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1971 Bowl Games

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National Champion: Nebraska (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Pat Sullivan (Auburn)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Bob Devaney (Nebraska)

AP Preseason #1: Notre Dame ▪ AP Final #1: Nebraska

12 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1972-01-01 Cotton Bowl Penn State 30 Texas 6 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1972-01-01 Orange Bowl Nebraska 38 Alabama 6 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1972-01-01 Rose Bowl Stanford 13 Michigan 12 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1972-01-01 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma 40 Auburn 22 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1971-12-31 Bluebonnet Bowl Colorado 29 Houston 17 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1971-12-31 Gator Bowl Georgia 7 North Carolina 3 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1971-12-30 Peach Bowl Mississippi 41 Georgia Tech 18 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
1971-12-28 Tangerine Bowl Toledo 28 Richmond 3 Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1971-12-27 Fiesta Bowl Arizona State 45 Florida State 38 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
1971-12-20 Liberty Bowl Tennessee 14 Arkansas 13 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
1971-12-18 Pasadena Bowl Memphis 28 San Jose State 9 Pasadena Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1971-12-18 Sun Bowl Louisiana State 33 Iowa State 15 Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)