1955 NCAA football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1955 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 November 28, at the end of the 1955 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 19[2]
Week 2
Sep 26[3]
Week 3
Oct 3[4]
Week 4
Oct 10[5]
Week 5
Oct 17[6]
Week 6
Oct 24[7]
Week 7
Oct 31[8]
Week 8
Nov 7[9]
Week 9
Nov 14[10]
Week 10
Nov 21[11]
Week 11 (Final)
Nov 28[12]
1.UCLA (33)UCLA (1-0) (34)Maryland (2-0) (45)Maryland (3-0) (88)Michigan (3-0) (80)Michigan (4-0) (76)Maryland (6-0) (62)Maryland (7-0) (74)Oklahoma (7-0) (115)Oklahoma (8-0) (103)Oklahoma (9-0) (114)Oklahoma (10-0) (218)1.
2.Oklahoma (32)Georgia Tech (1-0) (3)Michigan (1-0) (48)Michigan (2-0) (27)Maryland (4-0) (45)Maryland (5-0) (33)Oklahoma (5-0) (53)Oklahoma (6-0) (54)Maryland (8-0) (89)Maryland (9-0) (46)Michigan State (8-1) (39)Michigan State (8-1) (88)2.
3.Michigan (34)Oklahoma (0-0) (10)Georgia Tech (2-0) (11)Oklahoma (2-0) (13)Oklahoma (3-0) (21)Oklahoma (4-0) (29)Michigan (5-0) (39)Michigan (6-0) (63)Michigan State (6-1) (44)Michigan State (7-1) (37)Maryland (10-0) (35)Maryland (10-0) (55)3.
4.Ohio State (9)Michigan (0-0) (6)Notre Dame (1-0) (3)Georgia Tech (3-0) (9)Notre Dame (3-0) (7)Navy (4-0) (7)Navy (5-0) (4)Michigan State (5-1) (7)UCLA (7-1) (9)Notre Dame (7-1) (2)UCLA (9-1) (6)UCLA (9-1) (9)4.
5.Maryland (8)Maryland (1-0) (1)Oklahoma (1-0) (12)Notre Dame (2-0) (4)Georgia Tech (4-0) (3)Duke (4-0) (15)Michigan State (4-1) (4)UCLA (6-1) (3)Notre Dame (6-1) (2)UCLA (8-1) (6)Notre Dame (8-1) (3)Ohio State (7-2) (4)5.
6.Notre Dame (2)Ohio State (0-0)Army (1-0) (1)Army (2-0) (8)Wisconsin (3-0) (11)Michigan State (3-1) (4)UCLA (5-1) (2)Notre Dame (5-1) (1)West Virginia (7-0) (18)Michigan (7-1) (1)Ohio State (7-2) (5)TCU (9-1) (9)6.
7.ArmyPittsburgh (1-0)UCLA (1-1)UCLA (2-1)TCU (4-0) (4)UCLA (4-1) (3)West Virginia (6-0) (13)West Virginia (6-0) (16)Michigan (6-1)TCU (7-1) (2)TCU (8-1) (3)Georgia Tech (8-1-1)7.
8.Navy (1)Ole Miss (1-0)Ohio State (1-0) (1)TCU (3-0) (5)Navy (3-0)West Virginia (4-0) (9)Auburn (4-0-1) (8)Georgia Tech (6-1)TCU (6-1) (3)Texas A&M (7-1-1)Texas A&M (7-1-1)Auburn (8-1-1) (6)8.
9.Miami (FL) (5)Navy (0-0) тUSC (2-0) (3)Wisconsin (2-0) (11)UCLA (3-1) (1)Auburn (3-0-1) (5)Notre Dame (4-1)Navy (5-1)Texas A&M (6-1-1)Ohio State (6-2) (1)Georgia Tech (7-1-1)Notre Dame (8-2)9.
10.Georgia Tech (1)USC (1-0) (1) тTCU (2-0) (3)USC (3-0) (3)West Virginia (3-0) (11)USC (4-1) (1)USC (5-1)TCU (6-1) (2)Ohio State (5-2) (1)Georgia Tech (7-1-1)Auburn (7-1-1)Ole Miss (9-1) (1)10.
11.RiceNotre Dame (0-0)Rice (1-0)West Virginia (2-0) (13)Duke (3-0) (4)Notre Dame (3-1)Texas A&M (5-1)Ohio State (4-2)Georgia Tech (6-1-1)Navy (6-1-1)Navy (6-1-1)Pittsburgh (7-3) (1)11.
12.Iowa (4)Texas Tech (1-0)Pittsburgh (2-0) (1)Navy (2-0)Washington (4-0) (4)Texas A&M (4-1)Georgia Tech (5-1)Texas A&M (5-1-1)Auburn (5-1-1) (2)Auburn (6-1-1) (4)Michigan (7-2)Michigan (7-2)12.
13.USC (2)Rice (0-0)West Virginia (1-0) (3)Duke (2-0) (3)Michigan State (2-1)Georgia Tech (4-1)Holy Cross (4-1) (1)Miami (OH) (6-0)Navy (5-1-1)West Virginia (7-1) (1)Pittsburgh (7-3) (1)USC (6-4)13.
14.WisconsinArmy (0-0)Iowa (1-0) (1)Auburn (2-0)Ohio State (2-1)Colorado (4-0)TCU (5-1)Auburn (4-1-1)Ole Miss (7-1)Ole Miss (8-1)Miami (FL) (5-3) (2)Miami (FL) (6-3)14.
15.Ole MissMiami (FL) (0-1)Navy (1-0) (1)Miami (FL) (1-1)Rice (2-0-1)Wisconsin (3-1)Ohio State (3-2)Ole Miss (6-1)Miami (OH) (7-0)Pittsburgh (6-3) (1)Ole Miss (8-1)Miami (OH) (9-0)15.
16.SMULSU (1-0)Duke (1-0)Clemson (3-0)USC (3-1)Baylor (4-1)Pittsburgh (4-2)USC (5-2)Illinois (4-3)Miami (OH) (8-0)Miami (OH) (8-0)Stanford (6-3-1)16.
17.AuburnArkansas (1-0) (1)Wisconsin (1-0)Purdue (2-0)Auburn (2-0-1)Boston College (3-0) (1)Duke (4-1)Kentucky (4-2-1)Pittsburgh (5-3)Tennessee (5-2-1)Stanford (6-3-1)Texas A&M (7-2-1)17.
18.Duke (1)Baylor (1-0)Penn State (1-0) (1)Washington (3-0) (1)Army (2-1)TCU (4-1)Miami (OH) (5-0)Syracuse (3-2)Duke (4-2-1) тStanford (5-3-1)Duke (6-2-1)Navy (6-2-1)18.
19.West Virginia (1)Florida (1-0) тWashington (2-0) (1)Kentucky (2-1)Texas A&M (3-1)Yale (4-0)Washington (4-1-1)Army (4-2)Mississippi State (6-2) тOregon State (6-2)Vanderbilt (7-2)West Virginia (8-2)19.
20.Purdue (1)Purdue (0-0) (1) тBaylor (2-0)Stanford (2-1)
Holy Cross (4-0)Ole Miss (5-1)Mississippi State (6-1)
  • Iowa (3-3-1) т
  • Miami (FL) (3-3) т
Duke (5-2-1)Syracuse (5-3)Army (6-3)20.
Preseason
Aug[1]
Week 1
Sep 19[2]
Week 2
Sep 26[3]
Week 3
Oct 3[4]
Week 4
Oct 10[5]
Week 5
Oct 17[6]
Week 6
Oct 24[7]
Week 7
Oct 31[8]
Week 8
Nov 7[9]
Week 9
Nov 14[10]
Week 10
Nov 21[11]
Week 11 (Final)
Nov 28[12]
Dropped:
  • Auburn
  • Duke
  • Iowa
  • SMU
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • LSU
  • Miami (FL)
  • Ole Miss
  • Purdue
  • Texas Tech
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • Iowa
  • Ohio State
  • Penn State
  • Pittsburgh
  • Rice
Dropped:
  • Clemson
  • Miami (FL)
  • Purdue
  • Stanford
Dropped:
  • Army
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio State
  • Rice
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • Boston College
  • Colorado
  • Wisconsin
  • Yale
Dropped:
  • Duke
  • Holy Cross
  • Pittsburgh
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Army
  • Kentucky
  • Syracuse
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Miami (FL)
  • Mississippi State
Dropped:
  • Oregon State
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia
Dropped:
  • Duke
  • Syracuse
  • Vanderbilt

Final Coaches' Poll[edit]

The final UP Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, on November 28.[13]
Oklahoma received 24 of the 35 first-place votes; Michigan State received seven, and two each to Maryland and UCLA.[13]

Ranking Team Conference Bowl
1 Oklahoma Big Seven Won Orange, 20–6
2 Michigan State Big Ten Won Rose, 17–14
3 Maryland ACC Lost Orange, 6–20
4 UCLA Pacific Coast Lost Rose, 14–17
5 Ohio State Big Ten none
6 TCU Southwest Lost Cotton, 13–14
7 Georgia Tech SEC Won Sugar, 7–0
8 Auburn SEC Lost Gator, 13–25
9 Ole Miss SEC Won Cotton, 14–13
10 Notre Dame Independent none
11 Pittsburgh Independent Lost Sugar, 0–7
12 USC Pacific Coast none
13 Michigan Big Ten
14 Texas A&M Southwest
15 Army Independent
16 Duke ACC
17 West Virginia Southern
18 Miami (FL) Independent
19 Iowa Big Ten
20 Miami (OH) Mid-American
Navy Independent
Stanford Pacific Coast
23 Kentucky SEC
Tennessee SEC

Source:[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1955 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ "September 19, 1955 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "September 26, 1955 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "October 3, 1955 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "October 10, 1955 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "October 17, 1955 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "October 24, 1955 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "October 31, 1955 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "November 7, 1955 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "November 14, 1955 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "November 21, 1955 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ "1955 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c "Final UP poll". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). United Press. November 29, 1955. p. 2B. 
  14. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt