1941 NCAA football rankings

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One human poll comprised the 1941 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.

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 December 1, at the end of the 1941 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Week 1
Oct 13[1]
Week 2
Oct 20[2]
Week 3
Oct 27[3]
Week 4
Nov 3[4]
Week 5
Nov 10[5]
Week 6
Nov 17[6]
Week 7
Nov 24[7]
Week 8 (Final)
Dec 1[8]
1. Minnesota (2–0) (66) Minnesota (3–0) (69) Minnesota (4–0) (60) т Texas (6–0) (73.5) Minnesota (6–0) (99) Minnesota (7–0) (112) Minnesota (8–0) (95) Minnesota (8–0) (84.5) 1.
2. Texas (3–0) (30) Texas (4–0) (33) Texas (5–0) (53) т Minnesota (5–0) (34.5) Texas (6–0–1) (4) Texas A&M (8–0) (5) Texas A&M (8–0) (2) Duke (9–0) (9.5) 2.
3. Duke (3–0) (14) Michigan (4–0) (7) Fordham (4–0) (7) Fordham (5–0) (6) Duke (7–0) (11) Duke (8–0) (12) Duke (9–0) (15) Notre Dame (8–0–1) 3.
4. Fordham (2–0) Duke (4–0) (7) Duke (5–0) (5) Duke (6–0) (7) Texas A&M (7–0) (6) Notre Dame (7–0–1) Notre Dame (8–0–1) (2) Texas (7–1–1) (1) 4.
5. Northwestern (2–0) (1) Navy (4–0) (3) Texas A&M (5–0) Texas A&M (6–0) Notre Dame (6–0–1) Michigan (6–1) Duquesne (8–0) Michigan (6–1–1) 5.
6. Michigan (3–0) (1) Fordham (3–0) Notre Dame (5–0) Navy (5–0–1) Stanford (6–1) (1) Duquesne (8–0) Michigan (6–1–1) Fordham (7–1) 6.
7. Navy (3–0) (3) Notre Dame (4–0) Michigan (4–1) Notre Dame (5–0–1) Michigan (5–1) Alabama (7–1) Missouri (8–1) (1) Missouri (8–1) (1) 7.
8. Notre Dame (3–0) Santa Clara (4–0) Penn (4–0) (1) Michigan (5–1) Northwestern (4–2) Missouri (7–1) Fordham (6–1) Duquesne (8–0) 8.
9. Santa Clara (3–0) (1) Texas A&M (4–0) Northwestern (3–1) Stanford (5–1) Alabama (6–1) Texas (6–1–1) Northwestern (5–3) Texas A&M (8–1) 9.
10. Ohio State (2–0) (1) Tulane (3–1) (1) Vanderbilt (5–0) Northwestern (3–2) Duquesne (7–0) Northwestern (4–3) Texas (6–1–1) Navy (7–1–1) 10.
11. Penn (2–0) Ohio State (3–0) (1) Navy (4–0–1) Army (4–0–1) Fordham (5–1) Fordham (5–1) Navy (6–1–1) Northwestern (5–3) 11.
12. Rice (2–0) Penn (3–0) Stanford (4–1) Duquesne (6–0) Navy (5–1–1) Navy (5–1–1) Vanderbilt (8–1) Oregon State (7–2) 12.
13. Clemson (4–0) (1) Northwestern (2–1) Temple (5–0) Alabama (5–1) Mississippi State (5–0–1) (0.5) Penn (6–1) Penn (7–1) Ohio State (6–1–1) 13.
14. Texas A&M (3–0) Clemson (4–0) (3) Army (4–0) Tulane (4–2) Penn (5–1) Ohio State (6–1) Ole Miss (6–1–1) Georgia (8–1–1) 14.
15. Nebraska (2–0) Vanderbilt (4–0) Alabama (4–1) Mississippi State (4–0–1) Ole Miss (5–1–1) (0.5) Ole Miss (5–1–1) Ohio State (6–1–1) Penn (7–1) 15.
16. Oregon State (3–0) Oregon (3–1) Duquesne (5–0) Ole Miss (4–1–1) Missouri (6–1) Oregon State (5–2) Clemson (7–1) Mississippi State (7–1–1) 16.
17. Tulane (2–1) (1) Temple (4–0) Ole Miss (3–1–1) т Missouri (5–1) Harvard (3–2–1) Stanford (6–2) Oregon State (6–2) Ole Miss (6–2–1) 17.
18. Vanderbilt (3–0) Oregon State (3–1) Mississippi State (3–0–1) т Syracuse (5–1) Boston College (5–2) Clemson (6–1) Alabama (7–2) Tennessee (8–2) 18.
19. Mississippi State (2–0–1) Stanford (3–1) т Missouri (4–1) Penn (4–1) Army (4–1–1) TCU (6–2) Harvard (5–2–1) Washington State (6–3) 19.
20. Columbia (2–0) Villanova (3–0) т SMU (3–1) Ohio State (4–1) Ohio State (5–1)
Georgia (7–1–1) Alabama (8–2) 20.
Week 1
Oct 13[1]
Week 2
Oct 20[2]
Week 3
Oct 27[3]
Week 4
Nov 3[4]
Week 5
Nov 10[5]
Week 6
Nov 17[6]
Week 7
Nov 24[7]
Week 8 (Final)
Dec 1[8]
Dropped:
  • Columbia
  • Mississippi State
  • Nebraska
  • Rice
Dropped:
  • Clemson
  • Ohio State
  • Oregon
  • Oregon State
  • Santa Clara
  • Tulane
  • Villanova
Dropped:
  • SMU
  • Temple
  • Vanderbilt
Dropped:
  • Syracuse
  • Tulane
Dropped:
  • Army
  • Boston College
  • Harvard
  • Mississippi State
Dropped:
  • Stanford
  • TCU
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Clemson
  • Harvard
  • Vanderbilt

References[edit]

  1. ^ "October 13, 1941 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "October 20, 1941 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "October 27, 1941 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "November 3, 1941 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "November 10, 1941 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ "November 17, 1941 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "November 24, 1941 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ "1941 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.