1956 NCAA University Division football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1956 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 December 3, at the end of the 1956 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 24[2]
Week 2
Oct 1[3]
Week 3
Oct 8[4]
Week 4
Oct 15[5]
Week 5
Oct 22[6]
Week 6
Oct 29[7]
Week 7
Nov 5[8]
Week 8
Nov 12[9]
Week 9
Nov 19[10]
Week 10
Nov 26[11]
Week 11 (Final)
Dec 3[12]
1. Oklahoma (111) Oklahoma (0-0) (91) Oklahoma (1-0) (60) Oklahoma (2-0) (76) Oklahoma (3-0) (67) Michigan State (4-0) (96) Oklahoma (5-0) (143) Oklahoma (6-0) (116) Tennessee (7-0) (58) Oklahoma (8-0) (111) Oklahoma (9-0) (81) Oklahoma (10-0) (104) 1.
2. Michigan State (20) Georgia Tech (1-0) (12) Michigan State (1-0) (17) Michigan State (2-0) (32) Michigan State (3-0) (45) Oklahoma (4-0) (44) Georgia Tech (5-0) (31) Georgia Tech (6-0) (30) Oklahoma (7-0) (92) Tennessee (8-0) (69) Tennessee (9-0) (49) Tennessee (10-0) (48) 2.
3. Notre Dame (5) Michigan State (0-0) (9) Georgia Tech (1-0) (5) Georgia Tech (2-0) (4) Georgia Tech (3-0) (5) Georgia Tech (4-0) (9) Tennessee (5-0) (8) Tennessee (6-0) (1) Michigan State (6-1) (3) Iowa (7-1) (6) Iowa (8-1) (12) Iowa (8-1) (15) 3.
4. Georgia Tech (3) TCU (1-0) (4) Ohio State (1-0) TCU (2-0) (7) TCU (3-0) (2) Tennessee (4-0) (4) Michigan State (4-1) Michigan State (5-1) (7) Georgia Tech (6-1) Texas A&M (8-0-1) Georgia Tech (8-1) (2) Georgia Tech (9-1) (4) 4.
5. Ohio State SMU (1-0) (10) Michigan (1-0) (2) Ohio State (2-0) (1) Ohio State (3-0) Michigan (3-1) Texas A&M (5-0-1) Texas A&M (6-0-1) (1) Texas A&M (7-0-1) (1) Georgia Tech (7-1) (1) Texas A&M (8-0-1) (1) Texas A&M (9-0-1) (2) 5.
6. Maryland USC (1-0) (12) Mississippi (2-0) (5) Tennessee (2-0) (5) Mississippi (4-0) (7) USC (4-0) (2) Ohio State (4-1) (1) Minnesota (5-0-1) Ohio State (6-1) (1) Miami (FL) (6-0-1) (5) Miami (FL) (7-0-1) (8) Miami (FL) (8-0-1) (12) 6.
7. TCU (2) Syracuse (1-0) (4) Pittsburgh (2-0) (1) Mississippi (3-0) (2) Tennessee (3-0) (3) Texas A&M (4-0-1) (1) Iowa (5-0) Ohio State (5-1) (1) Iowa (6-1) Minnesota (6-1-1) Michigan (7-2) (2) Michigan (7-2) (1) 7.
8. Michigan (2) Ohio State (0-0) TCU (1-0) (1) USC (3-0) Michigan (2-1) Baylor (4-0) Minnesota (4-0-1) Miami (FL) (5-0-1) (1) Miami (FL) (5-0-1) (1) Syracuse (7-1) (2) Syracuse (7-1) (1) Syracuse (7-1) 8.
9. Texas A&M Mississippi (1-0) Tennessee (1-0) (3) Texas A&M (3-0) USC (3-0) Ohio State (3-1) Miami (FL) (4-0-1) (1) Syracuse (5-1) (1) Syracuse (6-1) Michigan (6-2) Michigan State (7-2) Michigan State (7-2) 9.
10. Pittsburgh (2) Pittsburgh (1-0) (2) USC (2-0) (1) Baylor (3-0) Baylor (4-0) Mississippi (4-1) т Stanford (4-2) Michigan (4-2) Michigan (5-2) Michigan State (6-2) Minnesota (6-1-2) Oregon State (7-2-1) (3) 10.
11. Army Texas A&M (1-0) Texas A&M (2-0) Miami (FL) (2-0) (1) Miami (FL) (3-0) (1) TCU (3-1) т Pittsburgh (4-1) Clemson (5-0-1) Oregon State (6-2) (1) Oregon State (7-2) (1) Oregon State (7-2-1) (1) Baylor (8-2) (1) 11.
12. Tennessee (2) Stanford (1-0) (4) SMU (1-1) Michigan (1-1) Iowa (3-0) Iowa (4-0) Penn State (4-1) Navy (5-1) (3) Florida (6-1-1) (2) Ohio State (6-2) Pittsburgh (6-2-1) Minnesota (6-1-2) 12.
13. Mississippi Michigan (0-0) Illinois (1-0) т Vanderbilt (3-0) Syracuse (2-1) Pittsburgh (3-1) Clemson (4-0-1) Florida (5-1-1) Clemson (5-0-2) Florida (6-1-1) (2) Navy (6-1-1) Pittsburgh (6-2-1) 13.
14. Stanford Notre Dame (0-1) Miami (FL) (1-0) т Navy (2-0) Texas A&M (3-0-1) Syracuse (3-1) George Washington (5-0-1) Oregon State (5-2) USC (6-1) Pittsburgh (6-2) TCU (6-3) TCU (7-3) 14.
15. USC (2) Vanderbilt (1-0) Army (1-0) Army (2-0) Clemson (3-0-1) Tulane (4-1) Baylor (4-1) т Iowa (5-1) Navy (5-1-1) Navy (6-1-1) (1) Baylor (7-2) Ohio State (6-3) 15.
16. Duke Army (0-0) Baylor (2-0) George Washington (3-0) (1) Pittsburgh (2-1) Virginia Tech (5-1) Virginia Tech (6-1) т USC (5-1) Pittsburgh (5-2) Baylor (6-2) George Washington (7-1-1) Navy (6-1-2) 16.
17. UCLA South Carolina (2-0) Notre Dame (0-1) Minnesota (2-0) Purdue (2-1) George Washington (4-0-1) Michigan (3-2) т TCU (4-2) Minnesota (5-1-1) George Washington (7-1-1) USC (7-2) George Washington (7-1-1) 17.
18. Miami (FL) Oregon (1-0) Syracuse (1-0) т Notre Dame (1-1) Virginia Tech (4-1) Penn State (3-1) Oregon State (4-2) т Colorado (5-2) George Washington (6-1-1) TCU (5-3) Florida (6-2-1) USC (8-2) 18.
19. Yale Florida (1-0) (2) Vanderbilt (2-0) т SMU (2-1) Tulane (3-1) Miami (FL) (3-0-1) Syracuse (4-1) т UCLA (5-2) (1) Mississippi (6-2) Wyoming (10-0) Colorado (7-2-1) Clemson (7-1-2) 19.
20. Illinois NC State (1-0) Iowa (1-0)
South Carolina (4-1) Clemson (3-0-1) USC (4-1)
  • Pittsburgh (4-2) т
  • Stanford (4-3) т
Princeton (7-0) Colorado (6-2-1) Ohio State (6-3) Colorado (7-2-1) 20.
Preseason
Aug[1]
Week 1
Sep 24[2]
Week 2
Oct 1[3]
Week 3
Oct 8[4]
Week 4
Oct 15[5]
Week 5
Oct 22[6]
Week 6
Oct 29[7]
Week 7
Nov 5[8]
Week 8
Nov 12[9]
Week 9
Nov 19[10]
Week 10
Nov 26[11]
Week 11 (Final)
Dec 3[12]
Dropped:
  • Duke
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Miami (FL)
  • Tennessee
  • UCLA
  • Yale
Dropped:
  • Florida
  • NC State
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Stanford
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Pittsburgh
  • Syracuse
Dropped:
  • Army
  • George Washington
  • Minnesota
  • Navy
  • Notre Dame
  • SMU
  • Vanderbilt
  • West Virginia
Dropped:
  • Purdue
  • South Carolina
Dropped:
  • Mississippi
  • TCU
  • Tulane
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • George Washington
  • Penn State
  • Virginia Tech
Dropped:
  • Colorado
  • Stanford
  • TCU
  • UCLA
Dropped:
  • Clemson
  • Mississippi
  • Princeton
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Wyoming
Dropped:
  • Florida

Final Coaches' Poll[edit]

Ranking Team
1 Oklahoma
2 Tennessee
3 Iowa
4 Georgia Tech
5 Texas A&M
6 Miami (FL)
7 Michigan
8 Syracuse
9 Minnesota
10 Michigan State
11 Baylor
12 Pittsburgh
13 Oregon State
14 TCU
15 USC
16 Wyoming
17 Yale
18 Colorado
19 Navy
20 Duke

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1956 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  2. ^ "September 24, 1956 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "October 1, 1956 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "October 8, 1956 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "October 15, 1956 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "October 22, 1956 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "October 29, 1956 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "November 5, 1956 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "November 12, 1956 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "November 19, 1956 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "November 26, 1956 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ "1956 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt