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1978 School Ratings

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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

The SRS columns are SRS broken up into offensive and defensive components.
The Scoring columns are points per game adjusted for strength of opposition.
The Passing, Rushing, and Total columns are yards per attempt adjusted for strength of opposition.

138 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Alabama SEC 14.15 11.84 25.99 36.16 5.73
2 Southern California Pac-10 10.10 15.40 25.51 31.98 2.93
3 Oklahoma Big 8 15.05 9.77 24.82 43.69 7.25
4 Penn State Ind 7.41 14.50 21.91 31.60 4.15
5 Michigan Big Ten 7.58 13.67 21.25 34.77 5.58
6 Nebraska Big 8 13.73 7.34 21.07 42.18 10.10
7 Arkansas SWC 7.83 12.18 20.01 31.99 6.35
8 Notre Dame Ind 11.34 8.38 19.72 31.85 8.56
9 Texas SWC 5.19 14.21 19.40 29.69 3.07
10 Houston SWC 12.47 6.54 19.01 35.70 10.59
11 Michigan State Big Ten 12.17 6.22 18.39 40.40 13.18
12 Washington Pac-10 6.79 10.95 17.74 30.62 7.52
13 Clemson ACC 8.06 9.62 17.69 33.21 10.12
14 Stanford Pac-10 12.27 4.71 16.98 33.03 12.82
15 UCLA Pac-10 5.55 9.86 15.42 27.46 8.51
16 Missouri Big 8 11.03 4.28 15.31 37.15 13.35
17 Florida State Ind 11.34 3.79 15.13 33.64 15.31
18 Georgia SEC 6.54 7.33 13.86 28.41 11.25
19 Maryland ACC 4.89 8.66 13.55 26.85 11.16
20 Louisiana State SEC 6.71 6.56 13.26 27.58 11.38
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 Purdue Big Ten 2.98 10.10 13.08 23.10 8.40
22 Ohio State Big Ten 8.93 4.05 12.99 32.01 14.24
23 Texas Tech SWC 9.65 3.00 12.66 29.80 16.94
24 Arizona State Pac-10 8.94 3.26 12.20 30.85 16.80
25 Texas A&M SWC 3.44 8.76 12.20 27.99 10.50
26 Southern Methodist SWC 9.94 2.18 12.12 34.55 14.66
27 North Carolina State ACC 6.82 3.87 10.69 27.24 15.18
28 Florida SEC 7.04 3.45 10.49 29.30 13.86
29 Mississippi State SEC 3.80 6.32 10.12 25.86 13.28
30 Arizona Pac-10 5.44 4.66 10.11 26.91 13.17
31 Pittsburgh Ind 2.81 6.87 9.68 24.60 12.67
32 North Texas Ind 3.57 5.46 9.03 25.59 14.06
33 Tennessee SEC 5.94 3.00 8.94 27.76 16.10
34 Baylor SWC 6.46 2.16 8.61 27.19 14.04
35 Auburn SEC 2.84 5.32 8.16 24.87 13.29
36 Iowa State Big 8 0.07 7.95 8.02 20.54 9.95
37 Brigham Young WAC 3.43 4.52 7.95 25.24 14.65
38 Navy Ind -0.54 8.49 7.95 22.12 11.94
39 South Carolina Ind 3.82 3.30 7.11 24.82 14.93
40 Colorado Big 8 2.11 4.58 6.69 24.26 14.04
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Tulsa MVC 6.04 0.55 6.59 24.40 18.69
42 Georgia Tech Ind 6.21 0.30 6.51 26.91 18.84
43 California Pac-10 4.97 1.41 6.38 25.97 19.27
44 Miami (FL) Ind 0.19 5.86 6.04 20.65 13.21
45 East Carolina Ind 0.43 5.46 5.89 22.82 14.59
46 Kentucky SEC -0.80 6.31 5.51 22.98 12.18
47 Southern Mississippi Ind 1.27 3.95 5.22 21.12 14.61
48 Utah WAC 2.13 2.66 4.79 25.03 17.33
49 Indiana Big Ten 4.04 -0.31 3.73 24.20 21.55
50 Oklahoma State Big 8 -0.48 4.15 3.66 20.68 15.61
51 Wisconsin Big Ten 2.46 1.18 3.64 23.09 23.01
52 Louisville Ind 2.99 0.46 3.45 27.13 21.26
53 Oregon Pac-10 0.76 2.66 3.43 20.98 14.33
54 New Mexico WAC 0.64 2.62 3.26 21.25 16.78
55 Washington State Pac-10 7.49 -4.46 3.04 29.35 23.86
56 Temple Ind 3.77 -1.02 2.75 24.26 20.16
57 Ball State MAC -3.32 6.06 2.74 16.16 14.47
58 North Carolina ACC 3.30 -0.70 2.60 22.50 18.94
59 Mississippi SEC -0.17 2.65 2.48 20.57 17.52
60 Furman Southern 2.77 -0.64 2.14 23.19 21.91
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 Central Michigan MAC -0.33 2.17 1.84 23.18 19.20
62 Cincinnati Ind 4.67 -2.97 1.70 26.12 21.69
63 Rutgers Ind -1.25 2.62 1.37 20.71 18.12
64 Oregon State Pac-10 -2.11 3.23 1.13 18.33 17.09
65 Wyoming WAC 0.87 -0.08 0.79 21.95 19.63
66 Hawaii Ind 2.73 -2.40 0.33 22.63 23.74
67 Minnesota Big Ten 2.17 -2.06 0.11 20.52 22.28
68 Tulane Ind -2.04 2.13 0.08 18.40 16.92
69 Virginia Tech Ind -2.32 2.33 0.01 18.10 18.45
70 Kansas State Big 8 1.67 -2.21 -0.54 23.44 24.35
71 Utah State PCAA 2.45 -3.08 -0.62 22.05 22.19
72 Nevada-Las Vegas Ind -2.45 1.75 -0.70 18.49 18.37
73 Chattanooga Southern 0.84 -1.62 -0.78 23.00 22.02
74 Texas Christian SWC -3.63 2.75 -0.88 17.82 24.77
75 Rice SWC 1.49 -2.56 -1.07 23.28 28.01
76 Duke ACC -5.09 3.84 -1.25 15.29 17.94
77 Appalachian State Southern 8.06 -9.43 -1.37 27.49 32.45
78 Syracuse Ind 2.10 -3.53 -1.44 22.08 22.65
79 Memphis Ind -0.25 -1.32 -1.56 20.35 23.35
80 Louisiana Tech Southland -0.79 -0.92 -1.71 20.30 20.59
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 McNeese State Southland 1.00 -2.75 -1.75 20.31 21.98
82 Miami (OH) MAC -2.29 0.19 -2.10 16.82 20.16
83 Yale Ivy -3.46 1.04 -2.42 14.87 20.48
84 William & Mary Ind -4.36 1.76 -2.60 14.78 17.65
85 Texas-Arlington Southland -0.70 -2.47 -3.17 18.65 22.18
86 Kansas Big 8 -1.86 -1.47 -3.33 19.66 23.00
87 Arkansas State Southland -6.65 3.29 -3.37 12.17 17.24
88 Richmond Ind -5.32 0.71 -4.61 14.47 17.81
89 San Diego State WAC 2.22 -7.13 -4.91 21.31 24.88
90 San Jose State PCAA -2.71 -2.53 -5.24 16.91 23.57
91 Louisiana-Monroe Ind -8.34 3.02 -5.32 12.93 17.54
92 Iowa Big Ten -4.67 -0.83 -5.50 15.26 21.34
93 Colorado State WAC -1.91 -3.82 -5.73 19.13 23.23
94 New Mexico State MVC 3.69 -9.72 -6.03 21.46 29.48
95 Wake Forest ACC -5.82 -0.28 -6.10 15.38 22.03
96 Illinois Big Ten -7.57 1.42 -6.15 12.50 21.90
97 Western Carolina Southern -2.61 -3.54 -6.15 16.34 23.67
98 Holy Cross Ind -2.10 -4.13 -6.22 17.58 25.18
99 Virginia ACC -4.73 -2.22 -6.95 14.80 21.62
100 Cornell Ivy -3.68 -3.34 -7.01 14.09 26.26
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Brown Ivy -3.20 -4.09 -7.28 14.42 26.44
102 Dartmouth Ivy -4.57 -2.71 -7.28 14.12 25.74
103 West Virginia Ind -1.26 -6.15 -7.41 19.20 29.52
104 Citadel Southern -5.61 -1.92 -7.53 15.10 25.36
105 Western Michigan MAC -6.14 -1.81 -7.94 13.10 21.76
106 Army Ind -4.64 -3.65 -8.29 15.62 24.19
107 Villanova Ind -2.81 -5.94 -8.75 16.34 25.60
108 Wichita State MVC -0.62 -8.24 -8.86 18.77 28.43
109 Drake MVC -2.93 -6.22 -9.14 16.95 27.31
110 Pacific PCAA -5.37 -4.22 -9.59 14.80 26.10
111 Vanderbilt SEC -1.55 -9.04 -10.59 19.52 33.96
112 Southern Illinois MVC -5.47 -5.22 -10.69 11.89 25.56
113 Harvard Ivy -1.34 -9.37 -10.71 15.42 30.29
114 West Texas A&M MVC -3.59 -7.17 -10.76 18.59 28.96
115 Bowling Green State MAC -0.68 -10.22 -10.90 22.20 31.28
116 Long Beach State PCAA -6.83 -4.97 -11.80 12.23 25.16
117 Virginia Military Institute Southern -10.52 -1.33 -11.85 9.30 23.41
118 Cal State Fullerton PCAA -0.56 -12.27 -12.83 18.93 33.65
119 Louisiana-Lafayette Southland -10.41 -2.62 -13.03 9.31 23.78
120 Northwestern Big Ten -7.77 -5.83 -13.60 12.39 35.07
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
121 Northwestern State Ind -7.08 -6.82 -13.90 11.28 30.74
122 Air Force Ind -2.93 -11.09 -14.03 16.47 31.30
123 Boston College Ind -6.78 -7.77 -14.55 13.71 27.57
124 Princeton Ivy -8.94 -5.64 -14.58 8.45 27.87
125 Columbia Ivy -10.51 -4.51 -15.02 7.18 32.29
126 Northern Illinois MAC -1.84 -13.39 -15.23 16.91 34.43
127 Ohio MAC -11.22 -4.65 -15.86 7.69 25.75
128 Lamar Southland -5.09 -11.04 -16.13 13.93 32.83
129 Indiana State MVC -11.80 -4.48 -16.29 7.32 25.42
130 Pennsylvania Ivy -8.89 -7.47 -16.36 8.85 28.90
131 Colgate Ind -10.83 -5.72 -16.55 7.92 26.98
132 Texas-El Paso WAC -8.46 -8.13 -16.59 12.33 33.49
133 Fresno State PCAA -3.87 -13.27 -17.15 16.83 34.67
134 Kent State MAC -10.94 -7.00 -17.94 8.16 29.16
135 Marshall Southern -12.75 -6.57 -19.32 6.69 30.23
136 Toledo MAC -11.00 -9.06 -20.06 8.22 29.49
137 Eastern Michigan MAC -12.06 -9.03 -21.09 6.84 31.59
138 Illinois State Ind -12.15 -12.35 -24.50 6.44 36.85