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1978 Final AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 2 Alabama (38) SEC 11-1 1317 W 14-7 N #1 Penn State (Sugar)
2 < 3 USC (19) Pac-10 12-1 1285  
3 < 4 Oklahoma (1) Big 8 11-1 1251 W 31-24 N #6 Nebraska (Orange)
4 < 1 Penn State Ind 11-1 1168 L 14-7 N #2 Alabama (Sugar)
5 < 5 Michigan Big Ten 10-2 989  
6 < 7 Clemson ACC 11-1 950  
7 < 10 Notre Dame Ind 9-3 914  
8 < 6 Nebraska Big 8 9-3 865  
9 < 14 Texas Southwest 9-3 708  
10 < 9 Houston Southwest 9-3 698  
11 < 8 Arkansas Southwest 9-2-1 689  
12 < 12 Michigan State Big Ten 8-3 525  
13 < 17 Purdue Big Ten 9-2-1 493  
14 < 15 UCLA Pac-10 8-3-1 487  
15 < 18 Missouri Big 8 8-4 434  
16 < 11 Georgia SEC 9-2-1 312  
17 < NR Stanford Pac-10 8-4 306  
18 < NR NC State ACC 9-3 214  
19 < NR Texas A&M Southwest 8-4 128  
20 < 13 Maryland ACC 9-3 112  
NR < 19 Iowa State Big 8 0  
NR < 20 Ohio State Big Ten 0  
NR < 16 Pittsburgh Ind 0  

Conference Breakdown

Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Southwest 4 12.3 2223
Big 8 3 8.7 2550
Big Ten 3 10.0 2007
Pac-10 3 11.0 2078
ACC 3 14.7 1276
Ind 2 5.5 2082
SEC 2 8.5 1629

Notes

  • * = Received first place votes (non-AP rankings); Hold the mouse cursor over these rankings to see the first place votes (where available) in a tooltip (for browsers that support tooltips)
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  • Polls from 1936-60 had 20 teams, 1961-67 had 10 teams, 1968-88 had 20 teams, and 1989-present had 25 teams.