1979 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1979 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
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Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP Poll[edit]

Preseason
Preseason[1][2]
Week 1
Sep 10[1]
Week 2
Sep 17[1]
Week 3
Sep 24[1]
Week 4
Oct 1[1]
Week 5
Oct 8[1]
Week 6
Oct 15[1]
Week 7
Oct 22[1]
Week 8
Oct 29[1]
Week 9
Nov 5[1]
Week 10
Nov 12[1]
Week 11
Nov 19[1]
Week 12
Nov 26[1]
Week 13
Dec 3[1]
Week 14 (Final)
Final[1][3]
1. USC (47) USC (1-0) USC (2-0) USC (3-0) USC (4-0) USC (5-0) Alabama (5-0) Alabama (6-0) Alabama (7-0) Alabama (8-0) Alabama (9-0) Alabama (10-0) Alabama (10-0) Ohio State (11-0) Alabama (12-0) (46) 1.
2. Alabama (11) Alabama (1-0) Alabama (1-0) Alabama (2-0) Alabama (3-0) Alabama (4-0) Texas (4-0) Nebraska (6-0) Nebraska (7-0) Nebraska (8-0) Ohio State (10-0) Ohio State (11-0) USC (10-0-1) Alabama (11-0) USC (11-0-1) (21) 2.
3. Oklahoma (4) Oklahoma (0-0) Oklahoma (1-0) Oklahoma (2-0) Oklahoma (3-0) Oklahoma (4-0) Nebraska (5-0) USC (6-0-1) USC (7-0-1) Ohio State (9-0) Nebraska (9-0) Nebraska (10-0) Ohio State (11-0) USC (10-0-1) Oklahoma (11-1) 3.
4. Texas (1) Texas (0-0) Texas (0-0) Texas (1-0) Texas (2-0) Texas (3-0) USC (5-0-1) Arkansas (6-0) т Houston (7-0) USC (8-0-1) USC (9-0-1) USC (9-0-1) Florida State (11-0) Florida State (11-0) Ohio State (11-1) 4.
5. Penn State Purdue (1-0) Notre Dame (1-0) Missouri (3-0) Nebraska (3-0) Nebraska (4-0) Houston (5-0) Ohio State (7-0) т Ohio State (8-0) Houston (8-0) Florida State (9-0) Florida State (10-0) Oklahoma (10-1) Oklahoma (10-1) Houston (11-1) 5.
6. Purdue Michigan (1-0) Penn State (1-0) Nebraska (2-0) Houston (3-0) Washington (5-0) Ohio State (6-0) Houston (6-0) Florida State (7-0) Oklahoma (7-1) Texas (7-1) Texas (8-1) Texas (9-1) Arkansas (10-1) Florida State (11-1) 6.
7. Michigan Penn State (0-0) Nebraska (1-0) Michigan State (3-0) Washington (4-0) Houston (4-0) Florida State (6-0) Oklahoma (5-1) Oklahoma (6-1) Florida State (8-0) Oklahoma (8-1) Arkansas (9-1) Nebraska (10-1) Nebraska (10-1) Pittsburgh (11-1) 7.
8. Nebraska Nebraska (0-0) Michigan State (2-0) Houston (2-0) Ohio State (4-0) Ohio State (5-0) Oklahoma (4-1) Florida State (6-0) Texas (5-1) Texas (6-1) Arkansas (8-1) Oklahoma (9-1) Arkansas (10-1) Houston (10-1) Arkansas (10-2) 8.
9. Notre Dame Notre Dame (0-0) Missouri (2-0) Washington (3-0) Florida State (4-0) Florida State (5-0) Notre Dame (4-1) Texas (4-1) Arkansas (6-1) Arkansas (7-1) Houston (8-1) Houston (8-1) BYU (11-0) BYU (11-0) Nebraska (10-2) 9.
10. Michigan State Michigan State (1-0) Houston (2-0) Purdue (2-1) Notre Dame (2-1) Notre Dame (3-1) Arkansas (5-0) Michigan (6-1) Michigan (7-1) Michigan (8-1) BYU (9-0) BYU (10-0) Houston (9-1) Pittsburgh (10-1) Purdue (10-2) 10.
11. Georgia Missouri (1-0) Michigan (1-1) Michigan (2-1) Michigan (3-1) Michigan (4-1) Michigan (5-1) BYU (6-0) BYU (7-0) BYU (8-0) Pittsburgh (8-1) Pittsburgh (9-1) Pittsburgh (10-1) Texas (9-2) Washington (9-3) 11.
12. Missouri Georgia (0-0) Washington (2-0) Florida State (3-0) Purdue (3-1) Arkansas (4-0) Washington (5-1) Pittsburgh (5-1) Pittsburgh (6-1) Pittsburgh (7-1) Purdue (8-2) Purdue (9-2) Purdue (9-2) Purdue (9-2) Texas (9-3) 12.
13. Stanford Houston (1-0) Pittsburgh (1-0) Arkansas (2-0) Arkansas (3-0) LSU (3-1) BYU (5-0) Auburn (5-1) Notre Dame (5-2) Notre Dame (6-2) Michigan (8-2) Clemson (8-2) Washington (8-3) Washington (8-3) BYU (11-1) 13.
14. Texas A&M Washington (1-0) Florida State (2-0) Ohio State (3-0) NC State (4-0) North Carolina (4-0) Auburn (4-1) Notre Dame (4-2) Wake Forest (7-1) Purdue (7-2) Clemson (7-2) Auburn (8-2)т Auburn (8-2) Michigan (8-3) Baylor (8-4) 14.
15. Washington Ohio State (1-0) Arkansas (1-0) Notre Dame (1-1) Missouri (3-1) Missouri (3-1) NC State (5-1) North Carolina (5-1) Purdue (6-2) Washington (7-2) Auburn (7-2) Washington (8-3)т Michigan (8-3) Tulane (9-2) North Carolina (8-3-1) 15.
16. Houston Pittsburgh (0-0) Ohio State (2-0) NC State (3-0) Michigan State (3-1) BYU (4-0) Purdue (4-2) Purdue (5-2) Washington (6-2) Auburn (6-2) Washington (7-3) Michigan (8-3) Tulane (9-2) South Carolina (8-3) Auburn (8-3) 16.
17. Pittsburgh Arkansas (0-0) Purdue (1-1) UCLA (2-1) LSU (2-1) NC State (4-1) Pittsburgh (4-1) Navy (6-0) Tennessee (4-2) Baylor (6-2) Wake Forest (8-2) Baylor (7-3) South Carolina (8-3) Auburn (8-3) Temple (10-2) 17.
18. Arizona State Florida State (1-0) SMU (2-0) Penn State (1-1) North Carolina (3-0) Auburn (3-1) Tennessee (4-1) Wake Forest (6-1) North Carolina (5-1-1) Clemson (6-2) Temple (8-1) Tulane (8-2) Clemson (8-3) Clemson (8-3) Michigan (8-4) 18.
19. Florida State NC State (1-0) NC State (2-0) SMU (3-0) Tennessee (3-0) Michigan State (3-2) North Carolina (4-1) Tennessee (4-2) Penn State (5-2) South Carolina (6-2) Tennessee (5-3) South Carolina (7-3) Penn State (7-4) Baylor (7-4) Indiana (8-4) 19.
20. Arkansas SMU (1-0) UCLA (1-1) LSU (2-0) BYU (3-0) Purdue (3-2) Navy (5-0) Washington (5-2) Auburn (5-2) Wake Forest (7-2)
  • Baylor (6-3) т
  • Tulane (8-2) т
Penn State (7-3) Baylor (7-4) Temple (9-2) Penn State (8-4) 20.
Preseason
Preseason[1][2]
Week 1
Sep 10[1]
Week 2
Sep 17[1]
Week 3
Sep 24[1]
Week 4
Oct 1[1]
Week 5
Oct 8[1]
Week 6
Oct 15[1]
Week 7
Oct 22[1]
Week 8
Oct 29[1]
Week 9
Nov 5[1]
Week 10
Nov 12[1]
Week 11
Nov 19[1]
Week 12
Nov 26[1]
Week 13
Dec 3[1]
Week 14 (Final)
Final[1][3]
Dropped:
  • Texas A&M
  • Houston
  • Arizona State
Dropped:
  • Georgia
Dropped:
  • Pittsburgh
Dropped:
  • UCLA
  • Penn State
  • SMU
Dropped:
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Missouri
  • Michigan State
Dropped:
  • NC State
Dropped:
  • Navy
Dropped:
  • Tennessee
  • North Carolina
  • Penn State
Dropped:
  • Notre Dame
  • South Carolina
Dropped:
  • Wake Forest
  • Temple
  • Tennessee
None Dropped:
  • Penn State
Dropped:
  • Tulane
  • South Carolina
  • Clemson

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

Ranking Team
1 Alabama
2 USC
3 Oklahoma
4 Ohio State
5 Houston
6 Pittsburgh
7 Nebraska
8 Florida State
9 Arkansas
10 Purdue
11 Washington
12 BYU
13 Texas
14 North Carolina
15 Baylor
16 Indiana
17 Temple
18 Penn State
19 Michigan
20 Missouri

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "1979 Polls". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ "1979 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "1979 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt