1937 college football season

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The 1937 college football season ended with the Panthers of the University of Pittsburgh being named the nation's No. 1 team (and "mythical national champion") 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.

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The NCAA began keeping official game statistics in 1937.

Conference and program changes

School1936 Conference1937 Conference
Akron Zippers Ohio Athletic Independent
Saint Louis Billikens Independent Missouri Valley

September

September 25 The defending champion Minnesota Gophers opened their season with a 69–7 win over visiting North Dakota State. LSU beat Florida, 19–0. Alabama beat Samford 41–0. California won 30–7 over St. Mary's. In Seattle, Washington beat Iowa, 14–0. The day before, Pittsburgh had opened with a 59–0 win over Ohio Wesleyan.

October

October 2 Minnesota lost at Nebraska, 14–9. LSU defeated Texas 9–0. Pittsburgh won at West Virginia, 20–0. In Birmingham, Alabama beat Sewanee, 65–0. In Los Angeles, Washington defeated USC, 7–0. California beat Oregon State, 24–6. Yale beat Maine, 26–0.

October 9 In Houston, LSU defeated Rice, 13–0. Pittsburgh beat its cross-town rival, Duquesne, 6–0. Alabama beat South Carolina, 20–0. All three teams had held their opposition scoreless. California defeated Washington State 27–0. Washington lost to Oregon State, 6–3. Yale beat Penn, 27–7. Minnesota recovered from its Nebraska loss to beat Indiana 6–0.

October 16 LSU registered its fourth shutout in four starts, a 13–0 win over Ole Miss. Pittsburgh and Fordham played to a 0–0 tie in New York. Alabama yielded its first points, but won at Tennessee, 14–7. California beat (later UC-Davis) 14–0 and Pacific, 20–0, in a doubleheader. Yale defeated Army, 15–7. Minnesota won at Michigan, 39–6. In the first poll taken, California was No. 1, followed by Alabama, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Yale. LSU, despite a 54–0 scoring edge over its opposition, was sixth.

October 23 No. 1 California beat No. 11 USC 20–6. In Washington, No. 2 Alabama defeated GWU, 19–0. No. 3 Pittsburgh won at No. 16 Wisconsin 26–6. No. 4 Minnesota was idle. No. 5 Yale beat No. 19 Cornell, 9–0.

The next top five was 1.California 2.Pittsburgh 3.Alabama 4.Minnesota 5.Yale

October 30 In Los Angeles, No. 1 California defeated UCLA 27–14, while in Pittsburgh, the No. 2 Pitt Panthers beat Carnegie Tech, 25–14. No. 3 Alabama beat Kentucky, 41–0. No. 4 Minnesota lost to Notre Dame, 7–6, and No. 5 Yale and No. 9 Dartmouth played to a 9–9 tie. No. 6 Baylor, which reached 6–0–0 with a 6–0 win over TCU, and No. 10 Fordham, which won at No. 15 North Carolina, 14–0, reached the next Top Five. The next top five was 1.California 2.Alabama 3.Pittsburgh 4.Baylor 5.Fordham

November

November 6 No. 1 California and Washington played to a 0–0 tie. In New Orleans, No. 2 Alabama beat No. 19 Tulane, 9–6. No. 3 Pittsburgh won at No. 12 Notre Dame, 21–6 to take the top spot in the next poll. No. 4 Baylor lost to unranked Texas, 9–6. No. 5 Fordham beat Purdue, 21–3. No. 9 Dartmouth, which beat Princeton 33–9, reached the next Top Five: 1.Pittsburgh 2.California 3.Alabama 4.Fordham 5.Dartmouth

November 13 No. 1 Pittsburgh defeated visiting No. 11 Nebraska, 13–7. In Portland, No. 2 California beat Oregon, 26–0. In Birmingham, No. 3 Alabama beat Georgia Tech, 7–0. No. 4 Fordham was idle. No. 5 Dartmouth and Cornell played to a 6–6 tie. No. 6 Yale returned to the Top Five with a 26–0 win over Princeton: 1.Pittsburgh 2.California 3.Alabama 4.Fordham 5.Yale

November 20 No. 1 Pittsburgh beat Penn State, 28–7. No. 2 California won at No. 13 Stanford, 13–0, to finish at 9–0–1. No. 3 Alabama was idle. No. 4 Fordham beat St. Mary's, 6–0. No. 5 Yale lost its final game of the season, 13–6, at Harvard. No. 7 Minnesota closed its season with a 13–6 win over Wisconsin to return to the Top Five: 1.Pittsburgh 2.California 3.Fordham 4.Alabama 5.Minnesota

On Thanksgiving Day , No. 4 Alabama beat No. 12 Vanderbilt 9–7 in Nashville. Then, on November 27 No. 1 Pittsburgh closed its season unbeaten (8–0–1) with a 10–0 win at No. 18 Duke. No. 3 Fordham closed its season unbeaten (7–0–1) with a 20–7 win over NYU at Yankee Stadium. No. 2 California and No. 5 Minnesota had completed their seasons.

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1937 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 11 Nebraska $302  612
Oklahoma 311  522
Kansas 212  342
Missouri 221  361
Iowa State 140  360
Kansas State 140  450
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Minnesota $500  620
No. 13 Ohio State 510  620
Indiana 320  530
Michigan 330  440
Northwestern 330  440
Purdue 221  431
Wisconsin 221  431
Illinois 230  332
Chicago 040  160
Iowa 050  170
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Border Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas Tech $300  840
New Mexico A&M 410  720
Arizona 310  820
Texas Mines 211  712
New Mexico 231  441
Arizona State–Flagstaff 140  550
Arizona State 050  081
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Lafayette $200  800
Rutgers 110  540
Lehigh 020  180
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tulsa $300  622
Drake 410  820
Saint Louis 210  721
Oklahoma A&M 220  460
Washington University 220  460
Grinnell 130  261
Creighton 130  270
Washburn 030  0100
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 California $601  1001
Stanford 421  432
Washington 422  722
Washington State 332  333
Idaho 220  431
Oregon State 233  333
USC 232  442
Oregon 250  460
UCLA 151  261
Montana 010  710
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 17 Colorado $700  810
BYU 520  630
Denver 520  630
Utah 520  530
Western State (CO) 310  530
Colorado College 330  540
Utah State 241  242
Wyoming 240  350
Colorado State–Greeley 240  260
Montana State 031  341
Colorado Mines 150  250
Colorado A&M 160  170
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Alabama $600  910
No. 8 LSU 510  920
Auburn 412  623
Vanderbilt 420  720
Mississippi State 320  541
Georgia Tech 321  631
Tennessee 430  631
Florida 340  470
Tulane 231  541
Georgia 122  632
Ole Miss 040  451
Kentucky 050  460
Sewanee 060  270
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Murray State $601  811
Erskine 500  640
Centre 300  621
Western Kentucky 301  711
Centenary 102  633
Miami (FL) 100  441
Morehead State 410  710
Louisiana Tech 312  632
Louisiana Normal 311  441
Middle Tennessee 211  611
Mississippi State Teachers 420  730
Union (KY) 210  430
Eastern Kentucky 321  521
Rollins 320  540
Oglethorpe 330  361
SW Louisiana 231  431
Stetson 230  540
Mississippi College 231  361
Wofford 230  270
Newberry 230  280
Transylvania 240  350
Louisiana College 240  360
Millsaps 132  352
Georgetown (KY) 130  350
Louisville 131  251
Troy State 130  272
Tennessee Tech 151  351
West Tennessee State 150  360
Presbyterian 030  0100
Union (TN) 051  181
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Maryland $200  820
No. 19 North Carolina 401  711
Clemson 201  441
No. 20 Duke 510  721
VMI 420  550
NC State 421  531
South Carolina 221  561
Washington and Lee 230  450
The Citadel 230  740
Richmond 230  541
Furman 122  432
VPI 240  550
William & Mary 130  450
Wake Forest 140  360
Davidson 160  280
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 18 Rice $411  632
No. 16 TCU 312  442
No. T–14 Arkansas 321  622
Baylor 330  730
Texas A&M 222  522
SMU 240  560
Texas 150  261
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Independents

1937 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Pittsburgh     901
No. 6 Villanova     801
No. 3 Fordham     701
No. 7 Dartmouth     702
No. T–14 Holy Cross     802
St. Thomas (PA)     611
No. 12 Yale     611
Army     720
Boston University     620
Cornell     521
Harvard     521
Syracuse     521
No. 12 Manhattan     631
Penn State     530
Duquesne     640
Brown     540
NYU     540
Temple     324
Boston College     441
Bucknell     332
Buffalo     440
Princeton     440
Tufts     341
Colgate     350
Columbia     252
Hofstra     240
Carnegie Tech     251
Penn     251
Vermont     260
La Salle     270
Massachusetts State     171
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Michigan State     820
Akron     720
Central Michigan     620
DePaul     512
Wayne     620
No. T–9 Notre Dame     621
Detroit     730
Michigan State Normal     521
Western State (MI)     530
Xavier     451
Marquette     360
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Delaware State     100
Hardin–Simmons     801
West Virginia     811
Catholic University     530
William & Mary Norfolk Division     530
Navy     441
George Washington     341
Georgetown     242
Western Maryland     360
East Carolina     250
Loyola (LA)     261
Virginia     270
South Georgia Teachers     290
Delaware     170
Oklahoma City     190
1937 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. T–9 Santa Clara     900
San Jose State     1121
Pomona     621
Humboldt State     420
Idaho Southern Branch     630
Cal Poly     422
Portland     431
Saint Mary's     432
San Francisco     451
Loyola (CA)     470
Gonzaga     262
Hawaii     260
San Francisco State     161
Rankings from AP Poll

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
Alamo Conference Texas A&I
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Morgan College 6–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wichita 4–0
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Drexel 3–1
Far Western Conference Fresno State Normal 4–0
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Butler 3–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint Ambrose
Upper Iowa
5–0
6–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Baker 4–1
Lone Star Conference East Texas State Teachers 4–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Kalamazoo 4–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Cornell College 7–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Gustavus Adolphus 5–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southeast Missouri State Teachers 5–0
Nebraska College Athletic Conference Hastings 2–0–1
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association Nebraska State Teachers–Chadron 2–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Dakota 3–0
North Dakota College Athletic Conference North Dakota Science 4–0–1
Northern Teachers Athletic Conference St. Cloud State Teachers 4–0
Northern Teachers Athletic Conference Duluth State Teachers 3–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Baldwin Wallace 4–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Central State Teachers (OK) 5–0–1
Pacific Northwest Conference Willamette 3–0
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Lock Haven State Teachers 5–0–1
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Augustana (SD) 4–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference San Diego State 4–1
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M College 5–0–1
Southwestern Athletic Conference Texas College 5–0–1
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Howard Payne 7–0
Tri-Normal League State Normal–Cheney 2–0
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference North: Superior State Teachers
South: Whitewater State Teachers
3–0
4–0

Minor conference standings

1937 Alamo Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
St. Mary's (TX) +101  722
Texas A&I +101  431
Sul Ross 020  240
  • + Conference co-champions
1937 Buckeye Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Marshall $401  901
Dayton 410  720
Ohio 311  531
Miami (OH) 230  441
Ohio Wesleyan 140  270
Cincinnati 050  0100
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wichita $400  730
Emporia State 310  522
Fort Hays State 220  621
Pittsburg State 130  270
Southwestern (KS) 040  350
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Morgan $600  700
Virginia Union 720  720
Virginia State 710  810
Lincoln (PA) 321  621
Johnson C. Smith 320  530
Bluefield State 132  153
Howard 220  321
North Carolina College 331  341
North Carolina A&T 242  243
Hampton 340  360
Saint Paul's (VA) 250  250
Shaw 060  160
St. Augustine's 040  040
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Dixie Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Birmingham–Southern $610  620
Howard (AL) 410  530
Southwestern (TN) 410  640
Mississippi College 211  361
Chattanooga 230  432
Loyola (LA) 120  261
Millsaps 131  352
Mercer 030  450
Spring Hill 050  360
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Drexel $310  620
Franklin & Marshall 220  440
Muhlenberg 220  550
Gettysburg 220  350
Ursinus 130   ? ? ?
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Fresno State $400  811
Pacific (CA) 310  352
Cal Aggies 220  440
Nevada 130  260
Chico State 040  061
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Illinois College +500  720
Bradley +500  630
Illinois State +402  512
St. Viator 201  621
Monmouth (IL) 103  414
Augustana (IL) 411  521
Western Illinois 311  341
Knox (IL) 211  341
Illinois Wesleyan 321  531
Northern Illinois State 321  323
Lake Forest 111  312
Wheaton (IL) 330  350
Shurtleff 110  150
Elmhurst 231  332
McKendree 231  351
Southern Illinois 240  270
North Central 123  133
Eastern Illinois 141  341
Carthage 150  160
Eureka 060  060
Millikin 070  090
  • + Conference co-champions
1937 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Butler $301  521
DePauw 710  710
Saint Joseph's (IN) 410  421
Ball State 511  521
Earlham 212  412
Hanover 420  530
Valparaiso 420  440
Wabash 322  332
Franklin (IN) 331  341
Rose Poly 240  440
Manchester 130  430
Indiana State 140  170
Central Normal 141  151
Oakland City 050  070
Evansville 070  090
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Upper Iowa +600  600
St. Ambrose +500  800
Dubuque 311  341
Luther 213  413
Buena Vista 320  530
Parsons 321  531
Central (IA) 321  351
Columbia (IA) 231  451
Western Union 120  440
Iowa Wesleyan 241  342
Wartburg 021  142
Penn (IA) 051  151
Simpson 060  090
1937 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Baker $410  540
Kansas Wesleyan 320  531
Bethany (KS) 320  450
Ottawa 220  520
College of Emporia 130  260
McPherson 140  270
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
East Texas State $400  820
North Texas State 211  442
Southwest Texas State 220  640
Sam Houston State 130  550
Stephen F. Austin 031  161
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Kalamazoo $400  710
Alma 220  441
Hillsdale 220  360
Albion 130  440
Hope 130  341
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Gustavus Adolphus $500  600
Concordia (MN) 310  330
Saint John's (MN) 220  530
St. Thomas (MN) 112  232
Hamline 121  322
Saint Mary's (MN) 121  142
Macalester 140  151
St. Olaf 022  142
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tarkio +201  422
William Jewell +301  331
Culver–Stockton 120  540
Missouri Valley 130  341
Central Methodist 130  161
  • + Conference co-champions
1937 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
SE Missouri State $500  900
Central Missouri State 410  710
Missouri–Rolla 221  341
Kirksville State 122  142
NW Missouri State 131  252
SW Missouri State 050  081
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Nebraska College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hastings $201  621
Doane 210  611
Midland 111  512
Nebraska Wesleyan 030  251
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Chadron State $200  330
Kearney State 111  531
Wayne State (NE) 111  351
Peru State 020  251
  • $ Conference champion
1937 New England Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
New Hampshire +100  710
Connecticut State +100  621
Maine 011  232
Rhode Island State 021  341
  • + Conference co-champions
1937 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Dakota $300  440
South Dakota 410  640
Morningside 221  422
North Dakota Agricultural 220  540
Iowa State Teachers 221  243
South Dakota State 230  450
Omaha 050  260
  • $ Conference champion
1937 North State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Appalachian State $500  811
Elon 310  710
Catawba 320  820
Lenoir–Rhyne 230  452
Western Carolina 030  162
Guilford 030  170
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Baldwin–Wallace $400  620
Case 410  621
Marietta 410  440
Ohio Northern 412  413
Wooster 420  620
Muskingum 322  432
Heidelberg 431  441
Mount Union 222  333
Kent State 331  341
Kenyon 111  241
Capital 340  440
Bowling Green 231  341
Oberlin 121  233
John Carroll 120  350
Wittenberg 240  270
Ashland 250  260
Findlay 141  341
Otterbein 160  260
Toledo 000  630
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Central State (OK) $501  622
Oklahoma Baptist 411  641
Northeastern State 222  333
SW Oklahoma State 330  450
NW Oklahoma State 222  252
East Central 240  261
SE Oklahoma State 060  080
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Carson–Newman $601  711
Appalachian State 401  821
Maryville 410  521
East Tennessee State 440  450
King 231  461
Milligan 230  531
Cumberland (TN) 140  261
Tusculum 052  053
Western Carolina 031  162
  • $ Conference champion
1937 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Augustana (SD) $400  800
South Dakota Mines 410  530
Southern Normal 410  530
Yankton 420  421
Northern State 320  450
Dakota Wesleyan 120  340
Sioux Falls 130  440
Spearfish 140  250
Huron 150  161
Eastern Normal 030  150
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
San Diego State $410  710
Santa Barbara State 311  522
Redlands 212  332
Whittier 221  262
Occidental 122  223
La Verne 050  090
  • $ Conference champion
1937 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southern +      
Langston +      
  • + Conference co-champions
1937 Texas Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Howard Payne $700  811
Austin 610  820
McMurry 520  721
Texas Wesleyan 320  630
Daniel Baker 340  460
Southwestern (TX) 240  650
Trinity (TX) 240  270
St. Edward's 150  280
Abilene Christian 060  090
  • $ Conference champion

Awards and honors

All-Americans

The consensus All-America team included:

PositionNameHeightWeight (lbs.)ClassHometownTeam
QB Clint Frank 5'10"190Sr. Evanston, Illinois Yale
HB Marshall Goldberg 5'11"185Jr. Elkins, West Virginia Pittsburgh
HB Byron White 6'1"185Sr. Wellington, Colorado Colorado
FB Sam Chapman 6'0"180Sr. Mill Valley, California California
E Chuck Sweeney 6'0"190Sr. Bloomington, Indiana Notre Dame
T Ed Franco 5'8"196Sr. Jersey City, New Jersey Fordham
G Joe Routt 6'0"193Sr. Brenham, Texas Texas A&M
C Alex Wojciechowicz 5'11"192Sr. South River, New Jersey Fordham
G Leroy Monsky 5'10"185Sr. Montgomery, Alabama Alabama
T Tony Matisi 6'0"224Sr. New York, New York Pittsburgh
E Andy Bershak 6'0"190Sr. Clairton, Pennsylvania North Carolina

Individual leaders

Rankings

Bowl games

Bowl gameWinning teamLosing team
Rose Bowl No. 2 California 13No. 4 Alabama 0
Sugar Bowl No. 9 Santa Clara 6No. 8 LSU 0
Orange Bowl Auburn 6 Michigan State 0
Cotton Bowl Classic No. 18 Rice 28No. 17 Colorado 14
Sun Bowl West Virginia 7 Texas Tech 6
Charity Bowl Fresno State 27 Arkansas State Teachers 26

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The 1959 NCAA University Division football season saw Syracuse University crowned as the national champion by both final polls, the AP writers poll and the UPI coaches polls.

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 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.

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.

1912 college football season

The 1912 college football season was the first of the modern era, as the NCAA implemented changes to increase scoring:

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.

1922 college football season

The 1922 college football season had a number of unbeaten and untied teams, and no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing California, Cornell, Iowa, Princeton, and Vanderbilt as national champions. California, Cornell, and Princeton were all picked by multiple selectors.

1908 college football season

The 1908 college football season ran from Saturday, September 19, to November 28. The Penn Quakers and the Harvard Crimson both finished the season unbeaten, though each had been tied once during the season. The LSU Tigers went unbeaten and untied against a weaker opposition. All three teams were named national champions retroactively by various organizations. Only Pennsylvania officially claims a national championship for the 1908 season.

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.

1909 college football season

The 1909 college football season was the first for the 3-point field goal, which had previously been worth 4 points. The season ran from Saturday, September 25, until Thanksgiving Day, November 25, although a few games were played on the week before.

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