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Final AP Top 25 Poll

Voted on by panel of 67 sportswriters & broadcasters and released on Jan. 3, 1998, following the Orange 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. 10, 1997) and final regular season rank (released Dec. 7, 1997).

  Final
Record
PointsBowl GameHead CoachAug. 10
Rank
Dec. 7
Rank
1Michigan (511/2)12-017311/2won RoseLloyd Carr (3 yrs: 29-8-0)141
2Nebraska (181/2)13-016981/2won OrangeTom Osborne (25 yrs: 255-49-3)62
3Florida St.11-11599won SugarBobby Bowden (32 yrs: 281-83-4)34
4Florida10-21455won CitrusSteve Spurrier (11 yrs: 103-29-2)26
5UCLA10-21413won CottonBob Toledo (8 yrs: 44-43-0)305
6North Carolina11-11397won GatorMack Brown (14 yrs: 87-74-1)77
7Tennessee11-21320lost OrangePhillip Fulmer (6 yrs: 53-11-0)53
8Kansas St.11-11302won FiestaBill Snyder (9 yrs: 66-37-1)2310
9Washington St.10-21259lost RoseMike Price (17 yrs: 99-93-0)44t8
10Georgia10-21121won OutbackJim Donnan (8 yrs: 79-29-0)3612
11Auburn10-31025won PeachTerry Bowden (14 yrs: 111-47-2)1613
12Ohio St. 10-3975lost SugarJohn Cooper (21 yrs: 167-73-6)99
13LSU9-3856won IndependenceGerry DiNardo (7 yrs: 45-34-1)1015
14Arizona St.8-3773won SunBruce Snyder (18 yrs: 108-88-5)2716
15Purdue9-3715won AlamoJoe Tiller (7 yrs: 48-33-1)NR17
16Penn St.9-3706lost CitrusJoe Paterno (32 yrs: 298-77-3)111
17Colorado St.11-2673won HolidaySonny Lubick (9 yrs: 62-38-0)2618
18Washington8-4617won AlohaJim Lambright (4 yrs: 38-18-1)421
19So. Mississippi9-3490won LibertyJeff Bower (8 yrs: 43-35-1)3722
20Texas A&M9-4421lost CottonR.C. Slocum (9 yrs: 83-25-2)2820
21Syracuse9-4331lost FiestaPaul Pasqualoni (12 yrs: 104-39-1)1714
22Mississippi8-4255won Motor CityTommy Tuberville (3 yrs: 19-15-0)NRNR
23Missouri7-5175lost HolidayLarry Smith (21 yrs: 128-107-7)NR19
24Oklahoma St.8-472lost AlamoBob Simmons (3 yrs: 17-18-0)NR24
25Georgia Tech7-564won CarquestGeorge O'Leary (3 yrs: 18-19-0)41tNR
Other teams receiving votes: 26. Arizona (7-5, 59 points, won Insight.com); 27. Oregon (7-5, 50 pts, won Las Vegas); 28. Air Force (10-3, 37 pts, lost Las Vegas); 29. Marshall (10-3, 33 pts, lost Motor City); 30. Virginia (7-4, 31 pts, no bowl); 31. Clemson (7-5, 27 pts, lost Peach); 32. Louisiana Tech (9-2, 20 pts, no bowl); 33. Mississippi St. (7-4, 15 pts, no bowl); 34. Michigan St. (7-5, 9 pts, lost Aloha); 35. Wisconsin (8-5, 8 pts, no bowl); 36. New Mexico (9-4, 6 pts, lost Insight.com); 37. Cincinnati (8-4, 5 pts, won Humanitarian); 38. Notre Dame (7-6, 3 pts, lost Independence); 39. Iowa (7-5, 2 pts, lost Sun); 40. Virginia Tech (7-5, 1 pt, lost Gator).

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