1953 college football season

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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. [2] 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. [3] 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.

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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 "wire service" (AP and UPI) polls. The extent of that recognition came in the form of acknowledgment in the annual NCAA Football Guide of the "unofficial" national champions. The AP poll in 1953 consisted of the votes of as many as 378 sportswriters. [4]

Though not all writers voted in every poll, each would give their opinion of the twenty best teams. Under a point system of 20 points for first place, 19 for second, etc., the "overall" ranking was determined. Although the rankings were based on the collective opinion of the representative sportswriters, the teams that remained "unbeaten and untied" were generally ranked higher than those that had not. A defeat, even against a strong opponent, tended to cause a team to drop in the rankings, and a team with two or more defeats was unlikely to remain in the Top 20. Generally, the top teams played on New Year's Day in the four major postseason bowl games: the Rose Bowl (near Los Angeles at Pasadena), the Sugar Bowl (New Orleans), the Orange Bowl (Miami), and the Cotton Bowl (Dallas).

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School1952 Conference1953 Conference
Cincinnati Bearcats MAC Independent
Clemson Tigers SoCon ACC
Duke Blue Devils SoCon ACC
Erskine Flying Fleet IndependentDropped Program
Evansville Purple Aces Ohio Valley Indiana Collegiate Conference
Marshall Thundering Herd Independent MAC
Maryland Terrapins SoCon ACC
Michigan State Spartans Independent Big Ten (was Big Nine)
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders VSAC Ohio Valley
NYU Violets IndependentDropped Program
North Carolina Tar Heels SoCon ACC
NC State Wolfpack SoCon ACC
South Carolina Gamecocks SoCon ACC
Wake Forest Demon Deacons SoCon ACC

September

In the preseason poll released on September 14, 1953, Notre Dame was rated first, followed by the defending champion, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, UCLA, and Alabama. As the regular season progressed, a new poll would be issued on the Monday following the weekend's games.

In a Friday night game at Los Angeles, No. 4 UCLA beat Oregon State 41–0. Meanwhile, at Montgomery, AL, No. 5 Alabama was shocked by Southern Mississippi, 25–19. The next day, September 19 No. 3 Georgia Tech beat Davidson, 53–0. Notre Dame and Michigan State began their seasons the following week.

On September 26 No. 1 Notre Dame won 28–21 at No. 6 Oklahoma. No. 2 Michigan State won at Iowa, 21–7. No. 3 Georgia Tech went to No. 15 Florida and was held to a 0–0 tie. No. 4 UCLA beat Kansas 19–7. Still at No. 5, Alabama, trying to salvage some respect against a second unranked opponent, went to 0–1–1 after a 7–7 tie against LSU in Mobile; in the poll that followed, the Crimson Tide fell completely out of the Top 20. No. 9 Maryland, which had won 52–0 at Washington and Lee, rose to third, and previously unranked Michigan (a 50–0 victor over Wisconsin, entered the poll at fourth.

The poll: 1.Notre Dame 2.Michigan State 3.Maryland 4.Michigan 5.UCLA

October

October 3 With the exception of No. 4 Michigan, which beat Tulane 26–7 at home, the other top teams won on the road, with No. 1 Notre Dame at Purdue, 37–7, No. 2 Michigan State at Minnesota 21–0, No. 3 Maryland at Clemson, 20–0, and No. 5 UCLA defeated Oregon 12–0 in an away game. No. 6 Ohio State, which won 33–19 at California, rose to third in the next poll, knocking UCLA out. The Big Ten had three of the spots in the top five:

October 10 No. 1 Notre Dame was idle, but stayed at No. 1 after No. 2 Michigan State's 26–19 win over TCU. No. 4 Maryland won 40–13 over Georgia and No. 5 Michigan edged Iowa 14–13. The night before, No. 3 Ohio State had lost 40–21 to Illinois, while No. 6 UCLA returned to the top bracket with a 13–0 win over visiting Wisconsin. The poll: 1.Notre Dame 2.Michigan State 3.Maryland 4.UCLA 5.Michigan

October 17 No. 1 Notre Dame beat Pittsburgh 23–14. No. 2 Michigan State defeated Indiana 47–18. No. 3 Maryland won 26–0 at North Carolina. No. 4 UCLA lost at Stanford, 21–20. No. 5 Michigan beat Northwestern 20–12. No. 6 Georgia Tech, which beat Auburn 36–6, took UCLA's place in the next poll: 1.Notre Dame 2.Michigan State 3.Maryland 4. Georgia Tech 5.Michigan.

October 24 No. 1 Notre Dame stayed unbeaten with a 27–14 win over No. 4 Georgia Tech. No. 2 Michigan State lost 6–0 at Purdue and No. 5 Michigan lost at Minnesota 22–0. No. 3 Maryland won a Friday game at Miami, 30–0. Coming into the Top Five were No. 6 Baylor (14–13 over Texas A&M), 7 Illinois (20–13 over Syracuse), and No. 8 West Virginia (52–20 over VMI). The poll: 1.Notre Dame 2.Maryland 3.Baylor 4.Illinois 5. West Virginia

October 31 No. 1 Notre Dame beat Navy 38–7. No. 2 Maryland beat South Carolina 24–6. No. 3 Baylor beat TCU 25–7. No. 4 Illinois defeated Purdue 21–0. beat Oregon State 34–6. No. 5 West Virginia won at Penn State 20–19. No. 6 Michigan State, which beat Oregon State 34–6, rose to fifth. The poll: 1.Notre Dame 2.Maryland 3.Baylor 4.Illinois 5.Michigan State

November

November 7 No. 1 Notre Dame won 28–20 at Penn. No. 2 Maryland beat George Washington University 27–6 at a game in Washington, DC. No. 3 Baylor lost at Texas, 21–20. No. 4 Illinois beat Michigan 9–3. No. 5 Michigan State won 28–13 at Ohio State, but still dropped in the poll. No. 6 Georgia Tech, which beat Clemson 20–7, rose to fifth.

November 14 No. 1 Notre Dame won at North Carolina, 34–14, and No. 2 Maryland beat Mississippi 38–0 as both stayed unbeaten and untied. No. 4 Michigan State beat Michigan 14–6. On the other hand, No. 3 Illinois lost to Wisconsin, 34–7 and No. 5 Georgia Tech fell 13–6 to Alabama in a game at Birmingham. Returning to the Top Five to take their place were No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 UCLA, which had defeated Iowa (47–0) and Washington (22–6), respectively.

November 21 Number one since the season began, No. 1 Notre Dame played to a 14–14 tie with Iowa. No. 2 Maryland closed its season with a 21–0 win over Alabama to finish the season unbeaten and untied, at 10–0–0, to take the top rung on the AP poll. No. 3 Michigan State closed with a 21–15 win over Marquette. No. 4 Oklahoma beat Nebraska 30–7, and No. 5 UCLA beat USC, 13–0.

November 28 The new No. 1, Maryland, had already finished its season. No. 2 Notre Dame, with a 48–14 win at USC, and No. 4 Oklahoma (42–7 over Oklahoma State) were the only Top Five members who hadn't closed their seasons. The following Saturday, December 5, Notre Dame beat visiting SMU 40–14.

In the Final AP poll, released November 30, No. 1 Maryland, the only unbeaten and untied team, received 187 first place votes, and unbeaten, but once-tied No. 2 Notre Dame had 141 votes. ACC member Maryland accepted a bid to the Orange Bowl to meet once-beaten (8–1–1), Big 7 champ, and No. 4 Oklahoma, while No. 3 Michigan State and No. 5 UCLA would meet in the Rose Bowl. Notre Dame declined to participate in a postseason game.

Postseason

After the AP National Champion Maryland lost in the Orange Bowl, there was a lot of controversy since the AP Poll had been finalized beforehand and could not be changed to take this result into account. This Maryland loss resulted in Notre Dame being ranked No. 1 by 10 polls, including Billingsley , Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, National Championship Foundation, Williamson, and several others. As a reward for beating the Terrapins, the Sooners received No. 1 from Berryman and Football Research.

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1953 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Maryland +300  1010
No. 18 Duke +400  721
South Carolina 230  730
North Carolina 230  460
Wake Forest 230  361
Clemson 120  351
NC State 030  190
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll [5]
1953 Big Seven Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Oklahoma $600  911
Missouri 420  640
Kansas State 420  631
Colorado 240  640
Nebraska 240  361
Kansas 240  280
Iowa State 150  270
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Michigan State +510  910
No. 7 Illinois +510  711
No. 15 Wisconsin 411  621
Ohio State 430  630
Minnesota 331  441
No. 20 Michigan 330  630
No. 9 Iowa 330  531
Purdue 240  270
Indiana 150  270
Northwestern 060  360
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Border Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 12 Texas Tech $500  1110
Hardin–Simmons 410  650
Texas Western 420  820
Arizona 320  451
Arizona State 130  451
New Mexico A&M 140  270
West Texas State 060  181
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Rutgers $100  260
Lafayette 110  540
Lehigh 010  450
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oklahoma A&M +310  730
Detroit +310  540
Wichita 120  441
Houston 120  441
Tulsa 130  370
  • + Conference co-champions
1953 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 5 UCLA $610  820
No. 19 Stanford 511  631
USC 421  631
California 222  442
Washington State 340  460
Oregon State 350  360
Washington 241  361
Oregon 251  451
Idaho 030  180
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Idaho State $500  620
Montana State 410  440
Western State (CO) 221  521
Colorado College 122  242
Colorado Mines 131  341
Colorado State–Greeley 050  250
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Skyline Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Utah $500  820
Utah State 520  830
Wyoming 421  541
New Mexico 321  531
Colorado A&M 340  450
Montana 240  350
Denver 151  352
BYU 151  271
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 13 Alabama $403  633
No. 8 Georgia Tech 411  921
No. 16 Kentucky 411  721
Ole Miss 411  721
No. 17 Auburn 421  731
Mississippi State 313  523
Tennessee 321  641
LSU 233  533
Florida 132  352
Vanderbilt 150  370
Georgia 150  380
Tulane 070  181
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 10 West Virginia $400  820
Furman 200  720
George Washington 420  540
William & Mary 320  541
Richmond 330  531
VPI 330  550
VMI 330  550
Washington and Lee 240  460
The Citadel 130  270
Davidson 050  090
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 6 Rice +510  920
No. 11 Texas +510  730
Baylor 420  730
SMU 330  550
Arkansas 240  370
Texas A&M 150  451
TCU 150  370
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Independents

1953 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 14 Army     711
Harvard     620
Franklin & Marshall     520
Hofstra     630
Penn State     630
Yale     522
Carnegie Tech     530
Boston College     531
Boston University     531
Syracuse     531
Princeton     540
Tufts     430
Cornell     432
Holy Cross     550
Temple     441
Colgate     342
Columbia     450
Fordham     450
Villanova     460
Drexel     231
Brown     351
Penn     351
Pittsburgh     351
Dartmouth     270
Buffalo     151
Bucknell     180
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Notre Dame     901
Cincinnati     910
Carthage     810
Youngstown     710
John Carroll     720
Washington University     720
Rose Poly     620
Wabash     621
Marquette     631
Baldwin–Wallace     440
Wayne     341
Dayton     351
Xavier     271
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Delaware     710
Maryland State     710
Mississippi Southern     920
Western Maryland     431
Navy     432
Florida State     550
Tampa     660
Miami (FL)     450
Sewanee     350
Marshall     252
Chattanooga     370
Louisville     170
Virginia     180
1953 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Pacific (CA)     442
San Jose State     441
Hawaii     560
Nevada     230
La Verne     370
Cal Poly San Dimas     260

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
California Collegiate Athletic Association Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo 5–0
Central Church College Conference Dana 3–1
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association North Carolina College 5–1
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint Benedict's
Washburn
4–1
College Conference of Illinois Wheaton (IL) 4–0
Evergreen Conference Puget Sound
Whitworth
5–1
Far Western Conference Chico State College 1–0–1
Frontier Conference Carroll (MT) 4–0
Gulf Coast Conference Trinity (TX) 2–0
Indiana Collegiate Conference Butler 5–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Iowa Wesleyan 4–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference College of Emporia 7–0
Lone Star Conference East Texas State Teachers 5–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hope 5–1
Mid-American Conference Ohio 5–0–1
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Saint Olaf 6–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Gustavus Adolphus 6–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northeast Missouri State 5–0
Nebraska College Conference Peru State Teachers 6–0
New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference Panhandle A&M 6–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Dakota State College 5–0–1
North Dakota College Athletic Conference Valley City State 6–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Ohio Wesleyan 7–0
Ohio Valley Conference Tennessee Tech 5–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Northeastern State College (OK) 4–0–1
Oregon Collegiate Conference Unknown
Pacific Northwest Conference College of Idaho 5–0
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Shippensburg State Teachers
West Chester State Teachers
6–0
4–0
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Idaho State College 5–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Northern State Teachers 6–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pomona-Pitzer 3–1
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M 6–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Prairie View A&M College 6–0
State Teacher's College Conference of Minnesota St. Cloud State Teachers 4–0
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Abilene Christian
McMurry (TX)
Texas A&I College
3–1
Wisconsin State College Conference Wisconsin State–La Crosse
Wisconsin State–Platteville
5–0
4–0

Minor conference standings

1953 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Cal Poly $500  900
San Diego State 311  531
Fresno State 221  442
Pepperdine 230  360
Santa Barbara 140  261
Los Angeles State 140  270
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Central Church College Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Dana $310  431
Concordia (NE) 211  711
Tarkio 031  251
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Washburn +410  710
St. Benedict's +410  720
Pittsburg State 221  631
Fort Hays State 221  341
Emporia State 230  251
Southwestern (KS) 050  180
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 College Conference of Illinois football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wheaton (IL) $400  810
Lake Forest 410  530
Augustana (IL) 320  540
Millikin 230  350
North Central (IL) 240  260
Illinois Wesleyan 131  171
Elmhurst 130  341
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Evergreen Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Puget Sound +510  710
Whitworth +510  710
Eastern Washington 420  620
Pacific Lutheran 330  360
Western Washington 240  342
Central Washington 240  260
UBC 060  ???
  • + Conference co-champions
1953 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Chico State $401  631
Humboldt State 210  620
Cal Aggies 121  161
San Francisco State 010  530
Southern Oregon 030  340
  • $ Conference champion
  • Conference record includes both Chico State vs. Northern Branch games
1953 Hoosier Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Indiana Central $600  800
Earlham 420  620
Hanover 420  441
Anderson (IN) 330  350
Taylor 330  440
Franklin (IN) 150  170
Manchester (IN) 060  090
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Gulf Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Trinity (TX) $200  810
North Texas State 110  361
Midwestern State 020  281
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Gulf States Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northwestern State +510  620
Louisiana Tech +510  630
Southeastern Louisiana +510  630
Southwestern Louisiana 240  470
McNeese State 240  360
Louisiana College 150  460
Northeast Louisiana State 150  190
  • + Conference co-champions
1953 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Butler $500  620
Valparaiso 320  521
Ball State 320  521
Indiana State 230  530
Evansville 230  370
Saint Joseph's (IN) 050  260
DePauw 000  071
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Central Michigan $501  711
Western Illinois 510  820
Michigan State Normal 411  711
Illinois State 330  540
Southern Illinois 240  270
Northern Illinois State 150  180
Eastern Illinois 060  180
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Division
Wartburg xy300  450
Luther 210  530
Upper Iowa 120  340
Buena Vista 030  261
South Division
Iowa Wesleyan xy$400  910
Central (IA) 310  431
Dubuque 220  430
Parsons 130  350
Simpson 040  080
Championship: Iowa Wesleyan 33, Wartburg 14
  • $ Conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
1953 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
College of Emporia $700  800
McPherson 610  810
Bethany (KS) 430  440
Kansas Wesleyan 331  351
Baker 340  450
Friends 250  450
Ottawa 250  360
Bethel (KS) 061  171
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
East Texas State $500  1001
Sam Houston State 410  910
Southwest Texas State 320  540
Lamar Tech 230  370
Sul Ross 140  470
Stephen F. Austin 050  180
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hope $510  720
Albion 411  521
Alma 420  720
Hillsdale 312  422
Olivet 240  450
Adrian 141  251
Kalamazoo 060  170
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ohio $501  621
Miami (OH) 301  711
Kent State 310  720
Toledo 230  360
Western Reserve 121  531
Western Michigan 041  161
Bowling Green 040  180
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Mid-Ohio League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Defiance $400  800
Findlay 220  340
Bluffton 220  340
Ohio Northern 130  171
Ashland 130  170
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Gustavus Adolphus +510  620
Saint John's (MN) +510  620
Concordia (MN) 420  530
Macalester 420  530
Minnesota–Duluth 330  340
Hamline 330  430
St. Thomas (MN) 240  350
Augsburg 150  350
Saint Mary's (MN) 060  070
  • + Conference co-champions
1953 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
William Jewell $400  910
Missouri Valley 310  711
Tarkio 220  251
Central Methodist 130  360
Culver–Stockton 040  080
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
NE Missouri State $500  620
SW Missouri State 320  360
NW Missouri State 221  341
Missouri–Rolla 230  350
SE Missouri State 122  432
Central Missouri State 041  072
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Montana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Carroll (MT) $400  521
Rocky Mountain 310  ???
Eastern Montana 121  231
Montana Mines 121  ???
Western Montana 040  ???
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Nebraska College Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Peru State $600  800
Wayne State (NE) 421  531
Kearney State 321  351
Doane 322  432
Midland 430  540
Hastings 340  450
Nebraska Wesleyan 142  243
Chadron State 070  170
  • $ Conference champion
1953 New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Panhandle A&M $600  811
New Mexico Military 420  430
Arizona State–Flagstaff 330  450
Eastern New Mexico 330  470
Adams State 330  360
New Mexico Western 240  350
New Mexico Highlands 060  080
  • $ Conference champion
1953 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
South Dakota State $501  531
Iowa State Teachers 510  630
North Dakota 411  611
Morningside 240  350
North Dakota State 240  350
South Dakota 240  260
Augustana (SD) 060  180
  • $ Conference champion
1953 North Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Valley City State $600  720
Minot State 510  620
Wahpeton Science 420  520
Mayville State 420  420
Jamestown 330  340
Bismarck JC 240  240
Dickinson State 240  250
Ellendale 150  160
Bottineau 060  060
  • $ Conference champion
1953 North State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
East Carolina $600  820
Catawba 411  451
Appalachian State 330  640
Lenoir–Rhyne 330  450
Guilford 230  350
Elon 141  161
Western Carolina 050  190
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tennessee Tech $500  740
Eastern Kentucky 410  820
Middle Tennessee 320  740
Western Kentucky 230  640
Murray State 140  360
Morehead State 050  080
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northeastern State $401  711
SE Oklahoma State 311  341
Central State (OK) 320  630
East Central 230  270
SW Oklahoma State 140  460
NW Oklahoma State 140  360
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Oregon Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oregon College $300  440
Portland State 210  520
Oregon Tech 120  140
Eastern Oregon 030  170
  • $ Conference champion
1953 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northern State $600  800
Huron 520  630
Southern State 420  620
South Dakota Mines 420  441
Dakota Wesleyan 330  530
Yankton 340  350
Sioux Falls 140  250
Black Hills 150  270
General Beadle 050  060
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Pomona-Claremont +310  710
Occidental +310  620
Whittier 220  631
Redlands 220  640
Caltech 040  070
  • + Conference co-champions
  • Caltech played Pomona-Claremont and Redlands each two times; each game counted as one-half in the standings.
1953 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Prairie View A&M $600  1200
Southern 510  920
Texas College 420  540
Arkansas AM&N 231  352
Langston 240  360
Bishop 141  261
Wiley 060  270
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Texas Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
McMurry +310  811
Abilene Christian +310  730
Texas A&I +310  450
Howard Payne 130  270
Austin 040  540
  • $ Conference champion
1953 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
New Hampshire +310  620
Rhode Island +310  620
Connecticut 211  341
Maine 121  421
Vermont 010  331
UMass 030  170
  • + Conference co-champions

Rankings

Bowl games

Bowl gameWinning teamLosing team
Cotton Bowl Classic No. 6 Rice 28No. 13 Alabama 6
Gator Bowl No. 12 Texas Tech'35No. 17 Auburn 13
Orange Bowl No. 4 Oklahoma 7No. 1 Maryland 0
Rose Bowl No. 3 Michigan State 28No. 5 UCLA Bruins 20
Sugar Bowl No. 8 Georgia Tech 42No. 10 West Virginia 19
Sun Bowl Texas Western 37 Mississippi Southern 14
Tangerine Bowl Arkansas State 7 East Texas State 7

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