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1978 Year Summary

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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

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 Southwest Conference 9 103 53 48 2 .524 4 2 1 1 .625 11.34 10.69 3 4 Houston
2 Pacific-10 Conference 10 115 63 49 3 .561 4 3 0 1 .875 11.19 8.82 3 3 Southern California
3 Big Eight Conference 8 92 50 42 0 .543 4 2 2 0 .500 9.46 8.44 3 3 Nebraska
Oklahoma
4 Southeastern Conference 10 113 60 49 4 .549 3 1 2 0 .333 8.82 7.54 3 2 Alabama
5 Big Ten Conference 10 113 51 55 7 .482 3 1 2 0 .333 4.79 5.81 2 3 Michigan
Michigan State
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 80 41 39 0 .513 3 2 1 0 .667 4.32 4.69 2 3 Clemson
7 Independent 33 370 189 176 5 .518 7 3 4 0 .429 -0.20 -0.60 4 2
8 Western Athletic Conference 7 82 39 43 0 .476 1 0 1 0 .000 -1.49 -1.32 0 0 Brigham Young
9 Southern Conference 7 77 37 39 1 .487 0 0 0 0 -6.41 -6.45 0 0 Chattanooga
Furman
10 Southland Conference 6 66 30 35 1 .462 1 0 1 0 .000 -6.52 -6.04 0 0 Louisiana Tech
11 Missouri Valley Conference 7 77 36 41 0 .468 0 0 0 0 -7.88 -6.22 0 0 New Mexico State
12 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 6 69 31 38 0 .449 0 0 0 0 -9.54 -7.59 0 0 San Jose State
Utah State
13 Ivy Group 8 72 33 31 8 .514 0 0 0 0 -10.08 -10.08 0 0 Dartmouth
14 Mid-American Conference 10 109 55 53 1 .509 0 0 0 0 -10.65 -10.64 0 0 Ball State

AP Poll Summary

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

Year Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Steve Dils (Stanford) 63.2
2. Buddy Teevens (Dartmouth) 60.3
3. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 60.2
4. David Henderson (Furman) 59.9
5. Jordan Case (North Texas) 58.7
6. Tom Sorley* (Nebraska) 58.5
7. Wally Woodham (Florida State) 58.0
8. Ed Smith (Michigan State) 57.9
9. Mike Ford (Southern Methodist) 57.6
10. Mark Halda (San Diego State) 57.3

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Dave Rader (Tulsa) 9.2
2. David Henderson (Furman) 9.1
3. Paul McDonald* (Southern California) 8.6
4. Steve Brown (Appalachian State) 8.4
5. Larry Brown (Harvard) 8.2
6. Tom Sorley* (Nebraska) 8.1
7. Steve Fuller* (Clemson) 7.9
8. Ed Smith (Michigan State) 7.8
9. Jordan Case (North Texas) 7.5
10. Wally Woodham (Florida State) 7.0

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. David Henderson (Furman) 152.5
2. Paul McDonald* (Southern California) 150.6
3. Tom Sorley* (Nebraska) 145.7
4. Dave Rader (Tulsa) 144.3
5. Larry Brown (Harvard) 144.3
6. Steve Brown (Appalachian State) 141.3
7. Ed Smith (Michigan State) 139.0
8. Steve Dils (Stanford) 137.3
9. Phil Bradley (Missouri) 135.0
10. Wally Woodham (Florida State) 133.0

Kickoff Return Yards Per Return

1. Tony Collins (East Carolina) 24.9

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Drew Hill (Georgia Tech) 2
  Ottis Anderson (Miami (FL)) 2