College Football by Season 1955 - 1958
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In the preseason poll released on September 12, 1955, the UCLA Bruins, runners-up in the final 1954 poll, received 33 first place votes, while Oklahoma had 32. Michigan had 34 votes, but the third most points overall. Other teams nominated for the top spot were defending champ Ohio State, Maryland, Notre Dame, Navy, Miami, Georgia Tech, Iowa, USC, Duke, West Virginia, and Purdue. As the regular season progressed, a new poll would be issued on the Monday following the weekend's games. The preseason Top Five was 1. UCLA 2. Oklahoma 3. Michigan 4. Ohio State 5. Maryland.
On Friday, September 16, #1 UCLA opened in Los Angeles with a 21-0 win over visiting Texas A&M. September 17, Oklahoma, Michigan and Ohio State were idle, but #5 Maryland edged Missouri on the road, 13-12. #10 Georgia Tech, which had beaten #9 Miami 14-6 in Atlanta, rose to 2nd place in the next poll: 1. UCLA 2. Georgia Tech 3. Oklahoma 4. Michigan 5. Maryland.
On September 24, #1 UCLA and #5 Maryland met at College Park, before a record crowd. UCLA's Doug Peters plunged into the end zone in the first half, but fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line. In the second half, the home team Terrapins had the ball 17 yards from goal, on fourth down. Rather than kicking a field goal, Ed Vereb ran for the winning touchdown, giving Maryland a 7-0 win.
#2 Georgia Tech won at #15 Florida, 14-7. #3 Oklahoma won at North Carolina 13-6. #4 Michigan beat Missouri 42-7. Maryland took over the top spot, while UCLA fell to 7th. #11 Notre Dame, which had beaten SMU 17-0, moved into the Top 5: 1. Maryland 2. Michigan 3. Georgia Tech 4. Notre Dame 5. Oklahoma.
October 1, #1 Maryland won 20-6 at #20 Baylor in Texas. #2 Michigan beat Michigan State 14-7 before a crowd of 97,239 at home in Ann Arbor. MSU had tied the score 7-7 after an errant punt by Michigan gave them the ball 39 yards from goal. Minutes later, Earl Morrall's punt was blocked to give Michigan the ball on the MSU 21, from which the winning score was made. #3 Georgia Tech beat SMU 20-7 in Atlanta. #4 Notre Dame defeated Indiana 19-0. #5 Oklahoma beat #12 Pittsburgh 26-14, marking its 21st consecutive win, and new record. The poll: 1. Maryland 2. Michigan 3. Oklahoma 4. Georgia Tech 5. Notre Dame.
October 8 #1 Maryland beat Wake Forest 28-7, and #2 Michigan defeated visiting #6 Army, 26-2. Both stayed unbeaten, but Michigan took the top spot in the next poll. #3 Oklahoma defeated Texas 20-0 in Dallas. #4 Georgia Tech won 7-0 at LSU. #5 Notre Dame won 14-0 at #15 Miami, with both touchdowns coming on fourth down passes from Paul Hornung, before an Orange Bowl record crowd of 75,685. In a game that would decide the Pac 8 title, UCLA beat Oregon State 38-0. The poll: 1. Michigan 2. Maryland 3. Oklahoma 4. Notre Dame 5. Georgia Tech.
October 15 #1 Michigan defeated Northwestern, 14-2. #2 Maryland won at North Carolina, 25-7. #3 Oklahoma beat Kansas 44-6. However, #5 Georgia Tech lost to visiting #17 Auburn 14-12, and #4 Notre Dame lost 21-7 when it hosted #13 Michigan State. They dropped from the top five and were replaced by #8 Navy (which had won 34-14 at Penn State) and #11 Duke (which had won at #14 Ohio State, 20-14). The poll: 1 . Michigan 2. Maryland 3. Oklahoma 4. Navy 5. Duke.
October 22 In Minneapolis #1 Michigan faced a 1-3-0 Minnesota team, and was stunned when the Gophers racked up two touchdowns in the first quarter. Michigan's Terry Barr blocked the extra point attempt on the second touchdown, but the nation's #1 team was losing 13-0. Still down 13-7 at the half, the Wolverines fought back. Jim Van Pelt passed to Tom Maentz for a touchdown, and Van Pelt added the extra point to save Michigan, 14-13. Minnesota would go on to a 3-6-0 finish. Meanwhile #2 Maryland won more convincingly at Syracuse, 34-13, to regain the top spot. #3 Oklahoma beat #14 Colorado, 56-21. #4 Navy won at Penn, 33-0. #5 Duke lost to Pitt, 26-7, and was replaced in the top five by #6 Michigan State, which beat Illinois 21-7.
The poll: 1. Maryland 2. Oklahoma 3. Michigan 4. Navy 5. Michigan State
October 29 Back at the top, #1 Maryland beat South Carolina 27-0, while #2 Oklahoma won at Kansas State, 40-7. #3 Michigan beat Iowa 33-21. #4 Navy lost at #9 Notre Dame, 21-7. #5 Michigan State won at Wisconsin, 27-0. UCLA returned to the Top Five from #6 after a 47-0 win over California.
The poll: 1. Maryland 2. Oklahoma 3. Michigan 4. Michigan State 5. UCLA.
November 5 As both stayed undefeated, #1 Maryland beat LSU 13-0 and #2 Oklahoma won at Missouri, 20-0. #3 Michigan lost at Illinois 25-6, while #4 Michigan State won at Purdue, 27-0. #1 UCLA won at Pacific, 34-0. #6 Notre Dame, which had won at Penn 46-14, returned to the top 5.
The poll: 1. Oklahoma 2. Maryland 3. Michigan State 4. UCLA 5. Notre Dame.
November 12 Back at #1, Oklahoma beat Iowa State 52-0. #2 Maryland won at Clemson, 24-12. #3 Michigan State beat Minnesota 42-14. #4 UCLA was trailing Washington 17-16 in the closing seconds of a game, but Jim Decker kicked a field goal for a 19-17 victory. #5 Notre Dame won at North Carolina, 27-7. The poll: 1. Oklahoma 2. Maryland 3. Michigan State 4. Notre Dame 5. UCLA.
November 19 Although #1 Oklahoma was 8-0-0 and host Nebraska was 5-4-0, both had 5-0-0 records in Big 7 conference play when they met a Lincoln. The Sooners rolled, 41-0, to get the Orange Bowl bid. #2 Maryland closed its season with a 19-0 win over George Washington University and accepted the invitation to meet Oklahoma, but what would have been a #1 vs. #2 meeting changed when the Terrapins were rated third by the AP voters. #3 Michigan State, which had a 5-1 record in Big Ten play, beat Marquette 33-0 in a non-conference game; Michigan's 17-0 loss to Ohio State gave it a 5-2 mark. Ohio State had the better record in the Big Ten, 6-0 overall, but had gone to the Rose Bowl the year before, so MSU got the bid, where it would face #5 UCLA, which beat USC 17-7. #4 Notre Dame beat Iowa 17-14. Though Maryland, like Oklahoma, was unbeaten, the voters put once-beaten Michigan State in the second spot instead. The poll: 1. Oklahoma 2. Michigan State 3. Maryland 4. UCLA 5. Notre Dame. On November 26, #5 Notre Dame lost in Los Angeles to USC, 42-20, and dropped to 6th in the final AP poll, where it would be replaced by Ohio State. The other Top Five teams had finished their seasons.
In the preseason poll released on September 17, 1956, the defending champion Oklahoma Sooners of Oklahoma University were the first place choice for 116 of 149 writers casting votes, followed by Michigan State, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Ohio State. As the regular season progressed, a new poll would be issued on the Monday following the weekend's games.
On September 22, #1 Oklahoma and #2 Michigan State were idle. #3 Notre Dame lost in Dallas to unranked Southern Methodist University (SMU), 19-13 and dropped out of the Top 5 permanently (it would finish 2-8-0), while SMU would rise to #5. #4 Georgia Tech won at Kentucky, 14-6. #5 Ohio State, which had not started play, fell out of the Top 5 and was replaced by #7 Texas Christian University (TCU), which had opened with a 32-0 win at Kansas. The first regular AP poll was 1.Oklahoma 2.Georgia Tech 3.Michigan State, 4.TCU and 5.SMU.
September 29, #1 Oklahoma opened its season with a 36-0 win over North Carolina. In Dallas, #2 Georgia Tech visited #5 SMU and narrowly won 9-7. #3 Michigan State won at #12 Stanford, 21-7. #4 TCU was idle and dropped to 8th, while #8 Ohio State rose to 4th after a 34-7 win hosting Nebraska. #13 Michigan, which had beaten UCLA 42-13, rose to 5th. The next poll was 1. Oklahoma 2. Michigan State 3. Georgia Tech 4. Ohio State 5. Michigan.
October 6 #1 Oklahoma registered another shutout, beating Kansas State 66-0. #2 Michigan State met #5 Michigan in the rain before a crowd of 101,001 at Ann Arbor, and MSU Coach Duffy Daugherty's "umbrella defense" forced two Michigan turnovers that led to their 9-0 win #3 Georgia Tech was idle, and #4 Ohio State won 32-20 at home before 82,881 over Stanford. The poll saw Michigan drop to 12th, while #8 TCU (which beat Arkansas 41-6 on national television) returned to the top five: 1. Oklahoma 2. Michigan State 3 .Georgia Tech 4. TCU 5. Ohio State.
October 13 At Dallas, #1 Oklahoma beat Texas 45-0, having outscored its opposition 147-0 in three games. A commentator of the day wrote, "The overpowering charge of the big red-shirted Oklahoma line ahead of adroit Quarterback Jimmy Harris is just one of the reasons why Oklahoma may be the greatest college football team of all time... They showed it in the sudden, lifting charge of a line which moved all of a piece, like a wave breaking evenly along a beach." #2 Michigan State defeated Indiana 53-6 at home. #3 Georgia Tech beat LSU, 39-7. #4 TCU won at Alabama 23-6, and #5 Ohio State won 26-6 at Illinois. The poll remained unchanged: 1. Oklahoma 2. Michigan State 3. Georgia Tech 4.TCU 5. Ohio State.
October 20 #1 Oklahoma gave up its first points of the season, but registered its fourth win, 34-12, at Kansas. #2 Michigan State stayed unbeaten with a 47-14 win at Notre Dame. #3 Georgia Tech beat Auburn 28-7. In a game that would ultimately determine the SWC championship, #4 TCU lost at #14 Texas A&M, 7-6. #5 Ohio State lost to Penn State by the same 7-6 score. #7 Tennessee, which had beaten Alabama 24-0 rose to 4th, and #8 Michigan returned to the Top 5 after its 34-20 win over Northwestern. The poll: 1. Michigan State 2. Oklahoma 3. Georgia Tech 4. Tennessee 5. Michigan.
October 27 The new #1, Michigan State went to Champaign, and had a 13-0 lead over the unranked Illini at halftime. Abe Woodson plunged for a score to cut the lead to 13-6 after three quarters. In the fourth, Woodson ran 70 yards from scrimmage to help tie the game 13-13. After an MSU field goal was short, Woodson ran the ball up to the Illini 18. Woodson, who had once held the world record in the 50 yard high hurdles,  took a short pass and dashed 82 yards for a touchdown, leaping over State's Art Johnson 30 yards from goal, to pull off the 20-13 upset.
#2 Oklahoma was determined to prove itself number 1, and Coach Bud Wilkinson directed the team to six touchdowns for a 40-0 win at Notre Dame. #3 Georgia Tech beat #15 Tulane by the same 40-0 marvgin. #4 Tennessee beat Maryland 34-7 to stay unbeaten. #5 Michigan had its second loss, falling to unranked Minnesota at home, 20-7. #7 Texas A&M, which had extended its record to 5-0-1 with a 19-13 win at #8 Baylor, replaced the Wolverines. The poll: 1. Oklahoma 2. Georgia Tech 3. Tennessee 4. Michigan State 5. Texas A&M.
November 3 Unbeaten (5-0-0) and #1 Oklahoma, met the once-beaten (5-1-0) Colorado Buffaloes on the road, and were losing 19-6 at halftime to a team that was four-touchdown underdog, but came back with touchdowns by Tommy McDonald and Clendon Thomas for a difficult 27-19 win. #2 Georgia Tech won at Duke, 7-0. #3 Tennessee beat North Carolina 20-0. #4 Michigan State crushed Wisconsin 33-0. #5 Texas A&M beat Arkansas 27-0. The poll remained unchanged.
November 10 While #1 Oklahoma registered its fifth shutout in seven games, trouncing Iowa State 44-0, #2 Georgia Tech and #3 Tennessee met in Atlanta for a game that proved to determine the SEC title. There were 23 punts altogether, and no score until midway through the third quarter, when Tennessee end Buddy Cruze noticed that Tech had stopped double-teaming him. Quarterback Johnny Majors (who would later be head coach for UT) passed to Cruze at the 35 yard line, and Cruze ran 64 yards down to the Tech goal line, setting up the touchdown that won the game, 6-0. In the poll that followed, Tennessee was the new #1 by a margin of 2 points (1,446 to 1,444) over Oklahoma. #4 Michigan State narrowly beat Purdue, 12-9. #5 Texas A&M beat SMU 33-7 in Dallas, and increased its record to 7-0-1, with the Southwest Conference title and a trip to the Cotton Bowl Classic, and on November 12, was still fifth in the poll. Though on probation since 1955 for recruiting violations, the Aggies had appealed to the NCAA to allow them to play postseason. The next day, however, the NCAA announced that Texas A&M was still banned, because of an additional recruiting violation of a basketball player. The poll: 1. Tennessee 2. Oklahoma 3. Michigan State 4. Georgia Tech 5. Texas A&M.
November 17 #1 Tennessee beat visiting #19 Ole Miss, 27-7, while #2 Oklahoma showed off its offense in beating Missouri 67-14, sufficiently enough to regain the top spot in the next poll. #3, Michigan State traveled to Minnesota, which had been #6 a week before, but dropped to #17. The MSU visitors lost, 14-13, and dropped to 10th place in the next poll. #4 Georgia Tech beat Alabama 27-0. #5 Texas A&M beat visiting Rice, 21-7. #7 Iowa, which had beaten #6 Ohio State 6-0, took Michigan State's place in the poll that followed. The Top 5 was 1. Oklahoma 2. Tennessee 3. Iowa 4. Texas A&M 5. Georgia Tech.
November 24 #1 Oklahoma gained 656 net yards in a defeat of visiting Nebraska 54-6. #2 Tennessee beat Kentucky 20-7. #3 Iowa, which had captured the Big Ten title with a 5-1-0 conference record, finished its season with a 48-8 non-league win over Notre Dame, then accepted a bid to the Rose Bowl, where it would face Oregon State. #4 Texas A&M was idle as it prepared for its Thanksgiving Day game with Texas (which it would win 34-21). In Jacksonville, #5 Georgia Tech beat #13 Florida 28-0, and traded places with A&M. Tech would be invited back to the city for the Gator Bowl at season's end. The poll: 1. Oklahoma 2. Tennessee 3. Iowa 4. Georgia Tech 5. Texas A&M.
