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Three human polls and one formulaic ranking make up the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) football rankings, in addition to various publications' preseason polls. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a National Championship title. That title is bestowed by one or more of four different polling agencies. There are two main weekly polls that begin in the preseason: the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll. About halfway through the season, two additional polls are released, the Harris Interactive Poll and the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings. The Harris Poll and Coaches Poll are factors in the BCS Standings. At the end of the season, the BCS Standings determines who plays in the BCS bowl games as well as the BCS National Championship Game.

As the 2008 football season progresses, rankings are updated weekly. The team voted number one in the final AP and Coaches Polls can claim the title of National Champion. The BCS Rankings and Harris Poll do not vote in a final poll as their sole purpose is to determine who plays in the BCS National Championship Game. Other polls exist and may vote for different schools which causes confusion, especially for split titles. But generally, only the AP and Coaches Polls are used in crowning the National Champion.

Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  Selected for BCS National Championship Game
*
  Selected AP National Champion
Italics   Number of first place votes
(#-#)   Win-loss record
т Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP pollEdit

The Associated Press (AP) preseason poll was released on August 16, 2008. The AP Poll is the oldest poll still in use and is compiled by sportswriters and sports broadcasters across the nation. This season will mark the third season since the inception of the BCS that the AP Poll was not included in the BCS formula. The AP ordered a cease and desist to stop the BCS from using their poll, and the BCS complied and created the Harris Interactive Poll in response. The poll operates identically to the Coaches and Harris Polls, except there is no inclusion into the BCS.

Preseason
August 16[2]
Week 1
September 2[3]
Week 2
September 7[4]
Week 3
September 14[5]
Week 4
September 21[6]
Week 5
September 28[7]
Week 6
October 5[8]
Week 7
October 12[9]
Week 8
October 19[10]
Week 9
October 26[11]
Week 10
November 2[12]
Week 11
November 9[13]
Week 12
November 16[13]
Week 13
November 23[14]
Week 14
November 30[15]
Week 15
December 7[16]
Week 16 (Final)
January 9
1. Georgia (22) USC (1-0) (21) USC (1-0) (33) USC (2-0) (61) USC (2-0) (62) Oklahoma (4-0) (43) Oklahoma (5-0) (51) Texas (6-0) (39) Texas (7-0) (65) Texas (8-0) (65) Alabama (9-0) (46) Alabama (10-0) (44) Alabama (11-0) (42) Alabama (11-0) (63) Alabama (12-0) (62) Florida (12-1) (50) Florida (13-1) (48) 1.
2. Ohio State (21) Georgia (1-0) (20) Georgia (2-0) (23) Oklahoma (3-0) Oklahoma (3-0) Alabama (5-0) (21) Alabama (6-0) (13) Alabama (6-0) (26) Alabama (7-0) Alabama (8-0) Texas Tech (9-0) (12) Texas Tech (10-0) (21) Texas Tech (10-0) (21) Florida (10-1) (2) Florida (11-1) (3) Oklahoma (12-1) (9) Utah (13-0) (16) 2.
3. USC (12) Ohio State (1-0) (15) Oklahoma (2-0) (2) Georgia (3-0) (2) Georgia (4-0) (2) LSU (4-0) Missouri (5-0) (1) Penn State (7-0) Penn State (8-0) Penn State (9-0) Penn State (9-0) (6) Florida (8-1) Florida (9-1) (2) Oklahoma (10-1) Texas (11-1) Texas (11-1) (6) USC (12-1) (1) 3.
4. Oklahoma (4) Oklahoma (1-0) (2) Florida (2-0) (4) Florida (2-0) (1) Florida (3-0) (1) Missouri (4-0) (1) LSU (4-0) Oklahoma (5-1) Oklahoma (6-1) Oklahoma (7-1) Florida (7-1) (1) Texas (9-1) Texas (10-1) Texas (10-1) Oklahoma (11-1) Alabama (12-1) Texas (12-1) 4.
5. Florida (6) Florida (1-0) (5) Ohio State (2-0) (1) Missouri (3-0) LSU (3-0) Texas (4-0) Texas (5-0) Florida (5-1) Florida (5-1) Florida (6-1) Texas (8-1) Oklahoma (9-1) Oklahoma (9-1) USC (9-1) USC (10-1) USC (11-1) Oklahoma (12-2) 5.
6. Missouri Missouri (1-0) (1) Missouri (2-0) (1) LSU (2-0) Missouri (4-0) Penn State (5-0) Penn State (6-0) USC (4-1) USC (5-1) Texas Tech (8-0) Oklahoma (8-1) USC (8-1) USC (9-1) Penn State (11-1) Penn State (11-1) Penn State (11-1) Alabama (12-2) 6.
7. LSU LSU (1-0) (1) LSU (1-0) (1) Texas (2-0) Texas (3-0) Texas Tech (4-0) Texas Tech (5-0) Texas Tech (6-0) Oklahoma State (7-0) USC (6-1) USC (7-1) Penn State (9-1) Penn State (10-1) Texas Tech (10-1) Utah (12-0) Utah (12-0) TCU (11-2) 7.
8. West Virginia West Virginia (1-0) Texas (2-0) Wisconsin (3-0) Alabama (4-0) BYU (4-0) USC (3-1) Oklahoma State (6-0) Texas Tech (7-0) Georgia (7-1) Oklahoma State (8-1) Utah (10-0) Utah (11-0) Utah (12-0) Texas Tech (11-1) Texas Tech (11-1) Penn State (11-2) 8.
9. Clemson Auburn (1-0) Auburn (2-0) Alabama (3-0) Wisconsin (3-0) USC (2-1) BYU (5-0) BYU (6-0) Georgia (6-1) Oklahoma State (7-1) Boise State (8-0) Boise State (9-0) Boise State (10-0) Boise State (11-0) Boise State (12-0) Boise State (12-0) Ohio State (10-3) 9.
10. Auburn Texas (1-0) Wisconsin (2-0) Auburn (3-0) Texas Tech (4-0) South Florida (5-0) Georgia (4-1) Georgia (5-1) Ohio State (7-1) Utah (8-0) Utah (9-0) Ohio State (8-2) Ohio State (9-2) Ohio State (10-2) Ohio State (10-2) Ohio State (10-2) Oregon (10-3) 10.
11. Texas Wisconsin (1-0) Alabama (2-0) Texas Tech (3-0) BYU (4-0) Georgia (4-1) Florida (4-1) Missouri (5-1) LSU (5-1) Boise State (7-0) TCU (9-1) Oklahoma State (8-2) Oklahoma State (9-2) Oklahoma State (9-2) TCU (10-2) TCU (10-2) Boise State (12-1) 11.
12. Texas Tech Texas Tech (1-0) Texas Tech (2-0) South Florida (3-0) Penn State (4-0) Florida (3-1) Ohio State (5-1) Ohio State (6-1) Utah (8-0) TCU (8-1) Ohio State (7-2) Missouri (8-2) Missouri (9-2) Missouri (9-2) Ball State (12-0) Cincinnati (11-2) Texas Tech (11-2) 12.
13. Wisconsin Alabama (1-0) Kansas (2-0) Ohio State (2-1) South Florida (4-0) Auburn (4-1) Vanderbilt (5-0) LSU (4-1) Boise State (6-0) Ohio State (7-2) Missouri (7-2) Georgia (8-2) Georgia (9-2) Georgia (9-2) Cincinnati (10-2) Oklahoma State (9-3) Georgia (10-3) 13.
14. Kansas Kansas (1-0) East Carolina (2-0) BYU (3-0) Ohio State (3-1) Ohio State (4-1) Utah (6-0) Utah (7-0) South Florida (6-1) Missouri (6-2) Georgia (7-2) Ball State (9-0) Ball State (10-0) TCU (10-2) Oklahoma State (9-3) Georgia Tech (9-3) Mississippi (9-4) 14.
15. Arizona State Arizona State (1-0) т Arizona State (2-0) East Carolina (3-0) Auburn (3-1) Utah (5-0) Boise State (4-0) Boise State (5-0) TCU (7-1) LSU (5-2) LSU (6-2) TCU (9-2) TCU (9-2) Ball State (11-0) Georgia Tech (9-3) Oregon (9-3) Virginia Tech (10-4) 15.
16. BYU BYU (1-0) т Oregon (2-0) Penn State (3-0) Wake Forest (3-0) Kansas (3-1) Kansas (4-1) Kansas (5-1) Missouri (5-2) Florida State (6-1) Ball State (8-0) BYU (9-1) BYU (10-1) Cincinnati (9-2) Oregon (9-3) Georgia (9-3) Oklahoma State (9-4) 16.
17. Virginia Tech South Florida (1-0) Penn State (2-0) Oregon (3-0) Utah (4-0) Boise State (3-0) Oklahoma State (5-0) Virginia Tech (5-1) Pittsburgh (5-1) BYU (7-1) BYU (8-1) North Carolina (7-2) Michigan State (9-2) Oregon State (8-3) Georgia (9-3) BYU (10-2) Cincinnati (11-3) 17.
18. Tennessee Oregon (1-0) BYU (2-0) Wake Forest (2-0) Kansas (3-1) Wisconsin (3-1) Virginia Tech (5-1) North Carolina (5-1) BYU (6-1) Ball State (8-0) Michigan State (8-2) Michigan State (9-2) LSU (7-3) Georgia Tech (8-3) Boston College (9-3) Pittsburgh (9-3) Oregon State (9-4) 18.
19. South Florida Penn State (1-0) South Florida (2-0) Kansas (2-1) Boise State (3-0) Vanderbilt (4-0) South Florida (5-1) South Florida (5-1) Kansas (5-2) Tulsa (7-0) North Carolina (6-2) LSU (6-3) Cincinnati (8-2) Oregon (8-3) Missouri (9-3) Michigan State (9-3) Missouri (10-4) 19.
20. Illinois Wake Forest (1-0) Wake Forest (2-0) Utah (3-0) Clemson (3-1) Virginia Tech (4-1) Auburn (4-2) Michigan State (6-1) Ball State (7-0) Minnesota (7-1) West Virginia (6-2) Florida State (7-2) Pittsburgh (7-2) Boston College (8-3) т BYU (10-2) Mississippi (8-4) Iowa (9-4) 20.
21. Oregon Fresno State (1-0) Fresno State (1-0) West Virginia (1-1) Vanderbilt (4-0) Oklahoma State (4-0) Wake Forest (3-1) Wake Forest (4-1) Georgia Tech (6-1) North Carolina (6-2) California (6-2) Pittsburgh (7-2) Oregon State (7-3) BYU (10-2) т Michigan State (9-3) Virginia Tech (9-4) Florida State (9-4) 21.
22. Penn State Utah (1-0) Utah (2-0) Illinois (2-1) Illinois (2-1) Fresno State (3-1) North Carolina (4-1) Vanderbilt (5-1) Tulsa (7-0) Michigan State (7-2) Georgia Tech (7-2) Cincinnati (7-2) Maryland (7-3) Michigan State (9-3) Mississippi (8-4) Northwestern (9-3) Georgia Tech (9-4) 22.
23. Wake Forest UCLA (1-0) California (2-0) Clemson (2-1) East Carolina (3-1) Oregon (4-1) Michigan State (5-1) Pittsburgh (4-1) Boston College (5-1) Oregon (6-2) Maryland (6-2) Oregon State (6-3) Miami (7-3) Florida State (8-3) Pittsburgh (8-3) Ball State (12-1) West Virginia (9-4) 23.
24. Alabama Illinois (0-1) т Illinois (1-1) Florida State (2-0) TCU (4-0) Connecticut (5-0) Pittsburgh (4-1) Ball State (7-0) Florida State (5-1) South Florida (6-2) Florida State (6-2) South Carolina (7-3) Oregon (8-3) Northwestern (9-3) Northwestern (9-3) Oregon State (8-4) Michigan State (9-4) 24.
25. Pittsburgh South Carolina (1-0) т West Virginia (1-1) Fresno State (1-1) Fresno State (2-1) Wake Forest (3-1) Ball State (6-0) California (4-1) Minnesota (6-1) Maryland (6-2) Pittsburgh (6-2) Tulsa (8-1) North Carolina (7-3) Mississippi (7-4) Oregon State (8-4) Missouri (9-4) BYU (10-3) 25.
Preseason
August 16[2]
Week 1
September 2[3]
Week 2
September 7[4]
Week 3
September 14[5]
Week 4
September 21[6]
Week 5
September 28[7]
Week 6
October 5[8]
Week 7
October 12[9]
Week 8
October 19[10]
Week 9
October 26[11]
Week 10
November 2[12]
Week 11
November 9[13]
Week 12
November 16[13]
Week 13
November 23[14]
Week 14
November 30[15]
Week 15
December 7[16]
Week 16 (Final)
January 9
Dropped:
Clemson
Virginia Tech
Tennessee
Pittsburgh
Dropped:
UCLA
South Carolina
Dropped:
Arizona State
California
Dropped:
Oregon
West Virginia
Florida State
Dropped:
Clemson
Illinois
East Carolina
TCU
Dropped:
Wisconsin
Oregon
Fresno State
Connecticut
Dropped:
Auburn
Dropped:
Virginia Tech
North Carolina
Michigan State
Wake Forest
Vanderbilt
California
Dropped:
Pittsburgh
Kansas
Georgia Tech
Boston College
Dropped:
Tulsa
Minnesota
Oregon
South Florida
Dropped:
West Virginia
California
Georgia Tech
Maryland
Dropped:
Florida State
South Carolina
Tulsa
Dropped:
LSU
Pittsburgh
Maryland
Miami
North Carolina
Dropped:
Florida State
Dropped:
Boston College
Dropped:
Pittsburgh
Northwestern
Ball State

USA Today Coaches' PollEdit

The USA Today Coaches' Poll is the second oldest poll still in use after the AP Poll, and its preseason poll was released on August 1, 2008. It is compiled by a rotating group of 62 college football Division I head coaches. Each voting member ranks teams from 1 to 25 . Each team then receives points for their ranking in reverse order: Number 1 earns 25 points, number 2 earns 24 points, and so forth. The points are then combined and the team with the highest points is then ranked #1; second highest is ranked #2 and so forth. Only the top 25 teams with points are ranked, with teams receiving first place votes noted the quantity next to their name. Any team receiving votes after the top 25 are listed after the top 25 by their point totals. However, these are not real rankings: They are not considered #26, #27, etc. The maximum points a single team can earn is 1550.

The final Coaches' Poll of the 2008 season (technically taking place in 2009) was notable in that the winner of the BCS Championship was not the unanimous number 1. While the coaches are obligated to vote the winner of that game, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham voted his team number 1 after they completed the only undefeated (13–0) season and routed highly favored Alabama in the 2008 Sugar Bowl.

Preseason
August 1[17]
Week 1
September 2[18]
Week 2
September 7[19]
Week 3
September 14[20]
Week 4
September 21[21]
Week 5
September 28[22]
Week 6
October 5[23]
Week 7
October 12[24]
Week 8
October 19[25]
Week 9
October 26[26]
Week 10
November 2[27]
Week 11
November 9[28]
Week 12
November 16[29]
Week 13
November 23[30]
Week 14
November 30[31]
Week 15
December 7[32]
Week 16 (Final)
January 9
1. Georgia (22) USC (1-0) (23) USC (1-0) (34) USC (2-0) (57) USC (2-0) (56) Oklahoma (4-0) (57) Oklahoma (5-0) (60) Texas (6-0) (44) Texas (7-0) (58) Texas (8-0) (58) Alabama (9-0) (40) Alabama (10-0) (44) Alabama (11-0) (45) Alabama (11-0) (56) Alabama (12-0) (58) Oklahoma (12-1) (31) Florida (13-1) (60) 1.
2. USC (14) Georgia (1-0) (20) Georgia (2-0) (18) Oklahoma (3-0) (1) Oklahoma (3-0) (2) LSU (4-0) (1) Missouri (5-0) Alabama (6-0) (14) Alabama (7-0) (1) Alabama (8-0) Penn State (9-0) (14) Texas Tech (10-0) (17) Texas Tech (10-0) (15) Oklahoma (10-1) (4) Oklahoma (11-1) (2) Florida (12-1) (26) USC (12-1) 2.
3. Ohio State (14) Ohio State (1-0) (10) Oklahoma (2-0) (3) Georgia (3-0) (2) Georgia (4-0) (2) Missouri (4-0) LSU (4-0) (1) Penn State (7-0) (3) Penn State (8-0) (2) Penn State (9-0) (3) Texas Tech (9-0) (6) Florida(8-1) Florida (9-1) (1) Florida (10-1) (1) Texas (11-1) Texas (11-1) (4) Texas (12-1) 3.
4. Oklahoma (3) Oklahoma (1-0) (2) Florida (2-0) (3) Florida (2-0) (1) Florida (3-0) (1) Alabama (5-0) (2) Alabama (6-0) USC (4-1) USC (5-1) Oklahoma (7-1) Oklahoma (8-1) (1) Oklahoma (9-1) Texas (10-1) Texas (10-1) Florida (11-1) (1) USC (11-1) т Utah (13-0) (1) 4.
5. Florida (5) Florida (1-0) (3) Ohio State (2-0) (1) Missouri (3-0) Missouri (4-0) Texas (4-0) (1) Texas (5-0) Texas Tech (6-0) Oklahoma (6-1) Texas Tech (8-0) Florida (7-1) Texas (9-1) Oklahoma (9-1) USC (9-1) USC (10-1) Alabama (12-1) т Oklahoma (12-2) 5.
6. LSU (3) LSU (1-0) (3) Missouri (2-0) LSU (2-0) LSU (3-0) Penn State (5-0) Penn State (6-0) Oklahoma (5-1) Texas Tech (7-0) USC (6-1) USC (7-1) USC (8-1) USC (9-1) Penn State (11-1) Penn State (11-1) Penn State (11-1) Alabama (12-2) 6.
7. Missouri Missouri (1-0) LSU (1-0) (2) Texas (2-0) Texas (3-0) BYU (4-0) Texas Tech (5-0) Florida (5-1) Florida (5-1) Florida (6-1) Texas (8-1) Utah (10-0) Utah (11-0) Utah (12-0) Utah (12-0) Utah (12-0) TCU (11-2) 7.
8. West Virginia West Virginia (1-0) Texas (2-0) Wisconsin (3-0) Wisconsin (3-0) Texas Tech (4-0) BYU (5-0) BYU (6-0) Oklahoma State (7-0) Georgia (7-1) Oklahoma State (8-1) Penn State (9-1) Penn State (10-1) Texas Tech (10-1) Texas Tech (11-1) Texas Tech (11-1) Penn State (11-2) 8.
9. Clemson Texas (1-0) Auburn (2-0) Auburn (3-0) Texas Tech (4-0) USC (2-1) USC (3-1) Georgia (5-1) Georgia (6-1) Utah (8-0) Utah (9-0) Boise State (9-0) Boise State (10-0) Boise State (11-0) Boise State (12-0) Boise State (12-0) Oregon (10-3) 9.
10. Texas Auburn (1-0) Wisconsin (2-0) Texas Tech (3-0) Alabama (4-0) South Florida (5-0) т Georgia (4-1) Oklahoma State (6-0) Ohio State (7-1) Oklahoma State (7-1) Boise State (8-0) Ohio State (8-2) Ohio State (9-2) Ohio State (10-2) Ohio State (10-2) Ohio State (10-2) Georgia (10-3) 10.
11. Auburn Wisconsin (1-0) Kansas (2-0) BYU (3-0) BYU (4-0) Georgia (4-1) т Ohio State (5-1) Ohio State (6-1) LSU (5-1) Boise State (7-0) TCU (9-1) Missouri (8-2) Missouri (9-2) Missouri (9-2) TCU (10-2) TCU (10-2) Ohio State (10-3) 11.
12. Wisconsin Kansas (1-0) Texas Tech (2-0) Oregon (3-0) Penn State (4-0) Ohio State (4-1) Florida (4-1) Missouri (5-1) Utah (8-0) TCU (8-1) Ohio State (7-2) Georgia (8-2) Oklahoma State (9-2) Oklahoma State (9-2) Cincinnati (10-2) Cincinnati (11-2) Texas Tech (11-2) 12.
13. Kansas Texas Tech (1-0) Arizona State (2-0) Alabama (3-0) Ohio State (3-1) Florida (3-1) Utah (6-0) Utah (7-0) Boise State (6-0) Ohio State (7-2) Missouri (7-2) Oklahoma State (8-2) Georgia (9-2) Georgia (9-2) Ball State (12-0) Oregon (9-3) Boise State (12-1) 13.
14. Texas Tech Arizona State (1-0) Oregon (2-0) Ohio State (2-1) South Florida (4-0) Auburn (4-1) Vanderbilt (5-0) LSU (4-1) South Florida (6-1) Missouri (6-2) Georgia (7-2) BYU (9-1) BYU (10-1) TCU (10-2) Oregon (9-3) Oklahoma State (9-3) Virginia Tech (10-4) 14.
15. Virginia Tech BYU (1-0) BYU (2-0) Penn State (3-0) Wake Forest (3-0) Utah (5-0) Kansas (4-1) Kansas (5-1) TCU (7-1) LSU (5-2) LSU (6-2) Michigan State (9-2) Michigan State (9-2) Ball State (11-0) Oklahoma State (9-3) Georgia Tech (9-3) Mississippi (9-4) 15.
16. Arizona State Oregon (1-0) Alabama (2-0) South Florida (3-0) Auburn (3-1) Kansas (3-1) Boise State (4-0) Boise State (5-0) Missouri (5-2) Florida State (6-1) BYU (8-1) Ball State (9-0) Ball State (10-0) Cincinnati (9-2) Georgia Tech (8-3) BYU (10-2) Missouri (10-4) 16.
17. BYU Alabama (1-0) Penn State (2-0) East Carolina (3-0) Utah (4-0) Wisconsin (3-1) Oklahoma State (5-0) Michigan State (6-1) BYU (6-1) BYU (7-1) Michigan State (8-2) North Carolina (7-2) TCU (9-2) Oregon State (8-3) Missouri (9-3) Georgia (9-3) Cincinnati (11-3) 17.
18. Tennessee South Florida (1-0) South Florida (2-0) Wake Forest (2-0) Kansas (3-1) Boise State (3-0) Virginia Tech (5-1) Virginia Tech (5-1) Kansas (5-2) Tulsa (7-0) Ball State (8-0) TCU (9-2) LSU (7-3) Oregon (8-3) BYU (10-2) Michigan State (9-3) Oklahoma State (9-4) 18.
19. Illinois Penn State (1-0) Wake Forest (2-0) Kansas (2-1) Clemson (3-1) Vanderbilt (4-0) Michigan State (5-1) Wake Forest (4-1) Tulsa (7-0) Ball State (8-0) North Carolina (6-2) Florida State (7-2) Pittsburgh (7-2) BYU (10-2) Georgia (9-3) Virginia Tech (9-4) Oregon State (9-4) 19.
20. Oregon Wake Forest (1-0) East Carolina (2-0) Utah (3-0) Boise State (3-0) Oregon (4-1) South Florida (5-1) South Florida (5-1) Pittsburgh (5-1) Minnesota (7-1) Georgia Tech (7-2) LSU (6-3) Cincinnati (8-2) Northwestern (9-3) Boston College (9-3) Northwestern (9-3) Iowa (9-4) 20.
21. South Florida Fresno State (1-0) Fresno State (1-0) Clemson (2-1) Illinois (2-1) Fresno State (3-1) Wake Forest (3-1) North Carolina (5-1) Georgia Tech (6-1) Michigan State (7-2) Maryland (6-2) Pittsburgh (7-2) Oregon State (7-3) Michigan State (9-3) Michigan State (9-3) Pittsburgh (9-3) BYU (10-3) 21.
22. Penn State Clemson (0-1) Utah (2-0) West Virginia (1-1) Oregon (3-1) Oklahoma State (4-0) Northwestern (5-0) California (4-1) Ball State (7-0) North Carolina (6-2) California (6-2) Cincinnati (7-2) Oregon (8-3) Boston College (8-3) Northwestern (9-3) Ball State (12-1) Georgia Tech (9-4) 22.
23. Wake Forest Utah (1-0) Clemson (1-1) Illinois (2-1) TCU (4-0) Connecticut (5-0) Auburn (4-2) Vanderbilt (5-1) Florida State (5-1) South Florida (6-2) West Virginia (6-2) South Carolina (7-3) Maryland (7-3) Georgia Tech (8-3) Pittsburgh (8-3) Missouri (9-4) Florida State (9-4) 23.
24. Michigan South Carolina (1-0) West Virginia (1-1) Arizona State (2-1) Fresno State (2-1) Virginia Tech (4-1) Wisconsin (3-2) TCU (6-1) Northwestern (6-1) Oregon (6-2) Florida State (6-2) Tulsa (8-1) Northwestern (8-3) Florida State (8-3) Oregon State (8-4) Mississippi (8-4) Michigan State (9-4) 24.
25. Fresno State Illinois (0-1) California (2-0) Florida State (2-0) Vanderbilt (4-0) Wake Forest (3-1) California (4-1) Ball State (7-0) Minnesota (6-1) Maryland (6-2) Northwestern (7-2) Oregon State (6-3) Boston College (7-3) West Virginia (7-3) Mississippi (8-4) Oregon State (8-4) California (9-4) 25.
Preseason
August 1[17]
Week 1
September 2[18]
Week 2
September 7[19]
Week 3
September 14[20]
Week 4
September 21[21]
Week 5
September 28[22]
Week 6
October 5[23]
Week 7
October 12[24]
Week 8
October 19[25]
Week 9
October 26[26]
Week 10
November 2[27]
Week 11
November 9[28]
Week 12
November 16[29]
Week 13
November 23[30]
Week 14
November 30[31]
Week 15
December 7[32]
Week 16 (Final)
January 9
Dropped:
Virginia Tech
Tennessee
Michigan
Dropped:
South Carolina
Illinois
Dropped:
Fresno State
California
Dropped:
East Carolina
West Virginia
Arizona State
Florida State
Dropped:
Clemson
Illinois
TCU
Dropped:
Oregon
Fresno State
Connecticut
Dropped:
Northwestern
Auburn
Wisconsin
Dropped:
Michigan State
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest
North Carolina
California
Vanderbilt
Dropped:
Kansas
Pittsburgh
Georgia Tech
Northwestern
Dropped:
Tulsa
Minnesota
South Florida
Oregon
Dropped:
Georgia Tech
Maryland
California
West Virginia
Northwestern
Dropped:
North Carolina
Florida State
South Carolina
Tulsa
Dropped:
LSU
Pittsburgh
Maryland
Dropped:
Florida State
West Virginia
Dropped:
Boston College
Dropped:
Northwestern
Pittsburgh
Ball State

Harris Interactive PollEdit

Week 5
September 28[33]
Week 6
October 5[34]
Week 7
October 12[35]
Week 8
October 19[36]
Week 9
October 26[37]
Week 10
November 2[38]
Week 11
November 9[39]
Week 12
November 16[40]
Week 13
November 23[41]
Week 14
November 30[42]
Week 15 (Final)
December 7[43]
1. Oklahoma (4-0) (102) Oklahoma (5-0) (106) Texas (6-0) (72) Texas (7-0) (104) Texas (8-0) (103) Alabama (9-0) (79) Alabama (10-0) (75) Alabama (11-0) (80) Alabama (11-0) (108) Alabama (12-0) (107) Florida (12-1) (77) 1.
2. LSU (4-0) (3) LSU (4-0) (2) Alabama (6-0) (37) Alabama (7-0) (6) Alabama (8-0) (6) Penn State (9-0) (17) Texas Tech (10-0) (38) Texas Tech (10-0) (32) Florida (10-1) (3) Florida (11-1) (4) Oklahoma (12-1) (26) 2.
3. Alabama (5-0) (7) Alabama (6-0) (6) Penn State (7-0) (4) Penn State (8-0) (3) Penn State (9-0) (5) Texas Tech (9-0) (16) Florida (8-1) (1) Florida (9-1) (1) Oklahoma (10-1) (2) Texas (11-1) (1) Texas (11-1) (9) 3.
4. Missouri (4-0) (1) Missouri (5-0) Oklahoma (5-1) Oklahoma (6-1) Oklahoma (7-1) Florida (7-1) (1) Texas (9-1) Texas (10-1) Texas (10-1) Oklahoma (11-1) Alabama (12-1) 4.
5. Texas (4-0) (1) Texas (5-0) USC (4-1) USC (5-1) Texas Tech (8-0) Oklahoma (8-1) Oklahoma (9-1) Oklahoma (9-1) USC (9-1) USC (10-1) USC (11-1) 5.
6. Penn State (5-0) Penn State (6-0) Florida (5-1) Florida (5-1) Florida (6-1) Texas (8-1) (1) USC (8-1) USC (9-1) Penn State (11-1) Penn State (11-1) Penn State (11-1) 6.
7. USC (2-1) Texas Tech (5-0) Texas Tech (6-0) Texas Tech (7-0) USC (6-1) USC (7-1) Penn State (9-1) Penn State (10-1) Texas Tech (10-1) Utah (12-0) (1) Utah (12-0) (1) 7.
8. Texas Tech (4-0) USC (3-1) BYU (6-0) Oklahoma State (7-0) Georgia (7-1) Oklahoma State (8-1) Utah (10-0) Utah (11-0) Utah (12-0) (1) Texas Tech (11-1) Texas Tech (11-1) 8.
9. BYU (4-0) BYU (5-0) Georgia (5-1) Georgia (6-1) Oklahoma State (7-1) Utah (9-0) Boise State (9-0) Boise State (10-0) Boise State (11-0) Boise State (12-0) Boise State (12-0) 9.
10. Georgia (4-1) Georgia (4-1) Oklahoma State (6-0) Ohio State (7-1) Utah (8-0) Boise State (8-0) Ohio State (8-2) Ohio State (9-2) Ohio State (10-2) Ohio State (10-2) Ohio State (10-2) 10.
11. Florida (3-1) Florida (4-1) Missouri (5-1) LSU (5-1) Boise State (7-0) Ohio State (7-2) Missouri (8-2) Missouri (9-2) Missouri (9-2) Ball State (12-0) TCU (10-2) 11.
12. South Florida (5-0) Ohio State (5-1) LSU (4-1) Utah (8-0) (1) Ohio State (7-2) TCU (9-1) Georgia (8-2) Georgia (9-2) Oklahoma State (9-2) TCU (10-2) Cincinnati (11-2) 12.
13. Auburn (4-1) Utah (6-0) Ohio State (6-1) Boise State (6-0) TCU (8-1) Missouri (7-2) Oklahoma State (8-2) Oklahoma State (9-2) Georgia (9-2) Cincinnati (10-2) Oklahoma State (9-3) 13.
14. Ohio State (4-1) Vanderbilt (5-0) Utah (7-0) (1) South Florida (6-1) Missouri (6-2) Georgia (7-2) BYU (9-1) BYU (10-1) Ball State (11-0) Oklahoma State (9-3) Georgia Tech (9-3) 14.
15. Utah (5-0) Boise State (4-0) Boise State (5-0) TCU (7-1) BYU (7-1) LSU (6-2) Ball State (9-0) Ball State (10-0) TCU (10-2) Oregon (9-3) Oregon (9-3) 15.
16. Wisconsin (3-1) Kansas (4-1) Kansas (5-1) Missouri (5-2) LSU (5-2) BYU (8-1) Michigan State (9-2) Michigan State (9-2) Cincinnati (9-2) Georgia Tech (9-3) BYU (10-2) 16.
17. Kansas (3-1) Oklahoma State (5-0) Virginia Tech (5-1) BYU (6-1) Ball State (8-0) Ball State (8-0) North Carolina (7-2) TCU (9-2) Oregon State (8-3) BYU (10-2) Georgia (9-3) 17.
18. Boise State (3-0) Virginia Tech (5-1) Michigan State (6-1) Pittsburgh (5-1) Florida State (6-1) Michigan State (8-2) TCU (9-2) LSU (7-3) BYU (10-2) Missouri (9-3) Michigan State (9-3) 18.
19. Vanderbilt (4-0) South Florida (5-1) South Florida (5-1) Kansas (5-2) Tulsa (7-0) North Carolina (6-2) LSU (6-3) Pittsburgh (7-2) Oregon (8-3) Boston College (9-3) Pittsburgh (9-3) 19.
20. Fresno State (3-1) Auburn (4-2) North Carolina (5-1) Ball State (7-0) Minnesota (7-1) Georgia Tech (7-2) Florida State (7-2) Cincinnati (8-2) Boston College (8-3) Georgia (9-3) Ball State (12-1) 20.
21. Oregon (4-1) Michigan State (5-1) Wake Forest (4-1) Tulsa (7-0) Michigan State (7-2) California (7-2) Pittsburgh (7-2) Oregon State (7-3) Michigan State (9-3) Michigan State (9-3) Northwestern (9-3) 21.
22. Virginia Tech (4-1) Wake Forest (3-1) Vanderbilt (5-1) Georgia Tech (6-1) North Carolina (6-2) West Virginia (6-2) Tulsa (8-1) Oregon (8-3) Georgia Tech (8-3) Northwestern (9-3) Virginia Tech (9-4) 22.
23. Oklahoma State (4-0) Northwestern (5-0) Ball State (7-0) Florida State (5-1) South Florida (6-2) Maryland (6-2) Cincinnati (7-2) Maryland (7-3) Florida State (8-3) Pittsburgh (8-3) Mississippi (8-4) 23.
24. Connecticut (5-0) Wisconsin (3-2) California (4-1) Boston College (5-1) Oregon (6-2) Florida State (6-2) South Carolina (7-3) North Carolina (7-3) Northwestern (9-3) Mississippi (8-4) Missouri (9-4) 24.
25. Wake Forest (3-1) North Carolina (4-1) Pittsburgh (4-1) Minnesota (6-1) California (5-2) т
Georgia Tech (6-2) т
Tulsa (8-1) California (6-3) Boston College (7-3) Pittsburgh (7-3) Oregon State (8-4) Oregon State (8-4) 25.
Week 5
September 28[33]
Week 6
October 5[34]
Week 7
October 12[35]
Week 8
October 19[36]
Week 9
October 26[37]
Week 10
November 2[38]
Week 11
November 9[39]
Week 12
November 16[40]
Week 13
November 23[41]
Week 14
November 30[42]
Week 15 (Final)
December 7[43]
Dropped:
Fresno State
Oregon
Connecticut
Dropped:
Auburn
Northwestern
Wisconsin
Dropped:
Virginia Tech
Michigan State
North Carolina
Vanderbilt
California
Wake Forest
Dropped:
Pittsburgh
Kansas
Boston College
Dropped:
Minnesota
South Florida
Oregon
Dropped:
Georgia Tech
Maryland
West Virginia
Dropped:
Florida State
Tulsa
South Carolina
California
Dropped:
LSU
Maryland
North Carolina
Dropped:
Florida State
Dropped:
Boston College

