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National Champion: Southern California (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Johnny Rodgers (Nebraska)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: John McKay (Southern California)

AP Preseason #1: Nebraska ▪ AP Final #1: Southern California

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Nebraska NA Big 8
1 Preseason 2 Colorado NA Big 8
1 Preseason 3 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 4 Arkansas NA SWC
1 Preseason 5 Penn State NA Ind
1 Preseason 6 Oklahoma NA Big 8
1 Preseason 7 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 8 Southern California NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 9 Washington NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 10 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 11 Louisiana State NA SEC
1 Preseason 12 Arizona State NA WAC
1 Preseason 13 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 14 Texas NA SWC
1 Preseason 15 Tennessee NA SEC
1 Preseason 16 Mississippi NA SEC
1 Preseason 17 Georgia NA SEC
1 Preseason 18 Purdue NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 19 Florida State NA Ind
1 Preseason 20 Stanford NA Pac-8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1972-09-11 1 Southern California (1-0-0) 8 Up 7 Pac-8
2 1972-09-11 2 Colorado (1-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
2 1972-09-11 3 Ohio State 3 NC Big Ten
2 1972-09-11 4 Oklahoma 6 Up 2 Big 8
2 1972-09-11 5 Alabama (1-0-0) 7 Up 2 SEC
2 1972-09-11 6 Penn State 5 Down 1 Ind
2 1972-09-11 7 Tennessee (1-0-0) 15 Up 8 SEC
2 1972-09-11 8 UCLA (1-0-0) Up  Pac-8
2 1972-09-11 9 Louisiana State 11 Up 2 SEC
2 1972-09-11 10 Nebraska (0-1-0) 1 Down 9 Big 8
2 1972-09-11 11 Michigan 10 Down 1 Big Ten
2 1972-09-11 12 Washington (1-0-0) 9 Down 3 Pac-8
2 1972-09-11 13 Arizona State 12 Down 1 WAC
2 1972-09-11 14 Notre Dame 13 Down 1 Ind
2 1972-09-11 15 Texas 14 Down 1 SWC
2 1972-09-11 16 Georgia 17 Up 1 SEC
2 1972-09-11 17 Arkansas (0-1-0) 4 Down 13 SWC
2 1972-09-11 18 Purdue 18 NC Big Ten
2 1972-09-11 19 Mississippi 16 Down 3 SEC
2 1972-09-11 20 Florida State (1-0-0) 19 Down 1 Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1972-09-18 1 Southern California (2-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
3 1972-09-18 2 Oklahoma (1-0-0) 4 Up 2 Big 8
3 1972-09-18 3 Colorado (2-0-0) 2 Down 1 Big 8
3 1972-09-18 4 Ohio State (1-0-0) 3 Down 1 Big Ten
3 1972-09-18 5 Tennessee (2-0-0) 7 Up 2 SEC
3 1972-09-18 6 UCLA (2-0-0) 8 Up 2 Pac-8
3 1972-09-18 7 Alabama (1-0-0) 5 Down 2 SEC
3 1972-09-18 8 Louisiana State (1-0-0) 9 Up 1 SEC
3 1972-09-18 9 Nebraska (1-1-0) 10 Up 1 Big 8
3 1972-09-18 10 Arizona State (1-0-0) 13 Up 3 WAC
3 1972-09-18 11 Penn State (0-1-0) 6 Down 5 Ind
3 1972-09-18 12 Michigan (1-0-0) 11 Down 1 Big Ten
3 1972-09-18 13 Notre Dame 14 Up 1 Ind
3 1972-09-18 14 Texas 15 Up 1 SWC
3 1972-09-18 15 Washington (2-0-0) 12 Down 3 Pac-8
3 1972-09-18 16 Georgia (1-0-0) 16 NC SEC
3 1972-09-18 17 Florida State (2-0-0) 20 Up 3 Ind
3 1972-09-18 18 Michigan State (1-0-0) Up  Big Ten
3 1972-09-18 19 Stanford (1-0-0) Up  Pac-8
3 1972-09-18 20 Mississippi (1-0-0) 19 Down 1 SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1972-09-25 1 Southern California (3-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
4 1972-09-25 2 Oklahoma (2-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
4 1972-09-25 3 Colorado (3-0-0) 3 NC Big 8
4 1972-09-25 4 Tennessee (3-0-0) 5 Up 1 SEC
4 1972-09-25 5 Ohio State (1-0-0) 4 Down 1 Big Ten
4 1972-09-25 6 Alabama (2-0-0) 7 Up 1 SEC
4 1972-09-25 7 Nebraska (2-1-0) 9 Up 2 Big 8
4 1972-09-25 8 Michigan (2-0-0) 12 Up 4 Big Ten
4 1972-09-25 9 Louisiana State (2-0-0) 8 Down 1 SEC
4 1972-09-25 10 Notre Dame (1-0-0) 13 Up 3 Ind
4 1972-09-25 11 Arizona State (2-0-0) 10 Down 1 WAC
4 1972-09-25 12 Texas (1-0-0) 14 Up 2 SWC
4 1972-09-25 13 Penn State (1-1-0) 11 Down 2 Ind
4 1972-09-25 14 Washington (3-0-0) 15 Up 1 Pac-8
4 1972-09-25 15 UCLA (2-1-0) 6 Down 9 Pac-8
4 1972-09-25 16 Florida State (3-0-0) 17 Up 1 Ind
4 1972-09-25 17 Mississippi (2-0-0) 20 Up 3 SEC
4 1972-09-25 18 Tulane (2-0-0) Up  Ind
4 1972-09-25 19 Stanford (2-0-0) 19 NC Pac-8
4 1972-09-25 20 West Virginia (3-0-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1972-10-02 1 Southern California (4-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
5 1972-10-02 2 Oklahoma (3-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
5 1972-10-02 3 Ohio State (2-0-0) 5 Up 2 Big Ten
5 1972-10-02 4 Alabama (3-0-0) 6 Up 2 SEC
5 1972-10-02 5 Michigan (3-0-0) 8 Up 3 Big Ten
5 1972-10-02 6 Nebraska (3-1-0) 7 Up 1 Big 8
5 1972-10-02 7 Notre Dame (2-0-0) 10 Up 3 Ind
5 1972-10-02 8 Louisiana State (3-0-0) 9 Up 1 SEC
5 1972-10-02 9 Texas (2-0-0) 12 Up 3 SWC
5 1972-10-02 10 Tennessee (3-1-0) 4 Down 6 SEC
5 1972-10-02 11 Washington (4-0-0) 14 Up 3 Pac-8
5 1972-10-02 12 Colorado (3-1-0) 3 Down 9 Big 8
5 1972-10-02 13 Florida State (4-0-0) 16 Up 3 Ind
5 1972-10-02 14 UCLA (3-1-0) 15 Up 1 Pac-8
5 1972-10-02 15 Stanford (3-0-0) 19 Up 4 Pac-8
5 1972-10-02 16 Penn State (2-1-0) 13 Down 3 Ind
5 1972-10-02 17 Auburn (3-0-0) Up  SEC
5 1972-10-02 18 Mississippi (3-0-0) 17 Down 1 SEC
5 1972-10-02 19 Air Force (3-0-0) Up  Ind
5 1972-10-02 20 Iowa State (3-0-0) Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1972-10-09 1 Southern California (5-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
6 1972-10-09 2 Oklahoma (3-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
6 1972-10-09 3 Alabama (4-0-0) 4 Up 1 SEC
6 1972-10-09 4 Ohio State (3-0-0) 3 Down 1 Big Ten
6 1972-10-09 5 Michigan (4-0-0) 5 NC Big Ten
6 1972-10-09 6 Nebraska (3-1-0) 6 NC Big 8
6 1972-10-09 7 Notre Dame (3-0-0) 7 NC Ind
6 1972-10-09 8 Louisiana State (4-0-0) 8 NC SEC
6 1972-10-09 9 Auburn (4-0-0) 17 Up 8 SEC
6 1972-10-09 10 Texas (3-0-0) 9 Down 1 SWC
6 1972-10-09 11 Tennessee (4-1-0) 10 Down 1 SEC
6 1972-10-09 12 Washington (5-0-0) 11 Down 1 Pac-8
6 1972-10-09 13 Colorado (4-1-0) 12 Down 1 Big 8
6 1972-10-09 14 UCLA (4-1-0) 14 NC Pac-8
6 1972-10-09 15 Penn State (3-1-0) 16 Up 1 Ind
6 1972-10-09 16 Air Force (4-0-0) 19 Up 3 Ind
6 1972-10-09 17 Stanford (3-1-0) 15 Down 2 Pac-8
6 1972-10-09 18 Iowa State (3-0-0) 20 Up 2 Big 8
6 1972-10-09 19 Oklahoma State (3-1-0) Up  Big 8
6 1972-10-09 20 Arkansas (3-1-0) Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1972-10-16 1 Southern California (6-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
7 1972-10-16 2 Oklahoma (4-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
7 1972-10-16 3 Alabama (5-0-0) 3 NC SEC
7 1972-10-16 4 Ohio State (4-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
7 1972-10-16 5 Nebraska (4-1-0) 6 Up 1 Big 8
7 1972-10-16 6 Michigan (5-0-0) 5 Down 1 Big Ten
7 1972-10-16 7 Louisiana State (5-0-0) 8 Up 1 SEC
7 1972-10-16 8 Notre Dame (4-0-0) 7 Down 1 Ind
7 1972-10-16 9 Colorado (5-1-0) 13 Up 4 Big 8
7 1972-10-16 10 Tennessee (4-1-0) 11 Up 1 SEC
7 1972-10-16 11 UCLA (5-1-0) 14 Up 3 Pac-8
7 1972-10-16 12 Penn State (4-1-0) 15 Up 3 Ind
7 1972-10-16 13 Stanford (4-1-0) 17 Up 4 Pac-8
7 1972-10-16 14 Auburn (4-1-0) 9 Down 5 SEC
7 1972-10-16 14 Texas (3-1-0) 10 Down 4 SWC
7 1972-10-16 16 Air Force (5-0-0) 16 NC Ind
7 1972-10-16 17 Arkansas (4-1-0) 20 Up 3 SWC
7 1972-10-16 18 Washington (5-1-0) 12 Down 6 Pac-8
7 1972-10-16 19 Arizona State (4-1-0) Up  WAC
7 1972-10-16 20 Iowa State (3-1-0) 18 Down 2 Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1972-10-23 1 Southern California (7-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
8 1972-10-23 2 Alabama (6-0-0) 3 Up 1 SEC
8 1972-10-23 3 Nebraska (5-1-0) 5 Up 2 Big 8
8 1972-10-23 4 Ohio State (5-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
8 1972-10-23 5 Michigan (6-0-0) 6 Up 1 Big Ten