December 1 #1 Oklahoma closed its season with a 53-0 win over Oklahoma State, finishing 10-0-0, and with a 466-51 finish in points. Only one of its ten opponents (Colorado) finished 1956 with a winning record. In Nashville, #2 Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 27-7 to close with a 10-0 record and a spot in the Sugar Bowl, where it would face 9-1-0 Baylor. #4 Georgia Tech closed with a 35-0 win at Georgia. Unbeaten and once-tied (9-0-1), #5 Texas A&M did win the Southwest Conference title, but the ban against post-season play sent the SWC runner-up, TCU, to the Cotton Bowl Classic instead.
In the preseason poll released on September 16, 1957, the defending champion Sooners of Oklahoma University -- who had won 40 consecutive games in '53, '54, '55, and '56-- were the first place choice for 127 of 174 writers casting votes, followed by Texas A&M, Michigan State, Minnesota and Tennessee. As the regular season progressed, a new poll would be issued on the Monday following the weekend's games.
On Friday, September 20, the United States Air Force Academy, founded two years earlier, fielded its first college football team. The Falcons made their debut at UCLA and lost, 47-0. They would finish their first season 3-6-1. On September 21, #1 Oklahoma won at Pittsburgh 26-0. #2 Texas A&M beat Maryland 21-13 in a game at Dallas. #3 Michigan State, #4 Minnesota, and #5 Tennessee had not yet begun their seasons. #11 Georgia Tech, which beat Kentucky 13-0 rose to third, while #12 Navy, which had won at Boston College 46-6, rose to fifth. The first AP poll was 1. Oklahoma, 2. Texas A & M, 3. Georgia Tech, 4. Michigan State, and 5. Navy.
September 28 - #1 Oklahoma was idle. #2 Texas A&M won at Texas Tech 21-0 and #3 Georgia Tech played to a 0-0 tie with SMU. #4 Michigan State beat Indiana 54-0. #5 Navy beat visiting William & Mary 33-6. #6 Minnesota, which beat Washington, 46-7, and #7 Duke, which had beaten Virginia 40-0, rose to 3rd and 4th place. The poll was 1. Oklahoma, 2. Michigan State, 3. Minnesota, 4. Duke, and 5. Texas A & M.
October 5 - #1 Oklahoma beat Iowa State 40-14. #2 Michigan State won at California 19-0. #3 Minnesota, beat visiting Purdue, 21-17. #4 Duke beat Maryland 14-0. #5 Texas won at Missouri 28-0. The poll was 1. Oklahoma, 2. Michigan State, 3. Texas A & M, 4. Minnesota, and 5. Duke.
October 12 - A crowd of 75,504 watched in Dallas as #1 Oklahoma had a difficult time with unranked Texas; the Longhorns picked off four of Walter Fondren's passes and the score was 7-7 at the half before the Sooners preserved their winning streak 21-7 in a game that wasn't pretty. At the same time, #2 Michigan State won handily at Michigan 35-6, leading the AP voters to re-evaluate. #3 Texas A&M won at home in College Station, TX, beating Houston 28-6. #4 Minnesota won at Northwestern 41-6. #5 Duke narrowly beat Rice in Houston, 7-6. The Spartans took over the #1 spot in the next poll: 1. Michigan State, 2. Oklahoma, 3. Texas A & M, 4. Minnesota, and 5. Duke.
On October 19 #1 Michigan State lost to Purdue 20-13 and fell out of the top five. #2 Oklahoma, which beat Kansas 47-0, reclaimed the top spot. #3 Texas A&M won at TCU 7-0. #4 Minnesota lost at Illinois 34-14. #5 Duke beat Wake Forest, 34-7. #9 Auburn, which beat Georgia Tech in Atlanta 3-0, rose to 5th place in the polls. The poll: 1. Oklahoma, 2. Texas A & M, 3. Iowa, 4. Duke, and 5. Auburn.
October 26 - #1 Oklahoma edged Colorado 14-13, and lost the top spot again, despite being 5-0-0. #2 Texas A&M beat Baylor 14-0, and replaced the Sooners in the next poll. #3 Iowa, which won at Northwestern 6-0, rose to 3rd. #4 Duke went to neighboring Raleigh to play North Carolina State, and ended with a 14-14 tie. #5 Auburn won at Houston 48-7. #7 Notre Dame, which beat Pittsburgh 13-7, rose to fifth. The poll: 1.Texas A & M, 2.Oklahoma, 3.Iowa, 4.Auburn, and 5.Notre Dame.
November 2 - #1 Texas A&M got past host Arkansas, 7-6. #2 Oklahoma won at Kansas State 13-0. #3 Iowa played Michigan to a 21-21 tie. #4 Auburn beat Florida 13-0. #5 Notre Dame lost to visiting Navy, 20-6. #6 Michigan State, which won at Wisconsin 21-7, rose to fifth. The poll: 1.Texas A & M, 2.Oklahoma, 3.Auburn, 4.Michigan State, and 5.Iowa.
November 9 - #1 Texas A&M beat SMU 19-6. #2 Oklahoma won at Missouri 39-14. #3 Auburn beat Mississippi State 15-7 in Birmingham. #4 Michigan State beat Notre Dame 34-6. #5 Iowa beat Minnesota 44-20. The poll remained unchanged.
November 16 - #1 Texas A&M lost to Rice in Houston, 7-6. The #2 Oklahoma Sooners had not lost a game since September 26, 1953, had won 47 consecutive games, and had a record of 7-0-0 when they hosted Notre Dame. The Irish, 4-2-0 and on a losing streak, were an 18-point underdog coming into Norman. The Sooners, who had scored in 123 consecutive games (dating back to 1945), were unable to reach the end zone, but had held off the Irish on two goal line stands. In the final minutes, Notre Dame was on the 3-yard line on fourth down, when Dick Lynch "crossed up the Sooners" and ran around right end for a touchdown. Oklahoma's desperate passing drive at game's end was stopped by a Notre Dame interception, and the crowd of 62,000 was stunned into silence... and then stood up and applauded for both the Sooners and the Irish. The previous defeat, more than four years earlier, had been at the hands of Notre Dame as well. Final score: Notre Dame 7, Oklahoma 0. #3 Auburn beat Georgia 6-0 at Columbus, Georgia while #4 Michigan State beat Minnesota 42-13. #5 Iowa lost in Columbus to #6 Ohio State, 17-13. The 7-1-0 Buckeyes rose to third, while the 6-1-1 Hawkeyes fell to 8th. #8 Mississippi, which beat Tennessee 14-7 in Memphis, rose to 5th. The poll: 1.Michigan State, 2.Auburn, 3.Ohio State, 4.Texas A&M, and 5.Mississippi.
November 23 - #1 Michigan State closed its season with a 27-0 win over (3-5-1) Kansas State, but fell to 3rd. #2 Auburn, on probation, won at Florida State 29-7. As the only unbeaten (9-0-0) school among the majors, Auburn was voted #1 in the AP poll. #3 Ohio State, which wrapped up its season with a win at Michigan 31-14, was #1 in the UPI poll. #4 Texas A&M lost to Texas 7-9. #5 Mississippi was idle. #6 Oklahoma, who won at Nebraska 53-6, returned to the Top Five. The poll: 1.Auburn, 2.Ohio State, 3.Michigan State, 4.Texas A&M, and 5.Oklahoma.
Thanksgiving Day saw Bear Bryant's #4 Texas A&M team lose to the Texas Longhorns, 9-7. On November 30, #1 Auburn beat Alabama 40-0 at their annual meeting in Birmingham to close its season 10-0-0. Alabama finished its season at 2-7-1. Bryant, who had transformed the Aggies from a 1-9-0 team (1953) to a contender, would accept a job as head coach at the University of Alabama at season's end. #2 Ohio State and #3 Michigan State were both 8-1-0 in the regular season, but Ohio State was 7-0-0 in Big Ten play, compared to the 5-1-0 Spartans, and got the Rose Bowl bid. #5 Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State 53-6. #8 Navy, which won the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia, 14-0, finished with an 8-1-1 record, a bid to meet Rice in the Cotton Bowl Classic, and a fifth place finish in the final poll. The services were split as to the national champion. The AP Trophy went to the Auburn Tigers, the choice of a majority of writers for #1, and the only major college program to finish unbeaten (Arizona State, then a lesser power, also finished 10-0-0). Auburn, however, was on probation and was ineligible for a bowl. The UPI coaches poll awarded #1 to the Rose Bowl bound, 8-1-0, Ohio State Buckeyes. Both Auburn and Ohio State are recognized in the NCAA Football Guidebook as unofficial national champions for 1957. The final AP poll was: 1.Auburn, 2.Ohio State, 3.Michigan State, 4.Oklahoma, and 5.Navy, while the UPI poll was 1.Ohio State, 2.Auburn, 3.Michigan State, 4.Oklahoma, and 5.Iowa.
In the preseason poll released on September 15, 1958, the Buckeyes of Ohio State University were the first place choice for 46 of 99 writers casting votes, followed by Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan State and 1957's champion, Auburn. As the regular season progressed, a new poll would be issued on the Monday following the weekend's games.
Most teams did not begin play until September 27. On September 13, Kentucky beat Hawaii 51-0 in a game in Louisville, and attempted the 2-point conversion, but without success One of the first successful 2-point conversions in an NCAA game happened when Iowa State Teachers College hosted Bradley University at Cedar Falls, Iowa on September 13. Max Huffman carried the ball over twice on conversion attempts to give the Panthers of Iowa Teachers a 29-12 win over the Braves . On September 20, #6 Mississippi and #8 Texas Christian were among the winners, beating Memphis State (17-0) and Kansas (42-0) respectively, but the Top Five schools had not yet started play.
The poll for the five 0-0 teams was 1.Ohio State 2.Oklahoma 3.Auburn 4.Michigan State and 5.Notre Dame.
September 27 #1 Ohio State narrowly beat SMU at home, 23-20, and fell to third in the next poll. #2 Oklahoma, on the other hand, rolled over visiting West Virginia 47-14, and rose to first place. #3 Auburn beat Tennessee in Birmingham, 13-0, and #4 Michigan State beat California 32-12. #5 Notre Dame beat Indiana 18-0, but fell to 7th, while #8 Army, which beat South Carolina 45-8, took the place of the Irish.
The poll: 1. Oklahoma 2.Auburn 3.Ohio State 4.Michigan State 5.Army.
October 4 #1 Oklahoma got past visiting Oregon, 6-0, and dropped to second. #2 Auburn, which beat UT-Chattanooga 30-8 at home, moved up to the top spot. #3 Ohio State beat Washington at home, 12-7. #4 Michigan State played Michigan to a 12-12 tie, and fell to 9th. #5 Army beat Penn State 26-0. #7 Notre Dame, which beat SMU in Dallas, 14-6, returned to the Top Five.
Poll: 1.Auburn 2.Oklahoma 3.Army 4.Notre Dame 5.Ohio State.
October 11 #5 Ohio State won at Illinois, 19-13 #1 Auburn won at Kentucky, 8-0. #2 Oklahoma sustained a 15-14 loss at Dallas in their annual meeting with the Texas Longhorns. In South Bend, Indiana, the visiting #3 Army Cadets (or Black Knights) beat #4 Notre Dame, 14-2, and were voted #1 in the next poll. #6 Wisconsin, which beat Purdue 31-6, and #9 Michigan State, which beat Pittsburgh 22-8, rose in the polls, to put Big Ten schools at #3, #4 and #5. The poll:
Poll: 1.Army 2.Auburn 3.Ohio State 4.Wisconsin 5. Michigan State.
On October 18 at West Point, New York, #1 Army beat Virginia 35-6. #2 Auburn tied with Georgia Tech 7-7 in Atlanta and fell in the polls. #3 Ohio State beat Indiana 49-8. #4 Wisconsin lost to Iowa at home, 20-9, and #5 Michigan State began a five game losing streak with a 14-6 defeat at Purdue. The Spartans would finish the season with a 3-5-1 record after starting 2-0-1. #7 Texas (24-6 over Arkansas) and #9 LSU (32-7 over Kentucky) rose in the polls.
Poll: 1.Army 2.Ohio State 3.LSU 4.Texas 5.Auburn.
October 25 For the top-ranked teams, a tie was only slightly better than a loss. #1 Army played to a 14-14 tie against the Panthers at Pittsburgh, and #2 Ohio State tied with Wisconsin at home 7-7. #3 LSU beat Florida 10-7, and the win was enough to propel it to first place. #4 Texas lost to the Rice Owls in Houston, 34-7. #5 Auburn beat Maryland at home, 20-7. #7 Iowa, which beat Northwestern 26-20, rose to 2nd in the next poll.
Poll: 1.LSU 2.Iowa 3.Army 4.Auburn 5.Ohio State.
November 1 #1 LSU beat Ole Miss 14-0 #2 Iowa won at Michigan, 37-14. #3 Army crushed Colgate, 68-6. #4 Auburn won 6-5 at Florida. In Columbus, #5 Ohio State was upset by visiting#11 Northwestern, 21-0. The next poll was: 1.LSU 2.Iowa 3.Army 4.Northwestern 5.Auburn.
November 8 #1 LSU beat Duke 50-18. #2 Iowa won at Minnesota 28-6. #3 Army beat the Rice Owls in Houston, 14-7. #4 Northwestern lost at Madison to #7 Wisconsin, 17-13. #5 Auburn beat Mississippi State 33-14 at home. The next poll was: 1.LSU 2.Iowa 3.Army 4.Auburn 5.Wisconsin.
November 15 #1 LSU beat Mississippi State at Jackson 7-6. #2 Iowa lost at home to Ohio State 38-28. #3 Army beat Villanova 26-0. #4 Auburn met the Georgia Bulldogs halfway in Columbus, Georgia, and won 21-6. #5 Wisconsin. #6 Oklahoma, which beat Missouri 39-0, rose to 4th. The poll was: 1.LSU 2.Auburn 3.Army 4.Oklahoma 5.Wisconsin.
November 22 In New Orleans, the #1 LSU Tigers crushed Tulane 62-0, to close their season with a 10-0-0 record. They would face the Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl. Behind them, were the #2 Auburn Tigers, who beat Wake Forest at home 21-7. #3 Army was idle as it prepared for the annual Army-Navy game. #4 Oklahoma crushed Nebraska 40-7. #5 Wisconsin beat Minnesota to close its season at 6-1-1. #6 Iowa, which beat Notre Dame 31-21, returned to the Top 5. 1.LSU 2.Auburn 3.Oklahoma 4.Iowa 5.Army.
On November 29 #2 Auburn defeated Alabama 14-8 in Birmingham to finish its season at 9-0-1. #3 Oklahoma won at Oklahoma State 7-0. In Philadelphia, #5 Army beat Navy, 22-6, to finish its season 8-0-1.
The final AP Poll was released on December 1, and the #1 LSU Tigers, at 10-0-0, won the AP Trophy with 130 of the first place votes. The other 73 votes were spread among 12 schools, including Rose Bowl bound #2 Iowa (17), #3 Army (13), #4 Auburn (9), #5 Oklahoma (10), #6 Air Force (2), #7 Wisconsin (13), #8 Ohio State (3), and #9 Syracuse Orangemen. The United States Air Force Academy football team, nicknamed the Falcons, had a 9-0-1 record in only their second year of playing college football, and accepted a bid to face Texas Christian University in the Cotton Bowl.
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