1977 NCAA Division I football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1977 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I football rankings. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a national championship, instead that title is bestowed by one or more different polling agencies. There are two main weekly polls that begin in the preseason—the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.

Legend[edit]

  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  National champion
(#–#)
  Win–loss record
(Italics)
  Number of first place votes
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Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP Poll[edit]

Preseason
Preseason[1][2]
Week 1
Sep 12[1]
Week 2
Sep 19[1]
Week 3
Sep 26[1]
Week 4
Oct 3[1]
Week 5
Oct 10[1]
Week 6
Oct 17[1]
Week 7
Oct 24[1]
Week 8
Oct 31[1]
Week 9
Nov 7[1]
Week 10
Nov 14[1]
Week 11
Nov 21[1]
Week 12
Nov 28[1]
Week 13 (Final)
Final[1][3]
1. Oklahoma (23) Michigan (1-0) Michigan (2-0) Oklahoma (3-0) USC (4-0) Michigan (5-0) Michigan (6-0) Texas (6-0) Texas (7-0) Texas (8-0) Texas (9-0) Texas (10-0) Texas (11-0) Notre Dame (11-1) (37 ⅓) 1.
2. Michigan (19) USC (1-0) USC (2-0) USC (3-0) Oklahoma (4-0) Texas (4-0) Texas (5-0) Alabama (6-1) Alabama (7-1) Alabama (8-1) Alabama (9-1) Alabama (9-1) Oklahoma (10-1) Alabama (11-1) (19 ⅓) 2.
3. Notre Dame (10) Notre Dame (1-0) Oklahoma (2-0) Michigan (3-0) Michigan (4-0) Colorado (5-0) Alabama (5-1) Ohio State (6-1) Oklahoma (7-1) Oklahoma (8-1) Oklahoma (9-1) Oklahoma (9-1) Alabama (10-1) Arkansas (11-1) (5 ⅓) 3.
4. USC (3) Alabama (1-0) Ohio State (2-0) Penn State (3-0) Ohio State (3-1) Alabama (4-1) Ohio State (5-1) Oklahoma (6-1) Ohio State (7-1) Ohio State (8-1) Ohio State (9-1) Michigan (10-1) Michigan (10-1) Texas (11-1) (2) 4.
5. Ohio State (2) Oklahoma (1-0) Penn State (2-0) Texas A&M (3-0) Texas (3-0) Ohio State (4-1) USC (5-1) Notre Dame (5-1) Notre Dame (6-1) Notre Dame (7-1) Michigan (9-1) Notre Dame (9-1) Notre Dame (9-1) Penn State (11-1) 5.
6. Alabama (1) Ohio State (1-0) Texas A&M (2-0) Ohio State (2-1) Colorado (4-0) USC (4-1) Oklahoma (5-1) Michigan (6-1) Michigan (7-1) Michigan (8-1) Notre Dame (8-1) Arkansas (9-1) Arkansas (10-1) Kentucky (10-1) 6.
7. Pittsburgh (2) Texas A&M (1-0) Texas Tech (2-0) Colorado (3-0) Alabama (3-1) т Oklahoma (4-1) Colorado (5-0-1) Kentucky (6-1) Kentucky (7-1) Kentucky (8-1) Kentucky (9-1) Kentucky (10-1) Kentucky (10-1) Oklahoma (10-2) 7.
8. Texas Tech (1) Texas Tech (1-0) Colorado (2-0) Texas (2-0) Arkansas (4-0) т Arkansas (4-0) Kentucky (5-1) Arkansas (5-1) Arkansas (6-1) Arkansas (7-1) Arkansas (8-1) Ohio State (9-2) Penn State (10-1) Pittsburgh (9-2-1) 8.
9. Texas A&M (1) Houston (0-0) Texas (2-0) Florida (2-0) Nebraska (3-1) Nebraska (4-1) Arkansas (4-1) Penn State (6-1) Penn State (7-1) Penn State (8-1) Penn State (9-1) Penn State (9-1) Ohio State (9-2) Michigan (10-2) 9.
10. Maryland Penn State (1-0) Alabama (1-1) Alabama (2-1) Penn State (3-1) Penn State (4-1) Penn State (5-1) USC (5-2) Texas A&M (6-1) Pittsburgh (7-1-1) Pittsburgh (8-1-1) Pittsburgh (8-1-1) Pittsburgh (8-2-1) Washington (8-4) 10.
11. UCLA Maryland (1-0) Notre Dame (1-1) Nebraska (2-1) Notre Dame (3-1) Notre Dame (3-1) Notre Dame (4-1) Texas A&M (5-1) Nebraska (6-2) Texas A&M (6-1) Nebraska (8-2) Nebraska (8-2) Clemson (8-2-1) Ohio State (9-3) 11.
12. Colorado Colorado (1-0) Mississippi State (2-0) Arkansas (3-0) Texas A&M (3-1) Kentucky (4-1) Texas A&M (4-1) Nebraska (5-2) Pittsburgh (6-1-1) Nebraska (7-2) Arizona State (8-1) Texas A&M (7-2) Nebraska (8-3) Nebraska (9-3) 12.
