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1976 Year Summary

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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

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 Big Eight Conference 8 93 56 35 2 .613 4 3 1 0 .750 13.67 9.72 3 5 Colorado
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
2 Southeastern Conference 10 114 66 47 1 .583 4 2 2 0 .500 10.70 7.76 3 4 Georgia
Kentucky
3 Big Ten Conference 10 112 55 55 2 .500 2 1 1 0 .500 7.84 7.95 2 2 Michigan
Ohio State
4 Southwest Conference 9 102 53 46 3 .534 3 2 1 0 .667 7.45 7.42 3 3 Houston
Texas Tech
5 Pacific-8 Conference 8 91 45 45 1 .500 2 1 1 0 .500 6.33 6.13 3 2 Southern California
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 79 38 37 4 .506 2 0 2 0 .000 4.74 5.77 1 1 Maryland
7 Southern Conference 7 76 44 30 2 .592 0 0 0 0 1.84 -1.17 0 0 East Carolina
8 Independent 36 395 194 198 3 .495 3 2 1 0 .667 -2.15 -1.64 3 3
9 Western Athletic Conference 8 91 40 51 0 .440 2 0 2 0 .000 -4.02 -2.35 1 0 Brigham Young
Wyoming
10 Ivy Group 8 72 38 34 0 .528 0 0 0 0 -4.79 -5.54 0 0 Brown
Yale
11 Southland Conference 6 67 37 30 0 .552 1 1 0 0 1.000 -6.09 -8.43 0 0 Louisiana-Lafayette
McNeese State
12 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 5 55 25 29 1 .464 0 0 0 0 -8.20 -9.20 0 0 San Jose State
13 Missouri Valley Conference 5 56 20 32 4 .393 1 0 1 0 .000 -10.35 -5.93 0 0 New Mexico State
Tulsa
14 Mid-American Conference 10 111 52 59 0 .468 0 0 0 0 -11.62 -10.15 1 0 Ball State

AP Poll Summary

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

Year Leaders

Read more about our data coverage. ▪ An asterisk (*) after a player's name indicates bowl stats are included.

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Jim Smith* (Michigan) 27.5
2. Wesley Walker (California) 27.1
3. Scott Wiley (West Texas A&M) 24.1
4. Wes Chandler (Florida) 22.0
5. John Floyd (Louisiana-Monroe) 21.9
6. Mike Chronister* (Brigham Young) 21.9
7. Chuck Malito* (Nebraska) 21.9
8. Dan Kelleher (Notre Dame) 21.8
9. Ozzie Newsome (Alabama) 21.2
10. Keith Hartwig (Arizona) 21.0

Total Yards Per Play

1. Gifford Nielsen* (Brigham Young) 6.4
2. Tommy Kramer (Rice) 5.8

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Keith Wright (Memphis) 2

Kickoff Return Yards Per Return

1. James Sykes (Rice) 25.7

Interception Return Touchdowns

1. Rayford Roberson (San Jose State) 2
  Jerry Robinson* (UCLA) 2
  Sid Justin (Long Beach State) 2
  Greg Barnes (Long Beach State) 2