1954 college football season

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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.

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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 1954 consisted of the votes of as many as 419 sportswriters. [2]

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).

In 1954, a limit of 10 games per season, excluding a bowl game, was imposed on all teams, with the exception that existing contracts would not be changed.

Conference and program changes

School1953 Conference1954 Conference
Virginia Cavaliers Independent ACC
DePauw Tigers Independent ICC

September

In the preseason poll released on September 13, 1954, No. 1 Notre Dame had the most points, although No. 2 Oklahoma had more first place votes (74 vs. 52). Rounding out the Top Five were defending champion No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 Texas and No. 5 Illinois. As the regular season progressed, a new poll would be issued on the Monday following the weekend's games.

September 18, No. 2 Oklahoma won at No. 12 California 27–13, and No. 3 Maryland won at Kentucky, 20–0. Notre Dame and Texas, No. 1 and No. 4, were preparing to meet at South Bend to open their seasons. Oklahoma replaced Notre Dame as No. 1 in the first regular poll. No. 7 Georgia Tech, which beat Tulane 28–0 in Atlanta, replaced Illinois in the Top Five. Defying high expectations, the Illini would lose their opener to Penn State, 14–12, and finish the season with a 1–8–0 record. The poll: 1.Oklahoma 2.Notre Dame 3.Maryland 4.Texas 5.Georgia Tech.

September 25 No. 2 Notre Dame hosted No. 4 Texas and won 21–0. No. 1 Oklahoma beat No. 20 Texas Christian (TCU) 21–16. No. 3 Maryland was idle, and No. 5 Georgia Tech lost to Florida, 13–12. Notre Dame took back over the top spot from O.U., and Texas, Maryland and Georgia Tech were replaced by No. 8 UCLA (32–7 over Kansas), No. 10 Wisconsin (52–14 over Marquette) and No. 11 Iowa (14–10 over No. 7 Michigan State). The poll: 1.Notre Dame 2.Oklahoma 3.Iowa 4.UCLA 5.Wisconsin

October

In a Friday game, No. 4 UCLA beat No. 6 Maryland 12–7. The next day, October 2, No. 1 Notre Dame was upset by No. 19 Purdue, 27–14. No. 2 Oklahoma which was idle, moved to the top as Notre Dame dropped out. No. 3 Iowa defeated visiting Montana, 48–6, and No. 5 Wisconsin beat No. 13 Michigan State 6–0. In Columbia, the No. 15 South Carolina Gamecocks fell 26–6 against unranked West Virginia. The poll: 1.Oklahoma 2.UCLA 3.Wisconsin 4.Iowa 5.Purdue

October 9 No. 1 Oklahoma won its annual game in Dallas against No. 15 Texas, 14–7. No. 2 UCLA edged Washington 21–20. No. 3 Wisconsin beat No. 11 Rice 13–7. No. 4 Iowa lost to unranked Michigan, 14–13, and No. 5 Purdue was tied by No. 6 Duke, 13–13 (in the next poll, they stayed at No. 5 and No. 6). No. 10 Ohio State, which had won at Illinois 40–7, entered the Top Five: 1.Oklahoma 2.Wisconsin 3.UCLA 4.Ohio State 5.Purdue.

October 16 No. 2 Wisconsin hosted No. 5 Purdue and won 20–6. No. 1 Oklahoma visited Kansas and annihilated it, 65–0, while No. 3 UCLA went one better in beating Stanford 72–0. No. 4 Ohio State beat No. 13 Iowa 20–14. No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers knocked off the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions 19–14 at Beaver Stadium. No. 7 Ole Miss, which had beaten Tulane 34–7, entered the Top Five: 1.Oklahoma 2.Wisconsin 3.UCLA 4.Ohio State 5.Mississippi.

October 23 No. 2 Wisconsin faced its second top-ranked opponent in a week, visiting Big Ten rival and No. 4 Ohio State. OSU won, 31–14, to take the No. 1 spot. No. 1 Oklahoma beat Kansas State 21–0, and No. 3 UCLA beat Oregon State 61–0. No. 5 Mississippi lost to No. 7 Arkansas at Little Rock, 6–0. No. 9 Army, which had won 67–12 at Columbia, moved up. The poll: 1.Ohio State 2.Oklahoma 3.UCLA 4.Arkansas 5.Army

October 30 No. 1 Ohio State won at Northwestern, 14–7. No. 2 Oklahoma won 13–6 at Colorado. No. 3 UCLA won at California 27–6 and was given top billing in the next poll. No. 4 Arkansas won 14–7 at Texas A & M. No. 5 Army, which got to stay home, edged Virginia 21–20. No. 6 Notre Dame, which beat No. 15 Navy 6–0 in Baltimore, moved up. The poll: 1.UCLA 2.Ohio State 3.Oklahoma 4.Arkansas 5.Notre Dame.

November

November 6 No. 1 UCLA won at Oregon 41–0. No. 2 Ohio State beat visiting No. 20 Pittsburgh, 26–0. No. 3 Oklahoma won at Iowa State 40–0. No. 4 Arkansas, playing at Little Rock, beat No. 15 Rice 28–15, and No. 5 Notre Dame won at Penn, 42–7.

November 13 No. 1 UCLA had the week off, while No. 2 Ohio State won at Purdue 28–6 and got back the top rung. No. 3 Oklahoma beat Missouri 34–13. No. 4 Arkansas lost to No. 19 SMU, 21–14. No. 5 Notre Dame beat North Carolina, 42–13. No. 6 Army, which at won at Penn 35–0, came back to the Top Five: 1.Ohio State 2.UCLA 3.Oklahoma 4.Notre Dame 5.Army.

November 20 No. 1 Ohio State beat No. 12 Michigan 21–7. In Los Angeles, No. 2 UCLA beat its crosstown rival, No. 8 USC, 34–0. No. 3 Oklahoma beat Nebraska 55–7. No. 4 Notre Dame won at Iowa 34–18. No. 5 Army had the day, preparing for the Army-Navy game.

November 27 No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 UCLA had finished their seasons. No. 3 Oklahoma won its annual season-closer at Oklahoma State, 14–0. No. 4 Notre Dame beat No. 17 USC 23–17. In Philadelphia, No. 5 Army was beaten by No. 6 Navy, 27–20, with the Midshipmen taking Army's spot in the poll.

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1954 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 14 Duke $400  821
No. 8 Maryland 401  721
North Carolina 420  451
South Carolina 330  640
Clemson 120  550
Wake Forest 141  271
Virginia 020  360
NC State 040  280
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll [3]
1954 Big Seven Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Oklahoma $600  1000
Nebraska 420  650
Colorado 321  721
Missouri 321  451
Kansas State 330  730
Iowa State 150  360
Kansas 060  0100
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1954 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 Ohio State $700  1000
No. 9 Wisconsin 520  720
No. 15 Michigan 520  630
Minnesota 420  720
Iowa 430  540
Purdue 330  531
Indiana 240  360
Michigan State 150  360
Northwestern 150  270
Illinois 060  180
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1954 Border Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas Tech $400  721
Arizona State 310  550
Texas Western 420  830
Arizona 320  730
Hardin–Simmons 230  460
West Texas State 150  180
New Mexico A&M 040  090
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Lehigh +110  450
Rutgers +110  360
Lafayette +110  252
  • + Conference co-champions
1954 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wichita $400  910
Houston 310  550
Oklahoma A&M 220  540
Detroit 130  270
Tulsa 040  0110
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 UCLA $600  900
No. 17 USC ^610  840
Oregon 530  640
California 430  550
Washington State 340  460
Stanford 240  460
Idaho 120  450
Washington 160  280
Oregon State 160  180
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
    UCLA won rivalry game over USC,
    but no-repeat rule was in effect
Rankings from AP Poll
1954 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Montana State $600  810
Western State (CO) 710  910
Idaho State 330  440
Colorado Mines 440  450
Colorado State–Greeley 161  171
Colorado College 071  181
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Skyline Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Denver $610  910
Wyoming 510  640
Utah State 430  460
New Mexico 330  550
Utah 330  470
Colorado A&M 340  370
Montana 150  360
BYU 160  180
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 6 Ole Miss $500  920
Georgia Tech 620  830
Florida 520  550
Kentucky 520  730
Georgia 321  631
No. 13 Auburn 330  830
Mississippi State 330  640
Alabama 332  452
LSU 250  560
Tulane 161  163
Vanderbilt 150  270
Tennessee 150  460
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1954 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 12 West Virginia $300  810
Furman 200  550
No. 16 VPI 301  801
Davidson 210  630
VMI 430  460
Richmond 230  540
William & Mary 122  442
George Washington 041  171
The Citadel 040  280
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1954 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 10 Arkansas $510  830
SMU 411  631
No. 19 Rice 420  730
No. 18 Baylor 420  740
Texas 231  451
TCU 150  460
Texas A&M 060  190
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Independents

1954 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Carnegie Tech     701
Boston College     810
Boston University     720
Hofstra     720
No. 20 Penn State     720
Tufts     620
Brown     621
Drexel     520
Bucknell     630
Colgate     522
Princeton     531
Yale     531
Cornell     540
Harvard     431
Syracuse     440
Pittsburgh     450
Franklin & Marshall     350
Temple     350
Dartmouth     360
Holy Cross     370
Buffalo     270
Fordham     171
Columbia     180
Villanova     190
Penn     090
Rankings from AP Poll
1954 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Notre Dame     910
Wabash     711
Cincinnati     820
Youngstown     720
Washington University     630
Carthage     530
Dayton     550
Marquette     351
Wayne     351
John Carroll     350
Rose Poly     250
Xavier     280
Baldwin–Wallace     180
Rankings from AP Poll
1954 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 9 Miami (FL)     810
Delaware     820
No. 5 Navy     820
Tampa     820
Florida State     840
Abilene Christian     631
Chattanooga     640
Mississippi Southern     640
Western Maryland     440
Louisville     360
Sewanee     080
Rankings from AP Poll
1954 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
San Jose State     730
Pacific (CA)     450
Hawaii     440
La Verne     260
Cal Poly San Dimas     180

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
California Collegiate Athletic Association Fresno State Normal 4–0
Central Church College Conference Concordia (NE) 3–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association North Carolina College 6–0–1
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Kansas State Teachers–Hays
Washburn
4–1
College Conference of Illinois Millikin
Wheaton (IL)
5–1
Evergreen Conference Whitworth 6–0
Far Western Conference San Francisco State 5–0
Frontier Conference Carroll (MT) 4–0
Gulf Coast Conference Trinity (TX) 2–0
Indiana Collegiate Conference Valparaiso 5–1
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Luther 6–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference College of Emporia 7–0
Lone Star Conference East Texas State Teachers
Southwest Texas State Teachers
5–0–1
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hillsdale 6–0
Mid-American Conference Miami (OH) 4–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Carleton 8–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Gustavus Adolphus 6–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northeast Missouri State 5–0
Nebraska College Conference Hastings 7–0
New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference Panhandle A&M 5–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Morningside
South Dakota State College
5–1
North Dakota College Athletic Conference Minot State Teachers
Valley City State
6–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Heidelberg 5–0–1
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Kentucky State 5–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Central State College (OK)
Southwestern State College (OK)
4–1
Oregon Collegiate Conference Unknown
Pacific Northwest Conference College of Idaho
Lewis & Clark
Willamette
4–1
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Stroudsburg State Teachers
Shippensburg State Teachers
4–1
5–1
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Western State 7–1
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Southern State Teachers (USD–Springfield)6–1
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pomona-Pitzer 4–0
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M 4–0
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 Howard Payne 2–0
Wisconsin State College Conference Wisconsin State–La Crosse 4–0–1

Minor conference standings

1954 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Fresno State $400  730
Cal Poly 310  640
San Diego State 220  540
Santa Barbara 130  450
Los Angeles State 040  261
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Central Church College Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Concordia (NE) $300  711
Tarkio 210  431
Westmar 120  350
Dana 030  151
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Fort Hays State +410  720
Washburn +410  620
Pittsburg State 320  620
St. Benedict's 230  251
Emporia State 230  270
Southwestern (KS) 050  180
  • + Conference co-champions
1954 College Conference of Illinois football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wheaton (IL) +510  620
Millikin +510  530
Illinois Wesleyan 410  530
Lake Forest 330  350
Augustana (IL) 240  350
North Central (IL) 140  260
Elmhurst 060  080
  • + Conference co-champions
1954 Evergreen Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Whitworth $600  800
Puget Sound 510  620
Pacific Lutheran 420  530
Western Washington 330  350
Central Washington 240  260
Eastern Washington 150  180
UBC 060   ? ? ?
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
San Francisco State $500  820
Chico State 510  720
Humboldt State 420  550
Nevada 230  250
Cal Aggies 140  170
Southern Oregon 020  250
Sacramento State 050  070
  • $ Conference champion
  • * – Second San Francisco State vs. Nevada game did not count in conference standings
1954 Gulf Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Trinity (TX) $200  900
North Texas State 110  460
Midwestern State 020  451
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Gulf States Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southeastern Louisiana $600  900
Northwestern State 420  720
Louisiana Tech 420  630
Southwestern Louisiana 420  540
Louisiana College 141  451
McNeese State 150  280
Northeast Louisiana State 051  181
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Hoosier Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Indiana Central $600  630
Taylor 420  620
Hanover 420  450
Franklin (IN) 240  341
Anderson (IN) 240  270
Manchester (IN) 240  270
Earlham 150  170
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Valparaiso $510  621
Ball State 420  620
Evansville 420  540
Butler 320  440
Indiana State 240  440
Saint Joseph's (IN) 040  440
DePauw 050  071
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Michigan State Normal +510  810
Central Michigan +510  820
Western Illinois 312  613
Illinois State 321  531
Eastern Illinois 141  261
Southern Illinois 150  270
Northern Illinois State 150  270
  • + Conference co-champions
1954 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Luther $600  900
Wartburg 510  521
Dubuque 411  431
Iowa Wesleyan 420  440
Buena Vista 321  531
Parsons 141  242
Central (IA) 150  350
Simpson 042  152
Upper Iowa 051  151
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
College of Emporia $700  910
Ottawa 511  621
Kansas Wesleyan 421  531
Bethel (KS) 421  431
McPherson 340  360
Baker 250  360
Bethany (KS) 151  161
Friends 070  180
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southwest Texas State +501  631
East Texas State +501  631
Stephen F. Austin 330  630
Sam Houston State 330  640
Texas A&I 240  650
Lamar Tech 150  370
Sul Ross 150   ? ? ?
  • + Conference co-champions
1954 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hillsdale $600  711
Kalamazoo 420  620
Albion 420  530
Hope 330  360
Alma 240  640
Adrian 150  270
Olivet 150  171
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Miami (OH) $400  810
Kent State 410  820
Ohio 520  630
Toledo 340  621
Western Michigan 340  450
Western Reserve 230  341
Marshall 250  450
Bowling Green 060  270
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Mid-Ohio League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ashland $400  700
Findlay 320  340
Wilmington (OH) 110  430
Bluffton 220  440
Defiance 230  440
Ohio Northern 040  170
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Gustavus Adolphus $600  720
Concordia (MN) 510  611
Saint John's (MN) 420  620
Minnesota–Duluth 420  530
St. Thomas (MN) 420  530
Hamline 330  430
Macalester 150  260
Augsburg 060  170
Saint Mary's (MN) 060  080
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri Valley +201  712
William Jewell +201  612
Tarkio 220  430
Central Methodist 130  270
Culver–Stockton 020  250
  • + Conference co-champions
1954 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
NE Missouri State $500  710
SE Missouri State 410  720
Missouri–Rolla 320  350
Central Missouri State 140  360
NW Missouri State 140  260
SW Missouri State 140  260
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Montana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Carroll (MT) $400  521
Western Montana 310   ? ? ?
Rocky Mountain 220  240
Eastern Montana 130   ? ? ?
Montana Mines 040   ? ? ?
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Nebraska College Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hastings $700  900
Peru State 520  720
Kearney State 421  531
Midland 340  440
Wayne State (NE) 340  540
Doane 250  270
Nebraska Wesleyan 241  361
Chadron State 160  170
  • $ Conference champion
  • Doane forfeited a conference win over Midland.
1954 New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Panhandle A&M $500  630
Adams State 320  360
New Mexico Highlands 221  521
New Mexico Western 230  440
New Mexico Military 131  151
Arizona State–Flagstaff 140  360
  • $ Conference champion
1954 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
South Dakota State +510  720
Morningside +510  530
South Dakota 330  540
North Dakota 330  450
Iowa State Teachers 330  350
North Dakota State 141  171
Augustana (SD) 051  171
  • + Conference co-champions
1954 North Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Valley City State +600  710
Minot State +600  610
Jamestown 510  620
Wahpeton Science 420  520
Dickinson State 330  340
Ellendale 150  231
Mayville State 150  150
Bottineau 150  150
Bismarck JC 060  060
  • + Conference co-champions
  • Valley City State beat Jamestown on November 4 in a non-conference game.
1954 North State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Appalachian State $600  830
Elon 411  531
East Carolina 320  541
Western Carolina 221  451
Catawba 240  380
Guilford 130  170
Lenoir–Rhyne 060  271
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Eastern Kentucky $500  801
Western Kentucky 320  730
Murray State 320  540
Middle Tennessee 221  442
Tennessee Tech 131  442
Morehead State 050  090
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
SW Oklahoma State +410  720
Central State (OK) +410  621
East Central 320  450
SE Oklahoma State 230  361
Northeastern State 130  360
NW Oklahoma State 140  270
  • + Conference co-champions
1954 Oregon Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oregon Tech +310  320
Oregon College +310  440
Portland State 220  350
Southern Oregon 220  250
Eastern Oregon 040  261
  • + Conference co-champions
1954 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southern State +610  610
Northern State +610  620
Huron 520  630
Dakota Wesleyan 530  530
South Dakota Mines 330  440
Black Hills 240  540
Yankton 250  260
Sioux Falls 150  070
General Beadle 060  160
  • + Conference co-champions
1954 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Pomona-Claremont $400  800
Redlands 211  541
Occidental 220  441
Whittier 121  361
Caltech 040  070
  • $ Conference champion
  • Pomona-Claremont played Redlands, Occidental, and Caltech each twice; each game counted as one-half in the standings.
1954 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Prairie View A&M $600  910
Southern 510  1010
Langston 420  441
Texas College 330  460
Wiley 240  550
Arkansas AM&N 150  272
Bishop 060  170
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Texas Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Howard Payne $200  910
McMurry 110  631
Eastern New Mexico 020  630
  • $ Conference champion
1954 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
New Hampshire $400  710
Rhode Island 310  620
Maine 220  520
Vermont 110  331
UMass 130  440
Connecticut 040  180
  • $ Conference champion

