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National Champion: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Earl Campbell (Texas)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Lou Holtz (Arkansas)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Oklahoma NA Big 8
1 Preseason 2 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 3 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 4 Southern California NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 5 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 6 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 7 Pittsburgh NA Ind
1 Preseason 8 Texas Tech NA SWC
1 Preseason 9 Texas A&M NA SWC
1 Preseason 10 Maryland NA ACC
1 Preseason 11 UCLA NA Pac-8
1 Preseason 12 Colorado NA Big 8
1 Preseason 13 Penn State NA Ind
1 Preseason 14 Houston NA SWC
1 Preseason 15 Nebraska NA Big 8
1 Preseason 16 Mississippi State NA SEC
1 Preseason 17 Florida NA SEC
1 Preseason 17 Arizona State NA WAC
1 Preseason 19 Georgia NA SEC
1 Preseason 20 Oklahoma State NA Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1977-09-12 1 Michigan (1-0-0) 2 Up 1 Big Ten
2 1977-09-12 2 Southern California (1-0-0) 4 Up 2 Pac-8
2 1977-09-12 3 Notre Dame (1-0-0) 3 NC Ind
2 1977-09-12 4 Alabama (1-0-0) 6 Up 2 SEC
2 1977-09-12 5 Oklahoma (1-0-0) 1 Down 4 Big 8
2 1977-09-12 6 Ohio State (1-0-0) 5 Down 1 Big Ten
2 1977-09-12 7 Texas A&M (1-0-0) 9 Up 2 SWC
2 1977-09-12 8 Texas Tech (1-0-0) 8 NC SWC
2 1977-09-12 9 Houston 14 Up 5 SWC
2 1977-09-12 10 Penn State (1-0-0) 13 Up 3 Ind
2 1977-09-12 11 Maryland (1-0-0) 10 Down 1 ACC
2 1977-09-12 12 Colorado (1-0-0) 12 NC Big 8
2 1977-09-12 13 Mississippi State (2-0-0) 16 Up 3 SEC
2 1977-09-12 14 UCLA 11 Down 3 Pac-8
2 1977-09-12 15 Oklahoma State (1-0-0) 20 Up 5 Big 8
2 1977-09-12 16 Pittsburgh (0-1-0) 7 Down 9 Ind
2 1977-09-12 17 Georgia (1-0-0) 19 Up 2 SEC
2 1977-09-12 18 Texas (1-0-0) Up  SWC
2 1977-09-12 19 Florida 17 Down 2 SEC
2 1977-09-12 20 Brigham Young (1-0-0) Up  WAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1977-09-19 1 Michigan (2-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
3 1977-09-19 2 Southern California (2-0-0) 2 NC Pac-8
3 1977-09-19 3 Oklahoma (2-0-0) 5 Up 2 Big 8
3 1977-09-19 4 Ohio State (2-0-0) 6 Up 2 Big Ten
3 1977-09-19 5 Penn State (2-0-0) 10 Up 5 Ind
3 1977-09-19 6 Texas A&M (2-0-0) 7 Up 1 SWC
3 1977-09-19 7 Texas Tech (2-0-0) 8 Up 1 SWC
3 1977-09-19 8 Colorado (2-0-0) 12 Up 4 Big 8
3 1977-09-19 9 Texas (2-0-0) 18 Up 9 SWC
3 1977-09-19 10 Alabama (1-1-0) 4 Down 6 SEC
3 1977-09-19 11 Notre Dame (1-1-0) 3 Down 8 Ind
3 1977-09-19 12 Mississippi State (2-0-0) 13 Up 1 SEC
3 1977-09-19 13 Florida (1-0-0) 19 Up 6 SEC
3 1977-09-19 14 Nebraska (1-1-0) Up  Big 8
