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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 Yards Per Return

1. Henry Jenkins (Rutgers) 15.0
2. Keith Wright (Memphis) 14.2
3. Wes Chandler (Florida) 13.5
4. Michael Coulter* (UCLA) 12.8
5. John Harris (Arizona State) 12.5
6. Jim Smith* (Michigan) 12.5
7. Rick Morrison (Ball State) 12.3
8. Stan Black (Mississippi State) 12.2
9. Rich Mauti (Penn State) 12.2
10. Mark Mitchell (Georgia) 11.7

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Keith Wright (Memphis) 2

Kickoff Return Yards Per Return

1. Casper Carter (South Carolina) 26.0
2. Billy Waddy* (Colorado) 25.7
3. James Sykes (Rice) 25.7
  James Sykes (Rice) 25.7
5. Art Gore (Duke) 25.6
6. Robert Dow (Louisiana State) 24.9
7. Luther Blue (Iowa State) 24.9
8. Delbert Powell* (North Carolina) 24.2
9. Jimmy Kiser (Furman) 23.8
10. Keith Jenkins (Cincinnati) 23.6

Interception Return Touchdowns

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