1951 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]

Preseason
Week 3
Oct 1
Week 4
Oct 8
Week 5
Oct 15
Week 6
Oct 22
Week 7
Oct 29
Week 8
Nov 5
Week 9
Nov 12
Week 10
Nov 19
Week 11
Nov 26
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 3
1. Tennessee (60) Michigan State (2–0) (37) Michigan State (3–0) (42) California (4–0) (50) Tennessee (4–0) (70) Tennessee (5–0) (59) Tennessee (6–0) (60) Michigan State (7–0) (55) Tennessee (8–0) (60) Tennessee (9–0) (92) Tennessee (10–0) (139) 1.
2. Michigan State (18) California (2–0) (22) California (3–0) (36) Tennessee (3–0) (26) Michigan State (5–0) (28) Michigan State (6–0) (25) Illinois (6–0) (29) Tennessee (7–0) (42) Michigan State (8–0) (38) Michigan State (9–0) (34) Michigan State (9–0) (104) 2.
3. Ohio State (8) Tennessee (1–0) (27) Tennessee (2–0) (18) Michigan State (4–0) (16) Georgia Tech (5–0) (16) Illinois (5–0) (15) Maryland (6–0) (21) Illinois (7–0) (20) Stanford (9–0) (18) Maryland (9–0) (18) Maryland (9–9) (18) 3.
4. Oklahoma (16) Oklahoma (1–0) (18) Texas A&M (2–0) (3) Texas (4–0) (6) Illinois (4–0) (12) Maryland (5–0) (22) Princeton (6–0) (6) Stanford (8–0) (12) Maryland (8–0) (26) Illinois (8–0–1) (4) Illinois (8–0–1) (10) 4.
5. California (3) Notre Dame (1–0) (9) Notre Dame (2–0) (4) Georgia Tech (4–0) (12) Maryland (4–0) (13) Georgia Tech (6–0) (9) Michigan State (6–0) (12) Maryland (7–0) (16) Princeton (8–0) (8) Princeton (9–0) (4) Georgia Tech (10–0–1) (8) 5.
6. Kentucky (1) Texas (2–0) (6) Texas (3–0) (4) Texas A&M (3–0) (8) USC (5–0) (13) Princeton (5–0) (14) USC (7–0) (6) Princeton (7–0) (6) Illinois (7–0–1) (3) Georgia Tech (9–0–1) (1) Princeton (9–0) (3) 6.
7. Texas A&M Ohio State (1–0) (1) Illinois (2–0) Maryland (3–0) (14) Baylor (4–0) (2) USC (6–0) (7) Stanford (7–0) (8) Georgia Tech (7–0–1) Georgia Tech (8–0–1) (2) Wisconsin (7–1–1) (5) Stanford (9–1) (1) 7.
8. Washington (3) Illinois (1–0) Georgia Tech (3–0) (3) Illinois (3–0) (3) Princeton (4–0) (2) Baylor (4–0–1) Georgia Tech (6–0–1) (1) Wisconsin (5–1–1) (2) Wisconsin (6–1–1) (3) Stanford (9–1) (1) Wisconsin (7–1–1) (10) 8.
9. Alabama (2) Maryland (1–0) (4) Ohio State (1–1) Princeton (3–0) (1) California (4–1) (1) California (5–1) Wisconsin (4–1–1) (3) Kentucky (6–3) (4) Kentucky (7–3) (4) Baylor (7–1–1) Baylor (8–1–1) 9.
10. Illinois (2) Texas A&M (1–0) Maryland (2–0) (1) Baylor (3–0) Texas (4–1) Wisconsin (3–1–1) (2) Texas (6–1) Baylor (5–1–1) Baylor (6–1–1) Oklahoma (7–2) (2) Oklahoma (8–2) (4) 10.
11. Texas (1) Georgia Tech (2–0) (4) Oklahoma (1–1) USC (4–0) Stanford (5–0) (1) Stanford (6–0) Notre Dame (5–1) (1) USC (7–1) USC (7–2) TCU (5–4) TCU (6–4) 11.
12. Nebraska Washington (2–0) (2) Baylor (2–0) Villanova (3–0) Cornell (4–0) (1) Texas (5–1) Kentucky (5–3) (3) Oklahoma (5–2) (1) Oklahoma (6–2) California (8–2) (3) California (8–2) (2) 12.
13. Baylor Georgia (2–0) (1) Princeton (2–0) Stanford (4–0) Northwestern (4–0) Notre Dame (4–1) TCU (5–2) TCU (5–2) San Francisco (8–0) Virginia (8–1) (1) Virginia (8–1) (5) 13.
14. Notre Dame (1) Princeton (1–0) USC (3–0) Cornell (3–0) Wisconsin (2–1–1) Kentucky (4–3) (1) Oklahoma (4–2) (1) San Francisco (7–0) Texas (7–2) San Francisco (9–0) San Francisco (9–0) (2) 14.
15. Wisconsin Oregon State (1–1) (1) Holy Cross (2–0) SMU (3–1) Notre Dame (3–1) Michigan (3–2) San Francisco (7–0) Texas (6–2) Virginia (7–1) (1) UCLA (5–3–1) Kentucky (7–4) 15.
16. Maryland Duke (2–0) Clemson (3–0) Pacific (4–0) (1) Texas A&M (3–1) (1) Washington State (4–2) Baylor (4–1–1) California (5–3) Holy Cross (7–1) (1) Texas (7–2) Boston University (6–4) (2) 16.
17. Michigan Kentucky (1–2) Cornell (2–0) Ohio State (1–1–1) Kentucky (3–3) (1) Oklahoma (3–2) (1) California (5–2) т Washington State (5–3) Washington State (6–3) Kentucky (7–4) UCLA (5–3–1) 17.
18. Princeton Clemson (2–0) (1) Oregon State (2–1) Northwestern (3–0) Washington State (3–2) Texas A&M (3–1–1) Washington State (5–2) т UCLA (4–3) Rice (5–3) Washington State (7–3) Washington State (7–3) 18.
19. Pennsylvania Baylor (1–0) Stanford (3–0) Oklahoma (1–2) Arkansas (3–2) Miami (FL) (4–1) Pacific (6–1) (1) Rice (4–3) California (7–2) Holy Cross (8–1) Clemson (7–2) т 19.
20. Cornell Kansas (2–0) Pacific (3–0) (1) Washington (3–1) San Francisco (5–0) San Francisco (6–0) Arkansas (4–3) т Cincinnati (8–0) Bucknell (9–0) USC (7–3) Holy Cross (9–1) (1) т 20.
21. Ohio State (3–2–1) т 21.
22. 22.
23. 23.
24. 24.
25. 25.
Preseason
Week 3
Oct 1
Week 4
Oct 8
Week 5
Oct 15
Week 6
Oct 22
Week 7
Oct 29
Week 8
Nov 5
Week 9
Nov 12
Week 10
Nov 19
Week 11
Nov 26
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 3
Dropped:
Alabama
Nebraska
Wisconsin
Michigan
Pennsylvania
Cornell
Dropped:
Washington
Georgia
Duke
Kentucky
Kansas
Dropped:
Notre Dame
Holy Cross
Clemson
Oregon State
Dropped:
Villanova
SMU
Pacific
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Washington
Dropped:
Cornell
Northwestern
Arkansas
Dropped:
Michigan
Texas A&M
Miami (FL)
Dropped:
Notre Dame
Pacific
Arkansas
Ohio State
Dropped:
TCU
UCLA
Cincinnati
Dropped:
Rice
Bucknell
Dropped:
Texas
USC

[1]

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

Ranking Team
1 Tennessee
2 Michigan State
3 Illinois
4 Maryland
5 Georgia Tech
6 Princeton
7 Stanford
8 Wisconsin
9 Baylor
10 TCU
11 Oklahoma
12 California
13 Notre Dame
14 (t) Purdue
14 (t) San Francisco
14 (t) Washington State
17 (t) Holy Cross
17 (t) Kentucky
17 (t) UCLA
20 Kansas

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