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1976 Polls

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Johnny Majors (Pittsburgh)

AP Preseason #1: Nebraska ▪ AP Final #1: Pittsburgh

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Nebraska NA Big 8
1 Preseason 2 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 3 Arizona State NA WAC
1 Preseason 4 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 5 Oklahoma NA Big 8
1 Preseason 6 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 7 Texas NA SWC
1 Preseason 8 Southern California NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 9 Pittsburgh NA Ind
1 Preseason 10 Penn State NA Ind
1 Preseason 11 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 12 Maryland NA ACC
1 Preseason 13 Arkansas NA SWC
1 Preseason 14 Texas A&M NA SWC
1 Preseason 15 California NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 16 Georgia NA SEC
1 Preseason 17 UCLA NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 18 Florida NA SEC
1 Preseason 19 Kansas NA Big 8
1 Preseason 20 Miami (OH) NA MAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1976-09-14 1 Michigan 2 Up 1 Big Ten
2 1976-09-14 2 Ohio State 4 Up 2 Big Ten
2 1976-09-14 3 Pittsburgh 9 Up 6 Ind
2 1976-09-14 4 Oklahoma 5 Up 1 Big 8
2 1976-09-14 5 UCLA 17 Up 12 Pac-8
2 1976-09-14 6 Missouri Up  Big 8
2 1976-09-14 7 Penn State 10 Up 3 Ind
2 1976-09-14 8 Nebraska 1 Down 7 Big 8
2 1976-09-14 9 Georgia 16 Up 7 SEC
2 1976-09-14 10 Maryland 12 Up 2 ACC
2 1976-09-14 11 Texas A&M 14 Up 3 SWC
2 1976-09-14 12 Arkansas 13 Up 1 SWC
2 1976-09-14 13 Kansas 19 Up 6 Big 8
2 1976-09-14 14 Alabama 6 Down 8 SEC
2 1976-09-14 15 Boston College Up  Ind
2 1976-09-14 16 Louisiana State Up  SEC
2 1976-09-14 17 North Carolina Up  ACC
2 1976-09-14 18 Arizona State 3 Down 15 WAC
2 1976-09-14 19 Texas 7 Down 12 SWC
2 1976-09-14 20 Mississippi Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1976-09-21 1 Michigan 1 NC Big Ten
3 1976-09-21 2 Ohio State 2 NC Big Ten
3 1976-09-21 3 Pittsburgh 3 NC Ind
3 1976-09-21 4 Oklahoma 4 NC Big 8
3 1976-09-21 5 UCLA 5 NC Pac-8
3 1976-09-21 6 Nebraska 8 Up 2 Big 8
3 1976-09-21 7 Georgia 9 Up 2 SEC
3 1976-09-21 8 Maryland 10 Up 2 ACC
3 1976-09-21 9 Texas A&M 11 Up 2 SWC
3 1976-09-21 10 Kansas 13 Up 3 Big 8
3 1976-09-21 11 Penn State 7 Down 4 Ind
3 1976-09-21 12 Arkansas 12 NC SWC
3 1976-09-21 13 Alabama 14 Up 1 SEC
3 1976-09-21 14 Illinois Up  Big Ten
3 1976-09-21 15 Louisiana State 16 Up 1 SEC
3 1976-09-21 16 North Carolina 17 Up 1 ACC
3 1976-09-21 17 Mississippi 20 Up 3 SEC
3 1976-09-21 18 Boston College 15 Down 3 Ind
3 1976-09-21 19 Southern California Up  Pac-8
3 1976-09-21 20 Texas Tech Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1976-09-28 1 Michigan 1 NC Big Ten
4 1976-09-28 2 Pittsburgh 3 Up 1 Ind
4 1976-09-28 3 Oklahoma 4 Up 1 Big 8
4 1976-09-28 4 UCLA 5 Up 1 Pac-8
4 1976-09-28 5 Nebraska 6 Up 1 Big 8
