1952 NCAA football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1952 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
т
Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP Poll[edit]

The final AP Poll was released on December 1, at the end of the 1952 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Preseason
Aug[1]
Week 1
Sep 29[2]
Week 2
Oct 6[3]
Week 3
Oct 13[4]
Week 4
Oct 20[5]
Week 5
Oct 27[6]
Week 6
Nov 3[7]
Week 7
Nov 10[8]
Week 8
Nov 17[9]
Week 9
Nov 24[10]
Week 10 (Final)
Dec 1[11]
1. Michigan State (77) Michigan State (1–0) (52) Wisconsin (2–0) (27) Michigan State (3–0) (39) Michigan State (4–0) (49) Michigan State (5–0) (38) Michigan State (6–0) (33) Michigan State (7–0) (57) Michigan State (8–0) (80) Michigan State (9–0) (88) Michigan State (9–0) (207) 1.
2. Maryland (79) Illinois (1–0) (4) Michigan State (2–0) (24) Maryland (4–0) (31) Maryland (5–0) (36) Maryland (6–0) (32) Maryland (7–0) (35) Georgia Tech (8–0) (32) Georgia Tech (9–0) (14) USC (9–0) (24) Georgia Tech (11–0) (36) 2.
3. Georgia Tech (15) Maryland (2–0) (7) California (3–0) (23) California (4–0) (21) Oklahoma (3–0–1) (23) Oklahoma (4–0–1) (20) Georgia Tech (7–0) (27) Maryland (7–0) (24) UCLA (8–0) (9) Georgia Tech (10–0) (20) Notre Dame (7–2–1) (4) 3.
4. Oklahoma (16) California (2–0) Maryland (3–0) (22) Georgia Tech (4–0) (4) California (5–0) (9) Georgia Tech (6–0) (7) Oklahoma (5–0–1) (27) UCLA (8–0) (15) USC (8–0) (11) Oklahoma (7–1–1) (3) Oklahoma (8–1–1) (14) 4.
5. Illinois (7) Texas (2–0) (5) Georgia Tech (3–0) (12) Duke (4–0) (9) Georgia Tech (5–0) (5) USC (6–0) (7) UCLA (7–0) (11) USC (7–0) (7) Oklahoma (6–1–1) (1) UCLA (8–1) USC (9–1) (2) 5.
6. Tennessee (5) Georgia Tech (2–0) Duke (3–0) (12) Oklahoma (2–0–1) (5) Duke (5–0) (5) Duke (6–0) (10) USC (6–0) (3) Notre Dame (5–1–1) (3) Mississippi (7–0–2) (4) Mississippi (7–0–2) (5) UCLA (8–1) (1) 6.
7. Wisconsin (4) USC (2–0) (5) USC (3–0) (6) USC (4–0) (2) USC (5–0) (1) UCLA (6–0) (6) Kansas (6–1) Tennessee (6–1) Tennessee (7–1) (4) Notre Dame (6–2–1) Mississippi (8–0–2) (3) 7.
8. California (2) Wisconsin (1–0) (1) Notre Dame (1–0–1) (3) Kansas (4–0) (1) UCLA (5–0) (3) Purdue (3–1–1) (1) Tennessee (5–1) Oklahoma (5–1–1) Maryland (7–1) Alabama (8–2) (1) Tennessee (8–1–1) 8.
9. TCU (1) Kansas (2–0) Kansas (3–0) (1) Purdue (2–0–1) Virginia (4–0) (5) Kansas (5–1) Purdue (3–2–1) Texas (6–2) Notre Dame (5–2–1) Tennessee (7–1–1) Alabama (9–2) 9.
10. Notre Dame Duke (2–0) Princeton (2–0) (3) UCLA (4–0) Wisconsin (3–1) Villanova (6–0) Notre Dame (4–1–1) Purdue (3–2–2) Texas (7–2) Texas (7–2) Texas (8–2) 10.
11. Texas Tennessee (1–0) (2) UCLA (3–0) Virginia (3–0) (7) Penn (3–0–1) California (5–1) Villanova (6–0–1) Mississippi (6–0–2) Tulsa (6–1–1) (3) Tulsa (7–1–1) (8) Wisconsin (6–2–1) 11.
12. Penn Villanova (2–0) (2) Oklahoma (1–0–1) (1) Wisconsin (2–0) Villanova (5–0) Tennessee (4–1) Duke (6–1) Alabama (7–1) Michigan (5–3) Wisconsin (6–2–1) Tulsa (8–1–1) (3) 12.
13. Stanford Princeton (1–0) (1) Illinois (1–1) Stanford (4–0) Tennessee (3–1) Notre Dame (3–1–1) Texas (5–2) Syracuse (5–2) Wisconsin (6–2) Duke (8–2) Maryland (7–2) 13.
14. Princeton UCLA (2–0) Villanova (3–0) Penn (2–0–1) Ohio State (3–1) Texas (4–2) Mississippi (5–0–2) Pittsburgh (5–2) (1) Alabama (7–2) Purdue (4–3–2) Syracuse (7–2) 14.
15. Washington State Ohio State (1–0) Virginia (2–0) (3) Villanova (4–0) Kansas (4–1) Michigan (3–2) Penn State (5–1–1) Wisconsin (5–2) Syracuse (6–2) Maryland (7–2) Florida (6–3) 15.
16. USC (1) Virginia (1–0) (2) Purdue (1–0–1) Ohio State (2–1) Notre Dame (2–1–1) Virginia (4–1) Alabama (6–1) Princeton (6–1) Pittsburgh (6–2) (1) Syracuse (7–2) Duke (8–2) 16.
17. Kansas (1) Rice (1–0) Navy (2–0) Illinois (2–1) Penn State (4–0–1) (2) Penn (3–0–2) Florida (4–2) Washington (6–2) Princeton (7–1) Florida (6–3) Ohio State (6–3) 17.
18. UCLA Mississippi (1–0–1) Alabama (3–0) Alabama (4–0) Pittsburgh (3–1) Wisconsin (3–2) Wisconsin (4–2) Florida (5–2) Kansas (7–2) Princeton (8–1) Purdue (4–3–2) 18.
19. Duke Notre Dame (0–0–1) Georgia (3–0) Penn State (3–0–1) Michigan (2–2) Alabama (5–1) Princeton (5–1) Kansas (6–2) Houston (6–2) Kentucky (5–3–2) Princeton (8–1) 19.
20. Ohio State Oklahoma (0–0–1) Penn State (2–0–1) (1) Navy (3–0) Texas (3–2) Florida (3–2) Holy Cross (5–1) Michigan (4–3) Duke (7–2) Virginia (7–2) Kentucky (5–3–2) 20.
Preseason
Aug[1]
Week 1
Sep 29[2]
Week 2
Oct 6[3]
Week 3
Oct 13[4]
Week 4
Oct 20[5]
Week 5
Oct 27[6]
Week 6
Nov 3[7]
Week 7
Nov 10[8]
Week 8
Nov 17[9]
Week 9
Nov 24[10]
Week 10 (Final)
Dec 1[11]
Dropped:
  • Penn
  • Stanford
  • TCU
  • Washington State
Dropped:
  • Mississippi
  • Ohio State
  • Rice
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Georgia
  • Notre Dame
  • Princeton
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Illinois
  • Navy
  • Purdue
  • Stanford
Dropped:
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Pittsburgh
Dropped:
  • California
  • Michigan
  • Penn
  • Virginia
Dropped:
  • Duke
  • Holy Cross
  • Penn State
  • Villanova
Dropped:
  • Florida
  • Purdue
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Houston
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Pittsburgh
Dropped:
  • Virginia

Final Coaches' Poll[edit]

Ranking Team
1 Michigan State
2 Georgia Tech
3 Notre Dame
4 (t) Oklahoma
4 (t) USC
6 UCLA
7 Mississippi
8 Tennessee
9 Alabama
10 Wisconsin
11 Texas
12 Purdue
13 Maryland
14 Princeton
15 (t) Ohio State
15 (t) Pittsburgh
17 Navy
18 Duke
19 (t) Houston
19 (t) Kentucky

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1952 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "September 29, 1952 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "October 6, 1952 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "October 13, 1952 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ "October 20, 1952 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ "October 27, 1952 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "November 3, 1952 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ "November 10, 1952 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ "November 17, 1952 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ "November 24, 1952 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ "1952 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt