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National Champion: Alabama (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Charles White (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Earle Bruce (Ohio State)

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

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Southern California NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 2 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 3 Oklahoma NA Big 8
1 Preseason 4 Texas NA SWC
1 Preseason 5 Penn State NA Ind
1 Preseason 6 Purdue NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 7 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 8 Nebraska NA Big 8
1 Preseason 9 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 10 Michigan State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 11 Georgia NA SEC
1 Preseason 12 Missouri NA Big 8
1 Preseason 13 Stanford NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 14 Texas A&M NA SWC
1 Preseason 15 Washington NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 16 Houston NA SWC
1 Preseason 17 Pittsburgh NA Ind
1 Preseason 18 Arizona State NA Pac-10
1 Preseason 19 Florida State NA Ind
1 Preseason 20 Arkansas NA SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1979-09-10 1 Southern California (1-0-0) 1 NC Pac-10
2 1979-09-10 2 Alabama (1-0-0) 2 NC SEC
2 1979-09-10 3 Oklahoma 3 NC Big 8
2 1979-09-10 4 Texas 4 NC SWC
2 1979-09-10 5 Purdue (1-0-0) 6 Up 1 Big Ten
2 1979-09-10 6 Michigan (1-0-0) 7 Up 1 Big Ten
2 1979-09-10 7 Penn State 5 Down 2 Ind
2 1979-09-10 8 Nebraska 8 NC Big 8
2 1979-09-10 9 Notre Dame 9 NC Ind
2 1979-09-10 10 Michigan State (1-0-0) 10 NC Big Ten
2 1979-09-10 11 Missouri (1-0-0) 12 Up 1 Big 8
2 1979-09-10 12 Georgia 11 Down 1 SEC
2 1979-09-10 13 Houston (1-0-0) 16 Up 3 SWC
2 1979-09-10 14 Washington (1-0-0) 15 Up 1 Pac-10
2 1979-09-10 15 Ohio State (1-0-0) Up  Big Ten
2 1979-09-10 16 Pittsburgh 17 Up 1 Ind
2 1979-09-10 17 Arkansas 20 Up 3 SWC
2 1979-09-10 18 Florida State (1-0-0) 19 Up 1 Ind
2 1979-09-10 19 North Carolina State (1-0-0) Up  ACC
2 1979-09-10 20 Southern Methodist (1-0-0) Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1979-09-17 1 Southern California (2-0-0) 1 NC Pac-10
3 1979-09-17 2 Alabama (1-0-0) 2 NC SEC
3 1979-09-17 3 Oklahoma (1-0-0) 3 NC Big 8
3 1979-09-17 4 Texas 4 NC SWC
3 1979-09-17 5 Notre Dame (1-0-0) 9 Up 4 Ind
3 1979-09-17 6 Penn State (1-0-0) 7 Up 1 Ind
3 1979-09-17 7 Nebraska (1-0-0) 8 Up 1 Big 8
3 1979-09-17 8 Michigan State (2-0-0) 10 Up 2 Big Ten
3 1979-09-17 9 Missouri (2-0-0) 11 Up 2 Big 8
3 1979-09-17 10 Houston (2-0-0) 13 Up 3 SWC
3 1979-09-17 11 Michigan (1-1-0) 6 Down 5 Big Ten
3 1979-09-17 12 Washington (2-0-0) 14 Up 2 Pac-10
3 1979-09-17 13 Pittsburgh (1-0-0) 16 Up 3 Ind
3 1979-09-17 14 Florida State (2-0-0) 18 Up 4 Ind
3 1979-09-17 15 Arkansas (1-0-0) 17 Up 2 SWC
3 1979-09-17 16 Ohio State (2-0-0) 15 Down 1 Big Ten
3 1979-09-17 17 Purdue (1-1-0) 5 Down 12 Big Ten
3 1979-09-17 18 Southern Methodist (2-0-0) 20 Up 2 SWC
3 1979-09-17 19 North Carolina State (2-0-0) 19 NC ACC
3 1979-09-17 20 UCLA (1-1-0) Up  Pac-10
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1979-09-24 1 Southern California (3-0-0) 1 NC Pac-10
4 1979-09-24 2 Alabama (2-0-0) 2 NC SEC
4 1979-09-24 3 Oklahoma (2-0-0) 3 NC Big 8
4 1979-09-24 4 Texas (1-0-0) 4 NC SWC
4 1979-09-24 5 Missouri (3-0-0) 9 Up 4 Big 8
4 1979-09-24 6 Nebraska (2-0-0) 7 Up 1 Big 8
4 1979-09-24 7 Michigan State (3-0-0) 8 Up 1 Big Ten
4 1979-09-24 8 Houston (2-0-0) 10 Up 2 SWC
4 1979-09-24 9 Washington (3-0-0) 12 Up 3 Pac-10
4 1979-09-24 10 Purdue (2-1-0) 17 Up 7 Big Ten
4 1979-09-24 11 Michigan (2-1-0) 11 NC Big Ten
4 1979-09-24 12 Florida State (3-0-0) 14 Up 2 Ind
4 1979-09-24 13 Arkansas (2-0-0) 15 Up 2 SWC
4 1979-09-24 14 Ohio State (3-0-0) 16 Up 2 Big Ten
4 1979-09-24 15 Notre Dame (1-1-0) 5 Down 10 Ind
4 1979-09-24 16 North Carolina State (3-0-0) 19 Up 3 ACC
4 1979-09-24 17 UCLA (2-1-0) 20 Up 3 Pac-10
4 1979-09-24 18 Penn State (1-1-0) 6 Down 12 Ind
4 1979-09-24 19 Southern Methodist (3-0-0) 18 Down 1 SWC
4 1979-09-24 20 Louisiana State (2-0-0) Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1979-10-01 1 Southern California (4-0-0) 1 NC Pac-10
5 1979-10-01 2 Alabama (3-0-0) 2 NC SEC
5 1979-10-01 3 Oklahoma (3-0-0) 3 NC Big 8
5 1979-10-01 4 Texas (2-0-0) 4 NC SWC
5 1979-10-01 5 Nebraska (3-0-0) 6 Up 1 Big 8
5 1979-10-01 6 Houston (3-0-0) 8 Up 2 SWC
5 1979-10-01 7 Washington (4-0-0) 9 Up 2 Pac-10
5 1979-10-01 8 Ohio State (4-0-0) 14 Up 6 Big Ten
5 1979-10-01 9 Florida State (4-0-0) 12 Up 3 Ind
5 1979-10-01 10 Notre Dame (2-1-0) 15 Up 5 Ind
5 1979-10-01 11 Michigan (3-1-0) 11 NC Big Ten
5 1979-10-01 12 Purdue (3-1-0) 10 Down 2 Big Ten
5 1979-10-01 13 Arkansas (3-0-0) 13 NC SWC
5 1979-10-01 14 North Carolina State (4-0-0) 16 Up 2 ACC
5 1979-10-01 15 Missouri (3-1-0) 5 Down 10 Big 8
5 1979-10-01 16 Michigan State (3-1-0) 7 Down 9 Big Ten
5 1979-10-01 17 Louisiana State (2-1-0) 20 Up 3 SEC
5 1979-10-01 18 North Carolina (3-0-0) Up  ACC
5 1979-10-01 19 Tennessee (3-0-0) Up  SEC
5 1979-10-01 20 Brigham Young (3-0-0) Up  WAC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1979-10-08 1 Southern California (5-0-0) 1 NC Pac-10
6 1979-10-08 2 Alabama (4-0-0) 2 NC SEC
6 1979-10-08 3 Oklahoma (4-0-0) 3 NC Big 8
6 1979-10-08 4 Texas (3-0-0) 4 NC SWC
6 1979-10-08 5 Nebraska (4-0-0) 5 NC Big 8
6 1979-10-08 6 Washington (5-0-0) 7 Up 1 Pac-10
6 1979-10-08 7 Houston (4-0-0) 6 Down 1 SWC
6 1979-10-08 8 Ohio State (5-0-0) 8 NC Big Ten
6 1979-10-08 9 Florida State (5-0-0) 9 NC Ind
6 1979-10-08 10 Notre Dame (3-1-0) 10 NC Ind
6 1979-10-08 11 Michigan (4-1-0) 11 NC Big Ten
6 1979-10-08 12 Arkansas (4-0-0) 13 Up 1 SWC
6 1979-10-08 13 Louisiana State (3-1-0) 17 Up 4 SEC
6 1979-10-08 14 North Carolina (4-0-0) 18 Up 4 ACC
6 1979-10-08 15 Missouri (3-1-0) 15 NC Big 8
6 1979-10-08 16 Brigham Young (4-0-0) 20 Up 4 WAC
6 1979-10-08 17 North Carolina State (4-1-0) 14 Down 3 ACC
6 1979-10-08 18 Auburn (3-1-0) Up  SEC
6 1979-10-08 19 Michigan State (3-2-0) 16 Down 3 Big Ten
6 1979-10-08 20 Purdue (3-2-0) 12 Down 8 Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1979-10-15 1 Alabama (5-0-0) 2 Up 1 SEC
7 1979-10-15 2 Texas (4-0-0) 4 Up 2 SWC
7 1979-10-15 3 Nebraska (5-0-0) 5 Up 2 Big 8
7 1979-10-15 4 Southern California (5-0-1) 1 Down 3 Pac-10
7 1979-10-15 5 Houston (5-0-0) 7 Up 2 SWC
7 1979-10-15 6 Ohio State (6-0-0) 8 Up 2 Big Ten
7 1979-10-15 7 Florida State (6-0-0) 9 Up 2 Ind
7 1979-10-15 8 Oklahoma (4-1-0) 3 Down 5 Big 8
7 1979-10-15 9 Notre Dame (4-1-0) 10 Up 1 Ind
7 1979-10-15 10 Arkansas (5-0-0) 12 Up 2 SWC
7 1979-10-15 11 Michigan (5-1-0) 11 NC Big Ten
7 1979-10-15 12 Washington (5-1-0) 6 Down 6 Pac-10
7 1979-10-15 13 Brigham Young (5-0-0) 16 Up 3 WAC
7 1979-10-15 14 Auburn (4-1-0) 18 Up 4 SEC
7 1979-10-15 15 North Carolina State (5-1-0) 17 Up 2 ACC
7 1979-10-15 16 Purdue (4-2-0) 20 Up 4 Big Ten
7 1979-10-15 17 Pittsburgh (4-1-0) Up  Ind
7 1979-10-15 18 Tennessee (4-1-0) Up  SEC
7 1979-10-15 19 North Carolina (4-1-0) 14 Down 5 ACC
7 1979-10-15 20 Navy (5-0-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1979-10-22 1 Alabama (6-0-0) 1 NC SEC
8 1979-10-22 2 Nebraska (6-0-0) 3 Up 1 Big 8
8 1979-10-22 3 Southern California (6-0-1) 4 Up 1 Pac-10
8 1979-10-22 4 Arkansas (6-0-0) 10 Up 6 SWC
8 1979-10-22 4 Ohio State (7-0-0) 6 Up 2 Big Ten
