1951 NCAA football rankings

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Legend
  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
(#-#-#)   Win-loss-tie record
(Italics)   Number of first place votes
т Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP poll[edit]

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. Tennessee (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. Michigan State (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&M Ohio 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. Nebraska Washington (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. Baylor Georgia (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. Wisconsin Oregon 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. Maryland Duke (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. Michigan Kentucky (1–2) Cornell (2–0) Ohio State (1–1–1) Kentucky (3–3) (1) Oklahoma (3–2) (1) California (5–2) т Washington State (5–3) Washington State (6–3) Kentucky (7–4) UCLA (5–3–1) 17.
18. Princeton Clemson (2–0) (1) Oregon State (2–1) Northwestern (3–0) Washington State (3–2) Texas A&M (3–1–1) Washington State (5–2) т UCLA (4–3) Rice (5–3) Washington State (7–3) Washington State (7–3) 18.
19. Pennsylvania Baylor (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) Clemson (7–2) т 19.
20. Cornell Kansas (2–0) Pacific (3–0) (1) Washington (3–1) San Francisco (5–0) San Francisco (6–0) Arkansas (4–3) т Cincinnati (8–0) Bucknell (9–0) USC (7–3) Holy Cross (9–1) (1) т 20.
21. Ohio State (3–2–1) т 21.
22. 22.
23. 23.
24. 24.
25. 25.
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]

Ranking Team
1 Tennessee
2 Michigan State
3 Illinois
4 Maryland
5 Georgia Tech
6 Princeton
7 Stanford
8 Wisconsin
9 Baylor
10 TCU
11 Oklahoma
12 California
13 Notre Dame
14 (t) Purdue
14 (t) San Francisco
14 (t) Washington State
17 (t) Holy Cross
17 (t) Kentucky
17 (t) UCLA
20 Kansas

[2]

References[edit]