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National Champion: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Lou Holtz (Notre Dame)

AP Preseason #1: Florida State ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Florida State NA Ind
1 Preseason 2 Nebraska NA Big 8
1 Preseason 3 Oklahoma NA Big 8
1 Preseason 4 Clemson NA ACC
1 Preseason 5 UCLA NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 6 Southern California NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 7 Auburn NA SEC
1 Preseason 8 Miami (FL) NA Ind
1 Preseason 9 Iowa NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 10 Texas A&M NA SWC
1 Preseason 11 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 12 Georgia NA SEC
1 Preseason 13 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 14 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 15 Michigan State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 16 West Virginia NA Ind
1 Preseason 17 Tennessee NA SEC
1 Preseason 18 Louisiana State NA SEC
1 Preseason 19 South Carolina NA Ind
1 Preseason 20 Penn State NA Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1988-08-30 1 Florida State 1 NC Ind
2 1988-08-30 2 Nebraska 2 NC Big 8
2 1988-08-30 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
2 1988-08-30 4 Clemson 4 NC ACC
2 1988-08-30 5 UCLA 5 NC Pac-10
2 1988-08-30 6 Miami (FL) 8 Up 2 Ind
2 1988-08-30 7 Auburn 7 NC SEC
2 1988-08-30 8 Southern California 6 Down 2 Pac-10
2 1988-08-30 9 Iowa 9 NC Big Ten
2 1988-08-30 10 Michigan 11 Up 1 Big Ten
2 1988-08-30 11 Texas A&M 10 Down 1 SWC
2 1988-08-30 12 Georgia 12 NC SEC
2 1988-08-30 13 Notre Dame 13 NC Ind
2 1988-08-30 14 Alabama 14 NC SEC
2 1988-08-30 15 Michigan State 15 NC Big Ten
2 1988-08-30 16 West Virginia 16 NC Ind
2 1988-08-30 17 Louisiana State 18 Up 1 SEC
2 1988-08-30 18 Tennessee 17 Down 1 SEC
2 1988-08-30 19 South Carolina 19 NC Ind
2 1988-08-30 20 Penn State 20 NC Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1988-09-06 1 Miami (FL) 6 Up 5 Ind
3 1988-09-06 2 Nebraska 2 NC Big 8
3 1988-09-06 3 Clemson 4 Up 1 ACC
3 1988-09-06 4 Oklahoma 3 Down 1 Big 8
3 1988-09-06 5 UCLA 5 NC Pac-10
3 1988-09-06 6 Southern California 8 Up 2 Pac-10
3 1988-09-06 7 Auburn 7 NC SEC
3 1988-09-06 8 Georgia 12 Up 4 SEC
3 1988-09-06 9 Michigan 10 Up 1 Big Ten
3 1988-09-06 10 Florida State 1 Down 9 Ind
3 1988-09-06 11 Louisiana State 17 Up 6 SEC
3 1988-09-06 12 West Virginia 16 Up 4 Ind
3 1988-09-06 13 Notre Dame 13 NC Ind
3 1988-09-06 14 Alabama 14 NC SEC
3 1988-09-06 15 Michigan State 15 NC Big Ten
3 1988-09-06 16 South Carolina 19 Up 3 Ind
3 1988-09-06 17 Iowa 9 Down 8 Big Ten
3 1988-09-06 18 Penn State 20 Up 2 Ind
3 1988-09-06 19 Texas Up  SWC
3 1988-09-06 20 Washington Up  Pac-10
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1988-09-13 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
4 1988-09-13 2 UCLA 5 Up 3 Pac-10
4 1988-09-13 3 Clemson 3 NC ACC
4 1988-09-13 4 Oklahoma 4 NC Big 8
4 1988-09-13 5 Southern California 6 Up 1 Pac-10
4 1988-09-13 6 Auburn 7 Up 1 SEC
4 1988-09-13 7 Georgia 8 Up 1 SEC
4 1988-09-13 8 Notre Dame 13 Up 5 Ind
4 1988-09-13 9 Louisiana State 11 Up 2 SEC
4 1988-09-13 10 Florida State 10 NC Ind
4 1988-09-13 11 Nebraska 2 Down 9 Big 8
4 1988-09-13 12 West Virginia 12 NC Ind
4 1988-09-13 13 Alabama 14 Up 1 SEC
4 1988-09-13 14 South Carolina 16 Up 2 Ind
4 1988-09-13 15 Michigan 9 Down 6 Big Ten
4 1988-09-13 16 Penn State 18 Up 2 Ind
4 1988-09-13 17 Washington 20 Up 3 Pac-10
4 1988-09-13 18 Ohio State Up  Big Ten
4 1988-09-13 19 Iowa 17 Down 2 Big Ten
4 1988-09-13 20 Oklahoma State Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1988-09-20 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
5 1988-09-20 2 UCLA 2 NC Pac-10
5 1988-09-20 3 Oklahoma 4 Up 1 Big 8
5 1988-09-20 4 Auburn 6 Up 2 SEC
5 1988-09-20 5 Southern California 5 NC Pac-10
5 1988-09-20 6 Georgia 7 Up 1 SEC
5 1988-09-20 7 Louisiana State 9 Up 2 SEC
5 1988-09-20 8 Notre Dame 8 NC Ind
5 1988-09-20 9 Florida State 10 Up 1 Ind
5 1988-09-20 10 Nebraska 11 Up 1 Big 8
5 1988-09-20 11 West Virginia 12 Up 1 Ind
5 1988-09-20 12 Clemson 3 Down 9 ACC
5 1988-09-20 13 Alabama 13 NC SEC
5 1988-09-20 14 South Carolina 14 NC Ind
5 1988-09-20 15 Penn State 16 Up 1 Ind
5 1988-09-20 16 Pittsburgh Up  Ind
5 1988-09-20 17 Washington 17 NC Pac-10
5 1988-09-20 18 Oklahoma State 20 Up 2 Big 8
5 1988-09-20 19 Michigan 15 Down 4 Big Ten
5 1988-09-20 20 Florida Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1988-09-27 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
6 1988-09-27 2 UCLA 2 NC Pac-10
6 1988-09-27 3 Southern California 5 Up 2 Pac-10
6 1988-09-27 4 Auburn 4 NC SEC
6 1988-09-27 5 Notre Dame 8 Up 3 Ind
6 1988-09-27 6 Florida State 9 Up 3 Ind
6 1988-09-27 7 West Virginia 11 Up 4 Ind
6 1988-09-27 8 South Carolina 14 Up 6 Ind
6 1988-09-27 9 Nebraska 10 Up 1 Big 8
6 1988-09-27 10 Oklahoma 3 Down 7 Big 8
6 1988-09-27 11 Clemson 12 Up 1 ACC
6 1988-09-27 12 Alabama 13 Up 1 SEC
6 1988-09-27 13 Oklahoma State 18 Up 5 Big 8
6 1988-09-27 14 Louisiana State 7 Down 7 SEC
6 1988-09-27 15 Georgia 6 Down 9 SEC
6 1988-09-27 16 Washington 17 Up 1 Pac-10
6 1988-09-27 17 Florida 20 Up 3 SEC
6 1988-09-27 18 Wyoming Up  WAC
6 1988-09-27 19 Michigan 19 NC Big Ten
6 1988-09-27 20 Oregon Up  Pac-10
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1988-10-04 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
7 1988-10-04 2 UCLA 2 NC Pac-10
7 1988-10-04 3 Southern California 3 NC Pac-10
7 1988-10-04 4 Auburn 4 NC SEC
7 1988-10-04 5 Notre Dame 5 NC Ind
7 1988-10-04 6 Florida State 6 NC Ind
7 1988-10-04 7 West Virginia 7 NC Ind
7 1988-10-04 8 South Carolina 8 NC Ind
7 1988-10-04 9 Nebraska 9 NC Big 8
7 1988-10-04 10 Oklahoma 10 NC Big 8
7 1988-10-04 11 Clemson 11 NC ACC
7 1988-10-04 12 Alabama 12 NC SEC
7 1988-10-04 13 Oklahoma State 13 NC Big 8
7 1988-10-04 14 Florida 17 Up 3 SEC
7 1988-10-04 15 Georgia 15 NC SEC
7 1988-10-04 16 Wyoming 18 Up 2 WAC
7 1988-10-04 17 Michigan 19 Up 2 Big Ten
7 1988-10-04 18 Oregon 20 Up 2 Pac-10
7 1988-10-04 19 Washington 16 Down 3 Pac-10
7 1988-10-04 20 Arkansas Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1988-10-11 1 Miami (FL) 1 NC Ind
8 1988-10-11 2 UCLA 2 NC Pac-10
8 1988-10-11 3 Southern California 3 NC Pac-10
8 1988-10-11 4 Notre Dame 5 Up 1 Ind
8 1988-10-11 5 Florida State 6 Up 1 Ind
8 1988-10-11 6 West Virginia 7 Up 1 Ind
8 1988-10-11 7 Nebraska 9 Up 2 Big 8
8 1988-10-11 8 South Carolina 8 NC Ind
8 1988-10-11 9 Oklahoma 10 Up 1 Big 8
8 1988-10-11 10 Oklahoma State 13 Up 3 Big 8
8 1988-10-11 11 Clemson 11 NC ACC
8 1988-10-11 12 Auburn 4 Down 8 SEC
8 1988-10-11 13 Georgia 15 Up 2 SEC
8 1988-10-11 14 Wyoming 16 Up 2 WAC
8 1988-10-11 15 Michigan 17 Up 2 Big Ten
8 1988-10-11 16 Washington 19 Up 3 Pac-10
8 1988-10-11 17 Arkansas 20 Up 3 SWC
8 1988-10-11 18 Indiana Up  Big Ten
8 1988-10-11 19 Louisiana State Up  SEC
8 1988-10-11 20 Florida 14 Down 6 SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1988-10-18 1 UCLA 2 Up 1 Pac-10
9 1988-10-18 2 Notre Dame 4 Up 2 Ind
9 1988-10-18 3 Southern California 3 NC Pac-10
9 1988-10-18 4 Miami (FL) 1 Down 3 Ind
9 1988-10-18 5 Nebraska 7 Up 2 Big 8
9 1988-10-18 6 West Virginia 6 NC Ind
9 1988-10-18 7 Florida State 5 Down 2 Ind
9 1988-10-18 8 Oklahoma 9 Up 1 Big 8
9 1988-10-18 9 Clemson 11 Up 2 ACC
9 1988-10-18 10 Auburn 12 Up 2 SEC
9 1988-10-18 11 Georgia 13 Up 2 SEC
9 1988-10-18 12 Wyoming 14 Up 2 WAC
9 1988-10-18 13 Arkansas 17 Up 4 SWC
9 1988-10-18 14 Indiana 18 Up 4 Big Ten
9 1988-10-18 15 Oklahoma State 10 Down 5 Big 8
9 1988-10-18 16 Louisiana State 19 Up 3 SEC
9 1988-10-18 17 Washington 16 Down 1 Pac-10
9 1988-10-18 18 South Carolina 8 Down 10 Ind
9 1988-10-18 19 Syracuse Up  Ind
9 1988-10-18 20 Michigan 15 Down 5 Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1988-10-25 1 UCLA 1 NC Pac-10
10 1988-10-25 2 Notre Dame 2 NC Ind
10 1988-10-25 3 Southern California 3 NC Pac-10
10 1988-10-25 4 Miami (FL) 4 NC Ind
10 1988-10-25 5 Nebraska 5 NC Big 8
10 1988-10-25 6 Florida State 7 Up 1 Ind
10 1988-10-25 7 West Virginia 6 Down 1 Ind
10 1988-10-25 8 Oklahoma 8 NC Big 8
10 1988-10-25 9 Auburn 10 Up 1 SEC
10 1988-10-25 10 Wyoming 12 Up 2 WAC
10 1988-10-25 11 Arkansas 13 Up 2 SWC
10 1988-10-25 12 Oklahoma State 15 Up 3 Big 8
10 1988-10-25 13 Louisiana State 16 Up 3 SEC
10 1988-10-25 14 Michigan 20 Up 6 Big Ten
10 1988-10-25 15 Clemson 9 Down 6 ACC
10 1988-10-25 16 Syracuse 19 Up 3 Ind
10 1988-10-25 17 South Carolina 18 Up 1 Ind
10 1988-10-25 18 Georgia 11 Down 7 SEC
10 1988-10-25 19 Alabama Up  SEC
10 1988-10-25 20 Oregon Up  Pac-10
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1988-11-01 1 Notre Dame 2 Up 1 Ind
11 1988-11-01 2 Southern California 3 Up 1 Pac-10
11 1988-11-01 3 Miami (FL) 4 Up 1 Ind
11 1988-11-01 4 West Virginia 7 Up 3 Ind
11 1988-11-01 5 Florida State 6 Up 1 Ind
11 1988-11-01 6 UCLA 1 Down 5 Pac-10
11 1988-11-01 7 Nebraska 5 Down 2 Big 8
11 1988-11-01 8 Oklahoma 8 NC Big 8
11 1988-11-01 9 Auburn 9 NC SEC
11 1988-11-01 10 Wyoming 10 NC WAC
11 1988-11-01 11 Arkansas 11 NC SWC
11 1988-11-01 12 Oklahoma State 12 NC Big 8
11 1988-11-01 13 Louisiana State 13 NC SEC
11 1988-11-01 14 Michigan 14 NC Big Ten
11 1988-11-01 15 South Carolina 17 Up 2 Ind
11 1988-11-01 16 Syracuse 16 NC Ind
11 1988-11-01 17 Clemson 15 Down 2 ACC
11 1988-11-01 18 Alabama 19 Up 1 SEC
11 1988-11-01 19 Georgia 18 Down 1 SEC
11 1988-11-01 20 Indiana Up  Big Ten
11 1988-11-01 20 Brigham Young Up  WAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1988-11-08 1 Notre Dame 1 NC Ind
12 1988-11-08 2 Southern California 2 NC Pac-10
12 1988-11-08 3 Miami (FL) 3 NC Ind
12 1988-11-08 4 West Virginia 4 NC Ind
12 1988-11-08 5 Florida State 5 NC Ind
12 1988-11-08 6 UCLA 6 NC Pac-10
12 1988-11-08 7 Nebraska 7 NC Big 8
12 1988-11-08 8 Oklahoma 8 NC Big 8
12 1988-11-08 9 Auburn 9 NC SEC
12 1988-11-08 10 Wyoming 10 NC WAC
12 1988-11-08 11 Arkansas 11 NC SWC
12 1988-11-08 12 Louisiana State 13 Up 1 SEC
12 1988-11-08 13 Michigan 14 Up 1 Big Ten
12 1988-11-08 14 Oklahoma State 12 Down 2 Big 8
12 1988-11-08 15 Syracuse 16 Up 1 Ind
12 1988-11-08 16 Clemson 17 Up 1 ACC
12 1988-11-08 17 Georgia 19 Up 2 SEC
12 1988-11-08 18 Alabama 18 NC SEC
12 1988-11-08 19 Colorado Up  Big 8
12 1988-11-08 20 Washington State Up  Pac-10
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1988-11-15 1 Notre Dame 1 NC Ind
13 1988-11-15 2 Southern California 2 NC Pac-10
13 1988-11-15 3 Miami (FL) 3 NC Ind
13 1988-11-15 4 West Virginia 4 NC Ind
13 1988-11-15 5 Florida State 5 NC Ind
13 1988-11-15 6 UCLA 6 NC Pac-10
13 1988-11-15 7 Nebraska 7 NC Big 8
13 1988-11-15 8 Auburn 9 Up 1 SEC
13 1988-11-15 9 Oklahoma 8 Down 1 Big 8
13 1988-11-15 10 Arkansas 11 Up 1 SWC
13 1988-11-15 11 Louisiana State 12 Up 1 SEC
13 1988-11-15 12 Michigan 13 Up 1 Big Ten
13 1988-11-15 13 Oklahoma State 14 Up 1 Big 8
13 1988-11-15 14 Syracuse 15 Up 1 Ind
13 1988-11-15 15 Clemson 16 Up 1 ACC
13 1988-11-15 16 Wyoming 10 Down 6 WAC
13 1988-11-15 17 Houston Up  SWC
13 1988-11-15 18 Alabama 18 NC SEC
13 1988-11-15 19 Washington State 20 Up 1 Pac-10
13 1988-11-15 20 Georgia 17 Down 3 SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 1988-11-22 1 Notre Dame 1 NC Ind
14 1988-11-22 2 Southern California 2 NC Pac-10
14 1988-11-22 3 Miami (FL) 3 NC Ind
14 1988-11-22 4 West Virginia 4 NC Ind
14 1988-11-22 5 Florida State 5 NC Ind
14 1988-11-22 6 Nebraska 7 Up 1 Big 8
14 1988-11-22 7 Auburn 8 Up 1 SEC
14 1988-11-22 8 Arkansas 10 Up 2 SWC
14 1988-11-22 9 UCLA 6 Down 3 Pac-10
14 1988-11-22 10 Oklahoma 9 Down 1 Big 8
14 1988-11-22 11 Michigan 12 Up 1 Big Ten
14 1988-11-22 12 Oklahoma State 13 Up 1 Big 8
14 1988-11-22 13 Clemson 15 Up 2 ACC
14 1988-11-22 14 Houston 17 Up 3 SWC
14 1988-11-22 15 Wyoming 16 Up 1 WAC
14 1988-11-22 16 Louisiana State 11 Down 5 SEC
14 1988-11-22 17 Alabama 18 Up 1 SEC
14 1988-11-22 18 Washington State 19 Up 1 Pac-10
14 1988-11-22 19 Syracuse 14 Down 5 Ind
14 1988-11-22 20 Georgia 20 NC SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
15 1988-11-29 1 Notre Dame 1 NC Ind
15 1988-11-29 2 Miami (FL) 3 Up 1 Ind
15 1988-11-29 3 West Virginia 4 Up 1 Ind
15 1988-11-29 4 Florida State 5 Up 1 Ind
15 1988-11-29 5 Southern California 2 Down 3 Pac-10
15 1988-11-29 6 Nebraska 6 NC Big 8
15 1988-11-29 7 Auburn 7 NC SEC
15 1988-11-29 8 UCLA 9 Up 1 Pac-10
15 1988-11-29 9 Arkansas 8 Down 1 SWC
15 1988-11-29 10 Oklahoma 10 NC Big 8
15 1988-11-29 11 Michigan 11 NC Big Ten
15 1988-11-29 12 Oklahoma State 12 NC Big 8
15 1988-11-29 13 Clemson 13 NC ACC
15 1988-11-29 14 Houston 14 NC SWC
15 1988-11-29 15 Wyoming 15 NC WAC
15 1988-11-29 16 Louisiana State 16 NC SEC
15 1988-11-29 17 Washington State 18 Up 1 Pac-10
15 1988-11-29 18 Syracuse 19 Up 1 Ind
15 1988-11-29 19 Georgia 20 Up 1 SEC
15 1988-11-29 20 Alabama 17 Down 3 SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
16 1988-12-06 1 Notre Dame 1 NC Ind
16 1988-12-06 2 Miami (FL) 2 NC Ind
16 1988-12-06 3 West Virginia 3 NC Ind
16 1988-12-06 4 Florida State 4 NC Ind
16 1988-12-06 5 Southern California 5 NC Pac-10
16 1988-12-06 6 Nebraska 6 NC Big 8
16 1988-12-06 7 Auburn 7 NC SEC
16 1988-12-06 8 Arkansas 9 Up 1 SWC
16 1988-12-06 9 UCLA 8 Down 1 Pac-10
16 1988-12-06 10 Oklahoma 10 NC Big 8
16 1988-12-06 11 Michigan 11 NC Big Ten
16 1988-12-06 12 Oklahoma State 12 NC Big 8
16 1988-12-06 13 Clemson 13 NC ACC
16 1988-12-06 14 Houston 14 NC SWC
16 1988-12-06 15 Wyoming 15 NC WAC
16 1988-12-06 16 Louisiana State 16 NC SEC
16 1988-12-06 17 Syracuse 18 Up 1 Ind
16 1988-12-06 18 Washington State 17 Down 1 Pac-10
16 1988-12-06 19 Georgia 19 NC SEC
16 1988-12-06 20 Alabama 20 NC SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
17 Final 1 Notre Dame 1 NC Ind
17 Final 2 Miami (FL) 2 NC Ind
17 Final 3 Florida State 4 Up 1 Ind
17 Final 4 Michigan 11 Up 7 Big Ten
17 Final 5 West Virginia 3 Down 2 Ind
17 Final 6 UCLA 9 Up 3 Pac-10
17 Final 7 Southern California 5 Down 2 Pac-10
17 Final 8 Auburn 7 Down 1 SEC
17 Final 9 Clemson 13 Up 4 ACC
17 Final 10 Nebraska 6 Down 4 Big 8
17 Final 11 Oklahoma State 12 Up 1 Big 8
17 Final 12 Arkansas 8 Down 4 SWC
17 Final 13 Syracuse 17 Up 4 Ind
17 Final 14 Oklahoma 10 Down 4 Big 8
17 Final 15 Georgia 19 Up 4 SEC
17 Final 16 Washington State 18 Up 2 Pac-10
17 Final 17 Alabama 20 Up 3 SEC
17 Final 18 Houston 14 Down 4 SWC
17 Final 19 Louisiana State 16 Down 3 SEC
17 Final 20 Indiana Up  Big Ten