1942 college football season

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In 1942, Ohio State and Georgia were crowned national champions. Georgia defeated UCLA in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1943. Nine ranking authorities listed in the NCAA record books listed the Bulldogs as No. 1. Ohio State was crowned No. 1 in the final AP Poll at the end of November and did not make a bowl appearance. At the time, the AP poll did not put out a post-bowl poll.

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In 1942, as many as 156 sportswriters participated in the AP poll (which did not take into account bowl games). 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.

The United States had entered World War II, and able-bodied men of college age had volunteered for, or been drafted into, the armed forces. "Service teams," many of which had former collegiate or professional players who had entered the Army or the Navy, played games against the college programs. In 1942, teams were fielded by Georgia Pre-Flight, the Great Lakes Naval Station, Iowa Pre-Flight, Jacksonville NAS, and St. Mary's Preflight.

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School1941 Conference1942 Conference
American Eagles Mason-Dixon Dropped Program
Centenary Gentlemen SIAA Dropped program
Gonzaga (WA) Bulldogs IndependentDropped Program
Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels IndependentDropped program
Providence Friars IndependentDropped program
Transylvania Pioneers SIAA Dropped program

September

On September 19, in Louisville, Georgia defeated Kentucky, 7–6. The following Friday, Georgia defeated the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, 14–0, in Macon. The soldiers at the Flight School at the University of Iowa, organized as the Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks, overwhelmed Kansas, 61–0.

Most schools got their seasons underway on September 26. Defending champion Minnesota beat Pittsburgh, 50–7. Duke beat Davidson 21–0. Notre Dame and Wisconsin played to a 7–7 tie in Madison. Illinois beat South Dakota 46–0. In Montgomery, Alabama beat South Louisiana Institute (later University of Louisiana at Lafayette), 54–0. Texas beat the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, 18–7. Michigan beat the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, 9–0. Before its smallest crowd since 1933 (22,555) Ohio State defeated a service team, the Fort Knox Armoraiders, 59–0. [1] Iowa Pre-Flight won again, at Northwestern, 20–12.

October

October 3

Minnesota's winning streak ended when the defending national champs lost their first game in almost four years, to the Seahawks of Iowa Pre-Flight (who just happened to be coached that season by "former" Minnesota head coach Bernie Bierman who had taken leave from Minnesota to serve as an officer in the military during World War II), 7–6. Ohio State beat Indiana 32–21. Michigan beat Michigan State 20–0. Illinois defeated Butler 67–0. Texas beat LSU 27–14. Notre Dame lost to Georgia Tech 13–6. Georgia defeated Furman 40–7. Alabama beat Mississippi State 21–6. Duke lost at Wake Forest, 20–7.

October 10

Minnesota lost at Illinois, 20–13. Ohio State beat visiting USC, 28–12. Michigan lost to Iowa Pre-Flight, 26–14. Georgia beat Ole Miss, 48–13, at Memphis. In Mobile, Alabama defeated the Pensacola NAS, 27–0. Texas lost at Tulane, 18–7. In the poll that followed, the Top Five consisted of three teams from the Big Nine (No. 1 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan, and No. 5 Illinois) and two from the SEC (No. 2 Georgia and No. 4 Alabama).

October 17

No. 1 Ohio State beat Purdue 26–0. No. 2 Georgia beat Tulane 40–0. No. 3 Michigan defeated Northwestern 34–16. In Birmingham, No. 4 Alabama beat No. 15 Tennessee, 8–0. No. 5 Illinois won at No. 19 Iowa, 12–7. Losing also that day was Iowa Pre-Flight, which sustained its first loss at Notre Dame, 28–0.

In the next poll, the Top Five shuffled slightly, with Alabama and Michigan trading places: Ohio State (No. 1), Georgia (No. 2), Alabama (No. 3), Michigan (No. 4), Illinois (No. 5).

