1965 NCAA University Division football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1965 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
т
Tied with team above or below also with this symbol


AP poll[edit]

For the first time in its history, the final AP Poll was released in January, after the bowl games.[1][2] For the next two seasons, the final AP Poll returned to an early December release, prior to the bowls. Since the 1968 season, the final poll has been released in January, after the bowls; the AP Poll ranked only the top ten teams from 1962 through 1967.
Entering New Year's Day, the top three teams (Michigan State, Arkansas, Nebraska) were all 10–0,[3] but all three lost.[2]

Preseason
Aug[4]
Week 1
Sep 20[5]
Week 2
Sep 27[6]
Week 3
Oct 4[7]
Week 4
Oct 11[8]
Week 5
Oct 18[9]
Week 6
Oct 25[10]
Week 7
Nov 1[11]
Week 8
Nov 8[12]
Week 9
Nov 15[13]
Week 10
Nov 22[14]
Week 11
Nov 29[15]
Week 12 (Final)
Jan[16]
1. Nebraska (11) Notre Dame (1-0) (24) Texas (2-0) (15) Texas (3-0) (25) Texas (4-0) (22) Arkansas (5-0) (28) Michigan State (6-0) (19) Michigan State (7-0) (36) Michigan State (8-0) (32) Michigan State (9-0) (31) Michigan State (10-0) (34) Michigan State (10-0) (35) Alabama (9-1-1) (37) 1.
2. Texas (7) Nebraska (1-0) (16) Purdue (2-0) (14) Nebraska (3-0) (10) Nebraska (4-0) (16) Michigan State (5-0) (14) Arkansas (6-0) (23) Arkansas (7-0) (11) Arkansas (8-0) (14) Arkansas (9-0) (15) Arkansas (10-0) (9) Arkansas (10-0) (10) Michigan State (10-1) (18) 2.
3. Notre Dame (7) Texas (1-0) (7) Nebraska (2-0) (13) Arkansas (3-0) (1) Arkansas (4-0) (4) Nebraska (5-0) (8) Nebraska (6-0) (9) Nebraska (7-0) (3) Nebraska (8-0) (4) Nebraska (9-0) (2) Nebraska (9-0) Nebraska (10-0) Arkansas (10-1) (1) 3.
4. Michigan (5) Michigan (1-0) (2) Arkansas (2-0) (3) Georgia (3-0) (3) Michigan State (4-0) (3) USC (4-0-1) Notre Dame (4-1) Notre Dame (5-1) Notre Dame (6-1) (1) Notre Dame (7-1) UCLA (7-1-1) Alabama (8-1-1) (1) UCLA (8-2-1) (1) 4.
5. Alabama (4) Arkansas (1-0) (4) LSU (2-0) Michigan State (3-0) Georgia (4-0) (2) Texas (4-0-1) LSU (5-1) Alabama (5-1-1) Alabama (6-1-1) Alabama (7-1-1) Alabama (7-1-1) UCLA (7-1-1) Nebraska (10-1) 5.
6. Arkansas (6) Purdue (1-0) Kentucky (2-0) (1) Purdue (2-0-1) (1) USC (3-0-1) Purdue (4-0-1) Purdue (4-1-1) USC (4-1-1) USC (5-1-1) USC (6-1-1) Notre Dame (7-2) Missouri (7-2-1) Missouri (8-2-1) 6.
7. USC (4) LSU (1-0) Michigan (2-0) Notre Dame (2-1) Purdue (3-0-1) (1) Notre Dame (3-1) Florida (4-1) Georgia Tech (5-1-1) UCLA (5-1-1) UCLA (6-1-1) Missouri (7-2-1) Tennessee (6-1-2) Tennessee (8-1-2) 7.
8. LSU Florida (1-0) Notre Dame (1-1) USC (2-0-1) Notre Dame (3-1) Florida (4-1) USC (4-1-1) UCLA (4-1-1) Tennessee (4-0-2) Missouri (6-2-1) USC (6-2-1) USC (7-2-1) LSU (8-3) 8.
9. Purdue (1) Syracuse (1-0) Michigan State (2-0) Mississippi State (3-0) Florida (3-1) LSU (4-1) Texas (4-2) Missouri (4-2-1) Missouri (5-2-1) Texas Tech (8-1) Tennessee (5-1-2) Notre Dame (7-2-1) Notre Dame (7-2-1) 9.
10. Ohio State (1) Kentucky (1-0) Georgia (2-0) Florida (2-1) Mississippi State (4-0) Georgia (4-1) Alabama (4-1-1) Kentucky (5-2) Kentucky (6-2) Florida (6-2) Texas Tech (8-2) Texas Tech (8-2) USC (7-2-1) 10.
Preseason
Aug[4]
Week 1
Sep 20[5]
Week 2
Sep 27[6]
Week 3
Oct 4[7]
Week 4
Oct 11[8]
Week 5
Oct 18[9]
Week 6
Oct 25[10]
Week 7
Nov 1[11]
Week 8
Nov 8[12]
Week 9
Nov 15[13]
Week 10
Nov 22[14]
Week 11
Nov 29[15]
Week 12 (Final)
Jan[16]
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Ohio State
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Florida
  • Syracuse
Dropped:
  • Kentucky
  • LSU
  • Michigan
None Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
Dropped:
  • Georgia
Dropped:
  • Florida
  • LSU
  • Purdue
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Georgia Tech
Dropped:
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Florida
None Dropped:
  • Texas Tech

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, in late November.[17]
Michigan State received 28 of the 35 first-place votes; Arkansas received five and Nebraska two.[18]

Ranking Team
1 Michigan State
2 Arkansas
3 Nebraska
4 Alabama
5 UCLA
6 Missouri
7 Tennessee
8 Notre Dame
9 USC
10 Texas Tech
11 Ohio State
12 Florida
13 Purdue
14 LSU
15 Georgia
16 Tulsa
17 Mississippi
18 Kentucky
19 Syracuse
20 Colorado

Source[17][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Bob (January 4, 1966). "Tide keeps AP title trophy". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). Associated Press. p. 7. 
  2. ^ a b "Alabama is voted No. 1 in final AP grid poll". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. January 4, 1966. p. 13. 
  3. ^ "Michigan State leads; Irish skid". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 30, 1965. p. 14. 
  4. ^ "1965 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "September 20, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "September 27, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "October 4, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "October 11, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "October 18, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "October 25, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "November 1, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ "November 8, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ "November 15, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "November 22, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ "November 29, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ "1965 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "UPI final ratings". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. November 30, 1965. p. 23. 
  18. ^ "Spartans voted national title". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. November 30, 1965. p. 6. 
  19. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt