1933 college football season

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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.

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The unofficial east–west championship game, the Rose Bowl, was between Stanford (8–1–1) who was ranked behind USC and unranked Columbia (7–1). The Columbia Lions won the Rose Bowl game 7–0.

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Two new conferences began play in 1933:

Membership changes

School1932 Conference1933 Conference
Auburn Tigers SoCon SEC
Alabama Crimson Tide SoCon SEC
Florida Gators SoCon SEC
Georgia Buldogs SoCon SEC
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets SoCon SEC
Kentucky Wildcats SoCon SEC
LSU Tigers SoCon SEC
Mississippi Rebels SoCon SEC
Mississippi State Bulldogs SoCon SEC
Northeastern Huskies No program NEC
Sewanee Tigers SoCon SEC
Tennessee Volunteers SoCon SEC
Tulane Green Wave SoCon SEC
Vanderbilt Commodores SoCon SEC

September

September 23 USC opened its season with a doubleheader against Occidental College, and Whittier College. Using a combination of varsity and reserves, the Trojans won 39–0 and 51–0, respectively. [1] Although future President Richard M. Nixon had been on the freshman football team at Whittier, he was not part of the varsity squad that played against USC. Oregon defeated Linfield College 53–0. Stanford beat San Jose State 27–0

September 30 Stanford narrowly defeated UCLA 3–0, USC beat Loyola Marymount 18–0, and Oregon won at Gonzaga 14–0. Army opened with a 19–6 win over Mercer College. Minnesota beat visiting South Dakota State 19–6. Pittsburgh beat Washington & Jefferson 9–0.

October

October 7 USC defeated Washington State 33–0, Stanford beat Santa Clara 7–0, and Oregon got past Portland College 14–7. Minnesota and Indiana tied 6–6. Michigan (whose team included Gerald Ford as a center) beat Michigan State 20–6, Purdue beat Ohio University 13–6, and Ohio State rolled over Virginia 75–0. Army beat Virginia Military Institute (VMI) 32–0 Pittsburgh beat West Virginia 21–0. Nebraska beat visiting Texas 26–0. Princeton opened its season with a shutout (40–0) over Amherst.

October 14 In Minneapolis, Minnesota and Purdue played to a 7–7 tie. In Chicago, Stanford and Northwestern played to a 0–0 tie. Oregon won at Washington 6–0, and USC beat St. Mary's 14–7. Army defeated Delaware 52–0 and Pittsburgh beat Navy 34–6. Ohio State defeated Vanderbilt 20–0. Michigan beat Cornell 40–0. Nebraska won at Iowa State 20–0. Princeton recorded its second shutout, a 45–0 win over Williams. Tennessee suffered its first defeat since 1930, losing 10–2 against Duke.

October 21 Michigan beat visiting Ohio State 13–0. Minnesota (1–0–2) hosted Pittsburgh (3–0–0), with the home team Gophers winning, 7–3. Purdue won at Chicago 14–0. In Portland, USC and Oregon State played to a 0–0 tie. Stanford won at the University of San Francisco, 20–13. In Cleveland Army beat Illinois 6–0. Nebraska won at Kansas State 9–0. Oregon beat Idaho 19–0 in a Friday Night game. Princeton beat Columbia, 20–0, to stay unscored upon.

October 28 USC narrowly won at California, 6–3, Oregon won at UCLA 7–0, and Stanford lost at Washington 6–0. Michigan won at Chicago 28–0, Ohio State beat Northwestern 12–0, Minnesota beat Iowa 19–7, and Purdue won at Wisconsin 14–0. Army won at Yale 21–0. Pittsburgh won at Notre Dame 14–0. Nebraska beat Oklahoma 16–7. Princeton narrowly won, but stayed unscored upon, with a 6–0 win over Washington & Lee.

November

November 4 Oregon beat Utah 26–7. Stanford beat the Olympic Club 21–0 and Army beat Coe College 34–0. Purdue beat Carnegie Tech 17–7. Michigan won at Illinois, 7–6, Ohio State beat Indiana 21–0. Minnesota and Northwestern played to a 0–0 tie. Pittsburgh beat Centre College 37–0. Nebraska stayed unbeaten with a 26–0 win over Missouri. Princeton extended its shutout streak to five with a 33–0 win at Brown.

November 11 In Los Angeles, USC (6–0–1) hosted Stanford (5–1–1). The Trojans suffered their first defeat in 27 games, losing 13–7, in a game that ultimately decided the Pacific Coast championship. Michigan defeated Iowa 5–3. At Portland, Oregon beat Oregon State, 13–3 to extend its record to 8–0–0. Army won at Harvard 27–0. In Phildadelphia, Ohio State beat Penn 20–7 and Purdue won at Notre Dame 19–0. Pittsburgh beat Duquesne 7–0 and Nebraska defeated Kansas 12–0 Princeton beat Dartmouth, 7–0, for its sixth straight shutout.

November 18 USC (6–1–1) handed visiting Oregon (8–0–0) its first defeat, 26–0. Michigan (6–0–0) and Minnesota (3–0–3), both unbeaten, played to a scoreless tie. Pittsburgh (6–1–0) hosted Nebraska (5–0–0) and won 6–0. Princeton beat visiting Navy 13–0. In seven games, it had outscored its opponents 164–0. Stanford beat Montana 33–7. Army defeated Pennsylvania Military Institute, 12–0. Ohio State won at Wisconsin 6–0. Purdue suffered its first loss of the season, falling 14–6 to visiting Iowa.

November 25 Princeton was finally scored upon, after holding its first seven opponents scoreless. The streak was broken by Rutgers, which lost 26–6. USC won at Notre Dame, 19–0 and Stanford beat California 7–3. The annual Army–Navy Game took place in Philadelphia, and Army won 12–7. Ohio State closed its season with a 7–6 win over Illinois and Michigan won at Northwestern 13–0, Minnesota beat Wisconsin 6–3, and Purdue won at Indiana 19–3. Nebraska beat Iowa 7–6

Thanksgiving Day fell on November 30 in 1933. Nebraska defeated Oregon State 22–0 to close its season at 8–1–0. Oregon won at St. Mary's, 13–7. Pittsburgh beat Carnegie Tech 16–0.

December

December 2 In Los Angeles, USC (8–1–1) hosted Georgia (8–1–0) and won 31–0 Army (9–0–0) and Notre Dame (2–5–1) met at Yankee Stadium. The Fighting Irish pulled off a 13–12 upset. Princeton, no longer having to maintain a streak of shutouts, won at Yale 27–2 to finish as the nation's only unbeaten and untied team.

1934 Rose Bowl

The Columbia Lions defeated the Stanford Indians (now Cardinal) 7–0. [2] Cliff Montgomery, the Columbia quarterback, was named the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game when the award was created in 1953 and selections were made retroactively. [3]

Other bowls

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1933 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Nebraska $500  810
Kansas State 410  621
Oklahoma 320  441
Kansas 230  541
Iowa State 140  351
Missouri 050  180
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Michigan +501  701
No. 3 Minnesota +204  404
No. 5 Ohio State 410  710
No. 10 Purdue 311  611
Illinois 320  530
Iowa 320  530
Northwestern 141  152
Chicago 032  332
Indiana 032  152
Wisconsin 051  251
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System
1933 Border Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas Tech $100  810
Arizona State–Flagstaff 410  510
Arizona 320  530
New Mexico 220  341
Arizona State 230  350
New Mexico A&M 040  260
  • $ Conference champion
  • Reference [4]
1933 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Rutgers $200  631
Lafayette 110  351
Lehigh 020  260
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oklahoma A&M $200  621
Drake 510  631
Creighton 220  341
Washington University 120  450
Butler 020  260
Grinnell 030  081
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Stanford ^ +410  821
Oregon +410  910
USC 411  1011
Oregon State 211  622
Washington State 331  531
California 222  632
Washington 340  540
UCLA 131  641
Idaho 140  440
Montana 040  340
  • + Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
1933 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Utah $510  530
Colorado Agricultural 511  511
Denver 511  531
Colorado 520  720
BYU 530  540
Utah State 430  440
Colorado Teachers 330  430
Colorado College 241  251
Montana State 130  250
Wyoming 161  261
Colorado Mines 150  150
Western State (CO) 050  050
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Alabama $501  711
LSU 302  703
Georgia 310  820
Tennessee 520  730
Tulane 421  631
Auburn 220  550
Ole Miss 221  632
Vanderbilt 222  433
Florida 230  531
Kentucky 230  550
Georgia Tech 250  550
Mississippi State 151  361
Sewanee 060  360
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Murray State $700  900
Howard (AL) 500  712
Centenary 300  804
Furman 401  612
Union (KY) 301  411
Miami (FL) 201  512
Western Kentucky 510  620
Centre 310  730
Loyola (LA) 310  641
Rollins 210  620
SW Louisiana 320  630
Presbyterian 320  422
Millsaps 321  442
Newberry 221  631
Tennessee Tech 220  440
The Citadel 221  351
Louisiana Normal 230  630
Mississippi College 230  341
Georgetown (KY) 231  251
Mississippi State Teachers 241  352
Southwestern (TN) 120  342
Louisiana Tech 130  170
Louisiana College 140  340
Wofford 140  360
Transylvania 140  171
Erskine 150  270
Union (TN) 150  370
Louisville 160  170
Stetson 001  421
Mercer 001  432
Eastern Kentucky 022  123
Middle Tennessee 040  171
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Duke $400  910
South Carolina 300  631
North Carolina 210  450
VMI 211  271
Washington and Lee 111  442
Clemson 110  362
VPI 113  433
Virginia 131  262
Maryland 140  370
NC State 040  153
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Arkansas $410  731
TCU 420  921
Baylor 420  640
Texas A&M 221  631
Texas 231  452
SMU 240  471
Rice 150  380
  • $ Conference champion

