1936 NCAA football rankings

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One human poll comprised the 1936 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football rankings. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a national championship, instead that title is bestowed by one or more different polling agencies. There are two main weekly polls that begin in the preseason—the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll. The Coaches' Poll began operation in 1950; in addition, the AP Poll did not begin conducting preseason polls until that same year. 1936 was the first year of operation for the AP Poll.

Legend[edit]

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

AP Poll[edit]

The final AP Poll was released on November 30, at the end of the 1936 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Week 1
Oct 19[1]
Week 2
Oct 26[2]
Week 3
Nov 2[3]
Week 4
Nov 9[4]
Week 5
Nov 16[5]
Week 6
Nov 23[6]
Week 7 (Final)
Nov 30[7]
1. Minnesota (3–0) (32) Minnesota (4–0) (44) Northwestern (5–0) (31) Northwestern (6–0) (31) Northwestern (7–0) (17) Minnesota (7–1) (30) Minnesota (7–1) (25) 1.
2. Duke (5–0) (1) Pittsburgh (4–1) Minnesota (4–1) (10) Minnesota (5–1) (12) Minnesota (6–1) (12) LSU (8–0–1) (10) LSU (9–0–1) (9) 2.
3. Army (3–0) (1) Northwestern (4–0) Fordham (4–0–1) (2) Fordham (5–0–1) (3) Fordham (5–0–1) (4) Alabama (7–0–1) Pittsburgh (7–1–1) 3.
4. Northwestern (3–0) Washington (4–1) Marquette (5–0) Alabama (6–0–1) (1) Pittsburgh (6–1–1) Pittsburgh (6–1–1) Alabama (8–0–1) 4.
5. Purdue (3–0) Fordham (4–0) Pittsburgh (4–1–1) Pittsburgh (5–1–1) LSU (7–0–1) (2) Santa Clara (7–0) (1) Washington (7–1–1) 5.
6. USC (3–0–1) (1) Army (4–0) Washington (5–1) Nebraska (5–1) Washington (6–1–1) (2) Washington (6–1–1) Santa Clara (7–0) (1) 6.
7. Notre Dame (3–0) USC (4–0–1) LSU (5–0–1) LSU (6–0–1) Marquette (7–0) Northwestern (7–1) Northwestern (7–1) 7.
8. Washington (3–1) LSU (4–0–1) Nebraska (4–1) Marquette (6–0) Alabama (7–0–1) Fordham (5–0–2) Notre Dame (6–2) 8.
9. Pittsburgh (3–1) Tulane (4–0–1) Santa Clara (5–0) Santa Clara (5–0) Santa Clara (6–0) Notre Dame (6–2) (1) Nebraska (7–2) 9.
10. Yale (3–0) Marquette (4–0) Tulane (5–0–1) Washington (5–1–1) Penn (6–1) Nebraska (6–2) Penn (7–1) 10.
11. Duquesne (4–0) Nebraska (3–1) USC (4–0–1) Penn (5–1) Notre Dame (5–2) Duke (8–1) Duke (9–1) 11.
12. St. Mary's (3–0–1) Yale (4–0) SMU (4–1) Dartmouth (6–1) Dartmouth (7–1) Duquesne (7–2) Yale (7–1) 12.
13. LSU (3–0–1) Duke (5–1) т Notre Dame (4–1) Duke (7–1) Nebraska (5–2) Penn (6–1) Dartmouth (7–1–1) 13.
14. Texas A&M (4–0) Holy Cross (5–0) т Alabama (5–0–1) Washington State (5–1–1) Texas A&M (7–1–1) Dartmouth (7–1–1) Duquesne (7–2) 14.
15. Nebraska (2–1) SMU (3–1) Duke (6–1) т Texas A&M (6–1–1) т Washington State (6–1–1) Marquette (7–1) Fordham (5–1–2) 15.
16. Fordham (3–0) Auburn (4–0–1) Penn (4–1) т USC (4–1–1) т Duke (8–1) Yale (7–1) TCU (7–2–2) 16.
17. Holy Cross (4–0) Princeton (3–1) т Washington State (5–0–1) Holy Cross (6–1) Holy Cross (7–1) Tennessee (5–2–1) Tennessee (6–2–1) 17.
18. Tulane (3–0–1) Purdue (3–1) т Dartmouth (5–1) т TCU (5–2–1) Ohio State (4–3) TCU (7–2–1) Arkansas (6–3) т 18.
19. SMU (3–1) Santa Clara (4–0) Tennessee (3–2–1) т SMU (4–2) т Tennessee (5–2–1) Tulane (6–2–1) Navy (6–3) т 19.
20. Marquette (3–0)
  • Penn (3–1) т
  • St. Mary's (3–1–1) т
Auburn (4–1–1) Temple (5–1–1) т
  • Duquesne (6–2) т
  • Temple (6–1–1) т
Washington State (6–1–1) Marquette (7–1) 20.
Week 1
Oct 19[1]
Week 2
Oct 26[2]
Week 3
Nov 2[3]
Week 4
Nov 9[4]
Week 5
Nov 16[5]
Week 6
Nov 23[6]
Week 7 (Final)
Nov 30[7]
Dropped:
  • Duquesne
  • Notre Dame
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Army
  • Holy Cross
  • Princeton
  • Purdue
  • St. Mary's
  • Yale
Dropped:
  • Auburn
  • Notre Dame
  • Tennessee
  • Tulane
Dropped:
  • SMU
  • TCU
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Holy Cross
  • Ohio State
  • Temple
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Tulane
  • Washington State

References[edit]

  1. ^ "October 19, 1936 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "October 26, 1936 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "November 2, 1936 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "November 9, 1936 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "November 16, 1936 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ "November 23, 1936 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "1936 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.