1949 NCAA football rankings

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One human poll comprised the 1949 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 28, at the end of the 1949 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Week 1
Oct 3[1]
Week 2
Oct 10[2]
Week 3
Oct 17[3]
Week 4
Oct 24[4]
Week 5
Oct 31[5]
Week 6
Nov 7[6]
Week 7
Nov 14[7]
Week 8
Nov 21[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Nov 28[9]
1. Michigan (2-0) (34) Notre Dame (3-0) (67) Notre Dame (4-0) (146) Notre Dame (4-0) (120) Notre Dame (5-0) (133) Notre Dame (6-0) (137) Notre Dame (7-0) (140) Notre Dame (8-0) (113) Notre Dame (9-0) (172) 1.
2. Notre Dame (2-0) (15) Army (3-0) (58) Army (4-0) (10) Army (5-0) (12) Army (6-0) (10) Army (7-0) (13) Oklahoma (8-0) (15) California (10-0) (24) Oklahoma (10-0) (18) 2.
3. Oklahoma (2-0) (17) Oklahoma (3-0) (28) Minnesota (4-0) (8) Oklahoma (5-0) (10) Oklahoma (6-0) (11) Oklahoma (7-0) (9) California (9-0) (5) Oklahoma (9-0) (11) California (10-0) 3.
4. Tulane (2-0) (4) Tulane (3-0) (1) Oklahoma (4-0) (6) California (6-0) California (7-0) (4) California (8-0) (3) Army (8-0) (1) Army (8-0) (1) Army (9-0) (12) 4.
5. Minnesota (2-0) (2) Minnesota (3-0) (6) California (5-0) Rice (4-1) Michigan (4-2) Michigan (5-2) Michigan (6-2) Ohio State (6-1-2) Rice (9-1) 5.
6. North Carolina (2-0) (3) North Carolina (3-0) (3) North Carolina (4-0) (6) Michigan (3-2) Baylor (6-0) Cornell (7-0) (1) Rice (7-1) Michigan (6-2-1) Ohio State (6-1-2) 6.
7. Army (2-0) (1) Michigan (2-1) Kentucky (5-0) (3) Minnesota (4-1) Cornell (6-0) (1) Rice (6-1) Ohio State (6-1-1) Rice (8-1) Michigan (6-2-1) 7.
8. USC (2-0) Kentucky (4-0) (8) Cornell (4-0) Cornell (5-0) Rice (5-1) Michigan State (5-2) Minnesota (6-2) Minnesota (7-2) Minnesota (7-2) 8.
9. SMU (2-0) California (4-0) Rice (3-1) Penn (4-0) SMU (4-1) Minnesota (5-2) Virginia (7-0) (1) Baylor (8-1) LSU (8-2) 9.
10. California (3-0) SMU (2-0) (1) Texas (4-1) Baylor (5-0) Michigan State (5-1) (2) Virginia (7-0) SMU (5-1-1) Tulane (7-1-1) Pacific (10-0) (4) 10.
11. Ohio State (2-0) Ohio State (2-0-1) Baylor (4-0) SMU (3-1) Ohio State (4-1-1) Ohio State (5-1-1) Kentucky (8-1) Pacific (9-0) (2) Kentucky (9-2) 11.
12. Texas (3-0) USC (2-0-1) Michigan (2-2) Michigan State (4-1) (1) USC (4-1-1) SMU (4-1-1) Stanford (6-2-1) Stanford (6-3-1) Cornell (8-1) 12.
13. Michigan State (2-0) UCLA (4-0) Northwestern (2-2) North Carolina (4-1) Kentucky (6-1) Texas (5-3) LSU (6-2) LSU (7-2) Villanova (8-1) (2) 13.
14. Duke (2-0) (3) Cornell (3-0) Penn (3-0) Kentucky (5-1) Tennessee (4-1-1) Kentucky (7-1) Dartmouth (6-1) Santa Clara (7-2-1) Maryland (7-1) 14.
15. Kentucky (3-0) (1) Pittsburgh (3-0) Michigan State (3-1) USC (3-1-1) Iowa (4-2) Boston (6-0) Baylor (7-1) Maryland (6-1) Santa Clara (7-2-1) 15.
16. Villanova (3-0) Texas (3-1) Pittsburgh (4-0) Missouri (3-2) Duke (5-1) LSU (5-2) Maryland (6-1) Villanova (8-1) North Carolina (7-3) 16.
17. Cornell (2-0) Villanova (4-0) SMU (2-1) LSU (3-2) LSU (4-2) Stanford (5-2-1) Cornell (7-1) USC (5-2-1) Tennessee (7-2-1) 17.
18. UCLA (3-0) Navy (2-1) Missouri (2-2) Ohio State (3-1-1) Boston University (5-0) Wake Forest (4-4) Michigan State (5-3) Tennessee (6-2-1) Princeton (6-3) 18.
19. Pittsburgh (2-0) Michigan State (2-1) USC (2-1-1) Texas (4-2) Virginia (6-0) Pacific (7-0) Santa Clara (7-1-1) т North Carolina (6-3) Michigan State (6-3) 19.
20.
Baylor (3-0) Tulane (3-1) UCLA (5-1)
Santa Clara (6-1-1) Tulane (6-1-1) т
  • Cornell (7-1) т
  • Kentucky (8-2) т
  • Baylor (8-2) т
  • Missouri (7-3) т
20.
Week 1
Oct 3[1]
Week 2
Oct 10[2]
Week 3
Oct 17[3]
Week 4
Oct 24[4]
Week 5
Oct 31[5]
Week 6
Nov 7[6]
Week 7
Nov 14[7]
Week 8
Nov 21[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Nov 28[9]
Dropped:
  • Duke
  • Missouri
  • Northwestern
  • Penn
Dropped:
  • Navy
  • Ohio State
  • UCLA
  • Villanova
Dropped:
  • Northwestern
  • Pittsburgh
  • Tulane
Dropped:
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • UCLA
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • Duke
  • Fordham
  • Iowa
  • Penn
  • Tennessee
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Boston
  • Pacific
  • Texas
  • Wake Forest
Dropped:
  • Dartmouth
  • Michigan State
  • SMU
  • Virginia
Dropped:
  • Stanford
  • Tulane
  • USC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "October 3, 1949 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "October 10, 1949 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "October 17, 1949 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "October 24, 1949 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "October 31, 1949 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ "November 7, 1949 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "November 14, 1949 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ "November 21, 1949 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ "1949 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.