|1962 NCAA University Division football season|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Ohio State|
|Regular season||September 22 – December 1, 1962|
|Number of bowls||10|
|Bowl games||December 15, 1962 – January 1, 1963|
|Champion(s)||USC (AP, Coaches, FWAA, NFF)|
|Heisman||Terry Baker (quarterback, Oregon State)|
The 1962 NCAA University Division football season was played by American football teams representing 140 colleges and universities recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as major programs. The remaining 370 colleges and universities that were NCAA members and fielded football teams competed in the 1962 NCAA College Division football season.
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 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 1962 consisted of the votes of 52 sportswriters, each of whom would give their opinion of the ten best teams. Under a point system of 10 points for first place, 9 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 10. The top teams played on New Year's Day in the four major postseason bowl games: the Rose (near Los Angeles at Pasadena), Sugar (New Orleans), Orange (Miami) and Cotton (Dallas).
|School||1961 Conference||1962 Conference|
|Arizona State Sun Devils||Border||WAC|
|Austin Peay Governors||VSAC||Ohio Valley|
|BYU Cougars||Skyline Eight||WAC|
|Colorado State Rams||Skyline Eight||Independent|
|Denver Pioneers||Skyline Eight||dropped program|
|Montana Grizzlies||Skyline Eight||Independent|
|New Mexico Lobos||Skyline Eight||WAC|
|New Mexico State Aggies||Border||Independent|
|Texas Western Miners||Border||Independent|
|Utah Utes||Skyline Eight||WAC|
|Utah State Aggies||Skyline Eight||Independent|
|Washington State Cougars||Independent||AAWU|
|West Texas State Buffaloes||Border||Independent|
|Wyoming Cowboys||Skyline Eight||WAC|
In the preseason poll released on September 17, Ohio State was the No. 1 choice for 45 of the 50 voters, and its Big Ten rival, Michigan State was 4th overall. Texas placed second, and SEC rivals Alabama and Louisiana State (LSU) were third and fifth respectively.As the regular season progressed, a new poll would be issued on the Monday following the weekend's games. Ohio State, Michigan State and the other Big Ten schools would not kick off until September 29. On September 22, No. 2 Texas beat Oregon at home, 25–13. No. 3 Alabama and No. 5 LSU both recorded shutouts, defeating Georgia (at Birmingham 35–0) and Texas A&M (21–0) respectively. In the poll that followed, Alabama rose to No. 1, while Ohio State and Texas fell to 2nd and 3rd. Penn State, which had beaten Navy at home 41–7, rose from 9th to 4th, while LSU remained at No. 5. Also on the 22nd, the first games of the newly formed Western Athletic Conference took place as Arizona beat BYU, 27–21, and New Mexico beat Wyoming 25–21. All six of the charter members (including Arizona State and Utah) had withdrawn by 1999.
The following Friday, No. 1 Alabama beat Tulane in New Orleans, 44–6. On September 29, No. 2 Ohio State beat North Carolina at home, 41–7. No. 3 Texas registered a shutout on the road against Texas Tech, 34–0 while No. 4 Penn State hosted Air Force, winning 20–6. In Baton Rouge, No. 5 LSU played Rice to a 6–6 tie, enough to knock it from the Top Ten. In the poll that followed, Ohio State was again No. 1, followed by 2.Alabama 3.Texas 4.Penn State Newcomer Georgia Tech, which had blanked Florida in Gainesville, 17–0, rose from 8th place to 5th.
On October 6, No. 1 Ohio State was upset by the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles, 9–7. No. 2 Alabama beat Vanderbilt in Birmingham, 17–7. No. 3 Texas hosted Tulane (fresh from a 44–6 loss to Alabama) and won 35–8. No. 4 Penn State beat Rice at Houston, 18–7. No. 5 Georgia Tech lost to LSU in Atlanta, 10–7, and dropped back out of the poll. The Crimson Tide regained first place, while 3–0 USC and Mississippi rose from 6th and 7th places to 4th and 5th. The next poll was 1.Alabama 2.Texas 3.Penn State 4.USC and 5.Mississippi
October 13 No. 1 Alabama beat Houston 14–3 at home. No. 2 Texas survived its Dallas encounter with Oklahoma, 9–6. No. 3 Penn State lost to Army at West Point by the same 9–6 margin. No. 4 USC and No. 5 Mississippi were both idle. Though Alabama got more first place votes than Texas in the poll (24 vs. 21) the Longhorns had more points overall, and were the new No. 1. SEC rivals Alabama, LSU and Mississippi were 2nd, 4th and 5th in the poll, while USC was third. LSU's record had improved to 3–0–1 after a 17–3 win against the visiting Miami Hurricanes. The results were 1.Texas 2.Alabama 3.USC 4.LSU and 5.Mississippi
On October 20, all five of the top teams remained unbeaten. No. 1 Texas beat Arkansas 7–3 at home. No. 2 Alabama defeated Tennessee at Knoxville, 27–7. The No. 3 USC Trojans hosted California and won 32–3. No. 4 LSU beat Kentucky at Lexington 7–0 and No. 5 Mississippi shut out Tulane in New Orleans, 21–0. Nevertheless, LSU and Mississippi dropped to 6th and 7th in the next poll, while Big Ten rivals Northwestern and Wisconsin reached the Top 5. Northwestern had beaten Ohio State 18–14 at Columbus, while Wisconsin thrashed Iowa 42–14. The rankings were 1.Texas 2.Alabama 3.Northwestern 4.USC 5.Wisconsin
In the first weekend after the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, week 7's games were played on October 27. 45 days after President Kennedy asked "why does Rice play Texas" in a speech at Rice Stadium, the 0–3–1 Owls tied the No. 1 Longhorns on the same field, 14–14. No. 2 Alabama beat Tulsa 35–6 and, No. 3 Northwestern defeated Notre Dame 35–6 at home. No. 4 USC won 28–16 over Illinois at Champaign, and No. 5 Wisconsin lost to Ohio State at Columbus, 14–7. The No. 6 LSU Tigers shut out Florida 23–0 at home. The Northwestern Wildcats were voted into first place, followed by 2.Alabama 3.USC 4.LSU and 5.Texas.
November 3 No. 1 Northwestern narrowly defeated Indiana, 26–21, at Bloomington. No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 USC shut out Mississippi State (20–0) and Washington (14–0), respectively. No. 4 LSU lost at home to No. 7 Mississippi, and No. 5 Texas got past SMU at home, 6–0. The poll was 1.Northwestern 2.USC 3.Alabama 4.Mississippi and 5.Texas.
November 10 No. 1 Northwestern was beaten at Madison by No. 8 Wisconsin, 37–6. No. 3 Alabama beat Miami 36–3 and No. 2 USC won at Stanford, 39–14. No. 4 Mississippi defeated UT-Chattanooga 52–7, and No. 5 Texas won at Baylor, 27–12. With the return of Wisconsin to the Top 5, and Northwestern dropping out, the poll was 1.Alabama 2.USC 3.Mississippi 4.Wisconsin and 5.Texas.
November 17 No. 1 Alabama travelled to Atlanta and lost to Georgia Tech, 7–6. No. 2 USC defeated Navy, 13–6, at home. No. 3 Mississippi beat Tennessee at Knoxville, 19–6 No. 4 Wisconsin won at Illinois, 35–6, and No. 5 Texas beat Texas Christian, 14–0. The last two unbeaten and untied teams, USC and Mississippi, were first and second in the next poll, followed by 3.Wisconsin 4.Texas and 5.Minnesota, which had beaten Purdue 7–6 .
On Thanksgiving Day (the 22nd), No. 4 Texas hosted Texas A & M and won 13–3 to clinch the Southwestern conference title and the Cotton Bowl bid, half a game ahead of Arkansas. On November 24 No. 1 USC beat UCLA, 14–3, extending its record to 9–0–0 and finishing a game ahead of Washington for the AAWU title and the Rose Bowl bid. No. 2 Mississippi was idle. USC's bowl opponent was determined in the season-ending game between No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 5 Minnesota, both 5–1–0 in Big Ten conference play. They met at Madison and the Badgers won on their home field, 14–9, to take the Big Ten title and the trip to the Rose Bowl. In the penultimate poll, USC retained the No. 1 spot, and Wisconsin was 2nd with an 8–1–0 record. Despite being unbeaten and untied, Mississippi placed third in the voting, followed by No. 4 Texas and No. 5 Alabama. The stage was set for a meeting of No. 1 and No. 2 at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.
December 1, No. 1 USC closed a perfect season by beating Notre Dame 25–0 in Los Angeles for a 10–0–0 finish. No. 3 Mississippi beat Mississippi State 13–6 at home to close with a 9–0–0 record, the SEC championship, and a trip to the Sugar Bowl, while No. 5 Alabama beat Auburn 38–0 in the season-ender at Birmingham to close their season at 10–1–0 and second place. The Tide accepted a bid to face Big 8 champion Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. The final AP poll, which determined the unofficial national championship, was released on December 3. USC finished first, followed by Wisconsin, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama. The NCAA Football Guide recognized the University of Southern California as the 1962 champion as number one in both the AP poll and the UPI poll.
The 1962–1963 Bowl Season is notable for the 1963 Rose Bowl. This game is the first No. 1 versus No. 2 bowl game pairing in the history of the AP Poll and the UPI Poll, both singly and jointly. However, neither poll published rankings after the bowl games at this time, so USC was already the season-ending No. 1 and would remain so, regardless of the outcome of the game.
