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1978 Polls

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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

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 2 Arkansas NA SWC
1 Preseason 3 Penn State NA Ind
1 Preseason 4 Oklahoma NA Big 8
1 Preseason 5 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 6 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 7 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 8 Texas NA SWC
1 Preseason 9 Southern California NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 10 Nebraska NA Big 8
1 Preseason 11 Washington NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 12 UCLA NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 13 Louisiana State NA SEC
1 Preseason 14 Pittsburgh NA Ind
1 Preseason 15 Kentucky NA SEC
1 Preseason 16 Texas A&M NA SWC
1 Preseason 17 Florida State NA Ind
1 Preseason 18 Clemson NA ACC
1 Preseason 19 North Carolina NA ACC
1 Preseason 20 Iowa State NA Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1978-09-11 1 Alabama 1 NC SEC
2 1978-09-11 2 Arkansas 2 NC SWC
2 1978-09-11 3 Oklahoma 4 Up 1 Big 8
2 1978-09-11 4 Michigan 6 Up 2 Big Ten
2 1978-09-11 5 Penn State 3 Down 2 Ind
2 1978-09-11 6 Ohio State 7 Up 1 Big Ten
2 1978-09-11 7 Texas 8 Up 1 SWC
2 1978-09-11 8 Southern California 9 Up 1 Pac-10
2 1978-09-11 9 UCLA 12 Up 3 Pac-10
2 1978-09-11 10 Texas A&M 16 Up 6 SWC
2 1978-09-11 11 Missouri Up  Big 8
2 1978-09-11 12 Nebraska 10 Down 2 Big 8
2 1978-09-11 13 Louisiana State 13 NC SEC
2 1978-09-11 14 Pittsburgh 14 NC Ind
2 1978-09-11 15 Notre Dame 5 Down 10 Ind
2 1978-09-11 16 Florida State 17 Up 1 Ind
2 1978-09-11 17 Kentucky 15 Down 2 SEC
2 1978-09-11 18 Washington 11 Down 7 Pac-10
2 1978-09-11 19 Iowa State 20 Up 1 Big 8
2 1978-09-11 20 Maryland Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1978-09-18 1 Alabama 1 NC SEC
3 1978-09-18 2 Arkansas 2 NC SWC
3 1978-09-18 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
3 1978-09-18 3 Penn State 5 Up 2 Ind
3 1978-09-18 5 Michigan 4 Down 1 Big Ten
3 1978-09-18 6 Texas 7 Up 1 SWC
3 1978-09-18 7 Southern California 8 Up 1 Pac-10
3 1978-09-18 8 UCLA 9 Up 1 Pac-10
3 1978-09-18 9 Texas A&M 10 Up 1 SWC
3 1978-09-18 10 Louisiana State 13 Up 3 SEC
3 1978-09-18 11 Pittsburgh 14 Up 3 Ind
3 1978-09-18 12 Nebraska 12 NC Big 8
3 1978-09-18 13 Florida State 16 Up 3 Ind
3 1978-09-18 14 Notre Dame 15 Up 1 Ind
3 1978-09-18 15 Washington 18 Up 3 Pac-10
3 1978-09-18 16 Ohio State 6 Down 10 Big Ten
3 1978-09-18 17 Missouri 11 Down 6 Big 8
3 1978-09-18 18 Maryland 20 Up 2 ACC
3 1978-09-18 19 Colorado Up  Big 8
3 1978-09-18 20 Iowa State 19 Down 1 Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1978-09-25 1 Oklahoma 3 Up 2 Big 8
4 1978-09-25 2 Arkansas 2 NC SWC
4 1978-09-25 3 Southern California 7 Up 4 Pac-10
4 1978-09-25 4 Michigan 5 Up 1 Big Ten
4 1978-09-25 5 Penn State 3 Down 2 Ind
4 1978-09-25 6 Texas 6 NC SWC
4 1978-09-25 7 Alabama 1 Down 6 SEC
4 1978-09-25 8 Texas A&M 9 Up 1 SWC
4 1978-09-25 9 Pittsburgh 11 Up 2 Ind
4 1978-09-25 10 Florida State 13 Up 3 Ind
4 1978-09-25 11 Louisiana State 10 Down 1 SEC
4 1978-09-25 12 Nebraska 12 NC Big 8
4 1978-09-25 13 Ohio State 16 Up 3 Big Ten
4 1978-09-25 14 Missouri 17 Up 3 Big 8
4 1978-09-25 15 Maryland 18 Up 3 ACC
4 1978-09-25 16 Colorado 19 Up 3 Big 8
4 1978-09-25 17 Iowa State 20 Up 3 Big 8
4 1978-09-25 18 UCLA 8 Down 10 Pac-10
4 1978-09-25 19 Georgia Up  SEC
4 1978-09-25 20 Stanford Up  Pac-10
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1978-10-02 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 8
5 1978-10-02 2 Southern California 3 Up 1 Pac-10
5 1978-10-02 3 Michigan 4 Up 1 Big Ten
5 1978-10-02 4 Arkansas 2 Down 2 SWC
5 1978-10-02 5 Penn State 5 NC Ind
5 1978-10-02 6 Texas 6 NC SWC
5 1978-10-02 7 Texas A&M 8 Up 1 SWC
5 1978-10-02 8 Alabama 7 Down 1 SEC
5 1978-10-02 9 Pittsburgh 9 NC Ind
5 1978-10-02 10 Nebraska 12 Up 2 Big 8
5 1978-10-02 11 Louisiana State 11 NC SEC
5 1978-10-02 12 Maryland 15 Up 3 ACC
5 1978-10-02 13 Colorado 16 Up 3 Big 8
5 1978-10-02 14 Ohio State 13 Down 1 Big Ten
5 1978-10-02 15 Iowa State 17 Up 2 Big 8
5 1978-10-02 16 UCLA 18 Up 2 Pac-10
5 1978-10-02 17 Stanford 20 Up 3 Pac-10
5 1978-10-02 18 Florida State 10 Down 8 Ind
5 1978-10-02 19 Auburn Up  SEC
5 1978-10-02 20 North Carolina State Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1978-10-09 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 8
6 1978-10-09 2 Southern California 2 NC Pac-10
6 1978-10-09 3 Arkansas 4 Up 1 SWC
6 1978-10-09 3 Penn State 5 Up 2 Ind
6 1978-10-09 5 Michigan 3 Down 2 Big Ten
6 1978-10-09 6 Texas A&M 7 Up 1 SWC
6 1978-10-09 7 Alabama 8 Up 1 SEC
6 1978-10-09 8 Nebraska 10 Up 2 Big 8
6 1978-10-09 9 Pittsburgh 9 NC Ind
6 1978-10-09 10 Maryland 12 Up 2 ACC
6 1978-10-09 11 Louisiana State 11 NC SEC
6 1978-10-09 12 Texas 6 Down 6 SWC
6 1978-10-09 13 Colorado 13 NC Big 8
6 1978-10-09 14 UCLA 16 Up 2 Pac-10
6 1978-10-09 15 Florida State 18 Up 3 Ind
6 1978-10-09 16 Ohio State 14 Down 2 Big Ten
6 1978-10-09 17 Houston Up  SWC
6 1978-10-09 18 Stanford 17 Down 1 Pac-10
6 1978-10-09 19 Missouri Up  Big 8
6 1978-10-09 20 Iowa State 15 Down 5 Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1978-10-16 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 8
7 1978-10-16 2 Penn State 3 Up 1 Ind
7 1978-10-16 3 Arkansas 3 NC SWC
7 1978-10-16 4 Alabama 7 Up 3 SEC
7 1978-10-16 5 Nebraska 8 Up 3 Big 8
7 1978-10-16 6 Maryland 10 Up 4 ACC
7 1978-10-16 7 Southern California 2 Down 5 Pac-10
7 1978-10-16 8 Texas 12 Up 4 SWC
7 1978-10-16 9 Michigan 5 Down 4 Big Ten
7 1978-10-16 10 UCLA 14 Up 4 Pac-10
7 1978-10-16 11 Houston 17 Up 6 SWC
7 1978-10-16 12 Texas A&M 6 Down 6 SWC
7 1978-10-16 13 Missouri 19 Up 6 Big 8
7 1978-10-16 14 Arizona State Up  Pac-10
7 1978-10-16 15 Pittsburgh 9 Down 6 Ind
7 1978-10-16 16 Louisiana State 11 Down 5 SEC
7 1978-10-16 17 Navy Up  Ind
7 1978-10-16 18 Georgia Up  SEC
7 1978-10-16 19 Purdue Up  Big Ten
7 1978-10-16 20 Notre Dame Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1978-10-23 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 8
8 1978-10-23 2 Penn State 2 NC Ind
8 1978-10-23 3 Alabama 4 Up 1 SEC
8 1978-10-23 4 Nebraska 5 Up 1 Big 8
8 1978-10-23 5 Maryland 6 Up 1 ACC
8 1978-10-23 6 Southern California 7 Up 1 Pac-10
