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Final AP Top 20

Writers' poll taken after bowl games.

  Final RecordHead CoachBefore Bowls
1Alabama12–0–0Bear Bryant11–0–0
2Southern Cal11–0–1John Robinson10–0–1
3Oklahoma11–1–0Barry Switzer10–1–0
4Ohio St.11–1–0Earle Bruce11–0–0
5Houston11–1–0Bill Yeoman10–1–0
6Florida St.11–1–0Bobby Bowden11–0–0
7Pittsburgh11–1–0Jackie Sherrill10–1–0
8Arkansas10–2–0Lou Holtz10–1–0
9Nebraska10–2–0Tom Osborne10–1–0
10Purdue10–2–0Jim Young9–2–0
11Washington9–3–0Don James9–2–0
12Texas9–3–0Fred Akers9–2–0
13BYU11–1–0LaVell Edwards11–0–0
14Baylor8–4–0Grant Teaff7–4–0
15N. Carolina8–3–1Dick Crum7–3–1
16Auburn8–3–0Doug Barfieldsame
17Temple10–2–0Wayne Hardin9–2–0
18Michigan8–4–0Bo Schembechler8–3–0
19Indiana8–4–0Lee Corso7–4–0
20Penn St.8–4–0Joe Paterno7–4–0

1979 College Football RecapBowl Games with Top 20 Teams