You Are Here > SR/CFB > Years > 1979 > Polls

1979 Polls

Previous Year ▪ Next Year

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