1932 college football season

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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. [1] 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.

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September

On September 17, Texas Christian University (TCU) opened its season with a 14–2 win over visiting North Texas.

September 24 USC beat Utah 35–0, Tennessee won 13–0 at UT-Chattanooga, and Pittsburgh beat visiting Ohio Northern College 47–0. TCU and LSU played to a 3–3 tie in Baton Rouge.

October

October 1 Michigan beat Michigan State 26–0, Purdue beat Kansas State 29–13, Ohio State beat Ohio Wesleyan 34–7, Wisconsin beat Marquette 7–2. USC beat Washington State 20–0. Pittsburgh won at West Virginia, 40–0. Army beat Furman 13–0. Tennessee beat Ole Miss 33–0 and TCU defeated Daniel Baker College 55–0.

October 8 Michigan beat Northwestern 15–6, Wisconsin beat Iowa 34–0, Purdue won at Minnesota 7–0, and Ohio State and Indiana played to a 7–7 tie. USC beat Oregon State 10–0. Pittsburgh beat Duquesne 33–0. Army beat Carleton College 57–0. Notre Dame opened with a 73–0 win over Haskell College. Tennessee beat North Carolina 20–7 and TCU beat Arkansas 34–12.

October 15 In Birmingham, Tennessee and Alabama, both 3–0–0, met, with the visitors winning 7–3. Michigan won at Ohio State 14–0, while Purdue beat visiting Wisconsin 7–6, and Pittsburgh won at Army 18–13. TCU won at Texas A&M 17–0, USC defeated Loyola Marymount 6–0 and Notre Dame beat Drake 62–0.

October 22 USC (4–0–0) and Stanford (5–0–0) met at Palo Alto, with USC winning 13–0. At Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Pitt played to a 0–0 tie. Michigan beat Illinois 32–0, Purdue tied at Northwestern 7–7, and Wisconsin shut out Iowa's Coe College 39–0. Notre Dame beat Carnegie Tech 42–0. Army won at Yale 20–0. Tennessee beat Maryville College 60–0 and TCU beat Austin College 68–0

October 29 Pittsburgh (4–0–1) hosted Notre Dame (3–0–0) and won 12–0. Ohio State and Wisconsin played to a 7–7 tie giving OSU a record of 1–1–3. Michigan defeated Princeton 14–7 and Purdue beat NYU 34–9 at Yankee Stadium. Army beat William & Mary 33–0. Tennessee beat visiting Duke, 16–13, and TCU defeated Baylor 27–0.

November

November 5 Notre Dame won at Kansas University, 24–6. Michigan won at Indiana 7–0, Ohio State won at Northwestern 20–6, Wisconsin beat Illinois 20–12 and Purdue won at Chicago 37–0. Pittsburgh won at Penn, 19–12. USC beat California 27–7. Army won at Harvard 46–0 Tennessee beat Mississippi State 31–0 and TCU won at Hardin-Simmonds 27–0.

November 11 On Armistice Day, TCU (8–0–1) hosted Texas (6–1–0) and won 14–0.

November 12 In Nashville, Tennessee (7–0–0) and Vanderbilt (6–0–1), played to a scoreless tie. Michigan beat Chicago 12–0, Purdue won at Iowa 18–0, and Wisconsin beat Minnesota 20–13. Ohio State beat Penn 19–0. USC beat Oregon 33–0. Army beat North Dakota State 52–0. At Lincoln, Neb., Pittsburgh and Nebraska played to a 0–0 tie. At Chicago, Notre Dame beat Northwestern 21–0

November 19 Michigan closed its season with a 3–0 win at Minnesota, Ohio State closed at Illinois with the same 3–0 score. Wisconsin won at Chicago 18–7, and Purdue beat Indiana 25–7. Notre Dame defeated Navy in a game at Cleveland, 12–0. Pittsburgh beat Carnegie Tech, 6–0. In Houston, TCU beat Rice 16–6. Army narrowly beat visiting West Virginia Wesleyan 7–0. At Providence, Colgate (8–0–0) and Brown University (7–0–0) faced each other for the season-ender for both teams. Colgate had held its first 8 opponents scoreless, and the nation waited to see if that streak would be ended by Colgate's toughest opponent of the year. Colgate's Red Raiders won 21–0 to close the season with a 264–0 edge on its opposition.

November 24 On Thanksgiving Day, USC won at Washington 9–6; that win, along with California's 3–0 loss to Washington State, gave USC the Pacific Coast crown and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

November 26 At Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame beat Army 21–0. Pittsburgh beat visiting Stanford 7–0 to close its season unbeaten (8–0–2). Tennessee beat Kentucky 26–0. TCU closed its season at Dallas, with an 8–0 win over SMU. In eleven games, TCU had registered seven shutouts, and finished unbeaten (10–0–1).

December

December 3 In the Army–Navy Game at Philadelphia, Army won 20–0. In Jacksonville, Tennessee beat Florida to close its season unbeaten (9–0–1).

December 10 In Los Angeles, USC (9–0–0) hosted Notre Dame (7–1–0) and won 13–0.

1933 Rose Bowl

USC had beaten Pitt in the 1933 Rose Bowl, 47–14, and the rematch three years later resulted in a larger defeat. Before a crowd of 84,000 the previously unbeaten Pitt Panthers reached the "red zone" only twice. In the second quarter, a long run gave the Panthers first down on the USC 24 yard line, but Warren Heller's pass fell in the end zone, and under the rules of the day, the result was a turnover (and a touchback, with USC given first down on the 20). Pitt got another chance soon after on a blocked punt, but was stopped on downs. With the help of holes opened up by Trojan halfback, USC scored five touchdowns (including three in the final quarter) and won 35–0. With New Year's Day falling on a Sunday, the Rose Bowl took place on Monday, January 2, 1933 [2]

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1932 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Nebraska $500  711
Kansas 320  530
Oklahoma 320  441
Kansas State 230  440
Missouri 131  171
Iowa State 041  341
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Michigan +600  800
No. 4 Purdue +501  701
No. 11 Wisconsin 411  611
No. 6 Ohio State 212  413
Northwestern 231  341
Minnesota 230  530
Illinois 240  540
Indiana 141  341
Chicago 140  341
Iowa 050  170
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System
1932 Border Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas Tech $200  1020
Arizona 320  450
Arizona State 221  431
Arizona State–Flagstaff 221  322
New Mexico A&M 121  451
New Mexico 131  151
  • $ Conference champion
  • Reference [3]
1932 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Rutgers $200  631
Lafayette 110  350
Lehigh 020  261
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oklahoma A&M $300  912
Creighton 310  521
Butler 001  241
Washington University 120  440
Drake 131  261
Grinnell 130  341
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
USC $600  1000
Washington State 511  711
UCLA 420  640
Washington 322  622
Oregon 221  631
California 221  732
Stanford 131  641
Oregon State 140  460
Idaho 140  350
Montana 050  270
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Utah $600  611
BYU 510  810
Colorado College 520  520
Denver 411  431
Colorado Teachers 221  421
Colorado Agricultural 431  431
Utah State 330  440
Colorado 240  240
Wyoming 141  261
Colorado Mines 150  170
Montana State 030  331
Western State (CO) 050  150
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tennessee +701  901
Auburn +601  901
LSU +400  631
VPI 610  810
Vanderbilt 412  612
NC State 311  612
Alabama 520  820
Tulane 521  621
Duke 530  730
Georgia Tech 441  451
Kentucky 450  450
Virginia 230  540
Ole Miss 230  560
Georgia 242  252
Maryland 240  560
North Carolina 251  352
South Carolina 121  542
VMI 140  280
Washington and Lee 140  190
Florida 160  360
Clemson 040  351
Mississippi State 040  350
Sewanee 060  271
  • + Conference co-champions
1932 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Western Kentucky $600  710
Furman 500  810
Southwestern (TN) 300  460
Rollins 200  601
Loyola (LA) 200  641
Centenary 100  801
Louisiana Normal 410  710
Mercer 410  720
Centre 410  630
Mississippi College 410  440
Presbyterian 311  521
Murray State 321  423
Georgetown (KY) 320  450
Eastern Kentucky 111  212
Mississippi State Teachers 330  540
Louisiana Tech 330  440
The Citadel 220  450
Newberry 122  233
Middle Tennessee 130  640
Millsaps 130  450
SW Louisiana 130  340
Transylvania 131  351
Wofford 131  361
Louisiana College 141  241
Chattanooga 140  360
Miami (FL) 021  431
Louisville 050  090
Erskine 060  190
Union (TN) 061  081
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
TCU $600  1001
Texas 510  820
Rice 330  730
Texas A&M 122  442
Baylor 141  351
SMU 141  372
Arkansas 140  162
  • $ Conference champion

Independents

1932 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Colgate     900
Brown     710
Columbia     711
Pittsburgh     812
Army     820
Drexel     511
Massachusetts State     720
Villanova     720
Duquesne     721
Fordham     620
Penn     620
Temple     512
Tufts     512
Cornell     521
Franklin & Marshall     421
Boston College     422
La Salle     422
Harvard     530
NYU     530
Manhattan     632
Carnegie Tech     432
Bucknell     441
Syracuse     441
Princeton     223
Yale     223
Boston University     232
Vermont     241
Penn State     250
1932 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Western State (MI)     601
Michigan State     710
Western Reserve     710
Detroit     820
Notre Dame     720
DePaul     512
Michigan State Normal     520
Saint Louis     520
Marquette     431
Bowling Green     331
Haskell     251
Detroit City     160
1932 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Jefferson     800
Catholic University     611
South Georgia Teachers     620
Western Maryland     512
George Washington     621
Texas Mines     730
William & Mary Norfolk     631
Delaware     540
West Virginia     550
Delaware State     250
Georgetown     261
Navy     261
East Carolina     050
Oglethorpe       
1932 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Columbia (OR)     601
Saint Mary's     621
Santa Clara     630
Gonzaga     530
Hawaii     211
Cal Poly     440
Loyola (CA)     440
San Francisco     260
Humboldt State     140
San Francisco State     170

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
Big Four Conference Tulsa 3–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Morgan College 3–0–2
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wichita 5–1
Far Western Conference Nevada
San Jose State Teachers
2–0–1
3–0–2
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Luther 4–1
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Ottawa 4–0
Lone Star Conference North Texas State Teachers 5–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hillsdale 4–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Carleton
Monmouth (IL)
Ripon
2–0–1
2–0–1
1–0–1
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint John's (MN) 4–0–1
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northeast Missouri State Teachers 4–0–0
Nebraska College Athletic Conference Hastings
Nebraska Wesleyan
4–0–1
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association Unknown
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Dakota Agricultural 4–0–0
North Dakota College Athletic Conference State Normal and Industrial (ND) 4–0–1
4–0
Northern Teachers Athletic Conference Duluth State Teachers
Mankato State Teachers
Moorhead State Teachers
St. Cloud State Teachers
2–1
Ohio Athletic Conference Case Tech 6–0–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Central State Teachers
Southwestern State Teachers (OK)
4–1–0
4–1
Pacific Northwest Conference College of Puget Sound 5–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Augustana (SD)
Black Hills Teachers
5–0
3–0–1
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Whittier 5–1
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tuskegee 4–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Wiley (TX) 5–0
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Howard Payne 5–0
Tri-Normal League Unknown
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference Whitewater State Teachers 4–0

Minor conference standings

1932 Big Four Conference (Oklahoma) football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tulsa $300  711
Oklahoma Baptist 210  540
Oklahoma City 120  551
Phillips 030  370
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Big Four Conference (Wisconsin) football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ripon $201  322
Carroll (WI) 210  420
Lawrence 120  341
Beloit 021  322
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Buckeye Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Miami (OH) 500  710
Ohio 310  720
Cincinnati 220  720
Ohio Wesleyan 220  540
Wittenberg 140  360
Denison 040  260
1932 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wichita $510  720
Pittsburg State 411  612
Washburn 411  631
College of Emporia 231  251
Fort Hays State 240  450
Southwestern (KS) 132  342
Emporia Teachers 051  251
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Morgan $601  701
Virginia State 611  711
Virginia Union 611  711
Hampton 521  521
Bluefield State 320  441
North Carolina College 350  350
Saint Paul's (VA) 350  350
Howard 240  340
North Carolina A&T 150  250
Lincoln 020  041
Shaw 040  042
Johnson C. Smith 040  140
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Dixie Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Mercer $300  720
Birmingham–Southern 510  530
Centre 210  630
Mississippi College 210  341
Southwestern (TN) 220  460
Millsaps 230  450
Chattanooga 230  360
Howard (AL) 240  370
Spring Hill 050  070
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
San Jose State +302  702
Nevada +201  332
Chico State 210  350
Pacific (CA) 220  440
Cal Aggies 140  181
Fresno State 031  352
  • + Conference co-champions
1932 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Illinois Wesleyan +600  620
McKendree +500  910
Augustana (IL) 501  602
Illinois State 620  720
Bradley 311  332
Western Illinois 421  421
St. Viator 210  341
Shurtleff 530  630
Millikin 320  521
Illinois College 330  340
Northern Illinois State 221  421
Monmouth (IL) 221  432
Lake Forest 220  431
North Central 240  450
Eureka 131  141
Wheaton (IL) 130  430
Southern Illinois 141  253
Carthage 043  144
Knox (IL) 040  080
Elmhurst 050  060
Eastern Illinois 060  170
  • + Conference co-champions
1932 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Manchester 400  610
Valparaiso 300  700
Wabash 402  422
DePauw 311  341
Butler 210  241
Franklin (IN) 421  431
Hanover 321  431
Rose Poly 330  530
Ball State 440  440
Evansville 221  241
Indiana State 340  350
Central Normal 160  170
Earlham 050  150
Oakland City 060  160
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ottawa $400  710
Kansas Wesleyan 310  530
Baker 220  441
Bethany (KS) 130  160
McPherson 040  360
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Texas State $500  811
Southwest Texas State 310  530
Trinity (TX) 211  521
East Texas State 221  341
Sam Houston State 140  261
Stephen F. Austin 050  270
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hillsdale $400  710
Albion 211  421
Hope 112  422
Kalamazoo 121  431
Alma 040  160
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Saint John's (MN) $401  601
Gustavus Adolphus 311  311
St. Thomas (MN) 310  521
Concordia (MN) 113  223
St. Olaf 220  250
Hamline 230  330
Macalester 131  141
Augsburg 050  050
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri Valley $400  611
Missouri Mines 100  431
Central Methodist 320  530
Tarkio 120  350
Drury 130  150
William Jewell 130  160
Culver–Stockton 010  430
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Kirksville State $400  800
SW Missouri State 211  322
NW Missouri State 220  441
Central Missouri State 121  431
SE Missouri State 040  261
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Nebraska College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hastings +401  521
Nebraska Wesleyan +401  431
Midland 230  440
Cotner 230  450
Doane 131  341
York (NE) 041  151
  • + Conference co-champions
1932 Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Peru State $300  620
Omaha 201  521
Chadron State 220  440
Wayne State (NE) 022  442
Kearney State 031  251
  • $ Conference champion
1932 New England Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Maine $201  511
New Hampshire 101  341
Rhode Island State 011  251
Connecticut 021  062
  • $ Conference champion
1932 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Dakota Agricultural $400  720
North Dakota 210  710
South Dakota 111  451
South Dakota State 121  251
Morningside 040  260
  • $ Conference champion
1932 North State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Catawba $400  621
Lenoir–Rhyne *410  541
Guilford 220  370
High Point 230  260
Appalachian State *030  451
Elon 030  260
  • $ Conference champion
  • * — Appalachian State forfeited a win over Lenoir–Rhyne due to an ineligible player.
1932 Northwest Ohio League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Bluffton $201  322
Defiance 210  350
Findlay 111  322
Wilmington (OH) 030  260
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Case $600  720
Heidelberg 610  611
Baldwin–Wallace 511  611
Ohio Northern 310  421
Toledo 310  340
Wooster 412  512
Muskingum 311  431
Otterbein 422  422
Marietta 321  322
John Carroll 321  541
Dayton 110  920
Kenyon 220  231
Akron 143  243
Capital 142  142
Oberlin 130  260
Ashland 151  251
Hiram 160  161
Kent State 052  052
Mount Union 160  180
Xavier 010  341
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Central State (OK) +410  631
SW Oklahoma State +410  630
SE Oklahoma State 211  541
East Central 221  432
NW Oklahoma State 130  270
Northeastern State 050  170
  • + Conference co-champions
1932 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Carson–Newman $300  521
King 410  521
Tusculum 320  520
Maryville 120  450
East Tennessee Teachers 020  331
Milligan 040  060
  • $ Conference champion
1932 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Augustana (SD) +500  610
Spearfish +301  701
Northern State 310  530
Yankton 312  422
Southern Normal 212  412
Dakota Wesleyan 230  350
Sioux Falls 130  250
South Dakota Mines 130  160
Eastern Normal 040  140
Huron 041  041
  • + Conference co-champions
  • Spearfish and South Dakota Mines played twice. The second game was not counted in the conference stnadings.
1932 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Whittier $510  1010
Redlands 520  720
La Verne 520  620
Occidental 421  441
Pomona 240  240
San Diego State 241  351
Caltech 250  270
Santa Barbara State 160  160
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wiley $500  900
Prairie View State 221  632
Texas College  ? ? ?  521
Bishop  ? ? ?   ? ? ?
Langston  ? ? ?   ? ? ?
Samuel Huston  ? ? ?   ? ? ?
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Texas Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Howard Payne $400  710
Southwestern (TX) 310  333
Simmons (TX) 121  451
St. Edward's 121  352
Austin 040  090
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas A&I $300  620
West Texas State 301  422
Sul Ross 301   ? ? ?
McMurry 230  242
Abilene Christian 140  261
Daniel Baker 050  271
  • $ Conference champion
1932 Tri-State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Waynesburg $400  810
Geneva 310  730
Westminster (PA) 220  460
Grove City 230  351
Thiel 130  360
Bethany (WV) 030  052
  • $ 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]

In addition, Professor Dickinson announced in 1932 that "differential points" would be factored in for an "intersectional game", with ratings of 0.00 for East schools, higher points for "Middlewest" (+4.77) and Southwest (+1.36), negatives for the South (-2.59), the Big Six (-2.60) and the Pacific Coast (-2.71).

[8]

Final Dickinson rankings

Michigan and USC were both unbeaten and untied, but as a "Middlewest" team, Michigan had a higher average rating. The higher weight put four Big Ten Conference teams in Dickinson's top 11: Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

In 1932, the national championship trophy was presented to the winning school by the Four Horsemen of the 1924 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team: Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Don Miller, and Elmer Layden. [8]

RankTeamRecordRating
1 Michigan 8–028.47
2 USC 9–026.81
3 Pittsburgh 8–0–226.49
4 Purdue 7–0–126.33
5 Colgate 9–025.00
6 Ohio State 4–1–323.60
7 Notre Dame 7–220.44
8 Army 8–220.00
9 Tennessee 9–0–119.16
10 TCU 9–0–119.12
11 Wisconsin 6–1–118.80

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The 1966 University Division football season was marked by some controversy as the year of "The Tie", a famous 10–10 game between the two top-ranked teams, Michigan State and Notre Dame on November 19. Both teams were crowned national champions by various organizations after the regular season concluded, and neither participated in bowl game. Alabama finished the regular season undefeated and was third in the AP poll, while Georgia was fourth. Alabama went on to win the Sugar Bowl in dominant fashion. During the 20th century, the NCAA had no playoff for the major college football teams in the University Division, later known as Division I-A.

In the 1968 NCAA University Division football season, the system of "polls and bowls" changed. The Associated Press returned to its pre-1961 system of ranking the Top 20 rather than the Top 10, and voted on the national champion after the bowl games, rather than before. During the 20th century, the NCAA had no playoff for the major college football teams in the University Division, later known as Division I-A.

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

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.

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 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.

The 1936 college football season was the first in which the Associated Press writers' poll selected a national champion. The first AP poll, taken of 35 writers, was released on October 20, 1936. 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. In the first poll, Minnesota received 32 first place votes, and 3 votes for an additional 25 points, for a total of 345 altogether.

The 1954 college football season saw three teams finish unbeaten and untied, with Ohio State Buckeyes and the UCLA Bruins sharing the national championship as the No. 1 picks of the AP Poll and the UPI Poll, respectively. Although the winners of the Big Ten and the Pacific conferences normally met in the Rose Bowl, a "no repeat" prevented the two champions from meeting. UCLA, which had been in the Rose Bowl earlier in the year, was replaced by conference runner-up USC.

The 1953 college football season finished with the Maryland Terrapins capturing the AP, INS, and UPI national championship after Notre Dame held the top spot for the first nine weeks. The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners defeated Maryland in the Orange Bowl, but there was no further polling after the November 30 results were released. However, Notre Dame was selected as the National Champions by 10 other polls and the Oklahoma Sooners received first in two polls. However, despite the team receiving National Championship rings, the University of Notre Dame does not recognize this title due to their policy of only recognizing AP or coaches' poll titles during the polling era (1936–present). Maryland was also the first champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which had been formed earlier in 1953 by seven colleges formerly with the Southern Conference. The year 1953 also saw the Michigan State Spartans, previously an independent, join the Big Nine Conference, which then became the Big Ten; MSU won the conference title in that first year and was the conference representative to the Rose Bowl, which it won 28–20 over UCLA.

The 1948 college football season finished with two unbeaten and untied teams; Michigan and Clemson. Michigan was the first place choice for the majority voters in the AP Poll, but didn't play in the postseason because of a no-repeat rule for Big Nine schools. Notre Dame, second in the AP Poll, tied USC 14–14 at the end of the regular season, but did not participate in any bowl per university policy at the time. Northwestern beat California 20–14 in the Rose Bowl, and Clemson defeated Missouri by a point in the Gator Bowl.

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 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.

The 1941 college football regular season was the 73rd season of intercollegiate football in the United States. Competition included schools from the Big Ten Conference, the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the Big Six Conference, the Southern Conference, the Southwestern Conference, and numerous smaller conferences and independent programs.

The 1943 college football season concluded with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame crowned as the nation's No. 1 team by a majority of the voters in the AP Poll, followed by the Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks as the runner-up. For the third time in the history of the AP Poll, a team that had lost a game was named mythical national champion;. Notre Dame lost its final game of the season, a Chicago contest against the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Along the way, however, the Fighting Irish had played one of the toughest college schedules ever, beating two No. 2 ranked teams and two No. 3 ranked teams. Purdue University would seemingly have a claim on the 1943 Championship as well as the only undefeated team playing a full schedule, but the Purdue athletic department has never pursued the claim.

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  2. "Pitt is Swamped in 35–0 Landslide," Charleston Daily Mail, Jan. 3, 1933, p9
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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
  8. 1 2 "Rockne Grid Trophy Given To Michigan," Syracuse Herald, December 11, 1932, p8