1982 NCAA Division I-A season
PaulBearBryantMemorial.jpg
Memorial for legendary coach Bear Bryant, who retired after the 1982 season, and died 28 days later.
Number of teams105
Preseason AP No. 1Pittsburgh[1]
Post-season
DurationDecember 17, 1982 –
January 1, 1983
Bowl games16
Heisman TrophyHerschel Walker (running back, Georgia)
Champion(s)Pennsylvania State (AP, Coaches, FWAA)
Division I-A football seasons
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The 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season was the last for Paul "Bear" Bryant as head coach at Alabama, retiring with 323 victories in 38 seasons.[2]

The Penn State Nittany Lions won their first consensus national championship, closing out an 11–1 season by defeating Georgia and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker 27–23 in the Sugar Bowl to edge out undefeated SMU for the national championship. It was Joe Paterno's first national championship, after three undefeated non-championship seasons.[3][4][5]

UCLA moved from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to the Rose Bowl and fulfilled a promise made by coach Terry Donahue by closing out their season there as well, beating Michigan 24–14 in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

It is also the year of "The Play", an improbable finish to the annual rivalry game between Cal and Stanford.

The Aloha Bowl premiered in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was won by Washington.

Rule changes

Conference changes and new programs

School 1981 Conference 1982 Conference
Colgate Raiders I-A Independent I-AA Independent
Holy Cross Crusaders I-A Independent I-AA Independent
Northeast Louisiana Indians I-A Independent Southland (I-AA)
North Texas State Mean Green I-A Independent I-AA Independent
Richmond Spiders I-A Independent I-AA Independent
UNLV Rebels I-A Independent PCAA (Big West)
William & Mary Tribe I-A Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standings

1982 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 8 Clemson $ 6 0 0 9 1 1
No. 20 Maryland 5 1 0 8 4 0
No. 18 North Carolina 3 3 0 8 4 0
Duke 3 3 0 6 5 0
NC State 3 3 0 6 5 0
Virginia 1 5 0 2 9 0
Wake Forest 0 6 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1982 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Nebraska $ 7 0 0 12 1 0
No. 16 Oklahoma 6 1 0 8 4 0
Oklahoma State 3 2 2 4 5 2
Kansas State 3 3 1 6 5 1
Missouri 2 3 2 5 4 2
Iowa State 1 5 1 4 6 1
Kansas 1 5 1 2 7 2
Colorado 1 5 1 2 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1982 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Michigan $ 8 1 0 8 4 0
No. 12 Ohio State 7 1 0 9 3 0
Iowa 6 2 0 8 4 0
Illinois 6 3 0 7 5 0
Wisconsin 5 4 0 7 5 0
Indiana 4 5 0 5 6 0
Purdue 3 6 0 3 8 0
Northwestern 2 7 0 3 8 0
Michigan State 2 7 0 2 9 0
Minnesota 1 8 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1982 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Bowling Green $ 7 2 0 7 5 0
Western Michigan 5 2 2 7 2 2
Miami 5 3 0 7 4 0
Central Michigan 5 3 1 6 4 1
Ohio 5 4 0 6 5 0
Toledo 5 4 0 6 5 0
Northern Illinois 5 4 0 5 5 0
Ball State 4 4 0 5 6 0
Eastern Michigan 1 7 1 1 9 1
Kent State 0 9 0 0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1982 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Tulsa $ 6 0 0 10 1 0
Wichita State 4 1 0 8 3 0
Southern Illinois 4 1 0 6 5 0
Indiana State 3 2 0 5 6 0
Drake 2 4 0 4 7 0
New Mexico State 1 4 0 3 8 0
West Texas State 1 4 0 3 8 0
Illinois State 0 5 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • The conference was a hybrid of NCAA Division I-A and I-AA programs. New Mexico State, Tulsa, and Wichita State were I-A and the other teams were I-AA.
1982 Pacific Coast Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Fresno State $ 6 0 0 11 1 0
Long Beach State 5 1 0 6 5 0
San Jose State 4 2 0 8 3 0
Utah State 2 3 0 5 6 0
Pacific (CA) 2 4 0 2 9 0
UNLV 1 4 0 3 8 0
Cal State Fullerton 0 6 0 3 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1982 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 5 UCLA $ 5 1 1 10 1 1
No. 7 Washington 6 2 0 10 2 0
No. 6 Arizona State 5 2 0 10 2 0
No. 15 USC 5 2 0 8 3 0
Arizona 4 3 1 6 4 1
California 4 4 0 7 4 0
Stanford 3 5 0 5 6 0
Washington State 2 4 1 3 7 1
Oregon 2 6 0 2 8 1
Oregon State 0 7 1 1 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1982 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Georgia $ 6 0 0 11 1 0
No. 11 LSU 4 1 1 8 3 1
No. 14 Auburn 4 2 0 9 3 0
Vanderbilt 4 2 0 8 4 0
Tennessee 3 2 1 6 5 1
Alabama 3 3 0 8 4 0
Florida 3 3 0 8 4 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0 5 6 0
Ole Miss 0 6 0 4 7 0
Kentucky 0 6 0 0 10 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1982 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 SMU $ 7 0 1 11 0 1
No. 17 Texas 7 1 0 9 3 0
No. 9 Arkansas 5 2 1 9 2 1
Houston 4 3 1 5 5 1
Baylor 3 4 1 4 6 1
Texas Tech 3 5 0 4 7 0
Texas A&M 3 5 0 5 6 0
TCU 2 6 0 3 8 0
Rice 0 8 0 0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1982 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
BYU $ 7 1 0 8 4 0
New Mexico 6 1 0 10 1 0
Air Force 4 3 0 8 5 0
San Diego State 4 3 0 7 5 0
Hawaii 4 4 0 6 5 0
Colorado State 3 5 0 4 7 0
Utah 2 4 0 5 6 0
Wyoming 2 6 0 5 7 0
UTEP 1 6 0 2 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1982 NCAA Division I-A independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Penn State       11 1 0
No. 10 Pittsburgh       9 3 0
No. 13 Florida State       9 3 0
No. 19 West Virginia       9 3 0
Boston College       8 3 1
Southwestern Louisiana       7 3 1
East Carolina       7 4 0
Miami (FL)       7 4 0
Southern Miss       7 4 0
Virginia Tech       7 4 0
Notre Dame       6 4 1
Cincinnati       6 5 0
Georgia Tech       6 5 0
Navy       6 5 0
Louisville       5 6 0
Rutgers       5 6 0
Army       4 7 0
South Carolina       4 7 0
Temple       4 7 0
Tulane       4 7 0
Syracuse       2 9 0
Memphis State       1 10 0
Rankings from AP Poll

Notable rivalry games

September

Pittsburgh, with a 33-3 record in the past three seasons and quarterback Dan Marino heading into his senior year, was No. 1 in the preseason AP Poll despite the departure of head coach Jackie Sherrill to Texas A&M. The Panthers were followed by No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Nebraska, and No. 5 North Carolina. In the first regular-season poll on September 6 (taken before any of the top five teams had begun their schedules), Nebraska and Alabama switched places to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

September 11: No. 1 Pittsburgh defeated No. 5 North Carolina 7-6. Nevertheless, No. 2 Washington moved ahead of Pitt in the next poll with a 55-0 shutout of UTEP. No. 3 Nebraska beat Iowa 42-7, No. 4 Alabama won 45-7 at Georgia Tech, and No. 6 Florida (which had already defeated then-No. 15 Miami a week earlier) beat No. 10 USC 17-9. The next poll featured No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Pittsburgh, No. 3 Nebraska, No. 4 Alabama, and No. 5 Florida.

September 18: No. 1 Washington opened their conference schedule with a 23-13 win at Arizona, while No. 2 Pittsburgh beat Florida State 37-17 in Tallahassee. The Panthers were again leapfrogged by a team that dominated a weak opponent, as No. 3 Nebraska beat New Mexico 68-0. No. 4 Alabama defeated Mississippi 42-14, and No. 5 Florida was idle. The next poll featured No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 3 Pittsburgh, No. 4 Alabama, and No. 5 Florida.

September 25: No. 1 Washington defeated Oregon 37-21, while No. 2 Nebraska lost at No. 8 Penn State by a score of 27-24. The outcome of the game was controversial as Penn State tight end Mike McCloskey would later admit catching a key pass out of bounds that kept the winning drive alive. No. 3 Pittsburgh beat No. 19 Illinois 20-3. No. 4 Alabama looked vulnerable in a 24-21 win over Vanderbilt while No. 5 Florida defeated Mississippi State 27-17, and the two teams switched places in the next poll: No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Pittsburgh, No. 3 Penn State, No. 4 Florida, and No. 5 Alabama.

