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1979 School Ratings

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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

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.

140 Schools

SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
1 Southern California Pac-10 13.78 10.17 23.95 37.49 7.71
2 Alabama SEC 7.03 15.68 22.70 35.04 2.33
3 Oklahoma Big 8 13.18 9.37 22.54 37.83 8.58
4 Ohio State Big Ten 8.07 13.64 21.71 34.28 3.96
5 Arkansas SWC 9.71 10.79 20.50 30.39 6.62
6 Texas SWC 5.26 14.60 19.86 26.02 2.24
7 Nebraska Big 8 9.03 10.63 19.67 34.80 6.86
8 Houston SWC 7.55 11.61 19.16 30.98 5.93
9 Pittsburgh Ind 5.52 12.75 18.27 26.67 5.80
10 Brigham Young WAC 12.86 5.27 18.13 39.50 13.42
11 North Carolina ACC 8.46 7.99 16.45 29.83 9.22
12 Florida State Ind 9.01 7.06 16.08 32.09 10.55
13 Washington Pac-10 6.35 9.55 15.90 30.18 8.62
14 Texas A&M SWC 8.04 7.61 15.65 29.18 8.53
15 Penn State Ind 5.74 9.84 15.58 26.60 8.62
16 Michigan Big Ten 5.92 9.44 15.36 29.12 7.18
17 Temple Ind 11.99 2.80 14.79 33.47 15.61
18 Louisiana State SEC 4.71 9.68 14.38 28.13 6.84
19 Clemson ACC 0.39 13.89 14.28 21.69 3.85
20 Baylor SWC 5.85 8.21 14.06 28.73 10.90
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
21 North Carolina State ACC 9.77 4.12 13.89 29.58 12.69
22 Auburn SEC 14.15 -0.88 13.26 34.86 18.38
23 Tulane Ind 7.31 5.92 13.23 28.37 11.73
24 Notre Dame Ind 8.48 4.49 12.97 28.34 13.85
25 Maryland ACC 3.66 8.89 12.55 24.43 9.39
26 Purdue Big Ten 7.76 4.62 12.38 26.68 13.68
27 South Carolina Ind 5.38 6.21 11.59 26.67 11.98
28 UCLA Pac-10 9.48 1.65 11.13 30.31 15.37
29 Indiana Big Ten 8.75 2.07 10.83 28.97 16.20
30 Tennessee SEC 8.10 2.53 10.62 29.29 15.24
31 Missouri Big 8 2.79 7.59 10.38 25.35 9.08
32 California Pac-10 2.31 7.97 10.27 24.57 8.71
33 Virginia ACC 2.81 6.30 9.10 27.11 12.49
34 East Carolina Ind 8.71 0.28 8.99 33.90 18.92
35 Central Michigan MAC 4.41 4.29 8.70 22.49 15.62
36 Arizona State Pac-10 2.20 6.37 8.57 27.12 11.41
37 Syracuse Ind 9.47 -1.47 8.00 29.97 21.10
38 Georgia SEC 2.94 4.71 7.65 23.21 12.90
39 Texas Tech SWC 0.34 7.25 7.59 20.07 10.34
40 Iowa Big Ten 3.63 3.64 7.26 25.73 13.31
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
41 Wake Forest ACC 6.21 0.92 7.13 25.81 17.17
42 Minnesota Big Ten 7.94 -0.82 7.12 28.25 18.88
43 Stanford Pac-10 6.76 0.10 6.86 26.15 17.22
44 Southern Mississippi Ind 0.68 6.10 6.78 21.68 11.25
45 Arizona Pac-10 3.41 3.19 6.60 23.11 15.62
46 Southern Methodist SWC 5.63 0.91 6.55 26.77 18.03
47 Michigan State Big Ten 5.41 1.01 6.42 25.98 18.72
48 Oklahoma State Big 8 2.70 3.35 6.06 21.53 16.18
49 Utah State PCAA 11.00 -5.53 5.47 30.65 23.69
50 Kentucky SEC -2.54 7.70 5.16 18.13 9.23
51 Texas-Arlington Southland 5.58 -1.00 4.58 27.85 20.10
52 Oregon Pac-10 -0.22 4.22 3.99 19.78 15.27
53 San Diego State WAC 6.55 -2.56 3.99 26.69 25.02
54 Rutgers Ind 1.75 2.03 3.78 20.30 18.76
55 McNeese State Southland -2.71 5.87 3.16 15.65 13.64
56 Navy Ind -1.41 4.45 3.04 16.90 14.86
57 Hawaii WAC 3.86 -1.27 2.59 28.83 19.31
58 Mississippi SEC 7.19 -4.90 2.29 28.79 23.76
59 Mississippi State SEC -3.13 5.28 2.15 19.55 11.31
60 Wisconsin Big Ten 0.72 1.26 1.99 21.91 22.53
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
61 Miami (OH) MAC -0.22 2.20 1.98 18.99 15.38
62 Georgia Tech Ind -3.10 4.77 1.67 17.60 13.99
63 Chattanooga Southern 5.68 -4.06 1.62 26.37 25.27
64 Virginia Tech Ind 3.37 -2.11 1.26 23.85 19.34
65 Texas Christian SWC -2.32 3.49 1.16 18.09 14.17
66 West Virginia Ind 2.68 -1.57 1.11 22.24 20.75
67 Boston College Ind -0.83 1.60 0.77 19.80 18.17
68 Miami (FL) Ind 0.92 -0.33 0.60 20.21 18.60
69 Utah WAC 1.85 -1.67 0.18 22.09 21.55
70 Lamar Southland 2.81 -3.36 -0.55 22.19 23.02
71 San Jose State PCAA 8.78 -9.51 -0.73 27.63 28.43
72 Western Michigan MAC -5.74 4.90 -0.84 14.71 14.69
73 Nevada-Las Vegas Ind 10.01 -10.93 -0.93 26.85 29.82
74 Toledo MAC -1.53 0.54 -0.99 17.78 21.01
75 East Tennessee State Southern -2.03 0.97 -1.06 18.46 18.78
76 Colorado Big 8 0.27 -1.50 -1.22 20.24 20.63
77 Washington State Pac-10 7.31 -8.68 -1.38 26.54 27.34
78 Ohio MAC -1.11 -0.35 -1.45 19.14 19.83
79 Iowa State Big 8 -3.87 2.26 -1.62 16.82 16.38
80 Tulsa MVC 0.39 -2.17 -1.79 19.14 22.18
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
81 Kansas State Big 8 -3.86 1.92 -1.94 15.70 16.57
82 Illinois Big Ten -1.64 -0.43 -2.08 18.68 19.78
83 Louisville Ind -3.84 1.54 -2.30 16.08 17.42
84 New Mexico WAC -4.87 2.45 -2.41 14.82 19.07
85 Kansas Big 8 1.15 -3.76 -2.62 21.90 26.50
86 West Texas A&M MVC -3.77 1.06 -2.71 19.25 20.05
87 Ball State MAC 0.07 -2.81 -2.74 20.85 22.53
88 Western Carolina Southern -0.73 -2.43 -3.16 18.73 21.44
89 Duke ACC -1.40 -1.89 -3.29 19.01 20.65
90 Colorado State WAC -5.89 2.43 -3.46 14.28 16.98
91 Memphis Ind -3.57 -0.30 -3.87 15.41 20.32
92 Florida SEC -3.86 -0.05 -3.91 17.51 18.62
93 Rice SWC 0.17 -4.75 -4.58 21.44 30.20
94 Southern Illinois MVC -1.83 -3.68 -5.51 14.55 23.90
95 Yale Ivy -4.59 -1.15 -5.74 13.11 22.68
96 North Texas Ind -4.05 -2.23 -6.27 15.24 21.50
97 Northern Illinois MAC -5.24 -1.11 -6.34 13.58 23.33
98 Appalachian State Southern 0.16 -6.59 -6.43 20.55 24.78
99 Wyoming WAC -3.89 -2.64 -6.53 14.22 22.57
100 Citadel Southern 0.32 -6.95 -6.63 17.47 27.33
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
101 Indiana State MVC 2.53 -9.22 -6.70 18.97 28.94
102 Cincinnati Ind -2.01 -4.87 -6.88 18.06 23.94
103 Villanova Ind -1.19 -5.90 -7.09 17.10 25.42
104 Long Beach State PCAA -3.06 -4.27 -7.33 13.91 23.50
105 Virginia Military Institute Southern -7.26 -0.67 -7.94 10.93 21.34
106 Bowling Green State MAC -0.78 -7.18 -7.96 19.05 27.06
107 Arkansas State Southland -5.66 -2.50 -8.16 13.54 22.34
108 Louisiana-Lafayette Southland -7.64 -0.54 -8.18 10.85 19.55
109 Army Ind -6.78 -1.78 -8.56 13.00 26.63
110 Fresno State PCAA -0.79 -7.92 -8.71 17.16 28.46
111 Furman Southern 4.40 -13.40 -9.01 21.92 32.85
112 Brown Ivy -4.16 -5.50 -9.66 13.44 25.92
113 Oregon State Pac-10 -2.89 -6.87 -9.76 17.26 31.06
114 Northwestern Big Ten -5.84 -4.22 -10.05 14.17 29.18
115 Drake MVC -3.31 -6.81 -10.12 15.00 25.67
116 Air Force Ind -6.29 -3.98 -10.27 11.81 24.26
117 Vanderbilt SEC -0.99 -9.83 -10.82 19.65 33.22
118 Holy Cross Ind -6.73 -4.30 -11.03 10.87 24.59
119 Connecticut Ind -8.23 -3.13 -11.35 8.11 23.32
120 Cornell Ivy -4.08 -8.18 -12.25 15.65 29.19
SRS Scoring Passing Rushing Total
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS Off Def Off Def Off Def Off Def
121 William & Mary Ind -9.10 -3.52 -12.62 10.60 24.37
122 Pacific PCAA -7.05 -5.74 -12.78 11.44 23.76
123 Louisiana Tech Southland -10.86 -1.97 -12.84 8.11 22.85
124 Louisiana-Monroe Ind -7.36 -6.52 -13.88 10.01 25.64
125 Princeton Ivy -7.16 -6.86 -14.03 11.24 28.34
126 Dartmouth Ivy -15.51 0.65 -14.86 1.76 19.85
127 Texas-El Paso WAC -11.82 -3.05 -14.87 6.93 23.35
128 Colgate Ind -9.75 -5.23 -14.98 6.64 25.96
129 Wichita State MVC -11.33 -4.02 -15.34 7.92 28.20
130 Cal State Fullerton PCAA -11.27 -4.63 -15.90 10.24 25.27
131 Illinois State Ind -7.22 -8.80 -16.03 10.72 29.18
132 Northwestern State Ind -4.92 -11.78 -16.70 12.70 32.85
133 New Mexico State MVC -4.41 -12.63 -17.04 14.00 35.57
134 Eastern Michigan MAC -11.68 -5.50 -17.18 6.31 26.10
135 Harvard Ivy -9.51 -8.60 -18.11 7.80 28.50
136 Marshall Southern -13.53 -4.74 -18.27 6.17 29.03
137 Richmond Ind -13.78 -4.50 -18.28 5.97 25.39
138 Kent State MAC -8.96 -11.39 -20.34 9.31 31.26
139 Columbia Ivy -16.97 -12.19 -29.15 0.69 34.53
140 Pennsylvania Ivy -13.99 -16.32 -30.31 3.57 38.47