13. Penn State Mississippi State (2-0) Florida (1-0) Texas Tech (2-1) BYU (3-0) Texas A&M (3-1) Texas Tech (5-1) Pittsburgh (5-1-1) Clemson (7-1) BYU (7-1) Florida State (8-1) Clemson (8-2-1) Washington (7-4) USC (8-4) 13.
14. Houston UCLA (0-0) Nebraska (1-1) Notre Dame (2-1) California (4-0) Wisconsin (5-0) Pittsburgh (4-1-1) Texas Tech (5-1) BYU (6-1) USC (6-3) Texas A&M (6-2) Washington (7-4) North Carolina (8-2-1) Florida State (10-2) 14.
15. Nebraska Oklahoma State (1-0) Washington State (2-0) BYU (2-0) Pittsburgh (3-1) Texas Tech (4-1) California (5-1) Colorado (5-1-1) Florida State (6-1) Clemson (7-1-1) Clemson (7-2-1) North Carolina (8-2-1) Arizona State (9-2) Stanford (9-3) 15.
16. Mississippi State Pittsburgh (0-1) Arkansas (2-0) Pittsburgh (2-1) Kentucky (3-1) LSU (3-1) Iowa State (5-1) Clemson (6-1) USC (5-3) Florida State (7-1) Texas Tech (7-2) San Diego State (9-1) San Diego State (9-1) San Diego State (10-1) 16.
17. Arizona State Georgia (1-0) West Virginia (2-0) California (3-0) Texas Tech (3-1) Pittsburgh (3-1-1) BYU (4-1) BYU (5-1) California (6-2) Arizona State (7-1) BYU (7-2) UCLA (7-3) BYU (9-2) т North Carolina (8-3-1) 17.
18. Florida Texas (1-0) UCLA (1-1) Mississippi State (2-1) LSU (2-1) Florida (2-1-1) Nebraska (4-2) Florida (3-1-1) LSU (5-2) Texas Tech (6-2) North Carolina (7-2-1) BYU (8-2) Texas A&M (7-3) т Arizona State (9-3) 18.
19. Georgia Florida (0-0) Houston (1-1) Houston (2-1) Wisconsin (4-0) Houston (3-1) Florida (2-1-1) Minnesota (5-2) Arizona State (6-1) т North Carolina (6-2-1) Washington (6-4) Arizona State (8-2) Florida State (8-2) Clemson (8-3-1) 19.
20. Oklahoma State BYU (1-0) BYU (1-0) Arizona State (2-0) Florida (2-1) California (4-1) Clemson (5-1) Florida State(5-1) Iowa State (6-2) т Colgate (9-0) UCLA (7-3) Florida State (8-2) USC (7-4) BYU (9-2) 20.
Preseason
Preseason[1][2]
Week 1
Sep 12[1]
Week 2
Sep 19[1]
Week 3
Sep 26[1]
Week 4
Oct 3[1]
Week 5
Oct 10[1]
Week 6
Oct 17[1]
Week 7
Oct 24[1]
Week 8
Oct 31[1]
Week 9
Nov 7[1]
Week 10
Nov 14[1]
Week 11
Nov 21[1]
Week 12
Nov 28[1]
Week 13 (Final)
Final[1][3]
Dropped:
  • Nebraska
  • Arizona State
Dropped:
  • Maryland
  • Oklahoma State
  • Pittsburgh
  • Georgia
Dropped:
  • Washington State
  • West Virginia
  • UCLA
Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
  • Houston
  • Arizona State
Dropped:
  • BYU
Dropped:
  • Wisconsin
  • LSU
  • Houston
Dropped:
  • California
  • Iowa State
Dropped:
  • Texas Tech
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Minnesota
Dropped:
  • California
  • LSU
  • Iowa State
Dropped:
  • USC
  • Colgate
Dropped:
  • Texas Tech
Dropped:
  • UCLA
Dropped:
  • Texas A&M

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released after the bowl games, on January 3, 1978.[4]
Notre Dame received 23 of the 39 first-place votes; Alabama received thirteen, Arkansas two, and Texas one.[5]

Ranking Team
1 Notre Dame
2 Alabama
3 Arkansas
4 Penn State
5 Texas
6 Oklahoma
7 Pittsburgh
8 Michigan
9 Washington
10 Nebraska
11 Florida State
12 Ohio State
USC
14 North Carolina
15 Stanford
16 North Texas
BYU
18 Arizona State
19 San Diego State
North Carolina State

Source:[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "1977 Polls". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ "1977 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "1977 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ "AP, UPI agree – it's Notre Dame". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). AP, UPI. January 4, 1978. p. 1C. 
  5. ^ "It might not add up, but Irish are clearly No. 1". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). AP, UPI. January 4, 1978. p. 3C. 
  6. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt