1978 College Football AP Poll

Name the teams that cracked the AP Top 20 during the 1978 college football season
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Preseason
1
Alabama
0
0
 
SEC
2
Arkansas
0
0
Southwest
3
Penn State
0
0
Independent
4
Oklahoma
0
0
Big Eight
5
Notre Dame
0
0
Independent
6
Michigan
0
0
Big Ten
7
Ohio State
0
0
Big Ten
8
Texas
0
0
Southwest
9
USC
0
0
Pacific-10
10
Nebraska
0
0
Big Eight
11
Washington
0
0
Pacific-10
12
UCLA
0
0
Pacific-10
13
LSU
0
0
SEC
14
Pittsburgh
0
0
Independent
15
Kentucky
0
0
SEC
16
Texas A&M
0
0
Southwest
17
Florida State
0
0
Independent
18
Clemson
0
0
ACC
19
North Carolina
0
0
ACC
20
Iowa State
0
0
Big Eight
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 2 (9/18)
1
Alabama
2
0
 
SEC
2
Arkansas
1
0
Southwest
3
Oklahoma
2
0
Big Eight
Penn State
3
0
Independent
5
Michigan
1
0
Big Ten
6
Texas
1
0
Southwest
7
USC
2
0
Pacific-10
8
UCLA
2
0
Pacific-10
9
Texas A&M
1
0
Southwest
10
LSU
1
0
SEC
11
Pittsburgh
1
0
Independent
12
Nebraska
2
1
Big Eight
13
Florida State
2
0
Independent
14
Notre Dame
0
1
Independent
15
Washington
1
1
Pacific-10
16
Ohio State
0
1
Big Ten
17
Missouri
1
1
Big Eight
18
Maryland
2
0
ACC
19
Colorado
2
0
Big Eight
20
Iowa State
2
0
Big Eight
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 4 (10/2)
1
Oklahoma
4
0
 
Big Eight
2
USC
4
0
Pacific-10
3
Michigan
3
0
Big Ten
4
Arkansas
3
0
Southwest
5
Penn State
5
0
Independent
6
Texas
3
0
Southwest
7
Texas A&M
3
0
Southwest
8
Alabama
3
1
SEC
9
Pittsburgh
3
0
Independent
10
Nebraska
3
1
Big Eight
11
LSU
3
0
SEC
12
Maryland
4
0
ACC
13
Colorado
4
0
Big Eight
14
Ohio State
2
1
Big Ten
15
Iowa State
4
0
Big Eight
16
UCLA
3
1
Pacific-10
17
Stanford
3
1
Pacific-10
18
Florida State
3
1
Independent
19
Auburn
3
0
SEC
20
NC State
4
0
ACC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 6 (10/16)
1
Oklahoma
6
0
 
Big Eight
2
Penn State
6
0
Independent
3
Arkansas
4
0
Southwest
4
Alabama
5
1
SEC
5
Nebraska
5
1
Big Eight
6
Maryland
6
0
ACC
7
USC
4
1
Pacific-10
8
Texas
4
1
Southwest
9
Michigan
4
1
Big Ten
10
UCLA
5
1
Pacific-10
11
Houston
4
1
Southwest
12
Texas A&M
4
1
Southwest
13
Missouri
4
2
Big Eight
14
Arizona State
5
1
Pacific-10
15
Pittsburgh
4
1
Independent
16
LSU
4
1
SEC
17
Navy
5
0
Independent
18
Georgia
4
1
SEC
19
Purdue
4
1
Big Ten
20
Notre Dame
3
2
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 8 (10/30)
1
Oklahoma
8
0
 
Big Eight
2
Penn State
8
0
Independent
3
Alabama
7
1
SEC
4
Nebraska
7
1
Big Eight
5
Maryland
8
0
ACC
6
USC
6
1
Pacific-10
7
Texas
6
1
Southwest
8
Michigan
6
1
Big Ten
9
UCLA
7
1
Pacific-10
10
Houston
6
1
Southwest
11
Navy
7
0
Independent
12
LSU
5
1
SEC
13
Georgia
6
1
SEC
14
Purdue
6
1
Big Ten
15
Notre Dame
5
2
Independent
16
Clemson
6
1
ACC
17
Arkansas
4
2
Southwest
18
Michigan State
4
3
Big Ten
19
Pittsburgh
5
2
Independent
20
Washington
5
3
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 10 (11/13)
1
Penn State
10
0
 
Independent
2
Nebraska
9
1
Big Eight
3
Alabama
9
1
SEC
4
Oklahoma
9
1
Big Eight
5
USC
8
1
Pacific-10
6
Houston
8
1
Southwest
7
Michigan
8
1
Big Ten
8
Georgia
8
1
SEC
9
Texas
6
2
Southwest
10
Notre Dame
7
2
Independent
11
Maryland
9
1
ACC
12
Clemson
8
1
ACC
13
Arkansas
6
2
Southwest
14
UCLA
8
2
Pacific-10
15
Purdue
7
1
1
Big Ten
16
Michigan State
6
3
 
Big Ten
17
LSU
6
2
SEC
18
Pittsburgh
7
2
Independent
19
Ohio State
6
2
1
Big Ten
20
Georgia Tech
7
2
 
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 12 (11/27)
1
Penn State
11
0
 
Independent
2
Alabama
9
1
SEC
3
USC
10
1
Pacific-10
4
Oklahoma
10
1
Big Eight
5
Michigan
10
1
Big Ten
6
Nebraska
9
2
Big Eight
7
Clemson
10
1
ACC
8
Arkansas
8
2
Southwest
9
Houston
8
2
Southwest
10
Notre Dame
8
3
Independent
11
Georgia
8
1
1
SEC
12
Michigan State
8
3
 
Big Ten
13
Maryland
9
2
ACC
14
Texas
7
3
Southwest
15
UCLA
8
3
Pacific-10
16
Pittsburgh
8
3
Independent
17
Purdue
8
2
1
Big Ten
18
Missouri
7
4
 
Big Eight
19
Iowa State
8
3
Big Eight
20
Ohio State
7
3
1
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
 
Postseason
1
Alabama
11
1
 
SEC
2
USC
12
1
Pacific-10
3
Oklahoma
11
1
Big Eight
4
Penn State
11
1
Independent
5
Michigan
10
2
Big Ten
6
Clemson
11
1
ACC
7
Notre Dame
9
3
Independent
8
Nebraska
9
3
Big Eight
9
Texas
9
3
Southwest
10
Houston
9
3
Southwest
11
Arkansas
9
2
1
Southwest
12
Michigan State
8
3
 
Big Ten
13
Purdue
9
2
1
Big Ten
14
UCLA
8
3
1
Pacific-10
15
Missouri
8
4
 
Big Eight
16
Georgia
9
2
1
SEC
17
Stanford
8
4
 
Pacific-10
18
NC State
9
3
ACC
19
Texas A&M
8
4
Southwest
20
Maryland
9
3
ACC
Week 1 (9/11)
1
Alabama
1
0
 
SEC
2
Arkansas
0
0
Southwest
3
Oklahoma
1
0
Big Eight
4
Michigan
0
0
Big Ten
5
Penn State
2
0
Independent
6
Ohio State
0
0
Big Ten
7
Texas
0
0
Southwest
8
USC
1
0
Pacific-10
9
UCLA
1
0
Pacific-10
10
Texas A&M
1
0
Southwest
11
Missouri
1
0
Big Eight
12
Nebraska
1
1
Big Eight
13
LSU
0
0
SEC
14
Pittsburgh
0
0
Independent
15
Notre Dame
0
1
Independent
16
Florida State
1
0
Independent
17
Kentucky
0
0
SEC
18
Washington
0
1
Pacific-10
19
Iowa State
1
0
Big Eight
20
Maryland
1
0
ACC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 3 (9/25)
1
Oklahoma
3
0
 
Big Eight
2
Arkansas
2
0
Southwest
3
USC
3
0
Pacific-10
4
Michigan
2
0
Big Ten
5
Penn State
4
0
Independent
6
Texas
2
0
Southwest
7
Alabama
2
1
SEC
8
Texas A&M
2
0
Southwest
9
Pittsburgh
2
0
Independent
10
Florida State
3
0
Independent
11
LSU
2
0
SEC
12
Nebraska
2
1
Big Eight
13
Ohio State
1
1
Big Ten
14
Missouri
2
1
Big Eight
15
Maryland
3
0
ACC
16
Colorado
3
0
Big Eight
17
Iowa State
3
0
Big Eight
18
UCLA
2
1
Pacific-10
19
Georgia
2
0
SEC
20
Stanford
2
1
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 5 (10/9)
1
Oklahoma
5
0
 
Big Eight
2
USC
4
0
Pacific-10
3
Arkansas
4
0
Southwest
Penn State
6
0
Independent
5
Michigan
4
0
Big Ten
6
Texas A&M
4
0
Southwest
7
Alabama
4
1
SEC
8
Nebraska
4
1
Big Eight
9
Pittsburgh
4
0
Independent
10
Maryland
5
0
ACC
11
LSU
4
0
SEC
12
Texas
3
1
Southwest
13
Colorado
5
0
Big Eight
14
UCLA
4
1
Pacific-10
15
Florida State
4
1
Independent
16
Ohio State
2
1
1
Big Ten
17
Houston
3
1
 
Southwest
18
Stanford
3
2
Pacific-10
19
Missouri
3
2
Big Eight
20
Iowa State
4
1
Big Eight
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 7 (10/23)
1
Oklahoma
7
0
 
Big Eight
2
Penn State
7
0
Independent
3
Alabama
6
1
Southwest
4
Nebraska
6
1
Big Eight
5
Maryland
7
0
ACC
6
USC
5
1
Pacific-10
7
Texas
5
1
Southwest
8
Michigan
5
1
Big Ten
9
Arkansas
4
1
Southwest
10
UCLA
6
1
Pacific-10
11
Houston
5
1
Southwest
12
Arizona State
5
1
Pacific-10
13
Missouri
5
2
Big Eight
14
LSU
5
1
SEC
15
Pittsburgh
5
1
Independent
16
Georgia
5
1
SEC
17
Purdue
5
1
Big Ten
18
Navy
6
0
Independent
19
Notre Dame
4
2
Independent
20
Clemson
5
1
ACC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 9 (11/6)
1
Oklahoma
9
0
 
Big Eight
2
Penn State
9
0
Independent
3
Alabama
8
1
SEC
4
Nebraska
8
1
Big Eight
5
USC
7
1
Pacific-10
6
Texas
6
1
Southwest
7
Michigan
7
1
Big Ten
8
Houston
7
1
Southwest
9
UCLA
8
1
Pacific-10
10
LSU
6
1
SEC
11
Georgia
7
1
SEC
12
Purdue
7
1
Big Ten
13
Maryland
8
1
ACC
14
Notre Dame
6
2
Independent
15
Clemson
7
1
ACC
16
Arkansas
5
2
Southwest
17
Michigan State
5
3
Big Ten
18
Navy
7
1
Independent
19
Washington
6
3
Pacific-10
20
Pittsburgh
6
2
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 11 (11/20)
1
Penn State
10
0
 
Independent
2
Alabama
9
1
SEC
3
USC
9
1
Pacific-10
4
Oklahoma
10
1
Big Eight
5
Houston
8
1
Southwest
6
Michigan
9
1
Big Ten
7
Nebraska
9
2
Big Eight
8
Notre Dame
8
2
Independent
9
Texas
7
2
Southwest
10
Clemson
9
1
ACC
11
Arkansas
7
2
Southwest
12
Georgia
8
1
1
SEC
13
Maryland
9
2
 
ACC
14
Michigan State
7
3
Big Ten
15
Pittsburgh
8
2
Independent
16
Ohio State
7
2
1
Big Ten
17
UCLA
8
3
 
Pacific-10
18
Purdue
7
2
1
Big Ten
19
Missouri
7
4
 
Big Eight
20
Iowa State
8
3
Big Eight
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 13 (12/4)
1
Penn State
11
0
 
Independent
2
Alabama
10
1
SEC
3
USC
11
1
Pacific-10
4
Oklahoma
10
1
Big Eight
5
Michigan
10
1
Big Ten
6
Nebraska
9
2
Big Eight
7
Clemson
10
1
ACC
8
Arkansas
9
2
Southwest
9
Houston
9
2
Southwest
10
Notre Dame
8
3
Independent
11
Georgia
9
1
1
SEC
12
Michigan State
8
3
 
Big Ten
13
Maryland
9
2
ACC
14
Texas
8
3
Southwest
15
UCLA
8
3
Pacific-10
16
Pittsburgh
8
3
Independent
17
Purdue
8
2
1
Big Ten
18
Missouri
7
4
 
Big Eight
19
Iowa State
8
3
Big Eight
20
Ohio State
7
3
1
Big Ten
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