October 24

No. 1 Ohio State won at Northwestern 20–6. No. 2 Georgia won at Cincinnati 35–13. No. 3 Alabama won at Kentucky, 14–0. No. 4 Michigan lost at No. 13 Minnesota, 16–14. No. 5 Illinois lost to No. 8 Notre Dame, 21–14. No. 6 Georgia Tech won at Navy, 21–0.

In the poll that followed, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech replaced Michigan and Illinois: Ohio State (No. 1), Georgia (No. 2), Alabama (No. 3), Notre Dame (No. 4), Georgia Tech (No. 5).

October 31

No. 1 Ohio State lost at No. 6 Wisconsin, 17–7. In Atlanta, No. 2 Georgia beat No. 3 Alabama, 21–10. No. 4 Notre Dame beat Navy in Cleveland, 9–0. No. 5 Georgia Tech won at Duke, 26–7. No. 7 Boston College beat Georgetown, 47–0. The Georgia Bulldogs took over first place in the poll that followed, and Wisconsin and Boston College moved in while Ohio State and Alabama fell out: 1. Georgia 2. Wisconsin 3. Georgia Tech 4. Notre Dame 5. Boston College.

November

November 7

In Jacksonville, No. 1 Georgia beat Florida, 75–0. No. 2 Wisconsin lost at unranked Iowa, 6–0. No. 3 Georgia Tech beat Kentucky 47–7. No. 4 Notre Dame beat Army 13–0 at Yankee Stadium. No. 5 Boston College beat Temple, 28–0. No. 8 Alabama beat South Carolina 29–0 and moved into the Top Five as Wisconsin dropped out. The nation's top two teams were Georgia and Georgia Tech: Georgia (No. 1), Georgia Tech (No. 2), Boston College (No. 3), Notre Dame (No. 4), Alabama (No. 5).

November 14

No. 1 Georgia won at Chattanooga, 40–0. In Atlanta, No. 2 Georgia Tech beat No. 5 Alabama 7–0. No. 3 Boston College beat Fordham at home, 56–6. No. 4 Notre Dame lost to No. 6 Michigan, 32–20, while in Cleveland, No. 10 Ohio State beat No. 13 Illinois 44–20. The poll: Georgia (No. 1), Georgia Tech (No. 2), Boston College (No. 3), Michigan (No. 4), Ohio State (No. 5).

November 21

In Columbus, Georgia, No. 1 Georgia lost to unranked Auburn, 27–13. No. 2 Georgia Tech beat Florida 20–7. No. 3 Boston College defeated Boston University, 37–0. No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Ohio State met in Columbus, with OSU winning 21–7, capturing the Big Nine championship. No. 7 Wisconsin beat No. 10 Minnesota 21–6 to finish its season at 8–1–1. In the next poll, the Boston College Eagles were No. 1: Boston College (No. 1), Georgia Tech (No. 2), Ohio State (No. 3), Wisconsin (No. 4), Georgia (No. 5).

November 28

No. 1 Boston College lost to unranked Holy Cross, 55–12. No. 2 Georgia Tech visited No. 5 Georgia, and lost 34–0. No. 3 Ohio State defeated the Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks, 41–12, finishing 9–1–0 and capturing the No. 1 ranking in the final AP poll.

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1942 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri $401  831
Oklahoma 311  352
Nebraska 320  370
Kansas State 230  380
Iowa State 140  360
Kansas 140  280
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Big Ten football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Ohio State $510  910
No. 3 Wisconsin 410  811
No. 9 Michigan 320  730
Illinois 320  640
Iowa 330  640
No. 19 Minnesota 330  540
Indiana 220  730
Purdue 140  180
Northwestern 060  190
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1942 Border Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hardin–Simmons +401  911
Texas Tech +301  451
West Texas State 520  720
Arizona 420  640
Texas Mines 430  540
New Mexico 340  452
Arizona State 250  280
Arizona State–Flagstaff 140  150
New Mexico A&M 060  180
  • + Conference co-champions
1942 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Lehigh +101  521
Lafayette +101  351
Rutgers 020  341
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Tulsa $500  1010
Oklahoma A&M 410  631
Washington University 230  550
Saint Louis 230  450
Creighton 140  540
Drake 140  370
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1942 Mountain States Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Colorado +510  720
Utah +510  630
Denver 321  631
Utah State 231  631
Colorado A&M 230  430
BYU 140  250
Wyoming 150  350
  • + Conference co-champions
1942 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 13 UCLA $610  740
Washington State 511  622
No. 12 Stanford 520  640
USC 421  551
Oregon State 440  451
Washington 332  433
California 340  550
Oregon 250  260
Idaho 150  370
Montana 060  080
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1942 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Colorado Mines $200  340
Colorado State–Greeley 110  450
Colorado College 020  340
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Georgia $610  1110
No. 5 Georgia Tech 410  920
No. 7 Tennessee 410  911
No. 18 Mississippi State 520  820
No. 10 Alabama 420  830
LSU 320  730
No. 16 Auburn 330  641
Vanderbilt 240  640
Florida 130  370
Tulane 140  450
Kentucky 050  361
Ole Miss 050  270
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1942 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 14 William & Mary $400  911
VPI 510  721
Wake Forest 511  621
North Carolina 311  522
Duke 311  541
NC State 312  442
Furman 330  360
The Citadel 220  520
Clemson 231  361
Davidson 241  261
VMI 241  351
George Washington 240  360
Maryland 120  720
South Carolina 140  171
Richmond 150  361
Washington and Lee 040  180
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1942 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 11 Texas $510  920
Rice 411  721
TCU 420  730
Baylor 321  641
Texas A&M 231  451
SMU 141  362
Arkansas 060  370
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Independents

1942 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Williams     710
No. 19 Penn State     611
No. 8 Boston College     820
Buffalo     620
Bucknell     621
Colgate     621
Army     630
Syracuse     630
Duquesne     631
Yale     530
Fordham     531
Penn     531
No. T–19 Holy Cross     541
Dartmouth     540
Brown     440
Villanova     440
Vermont     430
Carnegie Tech     330
Cornell     351
Princeton     351
Temple     253
Columbia     360
Pittsburgh     360
Tufts     251
Franklin & Marshall     142
Massachusetts State     250
Harvard     261
Drexel     260
Manhattan     260
Rankings from AP Poll
1942 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Central Michigan     600
Western Michigan     510
Cincinnati     820
Dayton     820
Marquette     720
No. 6 Notre Dame     722
Bowling Green     621
Ohio     530
Detroit     540
Wichita     540
Michigan State     432
Michigan State Normal     331
Ohio Wesleyan     440
Carthage     340
Miami (OH)     360
Wayne     161
Akron     072
Rankings from AP Poll
1942 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Delaware     800
Mississippi Southern     400
Miami (FL)     720
Delaware State     311
Chattanooga     740
Georgetown     531
Navy     540
West Virginia     540
Western Maryland     441
Virginia     261
Marshall     171
1942 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 17 Santa Clara     720
Saint Mary's     631
San Francisco     640
Portland     510
Loyola (CA)     541
Idaho Southern Branch     420
Nevada     431
Cal Poly     430
San Francisco State     060
Rankings from AP Poll
1942 military service football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 11 Second Air Force     1101
No. 9 Manhattan Beach Coast Guard     601
No. 3 Georgia Pre-Flight     711
No. 4 North Carolina Pre-Flight     821
No. 6 Jacksonville NAS     930
No. 1 Great Lakes Navy     831
No. 17 March Field     520
No. 2 Iowa Pre-Flight     731
No. 15 Fort Riley     630
No. 14 Fort Monmouth     522
No. 5 Saint Mary's Pre-Flight     631
No. T–20 Fort Douglas     530
Albuquerque AB     430
No. 10 Corpus Christi NAS     431
No. 16 Camp Davis     432
No. 13 Lakehurst NAS     441
No. 7 Camp Grant     450
No. 8 Pensacola NAS     351
No. T–18 Fort Totten     351
Camp Pickett     160
No. 12 Fort Knox     260
Alameda Coast Guard     171
No. T–18 Spence Field     040
No. T–20 Daniel Field     060
Rankings from AP Service Poll