8 1972-10-23 6 Louisiana State (6-0-0) 7 Up 1 SEC
8 1972-10-23 7 Colorado (6-1-0) 9 Up 2 Big 8
8 1972-10-23 8 Oklahoma (4-1-0) 2 Down 6 Big 8
8 1972-10-23 9 UCLA (6-1-0) 11 Up 2 Pac-8
8 1972-10-23 10 Texas (4-1-0) 14 Up 4 SWC
8 1972-10-23 11 Penn State (5-1-0) 12 Up 1 Ind
8 1972-10-23 12 Auburn (5-1-0) 14 Up 2 SEC
8 1972-10-23 13 Notre Dame (4-1-0) 8 Down 5 Ind
8 1972-10-23 14 Tennessee (4-2-0) 10 Down 4 SEC
8 1972-10-23 15 Iowa State (4-1-0) 20 Up 5 Big 8
8 1972-10-23 16 Arizona State (5-1-0) 19 Up 3 WAC
8 1972-10-23 17 Florida State (6-1-0) Up  Ind
8 1972-10-23 18 Arkansas (4-2-0) 17 Down 1 SWC
8 1972-10-23 18 Southern Methodist (4-1-0) Up  SWC
8 1972-10-23 18 West Virginia (5-2-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1972-10-30 1 Southern California (8-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
9 1972-10-30 2 Alabama (7-0-0) 2 NC SEC
9 1972-10-30 3 Nebraska (6-1-0) 3 NC Big 8
9 1972-10-30 4 Michigan (7-0-0) 5 Up 1 Big Ten
9 1972-10-30 5 Ohio State (6-0-0) 4 Down 1 Big Ten
9 1972-10-30 6 Louisiana State (6-0-0) 6 NC SEC
9 1972-10-30 7 Oklahoma (5-1-0) 8 Up 1 Big 8
9 1972-10-30 8 UCLA (7-1-0) 9 Up 1 Pac-8
9 1972-10-30 9 Texas (5-1-0) 10 Up 1 SWC
9 1972-10-30 10 Penn State (6-1-0) 11 Up 1 Ind
9 1972-10-30 11 Auburn (6-1-0) 12 Up 1 SEC
9 1972-10-30 12 Notre Dame (5-1-0) 13 Up 1 Ind
9 1972-10-30 13 Tennessee (5-2-0) 14 Up 1 SEC
9 1972-10-30 14 Iowa State (5-1-0) 15 Up 1 Big 8
9 1972-10-30 15 Colorado (6-2-0) 7 Down 8 Big 8
9 1972-10-30 16 Missouri (4-3-0) Up  Big 8
9 1972-10-30 17 Louisville (6-0-0) Up  MVC
9 1972-10-30 18 Texas Tech (6-1-0) Up  SWC
9 1972-10-30 19 Air Force (6-1-0) Up  Ind
9 1972-10-30 20 Arkansas (5-2-0) 18 Down 2 SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1972-11-06 1 Southern California (9-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
10 1972-11-06 2 Alabama (8-0-0) 2 NC SEC
10 1972-11-06 3 Nebraska (7-1-0) 3 NC Big 8
10 1972-11-06 4 Michigan (8-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
10 1972-11-06 5 Ohio State (7-0-0) 5 NC Big Ten
10 1972-11-06 6 Louisiana State (7-0-0) 6 NC SEC
10 1972-11-06 7 Oklahoma (6-1-0) 7 NC Big 8
10 1972-11-06 8 UCLA (8-1-0) 8 NC Pac-8
10 1972-11-06 9 Texas (6-1-0) 9 NC SWC
10 1972-11-06 10 Penn State (7-1-0) 10 NC Ind
10 1972-11-06 11 Auburn (7-1-0) 11 NC SEC
10 1972-11-06 12 Notre Dame (6-1-0) 12 NC Ind
10 1972-11-06 13 Tennessee (6-2-0) 13 NC SEC
10 1972-11-06 14 Missouri (5-3-0) 16 Up 2 Big 8
10 1972-11-06 15 Texas Tech (7-1-0) 18 Up 3 SWC
10 1972-11-06 16 Colorado (6-3-0) 15 Down 1 Big 8
10 1972-11-06 17 Iowa State (5-2-0) 14 Down 3 Big 8
10 1972-11-06 18 North Carolina (6-1-0) Up  ACC
10 1972-11-06 19 Arizona State (6-2-0) Up  WAC
10 1972-11-06 20 Stanford (5-3-0) Up  Pac-8
10 1972-11-06 20 Yale (5-1-0) Up  Ivy
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1972-11-13 1 Southern California (9-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
11 1972-11-13 2 Alabama (9-0-0) 2 NC SEC
11 1972-11-13 3 Michigan (9-0-0) 4 Up 1 Big Ten
11 1972-11-13 4 Oklahoma (7-1-0) 7 Up 3 Big 8
11 1972-11-13 5 Nebraska (7-1-1) 3 Down 2 Big 8
11 1972-11-13 6 Penn State (8-1-0) 10 Up 4 Ind
11 1972-11-13 7 Texas (7-1-0) 9 Up 2 SWC
11 1972-11-13 8 Louisiana State (7-1-0) 6 Down 2 SEC
11 1972-11-13 9 Ohio State (7-1-0) 5 Down 4 Big Ten
11 1972-11-13 10 Notre Dame (7-1-0) 12 Up 2 Ind
11 1972-11-13 11 Auburn (7-1-0) 11 NC SEC
11 1972-11-13 12 Iowa State (5-2-1) 17 Up 5 Big 8
11 1972-11-13 13 Tennessee (6-2-0) 13 NC SEC
11 1972-11-13 14 UCLA (8-2-0) 8 Down 6 Pac-8
11 1972-11-13 15 Colorado (7-3-0) 16 Up 1 Big 8
11 1972-11-13 16 North Carolina (7-1-0) 18 Up 2 ACC
11 1972-11-13 17 Washington (8-2-0) Up  Pac-8
11 1972-11-13 18 Arizona State (7-2-0) 19 Up 1 WAC
11 1972-11-13 19 Missouri (5-4-0) 14 Down 5 Big 8
11 1972-11-13 20 Washington State (6-4-0) Up  Pac-8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1972-11-20 1 Southern California (10-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
12 1972-11-20 2 Alabama (10-0-0) 2 NC SEC
12 1972-11-20 3 Michigan (10-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
12 1972-11-20 4 Oklahoma (8-1-0) 4 NC Big 8
12 1972-11-20 5 Nebraska (8-1-1) 5 NC Big 8
12 1972-11-20 6 Penn State (9-1-0) 6 NC Ind
12 1972-11-20 7 Texas (8-1-0) 7 NC SWC
12 1972-11-20 8 Louisiana State (8-1-0) 8 NC SEC
12 1972-11-20 9 Ohio State (8-1-0) 9 NC Big Ten
12 1972-11-20 10 Auburn (8-1-0) 11 Up 1 SEC
12 1972-11-20 11 Notre Dame (8-1-0) 10 Down 1 Ind
12 1972-11-20 12 Tennessee (7-2-0) 13 Up 1 SEC
12 1972-11-20 13 Colorado (8-3-0) 15 Up 2 Big 8
12 1972-11-20 14 UCLA (8-3-0) 14 NC Pac-8
12 1972-11-20 15 North Carolina (8-1-0) 16 Up 1 ACC
12 1972-11-20 16 Missouri (6-4-0) 19 Up 3 Big 8
12 1972-11-20 17 Iowa State (5-3-1) 12 Down 5 Big 8
12 1972-11-20 18 Arizona State (8-2-0) 18 NC WAC
12 1972-11-20 19 Washington State (7-4-0) 20 Up 1 Pac-8
12 1972-11-20 20 Texas Tech (8-2-0) Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1972-11-27 1 Southern California (10-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
13 1972-11-27 2 Alabama (10-0-0) 2 NC SEC
13 1972-11-27 3 Oklahoma (9-1-0) 4 Up 1 Big 8
13 1972-11-27 4 Ohio State (9-1-0) 9 Up 5 Big Ten
13 1972-11-27 5 Penn State (10-1-0) 6 Up 1 Ind
13 1972-11-27 6 Texas (9-1-0) 7 Up 1 SWC
13 1972-11-27 7 Michigan (10-1-0) 3 Down 4 Big Ten
13 1972-11-27 8 Nebraska (8-2-1) 5 Down 3 Big 8
13 1972-11-27 9 Auburn (8-1-0) 10 Up 1 SEC
13 1972-11-27 10 Notre Dame (8-1-0) 11 Up 1 Ind
13 1972-11-27 11 Louisiana State (8-1-1) 8 Down 3 SEC
13 1972-11-27 12 Tennessee (8-2-0) 12 NC SEC
13 1972-11-27 13 Colorado (8-3-0) 13 NC Big 8
13 1972-11-27 14 North Carolina (9-1-0) 15 Up 1 ACC
13 1972-11-27 15 UCLA (8-3-0) 14 Down 1 Pac-8
13 1972-11-27 16 Arizona State (9-2-0) 18 Up 2 WAC
13 1972-11-27 17 Louisville (9-1-0) Up  MVC
13 1972-11-27 18 West Virginia (8-3-0) Up  Ind
13 1972-11-27 19 Washington State (7-4-0) 19 NC Pac-8
13 1972-11-27 20 Oklahoma State (6-4-0) Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 1972-12-04 1 Southern California (11-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
14 1972-12-04 2 Oklahoma (10-1-0) 3 Up 1 Big 8
14 1972-12-04 3 Ohio State (9-1-0) 4 Up 1 Big Ten
14 1972-12-04 4 Alabama (10-1-0) 2 Down 2 SEC
14 1972-12-04 5 Penn State (10-1-0) 5 NC Ind
14 1972-12-04 6 Auburn (9-1-0) 9 Up 3 SEC
14 1972-12-04 7 Texas (9-1-0) 6 Down 1 SWC
14 1972-12-04 8 Michigan (10-1-0) 7 Down 1 Big Ten
14 1972-12-04 9 Nebraska (8-2-1) 8 Down 1 Big 8
14 1972-12-04 10 Louisiana State (9-1-1) 11 Up 1 SEC
14 1972-12-04 11 Tennessee (9-2-0) 12 Up 1 SEC
14 1972-12-04 12 Notre Dame (8-2-0) 10 Down 2 Ind
14 1972-12-04 13 Colorado (8-3-0) 13 NC Big 8
14 1972-12-04 14 UCLA (8-3-0) 15 Up 1 Pac-8
14 1972-12-04 15 Arizona State (9-2-0) 16 Up 1 WAC
14 1972-12-04 16 North Carolina (9-1-0) 14 Down 2 ACC
14 1972-12-04 17 Louisville (9-1-0) 17 NC MVC
14 1972-12-04 18 West Virginia (8-3-0) 18 NC Ind
14 1972-12-04 19 Washington State (7-4-0) 19 NC Pac-8
14 1972-12-04 20 Purdue (6-5-0) Up  Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
15 Final 1 Southern California 1 NC Pac-8
15 Final 2 Oklahoma 2 NC Big 8
15 Final 3 Texas 7 Up 4 SWC
15 Final 4 Nebraska 9 Up 5 Big 8
15 Final 5 Auburn 6 Up 1 SEC
15 Final 6 Michigan 8 Up 2 Big Ten
15 Final 7 Alabama 4 Down 3 SEC
15 Final 8 Tennessee 11 Up 3 SEC
15 Final 9 Ohio State 3 Down 6 Big Ten
15 Final 10 Penn State 5 Down 5 Ind
15 Final 11 Louisiana State 10 Down 1 SEC
15 Final 12 North Carolina 16 Up 4 ACC
15 Final 13 Arizona State 15 Up 2 WAC
15 Final 14 Notre Dame 12 Down 2 Ind
15 Final 15 UCLA 14 Down 1 Pac-8
15 Final 16 Colorado 13 Down 3 Big 8
15 Final 17 North Carolina State Up  ACC
15 Final 18 Louisville 17 Down 1 MVC
15 Final 19 Washington State 19 NC Pac-8
15 Final 20 Georgia Tech Up  Ind