1946 college football season

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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.

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During the 20th century, the NCAA had no playoff for the college football teams that would later be described as "Division I-A". The NCAA did recognize a national champion based upon the final results of the Associated Press poll of sportswriters (the UPI Coaches poll would not start until 1950). The extent of that recognition came in the form of acknowledgment in the annual NCAA Football Guide of the "unofficial" national champions. [2]

Georgia and UCLA would finish the regular season as the only unbeaten and untied teams. UCLA lost in the Rose Bowl and Georgia was victorious in the Sugar Bowl.

Several new bowl games would debut, among them the Tangerine Bowl (later known as the Citrus Bowl and currently known as the VRBO Citrus Bowl).

Conference and program changes

Conference establishments

Membership changes

School1945 Conference1946 Conference
Houston Cougars Program Established Lone Star

September

The Associated Press did not poll the writers until the third week of the season. Among the teams that had been ranked highest at the end of 1946, the two service academies—Army and Navy, as well as Alabama, Indiana and Oklahoma State, several had faltered before the first poll. Army beat Villanova 35–0 on September 21, and Oklahoma State beat Denver, 40–7, but Indiana lost to the University of Cincinnati, 15–6. Also on September 21, Houston of the Lone Star Conference played its first ever football game against Louisiana–Lafayette of the Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference, in which Houston was defeated by a score of 13–7.

On September 28, Army beat Oklahoma 21–7, and Navy beat Villanova 7–0. Alabama edged Southern Mississippi in a game at Montgomery, 13–12. Indiana lost again, 21–0 at Michigan, and OK State was tied 21–21 by Arkansas. Notre Dame won at Illinois, 26–6, and UCLA beat Oregon State 50–7.

October

On October 5, Army beat Cornell 46–21. Navy lost at Columbia and dropped the rest of its games, finishing 1–8–0. Oklahoma State lost 54–6 at Texas and would finish at 3–7–1. Notre Dame beat Pittsburgh 33–0. Michigan beat Iowa 14–7. UCLA won at Washington, 39–13. In the poll that followed, One voter split his first place vote between Texas, Army, and Notre Dame, who received 69⅓, 21⅓ and 15⅓ votes respectively. Michigan and UCLA rounded out the Top Five.

October 12 In Dallas, No. 1 Texas beat Oklahoma 20–13. No. 2 Army and No. 4 Michigan met in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the visiting Cadets won 20–13. No. 3 Notre Dame beat Purdue 49–6. No. 5 UCLA beat No. 17 Stanford 26–6.

October 19 No. 1 Army beat No. 11 Columbia 48–14. No. 2 Notre Dame was idle. No. 3 Texas beat No. 14 Arkansas 20–0. No. 4 UCLA won at California 13–6. No. 5 Michigan and No. 10 Northwestern played to a 14–14 tie. No. 9 Tennessee beat No. 7 Alabama 12–0.

October 26 At the Polo Grounds in New York, No. 1 Army beat No. 13 Duke 19–0. No. 2 Notre Dame won at No. 17 Iowa, 49–6. In Houston, No. 3 Texas lost to No. 16 Rice, 18–13. No. 4 Tennessee lost to unranked Wake Forest, 19–6. No. 5 UCLA beat Santa Clara 33–7. No. 6 Penn beat Navy 32–19 and No. 7 Georgia won at Furman, 70–7

November

November 2 No. 1 Army beat West Virginia, 19–0. In Baltimore, No. 2 Notre Dame defeated Navy 28–0. No. 3 Pennsylvania lost to Princeton, 17–14. No. 5 Georgia beat No. 15 Alabama 14–0. No. 4 UCLA had beaten St. Mary's, 46–20, in a Friday night game. No. 8 Rice beat Texas Tech 41–6.

November 9 A crowd of 74,000 turned out at New York's Yankee Stadium to watch No. 1 Army and No. 2 Notre Dame in a meeting of the nation's two unbeaten and untied teams. Both teams missed scoring opportunities. In the opening quarter, Army recovered a fumble on the Irish 24, but was stopped on fourth down at the 13 yard line. The Irish drove to the Army three yard line in the second quarter but no further. Army reached the Irish 20 yard line in the third quarter, but Notre Dame's Terry Brennan picked off a pass from Glenn Davis. In the last quarter, a bad punt was returned by Davis to the Irish 39 yard line, but they forced a fumble and stopped any further scoring chances. The game ended in a scoreless tie, 0–0. . [3] In Jacksonville, No. 3 Georgia beat Florida 33-14. In Portland, No. 4 UCLA beat Oregon 14–0. No. 5 Rice lost in Little Rock to Arkansas, 7–0. No. 9 Penn returned to the Top Five after beating Columbia in New York's "other" football game, 41–6.

November 16 In its third meeting against a Top Five team, No. 1 Army beat No. 5 Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, 34–7. No. 2 Notre Dame beat Northwestern, 27–0. No. 3 Georgia beat Auburn 41–0 in a neutral site in Columbus, Georgia. No. 4 UCLA beat Montana 61–7. No. 9 Illinois beat No. 13 Ohio State, 16–7.

November 23 No. 1 Army was idle. No. 2 Notre Dame beat Tulane in New Orleans, 41–0. No. 3 Georgia won at Chattanooga, 48–27. No. 4 UCLA defeated No. 10 USC 13–6. No. 5 Illinois won at Northwestern, 20–0, to close its season with an 8–1–0 record

November 30 No. 1 Army barely beat a 1–7–0 Navy team, 21–18. No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 16 USC, 26–6 No. 3 Georgia defeated No. 7 Georgia Tech 35–7. No. 4 UCLA beat Nebraska 18–0 and accepted an invitation to face No. 5 Illinois in the Rose Bowl.

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1946 Big Nine Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Illinois $610  820
No. 6 Michigan 511  621
No. 20 Indiana 420  630
Iowa 330  540
Minnesota 340  540
Ohio State 231  432
Northwestern 231  441
Wisconsin 250  450
Purdue 051  261
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1946 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Kansas +410  721
No. 14 Oklahoma +410  830
Missouri 320  541
Nebraska 320  360
Iowa State 140  261
Kansas State 050  090
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1946 Border Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hardin–Simmons $600  1100
Texas Tech 310  831
New Mexico 421  552
Arizona 221  442
West Texas State 340  550
Arizona State–Flagstaff 121  522
Texas Mines 240  360
Arizona State 141  272
New Mexico State 140  550
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Rutgers $200  720
Lafayette $110  270
Lehigh 020  260
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 17 Tulsa $300  910
Wichita 210  550
Saint Louis 110  460
Oklahoma A&M 110  371
Drake 040  261
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1946 Mountain States Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Utah State $411  721
Denver $411  551
Utah 420  830
Colorado 321  541
BYU 321  541
Colorado A&M 150  270
Wyoming 060  181
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 UCLA $700  1010
Oregon State 611  711
USC 520  640
Washington 530  540
Stanford 331  631
Oregon 341  441
Montana 130  440
Washington State 151  161
California 160  270
Idaho 050  180
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1946 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Montana State $201  532
Colorado State–Greeley 310  630
Western State 110  541
Colorado College 011  ???
Colorado Mines 030  141
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Georgia +500  1100
No. 7 Tennessee +500  920
No. 8 LSU 510  911
No. 11 Georgia Tech 420  920
Mississippi State 320  820
Alabama 430  740
Vanderbilt 340  540
Kentucky 230  730
Tulane 240  370
Auburn 150  460
Ole Miss 160  270
Florida 050  090
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1946 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 9 North Carolina $401  821
William & Mary 710  820
No. 18 NC State 610  830
South Carolina 420  530
Duke 320  450
Richmond 322  622
VPI 332  343
VMI 231  451
George Washington 110  430
Clemson 230  450
Wake Forest 230  630
Maryland 250  360
Furman 140  280
Washington and Lee 140  260
The Citadel 150  350
Davidson 150  450
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1946 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 10 Rice +510  920
No. 16 Arkansas +510  632
No. 15 Texas 420  820
Texas A&M 420  460
SMU 240  451
TCU 240  271
Baylor 060  180
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Independents

1946 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Army     901
Muhlenberg     910
Yale     711
Buffalo     720
Harvard     720
Massachusetts State     620
No. 13 Penn     620
Penn State     620
Boston College     630
Columbia     630
NYU     530
Cornell     531
Villanova     640
Colgate     440
Syracuse     450
Drexel     340
Franklin & Marshall     340
Brown     351
Pittsburgh     351
Princeton     350
Temple     242
Dartmouth     360
Tufts     160
Carnegie Tech     060
Fordham     070
Rankings from AP Poll
1946 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Notre Dame     801
Youngstown     710
Cincinnati     920
Central Michigan     620
Western Michigan     521
Miami (OH)     730
Ohio     630
Detroit     640
Dayton     630
Bowling Green     530
Ohio Wesleyan     541
Michigan State     550
Marquette     450
Michigan State Normal     341
Wayne     251
Valparaiso     170
Rankings from AP Poll
1946 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oklahoma City     1010
Maryville     910
Miami (FL)     820
Western Maryland     520
Mississippi Southern     730
Georgetown     530
East Carolina     531
Princess Anne     531
Sewanee     430
Chattanooga     550
Grambling     660
Virginia     441
West Virginia     550
Marshall     271
Navy     180
1946 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Pepperdine     810
Hawaii     820
Nevada     720
Saint Mary's     630
Loyola (CA)     540
Idaho Southern Branch     431
San Francisco     360
Santa Clara     251
Portland     141
La Verne     050

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
California Collegiate Athletic Association San Jose State 4–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Morgan State College 7–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Southwestern (KS) 4–1
College Conference of Illinois North Central (IL) 7–1
Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference Westmar
Yankton
4–1
Far Western Conference Humboldt State College 1–0–1
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Butler 6–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Central (IA)
Upper Iowa
6–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Bethany 5–1
Lone Star Conference North Texas State Teachers 4–1
Mason–Dixon Conference Delaware 3–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Kalamazoo
Hillsdale
4–1
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Lawrence 6–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Gustavus Adolphus 6–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southeast Missouri State Teachers 5–0
Nebraska College Conference Doane 5–0–1
New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference Adams State College 4–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Iowa State Teachers (Northern Iowa)2–0–1
North Dakota College Athletic Conference Minot State Teachers 3–0–1
Ohio Athletic Conference Otterbein 4–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Southeastern State College (OK) 4–1
Pacific Northwest Conference Willamette 6–0
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference California State Teachers 4–0
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Montana State College 2–0–1
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Black Hills Teachers 4–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Redlands 2–0–2
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M College 6–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Southern 5–0
State Teacher's College Conference of Minnesota Duluth State Teachers
Mankato State Teachers
2–0–2
3–0–1
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Abilene Christian College
Southwestern (TX)
3–0–1
Washington Intercollegiate Conference Central Washington College 6–0
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference North: Superior State Teachers
Co-South: Milwaukee State Teachers
Co-South: Stevens Point State Teachers
1–0–3
3–1–0
3–1

Minor conference standings

1946 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
San Jose State $400  911
Fresno State 220  840
Cal Poly 110  621
Pacific 220  470
San Diego State 230  640
Santa Barbara 140  260
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southwestern (KS) $410  820
Washburn 311  621
St. Benedict's 221  431
Pittsburg State 122  423
Fort Hays State 122  242
Emporia State 140  450
  • $ Conference champion
1946 College Conference of Illinois football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Central (IL) $710  710
Illinois Wesleyan 310  350
Wheaton (IL) 310  620
Lake Forest 310  330
Augustana (IL) 220  350
Millikin 130  260
Illinois College 140  251
Elmhurst 140  260
Carthage 040  071
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Western Union +410  520
Yankton +410  530
Dakota Wesleyan 220  470
Buena Vista 120  160
Huron 131  241
Sioux Falls 031  041
  • + Conference co-champions
1946 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Humboldt State 101  531
Chico State 110  270
Cal Aggies 011  052
Southern Oregon 000  800
San Francisco State 000  330
  • No conference champion was named in 1946.
    Games played by Southern Oregon & San Francisco State did not count in the standings in 1946.
1946 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northern Illinois State $400  920
Southern Illinois 310  440
Illinois State 220  630
Eastern Illinois 130  260
Western Illinois 040  260
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Butler $600  710
Evansville 200  712
Wabash 510  710
Earlham 420  530
Saint Joseph's (IN) 210  340
Hanover 320  430
Franklin (IN) 330  440
Ball State 330  341
Indiana Central 340  340
Indiana State 240  440
Manchester 240  350
DePauw 120  152
Canterbury 140  170
Rose Poly 150  171
Valparaiso 030  170
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Bethany (KS) $510  620
Ottawa 411  711
Baker 411  531
McPherson 321  431
Kansas Wesleyan 231  342
Bethel (KS) 150  260
College of Emporia 060  180
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Texas State $410  731
Sam Houston State 311  621
East Texas State 311  522
Southwest Texas State 320  622
Houston 140  460
Stephen F. Austin 050  190
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Mason–Dixon Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 19 Delaware $300  1000
Johns Hopkins 200  530
Western Maryland 410  410
Hampden–Sydney 220  220
Randolph–Macon 240  240
Washington College 150  150
Mount St. Mary's 020  020
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1946 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hillsdale +410  710
Kalamazoo +410  620
Hope 320  620
Albion 230  350
Alma 230  250
Adrian 050  080
  • + Conference co-champions
1946 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Gustavus Adolphus $600  701
St. Olaf 310  620
St. Thomas (MN) 310  430
Concordia (MN) 220  331
Saint John's (MN) 230  530
Saint Mary's (MN) 121  431
Augsburg 150  160
Macalester 041  161
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri Valley $400  1000
Central Methodist 211  431
William Jewell 220  450
Culver–Stockton 130  440
Tarkio 031  071
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
SE Missouri State $500  801
Missouri Mines 311  432
Kirksville State 212  522
NW Missouri State 230  430
SW Missouri State 140  260
Central Missouri State 041  451
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Nebraska College Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Doane $501  621
Nebraska Wesleyan 502  713
Kearney State 521  621
Peru State 431  441
Midland 340  440
Wayne State (NE) 230  430
Hastings 141  161
Chadron State 151  370
York (NE) 060  360
  • $ Conference champion
1946 New England Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
New Hampshire +201  611
Connecticut +201  431
Rhode Island State 120  240
Maine 030  250
  • + Conference co-champions
1946 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Iowa State Teachers $201  412
North Dakota Agricultural 410  530
South Dakota State 212  332
North Dakota 220  430
Morningside 231  351
South Dakota 120  240
Augustana (SD) 040  061
  • $ Conference champion
1946 North State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Catawba $500  1020
Appalachian State 410  630
High Point 321  721
Western Carolina 111  631
Lenoir–Rhyne 350  560
Guilford 121  621
Elon 141  451
Atlantic Christian 030  241
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
SE Oklahoma State $410  930
Central State (OK) 311  441
SW Oklahoma State 221  531
East Central 230  551
Northeastern State 230  460
NW Oklahoma State 140  350
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Milligan $300  631
Carson–Newman 210  531
Emory and Henry 120  370
Tusculum 030  170
  • $ Conference champion
1946 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Black Hills $300  520
Northern State 100  620
Southern State 110  240
South Dakota Mines 120  260
Eastern Normal 030  050
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Redlands $202  422
Whittier 211  351
Pomona 112  152
Occidental 121  142
Caltech 130  240
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southern $600  821
Wiley 420  631
Arkansas AM&N 321  721
Prairie View 222  722
Texas College 330  541
Langston 240  261
Samuel Huston 052  352
Bishop ???  431
  • $ Conference champion
1946 Texas Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Abilene Christian +301  811
Southwestern (TX) +301  541
McMurry 220  441
Howard Payne 130  252
Austin 130  262
  • + Conference co-champions

Rankings

Bowl games

Bowl gameWinning teamLosing team
Rose Bowl No. 5 Illinois 45No. 4 UCLA 14
Sugar Bowl No. 3 Georgia 20No. 9 North Carolina 10
Orange Bowl No. 10 Rice 8No. 7 Tennessee 0
Cotton Bowl Classic No. 16 Arkansas 0No. 8 LSU 0
Sun Bowl Cincinnati 18 VPI 6
Gator Bowl No. 14 Oklahoma 34No. 18 NC State 13
Tangerine Bowl Catawba 31 Maryville 6
Oil Bowl No. 11 Georgia Tech 41 Saint Mary's 19
Raisin Bowl Utah State 0 San Jose State 20
Harbor Bowl Montana State 13 New Mexico 13
Alamo Bowl Hardin–Simmons 20 Denver 0
Cigar Bowl No. 19 Delaware 20 Rollins 3

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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 1950 college football season finished with the unbeaten and untied Oklahoma Sooners (9–0) being the consensus choice for national champion. On New Year's Day, however, the Sooners were upset by the Kentucky Wildcats in the Sugar Bowl. The Army Cadets, ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll, had been defeated in its final regular season game by 2–6 Navy, 14–2. However, the final poll had been issued on November 27, and the bowl games had no effect on Oklahoma's status as the No. 1 team.

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 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.

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.

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

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  3. "Fighting Irish Battle Army to 0-0 Stalemate", The Post-Standard (Syracuse), Nov. 10, 1946, p13