BCS rankingsEdit

Week 8
October 19[44]
Week 9
October 26[45]
Week 10
November 2[46]
Week 11
November 9[47]
Week 12
November 16[48]
Week 13
November 23[49]
Week 14
November 30[50]
Week 15 (Final)
December 7[51]
1. Texas (7-0) Texas (8-0) Alabama (9-0) Alabama (10-0) Alabama (11-0) Alabama (11-0) Alabama (12-0) Oklahoma (12-1) 1.
2. Alabama (7-0) Alabama (8-0) Texas Tech (9-0) Texas Tech (10-0) Texas Tech (10-0) Texas (10-1) Oklahoma (11-1) Florida (12-1) 2.
3. Penn State (8-0) Penn State (9-0) Penn State (9-0) Texas (9-1) Texas (10-1) Oklahoma (10-1) Texas (11-1) Texas (11-1) 3.
4. Oklahoma (6-1) Oklahoma (7-1) Texas (8-1) Florida (8-1) Florida (9-1) Florida (10-1) Florida (11-1) Alabama (12-1) 4.
5. USC (5-1) USC (6-1) Florida (7-1) Oklahoma (9-1) Oklahoma (9-1) USC (9-1) USC (10-1) USC (11-1) 5.
6. Oklahoma State (7-0) Georgia (7-1) Oklahoma (8-1) USC (8-1) USC (9-1) Utah (12-0) Utah (12-0) Utah (12-0) 6.
7. Georgia (6-1) Texas Tech (8-0) USC (7-1) Utah (10-0) Utah (11-0) Texas Tech (10-1) Texas Tech (11-1) Texas Tech (11-1) 7.
8. Texas Tech (7-0) Florida (6-1) Utah (9-0) Penn State (9-1) Penn State (10-1) Penn State (11-1) Penn State (11-1) Penn State (11-1) 8.
9. Ohio State (7-1) Oklahoma State (7-1) Oklahoma State (8-1) Boise State (9-0) Boise State (10-0) Boise State (11-0) Boise State (12-0) Boise State (12-0) 9.
10. Florida (5-1) Utah (8-0) Boise State (8-0) Georgia (8-2) Ohio State (9-2) Ohio State (10-2) Ohio State (10-2) Ohio State (10-2) 10.
11. Utah (8-0) Boise State (7-0) Ohio State (7-2) Ohio State (8-2) Georgia (9-2) Georgia (9-2) TCU (10-2) TCU (10-2) 11.
12. Boise State (6-0) Ohio State (7-2) TCU (9-1) Missouri (8-2) Oklahoma State (9-2) Oklahoma State (9-2) Ball State (12-0) Cincinnati (11-2) 12.
13. LSU (5-1) TCU (8-1) Georgia (7-2) Oklahoma State (8-2) Missouri (9-2) Missouri (9-2) Cincinnati (10-2) Oklahoma State (9-3) 13.
14. TCU (7-1) Missouri (6-2) Missouri (7-2) Ball State (9-0) BYU (10-1) TCU (10-2) Oklahoma State (9-3) Georgia Tech (9-3) 14.
15. Missouri (5-2) Florida State (6-1) BYU (8-1) Michigan State (9-2) Michigan State (9-2) Ball State (11-0) Georgia Tech (9-3) Georgia (9-3) 15.
16. South Florida (6-1) Ball State (8-0) LSU (6-2) North Carolina (7-2) TCU (9-2) Cincinnati (9-2) Georgia (9-3) BYU (10-2) 16.
17. Pittsburgh (5-1) Minnesota (7-1) Ball State (8-0) BYU (9-1) Ball State (10-0) Oregon State (8-3) Boston College (9-3) Oregon (9-3) 17.
18. Georgia Tech (6-1) Tulsa (7-0) Michigan State (8-2) TCU (9-2) LSU (7-3) BYU (10-2) BYU (10-2) Michigan State (9-3) 18.
19. Tulsa (7-0) LSU (5-2) North Carolina (6-2) Florida State (7-2) Cincinnati (8-2) Michigan State (9-3) Oregon (9-3) Virginia Tech (9-4) 19.
20. Ball State (7-0) BYU (7-1) Georgia Tech (7-2) LSU (6-3) Pittsburgh (7-2) Florida State (8-3) Missouri (9-3) Pittsburgh (9-3) 20.
21. BYU (6-1) Michigan State (7-2) California (6-2) Pittsburgh (7-2) Oregon State (7-3) Boston College (8-3) Michigan State (9-3) Missouri (9-4) 21.
22. Northwestern (6-1) North Carolina (6-2) Florida State (6-2) Cincinnati (7-2) North Carolina (7-3) Georgia Tech (8-3) Northwestern (9-3) Ball State (12-1) 22.
23. Kansas (5-2) South Florida (6-2) Maryland (6-2) Tulsa (8-1) Miami (7-3) Oregon (8-3) Pittsburgh (8-3) Northwestern (9-3) 23.
24. Minnesota (6-1) Oregon (6-2) Northwestern (7-2) Wake Forest (6-3) Oregon (8-3) Northwestern (9-3) Florida State (8-4) Boston College (9-4) 24.
25. Florida State (5-1) Connecticut (6-2) West Virginia (6-2) South Carolina (7-3) Maryland (7-3) Pittsburgh (7-3) Virginia Tech (8-4) Mississippi (8-4) 25.
Week 8
October 19[44]
Week 9
October 26[45]
Week 10
November 2[46]
Week 11
November 9[47]
Week 12
November 16[48]
Week 13
November 23[49]
Week 14
November 30[50]
Week 15 (Final)
December 7[51]
Dropped:
Pittsburgh
Georgia Tech
Northwestern
Kansas
Dropped:
Minnesota
Tulsa
Oregon
South Florida
Connecticut
Dropped:
Georgia Tech
California
Maryland
Northwestern
West Virginia
Dropped:
Florida State
Wake Forest
Tulsa
South Carolina
Dropped:
LSU
North Carolina
Miami
Maryland
Dropped:
Oregon State
Dropped:
Florida State

Preseason pollsEdit

Various publications release their preseason top 25 months before the season commences.

Athlon[52] Lindy's[53] Phil Steele[54] Sporting News[55] College Football News[56] Sports Illustrated[57] CFP Users[58] BCS Fan[59] ESPN[60] Rivals.com[61] USA Today Coaches' Poll[62] NationalChamps.net[63]
1. Florida Georgia Florida Georgia Ohio State Georgia LSU Georgia Georgia USC Georgia Ohio State 1.
2. Ohio State USC Ohio State Ohio State Georgia Ohio State West Virginia USC Ohio State Georgia USC Georgia 2.
3. Oklahoma Ohio State Oklahoma USC Oklahoma USC USC Ohio State Oklahoma Ohio State Ohio State USC 3.
4. USC Oklahoma USC Oklahoma Florida Missouri Georgia Oklahoma USC Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma 4.
5. Georgia Missouri Clemson LSU USC LSU Kansas Florida Florida Missouri Florida Missouri 5.
6. Missouri Florida West Virginia Missouri LSU Oklahoma Missouri Missouri Clemson Florida LSU Florida 6.
7. West Virginia LSU Missouri Clemson Wisconsin Florida Ohio State West Virginia West Virginia Auburn Missouri LSU 7.
8. Auburn Texas South Florida West Virginia Missouri Texas Tech Oklahoma LSU Texas Tech West Virginia West Virginia Kansas 8.
9. LSU Clemson Georgia Florida West Virginia Auburn Virginia Tech Clemson Missouri Clemson Clemson West Virginia 9.
10. Clemson West Virginia Penn State Illinois Texas Tech Wisconsin Texas Auburn Auburn LSU Texas Texas 10.
11. Texas Wisconsin Texas Tech Texas Penn State Clemson Boston College Texas Texas Kansas Auburn Virginia Tech 11.
12. Wisconsin BYU Auburn Kansas Tennessee Tennessee BYU LSU Texas Tech BYU Wisconsin Clemson 12.
13. Kansas Auburn LSU Virginia Tech Kansas Texas Tennessee Arizona State Brigham Young Wisconsin Kansas Wisconsin 13.
14. BYU Arizona State Utah Wisconsin Auburn West Virginia Florida Kansas Tennessee Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech 14.
15. Arizona State Kansas Texas Oregon Texas Kansas Cincinnati BYU Arizona State Texas Virginia Tech Auburn 15.
16. Illinois Texas Tech Virginia Tech Auburn Oregon Arizona State Arizona State Wisconsin Wisconsin Arizona State Arizona State Arizona State 16.
17. Tennessee Wake Forest BYU Arizona State Virginia Tech BYU Auburn Tennessee Kansas Virginia Tech BYU Tennessee 17.
18. Texas Tech Illinois South Carolina Michigan Illinois Oregon State Texas Tech Virginia Tech Illinois Illinois Tennessee Illinois 18.
19. Oregon South Florida Notre Dame BYU Boston College Illinois Michigan Oregon Pittsburgh Tennessee Illinois BYU 19.
20. South Florida Alabama California Texas Tech Clemson Oregon Hawaii Illinois
South Florida
Virginia Tech South Florida Oregon Penn State 20.
21. Virginia Tech Oregon Wisconsin South Florida Michigan Penn State Oregon Oregon Oregon South Florida South Florida 21.
22. Rutgers Fresno State Oregon Tennessee BYU Cincinnati Clemson Penn State Wake Forest Penn State Penn State Oregon 22.
23. Penn State Pittsburgh Tennessee Alabama South Carolina Virginia Tech Wisconsin Pittsburgh Fresno State Fresno State Wake Forest Fresno State 23.
24. Wake Forest Tennessee Florida State Wake Forest Alabama Alabama Oregon State Wake Forest Penn State Wake Forest Michigan Wake Forest 24.
25. Fresno State Florida State Pittsburgh Fresno State Wake Forest Pittsburgh Illinois Fresno State Notre Dame Pittsburgh Fresno State Boise State 25.
Athlon Lindy's Phil Steele Sporting News College Football News Sports Illustrated CFP Users BCS Fan ESPN Rivals.com USA Today Coaches' Poll NationalChamps.net

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