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1981 Standings

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Marcus Allen (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Danny Ford (Clemson)

AP Preseason #1: Michigan ▪ AP Final #1: Clemson

137 Schools

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
1 Clemson ACC 12 0 0 1.000 6 0 0 1.000 28.2 8.8 21.34 5.84 1 1
2 North Carolina ACC 10 2 0 .833 5 1 0 .833 31.3 12.5 15.97 3.88 12 3 9
3 Maryland ACC 4 6 1 .409 4 2 0 .667 21.1 17.6 8.93 7.29
4 Duke ACC 6 5 0 .545 3 3 0 .500 19.1 20.9 3.99 5.63
5 North Carolina State ACC 4 7 0 .364 2 4 0 .333 16.5 20.3 4.69 7.97
6 Wake Forest ACC 4 7 0 .364 1 5 0 .167 19.7 33.2 -2.45 5.56
7 Virginia ACC 1 10 0 .091 0 6 0 .000 11.5 23.7 -4.40 6.97
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
8 Nebraska Big 8 9 3 0 .750 7 0 0 1.000 30.3 10.4 21.79 8.88 6 4 11
9 Oklahoma Big 8 7 4 1 .625 4 2 1 .643 28.4 16.1 13.81 6.56 2 2 20
10 Kansas Big 8 8 4 0 .667 4 3 0 .571 15.7 16.3 6.58 4.99
11 Oklahoma State Big 8 7 5 0 .583 4 3 0 .571 16.4 18.0 5.20 4.70
12 Missouri Big 8 8 4 0 .667 3 4 0 .429 23.0 13.3 11.39 4.39 8 19
13 Iowa State Big 8 5 5 1 .500 2 4 1 .357 17.2 19.8 2.47 5.20 11
14 Colorado Big 8 3 8 0 .273 2 5 0 .286 12.8 29.3 -1.73 8.36
15 Kansas State Big 8 2 9 0 .182 1 6 0 .143 14.9 27.0 -3.32 5.77
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
16 Ohio State Big Ten 9 3 0 .750 6 2 0 .750 32.3 21.1 11.51 3.59 11 7 15
17 Iowa Big Ten 8 4 0 .667 6 2 0 .750 21.7 13.1 11.41 6.08 6 18
18 Michigan Big Ten 9 3 0 .750 6 3 0 .667 29.6 13.5 17.29 4.87 1 1 12
19 Illinois Big Ten 7 4 0 .636 6 3 0 .667 26.1 26.2 7.75 5.93
20 Wisconsin Big Ten 7 5 0 .583 6 3 0 .667 22.3 18.3 6.18 4.26 14
21 Minnesota Big Ten 6 5 0 .545 4 5 0 .444 24.9 24.0 2.85 1.67
22 Michigan State Big Ten 5 6 0 .455 4 5 0 .444 23.9 22.6 3.68 4.23
23 Purdue Big Ten 5 6 0 .455 3 6 0 .333 22.0 21.9 4.63 5.08
24 Indiana Big Ten 3 8 0 .273 3 6 0 .333 13.1 26.6 -5.57 6.52
25 Northwestern Big Ten 0 11 0 .000 0 9 0 .000 7.5 45.9 -14.39 6.98
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
26 Pittsburgh Ind 11 1 0 .917 32.1 13.3 22.02 7.52 8 1 4
27 Penn State Ind 10 2 0 .833 30.9 13.5 25.02 11.86 7 1 3
28 Miami (FL) Ind 9 2 0 .818 22.3 13.2 18.80 9.71 8 8
29 Southern Mississippi Ind 9 2 1 .792 25.4 9.0 12.86 0.69 9
30 West Virginia Ind 9 3 0 .750 23.7 12.9 14.54 5.87 17 17
