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1978 Standings

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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

138 Schools

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
1 Clemson ACC 11 1 0 .917 6 0 0 1.000 30.7 10.9 17.69 2.52 18 6 6
2 Maryland ACC 9 3 0 .750 5 1 0 .833 21.8 13.9 13.55 5.46 5 20
3 North Carolina State ACC 9 3 0 .750 4 2 0 .667 23.3 17.3 10.69 4.61 18 18
4 North Carolina ACC 5 6 0 .455 3 3 0 .500 18.1 19.8 2.60 3.96 19 19
5 Duke ACC 4 7 0 .364 2 4 0 .333 9.8 22.5 -1.25 7.57
6 Wake Forest ACC 1 10 0 .091 1 5 0 .167 9.5 24.9 -6.10 7.09
7 Virginia ACC 2 9 0 .182 0 6 0 .000 12.6 21.5 -6.95 1.60
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
8 Oklahoma Big 8 11 1 0 .917 7 1 0 .875 39.3 14.6 24.82 8.32 4 1 3
9 Nebraska Big 8 9 3 0 .750 6 2 0 .750 37.0 18.0 21.07 9.65 10 2 8
10 Iowa State Big 8 8 4 0 .667 4 3 0 .571 18.3 15.7 8.02 4.94 20 15
11 Missouri Big 8 8 4 0 .667 4 3 0 .571 30.7 19.7 15.31 9.64 11 15
12 Kansas State Big 8 4 7 0 .364 3 4 0 .429 18.3 31.1 -0.54 7.91
13 Oklahoma State Big 8 3 8 0 .273 3 4 0 .429 15.2 24.2 3.66 9.76
14 Colorado Big 8 6 5 0 .545 2 5 0 .286 20.9 18.7 6.69 5.42 13
15 Kansas Big 8 1 10 0 .091 0 7 0 .000 11.3 31.4 -3.33 11.85
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
16 Michigan Big Ten 10 2 0 .833 7 1 0 .875 31.0 8.8 21.25 6.42 6 3 5
17 Michigan State Big Ten 8 3 0 .727 7 1 0 .875 37.4 15.5 18.39 5.48 12 12
18 Purdue Big Ten 9 2 1 .792 6 1 1 .813 21.8 10.8 13.08 3.25 12 13
19 Ohio State Big Ten 7 4 1 .625 6 2 0 .750 28.3 18.0 12.99 6.40 7 6
20 Minnesota Big Ten 5 6 0 .455 4 4 0 .500 19.1 24.3 0.11 2.84
21 Wisconsin Big Ten 5 4 2 .545 3 4 2 .444 20.3 25.2 3.64 3.92
22 Indiana Big Ten 4 7 0 .364 3 5 0 .375 20.7 26.4 3.73 6.82
23 Iowa Big Ten 2 9 0 .182 2 6 0 .250 11.4 26.5 -5.50 7.50
24 Illinois Big Ten 1 8 2 .182 0 6 2 .125 9.4 28.8 -6.15 8.22
25 Northwestern Big Ten 0 10 1 .045 0 8 1 .056 8.4 40.0 -13.60 7.31
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
26 Penn State Ind 11 1 0 .917 27.8 9.3 21.91 7.08 3 1 4
27 North Texas Ind 9 2 0 .818 25.2 13.6 9.03 -0.61
28 East Carolina Ind 9 3 0 .750 23.9 11.3 5.89 -3.77
29 Navy Ind 9 3 0 .750 21.7 11.3 7.95 -0.80 11
30 Notre Dame Ind 9 3 0 .750 24.4 16.4 19.72 11.47 5 5 7
31 Rutgers Ind 9 3 0 .750 23.7 13.8 1.37 -5.46
32 Florida State Ind 8 3 0 .727 28.4 18.9 15.13 6.59 17 10
33 Temple Ind 7 3 1 .682 25.5 18.5 2.75 -3.07
34 Pittsburgh Ind 8 4 0 .667 21.9 15.6 9.68 4.10 14 9
35 Holy Cross Ind 7 4 0 .636 23.5 18.3 -6.22 -10.77
36 Louisville Ind 7 4 0 .636 29.0 18.4 3.45 -3.83
37 Nevada-Las Vegas Ind 7 4 0 .636 22.6 16.5 -0.70 -5.34
38 Southern Mississippi Ind 7 4 0 .636 19.4 16.8 5.22 2.49
39 Louisiana-Monroe Ind 6 4 1 .591 17.3 13.1 -5.32 -7.60
40 Georgia Tech Ind 7 5 0 .583 22.5 21.1 6.51 5.18 20
41 Hawaii Ind 6 5 0 .545 22.8 25.5 0.33 0.69
42 Miami (FL) Ind 6 5 0 .545 17.6 17.5 6.04 5.13
43 South Carolina Ind 5 5 1 .500 21.6 16.5 7.11 3.48
44 William & Mary Ind 5 5 1 .500 15.5 14.6 -2.60 -3.51
45 Cincinnati Ind 5 6 0 .455 25.4 20.4 1.70 -0.85
46 Northwestern State Ind 5 6 0 .455 14.4 25.6 -13.90 -7.26
47 Villanova Ind 5 6 0 .455 18.7 22.0 -8.75 -6.03
48 Army Ind 4 6 1 .409 16.7 23.2 -8.29 -2.83
49 Memphis Ind 4 7 0 .364 18.2 27.0 -1.56 3.98
50 Tulane Ind 4 7 0 .364 16.6 19.2 0.08 3.72
51 Virginia Tech Ind 4 7 0 .364 14.7 20.5 0.01 4.01
52 Air Force Ind 3 8 0 .273 19.5 29.8 -14.03 -4.21
53 Colgate Ind 3 8 0 .273 13.5 20.5 -16.55 -9.64
54 Richmond Ind 3 8 0 .273 16.0 17.7 -4.61 -1.25
55 Syracuse Ind 3 8 0 .273 17.5 26.8 -1.44 6.84
56 Illinois State Ind 2 9 0 .182 11.7 28.9 -24.50 -11.22
57 West Virginia Ind 2 9 0 .182 15.2 33.1 -7.41 5.23
58 Boston College Ind 0 11 0 .000 13.9 26.7 -14.55 -1.73
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
59 Dartmouth Ivy 6 3 0 .667 6 1 0 .857 20.8 17.7 -7.28 -10.28
60 Brown Ivy 6 3 0 .667 5 2 0 .714 21.0 18.3 -7.28 -10.28
61 Yale Ivy 5 2 2 .667 4 1 2 .714 21.3 12.7 -2.42 -9.98
62 Cornell Ivy 5 3 1 .611 3 3 1 .500 20.9 17.1 -7.01 -11.46
63 Harvard Ivy 4 4 1 .500 2 4 1 .357 21.8 21.0 -10.71 -11.05
64 Columbia Ivy 3 5 1 .389 2 4 1 .357 12.3 25.3 -15.02 -8.58
65 Princeton Ivy 2 5 2 .333 1 4 2 .286 14.0 20.3 -14.58 -9.03
66 Pennsylvania Ivy 2 6 1 .278 1 5 1 .214 15.4 20.8 -16.36 -10.02
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
67 Ball State MAC 10 1 0 .909 8 0 0 1.000 22.8 7.5 2.74 -12.35
68 Central Michigan MAC 9 2 0 .818 8 1 0 .889 30.1 10.8 1.84 -13.26
69 Miami (OH) MAC 8 2 1 .773 5 2 0 .714 20.7 14.6 -2.10 -8.74
70 Western Michigan MAC 7 4 0 .636 5 4 0 .556 20.0 13.8 -7.94 -12.94
71 Bowling Green State MAC 4 7 0 .364 3 5 0 .375 25.2 24.3 -10.90 -8.81
72 Ohio MAC 3 8 0 .273 3 5 0 .375 10.9 22.4 -15.86 -6.50
73 Northern Illinois MAC 5 6 0 .455 2 4 0 .333 21.1 25.8 -15.23 -11.13
74 Kent State MAC 4 7 0 .364 2 6 0 .250 14.4 22.5 -17.94 -11.39
75 Toledo MAC 2 9 0 .182 2 7 0 .222 13.1 23.3 -20.06 -9.61
76 Eastern Michigan MAC 3 7 0 .300 1 5 0 .167 12.2 23.8 -21.09 -11.69
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
77 New Mexico State MVC 6 5 0 .545 5 1 0 .833 24.9 26.9 -6.03 -5.12
78 Tulsa MVC 9 2 0 .818 3 1 0 .750 26.3 18.5 6.59 -2.41
79 Southern Illinois MVC 7 4 0 .636 3 2 0 .600 19.9 18.5 -10.69 -12.96
80 Drake MVC 4 7 0 .364 3 3 0 .500 19.2 24.0 -9.14 -4.87
81 Indiana State MVC 3 8 0 .273 2 3 0 .400 13.0 20.2 -16.29 -9.38
82 Wichita State MVC 4 7 0 .364 2 4 0 .333 21.8 26.2 -8.86 -4.59
83 West Texas A&M MVC 3 8 0 .273 1 5 0 .167 21.5 27.0 -10.76 -4.21
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
84 Southern California Pac-10 12 1 0 .923 6 1 0 .857 24.5 11.8 25.51 13.20 9 2 2
85 UCLA Pac-10 8 3 1 .708 6 2 0 .750 21.8 14.3 15.42 9.17 12 8 14
86 Washington Pac-10 7 4 0 .636 6 2 0 .750 24.5 14.1 17.74 10.38 11 11
87 Arizona State Pac-10 9 3 0 .750 4 3 0 .571 28.9 19.7 12.20 4.20 12
88 Stanford Pac-10 8 4 0 .667 4 3 0 .571 27.2 18.4 16.98 9.06 17 17
89 California Pac-10 6 5 0 .545 3 4 0 .429 21.5 26.3 6.38 8.84
90 Arizona Pac-10 5 6 0 .455 3 4 0 .429 22.3 18.6 10.11 7.92
91 Oregon Pac-10 2 9 0 .182 2 5 0 .286 15.7 19.3 3.43 8.79
92 Oregon State Pac-10 3 7 1 .318 2 6 0 .250 11.6 24.2 1.13 11.03
93 Washington State Pac-10 3 7 1 .318 1 7 0 .125 25.1 26.9 3.04 5.58
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
94 San Jose State PCAA 7 5 0 .583 4 1 0 .800 21.6 20.7 -5.24 -6.65
95 Utah State PCAA 7 4 0 .636 3 1 0 .750 24.5 19.5 -0.62 -5.08
96 Pacific PCAA 4 8 0 .333 3 2 0 .600 18.5 25.5 -9.59 -4.09
97 Cal State Fullerton PCAA 5 7 0 .417 2 2 0 .500 24.8 27.5 -12.83 -10.16
98 Long Beach State PCAA 5 6 0 .455 1 4 0 .200 19.9 20.9 -11.80 -10.62
99 Fresno State PCAA 3 8 0 .273 1 4 0 .200 22.5 29.9 -17.15 -8.96
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
100 Alabama SEC 11 1 0 .917 6 0 0 1.000 28.8 14.0 25.99 11.83 1 1 1
101 Georgia SEC 9 2 1 .792 5 0 1 .917 24.2 15.6 13.86 6.20 8 16
102 Auburn SEC 6 4 1 .591 3 2 1 .583 21.6 17.4 8.16 5.88 19
103 Louisiana State SEC 8 4 0 .667 3 3 0 .500 23.3 16.1 13.26 6.76 13 10
104 Tennessee SEC 5 5 1 .500 3 3 0 .500 22.8 19.0 8.94 6.22
105 Florida SEC 4 7 0 .364 3 3 0 .500 22.6 20.3 10.49 9.85
106 Mississippi State SEC 6 5 0 .545 2 4 0 .333 21.1 18.6 10.12 7.85
107 Mississippi SEC 5 6 0 .455 2 4 0 .333 16.5 21.8 2.48 6.11
108 Kentucky SEC 4 6 1 .409 2 4 0 .333 17.5 17.2 5.51 8.15 15 15
109 Vanderbilt SEC 2 9 0 .182 0 6 0 .000 14.9 38.0 -10.59 6.51
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
110 Furman Southern 8 3 0 .727 4 1 0 .800 29.3 17.7 2.14 -8.23
111 Chattanooga Southern 7 3 1 .682 3 1 0 .750 27.8 17.5 -0.78 -7.69
112 Appalachian State Southern 7 4 0 .636 4 2 0 .667 30.7 27.0 -1.37 -7.37
113 Western Carolina Southern 6 5 0 .545 4 2 0 .667 21.3 19.0 -6.15 -7.70
114 Citadel Southern 5 6 0 .455 2 3 0 .400 18.3 22.4 -7.53 -4.90
115 Virginia Military Institute Southern 3 8 0 .273 0 3 0 .000 10.4 20.6 -11.85 -3.22
116 Marshall Southern 1 10 0 .091 0 5 0 .000 10.3 26.5 -19.32 -6.05
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
117 Arkansas State Southland 7 4 0 .636 4 1 0 .800 14.8 13.1 -3.37 -5.73
118 Louisiana Tech Southland 6 5 0 .545 4 1 0 .800 20.7 16.9 -1.71 -3.62
119 Texas-Arlington Southland 5 6 0 .455 3 2 0 .600 21.8 19.1 -3.17 -5.53
120 McNeese State Southland 7 4 0 .636 2 3 0 .400 25.0 16.7 -1.75 -8.93
121 Louisiana-Lafayette Southland 3 8 0 .273 2 3 0 .400 11.5 20.8 -13.03 -4.39
122 Lamar Southland 2 8 1 .227 0 5 0 .000 17.1 26.7 -16.13 -8.04
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
123 Houston SWC 9 3 0 .750 7 1 0 .875 30.3 17.8 19.01 10.09 5 10
124 Arkansas SWC 9 2 1 .792 6 2 0 .750 28.0 12.3 20.01 8.09 2 2 11
125 Texas SWC 9 3 0 .750 6 2 0 .750 23.9 11.3 19.40 10.90 8 6 9
126 Texas Tech SWC 7 4 0 .636 5 3 0 .625 22.4 24.4 12.66 11.66
127 Texas A&M SWC 8 4 0 .667 4 4 0 .500 24.3 15.3 12.20 6.53 16 6 19
128 Southern Methodist SWC 4 6 1 .409 3 5 0 .375 27.3 22.8 12.12 12.30
129 Baylor SWC 3 8 0 .273 3 5 0 .375 20.5 22.0 8.61 11.43
130 Rice SWC 2 9 0 .182 2 6 0 .250 14.5 37.1 -1.07 13.56
131 Texas Christian SWC 2 9 0 .182 0 8 0 .000 9.9 32.5 -0.88 11.66
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
132 Brigham Young WAC 9 4 0 .692 5 1 0 .833 24.6 15.3 7.95 0.41
133 Utah WAC 8 3 0 .727 4 2 0 .667 26.5 16.5 4.79 -2.57
134 Wyoming WAC 5 7 0 .417 4 2 0 .667 21.1 20.4 0.79 0.62
135 New Mexico WAC 7 5 0 .583 3 3 0 .500 23.7 17.1 3.26 -2.16
136 Colorado State WAC 5 6 0 .455 2 4 0 .333 21.6 22.5 -5.73 -3.37
137 San Diego State WAC 4 7 0 .364 2 4 0 .333 22.0 23.4 -4.91 -2.73
138 Texas-El Paso WAC 1 11 0 .083 1 5 0 .167 12.6 35.3 -16.59 0.58