8 1978-10-23 7 Texas 8 Up 1 SWC
8 1978-10-23 8 Michigan 9 Up 1 Big Ten
8 1978-10-23 9 Arkansas 3 Down 6 SWC
8 1978-10-23 10 UCLA 10 NC Pac-10
8 1978-10-23 11 Houston 11 NC SWC
8 1978-10-23 12 Arizona State 14 Up 2 Pac-10
8 1978-10-23 13 Missouri 13 NC Big 8
8 1978-10-23 14 Louisiana State 16 Up 2 SEC
8 1978-10-23 15 Pittsburgh 15 NC Ind
8 1978-10-23 16 Georgia 18 Up 2 SEC
8 1978-10-23 17 Purdue 19 Up 2 Big Ten
8 1978-10-23 18 Navy 17 Down 1 Ind
8 1978-10-23 19 Notre Dame 20 Up 1 Ind
8 1978-10-23 20 Clemson Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1978-10-30 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 8
9 1978-10-30 2 Penn State 2 NC Ind
9 1978-10-30 3 Alabama 3 NC SEC
9 1978-10-30 4 Nebraska 4 NC Big 8
9 1978-10-30 5 Maryland 5 NC ACC
9 1978-10-30 6 Southern California 6 NC Pac-10
9 1978-10-30 7 Texas 7 NC SWC
9 1978-10-30 8 Michigan 8 NC Big Ten
9 1978-10-30 9 UCLA 10 Up 1 Pac-10
9 1978-10-30 10 Houston 11 Up 1 SWC
9 1978-10-30 11 Navy 18 Up 7 Ind
9 1978-10-30 12 Louisiana State 14 Up 2 SEC
9 1978-10-30 13 Georgia 16 Up 3 SEC
9 1978-10-30 14 Purdue 17 Up 3 Big Ten
9 1978-10-30 15 Notre Dame 19 Up 4 Ind
9 1978-10-30 16 Clemson 20 Up 4 ACC
9 1978-10-30 17 Arkansas 9 Down 8 SWC
9 1978-10-30 18 Michigan State Up  Big Ten
9 1978-10-30 19 Pittsburgh 15 Down 4 Ind
9 1978-10-30 20 Washington Up  Pac-10
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1978-11-06 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 8
10 1978-11-06 2 Penn State 2 NC Ind
10 1978-11-06 3 Alabama 3 NC SEC
10 1978-11-06 4 Nebraska 4 NC Big 8
10 1978-11-06 5 Southern California 6 Up 1 Pac-10
10 1978-11-06 6 Texas 7 Up 1 SWC
10 1978-11-06 7 Michigan 8 Up 1 Big Ten
10 1978-11-06 8 Houston 10 Up 2 SWC
10 1978-11-06 9 UCLA 9 NC Pac-10
10 1978-11-06 10 Louisiana State 12 Up 2 SEC
10 1978-11-06 11 Georgia 13 Up 2 SEC
10 1978-11-06 12 Purdue 14 Up 2 Big Ten
10 1978-11-06 13 Maryland 5 Down 8 ACC
10 1978-11-06 14 Notre Dame 15 Up 1 Ind
10 1978-11-06 15 Clemson 16 Up 1 ACC
10 1978-11-06 16 Arkansas 17 Up 1 SWC
10 1978-11-06 17 Michigan State 18 Up 1 Big Ten
10 1978-11-06 18 Navy 11 Down 7 Ind
10 1978-11-06 19 Washington 20 Up 1 Pac-10
10 1978-11-06 20 Pittsburgh 19 Down 1 Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1978-11-13 1 Penn State 2 Up 1 Ind
11 1978-11-13 2 Nebraska 4 Up 2 Big 8
11 1978-11-13 3 Alabama 3 NC SEC
11 1978-11-13 4 Oklahoma 1 Down 3 Big 8
11 1978-11-13 5 Southern California 5 NC Pac-10
11 1978-11-13 6 Houston 8 Up 2 SWC
11 1978-11-13 7 Michigan 7 NC Big Ten
11 1978-11-13 8 Georgia 11 Up 3 SEC
11 1978-11-13 9 Texas 6 Down 3 SWC
11 1978-11-13 10 Notre Dame 14 Up 4 Ind
11 1978-11-13 11 Maryland 13 Up 2 ACC
11 1978-11-13 12 Clemson 15 Up 3 ACC
11 1978-11-13 13 Arkansas 16 Up 3 SWC
11 1978-11-13 14 UCLA 9 Down 5 Pac-10
11 1978-11-13 15 Purdue 12 Down 3 Big Ten
11 1978-11-13 16 Michigan State 17 Up 1 Big Ten
11 1978-11-13 17 Louisiana State 10 Down 7 SEC
11 1978-11-13 18 Pittsburgh 20 Up 2 Ind
11 1978-11-13 19 Ohio State Up  Big Ten
11 1978-11-13 20 Georgia Tech Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1978-11-20 1 Penn State 1 NC Ind
12 1978-11-20 2 Alabama 3 Up 1 SEC
12 1978-11-20 3 Southern California 5 Up 2 Pac-10
12 1978-11-20 4 Oklahoma 4 NC Big 8
12 1978-11-20 5 Houston 6 Up 1 SWC
12 1978-11-20 6 Michigan 7 Up 1 Big Ten
12 1978-11-20 7 Nebraska 2 Down 5 Big 8
12 1978-11-20 8 Notre Dame 10 Up 2 Ind
12 1978-11-20 9 Texas 9 NC SWC
12 1978-11-20 10 Clemson 12 Up 2 ACC
12 1978-11-20 11 Arkansas 13 Up 2 SWC
12 1978-11-20 12 Georgia 8 Down 4 SEC
12 1978-11-20 13 Maryland 11 Down 2 ACC
12 1978-11-20 14 Michigan State 16 Up 2 Big Ten
12 1978-11-20 15 Pittsburgh 18 Up 3 Ind
12 1978-11-20 16 Ohio State 19 Up 3 Big Ten
12 1978-11-20 17 UCLA 14 Down 3 Pac-10
12 1978-11-20 18 Purdue 15 Down 3 Big Ten
12 1978-11-20 19 Missouri Up  Big 8
12 1978-11-20 20 Iowa State Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1978-11-27 1 Penn State 1 NC Ind
13 1978-11-27 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
13 1978-11-27 3 Southern California 3 NC Pac-10
13 1978-11-27 4 Oklahoma 4 NC Big 8
13 1978-11-27 5 Michigan 6 Up 1 Big Ten
13 1978-11-27 6 Nebraska 7 Up 1 Big 8
13 1978-11-27 7 Clemson 10 Up 3 ACC
13 1978-11-27 8 Arkansas 11 Up 3 SWC
13 1978-11-27 9 Houston 5 Down 4 SWC
13 1978-11-27 10 Notre Dame 8 Down 2 Ind
13 1978-11-27 11 Georgia 12 Up 1 SEC
13 1978-11-27 12 Michigan State 14 Up 2 Big Ten
13 1978-11-27 13 Maryland 13 NC ACC
13 1978-11-27 14 Texas 9 Down 5 SWC
13 1978-11-27 15 UCLA 17 Up 2 Pac-10
13 1978-11-27 16 Pittsburgh 15 Down 1 Ind
13 1978-11-27 17 Purdue 18 Up 1 Big Ten
13 1978-11-27 18 Missouri 19 Up 1 Big 8
13 1978-11-27 19 Iowa State 20 Up 1 Big 8
13 1978-11-27 20 Ohio State 16 Down 4 Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 1978-12-04 1 Penn State 1 NC Ind
14 1978-12-04 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
14 1978-12-04 3 Southern California 3 NC Pac-10
14 1978-12-04 4 Oklahoma 4 NC Big 8
14 1978-12-04 5 Michigan 5 NC Big Ten
14 1978-12-04 6 Nebraska 6 NC Big 8
14 1978-12-04 7 Clemson 7 NC ACC
14 1978-12-04 8 Arkansas 8 NC SWC
14 1978-12-04 9 Houston 9 NC SWC
14 1978-12-04 10 Notre Dame 10 NC Ind
14 1978-12-04 11 Georgia 11 NC SEC
14 1978-12-04 12 Michigan State 12 NC Big Ten
14 1978-12-04 13 Maryland 13 NC ACC
14 1978-12-04 14 Texas 14 NC SWC
14 1978-12-04 15 UCLA 15 NC Pac-10
14 1978-12-04 16 Pittsburgh 16 NC Ind
14 1978-12-04 17 Purdue 17 NC Big Ten
14 1978-12-04 18 Missouri 18 NC Big 8
14 1978-12-04 19 Iowa State 19 NC Big 8
14 1978-12-04 20 Ohio State 20 NC Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
15 Final 1 Alabama 2 Up 1 SEC
15 Final 2 Southern California 3 Up 1 Pac-10
15 Final 3 Oklahoma 4 Up 1 Big 8
15 Final 4 Penn State 1 Down 3 Ind
15 Final 5 Michigan 5 NC Big Ten
15 Final 6 Clemson 7 Up 1 ACC
15 Final 7 Notre Dame 10 Up 3 Ind
15 Final 8 Nebraska 6 Down 2 Big 8
15 Final 9 Texas 14 Up 5 SWC
15 Final 10 Houston 9 Down 1 SWC
15 Final 11 Arkansas 8 Down 3 SWC
15 Final 12 Michigan State 12 NC Big Ten
15 Final 13 Purdue 17 Up 4 Big Ten
15 Final 14 UCLA 15 Up 1 Pac-10
15 Final 15 Missouri 18 Up 3 Big 8
15 Final 16 Georgia 11 Down 5 SEC
15 Final 17 Stanford Up  Pac-10
15 Final 18 North Carolina State Up  ACC
15 Final 19 Texas A&M Up  SWC
15 Final 20 Maryland 13 Down 7 ACC