1975 College Football Recap

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Final AP Top 20

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams

Major Conference Champions

Heisman Trophy Voting

Other Major Award Winners

Consensus All-America Team

Off probation, defending national champion Oklahoma was embraced by UPI as well as AP in 1975.

Unbeaten in 30 games under Switzer and winners of 28 in a row, the Sooners were stopped cold by Kansas, 23–3, in early November. They had to rally the next weekend to beat Missouri 28–27, but then routed Nebraska 35–10 to reach the Orange Bowl.

Oklahoma's date with Michigan New Year's Night became a game for the championship when No.1 Ohio State gave up three second half touchdowns and lost the Rose Bowl to UCLA. The Sooners seized their opportunity and beat Michigan 14–6 to keep their title.

Arizona State, the Top 20's only undefeated team, edged Nebraska, 17–14, in the Fiesta Bowl to place second. The margin of victory was a 27–yard field goal by the coach's son, Dan Kush.

Alabama came on to finish third, finally winning a bowl for Bear Bryant after going 0–7–1 in the postseason since New Year's Day, 1968. The Tide beat Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.

Ohio State may have lost the Rose Bowl for the second year in a row, but running back Archie Griffin became the first player to win two Heisman Trophies. In the Buckeye backfield since his freshman year, Griffin ended his career with 5,177 yards rushing and 33 games with 100 yards or more, both NCAA records. During the Griffin Era, OSU went 40–5–1, won four Big Ten titles and played in four Rose Bowls.

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