1948 NCAA football rankings

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One human poll comprised the 1948 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 November 29, at the end of the regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP did not release a January final poll regularly until the 1968 season (January 1969).

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) (50)North Carolina (3–0) (52)Michigan (4–0) (74)Michigan (5–0) (117)Notre Dame (6–0) (56)Michigan (7–0) (77)Michigan (8–0) (130)Michigan (9–0) (105)Michigan (9–0) (192)1.
2.North Carolina (2–0) (55)Notre Dame (3–0) (34)Notre Dame (4–0) (23)Notre Dame (5–0) (19)Michigan (6–0) (68)Notre Dame (7–0) (80)Notre Dame (8–0) (27)Notre Dame (8–0) (38)Notre Dame (9–0) (97)2.
3.Northwestern (2–0) (21)Northwestern (3–0) (25)North Carolina (4–0) (32)North Carolina (5–0) (46)North Carolina (6–0) (36)Army (7–0) (14)Army (8–0) (3)Army (8–0) (5)North Carolina (9–0–1) (31)3.
4.SMU (2–0) (13)Michigan (3–0) (24)California (5–0) (14)California (6–0) (13)Army (6–0) (5)California (8–0) (11)California (9–0) (16)North Carolina (8–0–1) (14)California (10–0) (5)4.
5.Army (2–0) (7)Army (3–0) (5)Army (4–0) (1)Army (5–0) (4)California (7–0) (16)Penn State (5–0–1) (1)North Carolina (7–0–1) (11)California (10–0) (3)Oklahoma (9–1) (30)5.
6.Georgia Tech (2–0)California (4–0) (10)Georgia Tech (4–0)Georgia Tech (5–0) (1)Georgia Tech (6–0) (7)North Carolina (6–0–1) (7)Penn State (6–0–1) (3)Oklahoma (8–1) (13)Army (8–0–1)6.
7.Michigan (2–0) (2)Georgia Tech (3–0)Penn (3–0)Penn (4–0)Penn (5–0)SMU (6–1)Northwestern (6–2)Northwestern (7–2)Northwestern (7–2)7.
8.Minnesota (2–0)Penn (2–0) (7)Penn State (3–0) (1)Missouri (4–1) (1)SMU (5–1) (1)Northwestern (6–1)Oklahoma (7–1) (5)SMU (8–1)Georgia (9–1) (5)8.
9.California (3–0) (3)Penn State (2–0) (1)Missouri (3–1) (2)Northwestern (4–1)Missouri (5–1) (4)Oklahoma (6–1) (5)Clemson (7–0) (9)Clemson (8–0) (8)Oregon (9–1)9.
10.Penn State (1–0) (2)Ole Miss (3–0)Northwestern (3–1)Nevada (5–0) (3)Northwestern (5–1)Clemson (6–0) (8)SMU (7–1)Oregon (9–1)SMU (8–1–1)10.
11.Ohio State (2–0)Minnesota (3–0)SMU (3–1)SMU (4–1)Nevada (6–0) (5)Georgia Tech (6–1)Georgia (7–1) (2)Michigan State (6–2–1) (3)Clemson (9–0) (6)11.
12.Penn (1–0)Missouri (2–1) (1)Cornell (4–0)Penn State (3–0–1) (1)Clemson (5–0) (6)Michigan State (4–2–1) (1)Michigan State (5–2–1) (2)Georgia (8–1) (1)Vanderbilt (7–2–1) (2)12.
13.Arkansas (2–0) тCornell (3–0)Minnesota (3–1)Clemson (4–0)Georgia (5–1)Georgia (6–1) (1)Oregon (8–1)Minnesota (7–2)Tulane (9–1)13.
14.Ole Miss (2–0) тSMU (2–1)Clemson (3–0)Oregon (5–1)Penn State (4–0–1) (1)Minnesota (5–2)Tulane (7–1)Tulane (8–1)Michigan State (6–2–2) (2)14.
15.Purdue (0–2)Clemson (2–0)Duke (2–0–2) тMinnesota (3–2)Oklahoma (5–1) (2)Oregon (7–1)Minnesota (6–2)Vanderbilt (6–2–1)Ole Miss (8–1) (13)15.
16.Texas (1–0)Georgia (2–1)Nevada (4–0) (1) тOklahoma (4–1) (1)Oregon (6–1)Nevada (6–1)Penn (5–2)Ole Miss (7–1)Minnesota (7–2)16.
17.Indiana (2–0)Nevada (3–0)Tulane (3–1)Michigan State (2–2–1)Michigan State (3–2–1)Penn (5–1)Ole Miss (7–1)Ohio State (6–3)William & Mary (6–2–2)17.
18.Harvard (1–0)Duke (1–0–2)Oklahoma (3–1)Georgia (4–1)Wake Forest (4–2)Tennessee (4–2–1)Ohio State (6–2)Penn State (6–1–1)Penn State (7–1–1)18.
19.Nevada (2–0)Baylor (2–0–1)Michigan State (2–2)Tulane (4–1)Minnesota (4–2)Wake Forest (5–2)Cornell (7–1)Penn (5–2)Cornell (8–1)19.
20.Tennessee (0–1–1)Oklahoma (2–1)Ole Miss (3–1)
  • Baylor (4–0–1) т
  • Texas (4–2) т
Tulane (5–1)Missouri (5–2)Georgia Tech (6–2)William & Mary (5–2–2)Wake Forest (6–3)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:
  • Arkansas
  • Harvard
  • Indiana
  • Ohio State
  • Purdue
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • Georgia
Dropped:
  • Duke
  • Ole Miss
  • Cornell
Dropped:
  • Baylor
Dropped:
  • Tulane
Dropped:
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • Tennessee
  • Wake Forest
Dropped:
  • Cornell
  • Georgia Tech
Dropped:
  • Ohio State
  • Penn

References[edit]

  1. ^ "October 4, 1948 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "October 11, 1948 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "October 18, 1948 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "October 25, 1948 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "November 1, 1948 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "November 8, 1948 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "November 15, 1948 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "November 22, 1948 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "1948 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.