1963 NCAA University Division football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1963 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 9,[1] at the end of the 1963 regular season, weeks before the bowls. (The season had been extended due to postponements after the assassination of President Kennedy.)
The poll ranked only the top ten teams from 1962 through 1967.

Preseason
Aug[2]
Week 1
Sep 23[3]
Week 2
Sep 30[4]
Week 3
Oct 7[5]
Week 4
Oct 14[6]
Week 5
Oct 21[7]
Week 6
Oct 28[8]
Week 7
Nov 4[9]
Week 8
Nov 11[10]
Week 9
Nov 18[11]
Week 10
Nov 25[12]
Week 11
Dec 2[13]
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 9[14]
1. USC (34) USC (1-0) (23) Oklahoma (2-0) (36) Oklahoma (2-0) (40) Texas (4-0) (51) Texas (5-0) (50) Texas (6-0) (49) Texas (7-0) (45) Texas (8-0) (48) Texas (9-0) (45) Texas (9-0) (20) Texas (10-0) (42) Texas (10-0) (34) 1.
2. Mississippi (9) Alabama (1-0) (16) Alabama (2-0) (9) Texas (3-0) (5) Wisconsin (3-0) (5) Wisconsin (4-0) (3) Illinois (4-0-1) (1) Illinois (5-0-1) (4) Navy (7-1) (4) Navy (8-1) (6) Navy (8-1) (2) Navy (8-1) (8) Navy (9-1) (10) 2.
3. Alabama (5) Oklahoma (1-0) (2) Texas (2-0) (2) Alabama (3-0) (4) Pittsburgh (3-0) Pittsburgh (4-0) Mississippi (4-0-1) Mississippi (5-0-1) (1) Mississippi (6-0-1) Mississippi (7-0-1) Mississippi (7-0-1) Illinois (7-1-1) Illinois (7-1-1) 3.
4. Oklahoma Texas (1-0) Northwestern (2-0) (1) т Navy (3-0) (3) Ohio State (2-0-1) Illinois (3-0-1) Navy (5-1) (1) Navy (6-1) (1) Michigan State (5-1-1) (1) Michigan State (6-1-1) Michigan State (6-1-1) Pittsburgh (8-1) (1) Pittsburgh (9-1) (5) 4.
5. Texas Navy (1-0) (3) Wisconsin (2-0) (1) т Wisconsin (2-0) (1) Mississippi (2-0-1) Mississippi (3-0-1) Auburn (5-0) Auburn (6-0) (2) Oklahoma (6-1) Pittsburgh (7-1) Pittsburgh (7-1) Auburn (9-1) Auburn (9-1) 5.
6. Northwestern Wisconsin (1-0) Navy (2-0) (2) Pittsburgh (3-0) (1) Oklahoma (2-1) Alabama (4-1) Oklahoma (4-1) Oklahoma (5-1) Pittsburgh (6-1) Oklahoma (7-1) Alabama (7-1) Nebraska (9-1) Nebraska (9-1) 6.
7. Wisconsin Northwestern (1-0) (5) Georgia Tech (2-0) (2) USC (2-1) Illinois (2-0-1) Oklahoma (3-1) Alabama (5-1) Alabama (6-1) Alabama (6-1) Alabama (7-1) Nebraska (9-1) Mississippi (7-0-2) Mississippi (7-0-2) 7.
8. Arkansas Arkansas (1-0) USC (1-1) Ohio State (2-0) Georgia Tech (3-1) Auburn (5-0) Wisconsin (4-1) Pittsburgh (5-1) Illinois (5-1-1) Illinois (6-1-1) Illinois (6-1-1) Oklahoma (8-2) Alabama (8-2) 8.
9. Navy Georgia Tech (1-0) Pittsburgh (2-0) Penn State (3-0) Alabama (3-1) Northwestern (4-1) Ohio State (3-1-1) Michigan State (4-1-1) Auburn (6-1) Auburn (7-1) Auburn (8-1) Alabama (7-2) Michigan State (6-2-1) 9.
10. Pittsburgh (1-0) (2) Mississippi (1-0-1) Mississippi (2-0-1)
  • Navy (3-1) т
  • Northwestern (3-1) т
Navy (4-1) Pittsburgh (4-1) Ohio State (4-1-1) Nebraska (7-1) Nebraska (8-1) Oklahoma (7-2) Michigan State (6-2-1) Oklahoma (8-2) 10.
Preseason
Aug[2]
Week 1
Sep 23[3]
Week 2
Sep 30[4]
Week 3
Oct 7[5]
Week 4
Oct 14[6]
Week 5
Oct 21[7]
Week 6
Oct 28[8]
Week 7
Nov 4[9]
Week 8
Nov 11[10]
Week 9
Nov 18[11]
Week 10
Nov 25[12]
Week 11
Dec 2[13]
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 9[14]
Dropped:
  • Mississippi
  • Ohio State
  • Washington
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
Dropped:
  • Georgia Tech
  • Northwestern
Dropped:
  • Penn State
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Georgia Tech
  • Ohio State
Dropped:
  • Northwestern
Dropped:
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Ohio State
None None None None

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, on December 3. [15]
Texas received 31 of the 35 first-place votes and Navy received the other four.[16]

Ranking Team
1 Texas
2 Navy
3 Pittsburgh
4 Illinois
5 Nebraska
6 Auburn
7 Mississippi
8 Oklahoma
9 Alabama
10 Michigan State
11 Mississippi State
12 Syracuse
13 Arizona State
14 Memphis State
15 Washington
16 Penn State
USC
Missouri
19 North Carolina
20 Baylor

Source:[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas crowned grid champ in final AP poll". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. December 10, 1964. p. 28. 
  2. ^ "1963 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "September 23, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "September 30, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "October 7, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "October 14, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "October 21, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "October 28, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "November 4, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "November 11, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "November 18, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ "November 25, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ "December 2, 1963 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "1963 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Texas ends frustration, gains national football title". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). December 3, 1963. p. 6. 
  16. ^ a b "Longhorns named as UPI grid champs". Sarasota Herald. (Florida). UPI. December 3, 1963. p. 12. 
  17. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt