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1970 Year Summary

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National Champions: Nebraska (AP, FWAA), Texas (NFF, UPI), Ohio State (NFF)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Jim Plunkett (Stanford)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Alex Agase (Northwestern)

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

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 90 49 39 2 .556 3 1 1 1 .500 13.38 11.51 4 2 Nebraska
2 Pacific-8 Conference 8 88 46 40 2 .534 1 1 0 0 1.000 12.98 11.69 3 2 Stanford
3 Southeastern Conference 10 112 66 45 1 .594 5 2 2 1 .500 11.73 7.80 5 4 Louisiana State
4 Southwest Conference 8 88 45 42 1 .517 2 0 2 0 .000 9.79 8.82 2 2 Texas
5 Big Ten Conference 10 100 46 51 3 .475 1 0 1 0 .000 8.38 9.16 2 2 Ohio State
6 Ivy Group 8 72 43 29 0 .597 0 0 0 0 1.39 -2.36 0 1 Dartmouth
7 Western Athletic Conference 8 83 42 41 0 .506 1 1 0 0 1.000 0.84 1.23 1 1 Arizona State
8 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 89 37 50 2 .427 1 0 1 0 .000 -2.20 0.32 1 0 Wake Forest
9 Independent 30 320 161 156 3 .508 4 3 1 0 .750 -3.53 -3.34 4 6
10 Mid-American Conference 6 60 35 24 1 .592 1 1 0 0 1.000 -4.05 -7.08 0 1 Toledo
11 Missouri Valley Conference 5 52 23 28 1 .452 1 0 0 1 .500 -8.11 -4.94 0 0 Louisville
12 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 7 78 36 41 1 .468 1 0 0 1 .500 -10.13 -8.56 0 0 Long Beach State
San Diego State
13 Southern Conference 7 76 28 48 0 .368 1 0 1 0 .000 -18.50 -13.01 0 0 William & Mary

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30 12/7 Final
Nebraska Big 8 9 9 8 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 1
Notre Dame Ind 6 6 6 4 3 3 3 3 2 1 2 4 6 6 2
Texas SWC 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 3
Tennessee SEC     17   20 14 11 9 8 10 8 7 5 4 4
Ohio State Big Ten 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 5 2 2 2 5
Arizona State WAC 19 20   18 14 12 12 11 12 11 9 9 9 8 6
Louisiana State SEC 12 12     19 15 14 10 11 9 7 6 8 5 7
Stanford Pac-8 10 4 3 3 12 9 8 6 6 6 11 13 12 12 8
Michigan Big Ten 8 8 10 9 7 6 5 5 5 5 4 8 7 7 9
Auburn SEC 20     12 9 8 6 12 10 8 13 11 10 10 10
Arkansas SWC 4 11 12 11 10 10 9 8 7 7 6 5 4 9 11
Toledo MAC             19   15 16 15 15 14 15 12
Georgia Tech Ind     19 15 13 16         17 16 13 13 13
Dartmouth Ivy                 17 15 16 14 15 14 14
Southern California Pac-8 3 3 7 5 4 11 10 18   18     17 16 15
Air Force Ind     20 10 8 7 7 7 9 13 10 12 11 11 16
Tulane Ind                             17
Penn State Ind 7 7 4 16             20 17 18 18 18
Houston Ind 13 15 11     19 15   18         17 19
Mississippi SEC 5 5 5 7 5 4 13 13 13 12 12 10 16   20
Oklahoma Big 8 20 18 14                   20 20 20
School Conf Pre 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 11/2 11/9 11/16 11/23 11/30 12/7 Final
Alabama SEC 16     17         19            
Colorado Big 8     18 8 17 13 19         19      
Florida SEC 15 14 13                        
Georgia SEC   19                          
Kansas State Big 8 14 13               20          
Missouri Big 8 11 10 9 20 16 18   17              
North Carolina ACC       19 18                    
Northwestern Big Ten               20     18 18 19    
Oregon Pac-8               16   19          
Pittsburgh Ind             18 15              
San Diego State PCAA             17 14 14 14 14        
South Carolina ACC 17                            
Syracuse Ind                 20            
Texas Tech SWC           17         19     19  
UCLA Pac-8 18 16 15 13 15 19 16 19 16 17          
Washington Pac-8                       20      
West Virginia Ind 20 17 16 14 11                    

Year Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Jerry Tagge* (Nebraska) 61.1
2. Mike Sherwood (West Virginia) 60.6
3. Pat Sullivan (Auburn) 59.4
4. Jim Chasey (Dartmouth) 58.9
5. Leo Hart (Duke) 58.4
6. Brian Sipe (San Diego State) 57.9
7. Joe Theismann (Notre Dame) 57.8
8. Frank Harris (Boston College) 57.7
9. Scott Hunter (Alabama) 57.5
10. Chuck Ealey (Toledo) 56.7

Passing Yards

1. Jim Plunkett* (Stanford) 2980
2. Bob Parker (Air Force) 2789
3. Brian Sipe (San Diego State) 2618
4. Pat Sullivan (Auburn) 2586
5. John Reaves (Florida) 2549
6. Joe Theismann (Notre Dame) 2429
7. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 2392
8. Dan Fouts (Oregon) 2390
9. Sonny Sixkiller (Washington) 2303
10. Leo Hart (Duke) 2236

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Pat Sullivan (Auburn) 148.2
2. Mike Sherwood (West Virginia) 145.4
3. Joe Theismann (Notre Dame) 143.2
4. Jerry Tagge* (Nebraska) 141.4
5. Joe Spagnola (Arizona State) 137.0
6. Bill Montgomery (Arkansas) 135.7
7. Brian Sipe (San Diego State) 133.8
8. Tommy Warren (Florida State) 130.9
9. Chuck Ealey (Toledo) 130.5
10. Jim Jones (Southern California) 128.9

Total Yards

1. Jim Plunkett* (Stanford) 3189
2. Pat Sullivan (Auburn) 2856
3. Joe Theismann (Notre Dame) 2813
4. Bob Parker (Air Force) 2783
5. John Reaves (Florida) 2431
6. Brian Sipe (San Diego State) 2422
7. Dan Fouts (Oregon) 2333
8. Leo Hart (Duke) 2315
9. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 2304
10. Sonny Sixkiller (Washington) 2268

Total Yards Per Play

1. Jim Plunkett* (Stanford) 6.7