1973 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON REVISITED

1973 FINAL AP TOP 20
1Notre Dame11-0-0
2Ohio State10-0-1
3Oklahoma10-0-1
4Alabama11-1-0
5Penn State12-0-0
6Michigan10-0-1
7Nebraska9-2-1
8Southern Cal9-2-1
9Arizona State11-1-0
9Houston11-1-0
11Texas Tech11-1-0
12UCLA9-2-0
13LSU9-3-0
14Texas8-3-0
15Miami (Ohio)11-0-0
16N.C. State9-3-0
17Missouri8-4-0
18Kansas7-4-1
19Tennessee8-4-0
20Maryland8-4-0
20Tulane9-3-0
Here is a glance back at the 1973 college football season. Despite another undefeated season - and a Heisman winner in John Cappelletti - Penn State finished 5th in both major polls. Alabama was voted #1 in the final UPI Poll, which was taken before the postseason bowl games. Notre Dame's 24-23 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl propelled them to a #1 finish in the AP poll.

Here are the relevant schedules and bowl games for the 1973 season. Rankings listed in schedules are from the final AP poll.

Please contact me with any thoughts or corrections.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams
Sugar#1 Notre Dame 24#4 Alabama 23
Orange#5 Penn State 16#13 LSU 9
Rose#2 Ohio St 42#8 USC 21
Cotton#7 Nebraska 19#14 Texas 3
Liberty#16 N.C. State 31#18 Kansas 18
Fiesta#9 Arizona St 28Pitt 7
Tangerine#15 Miami (Ohio) 16Florida 7
PeachGeorgia 17#20 Maryland 16
Bluebonnet#9 Houston 47#20 Tulane 7
Gator#11 Texas Tech 28#19 Tennessee 19
Sun#17 Missouri 34Auburn 17
1973 FINAL UPI TOP 20
1Alabama11-1-0
2Oklahoma10-0-1
3Ohio State10-0-1
4Notre Dame11-0-0
5Penn State12-0-0
6Michigan10-0-1
7Southern Cal9-2-1
8Texas8-3-0
9UCLA9-2-0
10Arizona State11-1-0
11Nebraska9-2-1
11Texas Tech11-1-0
13Houston11-1-0
14LSU9-3-0
15Kansas7-4-1
15Tulane9-3-0
17Miami (Ohio)11-0-0
18Maryland8-4-0
19San Diego State9-1-1
19Florida7-5-0

#5 PENN STATE 12-0-0
at Stanford (7-4)W206
at Navy (4-7)W390
IOWA (0-11)W278
at Air Force (6-4)W199
ARMY (0-10)W543
at Syracuse (2-9)W496
WEST VIRGINIA (6-5)W6214
at #20 Maryland (8-4)W4222
#16 N.C.STATE (9-3)W3529
OHIO (5-5)W4910
PITT (6-5-1)W3513
#13 LSU (9-3) Orange BowlW169
447129
Reg Season Opponents Rec: 53-67-1
Opponents Bowl Record: 1-2
L-Georgia 17 Maryland 16
W-NC State 31 Kansas 18
L-Arizona State 28 Pitt 7
#1 NOTRE DAME 11-0-0
NORTHWESTERN (4-7)W440
at Purdue (5-6)W207
MICHIGAN STATE (5-6)W1410
at Rice (5-6)W280
at Army (0-10)W623
#8 SOUTHERN CAL (9-2-1)W2314
NAVY (4-7)W447
at Pitt (6-5-1)W3110
AIR FORCE (6-4)W4815
at Miami (Fla) (5-6)W440
#4 ALABAMA (11-1) Sugar BowlW2423
38289
Reg Season Opponents Rec: 49-59-2
Opponents Bowl Record: 0-2
L-Ohio St 42 Southern Cal 21
L-Arizona State 28 Pitt 7
#2 OHIO STATE 10-0-1
MINNESOTA (7-4)W567
TCU (3-8)W373
WASHINGTON STATE (5-6)W273
at Wisconsin (4-7)W240
at Indiana (2-9)W377
NORTHWESTERN (4-7)W600
at Illinois (5-6)W300
MICHIGAN STATE (5-6)W350
IOWA (0-11)W5513
at #6 Michigan (10-0-1)T1010
#8 SOUTHERN CAL (9-2-1) Sugar BowlW4221
41364
Reg Season Opponents Rec: 45-64-1
Opponents Bowl Record: 0-0
#3 OKLAHOMA 10-0-1
at Baylor (2-9)W4214
at #8 Southern Cal (9-2-1)T77
MIAMI FLA (5-6)W2420
at #14 Texas (8-3)W5213
COLORADO (5-6)W347
at Kansas State (5-6)W5614
IOWA STATE (4-7)W3417
at #17 Missouri (8-4)W313
#18 KANSAS (7-4-1)W4820
#7 NEBRASKA (9-2-1)W270
at Oklahoma State (5-4-2)W4518
400133
Reg Season Opponents Rec: 67-53-5
Opponents Bowl Record: 2-3
L-Ohio St 42 Southern Cal 21
W,L-Nebraska 19 Texas 3
W-Missouri 34 Auburn 17
L-N.Carolina St 31 Kansas 18
#4 ALABAMA 11-1-0
CALIFORNIA (4-7)W660
at Kentucky (5-6)W2814
at Vanderbilt (5-6)W440
GEORGIA (7-4-1)W2814
at Florida (7-5)W3514
#19 TENNESSEE (8-4)W4221
VIRGINIA TECH (2-9)W776
MISSISSIPPI ST (4-5-2)W350
MIAMI FLA (5-6)W4313
at #13 LSU (9-3)W217
AUBURN (6-6)W350
#1 NOTRE DAME (11-0) Sugar BowlL2324
477113
Reg Season Opponents Rec: 62-61-3
Opponents Bowl Record: 1-4
W-Georgia 17 Maryland 16
L-Miami OH 16 Florida 7
L-Texas Tech 28 Tennessee 19
L-Penn State 16 LSU 9
L-Missouri 34 Auburn 17
#6 MICHIGAN 10-0-1
at Iowa (0-11)W317
STANFORD (7-4)W4710
NAVY (4-7)W140
OREGON (2-9)W240
at Michigan State (5-6)W310
WISCONSIN (4-7)W356
at Minnesota (7-4)W347
INDIANA (2-9)W4913
ILLINOIS (5-6)W216
at Purdue (5-6)W349
#2 OHIO STATE (10-0-1)T1010
33068
Reg Season Opponents Rec: 51-69-1
Opponents Bowl Record: 1-0
W-Ohio State 42 USC 21
#13 LOUSIANA STATE 9-3
COLORADO (5-6)W176
TEXAS A&M (5-6)W2823
RICE (5-6)W249
FLORIDA (7-5)W243
at Auburn (6-6)W206
KENTUCKY (5-6)W2821
at South Carolina (7-4)W3329
at Mississippi (6-5)W5114
MISSISSIPPI STATE (4-5-2)W267
#4 ALABAMA (11-1)L721
at #20 Tulane (9-3)L014
#5 PENN STATE (12-0) Orange BowlL916
267169
Reg Season Opponents Rec: 70-53-2
Opponents Bowl Record: 0-4
L-Miami Ohio 16 Florida 7
L-Missouri 34 Auburn 17
L-Notre Dame 24 Alabama 23
L-Houston 47 Tulane 7
#8 SOUTHERN CAL 9-2-1
ARKANSAS (5-5-1)W170
at Georgia Tech (5-6)W236
#3 OKLAHOMA (10-0-1)T77
at Oregon State (2-9)W217
WASHINGTON STATE (5-6)W4635
OREGON (2-9)W3110
at #1 Notre Dame (11-0)L1423
at California (4-7)W5014
STANFORD (7-4)W2726
at Washington (2-9)W4219
#12 UCLA (9-2) W2313
#2 OHIO STATE (10-0-1) Orange BowlL2142
322202
Reg Season Opponents Rec: 62-57-2
Opponents Bowl Record: 1-0
W-Notre Dame 24 Alabama 23



SOURCES:
http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rsfc/history/APpolls.txt
http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rsfc/history/CoachPolls.txt
http://www.jhowell.net/cf/scores/ScoresIndex.htm
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