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1977 NCAA Division I football rankings

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.

Contents

LegendEdit

  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 PollEdit

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) тOklahoma (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) тArkansas (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.MarylandPenn 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.UCLAMaryland (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.ColoradoColorado (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 StateMississippi 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.HoustonUCLA (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.NebraskaOklahoma 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 StatePittsburgh (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 StateGeorgia (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) тNorth Carolina (8–3–1)17.
18.FloridaTexas (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) тArizona State (9–3)18.
19.GeorgiaFlorida (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) тNorth Carolina (6–2–1)Washington (6–4)Arizona State (8–2)Florida State (8–2)Clemson (8–3–1)19.
20.Oklahoma StateBYU (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) тColgate (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

Coaches PollEdit

Week 1
Sep 12
Week 2
Sep 19
Week 3
Sep 26
Week 4
Oct 3
Week 5
Oct 10
Week 6
Oct 17
Week 7
Oct 24
Week 8
Oct 31
Week 9
Nov 7
Week 10
Nov 14
Week 11
Nov 21
Week 12
Nov 28
Week 13
Jan 3 (Final)
1.Michigan (1–0)Michigan (2–0)USC (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) (23)1.
2.USC (1–0)USC (2–0)Oklahoma (3–0)Michigan (4–0)Texas (4–0)Texas (5–0)Alabama (6–1)Alabama (7–1)Alabama (8–1)Oklahoma (9–1)Oklahoma (9–1)Oklahoma (10–1)Alabama (11–1) (13)2.
3.Alabama (1–0)Ohio State (2–0)Michigan (3–0)Oklahoma (4–0)Colorado (5–0)Alabama (5–1)Oklahoma (6–1)Oklahoma (7–1)Oklahoma (8–1)Alabama (9–1)Alabama (9–1)Alabama (10–1)Arkansas (11–1) (2)3.
4.Notre Dame (1–0)Oklahoma (2–0)Penn State (3–0)Texas (3–0)Alabama (4–1)USC (5–1)Ohio State (6–1)Ohio State (7–1)Ohio State (8–1)Ohio State (9–1)Michigan (10–1)Michigan (10–1)Penn State (11–1)4.
5.Ohio State (1–0)Penn State (2–0)Texas A&M (3–0)Colorado (4–0)Ohio State (4–1)Ohio State (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)Texas (11–1) (1)5.
6.Oklahoma (1–0)Texas Tech (2–0)Colorado (3–0)Ohio State (3-1)Oklahoma (4-1)Oklahoma (5–1)Michigan (6–1)Michigan (7–1)Michigan (8–1)Notre Dame (8–1)Arkansas (9–1)Arkansas (10–1)Oklahoma (10–2)6.
7.Texas A&M (1–0)Texas A&M (2–0)Ohio State (2–1)Nebraska (3–1)USC (4–1)Colorado (5–0–1)Arkansas (5–1)Penn State (7–1)Arkansas (7–1)Arkansas (8–1)Ohio State (9–2)Penn State (10–1)Pittsburgh (9–2–1)7.
8.Texas Tech (1–0)Colorado (2–0)Texas (2–0)Alabama (3–1)Arkansas (4–0)Arkansas (4–1)Penn State (6–1)Arkansas (6–1)Penn State (8–1)Penn State (9–1)Penn State (9–1)Ohio State (9–2)Michigan (10–2)8.
9.Penn State (1-0)Texas (2–0)Florida (2–0)Arkansas (4–0)Nebraska (4–1)Penn State (5–1)Texas A&M (5–1)Pittsburgh (6–1–1)Pittsburgh (7–1–1)Pittsburgh (8–1–1)Pittsburgh (8–1–1)Pittsburgh (8–2–1)Washington (8–4)9.
10.Maryland (1–0)Florida (1–0)Nebraska (2–1)California (4–0)Penn State (4–1)Notre Dame (4–1)Nebraska (5–2)Nebraska (6–2)Nebraska (7–2)Nebraska (8–2)Nebraska (8–2)Clemson (8–2–1)Nebraska (9–3)10.
11.Colorado (1–0)Nebraska (1–1)Arkansas (3–0)Penn State (3–1)LSU (3–1)Texas A&M (4–1)USC (5–2)Texas A&M (6–1)Texas A&M (6–1)Arizona State (8–1)Texas A&M (7–2)North Carolina (8–2–1)Florida State (10–2)11.
12.Houston (1–0)Alabama (1–1)Alabama (2–1)BYU (3–0)Notre Dame (3–1) тPittsburgh (4–1–1)Pittsburgh (5–1–1)Iowa State (6–2)BYU (7–1)Texas A&M (6–2)Iowa State (8–3)Arizona State (9–2)Ohio State (9–3) т12.
13.Texas (1–0) тWashington State (2–0)Pittsburgh (2–1)Notre Dame (3–1)Pittsburgh (3–1–1) тTexas Tech (5–1)Texas Tech (5–1)BYU (6–1) тArizona State (7–1)Florida State (8–1)North Texas (9–2)Nebraska (8–3)USC (8–4) т13.
14.UCLA (1–0) тNotre Dame (1–1)BYU (2–0)Pittsburgh (3–1)Texas A&M (3–1)California (5–1)Colorado (5–1–1)Clemson (7–1) тUSC (6–3)North Texas (8–2)Clemson (8–2-1)BYU (9–2) тNorth Carolina (8–3–1)14.
15.Florida (0–0)Arkansas (2–0)Notre Dame (2–1)Houston (3–1)Texas Tech (4–1) тBYU (4–1)BYU (5–1)Florida State (6–1)Colorado (6–2–1)Clemson (7–2–1)North Carolina (8–2–1)Iowa State (8–3) тStanford (9–3)15.
16.Pittsburgh (0–1)Mississippi State (2–0)California (3–0)Texas Tech (3–1)Wisconsin (5–0) тNorth Texas (6–1)Clemson (6–1) тArizona State (6–1) тClemson (7–1–1) тNorth Carolina (7–2–1) тWashington (7–4)Washington (7–4) тBYU (9–2) т16.
17.BYU (1–0)BYU (1–0) тHouston (2–1)Texas A&M (3–1)Houston (3–1)Nebraska (4–2)North Texas (7–1) тCalifornia (6–2) тFlorida State (7–1) тTexas Tech (7–2) тUCLA (7–3)North Texas (9–2)North Texas (9–2) т17.
18.South Carolina (2–0)Pittsburgh (1–1) тArizona State (2–0)Florida (2–1)BYU (3–1) тIowa State (5–1)Oklahoma State (4–3)Stanford (6–2)North Texas (8–2)UCLA (7–3) тBYU (8–2)San Diego State (10–1) тArizona State (9–3)18.
19.Iowa State (1–0) тOklahoma State (1–1)Texas Tech (2–1)LSU (2–1)North Texas (5–1) тClemson (5–1)Iowa State (5–2)NC State (6–3)Iowa State (7–3)Colorado State (8–2–1)Texas A&M (7–3) тNC State (8–4) т19.
20.Georgia (1–0) т
Oklahoma State (1–0) т
West Virginia (2–0)Wisconsin (3–0)Wisconsin (4–0)NC State (5–1)Arizona State (4–1)Arizona State (5–1)North Texas (7–2)Stanford (8–3)USC (7–4)San Diego State (10–1) т20.
Week 1
Sep 12
Week 2
Sep 19
Week 3
Sep 26
Week 4
Oct 3
Week 5
Oct 10
Week 6
Oct 17
Week 7
Oct 24
Week 8
Oct 31
Week 9
Nov 7
Week 10
Nov 14
Week 11
Nov 21
Week 12
Nov 28
Week 13
Jan 3 (Final)
Dropped:
  • Houston
  • Maryland
  • UCLA
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • Iowa State
Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
  • Washington State
  • West Virginia
  • Oklahoma State
Dropped:
Arizona State
Dropped:
  • California
  • Florida
Dropped:
  • Wisconsin
  • LSU
  • Houston
  • NC State
Dropped:
California
Dropped:
  • USC
  • Texas Tech
  • Colorado
  • Oklahoma State
Dropped:
  • Iowa State
  • California
  • Stanford
  • NC State
Dropped:
  • BYU
  • USC
  • Colorado
Dropped:
  • Arizona State
  • Florida State
  • Texas Tech
Dropped:
  • UCLA
  • Colorado State
  • Stanford
Dropped:
  • Clemson
  • Texas A&M
  • Iowa State

Sources:[4][5]

Notes:

  • Per an agreement with the AFCA, teams under NCAA probation were ineligible to be ranked in the Coaches Poll. Notable teams on probation included Kentucky (10–1) and Michigan State (7–3–1).
  • Only 18 teams received votes in the November 7 poll.[6]
  • Only 19 teams received votes in the November 14 poll.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ MacCambridge, Michael (2005). ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. pp. 1320–1321. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  5. ^ "It might not add up, but Irish are clearly No. 1". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). AP, UPI. January 4, 1978. p. 3C.
  6. ^ "College Football Standings: UPI Poll". Eugene Register-Guard. November 8, 1977. p. 2C.
  7. ^ "UPI Poll". Eugene Register-Guard. November 15, 1977. p. 2C.