October

October 2: No. 1 Washington beat San Diego State 46-25, and No. 2 Pittsburgh came back from a 13-0 fourth-quarter deficit to win 16-13 over No. 14 West Virginia. No. 3 Penn State was idle. No. 4 Florida lost at home to LSU 24-13. No. 5 Alabama defeated Arkansas State 34-7, and No. 6 Georgia won 29-22 at Mississippi State. The next poll featured No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Pittsburgh, No. 3 Penn State, No. 4 Alabama, and No. 5 Georgia.

October 9: No. 1 Washington dominated California 50-7. No. 2 Pittsburgh was idle. No. 4 Alabama defeated No. 3 Penn State in Birmingham 42-21. No. 5 Georgia beat Mississippi 33-10, while No. 6 SMU won 22-19 at Baylor. Alabama moved up in the next poll: No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Pittsburgh, No. 4 Georgia, and No. 5 SMU.

October 16: No. 1 Washington won 34-17 at Oregon State. No. 2 Alabama was knocked off in Knoxville by Tennessee, 35-28, the Volunteers’ first victory over the Crimson Tide in twelve years. After a 5-0 start and a big win over Penn State, Alabama would lose four of their last six regular-season games to end coach Bear Bryant’s storied career. No. 3 Pittsburgh beat Temple 38-7, No. 4 Georgia defeated Vanderbilt 27-13, No. 5 SMU won 20-14 over Houston, and No. 6 Nebraska beat Kansas State 42-13. The next poll featured No. 1 Washington, No. 2 Pittsburgh, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 SMU, and No. 5 Nebraska.

October 23: No. 1 Washington struggled to beat Texas Tech 10-3 while No. 2 Pittsburgh shut out Syracuse 14-0, leading the two teams to switch places at the top. No. 3 Georgia won 27-14 at Kentucky, and No. 4 SMU defeated No. 19 Texas 30-17. No. 5 Nebraska squeaked by Missouri 23-19 while No. 6 Arkansas blasted Houston 38-3, leading to another change in the next poll: No. 1 Pittsburgh, No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 SMU, and No. 5 Arkansas.

October 30: No. 1 Pittsburgh beat Louisville 63-14, while John Elway and Stanford stunned No. 2 Washington in a 43-31 shootout. No. 3 Georgia defeated Memphis 34-3 but was still passed by No. 4 SMU, which drubbed Texas A&M 47-9. No. 5 Arkansas hosted Rice and won 24-6. No. 7 Arizona State beat No. 12 USC 17-10 to remain undefeated and move up in the next poll: No. 1 Pittsburgh, No. 2 SMU, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Arizona State, and No. 5 Arkansas.

November

November 6: No. 1 Pittsburgh was stunned at home by Notre Dame, 31-16. The teams behind them switched spots again, as No. 2 SMU won 41-14 at Rice but No. 3 Georgia was even more impressive with a 44-0 shutout of No. 20 Florida. No. 4 Arizona State beat Oregon State 30-16, but No. 5 Arkansas fell 24-17 to Baylor. Moving back into the top five were No. 6 Nebraska, which defeated Oklahoma State 48-10, and No. 7 Penn State, which blanked North Carolina State 54-0. The poll featured No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 SMU, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 4 Nebraska, and No. 5 Penn State.

November 13: No. 1 Georgia won at Auburn, 19-14, to clinch the SEC title and a Sugar Bowl berth, while No. 2 SMU traveled to Lubbock and beat Texas Tech 34-27. In a Pac-10 showdown in Tempe, No. 7 Washington beat No. 3 Arizona State 17-13. No. 4 Nebraska defeated Iowa State 48-10 but was passed in the next poll by No. 5 Penn State, who had beaten them in September and won 24-14 this week at No. 13 Notre Dame. The poll featured No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 SMU, No. 3 Penn State, No. 4 Nebraska, and No. 5 Washington.

