11-08 9 Arizona State (7-1-0) 10 Up 1 WAC
10 1971-11-08 10 Stanford (7-2-0) 12 Up 2 Pac-8
10 1971-11-08 11 Tennessee (6-2-0) 11 NC SEC
10 1971-11-08 12 Colorado (7-2-0) 13 Up 1 Big 8
10 1971-11-08 13 Texas (6-2-0) 15 Up 2 SWC
10 1971-11-08 14 Toledo (9-0-0) 14 NC MAC
10 1971-11-08 15 Southern California (5-4-0) 17 Up 2 Pac-8
10 1971-11-08 16 Ohio State (6-2-0) 9 Down 7 Big Ten
10 1971-11-08 17 Arkansas (6-2-1) 16 Down 1 SWC
10 1971-11-08 18 Houston (6-2-0) 19 Up 1 Ind
10 1971-11-08 19 Washington (7-2-0) 20 Up 1 Pac-8
10 1971-11-08 20 Louisiana State (5-3-0) 18 Down 2 SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1971-11-15 1 Nebraska (10-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
11 1971-11-15 2 Oklahoma (9-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
11 1971-11-15 3 Michigan (10-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
11 1971-11-15 4 Alabama (10-0-0) 4 NC SEC
11 1971-11-15 5 Auburn (9-0-0) 6 Up 1 SEC
11 1971-11-15 6 Penn State (9-0-0) 5 Down 1 Ind
11 1971-11-15 7 Notre Dame (8-1-0) 8 Up 1 Ind
11 1971-11-15 8 Georgia (9-1-0) 7 Down 1 SEC
11 1971-11-15 9 Arizona State (8-1-0) 9 NC WAC
11 1971-11-15 10 Colorado (8-2-0) 12 Up 2 Big 8
11 1971-11-15 11 Tennessee (6-2-0) 11 NC SEC
11 1971-11-15 12 Texas (7-2-0) 13 Up 1 SWC
11 1971-11-15 13 Toledo (10-0-0) 14 Up 1 MAC
11 1971-11-15 14 Louisiana State (6-3-0) 20 Up 6 SEC
11 1971-11-15 15 Southern California (6-4-0) 15 NC Pac-8
11 1971-11-15 16 Houston (7-2-0) 18 Up 2 Ind
11 1971-11-15 17 Arkansas (7-2-1) 17 NC SWC
11 1971-11-15 18 Stanford (7-3-0) 10 Down 8 Pac-8
11 1971-11-15 19 Michigan State (6-4-0) Up  Big Ten
11 1971-11-15 20 Mississippi (8-2-0) Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1971-11-22 1 Nebraska (10-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
12 1971-11-22 2 Oklahoma (9-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
12 1971-11-22 3 Alabama (10-0-0) 4 Up 1 SEC
12 1971-11-22 4 Michigan (11-0-0) 3 Down 1 Big Ten
12 1971-11-22 5 Auburn (9-0-0) 5 NC SEC
12 1971-11-22 6 Penn State (10-0-0) 6 NC Ind
12 1971-11-22 7 Georgia (9-1-0) 8 Up 1 SEC
12 1971-11-22 8 Colorado (9-2-0) 10 Up 2 Big 8
12 1971-11-22 9 Arizona State (9-1-0) 9 NC WAC
12 1971-11-22 10 Louisiana State (7-3-0) 14 Up 4 SEC
12 1971-11-22 11 Tennessee (7-2-0) 11 NC SEC
12 1971-11-22 12 Texas (7-2-0) 12 NC SWC
12 1971-11-22 13 Notre Dame (8-2-0) 7 Down 6 Ind
12 1971-11-22 14 Toledo (11-0-0) 13 Down 1 MAC
12 1971-11-22 15 Houston (8-2-0) 16 Up 1 Ind
12 1971-11-22 16 Stanford (8-3-0) 18 Up 2 Pac-8
12 1971-11-22 17 Arkansas (8-2-1) 17 NC SWC
12 1971-11-22 18 Mississippi (8-2-0) 20 Up 2 SEC
12 1971-11-22 19 North Carolina (9-2-0) Up  ACC
12 1971-11-22 20 Washington (8-3-0) Up  Pac-8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1971-11-29 1 Nebraska (11-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
13 1971-11-29 2 Alabama (11-0-0) 3 Up 1 SEC
13 1971-11-29 3 Oklahoma (9-1-0) 2 Down 1 Big 8
13 1971-11-29 4 Michigan (11-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
13 1971-11-29 5 Penn State (10-0-0) 6 Up 1 Ind
13 1971-11-29 6 Auburn (9-1-0) 5 Down 1 SEC
13 1971-11-29 7 Georgia (10-1-0) 7 NC SEC
13 1971-11-29 8 Colorado (9-2-0) 8 NC Big 8
13 1971-11-29 9 Arizona State (10-1-0) 9 NC WAC
13 1971-11-29 10 Louisiana State (8-3-0) 10 NC SEC
13 1971-11-29 11 Texas (8-2-0) 12 Up 1 SWC
13 1971-11-29 12 Tennessee (8-2-0) 11 Down 1 SEC
13 1971-11-29 13 Toledo (11-0-0) 14 Up 1 MAC
13 1971-11-29 14 Notre Dame (8-2-0) 13 Down 1 Ind
13 1971-11-29 15 Houston (9-2-0) 15 NC Ind
13 1971-11-29 16 Arkansas (8-2-1) 17 Up 1 SWC
13 1971-11-29 16 Stanford (8-3-0) 16 NC Pac-8
13 1971-11-29 18 Mississippi (9-2-0) 18 NC SEC
13 1971-11-29 18 North Carolina (9-2-0) 19 Up 1 ACC
13 1971-11-29 20 Washington (8-3-0) 20 NC Pac-8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 1971-12-06 1 Nebraska (12-0-0) 1 NC Big 8
14 1971-12-06 2 Alabama (11-0-0) 2 NC SEC
14 1971-12-06 3 Oklahoma (10-1-0) 3 NC Big 8
14 1971-12-06 4 Michigan (11-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
14 1971-12-06 5 Auburn (9-1-0) 6 Up 1 SEC
14 1971-12-06 6 Georgia (10-1-0) 7 Up 1 SEC
14 1971-12-06 7 Colorado (9-2-0) 8 Up 1 Big 8
14 1971-12-06 8 Arizona State (10-1-0) 9 Up 1 WAC
14 1971-12-06 9 Tennessee (9-2-0) 12 Up 3 SEC
14 1971-12-06 10 Penn State (10-1-0) 5 Down 5 Ind
14 1971-12-06 11 Louisiana State (8-3-0) 10 Down 1 SEC
14 1971-12-06 12 Texas (8-2-0) 11 Down 1 SWC
14 1971-12-06 13 Notre Dame (8-2-0) 14 Up 1 Ind
14 1971-12-06 14 Toledo (11-0-0) 13 Down 1 MAC
14 1971-12-06 15 Houston (9-2-0) 15 NC Ind
14 1971-12-06 16 Stanford (8-3-0) 16 NC Pac-8
14 1971-12-06 17 Mississippi (9-2-0) 18 Up 1 SEC
14 1971-12-06 18 Arkansas (8-2-1) 16 Down 2 SWC
14 1971-12-06 19 Northwestern (7-4-0) Up  Big Ten
14 1971-12-06 20 Washington (8-3-0) 20 NC Pac-8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
15 Final 1 Nebraska 1 NC Big 8
15 Final 2 Oklahoma 3 Up 1 Big 8
15 Final 3 Colorado 7 Up 4 Big 8
15 Final 4 Alabama 2 Down 2 SEC
15 Final 5 Penn State 10 Up 5 Ind
15 Final 6 Michigan 4 Down 2 Big Ten
15 Final 7 Georgia 6 Down 1 SEC
15 Final 8 Arizona State 8 NC WAC
15 Final 9 Tennessee 9 NC SEC
15 Final 10 Stanford 16 Up 6 Pac-8
15 Final 11 Louisiana State 11 NC SEC
15 Final 12 Auburn 5 Down 7 SEC
15 Final 13 Notre Dame 13 NC Ind
15 Final 14 Toledo 14 NC MAC
15 Final 15 Mississippi 17 Up 2 SEC
15 Final 16 Arkansas 18 Up 2 SWC
15 Final 17 Houston 15 Down 2 Ind
15 Final 18 Texas 12 Down 6 SWC
15 Final 19 Washington 20 Up 1 Pac-8
15 Final 20 Southern California Up  Pac-8