Independents

1933 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Princeton     900
Duquesne     1010
Army     910
Boston College     810
Columbia     810
Pittsburgh     810
Colgate     611
Bucknell     720
Fordham     620
Tufts     620
Villanova     721
Drexel     530
Massachusetts State     530
Temple     530
Manhattan     531
Cornell     430
Carnegie Tech     432
La Salle     332
Syracuse     440
Yale     440
Penn State     331
Brown     350
Vermont     350
Franklin & Marshall     450
NYU     241
Penn     241
Northeastern     131
Boston University     250
1933 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
DePaul     601
Detroit     710
Michigan State Normal     520
Saint Louis     630
Central State (MI)     521
Michigan State     422
Missouri Mines     430
Western State (MI)     331
Marquette     341
Notre Dame     351
Detroit City     251
1933 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oklahoma City     810
Tulsa     610
Texas A&I     620
Catholic University     630
South Georgia Teachers     530
Western Maryland     530
William & Mary Norfolk     531
George Washington     531
Navy     540
Delaware State     440
Oglethorpe     450
Texas Mines     351
West Virginia     352
Delaware     242
Dixie     240
Georgetown     161
East Carolina     150
1933 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Cal Poly     700
Loyola (CA)     721
Santa Clara     621
Saint Mary's     631
Hawaii     430
Columbia (OR)     431
Humboldt State     110
Gonzaga     261
San Francisco State     260
San Francisco     161

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Morgan College 9–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wichita 6–0
Far Western Conference Nevada 3–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Simpson 6–0–1
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Ottawa 4–0
Lone Star Conference East Texas State Teachers 5–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hillsdale 4–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Coe 4–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Gustavus Adolphus 4–0–1
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northeast Missouri State Teachers 4–0
Nebraska College Athletic Conference Hastings 3–0–1
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association State Normal–Chadron 4–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Dakota State College 4–0
North Dakota College Athletic Conference Jamestown College 5–0–1
Northern Teachers Athletic Conference St. Cloud State Teachers 4–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Dayton 2–0–1
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Southwestern State Teachers (OK) 4–0
Pacific Northwest Conference College of Puget Sound 5–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Augustana (SD)
Northern Normal and Industrial
4–0
4–0–1
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Redlands 6–0–1
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tuskegee
Southwestern Athletic Conference Wiley (TX) 5–0
Texas Conference St. Edward's (TX) 5–1
Tri-Normal League State Normal–Ellensburg 2–0
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference Stevens Point State Teachers 3–0–1

Minor conference standings

1933 Buckeye Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Cincinnati +410  720
Miami (OH) +410  720
Ohio 311  621
Ohio Wesleyan 230  640
Marshall 131  351
Wittenberg 050  260
  • + Conference co-champions
1933 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wichita $600  820
Fort Hays State 312  622
Pittsburg State 222  432
Washburn 231  461
Emporia Teachers 240  351
College of Emporia 132  432
Southwestern (KS) 141  162
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Morgan $800  900
Hampton 711  711
Bluefield State 412  522
Virginia Union 423  424
Saint Paul's (VA) 422  424
North Carolina A&T 333  333
North Carolina College 440  440
Howard 330  330
Johnson C. Smith 150  150
Virginia State 180  180
Lincoln (PA) 041  142
Shaw 060  160
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Dixie Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Howard (AL) $401  712
Centre 200  730
Mercer 201  432
Birmingham–Southern 213  333
Mississippi College 111  341
Millsaps 111  442
Southwestern (TN) 131  342
Chattanooga 022  232
Spring Hill 050  071
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Nevada $300  440
San Jose State 310  440
Pacific (CA) 320  550
Fresno State 120  540
Chico State 130  260
Cal Aggies 140  250
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Illinois Wesleyan $401  621
North Central 202  402
St. Viator 200  340
Millikin 102  312
McKendree 410  630
Augustana (IL) 411  711
Illinois College 411  421
Carthage 311  412
Illinois State 520  630
Southern Illinois 420  441
Lake Forest 210  331
Bradley 321  352
Northern Illinois State 430  540
Monmouth (IL) 230  450
Western Illinois 240  350
Wheaton (IL) 122  223
Eastern Illinois 150  180
Elmhurst 031  051
Shurtleff 050  071
Knox (IL) 050  080
Eureka 070  070
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
DePauw $700  700
Valparaiso 300  710
Indiana State 610  710
Hanover 510  620
Wabash 421  421
Central Normal 320  421
Oakland City 320  330
Butler 230  260
Gary120  230
Evansville 241  251
Franklin (IN) 241  251
Earlham 130  330
Manchester 130  151
Ball State 161  161
Rose Poly 080  080
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
East Texas State $500  521
Southwest Texas State 311  711
North Texas State 221  342
Sam Houston State 122  342
Trinity (TX) 131  252
Stephen F. Austin 041  061
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ottawa $400  530
McPherson 310  720
Kansas Wesleyan 220  540
Baker 130  270
Bethany (KS) 040  170
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hillsdale $400  602
Hope 112  322
Kalamazoo 112  322
Albion 022  132
Alma 022  042
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Gustavus Adolphus $401  502
St. Thomas (MN) 410  522
St. Olaf 310  430
Saint Mary's (MN) 221  331
Concordia (MN) 221  233
Hamline 221  231
Saint John's (MN) 122  332
Macalester 140  150
Augsburg 050  050
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri Valley $201  421
Tarkio 210  620
Culver–Stockton 110  510
Central Methodist 121  151
William Jewell 022  143
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Kirksville State $400  900
Central Missouri State 310  630
SE Missouri State 220  531
NW Missouri State 130  180
SW Missouri State 040  250
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Nebraska College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hastings $301  421
Nebraska Wesleyan 310  351
Midland 220  340
York (NE) 022  442
Doane 031  152
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Chadron State $400  610
Omaha 211  531
Wayne State (NE) 112  612
Peru State 121  521
Kearney State 040  062
  • $ Conference champion
1933 New England Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Rhode Island State $200  620
New Hampshire 100  331
Connecticut State 010  161
Maine 020  430
  • $ Conference champion
1933 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
South Dakota State $400  630
North Dakota Agricultural 211  324
North Dakota 121  351
Morningside 130  440
South Dakota 130  560
  • $ Conference champion
1933 North State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Elon $201  531
Appalachian State 100  720
Lenoir–Rhyne 211  333
Catawba 111  252
Guilford 111  271
Western Carolina 040  171
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Dayton $201  821
Wooster 710  711
Akron 521  531
Case 420  531
Muskingum 421  521
Baldwin–Wallace 421  531
Toledo 321  521
John Carroll 322  522
Hiram 222  223
Kent State 223  223
Otterbein 331  341
Mount Union 340  351
Heidelberg 232  252
Marietta 231  331
Ashland 241  341
Bowling Green 132  232
Capital 142  142
Oberlin 130  440
Kenyon 041  151
Ohio Northern 041  052
Xavier *100  540
  • $ Conference champion
  • * – did not compete for championship
1933 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
SW Oklahoma State $400  721
SE Oklahoma State 210  520
Northeastern State 320  331
Central State (OK) 221  451
East Central 032  252
NW Oklahoma State 031  341
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Carson–Newman $600  710
East Tennessee Teachers 311  612
Maryville 320  451
Tusculum 122  232
King 140  460
Milligan 041  261
Cumberland (TN) 010  730
  • $ Conference champion
1933 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Augustana (SD) +400  520
Northern State +401  422
Huron 412  412
South Dakota Mines 310  430
Yankton 321  332
Eastern Normal 220  321
Southern Normal 240  350
Sioux Falls 140  340
Dakota Wesleyan 160  160
Spearfish 040  170
  • + Conference co-champions
  • South Dakota Mines and Spearfish played twice. The second game was not counted in the conference stnadings.
1933 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Redlands $601  611
Whittier 312  442
La Verne 320  340
San Diego State 421  441
Pomona 230  250
Occidental 240  260
Caltech 250  270
Santa Barbara State 160  180
  • $ Conference champion
1933 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Langston +      
Prairie View +      
  • + Conference co-champions
1933 Texas Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
St. Edward's $510  720
Howard Payne 420  531
Abilene Christian *212  532
McMurry 320  442
Austin 122  162
Simmons (TX) 121  451
Southwestern (TX) 141  182
Daniel Baker 042  072
  • $ Conference champion
  • * – Abilene Christian's game against Texas A&I counted in conference standings even though Texas A&I was not a conference member.
1933 Tri-State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Geneva $400  730
Grove City 410  611
Thiel 230  340
Westminster (PA) 120  260
Waynesburg 130  270
Bethany (WV) 030  051
  • $ Conference champion

