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1982 Polls

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National Champion: Penn State (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Herschel Walker (Georgia)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Pittsburgh ▪ AP Final #1: Penn State

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Pittsburgh NA Ind
1 Preseason 2 Washington NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 3 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 4 Nebraska NA Big 8
1 Preseason 5 North Carolina NA ACC
1 Preseason 6 Southern Methodist NA SWC
1 Preseason 7 Georgia NA SEC
1 Preseason 8 Penn State NA Ind
1 Preseason 9 Oklahoma NA Big 8
1 Preseason 10 Southern California NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 11 Clemson NA ACC
1 Preseason 12 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 13 Arkansas NA SWC
1 Preseason 14 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 15 Miami (FL) NA Ind
1 Preseason 16 Florida NA SEC
1 Preseason 17 Texas NA SWC
1 Preseason 18 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 19 Arizona State NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 20 UCLA NA Pac-10
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1982-09-06 1 Pittsburgh 1 NC Ind
2 1982-09-06 2 Washington 2 NC Pac-10
2 1982-09-06 3 Nebraska 4 Up 1 Big 8
2 1982-09-06 4 Alabama 3 Down 1 SEC
2 1982-09-06 5 North Carolina 5 NC ACC
2 1982-09-06 6 Georgia 7 Up 1 SEC
2 1982-09-06 7 Penn State 8 Up 1 Ind
2 1982-09-06 8 Southern Methodist 6 Down 2 SWC
2 1982-09-06 9 Oklahoma 9 NC Big 8
2 1982-09-06 10 Southern California 10 NC Pac-10
2 1982-09-06 11 Florida 16 Up 5 SEC
2 1982-09-06 12 Michigan 12 NC Big Ten
2 1982-09-06 13 Arkansas 13 NC SWC
2 1982-09-06 14 Ohio State 14 NC Big Ten
2 1982-09-06 15 Arizona State 19 Up 4 Pac-10
2 1982-09-06 16 Clemson 11 Down 5 ACC
2 1982-09-06 17 Texas 17 NC SWC
2 1982-09-06 18 UCLA 20 Up 2 Pac-10
2 1982-09-06 19 Miami (FL) 15 Down 4 Ind
2 1982-09-06 20 Notre Dame 18 Down 2 Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1982-09-13 1 Washington 2 Up 1 Pac-10
3 1982-09-13 2 Pittsburgh 1 Down 1 Ind
3 1982-09-13 3 Nebraska 3 NC Big 8
3 1982-09-13 4 Alabama 4 NC SEC
3 1982-09-13 5 Florida 11 Up 6 SEC
3 1982-09-13 6 Southern Methodist 8 Up 2 SWC
3 1982-09-13 7 Georgia 6 Down 1 SEC
3 1982-09-13 8 Penn State 7 Down 1 Ind
3 1982-09-13 9 Arkansas 13 Up 4 SWC
3 1982-09-13 10 Michigan 12 Up 2 Big Ten
3 1982-09-13 11 North Carolina 5 Down 6 ACC
3 1982-09-13 12 Ohio State 14 Up 2 Big Ten
3 1982-09-13 13 Arizona State 15 Up 2 Pac-10
3 1982-09-13 14 UCLA 18 Up 4 Pac-10
3 1982-09-13 15 Miami (FL) 19 Up 4 Ind
3 1982-09-13 16 Clemson 16 NC ACC