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
California Collegiate Athletic Association Fresno State Normal 2–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Morgan State College 5–1–1
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pittsburg State 5–0
Far Western Conference Pacific (CA) 2–0
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Ball State Teachers College 5–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Dubuque 8–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Baker 6–0
Lone Star Conference East Texas State Teachers 2–0–1
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Alma 4–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Lawrence 5–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint Thomas (MN) 5–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northwest Missouri State Teachers
Southeast Missouri State Teachers
3–1
Nebraska College Athletic Conference Doane 4–0
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association Nebraska State Teachers (UN–Kearney)2–1
New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference New Mexico State Teachers 1–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Augustana (SD)
Iowa State Teachers (Northern Iowa)
4–0
5–0
North Dakota College Athletic Conference North Dakota Science 5–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Ohio Northern 5–0–1
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Central State College (OK) 2–0
Pacific Northwest Conference Willamette 4–0
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Stroudsburg State Teachers 4–0
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Colorado Mines 2–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Augustana (SD) 2–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Occidental
Pomona-Pitzer
Whittier
2–1
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M College 7–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Texas College 4–0
State Teacher's College Conference of Minnesota Mankato State Teachers
St. Cloud State Teachers
4–0
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Howard Payne 4–0
Washington Intercollegiate Conference Central Washington College 4–1–1
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference North: La Crosse Teachers
South: Platteville State Teachers
4–0
3–0–1

Minor conference standings

1942 Badger State Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Milton +310  320
Wisconsin Tech +310  320
Northwestern (WI) +310  330
Mission House 130  150
Wisconsin–Extension 040  040
  • + Conference co-champions
1942 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Fresno State $200  910
San Jose State 110  720
San Diego State 020  061
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Pittsburg State $500  710
St. Benedict's 410  620
Southwestern (KS) 221  432
Emporia State 221  341
Washburn 140  160
Fort Hays State 050  180
  • + Conference co-champions
1942 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Morgan State $511  611
Johnson C. Smith 411  511
Bluefield State 213  413
Virginia State 521  621
Hampton 213  413
Lincoln (PA) 111  231
North Carolina College 130  140
Virginia Union 140  250
North Carolina A&T 160  270
West Virginia State 220  620
Howard 030  142
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Pacific (CA) $200  261
Chico State 110  510
Cal Aggies 020  160
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Illinois College Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Millikin $500  700
Augustana (IL) 410  710
Knox (IL) 210  620
Illinois Wesleyan 210  450
North Central (IL) 110  520
Bradley 010  440
Illinois College 030  341
Lake Forest 030  241
Monmouth (IL) 030  260
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Western Illinois $301  502
Northern Illinois State 202  422
Illinois State 211  251
Southern Illinois 130  240
Eastern Illinois 040  170
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ball State $500  620
Saint Joseph's (IN) 300  701
Rose Poly 410  510
Wabash 410  421
DePauw 310  530
Valparaiso 320  440
Manchester 220  440
Hanover 230  250
Butler 120  270
Indiana State 130  430
Evansville 130  140
Franklin (IN) 150  170
Central Normal 030  040
Earlham 040  160
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Dubuque $800  800
St. Ambrose 100  341
Upper Iowa 410  410
Simpson 410  430
Wartburg 320  420
Parsons 212  332
Loras 110  530
Central (IA) 231  341
Buena Vista 131  141
Western Union 011  041
Luther 140  241
Iowa Wesleyan 140  160
Penn (IA) 071  071
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Baker $600  700
Ottawa 411  511
Kansas Wesleyan 312  542
Bethany (KS) 321  331
McPherson 141  143
College of Emporia 141  151
Bethel (KS) 060  261
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
East Texas State $201  431
Sam Houston State 210  530
North Texas State 120  350
Southwest Texas State 021  341
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Louisiana Normal $300  620
Southwestern Louisiana 210  340
Louisiana Tech 120  630
Southeastern Louisiana 030  550
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Alma $400  700
Kalamazoo 220  430
Albion 220  440
Hillsdale 130  350
Hope 130  142
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
St. Thomas (MN) +500  800
Concordia (MN) +301  601
Saint John's (MN) 411  411
Hamline 320  320
Gustavus Adolphus 220  440
Macalester 230  440
St. Olaf 230  241
Saint Mary's (MN) 050  170
Augsburg 050  060
  • + Conference co-champions
1942 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri Valley $400  900
William Jewell 210  431
Culver–Stockton 111  331
Central Methodist 021  431
Tarkio 030  260
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
SE Missouri State +310  620
NW Missouri State +310  421
Missouri Mines 220  340
SW Missouri State 220  272
Central Missouri State 040  070
  • + Conference co-champions
1942 Nebraska College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Doane $400  530
Nebraska Wesleyan 310  531
York (NE) 130  340
Midland 130  251
Hastings 130  180
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Kearney State $210  620
Chadron State 110  411
Peru State 111  621
Wayne State (NE) 011  412
  • $ Conference champion
1942 New England Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
New Hampshire +300  600
Connecticut +200  620
Northeastern 010  051
Rhode Island State 020  330
Maine 020  240
  • + Conference co-champions
1942 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Iowa State Teachers +500  810
Augustana (SD) +400  800
South Dakota 420  530
South Dakota State 330  440
North Dakota 230  330
North Dakota Agricultural 230  251
Morningside 160  260
Omaha 040  150
  • + Conference co-champions
1942 North State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Catawba $400  920
Appalachian State 220  521
High Point 140  161
Guilford 010  060
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Whittier +210  540
Pomona +210  331
Occidental +210  340
Redlands 030  440
  • + Conference co-champions
1942 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas College $      
  • $ Conference champion
1942 Texas Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Howard Payne $400  720
Abilene Christian 310  620
Southwestern (TX) 220  640
McMurry 130  260
Austin 040  080
  • $ Conference champion

Rankings

Bowl games

Bowl gameWinning teamLosing team
Rose Bowl No. 2 Georgia 9No. 13 UCLA 0
Sugar Bowl No. 7 Tennessee 14No. 4 Tulsa 7
Orange Bowl No. 10 Alabama 37No. 8 Boston College 21
Cotton Bowl Classic No. 11 Texas 14No. 5 Georgia Tech 7
Sun Bowl Second Air Force 13 Hardin–Simmons 7

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The 1955 college football season saw the Oklahoma Sooners win the national championship after going 10–0–0. Although the final poll was taken before the postseason bowl games, Oklahoma played against the nation's other unbeaten and untied (10–0–0) team, the Maryland Terrapins, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, and won 20–6.

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 1952 college football season ended with the unbeaten Michigan State Spartans (9–0) and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12–0) each claiming a national championship from different polls. Michigan State finished first according to two of the "wire service" polls, which both placed Georgia Tech second. Georgia Tech was first in the International News Service poll. UP and INS merged in 1958 to form UPI. Although the Spartans became members of the Big Ten Conference in 1950, full participation did not come until 1953, and under the terms of their entry into the conference, they were not allowed to participate in postseason play. Georgia Tech won the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day in New Orleans.

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

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

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

The 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.

The 1945 college football season finished with the undefeated United States Military Academy, more popularly known as "Army", being the unanimous choice for the nation's number one team by the 116 voters in the Associated Press writers' poll. The runner up was the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide, followed by the United States Naval Academy, more popularly known as "Navy". In 2016, the American Football Coaches Association retroactively named the Oklahoma A&M Cowboys national champion for 1945.

References

  1. "Ohio State Triumphs Over Fort Knox Soldiers," The Sunday Times-Signal (Zanesville, O.), Sep. 27, 1942, pII-6