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The 1982 Division 1A football season saw Paul “Bear” Bryant retire as head coach at Alabama with 323 career victories in 38 seasons.

The Penn State Nittany Lions won their first consensus National Championship, defeating Georgia and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker in the Sugar Bowl 27-23. It was Joe Paterno's first national championship, after three undefeated non-championship seasons.

UCLA moved from the LA Coliseum to the Rose Bowl and fulfilled a promise made by coach Terry Donahue by closing out their season there as well, beating Michigan in the post-season Rose Bowl game, 24-14.

It is also the year of “The Play”, a near impossible finish to the annual rivalry game between Cal and Stanford.

The Aloha Bowl premiered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This was the first season the Ivy League competed at the I-AA (FCS) level.[3] Through 2009 season, the Ivy League has yet to participate in the post-season tournament, despite an automatic bid, citing academic concerns.

Contents

Conference Standings

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT = Winning Percentage, Conf. = Conference Record

Conference Champion

Classic Games

  • #8 Penn St 27, #2 Nebraska 24
  • Cal 25, Stanford 20 (The Play)
  • UCLA 20 USC 19 - USC trailed 20-13 and had 4th & goal from the one yard line with 0:01 left in the game. They scored but the game still wasn't settled even with 0:00 on the clock because USC was going for 2. USC announcer Tom Kelly remarked, "typical of this great rivalry, even when it's over it isn't over!" On the ensuing try for two by USC, UCLA's Karl Morgan sacked USC QB Scott Tinsley. This occurred within minutes of The Play, which was happening 400 miles to the north in Berkeley.
  • Auburn 23, Alabama 22
  • Tulane 31, #7 LSU 28 (Tulane's first win at Tiger Stadium since 1948)

#1 and #2 Progress

WEEKS #1 #2 Event
PRE-1 Pittsburgh Washington Washington 55, UTEP 0 Sep 11
2 Washington Pittsburgh Nebraska 68, New Mexico St. 0 Sep 18
3 Washington Nebraska Penn State 27, Nebraska 24 Sep 25
4-5 Washington Pittsburgh Alabama 34, Arkansas St 7 Oct 2
6 Washington Alabama Tennessee 35, Alabama 28 Oct 16
7 Washington Pittsburgh Pittsburgh 14, Syracuse 0 Oct 23
8 Pittsburgh Washington Stanford 43, Washington 31 Oct 30
9 Pittsburgh SMU Notre Dame 31, Pitt 16 Nov 6
10-11 Georgia SMU Arkansas 17, SMU 17 Nov 20
12-14 Georgia Penn State Penn State 27, Georgia 23 Jan 1

Bowl Games

Final AP Poll

  1. Penn St.
  2. Southern Methodist
  3. Nebraska
  4. Georgia
  5. UCLA
  6. Arizona St.
  7. Washington
  8. Clemson
  9. Arkansas
  10. Pittsburgh
  11. Louisiana St.
  12. Ohio St.
  13. Florida St.
  14. Auburn
  15. Southern California
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Texas
  18. North Carolina
  19. West Virginia
  20. Maryland

Final Coaches Poll

  1. Penn St.
  2. Southern Methodist
  3. Nebraska
  4. Georgia
  5. UCLA
  6. Arizona St.
  7. Washington
  8. Arkansas
  9. Pittsburgh
  10. Florida St.
  11. Louisiana St.
  12. Ohio St.
  13. North Carolina
  14. Auburn
  15. Michigan
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Alabama
  18. Texas
  19. West Virginia
  20. Maryland

Other Major Awards

References

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