1959 NCAA University Division football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1959 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 7,[1] at the end of the 1959 regular season, weeks before the major bowls.

Preseason
Aug[2]
Week 1
Sep 21[3]
Week 2
Sep 28[4]
Week 3
Oct 5[5]
Week 4
Oct 12[6]
Week 5
Oct 19[7]
Week 6
Oct 26[8]
Week 7
Nov 2[9]
Week 8
Nov 9[10]
Week 9
Nov 16[11]
Week 10
Nov 23[12]
Week 11
Nov 30[13]
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 7[14]
1. LSU (60) LSU (1-0) (64) LSU (2-0) (48) LSU (3-0) (69) LSU (4-0) (83) LSU (5-0) (68) LSU (6-0) (71) LSU (7-0) (132) Syracuse (7-0) (111) Syracuse (8-0) (126) Syracuse (9-0) (121) Syracuse (9-0) (95) Syracuse (10-0) (134) 1.
2. Oklahoma (48) Oklahoma (0-0) (12) Northwestern (1-0) (20) Northwestern (2-0) (30) Northwestern (3-0) (10) Northwestern (4-0) (23) Northwestern (5-0) (25) Northwestern (6-0) (30) Texas (8-0) (85) Mississippi (8-1) (68) Mississippi (8-1) (32) Mississippi (9-1) (49) Mississippi (9-1) (47) 2.
3. Auburn (17) Auburn (0-0) (6) Mississippi (2-0) (4) Georgia Tech (3-0) Texas (4-0) (10) Texas (5-0) (8) Mississippi (6-0) (46) Texas (7-0) (6) LSU (7-1) (13) LSU (8-1) (16) LSU (9-1) (1) LSU (9-1) (6) LSU (9-1) (6) 3.
4. SMU (6) Mississippi (1-0) (6) Army (1-0) Texas (3-0) Georgia Tech (4-0) (6) Mississippi (5-0) (18) Texas (6-0) (6) Syracuse (6-0) (14) USC (7-0) (14) USC (8-0) (16) Texas (8-1) (1) Texas (9-1) Texas (9-1) (1) 4.
5. Army (4) Clemson (1-0) Iowa (1-0) (4) Mississippi (3-0) (2) Mississippi (4-0) (6) USC (4-0) (12) Syracuse (5-0) (11) Mississippi (6-1) (1) Mississippi (7-1) (14) Texas (8-1) (1) Wisconsin (7-2) (1) Georgia (9-1) (2) Georgia (9-1) (3) 5.
6. Wisconsin (10) SMU (0-0) Clemson (2-0) (7) USC (3-0) (9) Purdue (2-0-1) (5) Syracuse (4-0) (4) USC (5-0) (6) USC (6-0) (4) Northwestern (6-1) (2) Georgia (8-1) (6) Georgia (8-1) (2) Wisconsin (7-2) (15) Wisconsin (7-2) (5) 6.
7. Ohio State (2) Army (0-0) Georgia Tech (2-0) Purdue (1-0-1) USC (3-0) (7) Auburn (3-1) (5) Penn State (6-0) (6) Penn State (7-0) (8) Wisconsin (6-1) (19) Penn State (8-1) (6) USC (8-1) TCU (8-2) TCU (8-2) 7.
8. Mississippi (5) Wisconsin (0-0) Notre Dame (1-0) (1) Tennessee (2-0) Syracuse (3-0) (2) Penn State (5-0) (3) Auburn (4-1) (5) Auburn (5-1) (3) Auburn (6-1) (9) Northwestern (6-2) (1) TCU (7-2) Washington (9-1) (2) Washington (9-1) 8.
9. Iowa (4) TCU (1-0) Tennessee (1-0) Wisconsin (2-0) Iowa (2-1) (5) Georgia Tech (4-1) Georgia Tech (5-1) (1) Wisconsin (5-1) (2) Tennessee (5-1-1) (4) Wisconsin (6-2) Washington (9-1) (4) Arkansas (8-2) Arkansas (8-2) 9.
10. Northwestern (6) Northwestern (0-0) Texas (2-0) Iowa (1-1) Penn State (4-0) (4) Arkansas (4-1) (1) Wisconsin (4-1) (2) Clemson (5-1) (2) Penn State (7-1) TCU (6-2) Arkansas (8-2) (1) Clemson (8-2) Alabama (7-1-2) (5) 10.
11. Purdue (2) USC (1-0) (4) USC (2-0) (1) South Carolina (3-0) (3) Auburn (2-1) (1) Oregon (5-0) (1) Purdue (3-1-1) Georgia (6-1) Clemson (6-1) (3) Michigan State (5-3) (1) Auburn (7-2) Alabama (7-1-2) (6) Clemson (8-2) 11.
12. North Carolina (6) Ohio State (0-0) Wisconsin (1-0) Syracuse (2-0) (1) Arkansas (4-0) Wisconsin (3-1) Clemson (4-1) (2) Washington (6-1) Georgia (7-1) (2) Auburn (6-2) Miami (FL) (6-3) (5) Illinois (5-3-1) (1) Penn State (8-2) 12.
13. TCU (2) Iowa (0-0) т Georgia (2-0) Oklahoma (1-1) (2) Illinois (2-1) Illinois (3-1) Yale (5-0) (1) Tennessee (4-1-1) Washington (7-1) Arkansas (7-2) Illinois (5-3-1) USC (8-2) Illinois (5-3-1) 13.
14. South Carolina (4) Navy (1-0) т Ohio State (1-0) Auburn (1-1) Tennessee (2-1) Purdue (2-1-1) Georgia (5-1) Purdue (3-1-2) Oregon (7-1) (2) Washington (8-1) Clemson (7-2) Penn State (8-2) USC (8-2) 14.
15. Air Force (1) Texas (1-0) Navy (2-0) SMU (1-1) Clemson (3-1) т Iowa (2-2) TCU (4-2) Oregon (6-1) Georgia Tech (6-2) Oregon (8-1) (1) Penn State (8-2) Oklahoma (7-3) Oklahoma (7-3) 15.
16. Notre Dame (3) Georgia Tech (1-0) South Carolina (2-0) Penn State (3-0) (2) SMU (2-1) т TCU (3-2) Oregon (5-1) Arkansas (5-2) Iowa (4-3) (1) т Iowa (5-3) (3) Pittsburgh (6-4) Wyoming (9-1) Wyoming (9-1) 16.
17. Texas Georgia (1-0) Auburn (0-1) Florida (3-0) Air Force (3-0) Clemson (3-1) Arkansas (4-2) т TCU (5-2) North Texas (8-0) т Alabama (5-1-2) (4) Oklahoma (6-3) UCLA (5-3-1) Notre Dame (5-5) 17.
18. Clemson (1) Penn State (1-0) (2) Air Force (1-0) Air Force (2-0) Washington (4-0) Oklahoma (3-2) Washington (5-1) т Air Force (4-1-1) TCU (5-2) Miami (FL) (5-3) Missouri (6-4) (2) Florida (5-4-1) Missouri (6-4) 18.
19. Michigan State (1) Florida (1-0) Florida (2-0) Arkansas (3-0) Florida (3-0-1) Yale (4-0) (1) Oklahoma (4-2) Georgia Tech (5-2) Michigan State (4-3) Clemson (6-2) Alabama (6-1-2) (1) Notre Dame (5-5) Florida (5-4-1) 19.
20. Syracuse South Carolina (1-0) Syracuse (1-0) Illinois (1-1) Pittsburgh (3-1) Ohio State (2-0) Tennessee (3-1-1) North Texas (7-0) Arkansas (6-2) Tennessee (5-2-1) UCLA (4-3-1) Missouri (6-4) Pittsburgh (6-4) 20.
Preseason
Aug[2]
Week 1
Sep 21[3]
Week 2
Sep 28[4]
Week 3
Oct 5[5]
Week 4
Oct 12[6]
Week 5
Oct 19[7]
Week 6
Oct 26[8]
Week 7
Nov 2[9]
Week 8
Nov 9[10]
Week 9
Nov 16[11]
Week 10
Nov 23[12]
Week 11
Nov 30[13]
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 7[14]
Dropped:
  • Air Force
  • Michigan State
  • North Carolina
  • Notre Dame
  • Purdue
  • Syracuse
Dropped:
  • Oklahoma
  • Penn State
  • SMU
  • TCU
Dropped:
  • Army
  • Clemson
  • Georgia
  • Navy
  • Notre Dame
  • Ohio State
Dropped:
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Air Force
  • Florida
  • Pittsburgh
  • SMU
  • Tennessee
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Ohio State
Dropped:
  • Oklahoma
  • Yale
Dropped:
  • Air Force
  • Purdue
Dropped:
  • Georgia Tech
  • North Texas
Dropped:
  • Iowa
  • Michigan State
  • Northwestern
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Auburn
  • Miami (FL)
  • Pittsburgh
Dropped:
  • UCLA

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, on December 8.[15]
Syracuse received 31 of the 35 first-place votes; Mississippi received three and Washington one.[16]

Ranking Team
1 Syracuse
2 Mississippi
3 LSU
4 Texas
5 Georgia
6 Wisconsin
7 Washington
8 TCU
9 Arkansas
10 Penn State
11 Clemson
12 Illinois
13 Alabama
USC
15 Auburn
16 Michigan State
17 Oklahoma
18 Notre Dame
19 Florida
Pittsburgh
Missouri

Source:[15][16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orange win grid crown". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 8, 1959. p. 18. 
  2. ^ "1959 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "September 21, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "September 28, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "October 5, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "October 12, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "October 19, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "October 26, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "November 2, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "November 9, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "November 16, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ "November 23, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ "November 30, 1959 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "1959 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Syracuse tops final grid poll by wide margin". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. December 8, 1959. p. 2. 
  16. ^ a b "Syracuse is voted national champion by coaches board". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. December 8, 1959. p. 23. 
  17. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt