1983 NCAA Division I-A Football Rankings
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1983 NCAA Division I-A Football Rankings

Two human polls comprised the 1983 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I-A football rankings. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a national championship, instead that title is bestowed by one or more different polling agencies. There are two main weekly polls that begin in the preseason--the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.

Legend

  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  National champion
(#-#)
  Win-loss record
(Italics)
  Number of first place votes
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Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP Poll

Preseason
Aug 28[1][2]
Week 1
Sep 5[3]
Week 2
Sep 12[4]
Week 3
Sep 19[5]
Week 4
Sep 26[6]
Week 5
Oct 3[7]
Week 6
Oct 10[8]
Week 7
Oct 17[9]
Week 8
Oct 24[10]
Week 9
Oct 31[11]
Week 10
Nov 7[12]
Week 11
Nov 14[13]
Week 12
Nov 21[14]
Week 13
Nov 28[15]
Week 14
Dec 5[16]
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[17]
1.Nebraska (30)Nebraska (1-0) (44)Nebraska (2-0) (51)Nebraska (3-0) (57)Nebraska (4-0) (60)Nebraska (5-0) (60)Nebraska (6-0) (55)Nebraska (7-0) (52)Nebraska (8-0) (54)Nebraska (9-0) (57)Nebraska (10-0) (58)Nebraska (11-0) (59)Nebraska (11-0) (58)Nebraska (12-0) (52)Nebraska (12-0) (51)Miami (FL) (11-1) (47 ​)1.
2.Oklahoma (11)Oklahoma (0-0) (3)Oklahoma (1-0) (2)Texas (1-0) (2)Texas (2-0)Texas (3-0)Texas (4-0) (5)Texas (5-0) (6)Texas (6-0) (4)Texas (7-0) (2)Texas (8-0) (2)Texas (9-0) (1)Texas (10-0) (1)Texas (11-0) (3)Texas (11-0) (3)Nebraska (12-1) (4 ​)2.
3.Texas (3)Texas (0-0) (2)Texas (0-0) (2)Ohio State (2-0)Arizona (4-0)Alabama (4-0)North Carolina (6-0)North Carolina (7-0)North Carolina (7-0)Auburn (7-1)Auburn (8-1)Auburn (9-1)Auburn (9-1)Auburn (9-1)Auburn (10-1)Auburn (11-1) (7)3.
4.Penn State (2)Auburn (0-0) (1)Notre Dame (1-0) (1)Arizona (3-0)Iowa (3-0)North Carolina (5-0)West Virginia (5-0)West Virginia (6-0)Auburn (6-1)Georgia (7-0-1)Georgia (8-0-1)Illinois (9-1)Illinois (10-1)Illinois (10-1)Illinois (10-1)Georgia (10-1-1)4.
5.Auburn (2)Notre Dame (0-0)Auburn (1-0)North Carolina (3-0)North Carolina (4-0)West Virginia (5-0)Auburn (4-1)Auburn (5-1)Florida (6-0-1)Miami (FL) (8-1)Illinois (8-1)Miami (FL) (10-1)Miami (FL) (10-1)Miami (FL) (10-1)Miami (FL) (10-1)Texas (11-1)5.
6.Notre DameMichigan (0-0)Ohio State (1-0)Alabama (2-0)Alabama (3-0)Ohio State (3-1)Ohio State (4-1)Florida (5-0-1)Georgia (6-0-1)Illinois (7-1)Miami (FL) (9-1)SMU (8-1)SMU (9-1)SMU (10-1)SMU (10-1)Florida (9-2-1)6.
7.Florida State (1)Ohio State (0-0)Arizona (2-0)Iowa (2-0)West Virginia (4-0)Auburn (3-1)Florida (5-0-1)Georgia (5-0-1)Miami (FL) (7-1)Maryland (7-1)SMU (7-1)Georgia (8-1-1)Georgia (8-1-1)Georgia (9-1-1)Georgia (9-1-1)BYU (11-1)7.
8.USCNorth Carolina (1-0)Michigan (1-0)Oklahoma (1-1)Ohio State (2-1)Oklahoma (3-1)Georgia (4-0-1)Miami (FL) (6-1)Michigan (6-1)SMU (6-1)BYU (8-1)Michigan (8-2)Michigan (9-2)Michigan (9-2)Michigan (9-2)Michigan (9-3)8.
9.Ohio StateUSC (0-0)Florida State (2-0)Washington (2-0)Oklahoma (2-1)Florida (4-0-1)Arizona (5-0-1)SMU (5-0)Illinois (6-1)Florida (6-1-1)Michigan (7-2)BYU (9-1)BYU (10-1)BYU (10-1)BYU (10-1)Ohio State (9-3)9.
10.Michigan (1)Georgia (1-0)North Carolina (2-0)USC (1-0-1)Auburn (2-1)Arizona (4-0-1)Miami (FL) (5-1)Michigan (5-1)SMU (5-1)North Carolina (7-1)Ohio State (7-2)Ohio State (8-2)Iowa (9-2)Iowa (9-2)Iowa (9-2)Illinois (10-2)10.
11.North CarolinaArizona (1-0)Georgia (1-0)Auburn (1-1)Georgia (2-0-1)Georgia (3-0-1)Alabama (4-1)Illinois (5-1)Washington (6-1)Oklahoma (6-2)Maryland (7-2)Iowa (8-2)Florida (7-2-1)Clemson (9-1-1)Florida (8-2-1)Clemson (9-1-1)11.
12.LSUFlorida State (1-0)Alabama (1-0)West Virginia (3-0)Florida (3-0-1)Miami (FL) (4-1)SMU (5-0)Iowa (5-1)West Virginia (6-1)BYU (7-1)Iowa (7-2)Florida (7-2-1)Clemson (9-1-1)Florida (7-2-1)Clemson (9-1-1)SMU (10-2)12.
13.AlabamaLSU (0-0)Iowa (1-0)Notre Dame (1-1)SMU (3-0)SMU (4-0)Michigan (4-1)Arizona State (4-0-1)Maryland (6-1)Michigan (6-2)Boston College (7-1)Clemson (8-1-1)Alabama (7-2)Boston College (9-2)Boston College (9-2)Air Force (10-2)13.
14.ArizonaAlabama (0-0)USC (0-0-1)Georgia (1-0-1)Michigan (2-1)Michigan (3-1)Iowa (4-1)Washington (5-1)Oklahoma (5-2)Ohio State (6-2)Florida (6-2-1)West Virginia (8-2)Ohio State (8-3)Ohio State (8-3)Ohio State (8-3)Iowa (9-3)14.
15.GeorgiaSMU (1-0)Florida (1-0-1)Florida (2-0-1)Miami (FL) (3-1)Iowa (3-1)Oklahoma (3-2)Maryland (5-1)BYU (6-1)Iowa (6-2)West Virginia (7-2)Washington (8-2)Boston College (8-2)Pittsburgh (8-2-1)Pittsburgh (8-2-1)Alabama (8-4)15.
16.IowaIowa (0-0)Washington (1-0)Pittsburgh (2-0)LSU (2-1)Maryland (3-1) ?Maryland (4-1)Oklahoma (4-2)Ohio State (5-2)Boston College (6-1)Alabama (6-2)Alabama (7-2)Pittsburgh (8-2-1)Maryland (8-3)Air Force (9-2) ?West Virginia (9-3)16.
17.MarylandMaryland (0-0)Maryland (1-0)Michigan (1-1)Florida State (2-1)Washington (3-1) ?Washington (4-1)Ohio State (4-2)Iowa (5-2)West Virginia (6-2)Clemson (7-1-1)Pittsburgh (8-2)Maryland (8-3)Air Force (8-2)Maryland (8-3) ?UCLA (7-4-1)17.
18.WashingtonFlorida (1-0)SMU (2-0)SMU (2-0)Washington (2-1)Arizona State (3-0-1)Arizona State (3-0-1)BYU (5-1)Alabama (4-2)Notre Dame (6-2)Washington (7-2)Boston College (7-2)Air Force (8-2)West Virginia (8-3)West Virginia (8-3)Pittsburgh (8-3-1)18.
19.SMUWashington (0-0)Pittsburgh (2-0)Boston CollegeMaryland (2-1)Illinois (3-1)Illinois (4-1)Arizona (5-1-1)Boston College (5-1) ?Alabama (5-2)North Carolina (7-2)Missouri (7-3)West Virginia (8-3)Alabama (7-3)East Carolina (8-3)Boston College (9-3)19.
20.UCLAPenn State (0-1)West Virginia (2-0)Florida State (2-1)Arizona State (2-0-1)BYU (3-1)BYU (4-1)Alabama (4-2)Notre Dame (5-2) ?Washington (6-2)Pittsburgh (7-2)Maryland (7-3)East Carolina (8-3)East Carolina (8-3)Oklahoma (8-4) ?
Baylor (7-3-1) ?
East Carolina (8-3)20.
Preseason
Aug 28[1][2]
Week 1
Sep 5[3]
Week 2
Sep 12[4]
Week 3
Sep 19[5]
Week 4
Sep 26[6]
Week 5
Oct 3[7]
Week 6
Oct 10[8]
Week 7
Oct 17[9]
Week 8
Oct 24[10]
Week 9
Oct 31[11]
Week 10
Nov 7[12]
Week 11
Nov 14[13]
Week 12
Nov 21[14]
Week 13
Nov 28[15]
Week 14
Dec 5[16]
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[17]
Dropped:
  • UCLA
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Penn State
Dropped:
  • Maryland
Dropped:
  • USC
  • Notre Dame
  • Pittsburgh
  • Boston College
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Florida State
NoneNoneDropped:
  • Arizona State
  • Arizona
NoneDropped:
  • Oklahoma
  • Notre Dame
Dropped:
  • North Carolina
Dropped:
  • Washington
  • Missouri
NoneDropped:
  • Alabama
Dropped:
  • Maryland
  • Baylor
  • Oklahoma