Rankings

Final AP Poll

AP ranked Ohio State as No. 1, while the UPI coaches' poll gave the top spot to UCLA. Both wire services' rankings were made at the end of the regular season, and were unaffected by the postseason bowl games. Ohio State and UCLA had two common opponents in 1954; Cal and USC. Ohio State defeated Cal 21–13 and USC 20–7, while UCLA defeated Cal 27–6 and USC 34–0.

RankingTeamRecordConference
1Ohio State9–0–0Big 10
2UCLA9–0–0PCC
3Oklahoma10–0–0Big 7
4Notre Dame8–1–0Indep.
5Navy7–2–0Indep.
6Mississippi9–1–0SEC
7Army7–2–0Indep.
8Maryland7–2–1ACC
9Wisconsin7–2–0Big 10
10Arkansas8–2–0SWC
11Miami (Florida)8–1–0Indep.
12West Virginia8–1–0Southern
13Auburn7–3–0SEC
14Duke7–2–1ACC
15Michigan6–3–0Big 10
16Virginia Tech8–0–1Southern
17USC8–3–0PCC
18Baylor7–3–0SWC
19Rice7–3–0SWC
20Penn State7–2–0Indep.

Final Coaches Poll

The United Press International poll, taken from a panel of 35 coaches, had UCLA as the number one team beginning with the poll released on October 26. A rival to the AP poll, the UPI prefaced its release with the statement, "The men who know the game the best, the coaches themselves, voted UCLA to the top spot by the slender margin of seven points over Ohio State, the perfect record champions of the Big 10 Conference," [4] The UPI poll was a Top Ten, with a first place vote by a coach being worth 10 points, second worth 9 points, etc. With 350 being the maximum number of points, and 315 being the total for 35 second place votes, the panel was split on whether UCLA or Ohio State was the best team in the nation. The UPI Top Ten [5] Ohio State and UCLA had two common opponents in 1954; Cal and USC. Ohio State defeated Cal 21–13 and USC 20–7, while UCLA defeated Cal 27–6 and USC 34–0.

RankingTeam
1UCLA
2Ohio State
3Oklahoma
4Notre Dame
5Navy
6Mississippi
7Army
8Arkansas
9Miami (Fla.)
10Wisconsin
11 (t)USC
11 (t)Maryland
11 (t)Georgia Tech
14Duke
15Michigan
16Penn State
17SMU
18Denver
19Rice
20Minnesota

Bowl games

Bowl gameWinning teamLosing team
Rose Bowl No. 1 Ohio State 20No. 17 USC 7
Sugar Bowl No. 5 Navy 21No. 6 Ole Miss 0
Cotton Bowl Classic Georgia Tech 14No. 10 Arkansas 6
Orange Bowl No. 14 Duke 34 Nebraska 7
Gator Bowl No. 13 Auburn 33No. 18 Baylor 13
Refrigerator Bowl Delaware 19 Kent State 7

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