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Final AP Top 25 Poll

Voted on by panel of 62 sportswriters & broadcasters and released on Jan. 3, 1996, following the Fiesta 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, 1995) and final regular season rank (released Dec. 3, 1995).

  Final RecordPointsBowl GameHead CoachAug. 11 RankDec. 3 Rank
1Nebraska (62)12-0-01550won FiestaTom Osborne (23 yrs: 231-47-3)21
2Florida12-1-01474lost FiestaSteve Spurrier (9 yrs: 81-26-2)52
3Tennessee11-1-01428won CitrusPhillip Fulmer (4 yrs: 32-7-1)84t
4Florida St10-2-01311won OrangeBobby Bowden (30 yrs: 259-81-4)18
5Colorado10-2-01309won CottonRick Neuheisel (1st year: 10-2-0)137
6Ohio St11-2-01161lost CitrusJohn Cooper (19 yrs: 146-69-6)124t
7Kansas St10-2-01147won HolidayBill Snyder (7 yrs: 46-33-1)2910
8Northwestern10-2-01124lost RoseGary Barnett (6 yrs: 26-37-2)NR3
9Kansas10-2-01029won AlohaGlen Mason (10 yrs: 55-57-1)NR11
10Virginia Tech10-2-01015won SugarFrank Beamer (15 yrs: 93-72-4)24t13
11Notre Dame9-3-0931lost OrangeLou Holtz (26 yrs: 208-92-7)96
12USC9-2-1886won RoseJohn Robinson (10 yrs: 92-24-4)717
13Penn St.9-3-0867won OutbackJoe Paterno (30 yrs: 278-72-3)415
14Texas10-2-1724lost SugarJohn Mackovic (11 yrs: 73-52-3)189
15Texas A&M9-3-0661won AlamoR.C. Slocum (7 yrs: 68-15-2)319
16Virginia9-4-0603won PeachGeorge Welsh (23 yrs: 153-109-4)1718
17Michigan9-4-0474 1/2lost AlamoLloyd Carr (1st year: 9-4-0)1414
18Oregon9-3-0416lost CottonMike Bellotti (6 yrs: 30-28-2)26t12
19Syracuse9-3-0382won GatorPaul Pasqualoni (10 yrs: 76-32-1)3826
20Miami-FL8-3-0352on probationButch Davis (1st year: 8-3-0)1122
21Alabama8-3-0313on probationGene Stallings (13 yrs: 87-58-2)1021
22Auburn8-4-0276lost OutbackTerry Bowden (12 yrs: 92-41-2)616
23Texas Tech9-3-0197won CopperSpike Dykes (9 yrs: 56-47-1)3528
24Toledo11-0-1170won Las VegasGary Pinkel (5 yrs: 34-19-3)NR25
25Iowa8-4-0133 1/2won SunHayden Fry (34 yrs: 213-162-10)46tNR
Other teams receiving votes: 26. East Carolina (9-3-0, 111 points, won Liberty); 27. Washington (7-4-1, 36 pts, lost Sun); 28. LSU (7-4-1, 33 pts, won Independence); 29. North Carolina (7-5-0, 16 pts, won Carquest); 30. Clemson (8-4-0, 12 pts, lost Gator); 31. Arkansas (8-5-0, 8 pts, lost Carquest).

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