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LSU Football in the Coaches' Poll

Published: December 07, 2014, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: December 07, 2014, 11:31 AM (CT)

by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

 

The Coaches' Poll began selecting the top 15 teams on a weekly basis during the 1950-1951 college football and basketball seasons. It was initially published by United Press (after 1958, United Press International). For the 1990 season, the poll expanded to a top 25 and it has retained this format since.

Through the 1973 college football season, the final coaches poll was released in early December, after the regular season, but before the bowl games. Beginning with the 1974 season, the poll of coaches conducted its final poll after the bowl games. In 1991, USA Today and CNN took over publishing the coaches' football poll. In 1997, ESPN took the place of CNN as co-sponsor. Finally, following the 2005 season, as a result of controversial voting practices related to the BCS, ESPN dropped its co-sponsorship of the football poll, leaving USA Today as the sole sponsor.

United Press International Poll (1950-90, 1993-95)
In 1950, the United Press news service began its poll of football coaches (replaced as coaches' poll after 1990 season). When the United Press merged with the International News Service in 1958, it became known as United Press International. The weekly UPI rankings were featured in newspapers and on radio and television nationwide. UPI and the National Football Foundation formed a coalition for 1991 and 1992 to name the MacArthur Bowl national champion. Returned to single poll in 1993-95.

Amway (formerly USA Today/CNN and ESPN) Coaches' Poll (1982-present)
Introduced a weekly poll of sportswriters in 1982 and ranked the top 25 teams in the nation with a point system. The poll results were featured in USA Today, a national newspaper, and on CNN, a national cable television network. Took over as the coaches' poll in 1991. USA Today also formed a coalition with the National Football Foundation in 1993 to name the MacArthur Bowl national champion. Combined with ESPN in 1997-2004 to distribute the coaches' poll nationally. Was listed as USA Today Coaches' Poll through the 2013 season. Currently called the Amway Coaches Poll.

Information gathered via Wikipedia and the NCAA

LSU Football in the Coaches' Poll (since 1991)

Weekly polls that include LSU from 1991 to the present:

Year
Pre
W1
W2
W3
W4
W5
W6
W7
W8
W9
W10
W11
W12
W13
W14
W15
W16
Final
1995
-
-
-
20
16
22
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
 
 
25
1996
20
19
20
21
19
15
11
18
15
13
13
20
18
18
16
16
 
13
1997
11
11
10
15
14
14
10
15
14
12
11
18
17
16
15
 
 
13
1998
8
7
6
6
12
21
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
 
 
-
2001
17
16
16
14
*
14
20
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
24
21
12
8
2002
13
14
23
22
20
20
19
15
12
10
15
14
12
20
17
25
25
-
2003
15
15
13
11
10
7
6
6
10
9
8
4
3
3
3
3
2
1
2004
3
3
4
4
13
13
24
21
17
18
17
15
14
12
12
11
 
16
2005
6
5
3
3
4
11
8
7
7
6
5
4
3
3
10
 
 
5
2006
9
8
7
11
t11
10
16
14
t13
13
12
9
8
5
4
 
 
3
2007
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
5
3
3
2
1
1
7
2
 
 
1
2008
6
6
7
6
6
2
3
14
11
15
15
20
18
-
-
 
 
-
2009
9
9
7
7
4
4
10
10
9
9
11
10
17
14
13
 
 
17
2010
16
16
12
12
10
9
9
6
13
11
6
6
6
12
12
 
 
8
2011
4
3
3
3
2
3
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
 
 
2
2012
1
3
2
2
3
3
8
6
6
5
9
8
7
6
7
 
 
12
2013
13 11 8 7 6 11 11 8 t13 13 12 18 19 15 14 14   14
2014
13 12 9 8 18 15 RV RV 23 17 15 20 RV RV 24 23    

* No poll was conducted on Sept. 17, 2001, following the events of 9/11.

 

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