|1967 NCAA University Division football season|
|Preseason AP No. 1||Notre Dame|
|Regular season||September 15 – December 2, 1967|
|Number of bowls||8|
|Bowl games||December 16, 1967 – January 1, 1968|
|Champion(s)||Southern California (AP, Coaches, FWAA, NFF)|
|Heisman||Gary Beban (quarterback, UCLA)|
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.
|School||1966 Conference||1967 Conference|
|George Washington Colonials||SoCon||dropped program|
Prior to this season, Idaho and Pacific were demoted to the College Division. two years, both returned to the University Division in 1969.After
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.
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.
Monday, January 1, 1968
|COTTON||Texas A&M Aggies||20||No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide||16|
|SUGAR||LSU Tigers||20||No. 6 Wyoming Cowboys||13|
|ROSE||No. 1 USC Trojans||14||No. 4 Indiana Hoosiers||3|
|ORANGE||No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners||26||No. 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.
|SUN||El Paso, Texas||December 30||Texas El Paso||14–7||Mississippi|
|GATOR||Jacksonville, Florida||December 30||No. 10 Penn State||17–17||Florida State|
|BLUEBONNET||Houston, Texas||December 23||Colorado||31–21||Miami (FL)|
|LIBERTY||Memphis, Tennessee||December 16||N.C. State||14–7||Georgia|
Player scoring most points: Leroy Keyes, Purdue, 114.
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