Since 1991 LSU Football in the Coaches Poll

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)

YearPreW1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16Final
1995---201622---------25
19962019202119151118151313201818161613
199711111015141410151412111817161513
199887661221----------
200117161614*1420-------2421128
20021314232220201915121015141220172525-
2003151513111076610984333321
2004334413132421171817151412121116
2005653341187765433105
200698711t11101614t13131298543
20072222221533211721
20086676623141115152018---
2009997744101099111017141317
20101616121210996131166612128
20114333232211111112
201213223386659876712
2013131187611118t131312181915141414
20141312981815RVRV23171520RVRV2423RV
20151315149855544917RV232117
20166222217RVRV252319141914RV212014
20171212112322-RV252320252118161418
2018241513666125441010814117
201966555663322111111
20205551716RVRVRV---RV--
202113RVRVRV

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