3 1977-09-19 15 Washington State (2-0-0) Up  Pac-8
3 1977-09-19 16 Arkansas (2-0-0) Up  SWC
3 1977-09-19 17 West Virginia (2-0-0) Up  Ind
3 1977-09-19 18 UCLA (1-1-0) 14 Down 4 Pac-8
3 1977-09-19 19 Houston (1-1-0) 9 Down 10 SWC
3 1977-09-19 20 Brigham Young (1-0-0) 20 NC WAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1977-09-26 1 Oklahoma (3-0-0) 3 Up 2 Big 8
4 1977-09-26 2 Southern California (3-0-0) 2 NC Pac-8
4 1977-09-26 3 Michigan (3-0-0) 1 Down 2 Big Ten
4 1977-09-26 4 Penn State (3-0-0) 5 Up 1 Ind
4 1977-09-26 5 Texas A&M (3-0-0) 6 Up 1 SWC
4 1977-09-26 6 Ohio State (2-1-0) 4 Down 2 Big Ten
4 1977-09-26 7 Colorado (3-0-0) 8 Up 1 Big 8
4 1977-09-26 8 Texas (2-0-0) 9 Up 1 SWC
4 1977-09-26 9 Florida (2-0-0) 13 Up 4 SEC
4 1977-09-26 10 Alabama (2-1-0) 10 NC SEC
4 1977-09-26 11 Nebraska (2-1-0) 14 Up 3 Big 8
4 1977-09-26 12 Arkansas (3-0-0) 16 Up 4 SWC
4 1977-09-26 13 Texas Tech (2-1-0) 7 Down 6 SWC
4 1977-09-26 14 Notre Dame (2-1-0) 11 Down 3 Ind
4 1977-09-26 15 Brigham Young (2-0-0) 20 Up 5 WAC
4 1977-09-26 16 Pittsburgh (2-1-0) Up  Ind
4 1977-09-26 17 California (3-0-0) Up  Pac-8
4 1977-09-26 18 Mississippi State (2-1-0) 12 Down 6 SEC
4 1977-09-26 19 Houston (2-1-0) 19 NC SWC
4 1977-09-26 20 Arizona State (2-0-0) Up  WAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1977-10-03 1 Southern California (4-0-0) 2 Up 1 Pac-8
5 1977-10-03 2 Oklahoma (4-0-0) 1 Down 1 Big 8
5 1977-10-03 3 Michigan (4-0-0) 3 NC Big Ten
5 1977-10-03 4 Ohio State (3-1-0) 6 Up 2 Big Ten
5 1977-10-03 5 Texas (3-0-0) 8 Up 3 SWC
5 1977-10-03 6 Colorado (4-0-0) 7 Up 1 Big 8
5 1977-10-03 7 Alabama (3-1-0) 10 Up 3 SEC
5 1977-10-03 7 Arkansas (4-0-0) 12 Up 5 SWC
5 1977-10-03 9 Nebraska (3-1-0) 11 Up 2 Big 8
5 1977-10-03 10 Penn State (3-1-0) 4 Down 6 Ind
5 1977-10-03 11 Notre Dame (3-1-0) 14 Up 3 Ind
5 1977-10-03 12 Texas A&M (3-1-0) 5 Down 7 SWC
5 1977-10-03 13 Brigham Young (3-0-0) 15 Up 2 WAC
5 1977-10-03 14 California (4-0-0) 17 Up 3 Pac-8
5 1977-10-03 15 Pittsburgh (3-1-0) 16 Up 1 Ind
5 1977-10-03 16 Kentucky (3-1-0) Up  SEC
5 1977-10-03 17 Texas Tech (3-1-0) 13 Down 4 SWC
5 1977-10-03 18 Louisiana State (2-1-0) Up  SEC
5 1977-10-03 19 Wisconsin (4-0-0) Up  Big Ten
5 1977-10-03 20 Florida (2-1-0) 9 Down 11 SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1977-10-10 1 Michigan (5-0-0) 3 Up 2 Big Ten
6 1977-10-10 2 Texas (4-0-0) 5 Up 3 SWC
6 1977-10-10 3 Colorado (5-0-0) 6 Up 3 Big 8
6 1977-10-10 4 Alabama (4-1-0) 7 Up 3 SEC
6 1977-10-10 5 Ohio State (4-1-0) 4 Down 1 Big Ten
6 1977-10-10 6 Southern California (4-1-0) 1 Down 5 Pac-8
6 1977-10-10 7 Oklahoma (4-1-0) 2 Down 5 Big 8
6 1977-10-10 8 Arkansas (4-0-0) 7 Down 1 SWC
6 1977-10-10 9 Nebraska (4-1-0) 9 NC Big 8
