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Final AP Top 25 Poll

Voted on by panel of 67 sportswriters & broadcasters and released on Jan. 3, 1997, following the Sugar Bowl: winning team receives the Bear Bryant Trophy, given since 1983; first place votes in parentheses, records, total points (based on 25 for 1st, 24 for 2nd, etc.) bowl game result, head coach and career record, preseason rank (released on Aug. 11, 1996) and final regular season rank (released Dec. 8, 1996).

  Final RecordPointsBowl GameHead CoachAug. 11 RankDec. 8 Rank
1Florida (651/2)12-1-016731/2won SugarSteve Spurrier (10 yrs: 93-27-2)43
2Ohio St. (11/2)11-1-015851/2won RoseJohn Cooper (20 yrs: 157-70-6)94
3Florida St.11-1-01529lost SugarBobby Bowden (31 yrs: 270-82-4)31
4Arizona St.11-1-01486lost RoseBruce Snyder (17 yrs: 100-85-5)202
5Brigham Young14-1-01360won CottonLaVell Edwards (25 yrs: 228-81-3)NR5
6Nebraska11-2-01316won OrangeTom Osborne (24 yrs: 242-49-3)16
7Penn St.11-2-01293won FiestaJoe Paterno (31 yrs: 289-74-3)117
8Colorado10-2-01228won HolidayRick Neuheisel (2 yrs: 20-4-0)58
9Tennessee10-2-01172won CitrusPhillip Fulmer (5 yrs: 42-9-0)29
10North Carolina10-2-01070won GatorMack Brown (13 yrs: 76-73-1)NR12
11Alabama10-3-0977won OutbackGene Stallings (14 yrs: 97-61-2)1516
12LSU10-2-0849won PeachGerry DiNardo (6 yrs: 36-31-1)1917
13Virginia Tech10-2-0786lost OrangeFrank Beamer (16 yrs: 103-74-4)1610
14Miami-FL9-3-0690won CarquestButch Davis (2 yrs: 17-6-0)1219
15Northwestern9-3-0663lost CitrusGary Barnett (7 yrs: 35-40-2)1811
16Washington9-3-0643lost HolidayJim Lambright (3 yrs: 30-14-1)NR13
17Kansas St.9-3-0625lost CottonBill Snyder (8 yrs: 55-36-1)2114
18Iowa9-3-0535won AlamoHayden Fry (35 yrs: 222-165-10)2221
19Notre Dame8-3-0511no bowlLou Holtz (27 yrs: 216-95-7)618
20Michigan8-4-0466lost OutbackLloyd Carr (2 yrs: 17-8-0)1415
21Syracuse9-3-0451won LibertyPaul Pasqualoni (11 yrs: 85-35-1)1023
22Wyoming10-2-0314no bowlJoe Tiller (6 yrs: 39-30-1)NR22
23Texas8-5-0169lost FiestaJohn Mackovic (12 yrs: 81-57-3)820
24Auburn8-4-0130won IndependenceTerry Bowden (13 yrs: 101-44-2)17NR
25Army10-2-071lost IndependenceBob Sutton (6 yrs: 34-32-1)NR24
Other teams receiving votes: 26. West Virginia (8-4-0, 43 points, lost Gator); 27. East Carolina (8-3-0, 37 pts, no bowl); 28. Southern Mississippi (8-3-0, 22 pts, no bowl); 29. Stanford (7-5-0, 16 pts, won Sun); 30. Wisconsin (8-5-0, 14 pts, won Copper); 31. San Diego St. (8-3-0, 4 pts, no bowl); 32. Virginia (7-5-0, 3 pts, lost Carquest); 33. Clemson (7-5-0, 2 pts, lost Peach).

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