3 1982-09-13 17 West Virginia Up  Ind
3 1982-09-13 18 Texas 17 Down 1 SWC
3 1982-09-13 19 Southern California 10 Down 9 Pac-10
3 1982-09-13 20 Notre Dame 20 NC Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1982-09-20 1 Washington 1 NC Pac-10
4 1982-09-20 2 Nebraska 3 Up 1 Big 8
4 1982-09-20 3 Pittsburgh 2 Down 1 Ind
4 1982-09-20 4 Alabama 4 NC SEC
4 1982-09-20 5 Florida 5 NC SEC
4 1982-09-20 6 Southern Methodist 6 NC SWC
4 1982-09-20 7 Georgia 7 NC SEC
4 1982-09-20 8 Penn State 8 NC Ind
4 1982-09-20 9 Arkansas 9 NC SWC
4 1982-09-20 10 Notre Dame 20 Up 10 Ind
4 1982-09-20 11 North Carolina 11 NC ACC
4 1982-09-20 12 UCLA 14 Up 2 Pac-10
4 1982-09-20 13 Ohio State 12 Down 1 Big Ten
4 1982-09-20 14 Arizona State 13 Down 1 Pac-10
4 1982-09-20 15 West Virginia 17 Up 2 Ind
4 1982-09-20 16 Miami (FL) 15 Down 1 Ind
4 1982-09-20 17 Texas 18 Up 1 SWC
4 1982-09-20 18 Southern California 19 Up 1 Pac-10
4 1982-09-20 19 Illinois Up  Big Ten
4 1982-09-20 20 Michigan 10 Down 10 Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1982-09-27 1 Washington 1 NC Pac-10
5 1982-09-27 2 Pittsburgh 3 Up 1 Ind
5 1982-09-27 3 Penn State 8 Up 5 Ind
5 1982-09-27 4 Florida 5 Up 1 SEC
5 1982-09-27 5 Alabama 4 Down 1 SEC
5 1982-09-27 6 Georgia 7 Up 1 SEC
5 1982-09-27 7 Southern Methodist 6 Down 1 SWC
5 1982-09-27 8 Nebraska 2 Down 6 Big 8
5 1982-09-27 9 UCLA 12 Up 3 Pac-10
5 1982-09-27 10 Arkansas 9 Down 1 SWC
5 1982-09-27 11 Notre Dame 10 Down 1 Ind
5 1982-09-27 12 North Carolina 11 Down 1 ACC
5 1982-09-27 13 Arizona State 14 Up 1 Pac-10
5 1982-09-27 14 West Virginia 15 Up 1 Ind
5 1982-09-27 15 Texas 17 Up 2 SWC
5 1982-09-27 16 Southern California 18 Up 2 Pac-10
5 1982-09-27 17 Miami (FL) 16 Down 1 Ind
5 1982-09-27 18 Boston College Up  Ind
5 1982-09-27 19 Minnesota Up  Big Ten
5 1982-09-27 20 Auburn Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1982-10-04 1 Washington 1 NC Pac-10
6 1982-10-04 2 Pittsburgh 2 NC Ind
6 1982-10-04 3 Penn State 3 NC Ind
6 1982-10-04 4 Alabama 5 Up 1 SEC
6 1982-10-04 5 Georgia 6 Up 1 SEC
6 1982-10-04 6 Southern Methodist 7 Up 1 SWC
6 1982-10-04 7 Nebraska 8 Up 1 Big 8
6 1982-10-04 8 UCLA 9 Up 1 Pac-10
6 1982-10-04 9 Arkansas 10 Up 1 SWC
6 1982-10-04 10 Notre Dame 11 Up 1 Ind
6 1982-10-04 11 Arizona State 13 Up 2 Pac-10
6 1982-10-04 12 North Carolina 12 NC ACC
6 1982-10-04 13 Texas 15 Up 2 SWC
6 1982-10-04 14 Florida 4 Down 10 SEC
6 1982-10-04 15 Southern California 16 Up 1 Pac-10
6 1982-10-04 16 West Virginia 14 Down 2 Ind
6 1982-10-04 17 Miami (FL) 17 NC Ind
6 1982-10-04 18 Louisiana State Up  SEC
6 1982-10-04 19 Boston College 18 Down 1 Ind
6 1982-10-04 20 Illinois Up  Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1982-10-11 1 Washington 1 NC Pac-10
7 1982-10-11 2 Alabama 4 Up 2 SEC
7 1982-10-11 3 Pittsburgh 2 Down 1 Ind
7 1982-10-11 4 Georgia 5 Up 1 SEC
7 1982-10-11 5 Southern Methodist 6 Up 1 SWC
7 1982-10-11 6 Nebraska 7 Up 1 Big 8
7 1982-10-11 7 Arkansas 9 Up 2 SWC
7 1982-10-11 8 Penn State 3 Down 5 Ind
7 1982-10-11 9 Notre Dame 10 Up 1 Ind
7 1982-10-11 10 Arizona State 11 Up 1 Pac-10
7 1982-10-11 11 North Carolina 12 Up 1 ACC
7 1982-10-11 12 UCLA 8 Down 4 Pac-10
7 1982-10-11 13 West Virginia 16 Up 3 Ind
7 1982-10-11 14 Southern California 15 Up 1 Pac-10
7 1982-10-11 15 Illinois 20 Up 5 Big Ten
7 1982-10-11 16 Louisiana State 18 Up 2 SEC
7 1982-10-11 17 Miami (FL) 17 NC Ind
7 1982-10-11 18 Texas 13 Down 5 SWC
7 1982-10-11 19 Florida State Up  Ind
7 1982-10-11 20 Clemson Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1982-10-18 1 Washington 1 NC Pac-10
8 1982-10-18 2 Pittsburgh 3 Up 1 Ind
8 1982-10-18 3 Georgia 4 Up 1 SEC
8 1982-10-18 4 Southern Methodist 5 Up 1 SWC
8 1982-10-18 5 Nebraska 6 Up 1 Big 8
8 1982-10-18 6 Arkansas 7 Up 1 SWC
8 1982-10-18 7 Alabama 2 Down 5 SEC
8 1982-10-18 8 Arizona State 10 Up 2 Pac-10
8 1982-10-18 9 Penn State 8 Down 1 Ind
8 1982-10-18 10 North Carolina 11 Up 1 ACC
8 1982-10-18 11 UCLA 12 Up 1 Pac-10
8 1982-10-18 12 Southern California 14 Up 2 Pac-10
8 1982-10-18 13 West Virginia 13 NC Ind
8 1982-10-18 14 Louisiana State 16 Up 2 SEC
8 1982-10-18 15 Notre Dame 9 Down 6 Ind
8 1982-10-18 16 Miami (FL) 17 Up 1 Ind
8 1982-10-18 17 Florida State 19 Up 2 Ind
8 1982-10-18 18 Clemson 20 Up 2 ACC
8 1982-10-18 19 Texas 18 Down 1 SWC
8 1982-10-18 20 Oklahoma Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1982-10-25 1 Pittsburgh 2 Up 1 Ind
9 1982-10-25 2 Washington 1 Down 1 Pac-10
9 1982-10-25 3 Georgia 3 NC SEC
9 1982-10-25 4 Southern Methodist 4 NC SWC
9 1982-10-25 5 Arkansas 6 Up 1 SWC
9 1982-10-25 6 Nebraska 5 Down 1 Big 8
9 1982-10-25 7 Arizona State 8 Up 1 Pac-10
9 1982-10-25 8 Penn State 9 Up 1 Ind
9 1982-10-25 9 Alabama 7 Down 2 SEC
9 1982-10-25 10 North Carolina 10 NC ACC
9 1982-10-25 11 UCLA 11 NC Pac-10
9 1982-10-25 12 Southern California 12 NC Pac-10
9 1982-10-25 13 Louisiana State 14 Up 1 SEC
9 1982-10-25 14 Florida State 17 Up 3 Ind
9 1982-10-25 15 Clemson 18 Up 3 ACC
9 1982-10-25 16 Miami (FL) 16 NC Ind
9 1982-10-25 17 Oklahoma 20 Up 3 Big 8
9 1982-10-25 18 West Virginia 13 Down 5 Ind
9 1982-10-25 19 Auburn Up  SEC
9 1982-10-25 20 Michigan Up  Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1982-11-01 1 Pittsburgh 1 NC Ind
10 1982-11-01 2 Southern Methodist 4 Up 2 SWC
10 1982-11-01 3 Georgia 3 NC SEC
10 1982-11-01 4 Arizona State 7 Up 3 Pac-10
10 1982-11-01 5 Arkansas 5 NC SWC
10 1982-11-01 6 Nebraska 6 NC Big 8
10 1982-11-01 7 Penn State 8 Up 1 Ind
10 1982-11-01 8 Alabama 9 Up 1 SEC
10 1982-11-01 9 UCLA 11 Up 2 Pac-10
10 1982-11-01 10 Washington 2 Down 8 Pac-10
10 1982-11-01 11 Louisiana State 13 Up 2 SEC
10 1982-11-01 12 Florida State 14 Up 2 Ind
10 1982-11-01 13 Clemson 15 Up 2 ACC
10 1982-11-01 14 Oklahoma 17 Up 3 Big 8
10 1982-11-01 15 Michigan 20 Up 5 Big Ten
10 1982-11-01 16 Southern California 12 Down 4 Pac-10
10 1982-11-01 17 West Virginia 18 Up 1 Ind
10 1982-11-01 18 North Carolina 10 Down 8 ACC
10 1982-11-01 19 Maryland Up  ACC
10 1982-11-01 20 Florida Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1982-11-08 1 Georgia 3 Up 2 SEC
11 1982-11-08 2 Southern Methodist 2 NC SWC
11 1982-11-08 3 Arizona State 4 Up 1 Pac-10
11 1982-11-08 4 Nebraska 6 Up 2 Big 8
11 1982-11-08 5 Penn State 7 Up 2 Ind
11 1982-11-08 6 Louisiana State 11 Up 5 SEC
11 1982-11-08 7 Washington 10 Up 3 Pac-10
11 1982-11-08 8 Pittsburgh 1 Down 7 Ind
11 1982-11-08 9 Florida State 12 Up 3 Ind
11 1982-11-08 10 Arkansas 5 Down 5 SWC
11 1982-11-08 11 Clemson 13 Up 2 ACC
11 1982-11-08 12 UCLA 9 Down 3 Pac-10
11 1982-11-08 13 Notre Dame Up  Ind
11 1982-11-08 14 Michigan 15 Up 1 Big Ten
11 1982-11-08 15 Oklahoma 14 Down 1 Big 8
11 1982-11-08 16 Southern California 16 NC Pac-10
11 1982-11-08 17 Alabama 8 Down 9 SEC
11 1982-11-08 18 Maryland 19 Up 1 ACC
11 1982-11-08 19 West Virginia 17 Down 2 Ind
11 1982-11-08 20 Texas Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1982-11-15 1 Georgia 1 NC SEC
12 1982-11-15 2 Southern Methodist 2 NC SWC
12 1982-11-15 3 Penn State 5 Up 2 Ind
12 1982-11-15 4 Nebraska 4 NC Big 8
12 1982-11-15 5 Washington 7 Up 2 Pac-10
12 1982-11-15 6 Pittsburgh 8 Up 2 Ind
12 1982-11-15 7 Florida State 9 Up 2 Ind
12 1982-11-15 8 Arizona State 3 Down 5 Pac-10
12 1982-11-15 9 Arkansas 10 Up 1 SWC
12 1982-11-15 10 Clemson 11 Up 1 ACC
12 1982-11-15 11 UCLA 12 Up 1 Pac-10
12 1982-11-15 12 Louisiana State 6 Down 6 SEC
12 1982-11-15 13 Michigan 14 Up 1 Big Ten
12 1982-11-15 14 Oklahoma 15 Up 1 Big 8
12 1982-11-15 15 Southern California 16 Up 1 Pac-10
12 1982-11-15 16 West Virginia 19 Up 3 Ind
12 1982-11-15 17 Texas 20 Up 3 SWC
12 1982-11-15 18 Notre Dame 13 Down 5 Ind
12 1982-11-15 19 Maryland 18 Down 1 ACC
12 1982-11-15 20 Tulsa Up  MVC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1982-11-22 1 Georgia 1 NC SEC
13 1982-11-22 2 Penn State 3 Up 1 Ind
13 1982-11-22 3 Nebraska 4 Up 1 Big 8
13 1982-11-22 4 Southern Methodist 2 Down 2 SWC
13 1982-11-22 5 Pittsburgh 6 Up 1 Ind
13 1982-11-22 6 Arizona State 8 Up 2 Pac-10
13 1982-11-22 7 Louisiana State 12 Up 5 SEC
13 1982-11-22 8 UCLA 11 Up 3 Pac-10
13 1982-11-22 9 Arkansas 9 NC SWC
13 1982-11-22 10 Clemson 10 NC ACC
13 1982-11-22 11 Oklahoma 14 Up 3 Big 8
13 1982-11-22 12 West Virginia 16 Up 4 Ind
13 1982-11-22 13 Washington 5 Down 8 Pac-10
