1944 NCAA football rankings

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One human poll comprised the 1944 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 4, at the end of the 1944 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Week 1
Oct 9[1]
Week 2
Oct 16[2]
Week 3
Oct 23[3]
Week 4
Oct 30[4]
Week 5
Nov 6[5]
Week 6
Nov 13[6]
Week 7
Nov 20[7]
Week 8
Nov 27[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Dec 4[9]
1. Notre Dame (2-0) (34) Notre Dame (3-0) (59.67) Notre Dame (4-0) (40) Army (5-0) (41) Army (6-0) (58) Army (7-0) (77) Army (8-0) (65.33) Army (8-0) (55.33) Army (9-0) (95) 1.
2. North Carolina Pre-Flight (3-0) (24) Army (3-0) (11.67) Army (4-0) (30) Notre Dame (5-0) (15) Ohio State (6-0) (18) Randolph Field (7-0) (15) Navy (6-2) (5) Navy (6-2) (1) Ohio State (9-0) (5) 2.
3. Army (2-0) (3) Randolph Field (3-0) (21.58) Randolph Field (4-0) (23) Ohio State (5-0) (17) Navy (4-2) (1) Navy (5-2) (5) Ohio State (8-0) (5) Ohio State (9-0) (18) т Randolph Field (9-0) (17) 3.
4. Randolph Field (2-0) (22) Ohio State (3-0) (4) Ohio State (4-0) (14) Randolph Field (5-0) (18) Randolph Field (6-0) (18) Ohio State (7-0) (3) Randolph Field (8-0) (11.33) Randolph Field (9-0) (5.33) т Navy (6-3) 4.
5. Great Lakes Naval (2-0) (3) Iowa Pre-Flight (4-1) (0.25) Georgia Tech (4-0) Georgia Tech (5-0) (1) Notre Dame (5-1) Michigan (7-1) Bainbridge Naval (8-0) (4.33) Bainbridge Naval (9-0) (11.33) Bainbridge Naval (10-0) (3) 5.
6. Navy (2-0) Great Lakes Naval (3-0) (1) Iowa Pre-Flight (5-1) Navy (3-2) (1) Bainbridge Naval (6-0) (6) Bainbridge Naval (7-0) (4) Michigan (8-1) Iowa Pre-Flight (10-1) (1) Iowa Pre-Flight (10-1) (1) 6.
7. Purdue (2-1) (2) Penn (3-0) (3) Penn (3-0) т Iowa Pre-Flight (6-1) Iowa Pre-Flight (7-1) Iowa Pre-Flight (8-1) Iowa Pre-Flight (9-1) (2) USC (7-0-2) USC (7-0-2) 7.
8. Ohio State (2-0) (2) Georgia Tech (3-0) Tulsa (4-0) т North Carolina Pre-Flight (5-0-1) Michigan (6-1) March Field/4th AF (6-0-1) (2) USC (6-0-2) (1) Michigan (8-2) Michigan (8-2) 8.
9. Penn (2-0) Navy (2-1) North Carolina Pre-Flight (4-0-1) Illinois (4-2-1) March Field/4th AF (5-0-1) (3) Georgia Tech (6-1) March Field/4th AF (7-0-1) (3) Notre Dame (7-2) Notre Dame (8-2) 9.
10. Georgia Tech (2-0) North Carolina Pre-Flight (3-0-1) Purdue (3-2) Michigan (5-1) Illinois (4-2-1) Duke (3-4) Georgia Tech (7-1) Tennessee (7-0-1) March Field/4th AF (7-0-2) 10.
11. Iowa Pre-Flight (3-1) (1) Purdue (2-2) March Field/4th AF (3-0-1) March Field/4th AF (4-0-1) (6) USC (5-0-2) Notre Dame (5-2) Duke (4-4) (1) Duke (5-4) Duke (6-4) 11.
12. Michigan (3-1) California (3-0-1) (1) Navy (2-2) Bainbridge Naval (5-0) (2) Wake Forest (7-0) (1) USC (5-0-2) Great Lakes Naval (7-1) Great Lakes Naval (8-1) Tennessee (7-0-1) 12.
13. Tulsa (2-0) Tulsa (3-0) Bainbridge Naval (4-0) (2) USC (4-0-2) Georgia Tech (5-1) Great Lakes Naval (6-1) Alabama (4-1-2) Norman Pre-Flight (6-0) Georgia Tech (8-2) т 13.
14. Illinois (2-0) March Field/4th AF (2-0-1) (1) Illinois (4-1-1) Great Lakes Naval (4-1) Great Lakes Naval (5-1) Purdue (5-3) Camp Peary (6-1) March Field/4th AF (7-0-2) Norman Pre-Flight (6-0) т 14.
15. 2nd Air Force (3-1) т Michigan (4-1) т 2nd Air Force (5-1) Indiana (5-1) Norman Pre-Flight (5-0) El Toro Marines (5-1) Tennessee (6-0-1) Oklahoma State (7-1) Illinois (5-4-1) 15.
16. Tennessee (2-0) (1) т USC (2-0-2) т Great Lakes Naval (3-1) Tennessee (4-0-1) North Carolina Pre-Flight (5-1-1) Mississippi State (6-0) El Toro Marines (6-1) Alabama (5-1-2) El Toro Marines (7-1) 16.
17. Wake Forest (3-0) Tennessee (3-0) Indiana (4-1) Wake Forest (6-0) El Toro Marines (4-1) Tennessee (5-0-1) Norman Pre-Flight (6-0) Camp Peary (6-2) Great Lakes Naval (8-2) 17.
18. Bainbridge Naval (2-0) Bainbridge Naval (3-0) (2) Wake Forest (5-0) Mississippi State (4-0) Tennessee (5-0-1) Norman Pre-Flight (6-0) т Notre Dame (6-2) El Toro Marines (7-1) т Fort Pierce Naval (8-0) 18.
19. Indiana (2-1) т 2nd Air Force (4-1) (0.25) 3rd Air Force (4-0) т Alabama (3-0-2) т Mississippi State (5-0) North Carolina Pre-Flight (6-1-1) т 2nd Air Force (8-2) Yale (7-0-1) т St. Mary's Pre-Flight (5-3) 19.
20. Wisconsin (2-0) т Indiana (3-1)
Oklahoma State (5-0) т Duke (2-4) Yale (6-0) North Carolina Pre-Flight (6-2-1) 2nd Air Force (8-2-1) 2nd Air Force (8-2-1) 20.
Week 1
Oct 9[1]
Week 2
Oct 16[2]
Week 3
Oct 23[3]
Week 4
Oct 30[4]
Week 5
Nov 6[5]
Week 6
Nov 13[6]
Week 7
Nov 20[7]
Week 8
Nov 27[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Dec 4[9]
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Wake Forest
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • California
  • Michigan
  • USC
Dropped:
  • 2nd Air Force
  • 3rd Air Force
  • Penn
  • Purdue
  • Tulsa
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Indiana
  • Oklahoma State
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Wake Forest
Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
  • Purdue
  • Yale
Dropped:
  • Georgia Tech
  • North Carolina Pre-Flight
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Camp Peary
  • Oklahoma State
  • Yale

References[edit]

  1. ^ "October 9, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "October 16, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "October 23, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "October 30, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "November 6, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ "November 13, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "November 20, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ "November 27, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ "1944 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.