Coaches' Poll

Clemson, USC, and Arizona were on probation by the NCAA during the 1983 season; they were therefore ineligible to receive votes in the Coaches' Poll.

Preseason
Aug 28[18]
Week 1
Sep 5[19]
Week 2
Sep 12[20]
Week 3
Sep 19[21]
Week 4
Sep 26[22]
Week 5
Oct 3[23]
Week 6
Oct 10[24]
Week 7
Oct 17[25]
Week 8
Oct 24[26]
Week 9
Oct 31[27]
Week 10
Nov 7[28]
Week 11
Nov 14[29]
Week 12
Nov 21[30]
Week 13
Nov 28[31]
Week 14
Dec 5[32]
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[33]
1.Nebraska (18)Nebraska (1-0) (32)Nebraska (2-0) (36)Nebraska (3-0) (39)Nebraska (4-0) (40)Nebraska (5-0) (42)Nebraska (6-0) (38)Nebraska (7-0) (38)Nebraska (8-0) (38)Nebraska (9-0) (38)Nebraska (10-0) (38)Nebraska (11-0) (40)Nebraska (11-0) (39)Nebraska (12-0) (33)Nebraska (12-0) (31)Miami (FL) (11-1) (30)1.
2.Texas (7)Texas (0-0) (2)Oklahoma (1-0) (2)Texas (1-0)Texas (2-0)Texas (3-0)Texas (4-0) (3)Texas (5-0) (4)Texas (6-0) (4)Texas (7-0) (3)Texas (8-0) (2)Texas (9-0) (1)Texas (10-0) (1)Texas (11-0) (2)Texas (11-0) (3)Nebraska (12-1) (6)2.
3.Auburn (3)Auburn (0-0) (1)Texas (0-0)Ohio State (2-0) (1)Iowa (3-0)Alabama (4-0)North Carolina (6-0)North Carolina (7-0)North Carolina (7-0)Auburn (7-1)Auburn (8-1)Auburn (9-1)Auburn (9-1)Auburn (9-1)Auburn (10-1)Auburn (11-1) (4)3.
4.Penn State (3)Oklahoma (0-0) (2)Auburn (1-0)North Carolina (3-0)Alabama (3-0)North Carolina (5-0)West Virginia (5-0)West Virginia (6-0)Florida (6-0-1)Georgia (7-0-1)Georgia (8-0-1)Miami (FL) (10-1)Miami (FL) (10-1)Miami (FL) (10-1)Miami (FL) (10-1)Georgia (10-1-1)4.
5.Oklahoma (6)Michigan (0-0)Notre Dame (1-0) (1)Alabama (2-0)North Carolina (4-0)West Virginia (5-0)Florida (5-0-1)Auburn (5-1)Auburn (6-1)Miami (FL) (8-1)Miami (FL) (9-1)Illinois (9-1)Illinois (10-1)Illinois (10-1)Illinois (10-1)Texas (11-1) (1)5.
6.Ohio StateOhio State (0-0)Ohio State (1-0)Iowa (2-0)West Virginia (4-0)Florida (4-0-1)Georgia (4-0-1)Florida (5-0-1)Georgia (6-0-1)Illinois (7-1)Illinois (8-1)SMU (8-1)SMU (9-1)SMU (10-1)SMU (10-1)Florida (9-2-1)6.
7.Florida StateGeorgia (1-0)Georgia (1-0)Washington (2-0)Oklahoma (2-1)Oklahoma (3-1)Ohio State (4-1)Georgia (5-0-1)Miami (FL) (7-1)Maryland (7-1)SMU (7-1)Georgia (8-1-1)Georgia (8-1-1)Georgia (9-1-1)Georgia (9-1-1)BYU (11-1)7.
8.Notre Dame (2)North Carolina (1-0)North Carolina (2-0)West Virginia (3-0)Georgia (2-0-1)Georgia (3-0-1)Auburn (4-1)SMU (5-0)Michigan (6-1)SMU (6-1)Michigan (7-2)Michigan (8-2)Michigan (9-2)Michigan (9-2)Michigan (9-2)Ohio State (9-3)8.
9.MichiganNotre Dame (0-0)Florida State (2-0)Pittsburgh (2-0)Florida (3-0-1)Ohio State (3-1)SMU (5-0)Miami (FL) (6-1)Illinois (6-1)North Carolina (7-1)Iowa (7-2)BYU (9-1)BYU (10-1)BYU (10-1)BYU (10-1)Michigan (9-3)9.
10.North Carolina ?LSU (0-0)Michigan (1-0)Oklahoma (1-1)Auburn (2-1)Auburn (2-1)Alabama (4-1)Michigan (5-1)Maryland (6-1)Florida (6-1-1)BYU (8-1)Ohio State (8-2)Iowa (9-2)Iowa (9-2)Iowa (9-2)Illinois (10-2)10.
11.LSU ?Pittsburgh (1-0)Alabama (1-0)Georgia (1-0-1)Ohio State (2-1)Miami (FL) (4-1)Michigan (4-1)Illinois (5-1)Washington (6-1)Oklahoma (6-2)Ohio State (7-2)Iowa (8-2)Florida (7-2-1)Florida (8-2-1)Florida (8-2-1)SMU (10-2)11.
12.UCLAFlorida (1-0)Iowa (1-0)SMU (2-0)SMU (3-0)SMU (4-0)Miami (FL) (5-1)Iowa (5-1)SMU (5-1)BYU (7-1)Boston College (7-1)Florida (7-2-1)Alabama (7-2)Boston College (9-2)Boston College (9-2)Alabama (8-4)12.
13.Georgia (1)Florida State (1-0)Pittsburgh (2-0)Florida (2-0-1)LSU (2-1)Michigan (3-1)Iowa (4-1)Maryland (5-1)West Virginia (6-1)Boston College (6-1)Florida (6-2-1)Pittsburgh (8-2)Ohio State (8-3)Ohio State (8-3)Ohio State (8-3)UCLA (7-4-1)13.
14.AlabamaAlabama (0-0)West Virginia (2-0)Auburn (1-1)Michigan (2-1)Iowa (3-1)Illinois (4-1)Arizona State (4-0-1)Oklahoma (5-2)Iowa (6-2)Pittsburgh (7-2)Washington (7-2)Pittsburgh (8-2-1)Pittsburgh (8-2-1)Pittsburgh (8-2-1)Iowa (9-3)14.
15.PittsburghWest Virginia (1-0)Florida (1-0-1)Boston College (3-0)Miami (FL) (3-1)Maryland (3-1)Maryland (4-1)Washington (5-1)BYU (6-1)Ohio State (6-2)West Virginia (7-2)West Virginia (8-2)Boston College (8-2)Maryland (8-3)Maryland (8-3)Air Force (10-2)15.
16.WashingtonSMU (0-0)Washington (1-0)Notre Dame (1-1)Maryland (2-1)Arizona State (3-0-1)Arizona State (3-0-1)BYU (5-1)Ohio State (5-2)Michigan (6-2)Alabama (6-2)Alabama (7-2)Oklahoma (7-3)Air Force (8-2)Air Force (9-2)West Virginia (9-3)16.
17.SMUIowa (0-0)SMU (2-0)Michigan (1-1)Arizona State (2-0-1)Illinois (3-1)Oklahoma (3-2)Oklahoma (4-2)Iowa (5-2)Alabama (5-2)Maryland (7-2)Missouri (7-3)Maryland (8-3)Baylor (7-3-1)Baylor (7-3-1)Penn State (8-4-1)17.
