1956 NCAA College Division football season

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The 1956 NCAA College Division football season saw the NCAA split member schools into two divisions: larger schools were part of the University Division, later known as NCAA Division I, and smaller schools were placed in the College Division, later split into NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III.

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Champions

Black college championship

The Tennessee State Tigers (9–0) and the Florida A&M Rattlers (8–0) were considered to be the No. 1 and No. 2 teams "among the nation's Negro grid powers". [1] The teams from the two historically black universities played at the Orange Bowl stadium in Miami, which hosted the Orange Blossom Classic as well as the New Year's Day, historically white universities, Orange Bowl game. A crowd of 41,808 watched Tennessee State win 41–39. [2]

Conference champions

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
California Collegiate Athletic Association none
Far Western Conference Humboldt State
Northern Branch
San Francisco State
4–1
4–1
4–1
Mid-American Conference Bowling Green 5–0–1
Ohio Valley Conference Middle Tennessee State 5–0

Conference standings

1956 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Fresno State 200  820
San Diego State 210  432
Santa Barbara 110  550
Los Angeles State 010  351
Cal Poly 020  730
  • No champion named for the 1956 season
1956 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Carolina College +502  522
Delaware State +501  711
Morgan State +501  521
Maryland State 511  621
St. Augustine's 511  611
Bluefield State 510  630
Fayetteville State 420  430
Virginia Union 430  630
North Carolina A&T 330  440
Winston-Salem State 331  441
Shaw 341  341
Hampton 271  271
Johnson C. Smith 250  350
Virginia State 161  171
Lincoln (PA) 160  160
Howard 150  450
Saint Paul's (VA) 070  170
  • + Conference co-champions
1956 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
St. Benedict's $410  730
Pittsburg State 311  721
Southwestern (KS) 311  442
Washburn 320  360
Emporia State 140  261
Fort Hays State 051  180
  • $ Conference champion
1956 College Conference of Illinois football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wheaton (IL) $700  710
Millikin 610  620
Carroll (WI) 520  530
Lake Forest 331  341
Illinois Wesleyan 331  351
North Central (IL) 160  260
Elmhurst 160  160
Augustana (IL) 160  170
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Humboldt State +410  920
Cal Aggies +410  720
San Francisco State +410  550
Chico State 131  261
Sacramento State 140  351
Nevada 041  071
  • + Conference co-champions
1956 Gulf Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Texas State +201  721
Trinity (TX) +201  531
Abilene Christian 120  460
Midwestern State 030  370
  • + Conference co-champions
1956 Gulf States Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southeastern Louisiana $410  630
Northwestern State 311  622
Louisiana Tech 311  432
Northeast Louisiana State 230  730
McNeese State 230  550
Southwestern Louisiana 140  460
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Hoosier Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hanover $600  810
Anderson (IN) 510  620
Indiana Central 420  450
Franklin (IN) 330  540
Manchester (IN) 240  360
Taylor 150  360
Earlham 060  170
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Saint Joseph's (IN) $^600  820
Butler 510  620
Valparaiso 420  640
Evansville 330  450
Ball State 240  440
DePauw 150  161
Indiana State 060  260
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
1956 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Central Michigan $600  900
Western Illinois 420  630
Eastern Michigan 330  440
Illinois State Normal 330  441
Southern Illinois 330  450
Eastern Illinois 240  270
Northern Illinois State 060  180
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Central (IA) $710  710
Simpson 521  521
Luther 521  531
Iowa Wesleyan 530  540
Buena Vista 440  441
Dubuque 332  332
Parsons 350  550
Upper Iowa 161  262
Wartburg 071  071
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Sam Houston State $600  1000
Texas A&I 510  730
Southwest Texas State 420  630
Stephen F. Austin 330  460
Lamar Tech 240  440
East Texas State 150  280
Sul Ross 060  190
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Mason–Dixon Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Johns Hopkins $300  431
Hampden–Sydney 310  720
Randolph–Macon 220  440
Gallaudet 001  051
Bridgewater 021  341
Western Maryland 030  180
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hillsdale $600  900
Kalamazoo 510  530
Hope 420  440
Albion 330  350
Adrian 240  350
Alma 150  270
Olivet 060  080
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Bowling Green $501  801
Miami 401  711
Kent State 420  720
Marshall 240  360
Ohio 240  270
Western Michigan 140  270
Toledo 150  171
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Mid-Ohio League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Bluffton $500  810
Findlay 410  720
Wilmington (OH) 320  340
Ashland 230  350
Ohio Northern 041  071
Defiance 041  081
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
St. Thomas (MN) $700  700
Concordia (MN) 520  630
Macalester 430  530
Gustavus Adolphus 430  450
Minnesota–Duluth 340  340
Saint John's (MN) 241  341
Augsburg 241  251
Hamline 070  170
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Central Missouri State +410  720
Missouri–Rolla +410  630
NE Missouri State 320  350
SW Missouri State 320  360
NW Missouri State 140  270
SE Missouri State 050  270
  • + Conference co-champions
1956 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Morningside $411  611
Augustana (SD) 420  630
South Dakota 420  440
North Dakota State 330  540
South Dakota State 330  450
North Dakota 240  260
Iowa State Teachers 051  251
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Heidelberg $510  810
Hiram 410  530
Denison 520  720
Muskingum 521  521
Wittenberg 521  521
Capital 421  521
Wooster 431  531
Otterbein 340  450
Akron 351  351
Kenyon 131  151
Mount Union 250  260
Oberlin 141  161
Ohio Wesleyan 141  171
Marietta 050  070
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Middle Tennessee $500  720
Murray State 410  640
Western Kentucky 230  540
Tennessee Tech 230  541
Eastern Kentucky 230  450
Morehead State 050  260
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wayne State (MI) $301  421
John Carroll 201  412
Western Reserve 120  430
Case Tech 040  160
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Montana State $^500  901
Idaho State 320  630
Colorado State–Greeley 320  540
Western State (CO) 230  460
Colorado Mines 140  360
Colorado College 140  270
  • $ Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
1956 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Redlands $400  900
Pomona-Claremont 211  431
Whittier 211  433
Occidental 130  360
Caltech 040  350
  • $ Conference champion
1956 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas Southern +510  920
Wiley +510  631
Southern 420  550
Prairie View A&M 420  550
Langston 240  270
Arkansas AM&N 051  261
Texas College 051  261
  • + Conference co-champions
1956 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Connecticut $301  621
Maine 310  520
New Hampshire 211  341
Vermont 120  250
UMass 130  251
Rhode Island 140  260
  • $ Conference champion
1956 NCAA College Division independents football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northern Michigan     701
Carthage     820
Tampa     720
Cal Poly San Dimas     620
Mississippi Southern     721
Wabash     621
Hawaii     730
Hofstra     730
Xavier     730
Franklin & Marshall     521
Louisville     630
Pepperdine     630
Washington University     630
La Verne     640
Buffalo     530
Drexel     530
Long Beach State     530
Delaware     531
Memphis State     541
Chattanooga     540
Baldwin–Wallace     450
Rose Poly     340
Bucknell     350
Carnegie Tech     350
Temple     350
Howard (AL)     252
Sewanee     161
UC Riverside     160

Postseason

Burley Bowl

The Memphis State Tigers faced off against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in the Burley Bowl in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Refrigerator Bowl

The Refrigerator Bowl in Evansville, Indiana featured the Ohio Valley Conference champion Middle Tennessee State against the undefeated Lone Star Conference champion Sam Houston State.

Tangerine Bowl

The 1957 Tangerine Bowl featured College Division Independent Mississippi Southern (later known as Southern Miss) against the West Texas State Buffaloes from the University-division Border Conference.

Undefeated teams

Other schools that finished their seasons unbeaten and untied were Lenoir Rhyne College, New Haven Teachers College, Hillsdale College, Central Michigan University, Kearney State College, Redlands College, Westminster College (Pennsylvania), St. Thomas (Minn.) College, Alfred University and Milton College (Wisconsin). [3]

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References

  1. "Negro Teams Clash For Title," The Bee (Danville, VA), Nov. 28, 1956, pD-3
  2. "Tennessee State Tigers Edge Rattlers 41-39 in Orange Blossom Classic," Fort Pierce News-Tribune, Dec. 9, 1956, p9-C
  3. "17 College Teams Still Unbeaten, Untied", UP report, Las Vegas Daily Optic, Nov. 26, 1956, p3