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Final AP Top 25 Poll for College Football's 1995-96 Season

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 Record Points Bowl Game Head Coach Aug. 11 Rank Dec. 3 Rank
1 Nebraska (62) 12-0-0 1550 won Fiesta Tom Osborne (23 yrs: 231-47-3) 2 1
2 Florida 12-1-0 1474 lost Fiesta Steve Spurrier (9 yrs: 81-26-2) 5 2
3 Tennessee 11-1-0 1428 won Citrus Phillip Fulmer (4 yrs: 32-7-1) 8 4t
4 Florida St 10-2-0 1311 won Orange Bobby Bowden (30 yrs: 259-81-4) 1 8
5 Colorado 10-2-0 1309 won Cotton Rick Neuheisel (1st year: 10-2-0) 13 7
6 Ohio St 11-2-0 1161 lost Citrus John Cooper (19 yrs: 146-69-6) 12 4t
7 Kansas St 10-2-0 1147 won Holiday Bill Snyder (7 yrs: 46-33-1) 29 10
8 Northwestern 10-2-0 1124 lost Rose Gary Barnett (6 yrs: 26-37-2) NR 3
9 Kansas 10-2-0 1029 won Aloha Glen Mason (10 yrs: 55-57-1) NR 11
10 Virginia Tech 10-2-0 1015 won Sugar Frank Beamer (15 yrs: 93-72-4) 24t 13
11 Notre Dame 9-3-0 931 lost Orange Lou Holtz (26 yrs: 208-92-7) 9 6
12 USC 9-2-1 886 won Rose John Robinson (10 yrs: 92-24-4) 7 17
13 Penn St. 9-3-0 867 won Outback Joe Paterno (30 yrs: 278-72-3) 4 15
14 Texas 10-2-1 724 lost Sugar John Mackovic (11 yrs: 73-52-3) 18 9
15 Texas A&M 9-3-0 661 won Alamo R.C. Slocum (7 yrs: 68-15-2) 3 19
16 Virginia 9-4-0 603 won Peach George Welsh (23 yrs: 153-109-4) 17 18
17 Michigan 9-4-0 474 1/2 lost Alamo Lloyd Carr (1st year: 9-4-0) 14 14
18 Oregon 9-3-0 416 lost Cotton Mike Bellotti (6 yrs: 30-28-2) 26t 12
19 Syracuse 9-3-0 382 won Gator Paul Pasqualoni (10 yrs: 76-32-1) 38 26
20 Miami-FL 8-3-0 352 on probation Butch Davis (1st year: 8-3-0) 11 22
21 Alabama 8-3-0 313 on probation Gene Stallings (13 yrs: 87-58-2) 10 21
22 Auburn 8-4-0 276 lost Outback Terry Bowden (12 yrs: 92-41-2) 6 16
23 Texas Tech 9-3-0 197 won Copper Spike Dykes (9 yrs: 56-47-1) 35 28
24 Toledo 11-0-1 170 won Las Vegas Gary Pinkel (5 yrs: 34-19-3) NR 25
25 Iowa 8-4-0 133 1/2 won Sun Hayden Fry (34 yrs: 213-162-10) 46t NR
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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