1967 NCAA University Division football season

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The 1967 NCAA University Division football season was the last one in which college football's champion was crowned before the bowl games. 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 and now as the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).


The NCAA Football Guide, however, did note an "unofficial national champion" based on the top-ranked teams in the "wire service" (AP and UPI) polls. The "writers' poll" by Associated Press (AP) was the most popular, followed by the "coaches' poll" by United Press International (UPI). In 1967, both AP and UPI issued their final polls at the close of the regular season, but before teams competed in bowl games. The Associated Press presented the "AP Trophy" to the winner.

The AP poll in 1967 consisted of the votes of many sportswriters, though not all of them voted in every poll. Those who cast votes 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.

Rule changes

Conference and program changes

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George Washington Colonials SoCon dropped program

Prior to this season, Idaho and Pacific were demoted to the College Division. [2] [3] After two years, both returned to the University Division in  1969. [4]


In the preseason poll released on September 11, first place went to the defending champion Notre Dame Fighting Irish, followed by the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide, the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans, No. 4 Texas, and No. 5 Miami. Pacific-8 (still officially called the AAWU until the following season) teams USC and UCLA were seventh and eighth, and Big 8 champ Colorado was tenth. Joining Alabama from the SEC was No. 6 Georgia and No. 9 Tennessee.

September 15–16
The AAWU began its season a week ahead of most of the other conferences and No. 7 USC beat Washington State 49–0 in a Friday night game at Los Angeles, and the next day, No. 8 UCLA hosted No. 9 Tennessee and won 20–16. California beat Oregon 21–13 in advance of its game against No. 1 Notre Dame. USC reached the Top Five in the next poll, while Miami dropped to eighth before it had played a game.
The poll was 1.Notre Dame 2.Alabama 3.Michigan State 4.USC 5.Texas
September 23
No. 1 Notre Dame hosted California and won 41–8. At Birmingham, No. 2 Alabama played to a 37–37 tie with Florida State. No. 3 Michigan State lost at home to the Houston Cougars 37–7, and proved the preseason prognosticators wrong on its way to a 3–7–0 finish. The big matchup was in L.A. between No. 4 USC and No. 5 Texas, and the Trojans won 17–13. Alabama and Michigan State fell out of the Top Five. No. 6 UCLA, which had beaten the Panthers at Pittsburgh 40–8, rose to fourth and No. 7 Georgia, following a 30–0 home win against Mississippi State, reached fifth.
The next poll was 1.Notre Dame 2.USC 3.Houston 4.UCLA 5. Georgia
Saturday's games also saw a milestone in the integration of college sports in the South, as Kentucky's Nate Northington became the first African-American scholarship athlete to participate in any Southeastern Conference sport when he made his debut at Indiana. His debut was bittersweet, as it came while Greg Page, another African-American player who had arrived at Kentucky at the same time as Northington, was dying from complications of a paralyzing spinal cord injury suffered in an August 22 practice. Page would die on the Friday after Northington's debut. [5] [6]
September 29–30
In a Friday night game, No. 3 Houston rolled over Wake Forest at home, 50–6. On Saturday, No. 1 Notre Dame lost 28–21 at No. 10 Purdue, and No. 2 USC won 21–17 at Michigan State. No. 4 UCLA trampled Washington State in Spokane, 51–23, and No. 5 Georgia won at Clemson, 24–17. Notre Dame fell from the Top 5 in the next poll and USC took the lead, followed by 2.Houston 3.UCLA 4.Purdue 5.Georgia
In another integration-related milestone, the aforementioned Northington became the first African-American scholarship athlete to play in a matchup between two SEC teams when he took the field against Ole Miss that Saturday, the day after Page's death. Northington would suffer a separated shoulder shortly after entering the game, and never played again for the Wildcats, transferring to Western Kentucky after the season. [7] [lower-alpha 1]


October 7
Top-ranked USC beat Stanford at home, 30–0. The No. 2 Houston Cougars, who had come from nowhere to reach a top ranking, lost at home to unranked North Carolina State, 16–6. No. 3 UCLA edged Penn State 17–15. In a Big Ten matchup, No. 4 Purdue beat Northwestern 25–16, and No. 5 Georgia shut out South Carolina at home, 21–0. In South Bend, No. 6 Notre Dame crushed Iowa 56–6 to reach the Top Five as it prepared to face No. 1 USC. The next poll was: 1.USC 2.Purdue 3. Georgia 4.UCLA 5.Notre Dame
October 14
The No. 1 USC Trojans visited No. 5 Notre Dame and won 24–7, and No. 2 Purdue won at Ohio State 41–6. No. 3 Georgia lost to Ole Miss at Jackson, 29–20. No. 4 UCLA beat California at home, 37–14. Taking the place of the Irish and Georgia in the Top Five were No. 6 Colorado, which had beaten Missouri 23–9, and No. 9 N.C. State, which won at Maryland 31–9.
The poll was 1.USC 2.Purdue 3.UCLA 4.Colorado 5.North Carolina State
October 21
Top-ranked USC beat Washington in Seattle, 23–6, for its sixth straight win. The Trojans' cross-town rival, No. 3 UCLA was also 6–0–0, beating Stanford in Palo Alto, 21–16. No. 2 Purdue lost its first game of the season, falling to visiting Oregon State, 22–14. No. 4 Colorado won at Nebraska 21–16, and No. 5 N.C. State hosted Wake Forest and won 24–7. No. 6 Alabama and No. 7 Tennessee squared off in Birmingham and Tennessee won, 24–13. The Vols would win the SEC championship ahead of Alabama, but accepted an invitation to the Orange Bowl rather than the Sugar Bowl. In the next poll, USC was the unanimous choice for No. 1, with all 37 first place votes. The rankings were:
1.USC (all 37 votes) 2.UCLA 3.Colorado 4.Tennessee 5.NC State
October 28
USC stayed atop the polls, defeating Oregon 28–6 at home, while No. 2 UCLA was idle. No. 3 Colorado lost to visiting Oklahoma State 10–7. No. 4 Tennessee narrowly beat LSU at home, 17–14, and No. 5 N.C. State beat Duke 28–7. Replacing Colorado in the Top Five was No. 6 Georgia, which won 31–7 at Kentucky. The poll: 1.USC 2.UCLA 3.Tennessee 4.NC State 5.Georgia


November 4
Top-ranked USC beat California at Berkeley, 31–12, to extend its record to 8–0, and No. 2 UCLA stayed unbeaten, but was tied by visiting Oregon State, 16–16. No. 3 Tennessee visited Tampa and beat the Spartans, 38–0. No. 4 N.C. State won at Virginia 30–8, and the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs narrowly lost at Houston 15–14. No. 6 Purdue, which had won at Illinois 42–9, returned to the Top Five.
1.USC 2.Tennessee 3.NC State 4.UCLA 5.Purdue
November 11
Top-ranked USC finally lost, falling 3–0 in the rain and mud at Corvallis to Oregon State. The Beavers ended the season 7–2–1, beat USC when it was No. 1, Purdue when it was No. 2, and tied UCLA when it was No. 2. No. 2 Tennessee beat Tulane 35–14. No. 3 N.C. State lost at Penn State 13–8. No. 4 UCLA shut out visiting Washington, 48–0, and No. 5 Purdue beat Minnesota 41–12. UCLA took USC's place at the top, leapfrogging Tennessee, who the Bruins had beaten earlier in the year. Tennessee remained No. 2, and USC fell to fourth. Purdue rose to third and Purdue's rival, No. 6 Indiana, rose to fifth after winning at Michigan State 14–13.
1.UCLA 2.Tennessee 3.Purdue 4.USC 5.Indiana
November 18
In Los Angeles, the No. 1 UCLA Bruins and the No. 4 USC Trojans met at the Coliseum for their rivalry game. USC reclaimed its place at the top, edging UCLA 21–20 to win the Pac-8 title (6–1 vs. 4–1–1 for Oregon State and UCLA). No. 2 Tennessee faced Mississippi in Memphis and won 20–7. No. 3 Purdue beat Michigan State 21–7, but No. 5 Indiana lost to Minnesota 33–7. No. 7 Oklahoma, which had beaten Kansas 14–10 at home, took I.U.'s place in the Top Five.
1.USC 2.Tennessee 3.Purdue 4.UCLA 5.Oklahoma
November 25
In the final week of games before the final polls, No. 1 USC had completed its season at 9–1, qualified for the Rose Bowl, and was in no danger of losing again. No. 2 Tennessee won at Kentucky 17–7. Indiana had fallen out of the Top Ten, but made their way back in when they beat No. 3 Purdue at home in Bloomington. There was a three-way tie in Big Ten Conference play. Not only were Indiana, Purdue, and Minnesota each 6–1, Indiana beat Purdue, Purdue beat Minnesota, and Minnesota beat Indiana. The Hoosiers had the better overall record (9–1 vs. 8–2 and 8–2), and since Purdue and Minnesota had been to the Rose Bowl more recently, Indiana qualified for the Rose Bowl. No. 4 UCLA, without injured Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban and little motivation after their loss to USC the week before, lost a meaningless game to Syracuse 32–14, and No. 5 Oklahoma beat Nebraska 21–14. No. 6 Notre Dame, which had won a Friday night game at Miami, 24–22, returned to the top five with unranked Indiana. In the final poll, USC was tops in both the AP and UPI polls, and was awarded the AP Trophy. Wyoming, which was the only major team to go unbeaten (10–0–0) was at sixth place.

The final regular season poll was 1.USC 2.Tennessee 3.Oklahoma 4.Indiana 5.Notre Dame 6.Wyoming 7.Oregon State 8.Alabama 9.Purdue 10.UCLA.

On December 2, No. 8 Alabama played Auburn in its annual game at Birmingham and won 7–3, and No. 3 Oklahoma won over Oklahoma State, 38–14 as Big 8 champion, and got the bid for the Orange Bowl.

Ironically, Oregon State played 3 teams that were ranked 1st or 2nd when they played them (UCLA, USC, and Purdue) and went 2–0–1 in those games. But their 13–6 loss to Washington on October 7 kept the "Giant Killers" out of the Rose Bowl.

Conference standings

1967 Athletic Association of Western Universities football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 1 USC $610  1010
No. 7 Oregon State 411  721
UCLA 411  721
Stanford 340  550
Washington 340  550
California 230  550
Oregon 150  280
Washington State 150  280
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1967 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Clemson $ 60    64 
NC State  51    92 
South Carolina  42    55 
Virginia  33    55 
Wake Forest  34    46 
Duke  24    46 
North Carolina  25    28 
Maryland  06    09 
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll [10]
1967 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 3 Oklahoma $700  1010
Colorado 520  920
Kansas 520  550
Missouri 430  730
Nebraska 340  640
Oklahoma State 340  451
Iowa State 160  280
Kansas State 070  190
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1967 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 4 Indiana +610  920
Minnesota +610  820
No. 9 Purdue +610  820
Ohio State 520  630
Illinois 340  460
Michigan 340  460
Michigan State 340  370
Northwestern 250  370
Iowa 061  181
Wisconsin 061  091
  • + Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1967 Ivy League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Yale $700  810
Dartmouth 520  720
Cornell 421  621
Harvard 430  630
Princeton 430  630
Penn 250  360
Brown 151  261
Columbia 070  270
  • $ Conference champion
1967 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Toledo +510  910
Ohio +510  640
Miami 420  640
Western Michigan 420  540
Bowling Green 240  640
Kent State 150  550
Marshall 060  0100
  • + Conference co-champions
1967 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Temple x400  720
Hofstra 310  820
Bucknell 320  460
Gettysburg 230  450
Delaware 230  270
Lafayette 230  450
Lehigh 040  180
West Chester *000  900
Wilkes x800  800
Wagner x500  900
Juniata x500  710
Delaware Valley 520  620
Albright 430  540
Upsala 440  440
Lycoming 350  350
Moravian 360  360
Susquehanna *030  180
Johns Hopkins x600  610
Western Maryland 320  630
Franklin & Marshall 430  440
Swarthmore 350  350
Lebanon Valley 350  350
Dickinson 350  350
Pennsylvania Military 350  360
Haverford 240  250
Muhlenberg 251  251
Ursinus 161  161
Drexel 150  350
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • * – Ineligible for championship due to insufficient conference games
1967 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Rutgers $200  450
Lafayette 110  450
Lehigh 020  180
  • $ Conference champion
1967 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
North Texas State $400  711
Tulsa 310  730
Cincinnati 220  360
Louisville 130  550
Wichita State 040  270
  • $ Conference champion
1967 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 2 Tennessee $600  920
No. 8 Alabama 510  821
Florida 420  640
Ole Miss 421  641
Georgia 320  740
LSU 321  731
Auburn 330  640
Kentucky 160  280
Vanderbilt 050  271
Mississippi State 060  190
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1967 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
West Virginia $301  541
East Carolina 410  820
Richmond 520  550
William & Mary 221  540
VMI 230  640
Furman 230  550
The Citadel 240  550
Davidson 150  450
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1967 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas A&M $610  740
Texas Tech 520  640
Texas 430  640
TCU 430  460
Arkansas 331  451
SMU 340  370
Rice 250  460
Baylor 061  181
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1967 Western Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
No. 6 Wyoming $500  1010
Arizona State 410  820
BYU 320  640
Utah 230  470
Arizona 140  361
New Mexico 050  190
  • $ Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1967 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Army     820
No. 5 Notre Dame     820
Syracuse     820
No. 10 Penn State     821
New Mexico State     721
UTEP     721
Utah State     721
Florida State     722
West Texas State     830
Houston     730
VPI     730
Memphis State     630
Southern Miss     630
Dayton     631
Xavier     631
Miami (FL)     740
Buffalo     640
Navy     541
Holy Cross     550
Colorado State     451
Pacific     450
Boston College     460
Georgia Tech     460
Villanova     460
Air Force     262
Tulane     370
San Jose State     270
Colgate     280
Pittsburgh     190
Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl games

Major bowls

Monday, January 1, 1968

COTTON Texas A&M Aggies 20No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide 16
SUGAR LSU Tigers 20No. 6 Wyoming Cowboys 13
ROSE No. 1 USC Trojans 14No. 4 Indiana Hoosiers 3
ORANGE No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners 26No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers 24

In the final AP poll, 9–1 USC had been the top choice of the writers for the AP Trophy, with 36 of the 49 first place votes, and Tennessee followed with 11. Though there was no No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, the Rose and Orange bowls featured the four top-ranked teams, with No. 1 USC meeting No. 4 Indiana at Pasadena, and No. 2 Tennessee facing No. 3 Oklahoma at Miami. The Sugar Bowl, at that time, did not automatically get the SEC champion. Ultimately, the New Orleans game featured the Wyoming Cowboys (10–0) of the Western Athletic Conference, against the LSU Tigers. LSU had finished sixth in the ten-team SEC, behind Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Georgia. But LSU justified their selection by knocking off Wyoming, 20–13. In the Cotton Bowl, unranked Texas A&M upset No. 8 Alabama 20–16. USC then went out and claimed the national title with a 14–3 over Indiana in the Rose Bowl. Effectively eliminated from finishing No. 1 after USC's win, No. 2 Tennessee went out and lost in the Orange Bowl to No. 3 Oklahoma, 26–24.

Other bowls

SUN El Paso, TexasDecember 30 Texas El Paso 14–7 Mississippi
GATOR Jacksonville, FloridaDecember 30No. 10 Penn State 17–17 Florida State
BLUEBONNET Houston, TexasDecember 23 Colorado 31–21 Miami (FL)
LIBERTY Memphis, TennesseeDecember 16 N.C. State 14–7 Georgia

Awards and honors

Heisman Trophy

  1. Gary Beban , QB – UCLA, 1,968 points
  2. O. J. Simpson, RB – USC, 1,722
  3. Leroy Keyes, RB-CB – Purdue, 1,366
  4. Larry Csonka, FB – Syracuse, 136
  5. Kim Hammond, QB – Florida State, 90
  6. Bob Johnson, C – Tennessee, 76
  7. Granville Liggins, NG – Oklahoma, 61
  8. Dewey Warren, QB – Tennessee, 56
  9. Wayne Meylan, NG – Nebraska, 55
  10. Terry Hanratty, QB – Notre Dame, 54

Source: [11] [12]


1967 Consensus All-America Team

Statistical leaders

Player scoring most points: Leroy Keyes, Purdue, 114.

See also


  1. The SEC's first African American varsity athlete was Stephen Martin, a baseball walk-on at Tulane, who made his varsity debut in 1966 (1965–66 school year), which was Tulane's last season as an SEC member. [8] Later in the 1967–68 school year, Perry Wallace, who enrolled at Vanderbilt on a basketball scholarship at the same time as Northington and Page arrived at Kentucky, would become the first African American to play basketball in the SEC. [9]

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