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1977 Year Summary

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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

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 Southeastern Conference 10 112 61 50 1 .549 2 1 1 0 .500 9.33 7.84 4 2 Alabama
2 Pacific-8 Conference 8 91 49 42 0 .538 3 3 0 0 1.000 8.81 7.87 2 3 Washington
3 Big Eight Conference 8 91 46 43 2 .516 3 1 2 0 .333 8.70 7.88 4 2 Oklahoma
4 Southwest Conference 9 103 55 48 0 .534 4 1 3 0 .250 8.23 7.93 3 2 Texas
5 Big Ten Conference 10 113 56 55 2 .504 3 0 3 0 .000 6.44 6.74 2 2 Michigan
Ohio State
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 81 39 39 3 .500 4 2 2 0 .500 6.31 6.49 1 2 North Carolina
7 Independent 36 401 212 180 9 .540 5 4 1 0 .800 1.81 0.24 3 5
8 Western Athletic Conference 8 92 45 45 2 .500 1 0 1 0 .000 1.66 1.95 1 2 Arizona State
Brigham Young
9 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 5 54 27 27 0 .500 0 0 0 0 -1.87 -3.55 0 0 Fresno State
10 Mid-American Conference 10 111 58 53 0 .523 0 0 0 0 -6.96 -7.62 0 0 Miami (OH)
11 Southland Conference 6 68 34 29 5 .537 1 1 0 0 1.000 -7.00 -7.98 0 0 Louisiana Tech
12 Ivy Group 8 72 35 37 0 .486 0 0 0 0 -7.32 -7.31 0 0 Yale
13 Southwestern Athletic Conference 7 76 38 36 2 .513 0 0 0 0 -9.11 -9.97 0 0 Grambling State
14 Southern Conference 7 77 35 38 4 .481 0 0 0 0 -9.41 -9.06 0 0 Chattanooga
Virginia Military Institute
15 Missouri Valley Conference 6 66 23 42 1 .356 0 0 0 0 -12.67 -7.23 0 0 West Texas A&M

AP Poll Summary

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

Year Leaders

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Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Dave Wilson (Ball State) 164.2
2. Matt Cavanaugh* (Pittsburgh) 161.7
3. Gifford Nielsen (Brigham Young) 155.7
4. Doug Williams* (Grambling State) 155.2
5. Bob Relph (Colgate) 148.9
6. Marc Wilson (Brigham Young) 148.1
7. Larry Fortner (Miami (OH)) 147.4
8. Joe Davis (San Diego State) 147.4
9. Chuck Fusina (Penn State) 146.4
10. Larry Brown (Harvard) 146.0

Total Yards Per Play

1. Doug Williams* (Grambling State) 8.6

Punt Return Yards Per Return

1. Robert Woods* (Grambling State) 25.4
2. Ken Mitchell (Chattanooga) 14.0
3. Jimmy Cefalo (Penn State) 13.7
4. Phil McConkey (Navy) 13.5
5. Max Hudspeth (New Mexico) 13.2
6. Jimmy Bryant (Utah State) 12.6
7. L.C. Crowe (Air Force) 12.4
8. Tony Nathan (Alabama) 12.4
9. Johnnie Johnson (Texas) 12.2
  Vondell Robertson (Central Michigan) 12.2

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Henry White (Colgate) 2
  Robert Woods* (Grambling State) 2
  Larry Anderson (Louisiana Tech) 2

Interception Return Yards

1. Ron Irving (Louisiana-Lafayette) 227
2. Bob Jury* (Pittsburgh) 171
3. Mark Haynes (Colorado) 141
4. David Dumars (Louisiana-Monroe) 126
5. Tom Pridemore (West Virginia) 123
6. Kenny Bryant (Oregon) 122
7. Ken Mitchell (Chattanooga) 118
8. Rod Sears (Iowa) 116
9. Paul Gillis (Citadel) 110
10. Rex Varn (Clemson) 109

Interception Return Touchdowns

1. Ron Irving (Louisiana-Lafayette) 2
  Dallas Owens (Kentucky) 2
  Leroy Leopold (Notre Dame) 2