13 1982-11-22 14 Texas 17 Up 3 SWC
13 1982-11-22 15 Florida State 7 Down 8 Ind
13 1982-11-22 16 Maryland 19 Up 3 ACC
13 1982-11-22 17 Southern California 15 Down 2 Pac-10
13 1982-11-22 18 Ohio State Up  Big Ten
13 1982-11-22 19 Tulsa 20 Up 1 MVC
13 1982-11-22 20 Michigan 13 Down 7 Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 1982-11-29 1 Georgia 1 NC SEC
14 1982-11-29 2 Penn State 2 NC Ind
14 1982-11-29 3 Nebraska 3 NC Big 8
14 1982-11-29 4 Southern Methodist 4 NC SWC
14 1982-11-29 5 UCLA 8 Up 3 Pac-10
14 1982-11-29 6 Arkansas 9 Up 3 SWC
14 1982-11-29 7 Pittsburgh 5 Down 2 Ind
14 1982-11-29 8 Clemson 10 Up 2 ACC
14 1982-11-29 9 Washington 13 Up 4 Pac-10
14 1982-11-29 10 West Virginia 12 Up 2 Ind
14 1982-11-29 11 Arizona State 6 Down 5 Pac-10
14 1982-11-29 12 Texas 14 Up 2 SWC
14 1982-11-29 13 Louisiana State 7 Down 6 SEC
14 1982-11-29 14 Oklahoma 11 Down 3 Big 8
14 1982-11-29 15 Florida State 15 NC Ind
14 1982-11-29 16 Southern California 17 Up 1 Pac-10
14 1982-11-29 17 Maryland 16 Down 1 ACC
14 1982-11-29 18 Ohio State 18 NC Big Ten
14 1982-11-29 19 Auburn Up  SEC
14 1982-11-29 20 Michigan 20 NC Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
15 1982-12-06 1 Georgia 1 NC SEC
15 1982-12-06 2 Penn State 2 NC Ind
15 1982-12-06 3 Nebraska 3 NC Big 8
15 1982-12-06 4 Southern Methodist 4 NC SWC
15 1982-12-06 5 UCLA 5 NC Pac-10
15 1982-12-06 6 Pittsburgh 7 Up 1 Ind
15 1982-12-06 7 Clemson 8 Up 1 ACC
15 1982-12-06 8 Texas 12 Up 4 SWC
15 1982-12-06 9 Washington 9 NC Pac-10
15 1982-12-06 10 West Virginia 10 NC Ind
15 1982-12-06 11 Arizona State 11 NC Pac-10
15 1982-12-06 12 Oklahoma 14 Up 2 Big 8
15 1982-12-06 13 Louisiana State 13 NC SEC
15 1982-12-06 14 Arkansas 6 Down 8 SWC
15 1982-12-06 15 Southern California 16 Up 1 Pac-10
15 1982-12-06 16 Maryland 17 Up 1 ACC
15 1982-12-06 17 Ohio State 18 Up 1 Big Ten
15 1982-12-06 18 Auburn 19 Up 1 SEC
15 1982-12-06 19 Michigan 20 Up 1 Big Ten
15 1982-12-06 20 Tulsa Up  MVC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
16 Final 1 Penn State 2 Up 1 Ind
16 Final 2 Southern Methodist 4 Up 2 SWC
16 Final 3 Nebraska 3 NC Big 8
16 Final 4 Georgia 1 Down 3 SEC
16 Final 5 UCLA 5 NC Pac-10
16 Final 6 Arizona State 11 Up 5 Pac-10
16 Final 7 Washington 9 Up 2 Pac-10
16 Final 8 Clemson 7 Down 1 ACC
16 Final 9 Arkansas 14 Up 5 SWC
16 Final 10 Pittsburgh 6 Down 4 Ind
16 Final 11 Louisiana State 13 Up 2 SEC
16 Final 12 Ohio State 17 Up 5 Big Ten
16 Final 13 Florida State Up  Ind
16 Final 14 Auburn 18 Up 4 SEC
16 Final 15 Southern California 15 NC Pac-10
16 Final 16 Oklahoma 12 Down 4 Big 8
16 Final 17 Texas 8 Down 9 SWC
16 Final 18 North Carolina Up  ACC
16 Final 19 West Virginia 10 Down 9 Ind
16 Final 20 Maryland 16 Down 4 ACC