4 1976-09-28 6 Georgia 7 Up 1 SEC
4 1976-09-28 7 Maryland 8 Up 1 ACC
4 1976-09-28 8 Ohio State 2 Down 6 Big Ten
4 1976-09-28 9 Kansas 10 Up 1 Big 8
4 1976-09-28 10 Alabama 13 Up 3 SEC
4 1976-09-28 11 Louisiana State 15 Up 4 SEC
4 1976-09-28 12 Missouri Up  Big 8
4 1976-09-28 13 Southern California 19 Up 6 Pac-8
4 1976-09-28 14 North Carolina 16 Up 2 ACC
4 1976-09-28 15 Boston College 18 Up 3 Ind
4 1976-09-28 16 Mississippi 17 Up 1 SEC
4 1976-09-28 17 Texas Tech 20 Up 3 SWC
4 1976-09-28 18 Notre Dame Up  Ind
4 1976-09-28 19 Florida Up  SEC
4 1976-09-28 20 Penn State 11 Down 9 Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1976-10-05 1 Michigan 1 NC Big Ten
5 1976-10-05 2 Pittsburgh 2 NC Ind
5 1976-10-05 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
5 1976-10-05 4 Georgia 6 Up 2 SEC
5 1976-10-05 5 UCLA 4 Down 1 Pac-8
5 1976-10-05 6 Nebraska 5 Down 1 Big 8
5 1976-10-05 7 Maryland 7 NC ACC
5 1976-10-05 8 Kansas 9 Up 1 Big 8
5 1976-10-05 9 Missouri 12 Up 3 Big 8
5 1976-10-05 10 Ohio State 8 Down 2 Big Ten
5 1976-10-05 11 Southern California 13 Up 2 Pac-8
5 1976-10-05 12 Florida 19 Up 7 SEC
5 1976-10-05 13 Boston College 15 Up 2 Ind
5 1976-10-05 14 Notre Dame 18 Up 4 Ind
5 1976-10-05 15 Texas Tech 17 Up 2 SWC
5 1976-10-05 16 Texas Up  SWC
5 1976-10-05 17 Texas A&M Up  SWC
5 1976-10-05 18 Arkansas Up  SWC
5 1976-10-05 19 North Carolina 14 Down 5 ACC
5 1976-10-05 20 Louisiana State 11 Down 9 SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1976-10-12 1 Michigan 1 NC Big Ten
6 1976-10-12 2 Pittsburgh 2 NC Ind
6 1976-10-12 3 Nebraska 6 Up 3 Big 8
6 1976-10-12 4 UCLA 5 Up 1 Pac-8
6 1976-10-12 5 Maryland 7 Up 2 ACC
6 1976-10-12 6 Oklahoma 3 Down 3 Big 8
6 1976-10-12 7 Missouri 9 Up 2 Big 8
6 1976-10-12 8 Southern California 11 Up 3 Pac-8
6 1976-10-12 9 Ohio State 10 Up 1 Big Ten
6 1976-10-12 10 Texas Tech 15 Up 5 SWC
6 1976-10-12 11 Georgia 4 Down 7 SEC
6 1976-10-12 12 Florida 12 NC SEC
6 1976-10-12 13 Texas 16 Up 3 SWC
6 1976-10-12 14 Notre Dame 14 NC Ind
6 1976-10-12 15 Kansas 8 Down 7 Big 8
6 1976-10-12 16 Mississippi Up  SEC
6 1976-10-12 16 Louisiana State 20 Up 4 SEC
6 1976-10-12 18 Arkansas 18 NC SWC
6 1976-10-12 19 Houston Up  SWC
6 1976-10-12 20 Alabama Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1976-10-19 1 Michigan 1 NC Big Ten
7 1976-10-19 2 Pittsburgh 2 NC Ind
7 1976-10-19 3 Nebraska 3 NC Big 8
7 1976-10-19 4 UCLA 4 NC Pac-8
7 1976-10-19 5 Oklahoma 6 Up 1 Big 8
7 1976-10-19 6 Maryland 5 Down 1 ACC
7 1976-10-19 7 Southern California 8 Up 1 Pac-8
7 1976-10-19 8 Texas Tech 10 Up 2 SWC
7 1976-10-19 9 Ohio State 9 NC Big Ten
7 1976-10-19 10 Georgia 11 Up 1 SEC
7 1976-10-19 11 Florida 12 Up 1 SEC
7 1976-10-19 12 Notre Dame 14 Up 2 Ind
7 1976-10-19 13 Texas 13 NC SWC
7 1976-10-19 14 Houston 19 Up 5 SWC
7 1976-10-19 15 Arkansas 18 Up 3 SWC
7 1976-10-19 16 Iowa State Up  Big 8
7 1976-10-19 17 Missouri 7 Down 10 Big 8
7 1976-10-19 18 Alabama 20 Up 2 SEC
7 1976-10-19 19 South Carolina Up  Ind
7 1976-10-19 20 East Carolina Up  Southern
7 1976-10-19 20 Mississippi State Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1976-10-26 1 Michigan 1 NC Big Ten
8 1976-10-26 2 Pittsburgh 2 NC Ind
8 1976-10-26 3 UCLA 4 Up 1 Pac-8
8 1976-10-26 4 Southern California 7 Up 3 Pac-8
8 1976-10-26 5 Maryland 6 Up 1 ACC
8 1976-10-26 6 Texas Tech 8 Up 2 SWC
8 1976-10-26 7 Georgia 10 Up 3 SEC
8 1976-10-26 8 Ohio State 9 Up 1 Big Ten
8 1976-10-26 9 Nebraska 3 Down 6 Big 8
8 1976-10-26 10 Missouri 17 Up 7 Big 8
8 1976-10-26 11 Notre Dame 12 Up 1 Ind
8 1976-10-26 12 Florida 11 Down 1 SEC
8 1976-10-26 13 Oklahoma 5 Down 8 Big 8
8 1976-10-26 14 Arkansas 15 Up 1 SWC
8 1976-10-26 15 Texas 13 Down 2 SWC
8 1976-10-26 16 Oklahoma State Up  Big 8
8 1976-10-26 17 Alabama 18 Up 1 SEC
8 1976-10-26 18 Mississippi State 20 Up 2 SEC
8 1976-10-26 19 Colorado Up  Big 8
8 1976-10-26 20 Cincinnati Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1976-11-02 1 Michigan 1 NC Big Ten
9 1976-11-02 2 Pittsburgh 2 NC Ind
9 1976-11-02 3 UCLA 3 NC Pac-8
9 1976-11-02 4 Southern California 4 NC Pac-8
9 1976-11-02 5 Texas Tech 6 Up 1 SWC
9 1976-11-02 6 Maryland 5 Down 1 ACC
9 1976-11-02 7 Georgia 7 NC SEC
9 1976-11-02 8 Ohio State 8 NC Big Ten
9 1976-11-02 9 Nebraska 9 NC Big 8
9 1976-11-02 10 Florida 12 Up 2 SEC
9 1976-11-02 11 Notre Dame 11 NC Ind
9 1976-11-02 12 Arkansas 14 Up 2 SWC
9 1976-11-02 13 Oklahoma State 16 Up 3 Big 8
9 1976-11-02 14 Colorado 19 Up 5 Big 8
9 1976-11-02 15 Alabama 17 Up 2 SEC
9 1976-11-02 16 Missouri 10 Down 6 Big 8
9 1976-11-02 17 Oklahoma 13 Down 4 Big 8
9 1976-11-02 18 Texas A&M Up  SWC
9 1976-11-02 19 Houston Up  SWC
9 1976-11-02 20 Texas 15 Down 5 SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1976-11-09 1 Pittsburgh 2 Up 1 Ind
10 1976-11-09 2 UCLA 3 Up 1 Pac-8
10 1976-11-09 3 Southern California 4 Up 1 Pac-8
10 1976-11-09 4 Michigan 1 Down 3 Big Ten
10 1976-11-09 5 Texas Tech 5 NC SWC
10 1976-11-09 6 Maryland 6 NC ACC
10 1976-11-09 7 Georgia 7 NC SEC
10 1976-11-09 8 Ohio State 8 NC Big Ten
10 1976-11-09 9 Nebraska 9 NC Big 8
10 1976-11-09 10 Alabama 15 Up 5 SEC
10 1976-11-09 11 Missouri 16 Up 5 Big 8
10 1976-11-09 12 Houston 19 Up 7 SWC
10 1976-11-09 13 Arkansas 12 Down 1 SWC
10 1976-11-09 14 Oklahoma 17 Up 3 Big 8
10 1976-11-09 15 Florida 10 Down 5 SEC
10 1976-11-09 16 Texas A&M 18 Up 2 SWC
10 1976-11-09 17 Oklahoma State 13 Down 4 Big 8
10 1976-11-09 18 Notre Dame 11 Down 7 Ind
10 1976-11-09 19 Colorado 14 Down 5 Big 8
10 1976-11-09 20 South Carolina Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1976-11-16 1 Pittsburgh 1 NC Ind
11 1976-11-16 2 UCLA 2 NC Pac-8
11 1976-11-16 3 Southern California 3 NC Pac-8
11 1976-11-16 4 Michigan 4 NC Big Ten
11 1976-11-16 5 Texas Tech 5 NC SWC
11 1976-11-16 6 Georgia 7 Up 1 SEC
11 1976-11-16 6 Maryland 6 NC ACC
11 1976-11-16 8 Ohio State 8 NC Big Ten
11 1976-11-16 9 Houston 12 Up 3 SWC
11 1976-11-16 10 Oklahoma 14 Up 4 Big 8
11 1976-11-16 11 Texas A&M 16 Up 5 SWC
11 1976-11-16 12 Nebraska 9 Down 3 Big 8
11 1976-11-16 13 Notre Dame 18 Up 5 Ind
11 1976-11-16 14 Iowa State Up  Big 8
11 1976-11-16 15 Colorado 19 Up 4 Big 8
11 1976-11-16 16 Oklahoma State 17 Up 1 Big 8
11 1976-11-16 17 Penn State Up  Ind
11 1976-11-16 18 Alabama 10 Down 8 SEC
11 1976-11-16 19 Missouri 11 Down 8 Big 8
11 1976-11-16 19 Rutgers Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1976-11-23 1 Pittsburgh 1 NC Ind
12 1976-11-23 2 Michigan 4 Up 2 Big Ten
12 1976-11-23 3 Southern California 3 NC Pac-8
12 1976-11-23 4 Georgia 6 Up 2 SEC
12 1976-11-23 5 Maryland 6 Up 1 ACC
12 1976-11-23 6 UCLA 2 Down 4 Pac-8
12 1976-11-23 7 Houston 9 Up 2 SWC
12 1976-11-23 8 Oklahoma 10 Up 2 Big 8
12 1976-11-23 9 Texas Tech 5 Down 4 SWC
12 1976-11-23 10 Nebraska 12 Up 2 Big 8
12 1976-11-23 11 Texas A&M 11 NC SWC
12 1976-11-23 12 Ohio State 8 Down 4 Big Ten
12 1976-11-23 13 Notre Dame 13 NC Ind
12 1976-11-23 14 Colorado 15 Up 1 Big 8
12 1976-11-23 14 Oklahoma State 16 Up 2 Big 8
12 1976-11-23 16 Penn State 17 Up 1 Ind
12 1976-11-23 17 Rutgers 19 Up 2 Ind
12 1976-11-23 18 Alabama 18 NC SEC
12 1976-11-23 19 North Carolina Up  ACC
12 1976-11-23 19 Mississippi State Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1976-11-30 1 Pittsburgh 1 NC Ind
13 1976-11-30 2 Michigan 2 NC Big Ten
13 1976-11-30 3 Southern California 3 NC Pac-8
13 1976-11-30 4 Maryland 5 Up 1 ACC
13 1976-11-30 5 Georgia 4 Down 1 SEC
13 1976-11-30 6 Houston 7 Up 1 SWC
13 1976-11-30 7 UCLA 6 Down 1 Pac-8
13 1976-11-30 8 Oklahoma 8 NC Big 8
13 1976-11-30 9 Texas Tech 9 NC SWC
13 1976-11-30 10 Texas A&M 11 Up 1 SWC
13 1976-11-30 11 Ohio State 12 Up 1 Big Ten
13 1976-11-30 12 Colorado 14 Up 2 Big 8
13 1976-11-30 13 Nebraska 10 Down 3 Big 8
13 1976-11-30 14 Oklahoma State 14 NC Big 8
13 1976-11-30 15 Notre Dame 13 Down 2 Ind
13 1976-11-30 16 Alabama 18 Up 2 SEC
13 1976-11-30 17 Rutgers 17 NC Ind
13 1976-11-30 18 Baylor Up  SWC
13 1976-11-30 19 North Carolina 19 NC ACC
13 1976-11-30 20 Mississippi State 19 Down 1 SEC
13 1976-11-30 20 Penn State 16 Down 4 Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 Final 1 Pittsburgh 1 NC Ind
14 Final 2 Southern California 3 Up 1 Pac-8
14 Final 3 Michigan 2 Down 1 Big Ten
14 Final 4 Houston 6 Up 2 SWC
14 Final 5 Oklahoma 8 Up 3 Big 8
14 Final 6 Ohio State 11 Up 5 Big Ten
14 Final 7 Texas A&M 10 Up 3 SWC
14 Final 8 Maryland 4 Down 4 ACC
14 Final 9 Nebraska 13 Up 4 Big 8
14 Final 10 Georgia 5 Down 5 SEC
14 Final 11 Alabama 16 Up 5 SEC
14 Final 12 Notre Dame 15 Up 3 Ind
14 Final 13 Texas Tech 9 Down 4 SWC
14 Final 14 Oklahoma State 14 NC Big 8
14 Final 15 UCLA 7 Down 8 Pac-8
14 Final 16 Colorado 12 Down 4 Big 8
14 Final 17 Rutgers 17 NC Ind
14 Final 18 Kentucky Up  SEC
14 Final 19 Iowa State Up  Big 8
14 Final 20 Mississippi State 20 NC SEC