1956 NCAA College Division football season

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The 1956 NCAA College Division football season saw the NCAA split member schools into two divisions: larger schools were part of the University Division, later known as NCAA Division I, and smaller schools were placed in the College Division, later split into NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III.

Champions[edit]

Black college championship[edit]

The Tennessee State Tigers (9–0) and the Florida A&M Rattlers (8–0) were considered to be the #1 and #2 teams "among the nation's Negro grid powers".[1] The teams from the two historically black universities played at the Orange Bowl stadium in Miami, which hosted the Orange Blossom Classic as well as the New Year's Day, historically white universities, Orange Bowl game. A crowd of 41,808 watched Tennessee State win 41–39.[2]

Conference champions[edit]

Conference Champion(s) Record
California Collegiate Athletic Association none
Far Western Conference Humboldt State
Northern Branch
San Francisco State
4–1
4–1
4–1
Mid-American Conference Bowling Green 5–0–1
Ohio Valley Conference Middle Tennessee State 5–0

Conference standings[edit]

1956 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Fresno State 2 0 0     8 2 0
San Diego State 2 1 0     4 3 2
Santa Barbara 1 1 0     5 5 0
Los Angeles State 0 1 0     3 5 1
Cal Poly 0 2 0     7 3 0
  • No champion named for the 1956 season
1956 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Humboldt State + 4 1 0     9 2 0
Cal Aggies + 4 1 0     7 2 0
San Francisco State + 4 1 0     5 5 0
Chico State 1 3 1     2 6 1
Sacramento State 1 4 0     3 5 1
Nevada 0 4 1     0 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1956 Gulf States Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Southeastern Louisiana $ 4 1 0     6 3 0
Northwestern State 3 1 1     6 2 2
Louisiana Tech 3 1 1     4 3 2
Northeast Louisiana State 2 3 0     7 3 0
McNeese State 2 3 0     5 5 0
Southwestern Louisiana 1 4 0     4 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 Hoosier Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Hanover $ 6 0 0     8 1 0
Anderson (IN) 5 1 0     6 2 0
Indiana Central 4 2 0     4 5 0
Franklin (IN) 3 3 0     5 4 0
Manchester (IN) 2 4 0     3 6 0
Taylor 1 5 0     3 6 0
Earlham 0 6 0     1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Saint Joseph's (IN) $^ 6 0 0     8 2 0
Butler 5 1 0     6 2 0
Valparaiso 4 2 0     6 4 0
Evansville 3 3 0     4 5 0
Ball State 2 4 0     4 4 0
DePauw 1 5 0     1 6 1
Indiana State 0 6 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
1956 IIAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central Michigan $ 6 0 0     9 0 0
Western Illinois 4 2 0     6 3 0
Eastern Michigan 3 3 0     4 4 0
Illinois State 3 3 0     4 4 1
Southern Illinois 3 3 0     4 5 0
Eastern Illinois 2 4 0     2 7 0
Northern Illinois State 0 6 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Sam Houston State $ 6 0 0     10 0 0
Texas A&I 5 1 0     7 3 0
Southwest Texas State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Stephen F. Austin 3 3 0     4 6 0
Lamar Tech 2 4 0     4 4 0
East Texas State 1 5 0     2 8 0
Sul Ross 0 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Bowling Green $ 5 0 1     8 0 1
Miami 4 0 1     7 1 1
Kent State 4 2 0     7 2 0
Marshall 2 4 0     3 6 0
Ohio 2 4 0     2 7 0
Western Michigan 1 4 0     2 7 0
Toledo 1 5 0     1 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 Mid-Ohio League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Bluffton $ 5 0 0     8 1 0
Findlay 4 1 0     7 2 0
Wilmington (OH) 3 2 0     3 4 0
Ashland 2 3 0     3 5 0
Ohio Northern 0 4 1     0 7 1
Defiance 0 4 1     0 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
St. Thomas (MN) $ 7 0 0     7 0 0
Concordia (MN) 5 2 0     6 3 0
Macalester 4 3 0     5 3 0
Gustavus Adolphus 4 3 0     4 5 0
Minnesota–Duluth 3 4 0     3 4 0
Saint John's (MN) 2 4 1     3 4 1
Augsburg 2 4 1     2 5 1
Hamline 0 7 0     1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
1956 Ohio Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Middle Tennessee State $ 5 0 0     7 2 0
Murray State 4 1 0     6 4 0
Western Kentucky 2 3 0     5 4 0
Tennessee Tech 2 3 0     5 4 1
Eastern Kentucky 2 3 0     4 5 0
Morehead State 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wayne State (MI) $ 3 0 1     4 2 1
John Carroll 2 0 1     4 1 2
Western Reserve 1 2 0     4 3 0
Case Tech 0 4 0     1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Montana State $^ 5 0 0     9 0 1
Idaho State 3 2 0     6 3 0
Colorado State–Greeley 3 2 0     5 4 0
Western State 2 3 0     4 6 0
Colorado Mines 1 4 0     3 6 0
Colorado College 1 4 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
1956 SWAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas Southern + 5 1 0     9 2 0
Wiley + 5 1 0     6 3 1
Southern 4 2 0     5 5 0
Prairie View A&M 4 2 0     5 5 0
Langston 2 4 0     2 7 0
Arkansas AM&N 0 5 1     2 6 1
Texas College 0 5 1     2 6 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1956 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Connecticut $ 3 0 1     6 2 1
Maine 3 1 0     5 2 0
New Hampshire 2 1 1     3 4 1
Vermont 1 2 0     2 5 0
UMass 1 3 0     2 5 1
Rhode Island 1 4 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1956 NCAA College Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Drexel         5 3 0
Delaware         5 3 1
Rankings from AP Poll

Postseason[edit]

Burley Bowl[edit]

The Memphis State Tigers faced off against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in the Burley Bowl in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Refrigerator Bowl[edit]

The Refrigerator Bowl in Evansville, Indiana featured the Ohio Valley Conference champion Middle Tennessee State against the undefeated Lone Star Conference champion Sam Houston State.

Tangerine Bowl[edit]

The 1957 Tangerine Bowl featured College Division Independent Mississippi Southern (later known as Southern Miss) against the West Texas State Buffaloes from the University-division Border Conference.

Undefeated teams[edit]

Other schools that finished their seasons unbeaten and untied were Lenoir Rhyne College, New Haven Teachers College, Hillsdale College, Central Michigan University, Kearney State College, Redlands College, Westminster College (Pennsylvania), St. Thomas (Minn.) College, Alfred University and Milton College (Wisconsin).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Negro Teams Clash For Title," The Bee (Danville, VA), Nov. 28, 1956, pD-3
  2. ^ "Tennessee State Tigers Edge Rattlers 41-39 in Orange Blossom Classic," Fort Pierce News-Tribune, Dec. 9, 1956, p9-C
  3. ^ "17 College Teams Still Unbeaten, Untied", UP report, Las Vegas Daily Optic, Nov. 26, 1956, p3