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1979 Final AP Football Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conf Rec Pts Last Week
1 < 2 Alabama (46) SEC 12-0 1317 W 24-9 N #6 Arkansas (Sugar)
2 < 3 USC (21) Pac-10 11-0-1 1289  
3 < 5 Oklahoma Big 8 11-1 1163 W 24-7 N #4 Florida State (Orange)
4 < 1 Ohio State Big Ten 11-1 1160 L 17-16 N #3 USC (Rose)
5 < 8 Houston Southwest 11-1 1084  
6 < 4 Florida State Ind 11-1 893  
7 < 10 Pittsburgh Ind 11-1 872  
8 < 6 Arkansas Southwest 10-2 857  
9 < 7 Nebraska Big 8 10-2 852  
10 < 12 Purdue Big Ten 10-2 739  
11 < 13 Washington Pac-10 9-3 690  
12 < 11 Texas Southwest 9-3 484  
13 < 9 BYU WAC 11-1 474  
14 < 19 Baylor Southwest 8-4 358  
15 < NR North Carolina ACC 8-3-1 311  
16 < 17 Auburn SEC 8-3 263  
17 < 20 Temple Ind 10-2 213 W 28-17 N California (Garden State)
18 < 14 Michigan Big Ten 8-4 207  
19 < NR Indiana Big Ten 8-4 206 W 38-37 N BYU (Holiday)
20 < NR Penn State Ind 8-4 168  
NR < 18 Clemson ACC 0  
NR < 16 South Carolina Ind 0  
NR < 15 Tulane Ind 0  

Conference Breakdown

Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
Southwest 4 9.8 2783
Ind 4 12.5 2146
Big Ten 4 12.8 2312
Big 8 2 6.0 2015
Pac-10 2 6.5 1979
SEC 2 8.5 1580
WAC 1 13.0 474
ACC 1 15.0 311

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.