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December 4, 1978 AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 1 Penn State (48) Ind 11-0 1159 DNP
2 < 2 Alabama (5) SEC 10-1 1091  
3 < 3 USC (3) Pac-10 11-1 1058  
4 < 4 Oklahoma (3) Big 8 10-1 1027 DNP
5 < 5 Michigan Big Ten 10-1 950  
6 < 6 Nebraska Big 8 9-2 856  
7 < 7 Clemson ACC 10-1 775  
8 < 8 Arkansas Southwest 9-2 733  
9 < 9 Houston Southwest 9-2 682  
10 < 10 Notre Dame Ind 8-3 630  
11 < 11 Georgia SEC 9-1-1 615  
12 < 12 Michigan State Big Ten 8-3 516  
13 < 13 Maryland ACC 9-2 442  
14 < 14 Texas Southwest 8-3 401  
15 < 15 UCLA Pac-10 8-3 355  
16 < 16 Pittsburgh Ind 8-3 271  
17 < 17 Purdue Big Ten 8-2-1 256  
18 < 18 Missouri Big 8 7-4 173  
19 < 19 Iowa State Big 8 8-3 86 DNP
20 < 20 Ohio State Big Ten 7-3-1 60  
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Big 8 4 11.8 2142
Big Ten 4 13.5 1782
Ind 3 9.0 2060
Southwest 3 10.3 1816
SEC 2 6.5 1706
Pac-10 2 9.0 1413
ACC 2 10.0 1217

Notes

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