1978 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1978 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I-A 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
т
Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP poll[edit]

Preseason
Preseason[1][2]
Week 1
Sep 11[1]
Week 2
Sep 18[1]
Week 3
Sep 25[1]
Week 4
Oct 2[1]
Week 5
Oct 9[1]
Week 6
Oct 16[1]
Week 7
Oct 23[1]
Week 8
Oct 30[1]
Week 9
Nov 6[1]
Week 10
Nov 13[1]
Week 11
Nov 20[1]
Week 12
Nov 27[1]
Week 13
Dec 4[1]
Week 14 (Final)
Final[1][3]
1. Alabama (31) Alabama (1-0-0) Alabama (2-0-0) Oklahoma (3-0-0) Oklahoma (4-0-0) Oklahoma (5-0-0) Oklahoma (6-0-0) Oklahoma (7-0-0) Oklahoma (8-0-0) Oklahoma (9-0-0) Penn State (10-0-0) Penn State (10-0-0) Penn State (11-0-0) Penn State (11-0-0) Alabama (11-1-0) (38) 1.
2. Arkansas (13) Arkansas (0-0-0) Arkansas (1-0-0) Arkansas (2-0-0) Southern California (4-0-0) Southern California (4-0-0) Penn State (6-0-0) Penn State (7-0-0) Penn State (8-0-0) Penn State (9-0-0) Nebraska (9-1-0) Alabama (9-1-0) Alabama (9-1-0) Alabama (10-1-0) Southern California (12-1-0) (19) 2.
3. Penn State (5) Oklahoma (1-0-0) Oklahoma (2-0-0) т Southern California (3-0-0) Michigan (3-0-0) Arkansas (4-0-0) т Arkansas (4-0-0) Alabama (6-1-0) Alabama (7-1-0) Alabama (8-1-0) Alabama (9-1-0) Southern California (9-1-0) Southern California (10-1-0) Southern California (11-1-0) Oklahoma (11-1-0) (1) 3.
4. Oklahoma (1) Michigan (0-0-0) Penn State (3-0-0) т Michigan (2-0-0) Arkansas (3-0-0) Penn State (6-0-0) т Alabama (5-1-0) Nebraska (6-1-0) Nebraska (7-1-0) Nebraska (8-1-0) Oklahoma (9-1-0) Oklahoma (10-1-0) Oklahoma (10-1-0) Oklahoma (10-1-0) Penn State (11-1-0) 4.
5. Notre Dame (9) Penn State (2-0-0) Michigan (1-0-0) Penn State (4-0-0) Penn State (5-0-0) Michigan (4-0-0) Nebraska (5-1-0) Maryland (7-0-0) Maryland (8-0-0) Southern California (7-1-0) Southern California (8-1-0) Houston (8-1-0) Michigan (10-1-0) Michigan (10-1-0) Michigan (10-2-0) 5.
6. Michigan Ohio State (0-0-0) Texas (1-0-0) Texas (2-0-0) Texas (3-0-0) Texas A&M (4-0-0) Maryland (6-0-0) Southern California (5-1-0) Southern California (6-1-0) Texas (6-1-0) Houston (8-1-0) Michigan (9-1-0) Nebraska (9-2-0) Nebraska (9-2-0) Clemson (11-1-0) 6.
7. Ohio State Texas (0-0-0) Southern California (2-0-0) Alabama (2-1-0) Texas A&M (3-0-0) Alabama (4-1-0) Southern California (4-1-0) Texas (5-1-0) Texas (6-1-0) Michigan (7-1-0) Michigan (8-1-0) Nebraska (9-2-0) Clemson (10-1-0) Clemson (10-1-0) Notre Dame (9-3-0) 7.
8. Texas (1) Southern California (1-0-0) UCLA (2-0-0) Texas A&M (2-0-0) Alabama (3-1-0) Nebraska (4-1-0) Texas (4-1-0) Michigan (5-1-0) Michigan (6-1-0) Houston (7-1-0) Georgia (8-1-0) Notre Dame (8-2-0) Arkansas (8-2-0) Arkansas (9-2-0) Nebraska (9-3-0) 8.
9. USC (2) UCLA (1-0-0) Texas A&M (1-0-0) Pittsburgh (2-0-0) Pittsburgh (3-0-0) Pittsburgh (4-0-0) Michigan (4-1-0) Arkansas (4-1-0) UCLA (7-1-0) UCLA (8-1-0) Texas (6-2-0) Texas (7-2-0) Houston (8-2-0) Houston (9-2-0) Texas (9-3-0) 9.
10. Nebraska Texas A&M (1-0-0) Louisiana State (1-0-0) Florida State (3-0-0) Nebraska (3-1-0) Maryland (5-0-0) UCLA (5-1-0) UCLA (6-1-0) Houston (6-1-0) Louisiana State (6-1-0) Notre Dame (7-2-0) Clemson (9-1-0) Notre Dame (8-3-0) Notre Dame (8-3-0) Houston (9-3-0) 10.
11. Washington Missouri (1-0-0) Pittsburgh (1-0-0) Louisiana State (2-0-0) Louisiana State (3-0-0) Louisiana State (4-0-0) Houston (4-1-0) Houston (5-1-0) Navy (7-0-0) Georgia (7-1-0) Maryland (9-1-0) Arkansas (7-2-0) Georgia (8-1-1) Georgia (9-1-1) Arkansas (9-2-1) 11.
12. UCLA Nebraska (1-1-0) Nebraska (2-1-0) Nebraska (2-1-0) Maryland (4-0-0) Texas (3-1-0) Texas A&M (4-1-0) Arizona State (5-1-0) Louisiana State (5-1-0) Purdue (7-1-0) Clemson (8-1-0) Georgia (8-1-1) Michigan State (8-3-0) Michigan State (8-3-0) Michigan State (8-3-0) 12.
13. LSU Louisiana State (0-0-0) Florida State (2-0-0) Ohio State (1-1-0) Colorado (4-0-0) Colorado (5-0-0) Missouri (4-2-0) Missouri (5-2-0) Georgia (6-1-0) Maryland (8-1-0) Arkansas (6-2-0) Maryland (9-2-0) Maryland (9-2-0) Maryland (9-2-0) Purdue (9-2-1) 13.
14. Pittsburgh Pittsburgh (0-0-0) Notre Dame (0-1-0) Missouri (2-1-0) Ohio State (2-1-0) UCLA (4-1-0) Arizona State (5-1-0) Louisiana State (5-1-0) Purdue (6-1-0) Notre Dame (6-2-0) UCLA (8-2-0) Michigan State (7-3-0) Texas (7-3-0) Texas (8-3-0) UCLA (8-3-1) 14.
15. Kentucky Notre Dame (0-1-0) Washington (1-1-0) Maryland (3-0-0) Iowa State (4-0-0) Florida State (4-1-0) Pittsburgh (4-1-0) Pittsburgh (5-1-0) Notre Dame (5-2-0) Clemson (7-1-0) Purdue (7-1-1) Pittsburgh (8-2-0) UCLA (8-3-0) UCLA (8-3-0) Missouri (8-4-0) 15.
16. Texas A&M (1) Florida State (1-0-0) Ohio State (0-1-0) Colorado (3-0-0) UCLA (3-1-0) Ohio State (2-1-1) Louisiana State (4-1-0) Georgia (5-1-0) Clemson (6-1-0) Arkansas (5-2-0) Michigan State (6-3-0) Ohio State (7-2-1) Pittsburgh (8-3-0) Pittsburgh (8-3-0) Georgia (9-2-1) 16.
17. Florida State Kentucky (0-0-0) Missouri (1-1-0) Iowa State (3-0-0) Stanford (3-1-0) Houston (3-1-0) Navy (5-0-0) Purdue (5-1-0) Arkansas (4-2-0) Michigan State (5-3-0) Louisiana State (6-2-0) UCLA (8-3-0) Purdue (8-2-1) Purdue (8-2-1) Stanford (8-4-0) 17.
18. Clemson Washington (0-1-0) Maryland (2-0-0) UCLA (2-1-0) Florida State (3-1-0) Stanford (3-2-0) Georgia (4-1-0) Navy (6-0-0) Michigan State (4-3-0) Navy (7-1-0) Pittsburgh (7-2-0) Purdue (7-2-1) Missouri (7-4-0) Missouri (7-4-0) North Carolina State (9-3-0) 18.
19. North Carolina Iowa State (1-0-0) Colorado (2-0-0) Georgia (2-0-0) Auburn (3-0-0) Missouri (3-2-0) Purdue (4-1-0) Notre Dame (4-2-0) Pittsburgh (5-2-0) Washington (6-3-0) Ohio State (6-2-1) Missouri (7-4-0) Iowa State (8-3-0) Iowa State (8-3-0) Texas A&M (8-4-0) 19.
20. Iowa State Maryland (1-0-0) Iowa State (2-0-0) Stanford (2-1-0) North Carolina State (4-0-0) Iowa State (4-1-0) Notre Dame (3-2-0) Clemson (5-1-0) Washington (5-3-0) Pittsburgh (6-2-0) Georgia Tech (7-2-0) Iowa State (8-3-0) Ohio State (7-3-1) Ohio State (7-3-1) Maryland (9-3-0) 20.
Preseason
Preseason[1][2]
Week 1
Sep 11[1]
Week 2
Sep 18[1]
Week 3
Sep 25[1]
Week 4
Oct 2[1]
Week 5
Oct 9[1]
Week 6
Oct 16[1]
Week 7
Oct 23[1]
Week 8
Oct 30[1]
Week 9
Nov 6[1]
Week 10
Nov 13[1]
Week 11
Nov 20[1]
Week 12
Nov 27[1]
Week 13
Dec 4[1]
Week 14 (Final)
Final[1][3]
None Dropped:
  • Kentucky
Dropped:
  • Notre Dame
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Missouri
  • Georgia
Dropped:
  • Auburn
  • North Carolina State
Dropped:
  • Colorado
  • Florida State
  • Ohio State
  • Stanford
  • Iowa State
Dropped:
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Arizona State
  • Missouri
None Dropped:
  • Navy
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Louisiana State
  • Georgia Tech
None None Dropped:
  • Pittsburgh
  • Iowa State
  • Ohio State

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

Ranking Team
1 USC
2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma
4 Penn State
5 Michigan
6 Notre Dame
7 Clemson
8 Nebraska
9 Texas
10 Arkansas
11 Houston
12 UCLA
13 Purdue
14 Missouri
15 Georgia
16 Stanford
17 Navy
18 Texas A&M
19 (t) Arizona State
19 (t) NC State

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "1978 Polls". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ "1978 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "1978 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt