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FINAL 1972 POLLS
First-place votes in parentheses.
Note: The UPI coaches' poll was taken before the bowl games.
 
        Associated Press Top 20
 1. Southern Cal (50) 12-0-0  1,000
 2. Oklahoma          11-1-0    872
 3. Texas             10-1-0    667
 4. Nebraska           9-2-1    665
 5. Auburn            10-1-0    631
 6. Michigan          10-1-0    502
 7. Alabama           10-2-0    453
 8. Tennessee         10-2-0    409
 9. Ohio State         9-2-0    362 
10. Penn State        10-2-0    209
11. Louisiana State    9-2-1    209
12. North Carolina    11-1-0    179
13. Arizona State     10-2-0    158
14. Notre Dame         8-3-0     75
15. UCLA               8-3-0     71
16. Colorado           8-4-0     58
17. No. Carolina St.   8-3-1     35
18. Louisville         9-1-0     19
19. Washington State   7-4-0      9
20. Georgia Tech       7-4-1      5
     
United Press International Top 20 
 1. Southern Cal (35) 11-0-0  350
 2. Oklahoma          10-1-0  302
 3. Ohio State         9-1-0  237
 4. Alabama           10-1-0  209
 5. Texas              9-1-0  172
 6. Michigan          10-1-0  150
 7. Auburn             9-1-0  144
 8. Penn State        10-1-0  131
 9. Nebraska           8-2-1   66 
10. Louisiana State    9-1-1   59
11. Tennessee          9-2-0   35
12. Notre Dame         8-2-0   14
13. Arizona State      9-2-0    6
14. Colorado           8-3-0    5 
    North Carolina     9-1-0    5
16. Louisville         9-1-0    4
17. UCLA               8-3-0    3 
    Washington St.     7-4-0    3 
    Utah State         8-3-0    3
20. San Diego State   10-1-0    2