1930 college football season

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The 1930 college football season saw Notre Dame repeat as national champion under the Dickinson System, and a post-season Rose Bowl matchup between two unbeaten (9–0) teams, Washington State and Alabama, ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Alabama won the Pasadena contest, 24–0.

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September

September 20 Stanford opened its season against a non-college team, beating the West Coast Army club, 32–0

September 27 Nearly all the big schools scheduled tune-up games against weaker visitors, and all but one shut out the opposition. Michigan opened its season with a doubleheader, beating Denison 33–0 and Eastern Michigan 7–0. Other schools rolled up high scores, as Stanford beat the Olympic Club, 18–0; Army beat Boston University 39–0; Alabama beat Samford, 43–0; USC rolled over UCLA 52–0; Tennessee beat Maryville College 54–0; Dartmouth beat Norwich College 79–0; and Tulane defeated Lafayette College of Louisiana, 84–0. Only Washington State was scored upon, getting a surprise from the Coyotes of College of Idaho, which unleashed a surprise passing attack for two touchdowns (and 12 of 19 completions) in the fourth quarter. WSU won 47–12. [1]

October

October 4 Notre Dame opened its season with a 20–14 win over visiting Southern Methodist. Northwestern beat visiting Tulane, 14–0. Washington State won at California 16–0 and USC beat visiting Oregon State 27–7, while Stanford defeated Santa Clara 20–0. Dartmouth beat Bates 20–0 and Army beat Furman, 54–0. Alabama rolled over visiting Ole Miss, 64–0 and in Danville, Kentucky, Tennessee defeated Centre College 18–0. Michigan and Michigan State played to a scoreless tie.

October 11 Washington State edged visiting USC 7–6. Notre Dame beat Navy 26–2. Northwestern beat Ohio State 19–2, and Michigan narrowly won over Purdue 14–13. Dartmouth crushed visiting Boston University 74–0, and Army beat Swarthmore 39–0. Tennessee beat Ole Miss 27–0. In Birmingham, Alabama shut out Sewanee 25–0, and in Dallas, Tulane beat Texas A&M 19–9. In Minneapolis, Stanford and Minnesota played to a 0–0 tie.

October 18 Alabama and Tennessee, both 3–0–0, and both unscored upon, met at Tuscaloosa in a game that would ultimately determine the fictional championship of the South. Alabama won 18–6. Notre Dame beat Carnegie Tech 21–6. Northwestern won at Illinois 32–0 and Michigan won at Ohio State, 13–0 USC won at Utah State 65–0, Washington State won in Spokane at Gonzaga University, 24–0, and Stanford beat Oregon State 13–7. Dartmouth beat Columbia 52–0 and Army defeated Harvard, 6–0. Tulane defeated Birmingham Southern College 21–0

October 25 Alabama and Vanderbilt, both 4–0–0, met at Birmingham. In another close game, Alabama won 12–7. USC (3–1–0) and Stanford (3–0–1) met in Palo Alto, with the Trojans handing the Indians their first loss of the season, 41–12. Notre Dame won at Pittsburgh 35–19. Washington State beat visiting Montana, 61–0. Northwestern beat Centre College 45–7 and Michigan beat Illinois 15–7.(Dartmouth was scored upon, winning at Harvard 7–2, and Army's streak of shutouts ended with its 7–7 tie at Yale. Tennessee beat visiting North Carolina 9–7, and in Atlanta, Tulane shut out Georgia Tech 28–0.

November

November 1 Dartmouth (5–0–0) and (3–1–1) Yale (3–1–1) played to a 0–0 tie in New Haven. Notre Dame beat Indiana 27–0 and Northwestern won at Minnesota 27–6 USC beat Denver, 33–13. Army defeated visiting North Dakota 33–6. In Portland, Washington State defeated Oregon State 14–7. Alabama won at Kentucky, 19–0, Tennessee beat Clemson 27–0 and Tulane beat Mississippi State 53–0

November 8 Notre Dame beat Pennsylvania 60–20. Washington State won at Idaho 33–7. Northwestern won at Indiana 25–0 and Michigan won at Harvard 6–3. Army defeated Illinois at Yankee Stadium, 13–0. USC beat California 74–0 and Stanford beat Washington 25–7 Alabama won at Florida, 20–0, Tulane beat Auburn 21–0, and Allegheny College did what no other team had done that season, scoring two touchdowns against Dartmouth; the Big Green won 43–14 to stay unbeaten. Tennessee shut out Carson-Newman College 34–0

November 15 Tennessee and Vanderbilt University, both 6–1–0, met at Nashville, with Tennessee winning 13–0. Notre Dame defeated Drake University 28–7. In Seattle, Washington State won another close one, beating Washington 3–0. Alabama beat LSU in a game at Montgomery, Alabama, 33–0, while Tulane (6–1–0) and Georgia (6–0–1) met at New Orleans, with Tulane handing the Bulldogs their first loss, 25–0 Northwestern beat Wisconsin 20–7 and Michigan beat Minnesota 7–0 USC defeated visiting Hawaii 52–0, while Stanford beat Caltech, 57–7 Dartmouth won at Cornell 19–13. Army beat Kentucky Wesleyan 47–2

November 22 Notre Dame and Northwestern, both unbeaten (7–0–0) met at Evanston, with the Fighting Irish winning 14–0. Michigan beat Chicago 16–0 Stanford won at California 41–0. Army defeated Ursinus College 18–0.

November 27, Thanksgiving Day, Alabama (8–0–0) met Georgia (6–1–1) in Birmingham. The Crimson Tide extended its unbeaten streak, 13–0, to close the regular season unbeaten. The champion of the South also earned a Rose Bowl invitation to face Washington State. USC beat Washington 32–0. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 8–0 and Tulane won over LSU, 12–7.

November 29 (8–0–0) Notre Dame and (8–0–1) Army met at Chicago, with the Irish narrowly winning 7–6. In Philadelphia, Washington State beat Villanova, 13–0, to close its season 9–0–0. (8–1–1)Stanford hosted (7–0–1) Dartmouth and won 14–7

December

Although the Rose Bowl was the lone postseason game, and other bowl games were still four years in the future, several big contests were played after most colleges had completed their seasons.

December 6 In Los Angeles, a crowd of 90,000 turned out at the Coliseum as Notre Dame (9–0–0) visited USC (8–1–0). While some predicted a Trojans win, or at least a close game, "Rockne's Ramblers" scored six minutes into the game and never looked back. Paul O'Connor, a third string player earlier in the season, had 11 carries for 142 yards, and one touchdown. The Irish closed their season with a decisive 27–0 victory [2] and with another victory over a tough opponent, finished first in the Dickinson ratings. Nobody realized at the time that Knute Rockne had coached his final game. Rockne was killed in a plane crash on March 31, 1931. At Jacksonville, Tennessee defeated Florida 13–6.

December 13 In the Army–Navy Game, played in New York, Army won 6–0 to close its season at 9–1–1.

1931 Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl stadium's capacity had been increased to 81,000, but only 65,000 spectators turned out to watch an East-West matchup between two unbeaten (9–0–0), but out-of-state teams, the Washington State Cougars and the Alabama Crimson Tide. It was the Cougars who were decked out in crimson, however, in what reports of the day described as "a bizarre touch". Besides solid red jerseys, pants and socks, the WSU players had bright red leather helmets and shoes.

Freddie Sington, Bama's star tackle/linebacker, was pitted against WSU's Turk Edwards, and blocked WSU's only chance to score. In addition, Sington blocked for the rushing of Johnny Campbell, "The Mississippi Rabbit", who ran 42 yards for one of Alabama's three touchdowns in the second quarter. After a 21–0 halftime lead, Alabama went on to a 24–0 win. [3]

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1930 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Kansas $410  620
Oklahoma 311  431
Kansas State 320  530
Nebraska 221  432
Missouri 122  252
Iowa State 050  090
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Michigan +500  801
No. 4 Northwestern +500  710
Purdue 420  620
Wisconsin 221  621
Ohio State 221  521
Minnesota 130  341
Indiana 130  251
Illinois 140  350
Iowa 010  440
Chicago 040  252
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System
1930 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Lafayette $200  531
Rutgers 110  450
Lehigh 020  450
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Drake +300  540
Oklahoma A&M +200  721
Washington University 220  422
Grinnell 120  540
Creighton 040  170
  • + Conference co-champions
1930 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Washington State $600  910
USC 510  820
Stanford 410  911
Oregon 310  720
Washington 340  540
Oregon State 230  730
Montana 130  530
California 140  450
UCLA 140  350
Idaho 050  470
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Utah $700  800
Colorado 511  611
BYU 411  524
Denver 430  540
Colorado Agricultural 331  351
Montana State 110  630
Colorado Teachers 223  223
Utah State 341  351
Colorado College 242  242
Wyoming 151  251
Colorado Mines 140  150
Western State (CO) 050  060
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Alabama +800  1000
Tulane +500  810
Tennessee 610  910
Duke 411  812
Vanderbilt 520  820
Maryland 420  750
Florida 421  631
North Carolina 422  532
Clemson 320  820
Georgia 321  721
Kentucky 430  530
South Carolina 430  640
VPI 231  531
Mississippi A&M 230  270
Georgia Tech 241  261
LSU 240  261
Virginia 250  460
Sewanee 140  361
NC State 150  280
Ole Miss 150  351
Auburn 160  370
Washington and Lee 041  361
VMI 050  360
  • + Conference co-champions
1930 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Presbyterian $600  910
Centre 500  730
Spring Hill 400  620
Loyola (LA) 200  910
Centenary 200  811
Western Kentucky 610  811
Louisiana Normal 410  720
Mississippi College 410  720
The Citadel 311  452
Kentucky Wesleyan 211  243
Chattanooga 321  532
Mercer 320  550
Millsaps 330  630
Louisville 220  530
Birmingham–Southern 330  540
Stetson 330  530
Howard (AL) 230  550
Miami (FL) 231  341
Southwestern (TN) 120  630
Erskine 121  251
Louisiana Tech 250  360
Georgetown (KY) 130  270
Wofford 130  290
Union (TN) 140  152
Transylvania 141  152
Louisiana College 150  260
SW Louisiana 150  280
Rollins 002  213
Newberry 021  053
Florida Southern 041  061
Eastern Kentucky 040  170
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas $410  811
Baylor 311  631
TCU 420  921
SMU 221  631
Arkansas 220  360
Rice 240  840
Texas A&M 050  270
  • $ Conference champion

Independents

1930 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Colgate     910
Fordham     810
Army     911
Dartmouth     711
NYU     730
Cornell     620
Pittsburgh     621
Wash. & Jeff     621
Tufts     520
Temple     730
Bucknell     630
Carnegie Tech     630
Duquesne     630
Syracuse     522
Yale     522
CCNY     521
Brown     631
Drexel     631
Franklin & Marshall     531
Columbia     540
Penn     540
Boston College     550
Villanova     550
Penn State     342
Harvard     341
Princeton     151
Boston University     171
Vermont     171
Massachusetts     180
1930 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Notre Dame     1000
Marquette     801
Haskell     910
Michigan State     512
DePaul     421
Detroit     532
Kent State     331
Saint Louis     332
John Carroll     352
Loyola (IL)     260
1930 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Western Maryland     901
Texas Mines     711
Appalachian State     821
William & Mary Norfolk     310
Delaware     631
Delaware State     420
Wake Forest     531
Davidson     640
Navy     650
West Virginia     550
George Washington     441
Georgetown     550
South Georgia Teachers     342
Mississippi Teachers     351
Richmond     242
Texas Tech     360
Jefferson     130
Beacom College     151
Catholic University     180
1930 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Saint Mary's     810
Arizona     611
Santa Barbara State     611
Hawaii     520
Columbia (OR)     420
San Francisco     630
New Mexico A&M     530
Santa Clara     531
New Mexico     450
Loyola (CA)     231
Arizona State     351
Gonzaga     171
Humboldt State     060

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
Big Four Conference Tulsa 3–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Morgan College 6–1
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Washburn 6–0
Far Western Conference Fresno State Normal 5–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Iowa Wesleyan
William Penn
4–0–1
5–0–3
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference St. Mary's (KS) 5–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Alma
Kalamazoo
4–1
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Coe 2–0–2
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint Olaf
Saint Thomas (MN)
5–0
4–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northeast Missouri State Teachers 3–0
Nebraska College Athletic Conference Cotner College
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association Nebraska State Teachers
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Dakota 4–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Muskingum 3–0–1
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference East Central State Normal 4–0
Pacific Northwest Conference Whitman 4–0–1
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Black Hills Teachers
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Cal Tech 4–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Wiley (TX) 4–0
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Howard Payne 4–0–1
Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association Sam Houston State Teachers 5–0
Tri-Normal League Unknown
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference Milwaukee State Teachers 4–0

Minor conference standings

1930 Big Four Conference (Oklahoma) football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tulsa $300  720
Oklahoma City 210  910
Phillips 120  630
Oklahoma Baptist 030  450
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Buckeye Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ohio $400  801
Ohio Wesleyan 310  540
Cincinnati 220  540
Miami (OH) 130  441
Denison 040  270
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Washburn $600  720
Wichita 411  631
Emporia Teachers 213  423
Pittsburg State 330  530
Hays Teachers 141  252
Southwestern (KS) 141  251
College of Emporia 042  072
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Morgan $710  810
Virginia Union 512  612
Virginia State 412  432
Hampton 421  621
Johnson C. Smith 213  424
Howard 321  431
Lincoln 431  431
North Carolina A&T 351  351
North Carolina College 251  361
Saint Paul's (VA) 251  351
Shaw 041  351
Virginia Seminary 060  160
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Fresno State $500  800
Nevada 210  242
Pacific (CA) 220  360
San Jose State 121  233
Cal Aggies 031  071
Chico State 020  340
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southern Illinois +500  900
Millikin +400  520
Mount Morris +300  900
Eastern Illinois 511  611
Northern Illinois State 411  621
Knox (IL) 410  521
Monmouth (IL) 520  540
Lake Forest 210  511
Illinois Wesleyan 420  620
Elmhurst 320  620
Augustana (IL) 320  430
North Central 221  621
Bradley 221  431
Carthage 330  341
Western Illinois 340  440
Shurtleff 230  640
St. Viator 350  360
Eureka 260  260
Illinois State 170  170
Wheaton (IL) 040  260
McKendree 050  360
Illinois College 070  080
  • + Conference co-champions
1930 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
St. Mary's (KS) $500  630
Baker 410  540
Kansas Wesleyan 221  432
Bethany (KS) 221  342
Ottawa 040  160
McPherson 040  170
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Michigan Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Michigan State Normal $300  610
Western State (MI) 210  511
Central State (MI) 120  620
Detroit City College 030  090
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Alma +410  530
Kalamazoo +410  530
Hillsdale 320  530
Albion 320  440
Olivet 140  341
Hope 050  060
  • + Conference co-champions
1930 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
St. Olaf +500  800
St. Thomas (MN) +400  620
Gustavus Adolphus 320  620
Macalester 320  520
Concordia (MN) 220  431
Saint John's (MN) 031  141
Hamline 041  061
Augsburg 040  141
  • + Conference co-champions
1930 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Central Methodist $600  900
Missouri Mines 300  511
William Jewell 220  251
Missouri Valley 230  441
Westminster (MO) 230  450
Drury 140  170
Culver–Stockton 011  421
Tarkio 031  153
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Kirksville State $300  550
NW Missouri State 310  451
SW Missouri State 220  450
SE Missouri State 020  161
Central Missouri State 030  441
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Nebraska College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Cotner $510  611
Nebraska Wesleyan 410  630
Doane 320  430
Hastings 320  341
York (NE) 121  332
Midland 240  251
Grand Island 131  142
Nebraska Central 040  060
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Kearney State $300  701
Peru State 201  421
Chadron State 120  520
Wayne State 121  531
Omaha 030  342
  • $ Conference champion
1930 New England Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
New Hampshire $200  521
Maine 210  340
Rhode Island State 011  521
Connecticut 021  151
  • $ Conference champion
  • Dubious – Discuss
1930 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Dakota $400  910
North Dakota Agricultural 310  720
Morningside 220  720
South Dakota State 130  261
South Dakota 040  152
  • $ Conference champion
1930 North State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Catawba $500  801
Elon 410  630
Guilford 220  451
High Point 121  262
Lenoir–Rhyne 131  361
Atlantic Christian 050  170
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Northwest Ohio League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Findlay $301  421
Bowling Green 202  602
Defiance 220  340
Toledo 121  251
Bluffton 040  070
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Muskingum $301  611
Akron 510  710
Wooster 411  531
Xavier 210  640
Otterbein 320  431
Case 330  540
Mount Union 330  451
Marietta 220  350
Oberlin 240  260
Western Reserve 130  170
Ohio Northern 140  350
Baldwin–Wallace 150  160
Kenyon 041  161
Hiram 050  080
Heidelberg *200  800
Dayton *200  432
Capital *401  511
  • $ Conference champion
  • * – did not compete for championship
1930 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
East Central $400  810
Central State (OK) 410  630
SE Oklahoma State 310  621
NW Oklahoma State 131  531
Northeastern State 140  450
SW Oklahoma State 041  251
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Maryville $200  540
Lincoln Memorial 200  460
King 310  621
Carson–Newman 320  540
Milligan 121  441
Tusculum 131  251
East Tennessee Teachers 040  070
  • $ Conference champion
1930 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Yankton $401  602
Northern State 410  511
Southern Normal 411   ? ? ?
Dakota Wesleyan 310  630
Spearfish 320  530
Eastern Normal 221  222
Augustana (SD) 230  270
South Dakota Mines 240  350
Huron 160  170
Sioux Falls 051  061
  • $ Conference champion
  • Sioux Falls and Spearfish played twice. The second game was not counted in the conference standings.
1930 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Caltech $400  531
Whittier 410  531
San Diego State 330  540
Occidental 230  440
Redlands 230  350
Pomona 230  250
La Verne 040  061
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wiley $      
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Texas Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Howard Payne $401  722
Southwestern (TX) 311  344
Simmons (TX) 113  514
Austin 221  351
St. Edward's 032  142
Trinity (TX) 140  260
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Sam Houston State $500  910
West Texas State 401  631
North Texas State Teachers 410  541
Southwest Texas State 312  513
McMurry 321  342
Daniel Baker 222  272
Texas A&I 121  333
Abilene Christian 131  271
East Texas State 140  270
Sul Ross 030  170
Stephen F. Austin 060  171
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Tri-State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Geneva $300  910
Thiel 210  360
Waynesburg 110  270
Westminster (PA) 120  450
Bethany (WV) 030  080
  • $ Conference champion
1930 Virginia Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
William & Mary $500  721
Emory and Henry 310  811
Randolph–Macon 321  352
Roanoke 322  343
Richmond 222  242
Hampden–Sydney 231  261
Lynchburg 140  170
Bridgewater 050  070
  • $ Conference champion

Dickinson System

The AP sportswriters' poll would not begin continuously until 1936. [4] (although, the first time was a one instance publishing in 1934 [5] ) Frank G. Dickinson, an economics professor at the University of Illinois, had invented the Dickinson System to rank colleges based upon their records and the strength of their opposition.

The system was originally designed to rank teams in the Big Nine (later the Big Ten) conference. Chicago clothing manufacturer Jack Rissman then persuaded Dickinson to rank the nation's teams under the system, and awarded the Rissman Trophy to the winning university. [6]

The system awarded 30 points for a win over a "strong team", and 20 for a win over a "weak team". Losses were awarded points (15 for loss to a strong team, 10 for loss to a weak team). Ties were treated as half a win and half a loss (22.5 for a tie with a strong team, 15 for a tie with a weak team). An average was then derived by dividing the points by games played. [7]

Final Dickinson rankings

Notre Dame, Washington State and Alabama, all unbeaten and untied at the end of the regular season, were ranked first, second and third by Dickinson, with the Irish getting the higher rating based on their opposition. [8] The ratings were made before the 1931 Rose Bowl that matched Washington State and Alabama, with Alabama winning, 24 to 0. Notre Dame did not participate in a postseason bowl game.

RankTeamRecordRating
1 Notre Dame 10–025.13
2 Washington State 9–020.44
3 Alabama 9–020.18
4 Northwestern Wildcats 7–118.63
5 Michigan 8–0–118.34
6 USC 8–217.98
7 Stanford 9–1–117.92
8 Dartmouth 7–1–117.11
9 Army 9–1–116.66
10 Tennessee 9–116.15
11 Tulane 8–116.05

See also

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The 1926 college football season was the first in which an attempt was made to recognize a national champion after the season.

1927 college football season

The 1927 college football season ended with the Illini of the University of Illinois (7–0–1) being recognized as champion under the Dickinson System. At season's end, the Rissler Cup was awarded to the team that finished first in the "Dickinson ratings", which considered strength of schedule, in that a win, loss or tie against a "strong" opponent was worth more than one against a lesser team, and the results were averaged.

The 1928 football season have both the USC Trojans and the Georgia Tech Golden Tornado claim national championships. USC was recognized as champions under the Dickinson System, but the Rose Bowl was contested between the No. 2 and No. 3 teams, California and Georgia Tech. The game was decided by a safety scored after Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels ran 65 yards in the wrong direction. Vance Maree blocked the ensuing punt which gave Georgia Tech a safety deciding the 8–7 win.

The 1929 college football season saw a number of unbeaten and untied teams. Purdue, Tulane, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh all finished the regular season with wins over all their opponents. Notre Dame was recognized as national champion under the Dickinson System and by a United Press writer while Pitt was considered a national champion by several others due to Pitt possessing a greater scoring differential over the two teams' only common regular season opponent. Following the season, Pitt traveled to Pasadena to meet USC in the Rose Bowl, at that time the only postseason college football game and held between the perceived best teams of east and west. Despite Pitt's losing 47–14 to the Trojans, as bowls were still considered exhibitions by many, college football historian Parke H. Davis, whose national championship selections are recognized by the official NCAA records book, named the Panthers as that season's national champion while several other retroactive selectors recognized by the NCAA records book have selected Notre Dame. Both Notre Dame and Pitt claim a national championship for the 1929 season and both are recognized in the NCAA Records Book and by College Football Data Warehouse.

The 1931 college football season saw the USC Trojans win the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy as national champion under the Dickinson System. Rockne, who had coached Notre Dame to a championship in 1930, had been killed in a plane crash on March 31, 1931. For the first time, the champion under the Dickinson system also played in a postseason game. The Rose Bowl, promoted as an unofficial championship matchup between the best teams of East and West, matched USC and Tulane, No. 1 and No. 2 in the Dickinson ratings. USC won, 21–12. Also for 1931, historian Parke Davis, through research, selected Pittsburgh and Purdue as National Champions and these selections, along with USC, are all recognized by the official NCAA records book. Both USC and Pitt claim national championships for 1931, and both are recognized by College Football Data Warehouse.

1932 college football season

The 1932 college football season saw the Michigan Wolverines win the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy as national champion under the Dickinson System. Because the "Big Nine" conference didn't permit its teams to play in the postseason, however, the Wolverines were not able to accept a bid to the Rose Bowl. As such, the Pasadena game matched the No. 2 and No. 3 teams, USC and Pittsburgh, with the USC Trojans winning the East-West matchup 35–0.

The 1933 college football season saw the Michigan Wolverines repeat as winners of the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy as national champion under the Dickinson System.

The 1934 college football season was the 66th season of college football in the United States. Two New Year's Day bowl games were initiated to rival the Rose Bowl Game. On February 15, Warren V. Miller and Joseph M. Cousins organized the New Orleans Mid-Winter Sports Association and by October, the group had enough funds to sponsor the Sugar Bowl. Meanwhile, W. Keith Phillips and the Greater Miami Athletic Club worked in November at a January 1 game for Florida, and the Orange Bowl was created.

The 1935 college football season was the last one before the Associated Press writers' poll was used in selecting the national champion. The Williamson System, calculated by Paul O. Williamson out of New Orleans, deemed Texas Christian University (TCU) as the best in the nation. The Dickinson System, consisting of the calculations of University of Illinois Professor Frank Dickinson, crowned Southern Methodist University (SMU) as the best in the nation. A poll of newspaper writers, taken at year's end—by United Press rather than the AP—concluded that Minnesota was the best in the nation.

1925 college football season

The 1925 college football season ended with no clear national champion. At the close of the season, noted sports writer Billy Evans described the championship contest as "a dead heat" among Dartmouth, Tulane, Michigan, Washington, and Alabama.

1924 college football season

The 1924 college football season was the year of the Four Horsemen as the Notre Dame team, coached by Knute Rockne, won all of its games, including the Rose Bowl, to be acclaimed as the best team in the nation. Notre Dame and Stanford were both unbeaten at season's end, with the Fighting Irish winning the Rose Bowl contest 27–10. The Penn Quakers were retroactively awarded a national championship by Parke H. Davis.

1923 college football season

The 1923 college football season saw several teams finish their seasons unbeaten and untied. As such, numerous schools claim a national championship for the 1923 season. Illinois and Michigan, both members of what is now the Big Ten Conference, finished with records of 8–0 and were selected as national champion by multiple selectors. Illinois featured break-out star Red Grange. Ivy League teams Yale and Cornell also had undefeated seasons.

The 1949 college football season finished with four teams that were unbeaten and untied-- Notre Dame, Oklahoma, California, and Army had won all their games at season's end. Notre Dame, however, was the overwhelming choice for national champion in the AP Poll, with 172 of 208 first place votes. The Fighting Irish did not participate in the New Year's Day bowl games, which were played on January 2, 1950.

The 1947 college football season finished with Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State all unbeaten and untied, but the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame were the first place choice for 107 of the 142 voters in the AP Poll, and repeated as national champions. Michigan went on to meet USC in the Rose Bowl and won 49–0, while Penn State was tied 13–13 by SMU in the Cotton Bowl Classic, and Notre Dame didn't participate in the postseason. An unofficial post bowl AP poll was conducted with Michigan and Notre Dame as the only options and Michigan won by a vote of 226 to 119.

The 1946 college football season finished with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish crowned as the national champion in the AP Poll, the Georgia Bulldogs recognized as national champion by the Williamson poll and United States Military Academy named as national champion in various other polls and rankings. The Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens were recognized by the AP as the small college national champion. Notre Dame and Army both won all of their games, with the exception of their November 9 meeting at New York's Yankee Stadium, where they had played to a 0–0 tie in a No. 1 vs No. 2 matchup regarded as a "Game of the Century". Neither team played in bowl game that season.

The 1937 college football season ended with the Panthers of the University of Pittsburgh being named the nation's No. 1 team by 30 of the 33 voters in the Associated Press writers' poll. The AP poll was in its second year, and seven votes were taken during the final weeks of the 1937 season, starting with October 18. Each writer listed his choice for the top ten teams, and points were tallied based on 10 for first place, 9 for second, etc., and the AP then ranked the twenty teams with the highest number of points. With 33 writers polled, Pitt received 30 first place votes and 3 second-place, for a total of 327 points.

The 1938 college football season ended with the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University (TCU) being named the nation's No. 1 team by 55 of the 77 voters in the final Associated Press writers' poll in early December. Tennessee is also recognized as a national champion; both teams won every game.

The 1939 college football season concluded with the Aggies of The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas being named as the national champions by the voters in the Associated Press writers' poll.

The 1940 college football season ended with the Gophers of the University of Minnesota being named the nation's No. 1 team and national champion by the AP Poll, and the Stanford University Indians in second, with the two teams receiving 65 and 44 first place votes respectively. Each writer listed his choice for the top ten teams, and points were tallied based on 10 for first place, 9 for second, etc., and the AP then ranked the twenty teams with the highest number of points. Minnesota, Stanford, Boston College, and Tennessee all claim 1940 as a national championship season.

References

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  2. "Notre Dame Upsets U.S.C., Wins 27 to 0," Oakland Tribune December 7, 1930, p1
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  7. "The Dickinson system awards 30 points for a victory over a strong team, and 20 for victory over a weak team. Defeats count half as much as victories, and ties are consideredas games half won and half lost. Dividing this total by the number of games played gives the final rating, "ILLINOIS BEST FOOTBALL TEAM OF YEAR," The Syracuse Herald, Dec. 4, 1927, p23
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