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1978 Bowl Games

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National Champions: Alabama (AP, FWAA, NFF), Southern California (UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Billy Sims (Oklahoma)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Alabama ▪ AP Final #1: Alabama

15 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1979-01-01 Cotton Bowl Notre Dame 35 Houston 34 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1979-01-01 Orange Bowl Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 24 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1979-01-01 Rose Bowl Southern California 17 Michigan 10 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1979-01-01 Sugar Bowl Alabama 14 Penn State 7 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1978-12-31 Bluebonnet Bowl Stanford 25 Georgia 22 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1978-12-29 Gator Bowl Clemson 17 Ohio State 15 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1978-12-25 Fiesta Bowl UCLA 10 Arkansas 10 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
1978-12-25 Peach Bowl Purdue 41 Georgia Tech 21 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
1978-12-23 Liberty Bowl Missouri 20 Louisiana State 15 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
1978-12-23 Sun Bowl Texas 42 Maryland 0 Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)
1978-12-23 Tangerine Bowl North Carolina State 30 Pittsburgh 17 Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1978-12-22 Holiday Bowl Navy 23 Brigham Young 16 Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)
1978-12-20 Hall of Fame Classic Texas A&M 28 Iowa State 12 Hall of Fame Classic (Birmingham, AL)
1978-12-16 Garden State Bowl Arizona State 34 Rutgers 18 Garden State Bowl (East Rutherford, NJ)
1978-12-16 Independence Bowl East Carolina 35 Louisiana Tech 13 Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)