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National Champions: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF), Alabama (UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: John Cappelletti (Penn State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Johnny Majors (Pittsburgh)

AP Preseason #1: Southern California ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Southern California NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 2 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 3 Texas NA SWC
1 Preseason 4 Nebraska NA Big 8
1 Preseason 5 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 6 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 7 Penn State NA Ind
1 Preseason 8 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 9 Tennessee NA SEC
1 Preseason 10 UCLA NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 11 Colorado NA Big 8
1 Preseason 11 Oklahoma NA Big 8
1 Preseason 13 Auburn NA SEC
1 Preseason 14 Arizona State NA WAC
1 Preseason 15 Florida NA SEC
1 Preseason 16 Louisiana State NA SEC
1 Preseason 17 North Carolina State NA ACC
1 Preseason 18 Houston NA Ind
1 Preseason 19 North Carolina NA ACC
1 Preseason 20 Texas Tech NA SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1973-09-10 1 Southern California 1 NC Pac-8
2 1973-09-10 2 Nebraska 4 Up 2 Big 8
2 1973-09-10 3 Ohio State 2 Down 1 Big Ten
2 1973-09-10 4 Texas 3 Down 1 SWC
2 1973-09-10 5 Michigan 5 NC Big Ten
2 1973-09-10 6 Alabama 6 NC SEC
2 1973-09-10 7 Penn State 7 NC Ind
2 1973-09-10 8 Notre Dame 8 NC Ind
2 1973-09-10 9 Tennessee 9 NC SEC
2 1973-09-10 10 Colorado 11 Up 1 Big 8
2 1973-09-10 11 Oklahoma 11 NC Big 8
2 1973-09-10 12 Auburn 13 Up 1 SEC
2 1973-09-10 13 Arizona State 14 Up 1 WAC
2 1973-09-10 14 Florida 15 Up 1 SEC
2 1973-09-10 15 Louisiana State 16 Up 1 SEC
2 1973-09-10 16 UCLA 10 Down 6 Pac-8
2 1973-09-10 17 North Carolina State 17 NC ACC
2 1973-09-10 18 Houston 18 NC Ind
2 1973-09-10 19 North Carolina 19 NC ACC
2 1973-09-10 20 Texas Tech 20 NC SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1973-09-17 1 Southern California 1 NC Pac-8
3 1973-09-17 2 Nebraska 2 NC Big 8
3 1973-09-17 3 Ohio State 3 NC Big Ten
3 1973-09-17 4 Alabama 6 Up 2 SEC
3 1973-09-17 5 Michigan 5 NC Big Ten
3 1973-09-17 6 Texas 4 Down 2 SWC
3 1973-09-17 7 Penn State 7 NC Ind
3 1973-09-17 8 Notre Dame 8 NC Ind
3 1973-09-17 9 Oklahoma 11 Up 2 Big 8
3 1973-09-17 10 Tennessee 9 Down 1 SEC
3 1973-09-17 11 Louisiana State 15 Up 4 SEC
3 1973-09-17 12 Auburn 12 NC SEC
3 1973-09-17 13 Arizona State 13 NC WAC
3 1973-09-17 14 North Carolina State 17 Up 3 ACC
3 1973-09-17 15 Florida 14 Down 1 SEC
3 1973-09-17 16 Houston 18 Up 2 Ind
3 1973-09-17 17 Oklahoma State Up  Big 8
3 1973-09-17 18 UCLA 16 Down 2 Pac-8
3 1973-09-17 19 Colorado 10 Down 9 Big 8
3 1973-09-17 20 Bowling Green State Up  MAC
3 1973-09-17 20 Missouri Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1973-09-24 1 Southern California 1 NC Pac-8
4 1973-09-24 2 Nebraska 2 NC Big 8
4 1973-09-24 3 Ohio State 3 NC Big Ten
4 1973-09-24 4 Michigan 5 Up 1 Big Ten
4 1973-09-24 5 Alabama 4 Down 1 SEC
4 1973-09-24 6 Penn State 7 Up 1 Ind
4 1973-09-24 7 Notre Dame 8 Up 1 Ind
4 1973-09-24 8 Oklahoma 9 Up 1 Big 8
4 1973-09-24 9 Tennessee 10 Up 1 SEC
4 1973-09-24 10 Louisiana State 11 Up 1 SEC
4 1973-09-24 11 Auburn 12 Up 1 SEC
4 1973-09-24 12 Oklahoma State 17 Up 5 Big 8
4 1973-09-24 13 Arizona State 13 NC WAC
4 1973-09-24 14 Texas 6 Down 8 SWC
4 1973-09-24 15 Houston 16 Up 1 Ind
4 1973-09-24 16 Florida 15 Down 1 SEC
4 1973-09-24 17 UCLA 18 Up 1 Pac-8
4 1973-09-24 18 Miami (FL) Up  Ind
4 1973-09-24 19 North Carolina State 14 Down 5 ACC
4 1973-09-24 20 Missouri 20 NC Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1973-10-01 1 Ohio State 3 Up 2 Big Ten
5 1973-10-01 2 Nebraska 2 NC Big 8
5 1973-10-01 3 Alabama 5 Up 2 SEC
5 1973-10-01 4 Southern California 1 Down 3 Pac-8
5 1973-10-01 5 Michigan 4 Down 1 Big Ten
5 1973-10-01 6 Oklahoma 8 Up 2 Big 8
5 1973-10-01 7 Penn State 6 Down 1 Ind
5 1973-10-01 8 Notre Dame 7 Down 1 Ind
5 1973-10-01 9 Tennessee 9 NC SEC
5 1973-10-01 10 Louisiana State 10 NC SEC
5 1973-10-01 11 Oklahoma State 12 Up 1 Big 8
5 1973-10-01 12 Arizona State 13 Up 1 WAC
5 1973-10-01 13 Texas 14 Up 1 SWC
5 1973-10-01 14 Houston 15 Up 1 Ind
5 1973-10-01 15 Missouri 20 Up 5 Big 8
5 1973-10-01 16 UCLA 17 Up 1 Pac-8
5 1973-10-01 17 Miami (FL) 18 Up 1 Ind
5 1973-10-01 18 Colorado Up  Big 8
5 1973-10-01 19 Southern Methodist Up  SWC
5 1973-10-01 20 West Virginia Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1973-10-08 1 Ohio State 1 NC Big Ten
6 1973-10-08 2 Nebraska 2 NC Big 8
6 1973-10-08 3 Alabama 3 NC SEC
6 1973-10-08 4 Southern California 4 NC Pac-8
6 1973-10-08 5 Michigan 5 NC Big Ten
6 1973-10-08 6 Oklahoma 6 NC Big 8
6 1973-10-08 7 Penn State 7 NC Ind
6 1973-10-08 8 Tennessee 9 Up 1 SEC
6 1973-10-08 9 Notre Dame 8 Down 1 Ind
6 1973-10-08 10 Louisiana State 10 NC SEC
6 1973-10-08 11 Arizona State 12 Up 1 WAC
6 1973-10-08 12 Missouri 15 Up 3 Big 8
6 1973-10-08 13 Texas 13 NC SWC
6 1973-10-08 14 Houston 14 NC Ind
6 1973-10-08 15 UCLA 16 Up 1 Pac-8
6 1973-10-08 16 Miami (FL) 17 Up 1 Ind
6 1973-10-08 17 Colorado 18 Up 1 Big 8
6 1973-10-08 18 Tulane Up  Ind
6 1973-10-08 19 Kansas Up  Big 8
6 1973-10-08 20 Miami (OH) Up  MAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1973-10-15 1 Ohio State 1 NC Big Ten
7 1973-10-15 2 Alabama 3 Up 1 SEC
7 1973-10-15 3 Oklahoma 6 Up 3 Big 8
7 1973-10-15 4 Michigan 5 Up 1 Big Ten
7 1973-10-15 5 Penn State 7 Up 2 Ind
7 1973-10-15 6 Southern California 4 Down 2 Pac-8
7 1973-10-15 7 Missouri 12 Up 5 Big 8
7 1973-10-15 8 Notre Dame 9 Up 1 Ind
7 1973-10-15 9 Louisiana State 10 Up 1 SEC
7 1973-10-15 10 Tennessee 8 Down 2 SEC
7 1973-10-15 11 Nebraska 2 Down 9 Big 8
7 1973-10-15 12 Arizona State 11 Down 1 WAC
7 1973-10-15 13 UCLA 15 Up 2 Pac-8
7 1973-10-15 14 Houston 14 NC Ind
7 1973-10-15 15 Miami (FL) 16 Up 1 Ind
7 1973-10-15 16 Colorado 17 Up 1 Big 8
7 1973-10-15 17 Tulane 18 Up 1 Ind
7 1973-10-15 18 Kansas 19 Up 1 Big 8
7 1973-10-15 19 Arizona Up  WAC
7 1973-10-15 20 Miami (OH) 20 NC MAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1973-10-22 1 Ohio State 1 NC Big Ten
8 1973-10-22 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
8 1973-10-22 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
8 1973-10-22 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
8 1973-10-22 5 Penn State 5 NC Ind
8 1973-10-22 6 Southern California 6 NC Pac-8
8 1973-10-22 7 Missouri 7 NC Big 8
8 1973-10-22 8 Notre Dame 8 NC Ind
8 1973-10-22 9 Louisiana State 9 NC SEC
8 1973-10-22 10 Nebraska 11 Up 1 Big 8
8 1973-10-22 11 Arizona State 12 Up 1 WAC
8 1973-10-22 12 Houston 14 Up 2 Ind
8 1973-10-22 13 UCLA 13 NC Pac-8
8 1973-10-22 14 Tennessee 10 Down 4 SEC
8 1973-10-22 15 Tulane 17 Up 2 Ind
8 1973-10-22 16 Miami (OH) 20 Up 4 MAC
8 1973-10-22 17 Kansas 18 Up 1 Big 8
8 1973-10-22 18 Texas Tech Up  SWC
8 1973-10-22 19 Texas Up  SWC
8 1973-10-22 20 Richmond Up  Southern
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1973-10-29 1 Ohio State 1 NC Big Ten
9 1973-10-29 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
9 1973-10-29 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
9 1973-10-29 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
9 1973-10-29 5 Notre Dame 8 Up 3 Ind
9 1973-10-29 6 Penn State 5 Down 1 Ind
9 1973-10-29 7 Louisiana State 9 Up 2 SEC
9 1973-10-29 8 Arizona State 11 Up 3 WAC
9 1973-10-29 9 Southern California 6 Down 3 Pac-8
9 1973-10-29 10 UCLA 13 Up 3 Pac-8
9 1973-10-29 11 Tennessee 14 Up 3 SEC
9 1973-10-29 12 Missouri 7 Down 5 Big 8
9 1973-10-29 13 Nebraska 10 Down 3 Big 8
9 1973-10-29 14 Tulane 15 Up 1 Ind
9 1973-10-29 15 Texas Tech 18 Up 3 SWC
9 1973-10-29 16 Miami (OH) 16 NC MAC
9 1973-10-29 17 Colorado Up  Big 8
9 1973-10-29 18 Houston 12 Down 6 Ind
9 1973-10-29 19 Texas 19 NC SWC
9 1973-10-29 19 Auburn Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1973-11-05 1 Ohio State 1 NC Big Ten
10 1973-11-05 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
10 1973-11-05 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
10 1973-11-05 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
10 1973-11-05 5 Notre Dame 5 NC Ind
10 1973-11-05 6 Penn State 6 NC Ind
10 1973-11-05 7 Louisiana State 7 NC SEC
10 1973-11-05 8 Southern California 9 Up 1 Pac-8
10 1973-11-05 9 UCLA 10 Up 1 Pac-8
10 1973-11-05 10 Missouri 12 Up 2 Big 8
10 1973-11-05 11 Nebraska 13 Up 2 Big 8
10 1973-11-05 12 Texas Tech 15 Up 3 SWC
10 1973-11-05 13 Texas 19 Up 6 SWC
10 1973-11-05 14 Arizona State 8 Down 6 WAC
10 1973-11-05 15 Houston 18 Up 3 Ind
10 1973-11-05 16 Tennessee 11 Down 5 SEC
10 1973-11-05 17 Miami (OH) 16 Down 1 MAC
10 1973-11-05 18 Kansas Up  Big 8
10 1973-11-05 19 Kent State Up  MAC
10 1973-11-05 20 Pittsburgh Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1973-11-12 1 Ohio State 1 NC Big Ten
11 1973-11-12 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
11 1973-11-12 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
11 1973-11-12 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
11 1973-11-12 5 Notre Dame 5 NC Ind
11 1973-11-12 6 Penn State 6 NC Ind
11 1973-11-12 7 Louisiana State 7 NC SEC
11 1973-11-12 8 UCLA 9 Up 1 Pac-8
11 1973-11-12 9 Southern California 8 Down 1 Pac-8
11 1973-11-12 10 Nebraska 11 Up 1 Big 8
11 1973-11-12 11 Texas 13 Up 2 SWC
11 1973-11-12 12 Texas Tech 12 NC SWC
11 1973-11-12 13 Arizona State 14 Up 1 WAC
11 1973-11-12 14 Missouri 10 Down 4 Big 8
11 1973-11-12 15 Houston 15 NC Ind
11 1973-11-12 16 Tennessee 16 NC SEC
11 1973-11-12 17 Miami (OH) 17 NC MAC
11 1973-11-12 18 Kansas 18 NC Big 8
11 1973-11-12 19 Arizona Up  WAC
11 1973-11-12 20 North Carolina State Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1973-11-19 1 Ohio State 1 NC Big Ten
12 1973-11-19 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
12 1973-11-19 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
12 1973-11-19 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
12 1973-11-19 5 Notre Dame 5 NC Ind
12 1973-11-19 6 Penn State 6 NC Ind
12 1973-11-19 7 Louisiana State 7 NC SEC
12 1973-11-19 8 UCLA 8 NC Pac-8
12 1973-11-19 9 Southern California 9 NC Pac-8
12 1973-11-19 10 Nebraska 10 NC Big 8
12 1973-11-19 11 Texas 11 NC SWC
12 1973-11-19 12 Texas Tech 12 NC SWC
12 1973-11-19 13 Arizona State 13 NC WAC
12 1973-11-19 14 Houston 15 Up 1 Ind
12 1973-11-19 15 Miami (OH) 17 Up 2 MAC
12 1973-11-19 16 North Carolina State 20 Up 4 ACC
12 1973-11-19 17 Tulane Up  Ind
12 1973-11-19 18 Oklahoma State Up  Big 8
12 1973-11-19 19 Missouri 14 Down 5 Big 8
12 1973-11-19 20 Kansas 18 Down 2 Big 8
12 1973-11-19 20 Pittsburgh Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1973-11-26 1 Alabama 2 Up 1 SEC
13 1973-11-26 2 Oklahoma 3 Up 1 Big 8
13 1973-11-26 3 Ohio State 1 Down 2 Big Ten
13 1973-11-26 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
13 1973-11-26 5 Notre Dame 5 NC Ind
13 1973-11-26 6 Penn State 6 NC Ind
13 1973-11-26 7 Southern California 9 Up 2 Pac-8
13 1973-11-26 8 Louisiana State 7 Down 1 SEC
13 1973-11-26 9 Texas 11 Up 2 SWC
13 1973-11-26 10 UCLA 8 Down 2 Pac-8
13 1973-11-26 11 Arizona State 13 Up 2 WAC
13 1973-11-26 12 Texas Tech 12 NC SWC
13 1973-11-26 13 Nebraska 10 Down 3 Big 8
13 1973-11-26 14 Houston 14 NC Ind
13 1973-11-26 15 Miami (OH) 15 NC MAC
13 1973-11-26 16 North Carolina State 16 NC ACC
13 1973-11-26 17 Kansas 20 Up 3 Big 8
13 1973-11-26 18 Maryland Up  ACC
13 1973-11-26 19 Tennessee Up  SEC
13 1973-11-26 20 Missouri 19 Down 1 Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 1973-12-03 1 Alabama 1 NC SEC
14 1973-12-03 2 Oklahoma 2 NC Big 8
14 1973-12-03 3 Notre Dame 5 Up 2 Ind
14 1973-12-03 4 Ohio State 3 Down 1 Big Ten
14 1973-12-03 5 Michigan 4 Down 1 Big Ten
14 1973-12-03 6 Penn State 6 NC Ind
14 1973-12-03 7 Southern California 7 NC Pac-8
14 1973-12-03 8 Texas 9 Up 1 SWC
14 1973-12-03 9 UCLA 10 Up 1 Pac-8
14 1973-12-03 10 Arizona State 11 Up 1 WAC
14 1973-12-03 11 Texas Tech 12 Up 1 SWC
14 1973-12-03 12 Nebraska 13 Up 1 Big 8
14 1973-12-03 13 Louisiana State 8 Down 5 SEC
14 1973-12-03 14 Houston 14 NC Ind
14 1973-12-03 15 Miami (OH) 15 NC MAC
14 1973-12-03 16 North Carolina State 16 NC ACC
14 1973-12-03 17 Tulane Up  Ind
14 1973-12-03 18 Maryland 18 NC ACC
14 1973-12-03 19 Kansas 17 Down 2 Big 8
14 1973-12-03 20 Tennessee 19 Down 1 SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
15 Final 1 Notre Dame 3 Up 2 Ind
15 Final 2 Ohio State 4 Up 2 Big Ten
15 Final 3 Oklahoma 2 Down 1 Big 8
15 Final 4 Alabama 1 Down 3 SEC
15 Final 5 Penn State 6 Up 1 Ind
15 Final 6 Michigan 5 Down 1 Big Ten
15 Final 7 Nebraska 12 Up 5 Big 8
15 Final 8 Southern California 7 Down 1 Pac-8
15 Final 9 Arizona State 10 Up 1 WAC
15 Final 9 Houston 14 Up 5 Ind
15 Final 11 Texas Tech 11 NC SWC
15 Final 12 UCLA 9 Down 3 Pac-8
15 Final 13 Louisiana State 13 NC SEC
15 Final 14 Texas 8 Down 6 SWC
15 Final 15 Miami (OH) 15 NC MAC
15 Final 16 North Carolina State 16 NC ACC
15 Final 17 Missouri Up  Big 8
15 Final 18 Kansas 19 Up 1 Big 8
15 Final 19 Tennessee 20 Up 1 SEC
15 Final 20 Maryland 18 Down 2 ACC
15 Final 20 Tulane 17 Down 3 Ind