1943 NCAA football rankings

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One human poll comprised the 1943 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
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Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP Poll[edit]

The final AP Poll was released on November 29, at the end of the 1943 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Week 1
Oct 4[1]
Week 2
Oct 11[2]
Week 3
Oct 18[3]
Week 4
Oct 25[4]
Week 5
Nov 1[5]
Week 6
Nov 8[6]
Week 7
Nov 15[7]
Week 8
Nov 22[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Nov 29[9]
1. Notre Dame (2-0) (53) Notre Dame (3-0) (86) Notre Dame (4-0) (98) Notre Dame (5-0) (97) Notre Dame (6-0) (97) Notre Dame (7-0) (91) Notre Dame (8-0) (87) Notre Dame (9-0) (97) Notre Dame (9-1) (86) 1.
2. Michigan (3-0) (36) Army (3-0) (1) Army (4-0) (5) Army (5-0) (5) Purdue (7-0) Purdue (8-0) Iowa Pre-Flight (8-0) Iowa Pre-Flight (8-1) (1) Iowa Pre-Flight (9-1) (12) 2.
3. Army (2-0) (4) Navy (3-0) (1) Navy (4-0) Navy (5-0) Army (5-0-1) Navy (6-1) Purdue (8-0) Michigan (8-1) Michigan (8-1) (1) 3.
4. Navy (2-0) (3) Penn (3-0) (1) Purdue (5-0) (1) Purdue (6-0) (1) USC (6-0) (2) Michigan (6-1) Michigan (7-1) Purdue (9-0) Navy (8-1) 4.
5. Duke (3-0) (4) Purdue (4-0) Penn (4-0) (4) USC (5-0) Penn (5-0-1) (2) Iowa Pre-Flight (7-0) Navy (7-1) Duke (8-1) (2) Purdue (9-0) (12) 5.
6. Penn (2-0) (1) Duke (3-1) Pacific (5-0) (4) Penn (5-0) Michigan (5-1) Army (5-1-1) Duke (7-1) (1) Navy (7-1) Great Lakes Naval (8-2) (1) 6.
7. Purdue (3-0) (2) Iowa Pre-Flight (4-0) USC (4-0) (2) Michigan (4-1) Navy (5-1) Duke (6-1) Army (6-1-1) Army (7-1-1) Duke (8-1) (7) 7.
8. Iowa Pre-Flight (3-0) (2) USC (3-0) Iowa Pre-Flight (5-0) Duke (4-1) Iowa Pre-Flight (6-0) Northwestern (5-1) March Field/4th AF (6-1) Northwestern (6-2) Del Monte Pre-Flight (7-1) (9) 8.
9. Minnesota (2-0) (1) Michigan (3-1) Duke (4-1) Iowa Pre-Flight (6-0) Duke (5-1) USC (6-1) Northwestern (5-2) March Field/4th AF (6-1) Northwestern (6-2) 9.
10. USC (2-0) Pacific (4-0) Michigan (3-1) Pacific (5-1) Pacific (5-1) Penn (5-1-1) Texas (6-1) Del Monte Pre-Flight (6-1) March Field/4th AF (6-1) 10.
11. Southwestern (3-0) Del Monte Pre-Flight (3-0) (6) Minnesota (3-0) Washington (4-0) Washington (4-0) Pacific (6-1) Washington (4-0) Washington (4-0) Army (7-2-1) 11.
12. Great Lakes Naval (2-1) March Field/4th AF (3-0) (4) Southwestern (5-0) Texas (4-1) Northwestern (4-1) Washington (4-0) Texas A&M (7-0-1) Texas (6-1) Washington (4-0) (1) 12.
13. Memphis Naval (3-0) Minnesota (2-0) Texas A&M (4-0) Tulsa (4-0) Texas (5-1) Del Monte Pre-Flight (5-1) Pacific (7-1) Dartmouth (6-1) Georgia Tech (7-3) 13.
14. Dartmouth (2-0) Great Lakes Naval (3-1) March Field/4th AF (4-0) Louisiana Lafayette (4-0) Del Monte Pre-Flight (4-1) Texas A&M (6-0-1) Del Monte Pre-Flight (5-1) Georgia Tech (6-3) Texas (7-1) 14.
15. Del Monte Pre-Flight (2-0) Memphis Naval (3-0) Del Monte Pre-Flight (3-1) Northwestern (3-1) Louisiana Lafayette (5-0) March Field/4th AF (5-1) Georgia Tech (5-3) Bainbridge Naval (7-0) Tulsa (6-0-1) 15.
16. March Field/4th AF (2-0) Dartmouth (2-1) Texas (3-1) Colorado College (5-0) Texas A&M (6-0) Texas (5-1) Tulsa (5-0-1) Texas A&M (7-0-1) Dartmouth (6-1) 16.
17. LSU (2-0) Southwestern (4-0) Northwestern (2-1) Del Monte Pre-Flight (4-1) Arkansas-Monticello (5-0) т Tulsa (5-0-1) Bainbridge Naval (7-0) т Colorado College (7-0) (2) Bainbridge Naval (7-0) 17.
18. Ohio State (2-0) Texas A&M (3-0) Colorado College (4-0) Great Lakes Naval (4-2) Colorado College (5-0) т Dartmouth (4-1) San Diego Naval (5-1) т Penn (5-2-1) т Colorado College (7-0) (2) 18.
19. Northwestern (1-1) Washington (2-0) Memphis Naval (3-0) Texas A&M (5-0) Tulsa (4-0-1) Georgia Tech (4-3) Penn (5-2-1) Randolph Field (9-0) т Pacific (7-1) 19.
20. Pacific (3-0) Georgia (3-1) Camp Grant (1-3) California (2-3) LSU (5-1) San Diego Naval (4-1) Dartmouth (5-1) Tulsa (5-0-1) Penn (6-2-1) 20.
Week 1
Oct 4[1]
Week 2
Oct 11[2]
Week 3
Oct 18[3]
Week 4
Oct 25[4]
Week 5
Nov 1[5]
Week 6
Nov 8[6]
Week 7
Nov 15[7]
Week 8
Nov 22[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Nov 29[9]
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Northwestern
  • Ohio State
Dropped:
  • Dartmouth
  • Georgia
  • Great Lakes Naval
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Camp Grant
  • March Field/4th AF
  • Memphis Naval
  • Minnesota
  • Southwestern
Dropped:
  • California
  • Great Lakes Naval
Dropped:
  • Arkansas-Monticello
  • Colorado College
  • Louisiana Lafayette
  • LSU
Dropped:
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Pacific
  • San Diego Naval
Dropped:
  • Randolph Field
  • Texas A&M

References[edit]

  1. ^ "October 4, 1943 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "October 11, 1943 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "October 18, 1943 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "October 25, 1943 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "November 1, 1943 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ "November 8, 1943 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "November 15, 1943 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ "November 22, 1943 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ "1943 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.