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1979 Year Summary

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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

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 55 45 3 .549 4 2 2 0 .500 11.11 10.11 4 4 Arkansas
Houston
2 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 80 46 32 2 .588 3 1 2 0 .333 10.02 7.00 0 1 North Carolina State
3 Pacific-10 Conference 10 115 58 54 3 .517 4 2 2 0 .500 7.61 6.84 4 2 Southern California
4 Big Ten Conference 10 114 58 54 2 .518 4 2 2 0 .500 7.09 6.90 3 4 Ohio State
5 Big Eight Conference 8 91 47 44 0 .516 3 2 1 0 .667 6.41 5.76 3 2 Oklahoma
6 Southeastern Conference 10 113 53 59 1 .473 3 2 1 0 .667 6.35 5.94 2 2 Alabama
7 Western Athletic Conference 8 93 47 45 1 .511 1 0 1 0 .000 -0.30 -0.61 0 1 Brigham Young
8 Independent 33 368 183 175 10 .511 7 4 3 0 .571 -0.68 -0.42 4 4
9 Southland Conference 6 67 36 29 2 .552 1 0 1 0 .000 -3.66 -5.69 0 0 McNeese State
10 Mid-American Conference 10 110 53 53 4 .500 0 0 0 0 -4.72 -5.26 0 0 Central Michigan
11 Southern Conference 8 88 43 44 1 .494 0 0 0 0 -6.36 -6.53 0 0 Chattanooga
12 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 6 65 30 33 2 .477 0 0 0 0 -6.66 -5.30 0 0 Utah State
13 Missouri Valley Conference 7 77 33 43 1 .435 0 0 0 0 -8.46 -5.48 0 0 West Texas A&M
14 Ivy Group 8 72 32 39 1 .451 0 0 0 0 -16.76 -15.89 0 0 Yale

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3 Final
Alabama SEC 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1
Southern California Pac-10 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 2
Oklahoma Big 8 3 3 3 3 3 3 8 7 7 6 7 8 5 5 3
Ohio State Big Ten   15 16 14 8 8 6 4 5 3 2 2 3 1 4
Houston SWC 16 13 10 8 6 7 5 6 4 5 9 9 10 8 5
Florida State Ind 19 18 14 12 9 9 7 8 6 7 5 5 4 4 6
Pittsburgh Ind 17 16 13       17 12 12 12 11 11 11 10 7
Arkansas SWC 20 17 15 13 13 12 10 4 9 9 8 7 8 6 8
Nebraska Big 8 8 8 7 6 5 5 3 2 2 2 3 3 7 7 9
Purdue Big Ten 6 5 17 10 12 20 16 16 15 14 12 12 12 12 10
Washington Pac-10 15 14 12 9 7 6 12 20 16 15 16 14 13 13 11
Texas SWC 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 9 8 8 6 6 6 11 12
Brigham Young WAC         20 16 13 11 11 11 10 10 9 9 13
Baylor SWC                   17 20 17 20 19 14
North Carolina ACC         18 14 19 15 18           15
Auburn SEC           18 14 13 20 16 15 14 14 17 16
Temple Ind                     18     20 17
Michigan Big Ten 7 6 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 13 16 15 14 18
Indiana Big Ten                             19
Penn State Ind 5 7 6 18         19     20 19   20
School Conf Pre 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3 Final
Arizona State Pac-10 18                            
Clemson ACC                   18 14 13 18 18  
Georgia SEC 11 12                          
Louisiana State SEC       20 17 13                  
Michigan State Big Ten 10 10 8 7 16 19                  
Missouri Big 8 12 11 9 5 15 15                  
Navy Ind             20 17              
North Carolina State ACC   19 19 16 14 17 15                
Notre Dame Ind 9 9 5 15 10 10 9 14 13 13          
South Carolina Ind                   19   19 17 16  
Southern Methodist SWC   20 18 19                      
Stanford Pac-10 13                            
Tennessee SEC         19   18 19 17   19        
Texas A&M SWC 14                            
Tulane Ind                     20 18 16 15  
UCLA Pac-10     20 17                      
Wake Forest ACC               18 14 20 17        

Year Leaders

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Total Yards Per Play

1. Marc Wilson (Brigham Young) 7.3

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Mark Lee (Washington) 3
2. Gary Henry (Florida State) 2
  Dana McLemore (Hawaii) 2
  Todd Bell* (Ohio State) 2
  Pat Chester (Virginia) 2
  Leroy Irvin (Kansas) 2

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Norman Warren (Kent State) 2
  Derek Hughes (Michigan State) 2