1940 NCAA football rankings

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Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
Italics   Number of first place votes
(#-#-#)   Win-loss-tie record
т Tied with team above or below also with this symbol


AP Poll[edit]

Week 4
Oct 14
Week 5
Oct 21
Week 6
Oct 28
Week 7
Nov 4
Week 8
Nov 11
Week 9
Nov 18
Week 10
Nov 25
Week 11 (Final)
Dec 2
1. Cornell (2–0) (90) Cornell (3–0) (83) Cornell (4–0) (81.5) Cornell (5–0) (119) Minnesota (6–0) (55.33) Minnesota (7–0) (68) Minnesota (8–0) (88) Minnesota (8–0) (65) 1.
2. Texas A&M (3–0) (25) Notre Dame (3–0) (30) Notre Dame (4–0) (40.5) Minnesota (5–0) (18) Cornell (6–0) (45.33) Texas A&M (8–0) (59) Texas A&M (8–0) (41) Stanford (9–0) (44) 2.
3. Michigan (3–0) (26) Michigan (4–0) (18) Michigan (5–0) (16) Michigan (5–0) (11) Texas A&M (7–0) (31.33) Stanford (8–0) (24) Stanford (8–0) (15) Michigan (7–1) (5) 3.
4. Northwestern (2–0) (1) Texas A&M (4–0) (15) Minnesota (4–0) (13) Texas A&M (6–0) (14) Stanford (7–0) (12) Boston College (8–0) (12) Boston College (9–0) (15) Tennessee (10–0) (10) 4.
5. Tennessee (3–0) (7) Tennessee (4–0) (6) Texas A&M (5–0) (9) Tennessee (6–0) (11) Tennessee (7–0) (2) Cornell (6–1) (6) Michigan (7–1) (3) Boston College (10–0) (7) 5.
6. Notre Dame (2–0) (5) Minnesota (3–0) (8) Stanford (5–0) Stanford (6–0) (3) Michigan (5–1) Tennessee (8–0) (3) Tennessee (9–0) (8) Texas A&M (8–1) (1) 6.
7. Minnesota (2–0) (2) Northwestern (3–0) Tennessee (5–0) Notre Dame (5–0) Notre Dame (6–0) Michigan (6–1) Northwestern (6–2) Nebraska (8–1) 7.
8. Boston College (3–0) Pennsylvania (3–0) Northwestern (4–0) (1) Boston College (6–0) (2) Boston College (7–0) Nebraska (6–1) Nebraska (7–1) Northwestern (6–2) 8.
9. Pennsylvania (2–0) Stanford (4–0) Boston College (5–0) Georgetown (6–0) Georgetown (7–0) Georgetown (7–1) Georgetown (8–1) Mississippi State (8–0–1) (1) 9.
10. Stanford (3–0) Boston College (4–0) Clemson (5–0) (2) т Northwestern (4–1) Northwestern (5–1) Northwestern (5–2) Pennsylvania (6–1–1) Washington (7–2) 10.
11. Fordham (2–0) Fordham (3–0) Georgetown (5–0) т Washington (4–1) Nebraska (5–1) Mississippi (8–1) Mississippi State (8–0–1) Santa Clara (6–1–1) 11.
12. Clemson (4–0) Texas (4–0) Nebraska (3–1) Duke (4–1) т Duke (5–1) (2) Pennsylvania (5–1–1) Washington (6–2) Fordham (7–1) 12.
13. Mississippi (4–0) Clemson (4–0) (1) Washington (4–1) Nebraska (4–1) т Fordham (5–1) Washington (5–2) Cornell (6–2) Georgetown (8–1) 13.
14. Texas (3–0) Mississippi (5–0) (1) Navy (5–0) SMU (4–0–1) Alabama (5–1) Notre Dame (6–1) Fordham (6–1) Pennsylvania (6–1–1) 14.
15. Ohio State (2–1) Georgetown (4–0) Pennsylvania (3–1) т Pennsylvania (4–1) Mississippi State (6–0–1) Fordham (5–1) Santa Clara (5–1–1) Cornell (6–2) 15.
16. Washington (2–1) Washington (3–1) SMU (3–0–1) т Penn State (5–0) Santa Clara (3–1–1) Mississippi State (7–0–1) SMU (6–1–1) SMU (7–1–1) 16.
17. USC (1–0–2) USC (2–0–2) Detroit Mercy (5–0) Fordham (4–1) Mississippi (7–1) т Alabama (6–1) Alabama (7–1) Hardin-Simmons (8–0) 17.
18. Oregon State (2–0–1) Nebraska (2–1) Duke (3–1) т Lafayette (6–0) Washington (4–2) т SMU (5–1–1) Lafayette (9–0) т Duke (7–2) 18.
19. Washington State (2–0–1) SMU (3–0–1) Penn State (4–0) т Mississippi State (5–0–1) т Oregon State (5–1–1) Santa Clara (4–1–1) Texas Tech (8–0–1) т Lafayette (9–0) 19.
20. Iowa (2–1–1) Columbia (3–0) Mississippi State (4–0–1) т Santa Clara (3–1–1) т Penn State (5–0–1) т Penn State (6–0–1) т Duke (6–2) т 20.
21. Santa Clara (2–1–1) т SMU (4–1–1) т Texas Tech (6–0–1) т Hardin–Simmons (7–0) т 21.
22. 22.
23. 23.
24. 24.
25. 25.
Week 4
Oct 14
Week 5
Oct 21
Week 6
Oct 28
Week 7
Nov 4
Week 8
Nov 11
Week 9
Nov 18
Week 10
Nov 25
Week 11 (Final)
Dec 2
Dropped:
Ohio State
Oregon State
Washington State
Iowa
Dropped:
Fordham
Texas
Mississippi
USC
Columbia
Dropped:
Clemson
Navy
Detroit Mercy
Dropped:
Pennsylvania
Lafayette
Dropped:
Duke
Oregon State
Dropped:
Mississippi
Notre Dame
Penn State
Dropped:
Alabama
Texas Tech

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