November 20: No. 1 Georgia, No. 3 Penn State, and No. 4 Nebraska were idle. Meanwhile, No. 2 SMU and No. 9 Arkansas—the first- and second-place teams in the SWC—matched up against each other. In a controversial late-game decision, SMU coach Bobby Collins chose to tie the game with an extra point rather than try for a two-point conversion which would have given the Mustangs the lead. Neither team was able to score in the remaining time, resulting in a 17-17 tie. By avoiding a loss, SMU clinched the SWC title and a Cotton Bowl berth, but damaged their national championship prospects by giving up their chance at a perfect record. (Ironically, the sacrifice turned out to be unnecessary, as Arkansas went on to lose their final game and would have finished behind SMU in the conference standings even with a head-to-head win.) No. 5 Washington lost 24-20 to Washington State on an exciting day in the Pac-10 which also featured a last-second 20-19 victory by No. 11 UCLA over No. 15 USC as well as "The Play" between California and Stanford. No. 6 Pittsburgh defeated Rutgers 52-6 and moved up in the next poll: No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Nebraska, No. 4 SMU, and No. 5 Pittsburgh.

November 26-27: No. 1 Georgia finished their season by defeating Georgia Tech 38-18. In a game between teams trying to stay alive for the national title, No. 2 Penn State shut down No. 5 Pittsburgh 19-10. No. 3 Nebraska faced No. 11 Oklahoma for the Big 8 championship and an Orange Bowl berth, and the Cornhuskers won 28-24. No. 4 SMU had finished its schedule. No. 6 Arizona State needed a win over rival Arizona to clinch the Pac-10 title and a Rose Bowl berth, but the Sun Devils lost 28-18, and No. 8 UCLA (which had finished its schedule with the USC win) was elevated to first place. Their opponent would be No. 20 Michigan, which won the Big Ten championship despite a loss in their rivalry game against Ohio State.

The final AP Poll of the regular season featured No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Nebraska, No. 4 SMU, and No. 5 UCLA. The Sugar Bowl would match up Georgia and Penn State in a de facto national title game, the Cotton Bowl featured SMU and No. 6 Pittsburgh, the Orange Bowl selected SEC runner-up No. 13 LSU to face Nebraska, and the Rose Bowl had the traditional Big Ten/Pac-10 showdown between UCLA and Michigan.

No. 1 and No. 2 progress

WEEKS No. 1 No. 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

Main article: 1982–83 NCAA football bowl games

Final AP and UPI rankings

Main article: 1982 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Rank AP UPI
1. Penn State Penn State
2. SMU SMU
3. Nebraska Nebraska
4. Georgia Georgia
5. UCLA UCLA
6. Arizona State Arizona State
7. Washington Washington
8. Clemson Arkansas
9. Arkansas Pittsburgh
10. Pittsburgh Florida State
11. LSU LSU
12. Ohio State Ohio State
13. Florida State North Carolina
14. Auburn Auburn
15. USC Michigan
16. Oklahoma Oklahoma
17. Texas Alabama
18. North Carolina Texas
19. West Virginia West Virginia
20. Maryland Maryland

Source:[3][5]

Heisman Trophy

  1. Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia, 1,926 points
  2. John Elway, QB, Stanford, 1,231
  3. Eric Dickerson, RB, SMU, 465
  4. Anthony Carter, WR, Michigan, 142
  5. Dave Rimington, C, Nebraska, 137
  6. Todd Blackledge, QB, Penn State, 108
  7. Tom Ramsey, QB, UCLA, 65
  8. Tony Eason, QB, Illinois, 60
  9. Dan Marino, QB, Pittsburgh, 47
  10. Mike Rozier, RB, Nebraska, 40
  11. Curt Warner, RB, Penn State, 40

Source:[7]

Other major awards

References

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  2. ^ Mitchell, Billy (December 30, 1982). "Pleasant way to go, Bear says". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). p. 1.
  3. ^ a b "Only dissent on No. 1 comes from No. 2". Eugene Register Guard. (Oregon). AP, UPI. January 3, 1983. p. 1C.
  4. ^ "At long last". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 3, 1983. p. 23.
  5. ^ a b Donovan, Dan (January 3, 1983). "National title belongs to players - Paterno". Pittsburgh Press. p. C1.
  6. ^ New York Times – 2006-11-17
  7. ^ "Walker wins his Heisman on third try". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. December 5, 1982. p. 1D.