1979 College Football AP Poll

Name the teams that cracked the AP Top 20 during the 1979 college football season
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Preseason
1
USC
0
0
 
Pacific-10
2
Alabama
0
0
SEC
3
Oklahoma
0
0
Big Eight
4
Texas
0
0
Southwest
5
Penn State
0
0
Independent
6
Purdue
0
0
Big Ten
7
Michigan
0
0
Big Ten
8
Nebraska
0
0
Big Eight
9
Notre Dame
0
0
Independent
10
Michigan State
0
0
Big Ten
11
Georgia
0
0
SEC
12
Missouri
0
0
Big Eight
13
Stanford
0
0
Pacific-10
14
Texas A&M
0
0
Southwest
15
Washington
0
0
Pacific-10
16
Houston
0
0
Southwest
17
Pittsburgh
0
0
Independent
18
Arizona State
0
0
Pacific-10
19
Florida State
0
0
Independent
20
Arkansas
0
0
Southwest
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 1 (9/10)
1
USC
1
0
 
Pacific-10
2
Alabama
1
0
SEC
3
Oklahoma
0
0
Big Eight
4
Texas
0
0
Southwest
5
Purdue
1
0
Big Ten
6
Michigan
1
0
Big Ten
7
Penn State
0
0
Independent
8
Nebraska
0
0
Big Eight
9
Notre Dame
0
0
Independent
10
Michigan State
1
0
Big Ten
11
Missouri
1
0
Big Eight
12
Georgia
0
0
SEC
13
Houston
1
0
Southwest
14
Washington
1
0
Pacific-10
15
Ohio State
1
0
Big Ten
16
Pittsburgh
0
0
Independent
17
Arkansas
0
0
Southwest
18
Florida State
1
0
Independent
19
NC State
1
0
ACC
20
SMU
1
0
Southwest
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 2 (9/17)
1
USC
2
0
 
Pacific-10
2
Alabama
1
0
SEC
3
Oklahoma
1
0
Big Eight
4
Texas
0
0
Southwest
5
Notre Dame
1
0
Independent
6
Penn State
1
0
Independent
7
Nebraska
1
0
Big Eight
8
Michigan State
2
0
Big Ten
9
Missouri
2
0
Big Eight
10
Houston
2
0
Southwest
11
Michigan
1
1
Big Ten
12
Washington
2
0
Pacific-10
13
Pittsburgh
1
0
Independent
14
Florida State
2
0
Independent
15
Arkansas
1
0
Southwest
16
Ohio State
2
0
Big Ten
17
Purdue
1
1
Big Ten
18
SMU
2
0
Southwest
19
NC State
2
0
ACC
20
UCLA
1
1
Pacific-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 3 (9/24)
1
USC
3
0
 
Pacific-10
2
Alabama
2
0
SEC
3
Oklahoma
2
0
Big Eight
4
Texas
1
0
Southwest
5
Missouri
3
0
Big Eight
6
Nebraska
2
0
Big Eight
7
Michigan State
3
0
Big Ten
8
Houston
2
0
Southwest
9
Washington
3
0
Pacific-10
10
Purdue
2
1
Big Ten
11
Michigan
2
1
Big Ten
12
Florida State
3
0
Independent
13
Arkansas
2
0
Southwest
14
Ohio State
3
0
Big Ten
15
Notre Dame
1
1
Independent
16
NC State
3
0
ACC
17
UCLA
2
1
Pacific-10
18
Penn State
1
1
Independent
19
SMU
3
0
Southwest
20
LSU
2
0
SEC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 4 (10/1)
1
USC
4
0
 
Pacific-10
2
Alabama
3
0
SEC
3
Oklahoma
3
0
Big Eight
4
Texas
2
0
Southwest
5
Nebraska
3
0
Big Eight
6
Houston
3
0
Southwest
7
Washington
4
0
Pacific-10
8
Ohio State
4
0
Big Ten
9
Florida State
4
0
Independent
10
Notre Dame
2
1
Independent
11
Michigan
3
1
Big Ten
12
Purdue
3
1
Big Ten
13
Arkansas
3
0
Southwest
14
NC State
4
0
ACC
15
Missouri
3
1
Big Eight
16
Michigan State
3
1
Big Ten
17
LSU
2
1
SEC
18
North Carolina
3
0
ACC
19
Tennessee
3
0
SEC
20
BYU
3
0
WAC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 5 (10/8)
1
USC
5
0
 
Pacific-10
2
Alabama
4
0
SEC
3
Oklahoma
4
0
Big Eight
4
Texas
3
0
Southwest
5
Nebraska
4
0
Big Eight
6
Washington
5
0
Pacific-10
7
Houston
4
0
Southwest
8
Ohio State
5
0
Big Ten
9
Florida State
5
0
Independent
10
Notre Dame
3
1
Independent
11
Michigan
4
1
Big Ten
12
Arkansas
4
0
Southwest
13
LSU
3
1
SEC
14
North Carolina
4
0
ACC
15
Missouri
3
1
Big Eight
16
BYU
4
0
WAC
17
NC State
4
1
ACC
18
Auburn
3
1
SEC
19
Michigan State
3
2
Big Ten
20
Purdue
3
2
Big Ten
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 6 (10/15)
1
Alabama
5
0
 
SEC
2
Texas
4
0
Southwest
3
Nebraska
5
0
Big Eight
4
USC
5
0
1
Pacific-10
5
Houston
5
0
 
Southwest
6
Ohio State
6
0
Big Ten
7
Florida State
6
0
Independent
8
Oklahoma
4
1
Big Eight
9
Notre Dame
4
1
Independent
10
Arkansas
5
0
Southwest
11
Michigan
5
1
Big Ten
12
Washington
5
1
Pacific-10
13
BYU
5
0
WAC
14
Auburn
4
1
SEC
15
NC State
5
1
ACC
16
Purdue
4
2
Big Ten
17
Pittsburgh
4
1
Independent
18
Tennessee
4
1
SEC
19
North Carolina
4
1
ACC
20
Navy
5
0
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 7 (10/22)
1
Alabama
6
0
 
SEC
2
Nebraska
6
0
Big Eight
3
USC
6
0
1
Pacific-10
4
Arkansas
6
0
 
Southwest
Ohio State
7
0
Big Ten
6
Houston
6
0
Southwest
7
Oklahoma
5
1
Big Eight
8
Florida State
6
0
Independent
9
Texas
4
1
Southwest
10
Michigan
6
1
Big Ten
11
BYU
6
0
WAC
12
Pittsburgh
5
1
Independent
13
Auburn
5
1
SEC
14
Notre Dame
4
2
Independent
15
North Carolina
5
1
ACC
16
Purdue
5
2
Big Ten
17
Navy
6
0
Independent
18
Wake Forest
6
1
ACC
19
Tennessee
4
2
SEC
20
Washington
5
2
Pacific-10
Week 8 (10/29)
1
Alabama
7
0
 
SEC
2
Nebraska
7
0
Big Eight
3
USC
7
0
1
Pacific-10
4
Houston
7
0
 
Southwest
5
Ohio State
8
0
Big Ten
6
Florida State
7
0
Independent
7
Oklahoma
6
1
Big Eight
8
Texas
5
1
Southwest
9
Arkansas
6
1
Southwest
10
Michigan
7
1
Big Ten
11
BYU
7
0
WAC
12
Pittsburgh
6
1
Independent
13
Notre Dame
5
2
Independent
14
Wake Forest
7
1
ACC
15
Purdue
6
2
Big Ten
16
Washington
6
2
Pacific-10
17
Tennessee
4
2
SEC
18
North Carolina
5
1
1
ACC
19
Penn State
5
2
 
Independent
20
Auburn
5
2
SEC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 9 (11/5)
1
Alabama
8
0
 
SEC
2
Nebraska
8
0
Big Eight
3
Ohio State
9
0
Big Ten
4
USC
8
0
1
Pacific-10
5
Houston
8
0
 
Southwest
6
Oklahoma
7
1
Big Eight
7
Florida State
8
0
Independent
8
Texas
6
1
Southwest
9
Arkansas
7
1
Southwest
10
Michigan
8
1
Big Ten
11
BYU
8
0
WAC
12
Pittsburgh
7
1
Independent
13
Notre Dame
6
2
Independent
14
Purdue
7
2
Big Ten
15
Washington
7
2
Pacific-10
16
Auburn
6
2
SEC
17
Baylor
6
2
Southwest
18
Clemson
6
2
ACC
19
South Carolina
6
2
Independent
20
Wake Forest
7
2
ACC
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 10 (11/12)
1
Alabama
9
0
 
SEC
2
Ohio State
10
0
Big Ten
3
Nebraska
9
0
Big Eight
4
USC
9
0
1
Pacific-10
5
Florida State
9
0
 
Independent
6
Texas
7
1
Southwest
7
Oklahoma
8
1
Big Eight
8
Arkansas
8
1
Southwest
9
Houston
8
1
Southwest
10
BYU
9
0
WAC
11
Pittsburgh
8
1
Independent
12
Purdue
8
2
Big Ten
13
Michigan
8
2
Big Ten
14
Clemson
7
2
ACC
15
Auburn
7
2
SEC
16
Washington
7
3
Pacific-10
17
Wake Forest
8
2
ACC
18
Temple
8
1
Independent
19
Tennessee
5
3
SEC
20
Baylor
6
3
Southwest
Tulane
8
2
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 11 (11/19)
1
Alabama
10
0
 
SEC
2
Ohio State
11
0
Big Ten
3
Nebraska
10
0
Big Eight
4
USC
9
0
1
Pacific-10
5
Florida State
10
0
 
Independent
6
Texas
8
1
Southwest
7
Arkansas
9
1
Southwest
8
Oklahoma
9
1
Big Eight
9
Houston
8
1
Southwest
10
BYU
10
0
WAC
11
Pittsburgh
9
1
Independent
12
Purdue
9
2
Big Ten
13
Clemson
8
2
ACC
14
Auburn
8
2
SEC
Washington
8
3
Pacific-10
16
Michigan
8
3
Big Ten
17
Baylor
7
3
Southwest
18
Tulane
8
2
Independent
19
South Carolina
7
3
Independent
20
Penn State
7
3
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 12 (11/26)
1
Alabama
10
0
 
SEC
2
USC
10
0
1
Pacific-10
3
Ohio State
11
0
 
Big Ten
4
Florida State
11
0
Independent
5
Oklahoma
10
1
Big Eight
6
Texas
9
1
Southwest
7
Nebraska
10
1
Big Eight
8
Arkansas
10
1
Southwest
9
BYU
11
0
WAC
10
Houston
9
1
Southwest
11
Pittsburgh
9
1
Independent
12
Purdue
9
2
Big Ten
13
Washington
8
3
Pacific-10
14
Auburn
8
2
SEC
15
Michigan
8
3
Big Ten
16
Tulane
9
2
Independent
17
South Carolina
8
3
Independent
18
Clemson
8
3
ACC
19
Penn State
7
4
Independent
20
Baylor
7
4
Southwest
 
 
 
 
 
 
Week 13 (12/3)
1
Ohio State
11
0
 
Big Ten
2
Alabama
11
0
SEC
3
USC
10
0
1
Pacific-10
4
Florida State
11
0
 
Independent
5
Oklahoma
10
1
Big Eight
6
Arkansas
10
1
SEC
7
Nebraska
10
1
Big Eight
8
Houston
10
1
Southwest
9
BYU
11
0
WAC
10
Pittsburgh
10
1
Independent
11
Texas
9
2
Southwest
12
Purdue
9
2
Big Ten
13
Washington
8
3
Pacific-10
14
Michigan
8
3
Big Ten
15
Tulane
9
2
Independent
16
South Carolina
8
3
Independent
17
Auburn
8
3
SEC
18
Clemson
8
3
ACC
19
Baylor
7
4
Southwest
20
Temple
9
2
Independent
 
 
 
 
 
 
Postseason
1
Alabama
12
0
 
SEC
2
USC
11
0
1
Pacific-10
3
Oklahoma
11
1
 
Big Eight
4
Ohio State
11
1
Big Ten
5
Houston
11
1
Southwest
6
Florida State
11
1
Independent
7
Pittsburgh
11
1
Independent
8
Arkansas
10
2
Southwest
9
Nebraska
10
2
Big Eight
10
Purdue
10
2
Big Ten
11
Washington
9
3
Pacific-10
12
Texas
9
3
Southwest
13
BYU
11
1
WAC
14
Baylor
8
4
Southwest
15
North Carolina
8
3
1
ACC
16
Auburn
8
3
 
SEC
17
Temple
10
2
Independent
18
Michigan
8
4
Big Ten
19
Indiana
8
4
Big Ten
20
Penn State
8
4
Independent
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