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1988 Year Summary

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National Champion: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Lou Holtz (Notre Dame)

AP Preseason #1: Florida State ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

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 10 114 66 44 4 .596 3 2 1 0 .667 9.55 6.34 2 3 Southern California
2 Southeastern Conference 10 115 62 53 0 .539 5 3 2 0 .600 4.52 2.91 5 4 Auburn
Louisiana State
3 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 90 47 40 3 .539 2 2 0 0 1.000 3.14 2.09 1 1 Clemson
4 Independent 25 283 162 121 0 .572 8 5 3 0 .625 3.09 0.83 6 5
5 Big Ten Conference 10 116 48 57 11 .461 5 2 3 0 .400 1.73 2.89 3 2 Michigan
6 Big Eight Conference 8 93 47 45 1 .511 4 1 3 0 .250 1.17 1.32 2 3 Nebraska
7 Southwest Conference 8 91 45 46 0 .495 2 0 2 0 .000 0.80 0.65 1 2 Arkansas
8 Western Athletic Conference 9 108 56 52 0 .519 3 1 2 0 .333 -1.05 -1.18 0 0 Wyoming
9 Mid-American Conference 9 99 47 48 4 .495 1 0 1 0 .000 -9.93 -9.36 0 0 Western Michigan
10 Big West Conference 8 91 33 58 0 .363 1 1 0 0 1.000 -14.01 -8.80 0 0 Fresno State

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 8/30 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
Notre Dame Ind 13 13 13 8 8 5 5 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Miami (FL) Ind 8 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2
Florida State Ind 1 1 10 10 9 6 6 5 7 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 3
Michigan Big Ten 11 10 9 15 19 19 17 15 20 14 14 13 12 11 11 11 4
West Virginia Ind 16 16 12 12 11 7 7 6 6 7 4 4 4 4 3 3 5
UCLA Pac-10 5 5 5 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 6 6 6 9 8 9 6
Southern California Pac-10 6 8 6 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 5 5 7
Auburn SEC 7 7 7 6 4 4 4 12 10 9 9 9 8 7 7 7 8
Clemson ACC 4 4 3 3 12 11 11 11 9 15 17 16 15 13 13 13 9
Nebraska Big 8 2 2 2 11 10 9 9 7 5 5 7 7 7 6 6 6 10
Oklahoma State Big 8       20 18 13 13 10 15 12 12 14 13 12 12 12 11
Arkansas SWC             20 17 13 11 11 11 10 8 9 8 12
Syracuse Ind                 19 16 16 15 14 19 18 17 13
Oklahoma Big 8 3 3 4 4 3 10 10 9 8 8 8 8 9 10 10 10 14
Georgia SEC 12 12 8 7 6 15 15 13 11 18 19 17 20 20 19 19 15
Washington State Pac-10                       20 19 18 17 18 16
Alabama SEC 14 14 14 13 13 12 12     19 18 18 18 17 20 20 17
Houston SWC                         17 14 14 14 18
Louisiana State SEC 18 17 11 9 7 14   19 16 13 13 12 11 16 16 16 19
Indiana Big Ten               18 14   20           20
School Conf Pre 8/30 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
Brigham Young WAC                     20            
Colorado Big 8                       19          
Florida SEC         20 17 14 20                  
Iowa Big Ten 9 9 17 19                          
Michigan State Big Ten 15 15 15                            
Ohio State Big Ten       18                          
Oregon Pac-10           20 18     20              
Penn State Ind 20 20 18 16 15                        
Pittsburgh Ind         16                        
South Carolina Ind 19 19 16 14 14 8 8 8 18 17 15            
Tennessee SEC 17 18                              
Texas SWC     19                            
Texas A&M SWC 10 11                              
Washington Pac-10     20 17 17 16 19 16 17                
Wyoming WAC           18 16 14 12 10 10 10 16 15 15 15  

Year Leaders

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Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Major Harris* (West Virginia) 159.2
2. Timm Rosenbach* (Washington State) 158.4
3. Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) 158.2
4. Chip Ferguson (Florida State) 153.0
5. Todd Philcox (Syracuse) 147.9
6. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 147.4
7. Steve Walsh (Miami (FL)) 145.2
8. Warren Jones (Hawaii) 142.6
9. Scott Mitchell (Utah) 141.0
10. Chuck Hartlieb (Iowa) 138.0

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Chuck Weatherspoon (Houston) 8.5
2. Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State) 7.6
3. David Eldridge (Arizona) 7.5
4. Dabby Dawson* (Wyoming) 7.4
5. Andy Smith (Air Force) 6.8
6. Willie Fuller* (Texas-El Paso) 6.8
7. Greg Johnson (Air Force) 6.7
8. Shawn Wills* (UCLA) 6.6
9. Ken Clark (Nebraska) 6.5
10. Tim Worley (Georgia) 6.4

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Calvin Phillips* (West Virginia) 25.5
2. Andre Rison* (Michigan State) 24.6
3. Rob Turner* (Indiana) 22.6
4. Reggie Rembert* (West Virginia) 22.4
5. Dan Bitson (Tulsa) 21.9
6. Rickie Wills (Nevada-Las Vegas) 21.8
7. Andre Alexander* (Fresno State) 21.3
8. Willie Vaughn (Kansas) 20.8
9. Craig Ostrander (Eastern Michigan) 20.5
10. Derek Hill (Arizona) 20.3

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State) 2734
2. Anthony Thompson* (Indiana) 1919
3. Johnny Johnson (San Jose State) 1887
4. Darren Lewis (Texas A&M) 1705
5. Blake Ezor* (Michigan State) 1563
6. Ken Clark (Nebraska) 1542
7. Keith Jones (Illinois) 1482
8. Tony Boles* (Michigan) 1478
9. Roger Boone (Duke) 1466
10. Jason Phillips (Houston) 1459

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. James Henry (Southern Mississippi) 2
  Darryl Henley* (UCLA) 2
  Ricky Watters (Notre Dame) 2

Kickoff Return Touchdowns

1. Ron Allen (Rutgers) 2
  Raghib Ismail (Notre Dame) 2