1947 NCAA football rankings

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One human poll comprised the 1947 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 official AP Poll was released on December 8, at the end of the 1947 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Week 1
Oct 6[1]
Week 2
Oct 13[2]
Week 3
Oct 20[3]
Week 4
Oct 27[4]
Week 5
Nov 3[5]
Week 6
Nov 10[6]
Week 7
Nov 17[7]
Week 8
Nov 24[8]
Week 9
Dec 1[9]
Week 10 (Final)
Dec 8[10]
1.Notre Dame (1–0) (52)Michigan (3–0) (93)Michigan (4–0) (147)Notre Dame (4–0) (78)Notre Dame (5–0) (106)Notre Dame (6–0) (117)Michigan (8–0) (140)Notre Dame (8–0) (97)Notre Dame (8–0) (58.5)Notre Dame (9–0) (107)1.
2.Michigan (2–0) (29)Notre Dame (2–0) (23)Notre Dame (3–0) (21)Michigan (5–0) (69)Michigan (6–0) (56)Michigan (7–0) (34)Notre Dame (7–0) (87)Michigan (9–0) (81)Michigan (9–0) (54.5)Michigan (9–0) (25)2.
3.Texas (3–0) (15)Texas (4–0) (10)Texas (5–0) (10)Texas (6–0) (25)SMU (6–0) (7)Penn (6–0) (7)SMU (8–0) (9)SMU (9–0) (6)USC (7–0–1) (2)SMU (9–0–1)3.
4.Georgia Tech (2–0) (3)California (4–0)California (5–0) (1)Penn (4–0) (11)Penn (5–0) (8)SMU (7–0) (2)USC (6–0–1) (3)USC (7–0–1) (3)SMU (9–0–1)Penn State (9–0) (1)4.
5.Army (2–0) (1)Georgia Tech (3–0) (1)Illinois (3–0–1)USC (4–0–1) (6)USC (5–0–1) (2)USC (6–0–1) (5)Penn State (8–0) (6)Penn State (9–0) (1)Penn State (9–0)Texas (9–1)5.
6.Illinois (2–0)Illinois (2–0–1) (1)Army (3–0–1) (2)Georgia Tech (5–0) (2)Georgia Tech (6–0) (6)Georgia Tech (7–0) (1)Penn (6–0–1)Alabama (7–2)Texas (9–1) (2)Alabama (8–2) (1)6.
7.Penn (1–0)Army (2–0–1)Georgia Tech (4–0) (2)Penn State (5–0) (2)Penn State (6–0) (2)Texas (7–1)Texas (8–1)Texas (8–1)Alabama (8–2)Penn (7–0–1)7.
8.California (3–0) (1)Penn (2–0)Penn (3–0)SMU (5–0)Texas (6–1)Penn State (7–0) (3)Alabama (6–2)Penn (6–0–1)Penn (7–0–1)USC (7–1–1)8.
9.Georgia (2–1)Penn State (3–0)Penn State (4–0) (1)Duke (4–0–1) (2)Army (4–1–1)Wisconsin (5–1–1)California (8–1)Georgia Tech (8–1)Georgia Tech (9–1)North Carolina (8–2) (7)9.
10.Vanderbilt (2–0)Vanderbilt (3–0)USC (3–0–1)Army (3–1–1)Virginia (6–0)California (7–1)Georgia Tech (7–1)North Carolina (7–2) (3)North Carolina (8–2) (9)Georgia Tech (9–1)10.
11.Columbia (2–0)USC (2–0–1)Wake Forest (4–0)Illinois (3–1–1)Illinois (3–2–1)Illinois (4–2–1)Army (4–2–2)California (9–1)Army (5–2–2)Army (5–2–2)11.
12.Penn State (2–0) (1)Yale (3–0)SMU (4–0)Virginia (5–0)California (6–1)William & Mary (6–1)Illinois (5–2–1)Army (4–2–2)Ole Miss (8–2)Kansas (8–0–2)12.
13.Duke (2–0)Minnesota (3–0) (1)Virginia (4–0)Kentucky (5–1)Duke (4–1–1)Army (4–2–1)North Carolina (6–2) (1)Kansas (7–0–2)Kansas (8–0–2) тOle Miss (8–2)13.
14.Yale (2–0)Wake Forest (3–0) (2)Kentucky (4–1)California (5–1)Purdue (4–2)Alabama (5–2)William & Mary (7–1)William & Mary (8–1)William & Mary (9–1) (3) тWilliam & Mary (9–1)14.
15.Oklahoma (2–0)Rice (1–1–1)Duke (3–0–1)Wake Forest (4–1)William & Mary (5–1)Ole Miss (6–2) тOle Miss (7–2)Ole Miss (7–2)California (9–1)California (9–1)15.
16.Rice (1–1–1)Virginia (3–0)UCLA (3–1)Purdue (3–2)Alabama (4–2)Virginia (6–1) тVirginia (7–1)Columbia (7–2) (1)NC State (5–3–1)Oklahoma (7–2–1) (1)16.
17.Minnesota (2–0) (1)Duke (2–0–1)Baylor (4–0)LSU (4–1)Columbia (4–2)Missouri (6–2)Kansas (6–0–2)UCLA (5–4)Rice (6–3–1)NC State (5–3–1)17.
18.Ole Miss (3–0)NC State (2–1)LSU (3–1)Alabama (4–2)North Carolina (4–2)Utah (7–0)UCLA (5–3)Rice (5–3–1)Oklahoma (7–2–1)Rice (6–3–1)18.
19.North Carolina (1–1)UCLA (2–1)Vanderbilt (3–1)UCLA (3–2)Wisconsin (4–1–1)North Carolina (5–2)Columbia (6–2)Minnesota (6–3)UCLA (5–4)Duke (4–3–2)19.
20.USC (1–0–1)Kentucky (3–1)San Francisco (4–1)Columbia (3–2)Yale (5–1)Minnesota (5–2)Rice (4–3–1)Oklahoma (6–2–1)Catawba (9–1)Columbia (7–2)20.
Week 1
Oct 6[1]
Week 2
Oct 13[2]
Week 3
Oct 20[3]
Week 4
Oct 27[4]
Week 5
Nov 3[5]
Week 6
Nov 10[6]
Week 7
Nov 17[7]
Week 8
Nov 24[8]
Week 9
Dec 1[9]
Week 10 (Final)
Dec 8[10]
Dropped:
  • Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Ole Miss
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
Dropped:
  • Minnesota
  • NC State
  • Rice
  • Yale
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • San Francisco
  • Vanderbilt
Dropped:
  • Kentucky
  • LSU
  • UCLA
  • Wake Forest
Dropped:
  • Columbia
  • Duke
  • Purdue
  • Yale
Dropped:
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Virginia
Dropped:
  • Columbia
  • Minnesota
Dropped:
  • Catawba
  • UCLA

Unofficial Final Poll[edit]

The official final AP poll, taken before the bowls, had Notre Dame No. 1 (107 first place votes) and Michigan No. 2 (25 first place votes). Michigan won the Rose Bowl 49–0 over USC while Notre Dame did not play in a bowl game. Detroit Free Press sports editor Lyall Smith arranged an unofficial post-bowl poll with only Michigan or Notre Dame as choices. Michigan won that poll 266–119.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "October 6, 1947 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "October 13, 1947 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "October 20, 1947 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "October 27, 1947 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "November 3, 1947 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "November 10, 1947 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "November 17, 1947 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "November 24, 1947 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "December 1, 1947 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "1947 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  11. ^ Kyrk, John. Natural Enemies. pp. 142–7. ISBN 1-58979-090-1.