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1982 Year Summary

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National Champion: Penn State (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Herschel Walker (Georgia)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Pittsburgh ▪ AP Final #1: Penn State

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 Pacific-10 Conference 10 113 62 46 5 .571 3 3 0 0 1.000 10.74 8.16 4 4 UCLA
2 Southeastern Conference 10 117 67 47 3 .585 7 2 5 0 .286 9.09 6.14 3 3 Georgia
3 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 79 42 36 1 .538 2 1 1 0 .500 6.10 3.96 2 3 Clemson
4 Big Ten Conference 10 115 55 60 0 .478 5 3 2 0 .600 4.46 5.16 2 1 Michigan
5 Big Eight Conference 8 92 43 40 9 .516 3 1 2 0 .333 4.39 3.47 2 2 Nebraska
6 Southwest Conference 9 102 50 48 4 .510 3 2 1 0 .667 2.07 2.04 3 3 Southern Methodist
7 Independent 25 279 139 137 3 .504 5 2 3 0 .400 0.61 0.67 4 4
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 105 55 50 0 .524 2 1 1 0 .500 0.59 -0.14 0 0 Brigham Young
9 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 7 79 38 41 0 .481 1 1 0 0 1.000 -7.54 -5.94 0 0 Fresno State
10 Missouri Valley Conference 8 88 41 47 0 .466 0 0 0 0 -11.06 -9.41 0 0 Tulsa
11 Mid-American Conference 10 110 50 56 4 .473 1 0 1 0 .000 -12.41 -11.66 0 0 Bowling Green State

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/6 9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 Final
Penn State Ind 8 7 8 8 3 3 8 9 8 7 5 3 2 2 2 1
Southern Methodist SWC 6 8 6 6 7 6 5 4 4 2 2 2 4 4 4 2
Nebraska Big 8 4 3 3 2 8 7 6 5 6 6 4 4 3 3 3 3
Georgia SEC 7 6 7 7 6 5 4 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 4
UCLA Pac-10 20 18 14 12 9 8 12 11 11 9 12 11 8 5 5 5
Arizona State Pac-10 19 15 13 14 13 11 10 8 7 4 3 8 6 11 11 6
Washington Pac-10 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 10 7 5 13 9 9 7
Clemson ACC 11 16 16       20 18 15 13 11 10 10 8 7 8
Arkansas SWC 13 13 9 9 10 9 7 6 5 5 10 9 9 6 14 9
Pittsburgh Ind 1 1 2 3 2 2 3 2 1 1 8 6 5 7 6 10
Louisiana State SEC           18 16 14 13 11 6 12 7 13 13 11
Ohio State Big Ten 14 14 12 13                 18 18 17 12
Florida State Ind             19 17 14 12 9 7 15 15   13
Auburn SEC         20       19         19 18 14
Southern California Pac-10 10 10 19 18 16 15 14 12 12 16 16 15 17 16 15 15
Oklahoma Big 8 9 9           20 17 14 15 14 11 14 12 16
Texas SWC 17 17 18 17 15 13 18 19     20 17 14 12 8 17
North Carolina ACC 5 5 11 11 12 12 11 10 10 18           18
West Virginia Ind     17 15 14 16 13 13 18 17 19 16 12 10 10 19
Maryland ACC                   19 18 19 16 17 16 20
School Conf Pre 9/6 9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 Final
Alabama SEC 3 4 4 4 5 4 2 7 9 8 17          
Boston College Ind         18 19                    
Florida SEC 16 11 5 5 4 14       20            
Illinois Big Ten       19   20 15                  
Miami (FL) Ind 15 19 15 16 17 17 17 16 16              
Michigan Big Ten 12 12 10 20         20 15 14 13 20 20 19  
Minnesota Big Ten         19                      
Notre Dame Ind 18 20 20 10 11 10 9 15     13 18        
Tulsa MVC                       20 19   20  

Year Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Wayne Peace (Florida) 70.7
2. John Elway (Stanford) 64.7
3. Brian McClure (Bowling Green State) 64.2
4. Chuck Long (Iowa) 64.2
5. Alan Risher (Louisiana State) 63.7
6. Tim Riordan (Temple) 63.6
7. Ben Bennett (Duke) 63.1
8. Steve Young (Brigham Young) 62.7
9. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 62.2
10. Walter Lewis (Alabama) 62.2

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Walter Lewis (Alabama) 9.2
2. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 8.9
3. John Bond (Mississippi State) 8.7
4. Jeff Tedford* (Fresno State) 8.6
5. Mike Tomczak* (Ohio State) 8.6
6. Steve Young (Brigham Young) 8.4
7. Wayne Peace (Florida) 8.3
8. Ben Bennett (Duke) 8.1
9. Lionel Wilson (Houston) 8.1
10. John Elway (Stanford) 8.0

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 8.8
2. Ken Vierra (Utah) 7.9
3. John Elway (Stanford) 7.9
4. Alan Risher (Louisiana State) 7.8
5. Ben Bennett (Duke) 7.7
6. Walter Lewis (Alabama) 7.6
7. Tim Riordan (Temple) 7.2
8. Steve Young (Brigham Young) 7.2
9. Mark McKay (San Diego State) 7.2
10. Dave Osborn (New Mexico) 7.2

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 151.5
2. Alan Risher (Louisiana State) 146.6
3. Walter Lewis (Alabama) 145.7
4. John Elway (Stanford) 145.6
5. Wayne Peace (Florida) 143.4
6. Ben Bennett (Duke) 142.5
7. Steve Young (Brigham Young) 140.0
8. Tim Riordan (Temple) 137.8
9. Ken Vierra (Utah) 136.4
10. Jeff Tedford* (Fresno State) 135.2

Total Yards Per Play

1. Steve Young (Brigham Young) 7.3
2. Doug Flutie* (Boston College) 6.9
3. John Elway (Stanford) 6.7
4. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 6.6
5. Tony Eason (Illinois) 6.2
6. Todd Dillon (Long Beach State) 6.1

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Mike Fox (San Diego State) 2
  Anthony Young (Temple) 2

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Elton Akins (Army) 2