31 Colgate Ind 7 3 0 .700 23.8 15.1 -2.87 -10.27
32 Virginia Tech Ind 7 4 0 .636 21.1 11.6 7.47 -0.17
33 Navy Ind 7 4 1 .625 20.3 15.3 5.40 0.06
34 Cincinnati Ind 6 5 0 .545 15.5 17.0 2.91 1.91
35 Florida State Ind 6 5 0 .545 21.8 26.0 6.71 7.80 19 11
36 Holy Cross Ind 6 5 0 .545 22.7 19.5 -10.05 -11.68
37 Tulane Ind 6 5 0 .545 19.4 13.1 6.06 2.15
38 Nevada-Las Vegas Ind 6 6 0 .500 27.2 36.1 -5.95 -0.29
39 South Carolina Ind 6 6 0 .500 18.8 18.5 7.22 7.39
40 Temple Ind 5 5 0 .500 18.1 19.5 6.24 6.54
41 Boston College Ind 5 6 0 .455 22.1 27.1 2.75 5.93
42 East Carolina Ind 5 6 0 .455 22.0 26.4 -2.23 1.14
43 Louisiana-Monroe Ind 5 6 0 .455 28.1 22.8 -5.35 -7.17
44 Louisville Ind 5 6 0 .455 16.4 19.3 -4.02 -1.75
45 Notre Dame Ind 5 6 0 .455 21.1 14.5 10.64 7.46 3 1
46 Rutgers Ind 5 6 0 .455 12.6 18.9 -0.93 2.80
47 William & Mary Ind 5 6 0 .455 17.5 25.3 -9.08 -4.54
48 Syracuse Ind 4 6 1 .409 22.5 24.1 5.66 7.57
49 Richmond Ind 4 7 0 .364 20.7 21.6 -4.58 -3.04
50 Army Ind 3 7 1 .318 11.5 19.3 -9.10 -3.37
51 North Texas Ind 2 9 0 .182 10.1 21.4 -7.90 3.28
52 Georgia Tech Ind 1 10 0 .091 11.3 28.1 -6.12 8.89
53 Memphis Ind 1 10 0 .091 7.5 19.0 -7.45 4.01
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
54 Yale Ivy 9 1 0 .900 6 1 0 .857 28.5 14.7 -3.28 -16.68
55 Dartmouth Ivy 6 4 0 .600 6 1 0 .857 20.8 13.7 -11.69 -17.29
56 Princeton Ivy 5 4 1 .550 5 1 1 .786 23.3 30.5 -19.44 -16.84
57 Harvard Ivy 5 4 1 .550 4 2 1 .643 21.8 17.3 -14.12 -16.62
58 Brown Ivy 3 7 0 .300 2 5 0 .286 15.3 25.0 -23.96 -16.06
59 Cornell Ivy 3 7 0 .300 2 5 0 .286 14.8 25.6 -24.02 -14.52
60 Columbia Ivy 1 9 0 .100 1 6 0 .143 11.6 24.3 -26.30 -15.20
61 Pennsylvania Ivy 1 9 0 .100 1 6 0 .143 13.3 32.4 -29.30 -15.40
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
62 Toledo MAC 9 3 0 .750 8 1 0 .889 22.5 14.2 -0.27 -7.19
63 Miami (OH) MAC 8 2 1 .773 6 1 1 .813 18.1 14.0 0.59 -5.87
64 Central Michigan MAC 7 4 0 .636 7 2 0 .778 20.3 11.9 -1.93 -8.20
65 Bowling Green State MAC 5 5 1 .500 5 3 1 .611 14.1 12.0 -5.81 -6.72
66 Western Michigan MAC 6 5 0 .545 5 4 0 .556 18.7 15.5 -6.45 -8.45
67 Ohio MAC 5 6 0 .455 5 4 0 .556 20.7 23.4 -8.60 -6.51
68 Kent State MAC 4 7 0 .364 3 6 0 .333 13.1 15.6 -10.74 -7.83
69 Ball State MAC 4 7 0 .364 2 6 0 .250 14.3 19.8 -12.28 -8.19
70 Northern Illinois MAC 3 8 0 .273 2 7 0 .222 14.5 19.7 -14.02 -8.93
71 Eastern Michigan MAC 0 11 0 .000 0 9 0 .000 8.0 30.7 -26.51 -7.87
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
72 Drake MVC 10 1 0 .909 5 1 0 .833 22.9 17.8 0.52 -6.57
73 Tulsa MVC 6 5 0 .545 5 1 0 .833 27.6 17.8 4.81 -0.20
74 Southern Illinois MVC 7 4 0 .636 5 2 0 .714 21.3 15.8 -1.71 -5.53
75 West Texas A&M MVC 7 4 0 .636 3 3 0 .500 22.5 19.4 0.32 -2.41
76 Wichita State MVC 4 6 1 .409 3 3 1 .500 23.6 22.0 -3.24 -3.06
77 Indiana State MVC 5 5 1 .500 2 4 1 .357 22.5 14.9 -2.96 -7.14
78 New Mexico State MVC 3 8 0 .273 1 5 0 .167 14.3 26.0 -14.98 -5.43
79 Illinois State MVC 3 7 0 .300 0 5 0 .000 14.5 19.0 -13.78 -10.18
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
80 Washington Pac-10 10 2 0 .833 6 2 0 .750 23.4 14.3 11.92 3.26 15 10 10
81 Arizona State Pac-10 9 2 0 .818 5 2 0 .714 35.8 17.5 16.71 2.89 20 9 16
82 Southern California Pac-10 9 3 0 .750 5 2 0 .714 24.5 14.2 15.17 6.25 5 1 14
83 Washington State Pac-10 8 3 1 .708 5 2 1 .688 24.8 16.4 9.87 2.62 14
84 UCLA Pac-10 7 4 1 .625 5 2 1 .688 25.2 16.4 14.35 7.35 13 6
85 Arizona Pac-10 6 5 0 .545 4 4 0 .500 23.0 18.6 3.07 0.07
86 Stanford Pac-10 4 7 0 .364 4 4 0 .500 28.5 25.5 4.57 5.57 18 18
87 California Pac-10 2 9 0 .182 2 6 0 .250 17.9 26.1 -1.16 8.84
88 Oregon Pac-10 2 9 0 .182 1 6 0 .143 14.1 22.5 -5.12 2.89
89 Oregon State Pac-10 1 10 0 .091 0 7 0 .000 13.2 42.6 -15.54 4.01
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
90 San Jose State PCAA 9 3 0 .750 5 0 0 1.000 31.7 21.2 5.72 -3.95
91 Utah State PCAA 5 5 1 .500 4 1 0 .800 18.5 19.1 -2.75 -2.66
92 Fresno State PCAA 5 6 0 .455 2 3 0 .400 24.0 27.2 -8.41 -5.86
93 Pacific PCAA 5 6 0 .455 2 3 0 .400 15.5 23.0 -5.34 0.29
94 Cal State Fullerton PCAA 3 8 0 .273 1 4 0 .200 18.1 24.7 -11.15 -3.79
95 Long Beach State PCAA 2 8 0 .200 1 4 0 .200 15.0 23.2 -12.40 -3.30
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
96 Georgia SEC 10 2 0 .833 6 0 0 1.000 31.0 10.2 21.43 6.43 10 2 6
97 Alabama SEC 9 2 1 .792 7 0 0 1.000 24.7 12.6 17.07 5.98 4 2 7
98 Mississippi State SEC 8 4 0 .667 4 2 0 .667 17.7 11.4 11.27 5.60 14 7
99 Tennessee SEC 8 4 0 .667 3 3 0 .500 20.3 22.1 4.06 3.39
100 Florida SEC 7 5 0 .583 3 3 0 .500 23.7 13.8 12.90 6.82 17 17
101 Auburn SEC 5 6 0 .455 2 4 0 .333 16.9 15.1 7.66 6.39
102 Kentucky SEC 3 8 0 .273 2 4 0 .333 12.2 20.2 0.14 8.14
103 Louisiana State SEC 3 7 1 .318 1 4 1 .250 15.4 24.7 -2.48 4.98
104 Mississippi SEC 4 6 1 .409 1 5 1 .214 15.2 25.8 1.02 7.65
105 Vanderbilt SEC 4 7 0 .364 1 5 0 .167 19.2 25.5 1.86 7.13
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
106 Furman Southern 8 3 0 .727 5 2 0 .714 26.6 19.1 -0.06 -7.43
107 Virginia Military Institute Southern 6 3 1 .650 3 1 1 .700 16.5 15.6 -4.15 -5.75
108 East Tennessee State Southern 6 5 0 .545 4 2 0 .667 17.4 21.1 -9.91 -8.01
109 Chattanooga Southern 7 3 1 .682 3 2 1 .583 19.7 15.6 -2.87 -7.87
110 Citadel Southern 7 3 1 .682 3 2 1 .583 22.9 13.7 -0.17 -7.53
111 Western Carolina Southern 4 7 0 .364 3 4 0 .429 21.3 27.0 -10.82 -6.00
112 Appalachian State Southern 3 7 1 .318 1 5 1 .214 21.5 18.3 -7.19 -6.28
113 Marshall Southern 2 9 0 .182 1 5 0 .167 8.5 25.8 -19.53 -6.44
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
114 Texas-Arlington Southland 6 5 0 .545 4 1 0 .800 18.4 22.7 -1.23 -1.23
115 McNeese State Southland 7 3 1 .682 3 1 1 .700 28.7 17.9 1.01 -6.54
116 Arkansas State Southland 6 5 0 .545 3 2 0 .600 16.1 14.5 -0.80 -2.53
117 Louisiana Tech Southland 4 6 1 .409 2 2 1 .500 18.6 21.9 -5.24 -3.24
118 Lamar Southland 4 6 1 .409 1 3 1 .300 15.7 19.5 -8.17 -4.26
119 Louisiana-Lafayette Southland 1 9 1 .136 0 4 1 .100 12.3 20.8 -10.83 -2.92
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
120 Southern Methodist SWC 10 1 0 .909 7 1 0 .875 33.2 12.5 19.45 2.36 5 5
121 Texas SWC 10 1 1 .875 6 1 1 .813 21.8 13.2 17.44 7.69 9 1 2
122 Houston SWC 7 4 1 .625 5 2 1 .688 19.8 14.5 11.05 7.05
123 Arkansas SWC 8 4 0 .667 5 3 0 .625 27.1 18.3 12.25 5.25 12
124 Texas A&M SWC 7 5 0 .583 4 4 0 .500 23.3 16.9 10.03 4.95
125 Baylor SWC 5 6 0 .455 3 5 0 .375 22.9 22.3 2.64 4.19
126 Rice SWC 4 7 0 .364 3 5 0 .375 16.6 31.5 -3.18 7.82
127 Texas Christian SWC 2 7 2 .273 1 6 1 .188 20.9 27.2 0.71 6.44
128 Texas Tech SWC 1 9 1 .136 0 7 1 .063 18.0 27.1 -2.51 7.13
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
129 Brigham Young WAC 11 2 0 .846 7 1 0 .875 38.7 19.7 12.38 -2.08 16 8 13
130 Hawaii WAC 9 2 0 .818 5 1 0 .833 29.8 11.8 10.25 -3.56 19
131 Utah WAC 8 2 1 .773 4 1 1 .750 29.2 18.8 4.78 -2.76
132 Wyoming WAC 8 3 0 .727 6 2 0 .750 31.3 18.5 8.17 -1.19
133 New Mexico WAC 4 7 1 .375 3 4 1 .438 18.8 19.3 -2.16 -0.99
134 Air Force WAC 4 7 0 .364 2 3 0 .400 15.5 22.9 -6.02 0.89
135 San Diego State WAC 6 5 0 .545 3 5 0 .375 25.4 20.6 2.51 -0.22
136 Texas-El Paso WAC 1 10 0 .091 1 6 0 .143 13.3 40.1 -18.57 -0.75
137 Colorado State WAC 0 12 0 .000 0 8 0 .000 13.7 41.8 -13.01 4.83