1951 NCAA football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1951 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.

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 December 3, at the end of the 1951 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Preseason
Week 3
Oct 1
Week 4
Oct 8
Week 5
Oct 15
Week 6
Oct 22
Week 7
Oct 29
Week 8
Nov 5
Week 9
Nov 12
Week 10
Nov 19
Week 11
Nov 26
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 3
1.Michigan State (60)Michigan State (2–0) (37)Michigan State (3–0) (42)California (4–0) (50)Tennessee (4–0) (70)Tennessee (5–0) (59)Tennessee (6–0) (60)Michigan State (7–0) (55)Tennessee (8–0) (60)Tennessee (9–0) (92)Tennessee (10–0) (139)1.
2.Tennessee (18)California (2–0) (22)California (3–0) (36)Tennessee (3–0) (26)Michigan State (5–0) (28)Michigan State (6–0) (25)Illinois (6–0) (29)Tennessee (7–0) (42)Michigan State (8–0) (38)Michigan State (9–0) (34)Michigan State (9–0) (104)2.
3.Ohio State (8)Tennessee (1–0) (27)Tennessee (2–0) (18)Michigan State (4–0) (16)Georgia Tech (5–0) (16)Illinois (5–0) (15)Maryland (6–0) (21)Illinois (7–0) (20)Stanford (9–0) (18)Maryland (9–0) (18)Maryland (9–0) (18)3.
4.Oklahoma (16)Oklahoma (1–0) (18)Texas A&M (2–0) (3)Texas (4–0) (6)Illinois (4–0) (12)Maryland (5–0) (22)Princeton (6–0) (6)Stanford (8–0) (12)Maryland (8–0) (26)Illinois (8–0–1) (4)Illinois (8–0–1) (10)4.
5.California (3)Notre Dame (1–0) (9)Notre Dame (2–0) (4)Georgia Tech (4–0) (12)Maryland (4–0) (13)Georgia Tech (6–0) (9)Michigan State (6–0) (12)Maryland (7–0) (16)Princeton (8–0) (8)Princeton (9–0) (4)Georgia Tech (10–0–1) (8)5.
6.Kentucky (1)Texas (2–0) (6)Texas (3–0) (4)Texas A&M (3–0) (8)USC (5–0) (13)Princeton (5–0) (14)USC (7–0) (6)Princeton (7–0) (6)Illinois (7–0–1) (3)Georgia Tech (9–0–1) (1)Princeton (9–0) (3)6.
7.Texas A&MOhio State (1–0) (1)Illinois (2–0)Maryland (3–0) (14)Baylor (4–0) (2)USC (6–0) (7)Stanford (7–0) (8)Georgia Tech (7–0–1)Georgia Tech (8–0–1) (2)Wisconsin (7–1–1) (5)Stanford (9–1) (1)7.
8.Washington (3)Illinois (1–0)Georgia Tech (3–0) (3)Illinois (3–0) (3)Princeton (4–0) (2)Baylor (4–0–1)Georgia Tech (6–0–1) (1)Wisconsin (5–1–1) (2)Wisconsin (6–1–1) (3)Stanford (9–1) (1)Wisconsin (7–1–1) (10)8.
9.Alabama (2)Maryland (1–0) (4)Ohio State (1–1)Princeton (3–0) (1)California (4–1) (1)California (5–1)Wisconsin (4–1–1) (3)Kentucky (6–3) (4)Kentucky (7–3) (4)Baylor (7–1–1)Baylor (8–1–1)9.
10.Illinois (2)Texas A&M (1–0)Maryland (2–0) (1)Baylor (3–0)Texas (4–1)Wisconsin (3–1–1) (2)Texas (6–1)Baylor (5–1–1)Baylor (6–1–1)Oklahoma (7–2) (2)Oklahoma (8–2) (4)10.
11.Texas (1)Georgia Tech (2–0) (4)Oklahoma (1–1)USC (4–0)Stanford (5–0) (1)Stanford (6–0)Notre Dame (5–1) (1)USC (7–1)USC (7–2)TCU (5–4)TCU (6–4)11.
12.NebraskaWashington (2–0) (2)Baylor (2–0)Villanova (3–0)Cornell (4–0) (1)Texas (5–1)Kentucky (5–3) (3)Oklahoma (5–2) (1)Oklahoma (6–2)California (8–2) (3)California (8–2) (2)12.
13.BaylorGeorgia (2–0) (1)Princeton (2–0)Stanford (4–0)Northwestern (4–0)Notre Dame (4–1)TCU (5–2)TCU (5–2)San Francisco (8–0)Virginia (8–1) (1)Virginia (8–1) (5)13.
14.Notre Dame (1)Princeton (1–0)USC (3–0)Cornell (3–0)Wisconsin (2–1–1)Kentucky (4–3) (1)Oklahoma (4–2) (1)San Francisco (7–0)Texas (7–2)San Francisco (9–0)San Francisco (9–0) (2)14.
15.WisconsinOregon State (1–1) (1)Holy Cross (2–0)SMU (3–1)Notre Dame (3–1)Michigan (3–2)San Francisco (7–0)Texas (6–2)Virginia (7–1) (1)UCLA (5–3–1)Kentucky (7–4)15.
16.MarylandDuke (2–0)Clemson (3–0)Pacific (4–0) (1)Texas A&M (3–1) (1)Washington State (4–2)Baylor (4–1–1)California (5–3)Holy Cross (7–1) (1)Texas (7–2)Boston University (6–4) (2)16.
17.MichiganKentucky (1–2)Cornell (2–0)Ohio State (1–1–1)Kentucky (3–3) (1)Oklahoma (3–2) (1)California (5–2) тWashington State (5–3)Washington State (6–3)Kentucky (7–4)UCLA (5–3–1)17.
18.PrincetonClemson (2–0) (1)Oregon State (2–1)Northwestern (3–0)Washington State (3–2)Texas A&M (3–1–1)Washington State (5–2) тUCLA (4–3)Rice (5–3)Washington State (7–3)Washington State (7–3)18.
19.PennsylvaniaBaylor (1–0)Stanford (3–0)Oklahoma (1–2)Arkansas (3–2)Miami (FL) (4–1)Pacific (6–1) (1)Rice (4–3)California (7–2)Holy Cross (8–1)Holy Cross (8–2) (1)19.
20.CornellKansas (2–0)Pacific (3–0) (1)Washington (3–1)San Francisco (5–0)San Francisco (6–0)
  • Arkansas (4–3) т
  • Ohio State (3–2–1) т
Cincinnati (8–0)Bucknell (9–0)USC (7–3)Clemson (7–2)20.
Preseason
Week 3
Oct 1
Week 4
Oct 8
Week 5
Oct 15
Week 6
Oct 22
Week 7
Oct 29
Week 8
Nov 5
Week 9
Nov 12
Week 10
Nov 19
Week 11
Nov 26
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 3
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Nebraska
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • Cornell
Dropped:
  • Washington
  • Georgia
  • Duke
  • Kentucky
  • Kansas
Dropped:
  • Notre Dame
  • Holy Cross
  • Clemson
  • Oregon State
Dropped:
  • Villanova
  • SMU
  • Pacific
  • Ohio State
  • Oklahoma
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Cornell
  • Northwestern
  • Arkansas
Dropped:
  • Michigan
  • Texas A&M
  • Miami (FL)
Dropped:
  • Notre Dame
  • Pacific
  • Arkansas
  • Ohio State
Dropped:
  • TCU
  • UCLA
  • Cincinnati
Dropped:
  • Rice
  • Bucknell
Dropped:
  • Texas
  • USC

[1]

Final Coaches' Poll[edit]

The final UP Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, on December 3.[2][3]
Tennessee received 23 of the 35 first-place votes; Michigan State received seven, Maryland two, and one each to Illinois, Georgia Tech, and Princeton.[3]

Ranking Team Conference Bowl
1 Tennessee SEC Lost Sugar, 13–28
2 Michigan State Independent none
3 Illinois Big Ten Won Rose, 40–7
4 Maryland Southern Won Sugar, 28–13
5 Georgia Tech SEC Won Orange, 17–14
6 Princeton Independent none
7 Stanford Pacific Coast Lost Rose, 7–40
8 Wisconsin Big Ten none
9 Baylor Southwest Lost Orange, 14–17
10 TCU Southwest Lost Cotton, 7–20
11 Oklahoma Big Seven none
12 California Pacifie Coast
13 Notre Dame Independent
14 Purdue Big Ten
San Francisco Independent
Washington State Pacific Coast
17 Holy Cross Independent
Kentucky SEC Won Cotton, 20–7
UCLA Pacific Coast none
20 Kansas Big Seven

Source:[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.collegepollarchive.com/football/ap/seasons.cfm?seasonid=1951
  2. ^ "Vols rated tops by UP". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). United Press. December 4, 1951. p. 17.
  3. ^ a b c "Tennessee rated nation's No. 1 team for season". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). United Press. December 4, 1951. p. 2.
  4. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt