1947 college football season

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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.

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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]

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School1946 Conference1947 Conference
Butler Bulldogs Indiana Intercollegiate Conference MAC
Cincinnati Bearcats Independent MAC
Connecticut Huskies New England Yankee
Maine Black Bears New England Yankee
Massachusetts Redmen Independent Yankee
New Hampshire Wildcats New England Yankee
Ohio Bobcats Independent MAC
Rhode Island State Rams New England Yankee
Vermont Catamounts Independent Yankee
Western Reserve Red Cats Independent MAC

September

The Associated Press did not poll the writers until after the games of October 4. Among the five teams that had been ranked highest in 1946 (Notre Dame, Army, Georgia, UCLA and Illinois).

Georgia opened on September 20 with a 34–7 win over Southern Mississippi in (site). UCLA hosted Iowa the following Friday and won 22–7.

The next day, September 27, Army beat Villanova 13–0, Illinois beat Pittsburgh 14–0, and Georgia beat Tennessee, 27–0.

October

On October 4 Notre Dame won at Pittsburgh 40–6. Army shut out visiting Colorado 47–0. Georgia beat Tulane in New Orleans, 20–0. UCLA lost at Northwestern 27–26. Illinois won at Iowa 35–12. When the first poll came out that Monday, Notre Dame was the favorite of a bare majority (52 of 103) of the voters, followed by Michigan, Texas, Georgia Tech and Army. Illinois was ranked 6th, Penn 7th, California 8th and Georgia was ranked 9th.

On October 11 No. 1 Notre Dame won at Purdue, 22–7. No. 2 Michigan beat Pittsburgh, 69–0. In Dallas, No. 3 Texas beat No. 15 Oklahoma 34–14. No. 4 Georgia Tech beat VMI, 20–0, for its third shutout in three starts. No. 5 Army and No. 6 Illinois met at Yankee Stadium in New York, and played to a 0–0 tie. No. 8 California, which won at Wisconsin 48–7, rose to fourth.

October 18 No. 1 Michigan won at Northwestern, 49–21. No. 2 Notre Dame shut out visiting Nebraska, 31–0. No. 3 Texas met Arkansas at a neutral location in Memphis, Tennessee, and won 21–6. No. 4 California beat Washington State, 21–6. No. 5 Georgia Tech defeated Auburn 27–7 to stay unbeaten, but was voted out of the Top Five. No. 6 Illinois, which beat No. 13 Minnesota 40–13, rose to fifth.

October 25 No. 1 Michigan stayed unbeaten, with a 13–6 win over Minnesota, as did No. 2 Notre Dame, which defeated Iowa, 21–0. No. 3 Texas beat Rice, 12–0. No. 4 California lost to No. 10 USC, 39–14. No. 5 Illinois lost at Purdue, 14–7. No. 8 Penn beat Navy, 21–0. The Irish rose to No. 1 in the next poll, with a 78–69 lead in votes over Michigan.

November

November 1 No. 1 Notre Dame and Navy met in Cleveland, with the Fighting Irish registering their third straight shutout, 27–0. No. 2 Michigan won at No. 11 Illinois, 14–7. In Dallas, No. 3 Texas (6–0–0) faced unbeaten (5–0–0) No. 8 Southern Methodist University (SMU), and the SMU Mustangs won 14–13. No. 4 Pennsylvania won at Princeton, 26–7, to stay unbeaten. In Seattle, No. 5 USC beat Washington 19–0.

November 8 No. 1 Notre Dame hosted No. 9 Army and won 27–7. No. 2 Michigan beat Indiana 35–0. No. 3 SMU won at Texas A&M, 13–0. No. 4 Pennsylvania beat Virginia, 19–7. No. 5 USC beat Stanford, 14–0.

November 15 No. 1 Notre Dame had more points scored against it than at any other time in the season, but won at unranked Northwestern, 26–19. Meanwhile, No. 2 Michigan faced No. 9 Wisconsin in Madison and won 40–6, raising it to first place in the next poll. No. 3 Pennsylvania and No. 13 Army played to a 7–7 tie in Philadelphia. No. 4 SMU stayed unbeaten with a 14–6 win over Arkansas. No. 5 USC was idle.

November 22 No. 1 Michigan closed its season at 9–0–0 with a 21–0 win over Ohio State, and accepted an invitation to meet No. 4 USC (which beat No. 18 UCLA 6–0) in the Rose Bowl. Meanwhile, No. 3 SMU won 10–0 win at Baylor, and No. 5 Penn State won at Pitt, 29–0. Both unbeaten, they accepted invitations to the Cotton Bowl Classic. No. 2 Notre Dame thrashed Tulane, 59–6 and was restored to the top spot by the AP voters, with 97 first place votes to Michigan's 81.

November 29 No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 USC, and No. 5 Penn State were idle. No. 3 SMU was tied in a game at TCU, 19–19.

December 6 No. 1 Notre Dame (8–0–0) and No. 3 USC (7–0–1) met in Los Angeles, with the Irish cementing their hold on the No. 1 ranking, 38–7. No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 SMU and No. 5 Penn State had completed their seasons.

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1947 Big Nine Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Michigan $600  1000
Wisconsin 321  531
Minnesota 330  630
Illinois 330  531
Purdue 330  540
Indiana 231  531
Iowa 231  351
Northwestern 240  360
Ohio State 141  261
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 12 Kansas +401  812
No. 16 Oklahoma +401  721
Missouri 320  640
Nebraska 230  270
Iowa State 140  360
Kansas State 050  0100
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Border Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas Tech $400  650
Hardin–Simmons 510  830
West Texas State 520  740
Arizona 320  541
Texas Mines 331  531
Arizona State 340  470
New Mexico 151  451
New Mexico A&M 140  360
Arizona State–Flagstaff 040  170
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Rutgers $200  810
Lafayette $110  630
Lehigh 020  540
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tulsa $300  550
Wichita 210  740
Saint Louis 110  460
Drake 130  171
Oklahoma A&M 020  370
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Mountain States Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Utah $600  811
Denver 321  541
Utah State 330  650
Colorado 330  450
Colorado A&M 231  541
Wyoming 240  450
BYU 150  370
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 8 USC $600  721
No. 15 California 510  910
Oregon 510  730
UCLA 420  540
Montana 210  740
Oregon State 340  550
Washington 250  360
Washington State 250  370
Idaho 140  440
Stanford 070  090
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Montana State $100  450
Colorado College 210  450
Colorado State–Greeley 211  441
Colorado Mines 120  170
Western State (CO) 021  161
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 13 Ole Miss $610  920
No. 10 Georgia Tech 410  1010
No. 6 Alabama 520  830
Mississippi State 220  730
Georgia 330  741
Vanderbilt 330  640
Tulane 232  252
LSU 231  531
Kentucky 230  830
Tennessee 230  550
Auburn 150  270
Florida 031  451
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 14 William & Mary $710  920
No. 9 North Carolina 410  820
South Carolina 411  621
No. 19 Duke 311  432
Washington and Lee 320  550
Maryland 321  722
No. 17 NC State 321  531
VPI 430  450
Davidson 331  631
Wake Forest 340  640
VMI 231  351
Clemson 130  450
The Citadel 140  350
Furman 140  270
Richmond 150  370
George Washington 040  171
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 SMU $501  902
No. 5 Texas 510  1010
No. 18 Rice 420  631
TCU 231  452
Arkansas 141  641
Texas A&M 141  361
Baylor 150  550
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Independents

1947 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Penn State     901
No. 7 Penn     701
Muhlenberg     910
Buffalo     810
No. 20 Columbia     720
No. 11 Army     522
Yale     630
Villanova     631
Boston University     530
Hofstra     530
Princeton     530
Tufts     530
Franklin & Marshall     431
Boston College     540
Brown     441
Dartmouth     441
Holy Cross     442
Harvard     450
Cornell     450
Syracuse     360
NYU     251
Temple     260
Duquesne     280
Colgate     152
Fordham     161
Pittsburgh     180
Carnegie Tech     060
Drexel     080
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Notre Dame     900
Youngstown     820
Michigan State     720
Ball State     512
Ohio Wesleyan     621
Wayne     520
Dayton     630
Washington University     530
Detroit     640
Bowling Green     550
Xavier     441
Marquette     450
Central Michigan     251
Valparaiso     251
Akron     260
Michigan State Normal     160
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Princess Anne     800
Grambling     1120
Sewanee     611
Memphis State     621
Marshall     930
Mississippi Southern     730
Oklahoma City     730
Virginia     730
West Virginia     640
Western Maryland     431
Catholic University     330
Delaware     440
Georgetown     341
Chattanooga     460
Miami (FL)     270
Navy     171
Florida State     050
1947 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Pepperdine     900
Hawaii     850
Nevada     720
San Francisco     730
Cal Poly San Dimas     441
Santa Clara     440
La Verne     340
Idaho State     351
Loyola (CA)     370
Saint Mary's     370
Portland     170

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
California Collegiate Athletic Association Pacific (CA) 5–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Shaw 6–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Kansas State Teachers 4–0–1
College Conference of Illinois North Central (IL) 5–1
Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference Buena Vista
Westmar
3–1–1
Far Western Conference Northern Branch College of Agriculture
Southern Oregon College
3–1
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Butler 4–0–1
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Upper Iowa 5–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Ottawa (KS) 6–0
Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference Louisiana Tech 5–0
Lone Star Conference North Texas State Teachers 6–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Kalamazoo
Hillsdale
3–0–2
Mid-American Conference Cincinnati 3–1
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Lawrence 5–1
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Macalester
Saint Thomas (MN)
4–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Missouri School of Mines 4–1
Nebraska College Conference Chadron State
Nebraska Wesleyan
5–1–1
New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference Sul Ross State College 5–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Iowa State Teachers (Northern Iowa)
South Dakota
4–0
North Dakota College Athletic Conference Valley City State 6–1
Ohio Athletic Conference Denison 5–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Southeastern State College (OK) 5–0
Pacific Northwest Conference Willamette 6–0
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Lock Haven State Teachers
Mansfield State Teachers
5–1–1
4–1–1
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Montana State College 1–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Northern State Teachers (SD) 2–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Redlands 4–0
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M College 5–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Southern 7–0
State Teacher's College Conference of Minnesota Bemidji State Teachers
Moorhead State Teachers
Winona State Teachers
3–1
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Hardin–Simmons
McMurry (TX)
4–1
Washington Intercollegiate Conference Eastern Washington College
Pacific Lutheran
4–1
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference North: River Falls State Teachers
South: Milwaukee State Teachers
4–0
4–0

Minor conference standings

1947 Badger State Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Mission House +310  620
Northwestern (WI) +310  530
Milton 220  260
Wisconsin Tech 130  ???
Wisconsin–Extension 130  250
  • + Conference co-champions
  • Northwestern forfeited to Wisconsin Tech.
1947 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Pacific $500  1010
San Jose State 320  930
Fresno State 212  362
San Diego State 221  731
Santa Barbara 131  431
Cal Poly 050  190
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Emporia State $401  711
Washburn 410  710
Southwestern (KS) 221  621
Fort Hays State 221  531
Pittsburg State 131  271
St. Benedict's 050  180
  • $ Conference champion
1947 College Conference of Illinois football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Central (IL) $510  720
Wheaton (IL) 410  711
Augustana (IL) 311  422
Carthage 320  521
Lake Forest 221  341
Millikin 221  341
Illinois Wesleyan 221  351
Elmhurst 050  180
Illinois College 050  090
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 Shaw $600  1000
No. 7 Virginia State 710  910
No. 4 Hampton 511  721
No. 11 Howard 621  621
No. 9 Morgan State 521  521
No. 14 West Virginia State 411  631
No. 19 Lincoln (PA) 331  541
Delaware State 430  430
Virginia Union 350  450
Winston-Salem State 330  630
North Carolina A&T 151  151
North Carolina College 260  270
Bluefield State 150  360
Saint Paul's (VA) 051  051
Johnson C. Smith 021  151
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from the Pittsburgh Courier using the Dickinson Ratings System. [3]
1947 Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Western Union +311  322
Buena Vista +311  351
Huron 320  430
Dakota Wesleyan 221  341
Yankton 122  142
Sioux Falls 041  251
  • + Conference co-champions
1947 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southern Oregon +310  730
Cal Aggies +310  450
Humboldt State 220  540
Chico State 130  450
San Francisco State 130  250
  • + Conference co-champions
1947 Hoosier Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Indiana Central $610  710
Hanover 510  710
Franklin (IN) 510  620
Manchester (IN) 231  251
Earlham 230  350
Canterbury 140  161
Anderson (IN) 041  152
Rose Poly 040  071
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southern Illinois $301  721
Northern Illinois State 211  433
Illinois State 112  432
Eastern Illinois 220  260
Western Illinois 040  441
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ottawa $600  621
Baker 411  531
Bethany (KS) 420  450
Kansas Wesleyan 321  441
Bethel (KS) 141  251
College of Emporia 141  261
McPherson 060  160
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Louisiana Tech $500  540
Southwestern Louisiana 410  620
Northwestern State 320  450
Southeastern Louisiana 230  351
Centenary (LA) 130  170
Louisiana College 040  151
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Texas State $600  1020
East Texas State 420  820
Southwest Texas State 420  540
Trinity (TX) 321  532
Stephen F. Austin 231  361
Sam Houston State 150  360
Houston 060  380
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hillsdale +302  702
Kalamazoo +302  413
Hope 311  521
Alma 221  531
Adrian 140  350
Albion 050  080
  • + Conference co-champions
1947 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Cincinnati $310  730
Western Reserve 210  450
Butler 130  531
Ohio 130  351
Miami (OH) *200  901
Western Michigan *010  540
  • $ Conference champion
  • * – Miami and Western Michigan were not eligible to compete for the MAC championship because they did not schedule a full slate of games against MAC opponents.
1947 Midwest Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Tennessee A&I $300  1000
No. 2 Wilberforce State 310  1110
No. 12 Louisville Municipal 201  611
No. 22 Kentucky State 330  460
No. 13 Lincoln (MO) 131  341
Philander Smith       
Wilberforce       
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from the Pittsburgh Courier using the Dickinson Ratings System. [4]
1947 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Macalester +400  501
St. Thomas (MN) +400  430
Gustavus Adolphus 410  711
St. Olaf 320  530
Saint John's (MN) 320  320
Hamline 230  350
Concordia (MN) 140  340
Saint Mary's (MN) 040  160
Augsburg 050  070
  • + Conference co-champions
1947 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri Valley $400  1200
Central Methodist 220  540
Culver–Stockton 220  440
William Jewell 220  361
Tarkio 040  350
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri Mines $410  430
SW Missouri State 311  721
NW Missouri State 212  522
Kirksville State 230  531
SE Missouri State 131  261
Central Missouri State 140  270
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Montana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Montana Normal $201  312
Eastern Montana 111  311
Carroll (MT) 120  240
Montana Mines 120  130
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Nebraska College Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Chadron State +511  711
Nebraska Wesleyan +511  711
Hastings 521  621
Doane 421  621
Kearney State 431  631
Peru State 332  342
Midland 142  252
Wayne State (NE) 043  043
York (NE) 070  270
  • + Conference co-champions
1947 New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Sul Ross $500  730
Adams State 510  630
New Mexico Military 420  640
Eastern New Mexico 330  540
Panhandle A&M 240  360
New Mexico Teachers 150  260
New Mexico Highlands 050  250
  • $ Conference champion
1947 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
South Dakota +400  720
Iowa State Teachers +400  531
South Dakota State 310  450
North Dakota 220  440
Augustana (SD) 230  350
Morningside 040  440
North Dakota State 050  170
  • + Conference co-champions
1947 North State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Catawba $600  1110
Appalachian State 610  910
Lenoir–Rhyne 431  541
High Point 331  542
Guilford 230  460
Western Carolina 230  351
Elon 250  460
East Carolina 130  360
Atlantic Christian 050  080
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
SE Oklahoma State $500  711
Central State (OK) 311  711
Northeastern State 320  550
SW Oklahoma State 221  431
East Central 041  451
NW Oklahoma State 041  071
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Carson–Newman $300  812
Milligan 210  541
Emory and Henry 120  281
Tusculum 030  080
  • $ Conference champion
1947 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
South Dakota Mines $310  422
Northern State 210  630
Black Hills 111  342
General Beadle 120  250
Southern State 021  061
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Redlands $400  630
Occidental 211  431
Pomona 121  331
Whittier 121  261
Caltech 031  151
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Florida A&M $500  910
No. 10 South Carolina State 502  712
No. 15 Fort Valley State 401  711
No. 3 (small) LeMoyne 210  411
Tuskegee 321  641
No. 21 Clark (GA) 321  431
No. 18 Lane 220  650
Morehouse 340  350
Morris Brown 241  371
Knoxville 121  ---
Alabama State 252  ---
Fisk 131  ---
No. 7 (small) Alabama A&M 141  331
Xavier (LA) 021  ---
Benedict 032  ---
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from the Pittsburgh Courier using the Dickinson Ratings System. [5]
1947 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 8 Southern $700  1020
No. 17 Prairie View A&M 520  660
No. 16 Texas College 311  523
Bishop 322  343
No. 20 Wiley 331  432
Langston 241  271
Samuel Huston 160  390
Arkansas AM&N 061  271
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from the Pittsburgh Courier using the Dickinson Ratings System. [6]
1947 Texas Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
McMurry +410  731
Hardin +410  740
Abilene Christian 320  630
Howard Payne 230  460
Austin 230  261
Southwestern (TX) 050  360
  • + Conference co-champions
1947 Volunteer State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Middle Tennessee $500  910
Tennessee Tech 110  470
Union (TN) 110  550
Cumberland (TN) 021  551
Austin Peay 021  361
Milligan 010  541
  • $ Conference champion
1947 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
New Hampshire $400  810
Maine 210  610
Connecticut 120  240
Rhode Island State 130  340
Massachusetts 011  341
Vermont 011  341
  • $ Conference champion

Rankings

Bowl games

Bowl gameWinning teamLosing team
Rose Bowl No. 2 Michigan 49No. 8 USC 0
Sugar Bowl No. 5 Texas 27No. 6 Alabama 7
Orange Bowl No. 10 Georgia Tech 20No. 12 Kansas 14
Cotton Bowl Classic No. 3 SMU 13No. 4 Penn State 13
Sun Bowl Miami (OH) 13 Texas Tech 12
Gator Bowl Georgia 20 Maryland 20
Tangerine Bowl Catawba 7 Marshall 0
Dixie Bowl Arkansas 21No. 14 William & Mary 19
Raisin Bowl Pacific (CA) 26 Wichita 14
Harbor Bowl Hardin–Simmons 53 San Diego State 0
Salad Bowl Nevada 13 North Texas State 6
Delta Bowl No. 13 Ole Miss 13 TCU 9
Great Lakes Bowl Kentucky 24 Villanova 14
Pineapple Bowl Hawaii 33 Redlands 32

See also

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The NCAA was without a playoff for the major college football teams in the University Division, later known as Division I-A, during the 20th century. The NCAA recognizes Division I-A national champions based on the final results of polls including the "wire service", FWAA and NFF. The 1964 AP poll continued to rank only ten teams, compiling the votes of 55 sportswriters, each of whom would give their opinion of the ten best. Under a point system of 10 points for first place, 9 for second, etc., the "overall" ranking was determined.

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

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

The 1969 college football season was celebrated as the centennial of college football.

The 1977 NCAA Division I football season was one in which the top five teams finished with 11–1 records. Notre Dame, which beat top-ranked and undefeated Texas in the Cotton Bowl, became the national champion.

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.

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.

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.

The 1956 NCAA University Division football season saw the University of Oklahoma Sooners finish a third consecutive season unbeaten and untied to again win the national championship.

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 1951 college football season finished with seven unbeaten major college teams, of which five were unbeaten and untied. Ultimately, the Tennessee Volunteers were voted the best team by the Associated Press, followed by the Michigan State Spartans, with the Vols having a plurality of first place votes. Tennessee lost in the Sugar Bowl to the equally undefeated and untied No. 3 Maryland Terrapins, but the postseason games were not taken into account by the major polls. Tennessee, Maryland, Michigan State, and Illinois all claim national championships for 1951.

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 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 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.

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