1953 NCAA football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1953 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 November 30, at the end of the 1953 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 28[2]
Week 2
Oct 5[3]
Week 3
Oct 12[4]
Week 4
Oct 19[5]
Week 5
Oct 26[6]
Week 6
Nov 2[7]
Week 7
Nov 9[8]
Week 8
Nov 16[9]
Week 9
Nov 23[10]
Week 10 (Final)
Nov 30[11]
1. Notre Dame (84) Notre Dame (1–0) (71) Notre Dame (2–0) (84) Notre Dame (2–0) (74) Notre Dame (3–0) (51) Notre Dame (4–0) (82) Notre Dame (5–0) (90) Notre Dame (6–0) (79) Notre Dame (7–0) (93) Maryland (10–0) (154) Maryland (10–0) (187) 1.
2. Michigan State (24) Michigan State (1–0) (6) Michigan State (2–0) (15) Michigan State (3–0) (14) Michigan State (4–0) (31) Maryland (6–0) (18) Maryland (7–0) (21) Maryland (8–0) (24) Maryland (9–0) (42) Notre Dame (7–0–1) (47) Notre Dame (8–0–1) (141) 2.
3. Georgia Tech (24) Maryland (2–0) (5) Ohio State (2–0) (11) Maryland (4–0) (21) Maryland (5–0) (27) Baylor (5–0) (2) Baylor (6–0) (7) Illinois (6–0–1) (4) Michigan State (7–1) (3) Michigan State (8–1) (8) Michigan State (8–1) (8) 3.
4. UCLA (12) Michigan (1–0) (3) Maryland (3–0) (8) UCLA (4–0) (8) Georgia Tech (4–0–1) (3) Illinois (4–0–1) Illinois (5–0–1) Michigan State (6–1) (1) Oklahoma (6–1–1) (3) Oklahoma (7–1–1) (9) Oklahoma (8–1–1) (10) 4.
5. Alabama (18) UCLA (2–0) (3) Michigan (2–0) (4) Michigan (3–0) Michigan (4–0) West Virginia (5–0) (15) Michigan State (5–1) Georgia Tech (6–1–1) UCLA (7–1) UCLA (8–1) (4) UCLA (8–1) (1) 5.
6. Oklahoma (3) Ohio State (1–0) (2) UCLA (3–0) (2) Georgia Tech (3–0–1) Baylor (4–0) (1) Michigan State (4–1) Georgia Tech (5–1–1) Oklahoma (5–1–1) (1) Texas (6–3) Illinois (7–1–1) Rice (8–2) (2) 6.
7. Ohio State (3) USC (2–0) (1) USC (3–0) (2) Duke (4–0) (3) Illinois (3–0–1) (1) USC (5–0–1) West Virginia (6–0) (10) UCLA (6–1) Illinois (6–1–1) Texas (6–3) Illinois (7–1–1) 7.
8. USC Oklahoma (0–1) Duke (3–0) (4) Baylor (3–0) West Virginia (4–0) (12) Georgia Tech (4–1–1) Oklahoma (4–1–1) (1) West Virginia (7–0) (11) Wisconsin (6–2) (2) Rice (7–2) Georgia Tech (7–2–1) 8.
9. Maryland (1) Georgia Tech (1–0–1) Baylor (2–0) Illinois (2–0–1) Oklahoma (2–1–1) Oklahoma (3–1–1) (1) UCLA (6–1) (1) Baylor (6–1) USC (6–1–1) Iowa (5–3–1) (6) Iowa (5–3–1) (10) 9.
10. Duke (2) Baylor (1–0) Georgia Tech (2–0–1) West Virginia (3–0) (9) Navy (3–0–1) UCLA (5–1) (1) Duke (6–1) Texas (5–3) Rice (6–2) Georgia Tech (7–2–1) West Virginia (8–1) (14) 10.
11. Texas Mississippi State (2–0) (1) Rice (2–0) Rice (3–0) USC (4–0–1) SMU (3–1) Stanford (5–2) (1) Ole Miss (7–1) (2) Alabama (5–1–3) (1) West Virginia (8–1) (17) Texas (7–3) 11.
12. Rice Duke (2–0) (1) West Virginia (2–0) (5) Oklahoma (1–1–1) (1) UCLA (4–1) Rice (4–1) Ole Miss (6–1) (1) USC (6–1–1) Georgia Tech (6–2–1) Wisconsin (6–2–1) Texas Tech (10–1) 12.
13. Navy West Virginia (1–0) (4) Mississippi State (3–0) (3) USC (3–0–1) SMU (2–1) Duke (5–1) Minnesota (3–3) Kentucky (5–2–1) (1) Kentucky (6–2–1) (3) Kentucky (7–2–1) (5) Alabama (6–2–3) (1) 13.
14. California Rice (1–0) LSU (2–0–1) Navy (2–0–1) LSU (3–0–2) Minnesota (2–3) Kentucky (4–2–1) Duke (6–1–1) Auburn (6–1–1) (1) Texas Tech (9–1) Army (7–1–1) 14.
15. Florida Ole Miss (2–0) Texas (2–1) Pittsburgh (1–1–1) Texas A&M (4–0–1) (1) Army (4–1) Auburn (4–1–1) Minnesota (4–3) Duke (6–1–1) South Carolina (7–2) Wisconsin (6–2–1) 15.
16. West Virginia Wisconsin (1–0) Oklahoma (0–1–1) California (3–1) Duke (4–1) т Michigan (4–1) (1) Ohio State (5–1) Rice (5–2) т Stanford (6–3) Auburn (7–1–1) (1) Kentucky (7–2–1) (3) 16.
17. Pittsburgh т Texas (1–1) Pittsburgh (0–1–1) Ohio State (2–1) т Kentucky (2–2–1) т Stanford (4–2) Michigan (5–1) т Stanford (5–3) т Texas Tech (8–1) Baylor (7–2) Auburn (7–2–1) 17.
18. Tennessee т Georgia (2–0) Northwestern (2–0) Southern Miss (4–0) (1) т Pittsburgh (1–2–1) Ole Miss (5–1) USC (5–1–1) т Tennessee (4–2–1) South Carolina (6–2) Army (6–1–1) Duke (7–2–1) 18.
19. Princeton LSU (1–0–1) Holy Cross (2–0) Auburn (2–0–1) Southern Miss (5–0) Kentucky (3–2–1) Texas (4–3) Texas Tech (7–1) West Virginia (7–1) (1) Stanford (6–3–1) Stanford (6–3–1) 19.
20. Baylor Holy Cross (1–0)
Mississippi State (3–0–1) Stanford (3–2) Navy (3–1–1) Alabama (3–1–3) Auburn (5–1–1) Iowa (5–3) (1) USC (6–2–1) Michigan (6–3) (1) 20.
Preseason
Aug[1]
Week 1
Sep 28[2]
Week 2
Oct 5[3]
Week 3
Oct 12[4]
Week 4
Oct 19[5]
Week 5
Oct 26[6]
Week 6
Nov 2[7]
Week 7
Nov 9[8]
Week 8
Nov 16[9]
Week 9
Nov 23[10]
Week 10 (Final)
Nov 30[11]
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • California
  • Florida
  • Navy
  • Pittsburgh
  • Princeton
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Georgia
  • Ole Miss
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Holy Cross
  • LSU
  • Northwestern
  • Penn
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Auburn
  • California
  • Mississippi State
  • Ohio State
  • Rice
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Pittsburgh
  • Southern Miss
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Rice
  • SMU
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Michigan
  • Ohio State
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • Minnesota
  • Ole Miss
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Duke
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • South Carolina
  • USC

Final Coaches' Poll[edit]

Ranking Team
1 Maryland
2 Notre Dame
3 Michigan State
4 UCLA
5 Oklahoma
6 Rice
7 Illinois
8 Texas
9 Georgia Tech
10 Iowa
11 Alabama
12 Texas Tech
13 West Virginia
14 Wisconsin
15 Kentucky
16 Army
17 Stanford
18 Duke
19 Michigan
20 Ohio State

[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1953 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ "September 28, 1953 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "October 5, 1953 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "October 12, 1953 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "October 19, 1953 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "October 26, 1953 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "November 2, 1953 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "November 9, 1953 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "November 16, 1953 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "November 23, 1953 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "1953 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt