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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 (1-0-0) 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 (0-1-0) 10 Down 6 Pac-8
2 1973-09-10 17 North Carolina State (1-0-0) 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 (1-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
3 1973-09-17 2 Nebraska (1-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
3 1973-09-17 3 Ohio State (1-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
3 1973-09-17 4 Alabama (1-0-0) 6 Up 2 SEC
3 1973-09-17 5 Michigan (1-0-0) 5 NC Big Ten
3 1973-09-17 6 Texas 4 Down 2 SWC
3 1973-09-17 7 Penn State (1-0-0) 7 NC Ind
3 1973-09-17 8 Notre Dame 8 NC Ind
3 1973-09-17 9 Oklahoma (1-0-0) 11 Up 2 Big 8
3 1973-09-17 10 Tennessee (1-0-0) 9 Down 1 SEC
3 1973-09-17 11 Louisiana State (1-0-0) 15 Up 4 SEC
3 1973-09-17 12 Auburn (1-0-0) 12 NC SEC
3 1973-09-17 13 Arizona State (1-0-0) 13 NC WAC
3 1973-09-17 14 North Carolina State (2-0-0) 17 Up 3 ACC
3 1973-09-17 15 Florida (1-0-0) 14 Down 1 SEC
3 1973-09-17 16 Houston (1-0-0) 18 Up 2 Ind
3 1973-09-17 17 Oklahoma State (1-0-0) Up  Big 8
3 1973-09-17 18 UCLA (0-1-0) 16 Down 2 Pac-8
3 1973-09-17 19 Colorado (0-1-0) 10 Down 9 Big 8
3 1973-09-17 20 Bowling Green State (1-0-0) Up  MAC
3 1973-09-17 20 Missouri (1-0-0) Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1973-09-24 1 Southern California (2-0-0) 1 NC Pac-8
4 1973-09-24 2 Nebraska (2-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
4 1973-09-24 3 Ohio State (1-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
4 1973-09-24 4 Michigan (2-0-0) 5 Up 1 Big Ten
4 1973-09-24 5 Alabama (2-0-0) 4 Down 1 SEC
4 1973-09-24 6 Penn State (2-0-0) 7 Up 1 Ind
4 1973-09-24 7 Notre Dame (1-0-0) 8 Up 1 Ind
4 1973-09-24 8 Oklahoma (1-0-0) 9 Up 1 Big 8
4 1973-09-24 9 Tennessee (2-0-0) 10 Up 1 SEC
4 1973-09-24 10 Louisiana State (2-0-0) 11 Up 1 SEC
4 1973-09-24 11 Auburn (2-0-0) 12 Up 1 SEC
4 1973-09-24 12 Oklahoma State (2-0-0) 17 Up 5 Big 8
4 1973-09-24 13 Arizona State (2-0-0) 13 NC WAC
4 1973-09-24 14 Texas (0-1-0) 6 Down 8 SWC
4 1973-09-24 15 Houston (2-0-0) 16 Up 1 Ind
4 1973-09-24 16 Florida (2-0-0) 15 Down 1 SEC
4 1973-09-24 17 UCLA (1-1-0) 18 Up 1 Pac-8
4 1973-09-24 18 Miami (FL) (1-0-0) Up  Ind
4 1973-09-24 19 North Carolina State (2-1-0) 14 Down 5 ACC
4 1973-09-24 20 Missouri (2-0-0) 20 NC Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1973-10-01 1 Ohio State (2-0-0) 3 Up 2 Big Ten
5 1973-10-01 2 Nebraska (3-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
5 1973-10-01 3 Alabama (3-0-0) 5 Up 2 SEC
5 1973-10-01 4 Southern California (2-0-1) 1 Down 3 Pac-8
5 1973-10-01 5 Michigan (3-0-0) 4 Down 1 Big Ten
5 1973-10-01 6 Oklahoma (1-0-1) 8 Up 2 Big 8
5 1973-10-01 7 Penn State (3-0-0) 6 Down 1 Ind
5 1973-10-01 8 Notre Dame (2-0-0) 7 Down 1 Ind
5 1973-10-01 9 Tennessee (3-0-0) 9 NC SEC
5 1973-10-01 10 Louisiana State (3-0-0) 10 NC SEC
5 1973-10-01 11 Oklahoma State (3-0-0) 12 Up 1 Big 8
5 1973-10-01 12 Arizona State (3-0-0) 13 Up 1 WAC
5 1973-10-01 13 Texas (1-1-0) 14 Up 1 SWC
5 1973-10-01 14 Houston (3-0-0) 15 Up 1 Ind
5 1973-10-01 15 Missouri (3-0-0) 20 Up 5 Big 8
5 1973-10-01 16 UCLA (2-1-0) 17 Up 1 Pac-8
5 1973-10-01 17 Miami (FL) (2-0-0) 18 Up 1 Ind
5 1973-10-01 18 Colorado (2-1-0) Up  Big 8
5 1973-10-01 19 Southern Methodist (3-0-0) Up  SWC
5 1973-10-01 20 West Virginia (3-0-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1973-10-08 1 Ohio State (3-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
6 1973-10-08 2 Nebraska (4-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
6 1973-10-08 3 Alabama (4-0-0) 3 NC SEC
6 1973-10-08 4 Southern California (3-0-1) 4 NC Pac-8
6 1973-10-08 5 Michigan (4-0-0) 5 NC Big Ten
6 1973-10-08 6 Oklahoma (2-0-1) 6 NC Big 8
6 1973-10-08 7 Penn State (4-0-0) 7 NC Ind
6 1973-10-08 8 Tennessee (4-0-0) 9 Up 1 SEC
6 1973-10-08 9 Notre Dame (3-0-0) 8 Down 1 Ind
6 1973-10-08 10 Louisiana State (4-0-0) 10 NC SEC
6 1973-10-08 11 Arizona State (4-0-0) 12 Up 1 WAC
6 1973-10-08 12 Missouri (4-0-0) 15 Up 3 Big 8
6 1973-10-08 13 Texas (2-1-0) 13 NC SWC
6 1973-10-08 14 Houston (4-0-0) 14 NC Ind
6 1973-10-08 15 UCLA (3-1-0) 16 Up 1 Pac-8
6 1973-10-08 16 Miami (FL) (2-1-0) 17 Up 1 Ind
6 1973-10-08 17 Colorado (3-1-0) 18 Up 1 Big 8
6 1973-10-08 18 Tulane (3-0-0) Up  Ind
6 1973-10-08 19 Kansas (3-1-0) Up  Big 8
6 1973-10-08 20 Miami (OH) (4-0-0) Up  MAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1973-10-15 1 Ohio State (4-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
7 1973-10-15 2 Alabama (5-0-0) 3 Up 1 SEC
7 1973-10-15 3 Oklahoma (3-0-1) 6 Up 3 Big 8
7 1973-10-15 4 Michigan (5-0-0) 5 Up 1 Big Ten
7 1973-10-15 5 Penn State (5-0-0) 7 Up 2 Ind
7 1973-10-15 6 Southern California (4-0-1) 4 Down 2 Pac-8
7 1973-10-15 7 Missouri (5-0-0) 12 Up 5 Big 8
7 1973-10-15 8 Notre Dame (4-0-0) 9 Up 1 Ind
7 1973-10-15 9 Louisiana State (5-0-0) 10 Up 1 SEC
7 1973-10-15 10 Tennessee (5-0-0) 8 Down 2 SEC
7 1973-10-15 11 Nebraska (4-1-0) 2 Down 9 Big 8
7 1973-10-15 12 Arizona State (5-0-0) 11 Down 1 WAC
7 1973-10-15 13 UCLA (4-1-0) 15 Up 2 Pac-8
7 1973-10-15 14 Houston (5-0-0) 14 NC Ind
7 1973-10-15 15 Miami (FL) (3-1-0) 16 Up 1 Ind
7 1973-10-15 16 Colorado (4-1-0) 17 Up 1 Big 8
7 1973-10-15 17 Tulane (4-0-0) 18 Up 1 Ind
7 1973-10-15 18 Kansas (4-1-0) 19 Up 1 Big 8
7 1973-10-15 19 Arizona (5-0-0) Up  WAC
7 1973-10-15 20 Miami (OH) (5-0-0) 20 NC MAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1973-10-22 1 Ohio State (5-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
8 1973-10-22 2 Alabama (6-0-0) 2 NC SEC
8 1973-10-22 3 Oklahoma (4-0-1) 3 NC Big 8
8 1973-10-22 4 Michigan (6-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
8 1973-10-22 5 Penn State (6-0-0) 5 NC Ind
8 1973-10-22 6 Southern California (5-0-1) 6 NC Pac-8
8 1973-10-22 7 Missouri (6-0-0) 7 NC Big 8
8 1973-10-22 8 Notre Dame (5-0-0) 8 NC Ind
8 1973-10-22 9 Louisiana State (6-0-0) 9 NC SEC
8 1973-10-22 10 Nebraska (5-1-0) 11 Up 1 Big 8
8 1973-10-22 11 Arizona State (6-0-0) 12 Up 1 WAC
8 1973-10-22 12 Houston (6-0-0) 14 Up 2 Ind
8 1973-10-22 13 UCLA (5-1-0) 13 NC Pac-8
8 1973-10-22 14 Tennessee (5-1-0) 10 Down 4 SEC
8 1973-10-22 15 Tulane (5-0-0) 17 Up 2 Ind
8 1973-10-22 16 Miami (OH) (6-0-0) 20 Up 4 MAC
8 1973-10-22 17 Kansas (4-2-0) 18 Up 1 Big 8
8 1973-10-22 18 Texas Tech (5-1-0) Up  SWC
8 1973-10-22 19 Texas (3-2-0) Up  SWC
8 1973-10-22 20 Richmond (6-0-0) Up  Southern
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1973-10-29 1 Ohio State (6-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
9 1973-10-29 2 Alabama (7-0-0) 2 NC SEC
9 1973-10-29 3 Oklahoma (5-0-1) 3 NC Big 8
9 1973-10-29 4 Michigan (7-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
9 1973-10-29 5 Notre Dame (6-0-0) 8 Up 3 Ind
9 1973-10-29 6 Penn State (7-0-0) 5 Down 1 Ind
9 1973-10-29 7 Louisiana State (7-0-0) 9 Up 2 SEC
9 1973-10-29 8 Arizona State (7-0-0) 11 Up 3 WAC
9 1973-10-29 9 Southern California (5-1-1) 6 Down 3 Pac-8
9 1973-10-29 10 UCLA (6-1-0) 13 Up 3 Pac-8
9 1973-10-29 11 Tennessee (6-1-0) 14 Up 3 SEC
9 1973-10-29 12 Missouri (6-1-0) 7 Down 5 Big 8
9 1973-10-29 13 Nebraska (5-1-1) 10 Down 3 Big 8
9 1973-10-29 14 Tulane (6-0-0) 15 Up 1 Ind
9 1973-10-29 15 Texas Tech (6-1-0) 18 Up 3 SWC
9 1973-10-29 16 Miami (OH) (7-0-0) 16 NC MAC
9 1973-10-29 17 Colorado (5-2-0) Up  Big 8
9 1973-10-29 18 Houston (6-1-0) 12 Down 6 Ind
9 1973-10-29 19 Texas (4-2-0) 19 NC SWC
9 1973-10-29 19 Auburn (5-2-0) Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1973-11-05 1 Ohio State (7-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
10 1973-11-05 2 Alabama (8-0-0) 2 NC SEC
10 1973-11-05 3 Oklahoma (6-0-1) 3 NC Big 8
10 1973-11-05 4 Michigan (8-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
10 1973-11-05 5 Notre Dame (7-0-0) 5 NC Ind
10 1973-11-05 6 Penn State (8-0-0) 6 NC Ind
10 1973-11-05 7 Louisiana State (8-0-0) 7 NC SEC
10 1973-11-05 8 Southern California (6-1-1) 9 Up 1 Pac-8
10 1973-11-05 9 UCLA (7-1-0) 10 Up 1 Pac-8
10 1973-11-05 10 Missouri (7-1-0) 12 Up 2 Big 8
10 1973-11-05 11 Nebraska (6-1-1) 13 Up 2 Big 8
10 1973-11-05 12 Texas Tech (7-1-0) 15 Up 3 SWC
10 1973-11-05 13 Texas (5-2-0) 19 Up 6 SWC
10 1973-11-05 14 Arizona State (7-1-0) 8 Down 6 WAC
10 1973-11-05 15 Houston (7-1-0) 18 Up 3 Ind
10 1973-11-05 16 Tennessee (6-2-0) 11 Down 5 SEC
10 1973-11-05 17 Miami (OH) (8-0-0) 16 Down 1 MAC
10 1973-11-05 18 Kansas (5-2-1) Up  Big 8
10 1973-11-05 19 Kent State (7-1-0) Up  MAC
10 1973-11-05 20 Pittsburgh (5-2-1) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1973-11-12 1 Ohio State (8-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
11 1973-11-12 2 Alabama (8-0-0) 2 NC SEC
11 1973-11-12 3 Oklahoma (7-0-1) 3 NC Big 8
11 1973-11-12 4 Michigan (9-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
11 1973-11-12 5 Notre Dame (8-0-0) 5 NC Ind
11 1973-11-12 6 Penn State (9-0-0) 6 NC Ind
11 1973-11-12 7 Louisiana State (8-0-0) 7 NC SEC
11 1973-11-12 8 UCLA (8-1-0) 9 Up 1 Pac-8
11 1973-11-12 9 Southern California (7-1-1) 8 Down 1 Pac-8
11 1973-11-12 10 Nebraska (7-1-1) 11 Up 1 Big 8
11 1973-11-12 11 Texas (6-2-0) 13 Up 2 SWC
11 1973-11-12 12 Texas Tech (8-1-0) 12 NC SWC
11 1973-11-12 13 Arizona State (8-1-0) 14 Up 1 WAC
11 1973-11-12 14 Missouri (7-2-0) 10 Down 4 Big 8
11 1973-11-12 15 Houston (8-1-0) 15 NC Ind
11 1973-11-12 16 Tennessee (6-2-0) 16 NC SEC
11 1973-11-12 17 Miami (OH) (9-0-0) 17 NC MAC
11 1973-11-12 18 Kansas (6-2-1) 18 NC Big 8
11 1973-11-12 19 Arizona (8-1-0) Up  WAC
11 1973-11-12 20 North Carolina State (6-3-0) Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1973-11-19 1 Ohio State (9-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
12 1973-11-19 2 Alabama (9-0-0) 2 NC SEC
12 1973-11-19 3 Oklahoma (8-0-1) 3 NC Big 8
12 1973-11-19 4 Michigan (10-0-0) 4 NC Big Ten
12 1973-11-19 5 Notre Dame (8-0-0) 5 NC Ind
12 1973-11-19 6 Penn State (10-0-0) 6 NC Ind
12 1973-11-19 7 Louisiana State (9-0-0) 7 NC SEC
12 1973-11-19 8 UCLA (9-1-0) 8 NC Pac-8
12 1973-11-19 9 Southern California (8-1-1) 9 NC Pac-8
12 1973-11-19 10 Nebraska (8-1-1) 10 NC Big 8
12 1973-11-19 11 Texas (7-2-0) 11 NC SWC
12 1973-11-19 12 Texas Tech (9-1-0) 12 NC SWC
12 1973-11-19 13 Arizona State (9-1-0) 13 NC WAC
12 1973-11-19 14 Houston (8-1-0) 15 Up 1 Ind
12 1973-11-19 15 Miami (OH) (10-0-0) 17 Up 2 MAC
12 1973-11-19 16 North Carolina State (7-3-0) 20 Up 4 ACC
12 1973-11-19 17 Tulane (8-1-0) Up  Ind
12 1973-11-19 18 Oklahoma State (5-2-2) Up  Big 8
12 1973-11-19 19 Missouri (7-3-0) 14 Down 5 Big 8
12 1973-11-19 20 Kansas (6-3-1) 18 Down 2 Big 8
12 1973-11-19 20 Pittsburgh (6-3-1) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1973-11-26 1 Alabama (10-0-0) 2 Up 1 SEC
13 1973-11-26 2 Oklahoma (9-0-1) 3 Up 1 Big 8
13 1973-11-26 3 Ohio State (9-0-1) 1 Down 2 Big Ten
13 1973-11-26 4 Michigan (10-0-1) 4 NC Big Ten
13 1973-11-26 5 Notre Dame (9-0-0) 5 NC Ind
13 1973-11-26 6 Penn State (11-0-0) 6 NC Ind
13 1973-11-26 7 Southern California (9-1-1) 9 Up 2 Pac-8
13 1973-11-26 8 Louisiana State (9-1-0) 7 Down 1 SEC
13 1973-11-26 9 Texas (8-2-0) 11 Up 2 SWC
13 1973-11-26 10 UCLA (9-2-0) 8 Down 2 Pac-8
13 1973-11-26 11 Arizona State (10-1-0) 13 Up 2 WAC
13 1973-11-26 12 Texas Tech (10-1-0) 12 NC SWC
13 1973-11-26 13 Nebraska (8-2-1) 10 Down 3 Big 8
13 1973-11-26 14 Houston (9-1-0) 14 NC Ind
13 1973-11-26 15 Miami (OH) (10-0-0) 15 NC MAC
13 1973-11-26 16 North Carolina State (8-3-0) 16 NC ACC
13 1973-11-26 17 Kansas (7-3-1) 20 Up 3 Big 8
13 1973-11-26 18 Maryland (8-3-0) Up  ACC
13 1973-11-26 19 Tennessee (7-3-0) Up  SEC
13 1973-11-26 20 Missouri (7-4-0) 19 Down 1 Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 1973-12-03 1 Alabama (11-0-0) 1 NC SEC
14 1973-12-03 2 Oklahoma (10-0-1) 2 NC Big 8
14 1973-12-03 3 Notre Dame (10-0-0) 5 Up 2 Ind
14 1973-12-03 4 Ohio State (9-0-1) 3 Down 1 Big Ten
14 1973-12-03 5 Michigan (10-0-1) 4 Down 1 Big Ten
14 1973-12-03 6 Penn State (11-0-0) 6 NC Ind
14 1973-12-03 7 Southern California (9-1-1) 7 NC Pac-8
14 1973-12-03 8 Texas (8-2-0) 9 Up 1 SWC
14 1973-12-03 9 UCLA (9-2-0) 10 Up 1 Pac-8
14 1973-12-03 10 Arizona State (10-1-0) 11 Up 1 WAC
14 1973-12-03 11 Texas Tech (10-1-0) 12 Up 1 SWC
14 1973-12-03 12 Nebraska (8-2-1) 13 Up 1 Big 8
14 1973-12-03 13 Louisiana State (9-2-0) 8 Down 5 SEC
14 1973-12-03 14 Houston (10-1-0) 14 NC Ind
14 1973-12-03 15 Miami (OH) (10-0-0) 15 NC MAC
14 1973-12-03 16 North Carolina State (8-3-0) 16 NC ACC
14 1973-12-03 17 Tulane (9-2-0) Up  Ind
14 1973-12-03 18 Maryland (8-3-0) 18 NC ACC
14 1973-12-03 19 Kansas (7-3-1) 17 Down 2 Big 8
14 1973-12-03 20 Tennessee (8-3-0) 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