18.Arizona StateArizona State (0-0)Arizona State (1-0)Arkansas (2-0)Kentucky (4-0)Washington (3-1)Washington (4-1)Ohio State (4-2)Boston College (5-1)Notre Dame (6-2)North Carolina (7-2)Baylor (7-2-1)Air Force (8-2)Virginia Tech (9-2)Virginia Tech (9-2)Oklahoma State (8-4)18.
19.Miami (FL)Penn State (0-1)Maryland (1-0)Arizona State (1-0-1)Washington (2-1)BYU (3-1)BYU (4-1)Pittsburgh (4-2)Alabama (4-2)Pittsburgh (6-2)Tennessee (6-2)Boston College (7-2)Baylor (7-3-1)West Virginia (8-3)West Virginia (8-3)Pittsburgh (8-3-1)19.
20.Maryland ?
Iowa ?
Maryland (0-0)Boston College (2-0)Michigan State (2-0)Pittsburgh (2-1)Oklahoma State (4-0)Oklahoma State (4-1)Alabama (4-2) ?
Boston College (5-1) ?
Pittsburgh (5-2)West Virginia (6-2)Washington (7-2)Oklahoma (7-3)Virginia Tech (9-2)Oklahoma (7-4)Oklahoma (8-4)Boston College (9-3)20.
Preseason
Aug 28[18]
Week 1
Sep 5[19]
Week 2
Sep 12[20]
Week 3
Sep 19[21]
Week 4
Sep 26[22]
Week 5
Oct 3[23]
Week 6
Oct 10[24]
Week 7
Oct 17[25]
Week 8
Oct 24[26]
Week 9
Oct 31[27]
Week 10
Nov 7[28]
Week 11
Nov 14[29]
Week 12
Nov 21[30]
Week 13
Nov 28[31]
Week 14
Dec 5[32]
Week 15 (Final)
Jan 3[33]
Dropped:
  • Washington
  • Miami (FL)
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Penn State
Dropped:
  • Florida State
  • Maryland
Dropped:
  • Boston College
  • Notre Dame
  • Arkansas
  • Michigan State
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Kentucky
  • Pittsburgh
NoneDropped:
  • Oklahoma State
Dropped:
  • Arizona State
Dropped:
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Oklahoma
  • Notre Dame
Dropped:
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Missouri
Dropped:
  • Alabama
NoneDropped:
  • Maryland
  • Baylor

References

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  5. ^ "September 19, 1983 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
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  10. ^ "October 24, 1983 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
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  12. ^ "November 7, 1983 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved 2017.
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  19. ^ "Nebraska is #1". Ukiah Daily Journal (Ukiah, CA). September 7, 1983. Retrieved 2017.
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