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1968 Year Summary

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National Champion: Ohio State (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: O.J. Simpson (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Woody Hayes (Ohio State)

AP Preseason #1: Purdue ▪ AP Final #1: Ohio State

Conference Summary

Sorted by SRS
Overall Bowls SRS Polls
Rk Conference Schs G W L T Pct G W L T Pct SRS SOS Pre Final Champion
1 Big Eight Conference 8 83 44 39 0 .530 3 1 2 0 .333 9.90 8.87 2 3 Kansas
Oklahoma
2 Southeastern Conference 10 106 60 38 8 .604 6 3 3 0 .500 9.39 6.89 4 5 Georgia
3 Southwest Conference 8 83 41 38 4 .518 3 3 0 0 1.000 8.86 8.35 2 3 Arkansas
Texas
4 Big Ten Conference 10 100 50 50 0 .500 1 1 0 0 1.000 7.19 7.85 4 3 Ohio State
5 Pacific-8 Conference 8 82 42 34 6 .549 1 0 1 0 .000 6.34 4.57 3 2 Southern California
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 80 32 46 2 .413 0 0 0 0 2.17 4.35 0 0 North Carolina State
7 Independent 30 302 166 132 4 .556 3 1 2 0 .333 -1.30 -2.85 4 3
8 Ivy Group 8 72 38 32 2 .542 0 0 0 0 -2.94 -4.53 0 0 Harvard
Yale
9 Western Athletic Conference 8 81 34 46 1 .426 1 0 1 0 .000 -5.68 -3.52 1 0 Wyoming
10 Missouri Valley Conference 6 60 27 32 1 .458 0 0 0 0 -6.54 -4.59 0 0 Memphis
11 Mid-American Conference 7 70 32 35 3 .479 1 0 1 0 .000 -7.58 -8.21 0 1 Ohio
12 Southern Conference 8 80 32 48 0 .400 1 1 0 0 1.000 -10.51 -7.16 0 0 Richmond

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/11 11/18 11/25 12/2 Final
Ohio State Big Ten 11 9 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1
Penn State Ind 8 10 4 3 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2
Texas SWC 5 4 6     17 13 11 10 8 6 6 5 3
Southern California Pac-8 2 2 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 4
Notre Dame Ind 3 3 2 5 5 6 5 12 12 9 10 9 7 5
Arkansas SWC       20 14 9 16 17 14 10 9 8 9 6
Kansas Big 8     12 8 6 4 3 3 3 7 7 5 6 7
Georgia SEC   18   16 17 10 8 7 9 5 5 4 4 8
Missouri Big 8           20 14 10 8 6 13 16 16 9
Purdue Big Ten 1 1 1 1 1 5 7 6 6 15 12 12 11 10
Oklahoma Big 8 4 5                 14 11 10 11
Michigan Big Ten           18 12 9 7 4 4 13 13 12
Tennessee SEC 9 12 16 15 10 8 6 5 5 11 8 7 8 13
Southern Methodist SWC               13         20 14
Oregon State Pac-8 6 8 18   20       15 13 16 14 14 15
Auburn SEC                 18 12 19 18   16
Alabama SEC 10 7 7 11           16 15 15 12 17
Houston Ind   11 10 12 11     15 13 14 11 10 18 18
Louisiana State SEC 18 20 14 10 8 20 18 14 20         19
Ohio MAC               19 16 17 17 17 15 20
School Conf Pre 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/11 11/18 11/25 12/2 Final
Arizona WAC                       19    
Arizona State WAC 17   19 14               20 17  
California Pac-8       18 16   11 8 11 18 18      
Florida SEC 7 6 5 4 7 7 15 20            
Florida State Ind         19   20 18         19  
Indiana Big Ten 13 15 13     19       19        
Miami (FL) Ind 20 19 15 13   12 9              
Michigan State Big Ten       19 12     16 17          
Minnesota Big Ten 15 16 17                      
Mississippi SEC         13 16 17              
Nebraska Big 8 14 14 9 7 9 13                
Stanford Pac-8         18 14                
Syracuse Ind 19       15 11 10              
Texas A&M SWC 12 13   17                    
Texas Tech SWC           15 19              
UCLA Pac-8 16 16 8 9                    
Wyoming WAC     20           19 20 20      

Year Leaders

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Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Brian Dowling (Yale) 9.7
2. Ken Bailey (Houston) 8.5
3. Bill Cappleman (Florida State) 8.4
4. Larry Lawrence (Iowa) 8.4
5. Bob Warmack (Oklahoma) 8.2
6. John Pappas (Utah State) 8.1
7. Jim Plunkett (Stanford) 8.0
8. Greg Cook (Cincinnati) 8.0
9. Bobby Douglass (Kansas) 7.8
10. Buster O'Brien (Richmond) 7.7

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Brian Dowling (Yale) 9.3
2. Bill Cappleman (Florida State) 8.4
3. Cleve Bryant (Ohio) 7.9
4. Bob Warmack (Oklahoma) 7.8
5. Bobby Douglass (Kansas) 7.7
6. Buster O'Brien (Richmond) 7.6
7. Greg Cook (Cincinnati) 7.3
8. John Pappas (Utah State) 7.0
9. Mike Sherwood (West Virginia) 6.8
10. Jim Plunkett (Stanford) 6.7

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Brian Dowling (Yale) 165.8
2. Bill Cappleman (Florida State) 148.1
3. Buster O'Brien (Richmond) 142.4
4. Bob Warmack (Oklahoma) 136.0
5. Bobby Douglass (Kansas) 132.2
6. Greg Cook (Cincinnati) 132.0
7. Cleve Bryant (Ohio) 131.1
8. John Pappas (Utah State) 130.6
9. Steve Ramsey (North Texas) 130.6
10. Larry Lawrence (Iowa) 130.1

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Fred Willis (Boston College) 7.3
2. Ken Edwards (Virginia Tech) 6.9
3. Frank Quayle (Virginia) 6.9
4. Carlos Bell (Houston) 6.5
5. Paul Gipson (Houston) 6.4
6. Jim Strong (Houston) 6.3
7. Donnie Shanklin (Kansas) 6.3
8. Duane Thomas (West Texas A&M) 6.3
9. John Riggins (Kansas) 6.2
10. Bob Pernell (Indiana) 6.2

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Elmo Wright (Houston) 27.9
2. Jack Morrison (Pacific) 25.2
3. Jim O'Brien (Cincinnati) 25.2
4. Greg Lindsey (Oregon) 23.1
5. Preston Riley (Memphis) 23.0
6. Calvin Hill (Yale) 22.2
7. Randy Wallick (Dartmouth) 22.1
8. Danny Cupp (Virginia Tech) 20.1
9. Billy Walik (Villanova) 19.9
10. Al Fenstemacher (Rutgers) 19.6

Total Yards Per Play

1. Greg Cook (Cincinnati) 6.3