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Final AP Top 20

Writers' poll taken after bowl games.

  Final RecordHead CoachBefore Bowls
1Clemson12–0–0Danny Ford11–0–0
2Texas10–1–1Fred Akers9–1–1
3Penn St.10–2–0Joe Paterno9–2–0
4Pittsburgh11–1–0Jackie Sherrill10–1–0
5SMU10–1–0Ron Meyersame
6Georgia10–2–0Vince Dooley10–1–0
7Alabama9–2–1Bear Bryant9–1–1
8Miami, FL9–2–0H. Schnellenbergersame
9N. Carolina10–2–0Dick Crum9–2–0
10Washington10–2–0Don James9–2–0
11Nebraska9–3–0Tom Osborne9–2–0
12Michigan9–3–0Bo Schembechler8–3–0
13BYU11–2–0LaVell Edwards10–2–0
14Southern Cal9–3–0John Robinson9–2–0
15Ohio St.9–3–0Earle Bruce8–3–0
16Arizona St.9–2–0Darryl Rogerssame
17W. Virginia9–3–0Don Nehlen8–3–0
18Iowa8–4–0Hayden Fry8–3–0
19Missouri8–4–0Warren Powers7–4–0
20Oklahoma7–4–1Barry Switzer6–4–1

1981 College Football RecapBowl Games with Top 20 Teams