8 1979-10-22 6 Houston (6-0-0) 5 Down 1 SWC
8 1979-10-22 7 Oklahoma (5-1-0) 8 Up 1 Big 8
8 1979-10-22 8 Florida State (6-0-0) 7 Down 1 Ind
8 1979-10-22 9 Texas (4-1-0) 2 Down 7 SWC
8 1979-10-22 10 Michigan (6-1-0) 11 Up 1 Big Ten
8 1979-10-22 11 Brigham Young (6-0-0) 13 Up 2 WAC
8 1979-10-22 12 Pittsburgh (5-1-0) 17 Up 5 Ind
8 1979-10-22 13 Auburn (5-1-0) 14 Up 1 SEC
8 1979-10-22 14 Notre Dame (4-2-0) 9 Down 5 Ind
8 1979-10-22 15 North Carolina (5-1-0) 19 Up 4 ACC
8 1979-10-22 16 Purdue (5-2-0) 16 NC Big Ten
8 1979-10-22 17 Navy (6-0-0) 20 Up 3 Ind
8 1979-10-22 18 Wake Forest (6-1-0) Up  ACC
8 1979-10-22 19 Tennessee (4-2-0) 18 Down 1 SEC
8 1979-10-22 20 Washington (5-2-0) 12 Down 8 Pac-10
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1979-10-29 1 Alabama (7-0-0) 1 NC SEC
9 1979-10-29 2 Nebraska (7-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
9 1979-10-29 3 Southern California (7-0-1) 3 NC Pac-10
9 1979-10-29 4 Houston (7-0-0) 6 Up 2 SWC
9 1979-10-29 5 Ohio State (8-0-0) 4 Down 1 Big Ten
9 1979-10-29 6 Florida State (7-0-0) 8 Up 2 Ind
9 1979-10-29 7 Oklahoma (6-1-0) 7 NC Big 8
9 1979-10-29 8 Texas (5-1-0) 9 Up 1 SWC
9 1979-10-29 9 Arkansas (6-1-0) 4 Down 5 SWC
9 1979-10-29 10 Michigan (7-1-0) 10 NC Big Ten
9 1979-10-29 11 Brigham Young (7-0-0) 11 NC WAC
9 1979-10-29 12 Pittsburgh (6-1-0) 12 NC Ind
9 1979-10-29 13 Notre Dame (5-2-0) 14 Up 1 Ind
9 1979-10-29 14 Wake Forest (7-1-0) 18 Up 4 ACC
9 1979-10-29 15 Purdue (6-2-0) 16 Up 1 Big Ten
9 1979-10-29 16 Washington (6-2-0) 20 Up 4 Pac-10
9 1979-10-29 17 Tennessee (4-2-0) 19 Up 2 SEC
9 1979-10-29 18 North Carolina (5-1-1) 15 Down 3 ACC
9 1979-10-29 19 Penn State (5-2-0) Up  Ind
9 1979-10-29 20 Auburn (5-2-0) 13 Down 7 SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1979-11-05 1 Alabama (8-0-0) 1 NC SEC
10 1979-11-05 2 Nebraska (8-0-0) 2 NC Big 8
10 1979-11-05 3 Ohio State (9-0-0) 5 Up 2 Big Ten
10 1979-11-05 4 Southern California (8-0-1) 3 Down 1 Pac-10
10 1979-11-05 5 Houston (8-0-0) 4 Down 1 SWC
10 1979-11-05 6 Oklahoma (7-1-0) 7 Up 1 Big 8
10 1979-11-05 7 Florida State (8-0-0) 6 Down 1 Ind
10 1979-11-05 8 Texas (6-1-0) 8 NC SWC
10 1979-11-05 9 Arkansas (7-1-0) 9 NC SWC
10 1979-11-05 10 Michigan (8-1-0) 10 NC Big Ten
10 1979-11-05 11 Brigham Young (8-0-0) 11 NC WAC
10 1979-11-05 12 Pittsburgh (7-1-0) 12 NC Ind
10 1979-11-05 13 Notre Dame (6-2-0) 13 NC Ind
10 1979-11-05 14 Purdue (7-2-0) 15 Up 1 Big Ten
10 1979-11-05 15 Washington (7-2-0) 16 Up 1 Pac-10
10 1979-11-05 16 Auburn (6-2-0) 20 Up 4 SEC
10 1979-11-05 17 Baylor (6-2-0) Up  SWC
10 1979-11-05 18 Clemson (6-2-0) Up  ACC
10 1979-11-05 19 South Carolina (6-2-0) Up  Ind
10 1979-11-05 20 Wake Forest (7-2-0) 14 Down 6 ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1979-11-12 1 Alabama (9-0-0) 1 NC SEC
11 1979-11-12 2 Ohio State (10-0-0) 3 Up 1 Big Ten
11 1979-11-12 3 Nebraska (9-0-0) 2 Down 1 Big 8
11 1979-11-12 4 Southern California (9-0-1) 4 NC Pac-10
11 1979-11-12 5 Florida State (9-0-0) 7 Up 2 Ind
11 1979-11-12 6 Texas (7-1-0) 8 Up 2 SWC
11 1979-11-12 7 Oklahoma (8-1-0) 6 Down 1 Big 8
11 1979-11-12 8 Arkansas (8-1-0) 9 Up 1 SWC
11 1979-11-12 9 Houston (8-1-0) 5 Down 4 SWC
11 1979-11-12 10 Brigham Young (9-0-0) 11 Up 1 WAC
11 1979-11-12 11 Pittsburgh (8-1-0) 12 Up 1 Ind
11 1979-11-12 12 Purdue (8-2-0) 14 Up 2 Big Ten
11 1979-11-12 13 Michigan (8-2-0) 10 Down 3 Big Ten
11 1979-11-12 14 Clemson (7-2-0) 18 Up 4 ACC
11 1979-11-12 15 Auburn (7-2-0) 16 Up 1 SEC
11 1979-11-12 16 Washington (7-3-0) 15 Down 1 Pac-10
11 1979-11-12 17 Wake Forest (8-2-0) 20 Up 3 ACC
11 1979-11-12 18 Temple (8-1-0) Up  Ind
11 1979-11-12 19 Tennessee (5-3-0) Up  SEC
11 1979-11-12 20 Baylor (6-3-0) 17 Down 3 SWC
11 1979-11-12 20 Tulane (8-2-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1979-11-19 1 Alabama (10-0-0) 1 NC SEC
12 1979-11-19 2 Ohio State (11-0-0) 2 NC Big Ten
12 1979-11-19 3 Nebraska (10-0-0) 3 NC Big 8
12 1979-11-19 4 Southern California (9-0-1) 4 NC Pac-10
12 1979-11-19 5 Florida State (10-0-0) 5 NC Ind
12 1979-11-19 6 Texas (8-1-0) 6 NC SWC
12 1979-11-19 7 Arkansas (9-1-0) 8 Up 1 SWC
12 1979-11-19 8 Oklahoma (9-1-0) 7 Down 1 Big 8
12 1979-11-19 9 Houston (8-1-0) 9 NC SWC
12 1979-11-19 10 Brigham Young (10-0-0) 10 NC WAC
12 1979-11-19 11 Pittsburgh (9-1-0) 11 NC Ind
12 1979-11-19 12 Purdue (9-2-0) 12 NC Big Ten
12 1979-11-19 13 Clemson (8-2-0) 14 Up 1 ACC
12 1979-11-19 14 Auburn (8-2-0) 15 Up 1 SEC
12 1979-11-19 14 Washington (8-3-0) 16 Up 2 Pac-10
12 1979-11-19 16 Michigan (8-3-0) 13 Down 3 Big Ten
12 1979-11-19 17 Baylor (7-3-0) 20 Up 3 SWC
12 1979-11-19 18 Tulane (8-2-0) 20 Up 2 Ind
12 1979-11-19 19 South Carolina (7-3-0) Up  Ind
12 1979-11-19 20 Penn State (7-3-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 1979-11-26 1 Alabama (10-0-0) 1 NC SEC
13 1979-11-26 2 Southern California (10-0-1) 4 Up 2 Pac-10
13 1979-11-26 3 Ohio State (11-0-0) 2 Down 1 Big Ten
13 1979-11-26 4 Florida State (11-0-0) 5 Up 1 Ind
13 1979-11-26 5 Oklahoma (10-1-0) 8 Up 3 Big 8
13 1979-11-26 6 Texas (9-1-0) 6 NC SWC
13 1979-11-26 7 Nebraska (10-1-0) 3 Down 4 Big 8
13 1979-11-26 8 Arkansas (10-1-0) 7 Down 1 SWC
13 1979-11-26 9 Brigham Young (11-0-0) 10 Up 1 WAC
13 1979-11-26 10 Houston (9-1-0) 9 Down 1 SWC
13 1979-11-26 11 Pittsburgh (10-1-0) 11 NC Ind
13 1979-11-26 12 Purdue (9-2-0) 12 NC Big Ten
13 1979-11-26 13 Washington (8-3-0) 14 Up 1 Pac-10
13 1979-11-26 14 Auburn (8-2-0) 14 NC SEC
13 1979-11-26 15 Michigan (8-3-0) 16 Up 1 Big Ten
13 1979-11-26 16 Tulane (9-2-0) 18 Up 2 Ind
13 1979-11-26 17 South Carolina (8-3-0) 19 Up 2 Ind
13 1979-11-26 18 Clemson (8-3-0) 13 Down 5 ACC
13 1979-11-26 19 Penn State (7-4-0) 20 Up 1 Ind
13 1979-11-26 20 Baylor (7-4-0) 17 Down 3 SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
14 1979-12-03 1 Ohio State (11-0-0) 3 Up 2 Big Ten
14 1979-12-03 2 Alabama (11-0-0) 1 Down 1 SEC
14 1979-12-03 3 Southern California (10-0-1) 2 Down 1 Pac-10
14 1979-12-03 4 Florida State (11-0-0) 4 NC Ind
14 1979-12-03 5 Oklahoma (10-1-0) 5 NC Big 8
14 1979-12-03 6 Arkansas (10-1-0) 8 Up 2 SWC
14 1979-12-03 7 Nebraska (10-1-0) 7 NC Big 8
14 1979-12-03 8 Houston (10-1-0) 10 Up 2 SWC
14 1979-12-03 9 Brigham Young (11-0-0) 9 NC WAC
14 1979-12-03 10 Pittsburgh (10-1-0) 11 Up 1 Ind
14 1979-12-03 11 Texas (9-2-0) 6 Down 5 SWC
14 1979-12-03 12 Purdue (9-2-0) 12 NC Big Ten
14 1979-12-03 13 Washington (8-3-0) 13 NC Pac-10
14 1979-12-03 14 Michigan (8-3-0) 15 Up 1 Big Ten
14 1979-12-03 15 Tulane (9-2-0) 16 Up 1 Ind
14 1979-12-03 16 South Carolina (8-3-0) 17 Up 1 Ind
14 1979-12-03 17 Auburn (8-3-0) 14 Down 3 SEC
14 1979-12-03 18 Clemson (8-3-0) 18 NC ACC
14 1979-12-03 19 Baylor (7-4-0) 20 Up 1 SWC
14 1979-12-03 20 Temple (9-2-0) Up  Ind
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 5 Up 2 Big 8
15 Final 4 Ohio State 1 Down 3 Big Ten
15 Final 5 Houston 8 Up 3 SWC
15 Final 6 Florida State 4 Down 2 Ind
15 Final 7 Pittsburgh 10 Up 3 Ind
15 Final 8 Arkansas 6 Down 2 SWC
15 Final 9 Nebraska 7 Down 2 Big 8
15 Final 10 Purdue 12 Up 2 Big Ten
15 Final 11 Washington 13 Up 2 Pac-10
15 Final 12 Texas 11 Down 1 SWC
15 Final 13 Brigham Young 9 Down 4 WAC
15 Final 14 Baylor 19 Up 5 SWC
15 Final 15 North Carolina Up  ACC
15 Final 16 Auburn 17 Up 1 SEC
15 Final 17 Temple 20 Up 3 Ind
15 Final 18 Michigan 14 Down 4 Big Ten
15 Final 19 Indiana Up  Big Ten
15 Final 20 Penn State Up  Ind