1938 college football season

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The 1938 NCAA football season ended with the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University (TCU) being named the nation’s #1 team by 55 of the 77 voters in the Associated Press writers' poll.

September[edit]

September 24 Defending champion Pittsburgh beat West Virginia, 19-0. California defeated St. Mary’s 12-7. In Los Angeles, Alabama beat USC 19-7. Minnesota defeated Washington 15-0, and Dartmouth beat Bates 46-0.

October[edit]

October 1 Alabama defeated Samford 34-0, Fordham beat Upsala 47-0, Dartmouth beat St Lawrence 51-0, and Notre Dame beat Kansas 52-0. Pitt defeated Temple 28-6, California beat Washington State 27-3, and Minnesota beat Nebraska 16-7.

October 8 Minnesota defeated Purdue 7-0. Alabama beat North Carolina State 14-0. Dartmouth stayed unscored upon, winning at Princeton 22-0. Pittsburgh beat cross-town rival Duquesne 27-0. Fordham beat Waynesburg College 53-0. California played a double-header for the fans, with the reserves beating the California Agricultural school (lager UC-Davis) 48-0, and the varsity and reserves beating College of the Pacific 39-0. In Atlanta, Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 14-6

October 15 Pittsburgh won at Wisconsin 26-6. California defeated UCLA 20-7. Dartmouth beat Brown 34-13, and Notre Dame beat Illinois 14-6. Minnesota edged Michigan, 7-6. Fordham was tied by Purdue 6-6, and in Birmingham, Alabama was shut out by Tennessee, 13-0. When the first round of balloting was finished, the defending champion Panthers were again #1, followed by Minnesota, California, Dartmouth and Notre Dame.

October 22 #1 Pittsburgh beat SMU 34-7. #2 Minnesota was idle. #3 California won at Seattle over Washington 14-7. #4 Dartmouth won at Harvard 13-7. #5 Notre Dame beat #13 Carnegie Tech 7-0. In San Francisco, #6 Santa Clara beat Arkansas 21-6 in San Francisco, while in Milwaukee, #7 TCU beat Marquette 21-0, and the two winners replaced Dartmouth and Notre Dame in the Top Five: 1.Pittsburgh 2.Minnesota 3.California 4.TCU 5. Santa Clara.

October 29 #1 Pittsburgh beat #9 Fordham, 24-13. #2 Minnesota fell to #12 Northwestern, 6-3. #3 California beat Oregon State 13-7. #4 TCU beat Baylor 39-7, and #5 Santa Clara won at Michigan State 7-6. #6 Dartmouth won at Yale 24-6 and #7 Notre Dame beat Army in Yankee Stadium, 19-7, and both returned to the Top Five: 1.Pittsburgh 2.TCU 3.California 4.Notre Dame 5.Dartmouth

November[edit]

November 5 In Pittsburgh, the #1 Panthers lost to #19 Carnegie Tech, 20-10. #2 TCU won at Tulsa 21-0. #3 California lost at #13, USC 13-7. In Baltimore, #4 Notre Dame beat Navy 15-0. #5 Dartmouth beat Dickinson College, 44-6. #6 Tennessee beat Chattanooga 45-0 to extend its record to 7-0-0. The Horned Frogs of TCU leaped into the top spot: 1.TCU 2.Notre Dame 3.Pittsburgh 4.Tennessee 5.Dartmouth

November 12 #1 TCU beat Texas 28-6. #2 Notre Dame beat #12 Minnesota 19-0. #3 Pittsburgh beat Nebraska 19-0. #4 Tennessee won at Vanderbilt 14-0. #5 Dartmouth lost at #20 Cornell 14-7. #7 Duke remained unbeaten (7-0-0), untied, and unscored upon with a 21-0 win at Syracuse. In the next poll, the Irish moved up to the top rung: 1.Notre Dame 2.TCU 3.Tennessee 4.Duke 5.Pittsburgh

November 19 #1 Notre Dame won at #16 Northwestern 9-7. #2 TCU won at Rice 29-7. #3 Tennessee was idle as it prepared for a holiday game. #4 Duke beat N.C. State, 7-0. #5 Pittsburgh beat Penn State 26-0. The rankings shuffled to 1.Notre Dame 2.TCU 3.Duke 4.Pittsburgh 5.Tennessee.

On Thanksgiving Day #5 Tennessee beat Kentucky 46-0, while #6 Oklahoma beat OK State. Two days later, November 26, #1 Notre Dame remained idle. #2 TCU beat SMU in Dallas, 20-7. #3 Duke and #4 Pittsburgh met at Durham, with the hosts winning 7-0. With a record of 9-0-0, Duke had outscored its opponents 114-0, but stayed in third in the final rankings: 1.Notre Dame 2.TCU 3.Duke 4.Pittsburgh 5.Tennessee.

On December 3, #1 Notre Dame lost in Los Angeles to #7 USC, 13-0, and fell from grace to fifth place. #2 TCU received 55 first place votes and, as national champion, accepted a bid to the Sugar Bowl. #4 Tennessee beat Ole Miss 47-0 in Memphis, and moved up to second place. Though the SEC champion would be Sugar Bowl bound in later years, a #1 vs. #2 match was not to be had, as Tennessee instead took a bid for the Orange Bowl. #3 Duke stayed in third place, despite having never been scored upon in 1938, and accepted an invitation to the Rose Bowl. #5 Oklahoma, which beat Washington State 28-0, and moved up to fourth place. Both unbeaten and untied at 10-0-0, Tennessee and Oklahoma would meet in Miami, but the title had been awarded to 10-0-0 TCU.

Conference standings[edit]

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1938 Big 6 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Oklahoma 5 0 0     10 1 0
Iowa State 3 1 1     7 1 1
Missouri 2 3 0     6 3 0
Nebraska 2 3 0     3 5 1
Kansas State 1 3 1     4 4 1
Kansas 1 4 0     3 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Minnesota 4 1 0     6 2 0
#16 Michigan 3 1 1     6 1 1
Purdue 3 1 1     5 1 2
#17 Northwestern 2 1 2     4 2 2
Wisconsin 3 2 0     5 3 0
Ohio State 3 2 1     4 3 1
Illinois 2 3 0     3 5 0
Iowa 1 3 1     1 6 1
Indiana 1 4 0     1 6 1
Chicago 0 4 0     1 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 USC § 6 1 0     9 2 0
#14 California § 6 1 0     10 1 0
UCLA 4 3 1     7 4 1
Oregon State 4 3 1     5 3 1
Oregon 4 4 0     4 5 0
Washington 3 4 1     3 5 1
Idaho 2 3 1     6 3 1
Stanford 2 5 0     3 6 0
Washington State 1 7 0     2 8 0
Montana 0 1 0     5 3 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Tennessee 7 0 0     11 0 0
#13 Alabama 4 1 1     7 1 1
#19 Tulane 4 1 1     7 2 1
Ole Miss 3 2 0     9 2 0
Georgia Tech 2 1 3     3 4 3
Vanderbilt 4 3 0     6 3 0
Florida 2 2 1     4 6 1
Auburn 3 3 1     4 5 1
Georgia 1 2 1     5 4 1
LSU 2 4 0     6 4 0
Mississippi State 1 4 0     4 6 0
Kentucky 0 4 0     2 7 0
Sewanee 0 6 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Duke 5 0 0     9 1 0
Clemson 3 0 1     7 1 1
VMI 4 0 3     6 1 4
North Carolina 4 1 0     6 2 1
Richmond 3 2 1     6 3 1
Washington & Lee 2 2 0     4 4 1
NC State 3 3 1     3 7 1
South Carolina 2 2 0     6 4 1
Wake Forest 3 4 1     4 5 1
Virginia Tech 2 3 2     3 5 2
The Citadel 2 3 0     6 5 0
Maryland 1 2 0     2 7 0
Davidson 2 6 0     4 6 0
Furman 0 4 1     2 7 1
William & Mary 0 4 0     3 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 TCU 6 0 0     11 0 0
SMU 4 2 0     6 4 0
Baylor 3 2 1     7 2 1
Rice 3 3 0     4 6 0
Texas A&M 2 3 1     4 4 1
Arkansas 1 5 0     2 7 1
Texas 1 5 0     1 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Final Polls[edit]

Bowl Games[edit]

1938 College Football Bowl Games
Bowl game Winning Team Losing Team
Cotton St. Mary’s Gaels 20 #11 Texas Tech Red Raiders 13
Orange #2 Tennessee 17 #4 Oklahoma Sooners 0
Rose #7 USC Trojans 7 #3 Duke Blue Devils 3
Sugar #1 TCU Horned Frogs 15 #6 Carnegie Tech Tartans 7
Sun Utah Utes 26 New Mexico Lobos 0

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