6 1977-10-10 10 Penn State (4-1-0) 10 NC Ind
6 1977-10-10 11 Notre Dame (3-1-0) 11 NC Ind
6 1977-10-10 12 Kentucky (4-1-0) 16 Up 4 SEC
6 1977-10-10 13 Texas A&M (3-1-0) 12 Down 1 SWC
6 1977-10-10 14 Wisconsin (5-0-0) 19 Up 5 Big Ten
6 1977-10-10 15 Texas Tech (4-1-0) 17 Up 2 SWC
6 1977-10-10 16 Louisiana State (3-1-0) 18 Up 2 SEC
6 1977-10-10 17 Pittsburgh (3-1-1) 15 Down 2 Ind
6 1977-10-10 18 Florida (2-1-1) 20 Up 2 SEC
6 1977-10-10 19 Houston (3-1-0) Up  SWC
6 1977-10-10 20 California (4-1-0) 14 Down 6 Pac-8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1977-10-17 1 Michigan (6-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
7 1977-10-17 2 Texas (5-0-0) 2 NC SWC
7 1977-10-17 3 Alabama (5-1-0) 4 Up 1 SEC
7 1977-10-17 4 Ohio State (5-1-0) 5 Up 1 Big Ten
7 1977-10-17 5 Southern California (5-1-0) 6 Up 1 Pac-8
7 1977-10-17 6 Oklahoma (5-1-0) 7 Up 1 Big 8
7 1977-10-17 7 Colorado (5-0-1) 3 Down 4 Big 8
7 1977-10-17 8 Kentucky (5-1-0) 12 Up 4 SEC
7 1977-10-17 9 Arkansas (4-1-0) 8 Down 1 SWC
7 1977-10-17 10 Penn State (5-1-0) 10 NC Ind
7 1977-10-17 11 Notre Dame (4-1-0) 11 NC Ind
7 1977-10-17 12 Texas A&M (4-1-0) 13 Up 1 SWC
7 1977-10-17 13 Texas Tech (5-1-0) 15 Up 2 SWC
7 1977-10-17 14 Pittsburgh (4-1-1) 17 Up 3 Ind
7 1977-10-17 15 California (5-1-0) 20 Up 5 Pac-8
7 1977-10-17 16 Iowa State (5-1-0) Up  Big 8
7 1977-10-17 17 Brigham Young (4-1-0) Up  WAC
7 1977-10-17 18 Nebraska (4-2-0) 9 Down 9 Big 8
7 1977-10-17 19 Florida (2-1-1) 18 Down 1 SEC
7 1977-10-17 20 Clemson (5-1-0) Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1977-10-24 1 Texas (6-0-0) 2 Up 1 SWC
8 1977-10-24 2 Alabama (6-1-0) 3 Up 1 SEC
8 1977-10-24 3 Ohio State (6-1-0) 4 Up 1 Big Ten
8 1977-10-24 4 Oklahoma (6-1-0) 6 Up 2 Big 8
8 1977-10-24 5 Notre Dame (5-1-0) 11 Up 6 Ind
8 1977-10-24 6 Michigan (6-1-0) 1 Down 5 Big Ten
8 1977-10-24 7 Kentucky (6-1-0) 8 Up 1 SEC
8 1977-10-24 8 Arkansas (5-1-0) 9 Up 1 SWC
8 1977-10-24 9 Penn State (6-1-0) 10 Up 1 Ind
8 1977-10-24 10 Southern California (5-2-0) 5 Down 5 Pac-8
8 1977-10-24 11 Texas A&M (5-1-0) 12 Up 1 SWC
8 1977-10-24 12 Nebraska (5-2-0) 18 Up 6 Big 8
8 1977-10-24 13 Pittsburgh (5-1-1) 14 Up 1 Ind
8 1977-10-24 14 Texas Tech (5-1-0) 13 Down 1 SWC
8 1977-10-24 15 Colorado (5-1-1) 7 Down 8 Big 8
8 1977-10-24 16 Clemson (6-1-0) 20 Up 4 ACC
8 1977-10-24 17 Brigham Young (5-1-0) 17 NC WAC
8 1977-10-24 18 Florida (3-1-1) 19 Up 1 SEC
8 1977-10-24 19 Minnesota (5-2-0) Up  Big Ten
8 1977-10-24 20 Florida State (5-1-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1977-10-31 1 Texas (7-0-0) 1 NC SWC
9 1977-10-31 2 Alabama (7-1-0) 2 NC SEC
9 1977-10-31 3 Oklahoma (7-1-0) 4 Up 1 Big 8
9 1977-10-31 4 Ohio State (7-1-0) 3 Down 1 Big Ten
9 1977-10-31 5 Notre Dame (6-1-0) 5 NC Ind
9 1977-10-31 6 Michigan (7-1-0) 6 NC Big Ten
9 1977-10-31 7 Kentucky (7-1-0) 7 NC SEC
9 1977-10-31 8 Arkansas (6-1-0) 8 NC SWC
9 1977-10-31 9 Penn State (7-1-0) 9 NC Ind
9 1977-10-31 10 Texas A&M (6-1-0) 11 Up 1 SWC
9 1977-10-31 11 Nebraska (6-2-0) 12 Up 1 Big 8
9 1977-10-31 12 Pittsburgh (6-1-1) 13 Up 1 Ind
9 1977-10-31 13 Clemson (7-1-0) 16 Up 3 ACC
9 1977-10-31 14 Brigham Young (6-1-0) 17 Up 3 WAC
9 1977-10-31 15 Florida State (6-1-0) 20 Up 5 Ind
9 1977-10-31 16 Southern California (5-3-0) 10 Down 6 Pac-8
9 1977-10-31 17 California (6-2-0) Up  Pac-8
9 1977-10-31 18 Louisiana State (5-2-0) Up  SEC
9 1977-10-31 19 Arizona State (6-1-0) Up  WAC
9 1977-10-31 19 Iowa State (6-2-0) Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1977-11-07 1 Texas (8-0-0) 1 NC SWC
10 1977-11-07 2 Alabama (8-1-0) 2 NC SEC
10 1977-11-07 3 Oklahoma (8-1-0) 3 NC Big 8
10 1977-11-07 4 Ohio State (8-1-0) 4 NC Big Ten
10 1977-11-07 5 Notre Dame (7-1-0) 5 NC Ind
10 1977-11-07 6 Michigan (8-1-0) 6 NC Big Ten
10 1977-11-07 7 Kentucky (8-1-0) 7 NC SEC
10 1977-11-07 8 Arkansas (7-1-0) 8 NC SWC
10 1977-11-07 9 Penn State (8-1-0) 9 NC Ind
10 1977-11-07 10 Pittsburgh (7-1-1) 12 Up 2 Ind
10 1977-11-07 11 Texas A&M (6-1-0) 10 Down 1 SWC
10 1977-11-07 12 Nebraska (7-2-0) 11 Down 1 Big 8
10 1977-11-07 13 Brigham Young (7-1-0) 14 Up 1 WAC
10 1977-11-07 14 Southern California (6-3-0) 16 Up 2 Pac-8
10 1977-11-07 15 Clemson (7-1-1) 13 Down 2 ACC
10 1977-11-07 16 Florida State (7-1-0) 15 Down 1 Ind
10 1977-11-07 17 Arizona State (7-1-0) 19 Up 2 WAC
10 1977-11-07 18 Texas Tech (6-2-0) Up  SWC
10 1977-11-07 19 North Carolina (6-2-1) Up  ACC
10 1977-11-07 20 Colgate (9-0-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1977-11-14 1 Texas (9-0-0) 1 NC SWC
11 1977-11-14 2 Alabama (9-1-0) 2 NC SEC
11 1977-11-14 3 Oklahoma (9-1-0) 3 NC Big 8
11 1977-11-14 4 Ohio State (9-1-0) 4 NC Big Ten
11 1977-11-14 5 Michigan (9-1-0) 6 Up 1 Big Ten
11 1977-11-14 6 Notre Dame (8-1-0) 5 Down 1 Ind
11 1977-11-14 7 Kentucky (9-1-0) 7 NC SEC
11 1977-11-14 8 Arkansas (8-1-0) 8 NC SWC
11 1977-11-14 9 Penn State (9-1-0) 9 NC Ind
11 1977-11-14 10 Pittsburgh (8-1-1) 10 NC Ind
11 1977-11-14 11 Nebraska (8-2-0) 12 Up 1 Big 8
11 1977-11-14 12 Arizona State (8-1-0) 17 Up 5 WAC
11 1977-11-14 13 Florida State (8-1-0) 16 Up 3 Ind
11 1977-11-14 14 Texas A&M (6-2-0) 11 Down 3 SWC
11 1977-11-14 15 Clemson (7-2-1) 15 NC ACC
11 1977-11-14 16 Texas Tech (7-2-0) 18 Up 2 SWC
11 1977-11-14 17 Brigham Young (7-2-0) 13 Down 4 WAC
11 1977-11-14 18 North Carolina (7-2-1) 19 Up 1 ACC
11 1977-11-14 19 Washington (6-4-0) Up  Pac-8
11 1977-11-14 20 UCLA (7-3-0) Up  Pac-8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1977-11-21 1 Texas (10-0-0) 1 NC SWC
12 1977-11-21 2 Alabama (9-1-0) 2 NC SEC
12 1977-11-21 3 Oklahoma (9-1-0) 3 NC Big 8
12 1977-11-21 4 Michigan (10-1-0) 5 Up 1 Big Ten
12 1977-11-21 5 Notre Dame (9-1-0) 6 Up 1 Ind
12 1977-11-21 6 Arkansas (9-1-0) 8 Up 2 SWC
12 1977-11-21 7 Kentucky (10-1-0) 7 NC SEC
12 1977-11-21 8 Ohio State (9-2-0) 4 Down 4 Big Ten
12 1977-11-21 9 Penn State (9-1-0) 9 NC Ind
12 1977-11-21 10 Pittsburgh (8-1-1) 10 NC Ind
12 1977-11-21 11 Nebraska (8-2-0) 11 NC Big 8
12 1977-11-21 12 Texas A&M (7-2-0) 14 Up 2 SWC
12 1977-11-21 13 Clemson (8-2-1) 15 Up 2 ACC
12 1977-11-21 14 Washington (7-4-0) 19 Up 5 Pac-8
12 1977-11-21 15 North Carolina (8-2-1) 18 Up 3 ACC
12 1977-11-21 16 San Diego State (9-1-0) Up  Ind
12 1977-11-21 17 UCLA (7-3-0) 20 Up 3 Pac-8
12 1977-11-21 18 Brigham Young (8-2-0) 17 Down 1 WAC
12 1977-11-21 19 Arizona State (8-2-0) 12 Down 7 WAC
12 1977-11-21 20 Florida State (8-2-0) 13 Down 7 Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1977-11-28 1 Texas (11-0-0) 1 NC SWC
13 1977-11-28 2 Oklahoma (10-1-0) 3 Up 1 Big 8
13 1977-11-28 3 Alabama (10-1-0) 2 Down 1 SEC
13 1977-11-28 4 Michigan (10-1-0) 4 NC Big Ten
13 1977-11-28 5 Notre Dame (9-1-0) 5 NC Ind
13 1977-11-28 6 Arkansas (10-1-0) 6 NC SWC
13 1977-11-28 7 Kentucky (10-1-0) 7 NC SEC
13 1977-11-28 8 Penn State (10-1-0) 9 Up 1 Ind
13 1977-11-28 9 Ohio State (9-2-0) 8 Down 1 Big Ten
13 1977-11-28 10 Pittsburgh (8-2-1) 10 NC Ind
13 1977-11-28 11 Clemson (8-2-1) 13 Up 2 ACC
13 1977-11-28 12 Nebraska (8-3-0) 11 Down 1 Big 8
13 1977-11-28 13 Washington (7-4-0) 14 Up 1 Pac-8
13 1977-11-28 14 North Carolina (8-2-1) 15 Up 1 ACC
13 1977-11-28 15 Arizona State (9-2-0) 19 Up 4 WAC
13 1977-11-28 16 San Diego State (9-1-0) 16 NC Ind
13 1977-11-28 17 Brigham Young (9-2-0) 18 Up 1 WAC
13 1977-11-28 17 Texas A&M (7-3-0) 12 Down 5 SWC
13 1977-11-28 19 Florida State (8-2-0) 20 Up 1 Ind
13 1977-11-28 20 Southern California (7-4-0) Up  Pac-8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 Final 1 Notre Dame 5 Up 4 Ind
14 Final 2 Alabama 3 Up 1 SEC
14 Final 3 Arkansas 6 Up 3 SWC
14 Final 4 Texas 1 Down 3 SWC
14 Final 5 Penn State 8 Up 3 Ind
14 Final 6 Kentucky 7 Up 1 SEC
14 Final 7 Oklahoma 2 Down 5 Big 8
14 Final 8 Pittsburgh 10 Up 2 Ind
14 Final 9 Michigan 4 Down 5 Big Ten
14 Final 10 Washington 13 Up 3 Pac-8
14 Final 11 Ohio State 9 Down 2 Big Ten
14 Final 12 Nebraska 12 NC Big 8
14 Final 13 Southern California 20 Up 7 Pac-8
14 Final 14 Florida State 19 Up 5 Ind
14 Final 15 Stanford Up  Pac-8
14 Final 16 San Diego State 16 NC Ind
14 Final 17 North Carolina 14 Down 3 ACC
14 Final 18 Arizona State 15 Down 3 WAC
14 Final 19 Clemson 11 Down 8 ACC
14 Final 20 Brigham Young 17 Down 3 WAC