Tuesday, January 1, 1963
|ROSE||No. 1 USC Trojans||42||No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers||37|
|SUGAR||No. 3 Mississippi Rebels||17||No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks||13|
|COTTON||No. 7 LSU Tigers||13||No. 4 Texas Longhorns||0|
|ORANGE||No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide||17||No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners||0|
Games played in December 1962
|SUN||December 31||West Texas State Buffaloes||15–14||Ohio Bobcats|
|GATOR||December 29||Florida Gators||17–7||No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions|
|TANGERINE||December 22||Houston Cougars||49–21||Miami (OH) Redskins|
|BLUEBONNET||December 22||Missouri Tigers||14–10||Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets|
|LIBERTY||December 15||Oregon State Beavers||6–0||Villanova Wildcats|
|GOTHAM||December 15||Nebraska Cornhuskers||36–34||Miami (FL) Hurricanes|
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 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season ended with the Clemson Tigers, unbeaten and untied, claiming the national championship after a victory over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. This was also the first year of the California Bowl, played in Fresno, California; this game fancied itself as a "junior" version of the Rose Bowl as it pitted the Big West Conference champion vs. the Mid-American Conference champion.
The 1963 NCAA University Division football season was played by American football teams representing 120 colleges and universities recognized the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as major programs. The remaining 299 colleges and universities that were NCAA members and fielded football teams competed in the 1963 NCAA College Division football season.
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 NCAA did recognize a national champion based upon the final results of "wire service" polls. The "writers' poll" by Associated Press (AP) was the most popular, followed by the "coaches' poll" by United Press International) (UPI). Prior to 1965, both services issued their final polls at the close of the regular season, but before teams competed in bowl games. For the 1965 season, the AP took its final poll after the postseason games, an arrangement made permanent in 1968. The Associated Press presented the "AP Trophy" to the winner.
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.
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 NCAA did recognize a national champion based upon the final results of "wire service" 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 1961 consisted of the votes of 45 sportswriters, each of whom would give their opinion of the ten best teams. Under a point system of 10 points for first place, 9 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 10. The top teams played on New Year's Day in the four major postseason bowl games: the Rose, Sugar, Orange (Miami) and Cotton (Dallas).
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 1960 NCAA University Division football season marked the last time that the University of Minnesota was a national champion on the gridiron. Murray Warmath's Minnesota Gophers were not in the Top 20 in preseason polling, but received the AP Trophy at the end of the regular season while Ole Miss received the FWAA trophy.
The 1970 NCAA University Division football season was marked by tragedy, due to two airplane crashes. On October 2, one of the planes carrying the Wichita State football team crashed on the way to a game against Utah State, killing 31 people on board, including 14 players. Then, on November 14, the charter for the Marshall Thundering Herd crashed on the way home from a game against East Carolina, killing all 75 persons.
The 1959 NCAA University Division football season saw Syracuse University crowned as the national champion by both final polls, the AP writers poll and the UPI coaches polls.
The 1958 NCAA University Division football season was notable in that it was the first to feature the two-point conversion. On January 13, 1958, the eleven-man NCAA Rules Committee unanimously approved a resolution to allow teams to choose between kicking an extra point after a touchdown, or running or passing from the three-yard line for two points. University of Michigan athletic director Fritz Crisler said at the meeting in Fort Lauderdale, "It's a progressive step which will make football more interesting for the spectators," adding that the rule "will add drama to what has been the dullest, most stupid play in the game."
The 1972 NCAA University Division football season saw the USC Trojans, coached by John McKay, go undefeated and win the national championship as the unanimous choice of the 50 AP panelists. Eighth-ranked in the preseason, the Trojans were narrowly voted No. 1 in the first AP poll, and stayed out front for the rest of the year.
The 1973 NCAA Division I football season was the first for the NCAA's current three-division structure. Effective with the 1973–74 academic year, schools formerly in the NCAA "University Division" were classified as Division I. Schools in the former "College Division" were classified into Division II, which allowed fewer athletic scholarships than Division I, and Division III, in which athletic scholarships were prohibited.
The 1974 NCAA Division I football season finished with two national champions. The Associated Press (AP) writers' poll ranked the University of Oklahoma, which was on probation and barred by the NCAA from postseason play, No. 1 at season's end. The United Press International (UPI) coaches' poll did not rank teams on probation, by unanimous agreement of the 25 member coaches' board. The UPI trophy went to the University of Southern California (USC).
The 1975 NCAA Division I football season saw University of Oklahoma repeat as national champion in the Associated Press (AP) writers' poll, and were ranked No. 1 in the United Press International (UPI) coaches' poll, just ahead of runner up Arizona State, runner-up in both final polls, despite having an undefeated 12–0 season and a win over Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.
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 1936 college football season was the first in which the Associated Press writers' poll selected a national champion. The first AP poll, taken of 35 writers, was released on October 20, 1936. Each writer listed his choice for the top ten teams, and points were tallied based on 10 for first place, 9 for second, etc., and the AP then ranked the twenty teams with the highest number of points. In the first poll, Minnesota received 32 first place votes, and 3 votes for an additional 25 points, for a total of 345 altogether.
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.
In 1942, Ohio State and Georgia were crowned national champions. Georgia defeated UCLA in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1943. Nine ranking authorities listed in the NCAA record books listed the Bulldogs as No. 1. Ohio State was crowned No. 1 in the final AP Poll at the end of November and did not make a bowl appearance. At the time, the AP poll did not put out a post-bowl poll.