1946 NCAA football rankings

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One human poll comprised the 1946 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 2, at the end of the 1946 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Week 1
Oct 7[1]
Week 2
Oct 14[2]
Week 3
Oct 21[3]
Week 4
Oct 28[4]
Week 5
Nov 4[5]
Week 6
Nov 11[6]
Week 7
Nov 18[7]
Week 8
Nov 25[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Dec 2[9]
1. Texas (3-0) (69⅓) Army (4-0) (63) Army (5-0) (112¼) Army (6-0) (104) Army (7-0) (64) Army (7-0-1) (75) Army (8-0-1) (58) Army (8-0-1) (72) Notre Dame (8-0-1) (104½) 1.
2. Army (3-0) (21⅓) Notre Dame (2-0) (31) Notre Dame (3-0) (21¼) Notre Dame (4-0) (61) Notre Dame (5-0) (51) Notre Dame (5-0-1) (49) Notre Dame (6-0-1) (16) Notre Dame (7-0-1) (38) Army (9-0-1) (52½) 2.
3. Notre Dame (1-0) (15⅓) Texas (4-0) (38) Texas (5-0) (13¼) Penn (4-0) (4) Georgia (6-0) (6) Georgia (7-0) (12) Georgia (8-0) (8) Georgia (9-0) (5) Georgia (10-0) (23) 3.
4. Michigan (2-0) UCLA (3-0) (5) Tennessee (4-0) (6) UCLA (5-0) (1) UCLA (6-0) (3) UCLA (7-0) (7) UCLA (8-0) (5) UCLA (9-0) (5) UCLA (10-0) (2) 4.
5. UCLA (2-0) (1) Michigan (2-1) UCLA (4-0) (2) Georgia (5-0) (1) Rice (5-1) Penn (5-1) Illinois (6-2) Illinois (7-2) Illinois (7-2) 5.
6. Alabama (3-0) Penn (2-0) (2) Penn (3-0) (¼) Northwestern (4-0-1) Texas (6-1) Texas (7-1) Georgia Tech (7-1) Michigan (6-2-1) Michigan (6-2-1) 6.
7. Penn (1-0) (1) Alabama (4-0) Georgia (4-0) Texas (5-1) Tennessee (5-1) Georgia Tech (6-1) Tennessee (7-1) Georgia Tech (8-1) (1) Tennessee (9-1) 7.
8. Georgia (2-0) т Georgia (3-0) Michigan (2-1-1) т Rice (4-1) Georgia Tech (5-1) Tennessee (6-1) Michigan (5-2-1) Tennessee (8-1) (1) LSU (9-1) 8.
9. Tennessee (2-0) т Tennessee (3-0) Northwestern (3-0-1) т North Carolina (4-0-1) Penn (4-1) Illinois (5-2) LSU (7-1) LSU (8-1) North Carolina (8-1-1) 9.
10. Northwestern (2-0) Northwestern (3-0) North Carolina (3-0-1) Tennessee (4-1) Illinois (5-2) Michigan (4-2-1) USC (5-2) Arkansas (6-2-1) Rice (8-2) 10.
11. Columbia (2-0) Columbia (3-0) Alabama (4-1) Illinois (4-2) Michigan (3-2-1) LSU (6-1) Arkansas (6-2-1) North Carolina (7-1-1) Georgia Tech (8-2) 11.
12. Illinois (2-1) LSU (3-0) NC State (4-0) Wake Forest (4-1) Ohio State (3-1-2) USC (5-2) Rice (6-2) Yale (7-1-1) Yale (7-1-1) 12.
13. LSU (2-0) Oklahoma (1-2) Duke (2-2) Michigan (2-2-1) Wake Forest (5-1) Ohio State (4-1-2) Penn (5-2) Rice (7-2) Penn (6-2) 13.
14. Ohio State (1-0) Arkansas (3-0-1) Oklahoma (2-2) Oklahoma (3-2) USC (4-2) Rice (5-2) North Carolina (6-1-1) Penn (5-2) Oklahoma (7-3) 14.
15. Yale (2-0) North Carolina (2-0-1) Georgia Tech (3-1) Alabama (5-1) Wisconsin (4-2) North Carolina (5-1-1) Yale (6-1-1) Delaware (9-0) (2) Texas (8-2) (1) 15.
16. St. Mary's (2-0) Rice (2-1) Rice (3-1) Georgia Tech (4-1) Oklahoma (4-2) Iowa (5-3) Delaware (8-0) USC (5-3) Arkansas (6-3-1) 16.
17. Stanford (2-0) Duke (1-2) Iowa (4-1) Harvard (5-0) (1) North Carolina (4-1-1) т Arkansas (5-2-1) Texas (7-2) Boston College (6-2) т Tulsa (9-1) 17.
18. Arkansas (2-0-1) Indiana (2-2) William & Mary (4-1) Wisconsin (3-2) Northwestern (4-1-1) т Yale (5-1-1) Oklahoma (6-2) Oklahoma (6-3) т NC State (8-2) 18.
19. Kentucky (3-0) т William & Mary (3-1) Oregon (3-0-1) Duke (2-3) LSU (5-1) Holy Cross (3-4) Muhlenberg (8-0) т Mississippi State (8-1) Delaware (9-0) 19.
20. NC State (2-0) т
Harvard (4-0) Indiana (3-3) NC State (5-1) Duke (3-4) Tulsa (8-1) т Texas (7-2) Indiana (6-3) (1) 20.
Week 1
Oct 7[1]
Week 2
Oct 14[2]
Week 3
Oct 21[3]
Week 4
Oct 28[4]
Week 5
Nov 4[5]
Week 6
Nov 11[6]
Week 7
Nov 18[7]
Week 8
Nov 25[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Dec 2[9]
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • NC State
  • Ohio State
  • St. Mary's
  • Stanford
  • Yale
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Columbia
  • Indiana
  • LSU
  • Tulsa
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Iowa
  • NC State
  • Oregon
  • William & Mary
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Duke
  • Harvard
  • Indiana
Dropped:
  • NC State
  • Northwestern
  • Oklahoma
  • Wake Forest
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Duke
  • Holy Cross
  • Iowa
  • Ohio State
Dropped:
  • Muhlenberg
  • Tulsa
Dropped:
  • USC
  • Mississippi State
  • Boston College

References[edit]

  1. ^ "October 7, 1946 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "October 14, 1946 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "October 21, 1946 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "October 28, 1946 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "November 4, 1946 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ "November 11, 1946 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "November 18, 1946 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ "November 25, 1946 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ "1946 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.