Since 1936 LSU Football in the AP Poll

Since 1936, the Associated Press has ranked college football teams in weekly polls.

While the AP Poll currently lists the Top 25 teams in the nation, from 1936 to 1961 the wire service only ranked 20 teams. And from 1962 to 1967 only 10 teams were recognized. From 1968 to 1988, the AP again resumed its Top 20 before expanding to 25 teams in 1989.

At the end of the 1947 season, the AP released an unofficial post-bowl poll which differed from the regular season final poll. Until the 1968 college football season, the final AP poll of the season was released following the end of the regular season, with the exception of the 1965 season.

Beginning in the 1968 season, the post bowl game poll became permanent and the AP championship reflected the bowl game results.

Notes:

  • As of Oct. 27, 2019, LSU has been ranked No. 1 for 32¬†polls dating back to 1958.
  • From Oct. 28, 1958, until Nov. 3, 1959, LSU was ranked No. 1 for 12-consecutive weeks.
  • LSU has two victories over AP No. 1-ranked teams (Oct. 11, 1997, 28-21 over Florida; Jan. 7, 2008, 38-24 over Ohio St.)
  • LSU was ranked No. 1 in the AP Preseason Top 25 in 1959

LSU Football in the AP Poll Week-by-Week

YearPreW1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16Final
193613877522
193761718128108
1939--18------
1942--19------
194317---20----
1945--131714-19-15
19461312--1911998
1947--1817-----
1949---17171613139
19531914-14-------
195516----------
1957---1710------
195815131193111111
19591111111133333
1960-18----------
19615---107644434
196255-6464910877
1964---97989867
1965875--95---8
196818201410820181420-19
1969--161499812121098810
19701212--1915141011976857
19719-18161612131118201410101111
19721198988766688111011
197316151110101099777781313
197499717----------
1976-1616112016--------
1977----1816-18------
19781313101111111614121017-----
1979---201713----------
1982-----18161413116127131311
19831213--16-----------
1984-----15121071512916141115
19851313129882017181615191713121220
198615148181816121212181285510
198766447765551096775
19881817119714-19161313121116161619
198972121-------------
1995----181421---------
1996191817202117141217131211171819171712
199710101010101313148171614112017161513
1998977661121---------
2000-------------24-22
200114141315151418-------2221127
2002141424252422211814101716142118--
20031413121176610974333322
200446513132420181917171414131216
20055533411107765433106
20068861099141414131299543
20072222211533211521
20087776534131115151918---
2009111197441099991017151317
201021191515121296121255611118
20114232111111111112
201233323496659889914
201312986610106131110181815141414
201413121081715RVRV24161420RVRV2322RV
2015141413897654917RV23222016
20165212018RVRVRV251915191625211913
20171312122525-RV242319RV2119171618
201825111265513544910t8t12116
20196644455221111111
20206662017RV-----------
202116RVRVRVRV

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