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1972 Year Summary

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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

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 Southeastern Conference 10 112 66 44 2 .598 4 2 2 0 .500 13.00 9.60 5 4 Alabama
2 Big Eight Conference 8 93 52 39 2 .570 5 2 3 0 .400 11.62 8.70 3 3 Nebraska
3 Southwest Conference 8 89 49 39 1 .556 2 1 1 0 .500 10.71 8.69 2 1 Texas
4 Pacific-8 Conference 8 89 50 39 0 .562 1 1 0 0 1.000 10.48 8.22 3 3 Southern California
5 Big Ten Conference 10 110 51 57 2 .473 1 0 1 0 .000 5.99 6.95 3 2 Michigan
Ohio State
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 79 39 38 2 .506 2 2 0 0 1.000 2.19 3.23 0 2 North Carolina
7 Ivy Group 8 72 37 31 4 .542 0 0 0 0 0.43 -1.53 0 0 Dartmouth
8 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 5 55 33 21 1 .609 0 0 0 0 -2.47 -5.12 0 0 San Diego State
9 Independent 33 358 167 183 8 .478 5 2 3 0 .400 -3.17 -2.34 3 3
10 Mid-American Conference 6 65 35 27 3 .562 1 0 1 0 .000 -6.94 -8.15 0 0 Kent State
11 Western Athletic Conference 8 88 37 51 0 .420 1 1 0 0 1.000 -7.86 -3.92 1 1 Arizona State
12 Missouri Valley Conference 8 87 39 47 1 .454 0 0 0 0 -9.50 -7.61 0 1 Drake
Louisville
West Texas A&M
13 Southern Conference 8 87 37 48 2 .437 0 0 0 0 -11.15 -9.20 0 0 East Carolina

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 12/4 Final
Southern California Pac-8 8 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Oklahoma Big 8 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 8 7 7 4 4 3 2 2
Texas SWC 14 15 14 12 9 10 14 10 9 9 7 7 6 7 3
Nebraska Big 8 1 10 9 7 6 6 5 3 3 3 5 5 8 9 4
Auburn SEC         17 9 14 12 11 11 11 10 9 6 5
Michigan Big Ten 10 11 12 8 5 5 6 5 4 4 3 3 7 8 6
Alabama SEC 7 5 7 6 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 7
Tennessee SEC 15 7 5 4 10 11 10 14 13 13 13 12 12 11 8
Ohio State Big Ten 3 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 5 9 9 4 3 9
Penn State Ind 5 6 11 13 16 15 12 11 10 10 6 6 5 5 10
Louisiana State SEC 11 9 8 9 8 8 7 6 6 6 8 8 11 10 11
North Carolina ACC                   18 16 15 14 16 12
Arizona State WAC 12 13 10 11     19 16   19 18 18 16 15 13
Notre Dame Ind 13 14 13 10 7 7 8 13 12 12 10 11 10 12 14
UCLA Pac-8   8 6 15 14 14 11 9 8 8 14 14 15 14 15
Colorado Big 8 2 2 3 3 12 13 9 7 15 16 15 13 13 13 16
North Carolina State ACC                             17
Louisville MVC                 17       17 17 18
Washington State Pac-8                     20 19 19 19 19
Georgia Tech Ind                             20
School Conf Pre 9/11 9/18 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 12/4 Final
Air Force Ind         19 16 16   19            
Arkansas SWC 4 17       20 17 18 20            
Florida State Ind 19 20 17 16 13     17              
Georgia SEC 17 16 16                        
Iowa State Big 8         20 18 20 15 14 17 12 17      
Michigan State Big Ten     18                        
Mississippi SEC 16 19 20 17 18                    
Missouri Big 8                 16 14 19 16      
Oklahoma State Big 8           19             20    
Purdue Big Ten 18 18                       20  
Southern Methodist SWC               18              
Stanford Pac-8 20   19 19 15 17 13     20          
Texas Tech SWC                 18 15   20      
Tulane Ind       18                      
Washington Pac-8 9 12 15 14 11 12 18       17        
West Virginia Ind       20       18         18 18  
Yale Ivy                   20          

Year Leaders

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Passing Efficiency Rating

1. John Hufnagel (Penn State) 148.0
2. Danny White (Arizona State) 143.6
3. Tony Adams (Utah State) 140.6
4. Steve Stetson (Dartmouth) 136.9
5. Bill Donckers (San Diego State) 136.3
6. Bruce Shaw (North Carolina State) 136.1
7. Randy Drake (Long Beach State) 130.9
8. Dave Humm* (Nebraska) 129.9
9. Mike Rae* (Southern California) 127.6
10. Don Van Galder (Utah) 127.1

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Richard Agle (Appalachian State) 25.2
2. Don Clune (Pennsylvania) 23.1
3. Danny Buggs (West Virginia) 22.6
4. Steve Holden (Arizona State) 22.3
5. Steve Odom (Utah) 22.1
6. Pat Kenney (North Carolina State) 21.9
7. Tim Dameron (East Carolina) 21.6
8. Drew Pearson (Tulsa) 20.9
9. Lynn Swann* (Southern California) 20.1
10. Jack Forde (Navy) 20.0

Total Yards Per Play

1. Don Strock (Virginia Tech) 6.6