Dickinson System

The AP sportswriters' poll would not begin continuously until 1936. [5] (although, the first time was a one instance publishing in 1934 [6] ) 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 the Rockne Memorial Trophy was awarded to the winning university. [7]

In an AP story with the caption "Figure This Out!", the system was explained: "For each victory of a first division team over another first division team, the winner gets 30 points and the loser 15 points. For each tie between two first division teams, each team gets 12.5 points. For each victory of a first division team over a second division team, the first division winner gets 20 points and the second division loser 10 points. For each tie between two second division teams, each gets 15 points. For each tie between a first division team and a second division team, the first division team gets 15 points and the second division team gets 20 points. Then, after each team has been given its quota of points its final "score" is tabulated by taking an average on the number of games played." [8]

Final Dickinson rankings

Michigan (7–0–1), Minnesota (4–0–4) and Princeton (9–0) were all unbeaten, and Princeton was untied as well. Based on its schedule, Michigan was ranked highest by Professor Dickinson. As in 1932, Dickinson, an economics professor at the University of Illinois, included four Big Ten Conference teams among the best in the US. In 1933, they were Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Purdue.

[9]

RankTeamRecordRating
1 Michigan 7–0–128.52
2 Nebraska 8–124.61
3 Minnesota 4–0–423.87
4 Pittsburgh 8–123.01
5 Ohio State 7–122.79
6 USC 10–1–122.61
7 Princeton 9–022.50
8 Oregon 9–122.36
9 Army 9–122.16
10 Purdue 6–1–121.88
11 Stanford 9–1–120.34

Awards and honors

All-Americans

The consensus All-America team included:

PositionNameHeightWeight (lbs.)ClassHometownTeam
QB Cotton Warburton 5'7"145Jr. San Diego, California USC
HB Beattie Feathers 5'10"180Sr. Bristol, Virginia Tennessee
HB George Sauer 6'2"195Sr. Stratton, Nebraska Nebraska
FB Duane Purvis Jr. Mattoon, Illinois Purdue
E Joe Skladany 5'10"190Sr. Larksville, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh
T Whitey Wistert 6'2"210Sr. Chicago, Illinois Pittsburgh
G Bill Corbus 5'11"178Sr. San Francisco, California Stanford
C Chuck Bernard 6'3"225Sr. Benton Harbor, Michigan Michigan
G Aaron Rosenberg 6'0"210Sr. Brooklyn, New York USC
T Fred Crawford 6'2"195Sr. Waynesville, North Carolina Duke
E Paul Geisler Sr. Berwick, Louisiana Centenary

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The 1970 NCAA University Division football season was marked by tragedy, due to two airplane crashes. On October 2, one of the planes carrying the Wichita State football team crashed on the way to a game against Utah State, killing 31 people on board, including 14 players. Then, on November 14, the charter for the Marshall Thundering Herd crashed on the way home from a game against East Carolina, killing all 75 persons.

The 1972 NCAA University Division football season saw the USC Trojans, coached by John McKay, go undefeated and win the national championship as the unanimous choice of the 50 AP panelists. Eighth-ranked in the preseason, the Trojans were narrowly voted No. 1 in the first AP poll, and stayed out front for the rest of the year.

The 1975 NCAA Division I football season saw University of Oklahoma repeat as national champion in the Associated Press (AP) writers' poll, and were ranked No. 1 in the United Press International (UPI) coaches' poll, just ahead of runner up Arizona State, runner-up in both final polls, despite having an undefeated 12–0 season and a win over Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.

The 1976 NCAA Division I football season ended with a championship for the Panthers of the University of Pittsburgh. Led by head coach Johnny Majors, the Pitt Panthers brought a college football championship to the home of the defending pro football champions, the Steelers. Pitt also had the Heisman Trophy winner, Tony Dorsett; the Panthers had been ranked ninth in the preseason AP poll.

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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

References

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  2. Rose Bowl Game Photo Timeline Archived 2008-05-20 at the Wayback Machine
  3. 2008 Rose Bowl Program Archived 2008-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
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  7. Herschel Nissenson Tales From College Football's Sidelines (Sports Publishing LLC, 2001), p93.
  8. "Grid Season Put In Hands 'Brain Trust'," The Evening Tribune (Albert Lea, Minn.) Nov. 27, 1934, p12
  9. "Dickinson System Awards Michigan National Grid Title," Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.), December 10, 1933, p19