1966 NCAA University Division football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1966 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]

The final AP Poll was released in early December, at the end of the 1966 regular season.[1] In the previous season, it was released in January for the first time, after the bowl games, but not in 1966 or 1967. Since the 1968 season, the final AP Poll has been released in January; it ranked only the top ten teams from 1962 through 1967.

Preseason
Aug[2]
Week 1
Sep 19[3]
Week 2
Sep 26[4]
Week 3
Oct 3[5]
Week 4
Oct 10[6]
Week 5
Oct 17[7]
Week 6
Oct 24[8]
Week 7
Oct 31[9]
Week 8
Nov 7[10]
Week 9
Nov 14[11]
Week 10
Nov 21[12]
Week 11
Nov 28[13]
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 5[14]
1. Alabama (15) Michigan State (1-0) (12) Michigan State (2-0) (22) Michigan State (3-0) (20) Michigan State (4-0) (18) Notre Dame (4-0) (31) Notre Dame (5-0) (32) Notre Dame (6-0) (39) Notre Dame (7-0) (32) Notre Dame (8-0) (35) Notre Dame (8-0-1) (37) Notre Dame (9-0-1) (40) Notre Dame (9-0-1) (41) 1.
2. Michigan State (12) UCLA (1-0) (13) UCLA (2-0) (11) UCLA (3-0) (7) Notre Dame (3-0) (15) Michigan State (5-0) (10) Michigan State (6-0) (5) Michigan State (7-0) (6) Michigan State (8-0) (10) Michigan State (9-0) (6) Michigan State (9-0-1) (27) Michigan State (9-0-1) (10) Michigan State (9-0-1) (8) 2.
3. Nebraska (2) Alabama (0-0) (10) Alabama (1-0) (2) Notre Dame (2-0) (8) Alabama (3-0) (4) UCLA (5-0) (3) UCLA (6-0) (2) UCLA (7-0) (3) Alabama (7-0) Alabama (8-0) (1) Alabama (8-0) (8) Alabama (9-0) (7) Alabama (10-0) (7) 3.
4. UCLA (6) Nebraska (1-0) Notre Dame (1-0) (2) Alabama (2-0) (3) UCLA (4-0) (2) Alabama (4-0) (2) Alabama (5-0) (1) Alabama (6-0) (1) Nebraska (8-0) Nebraska (9-0) Nebraska (9-0) (1) Georgia (9-1) Georgia (9-1) 4.
5. Arkansas USC (1-0) (2) USC (2-0) (1) Arkansas (3-0) (2) USC (4-0) (1) USC (5-0) (1) USC (6-0) (1) Georgia Tech (7-0) Georgia Tech (8-0) Georgia Tech (9-0) Georgia Tech (9-0) UCLA (9-1) UCLA (9-1) 5.
6. Notre Dame Arkansas (1-0) (1) Nebraska (2-0) USC (3-0) (1) Nebraska (4-0) Georgia Tech (5-0) Georgia Tech (6-0) Nebraska (7-0) Arkansas (7-1) (1) Arkansas (8-1) (1) UCLA (9-1) Nebraska (9-1) Nebraska (9-1) 6.
7. Syracuse Purdue (1-0) Arkansas (2-0) (1) Nebraska (3-0) Georgia Tech (4-0) Nebraska (5-0) Florida (6-0) Florida (7-0) USC (7-1) USC (7-1) Georgia (8-1) Purdue (8-2) Purdue (8-2) 7.
8. Purdue Notre Dame (0-0) (1) Michigan (2-0) (1) Tennessee (2-0) Florida (4-0) Florida (5-0) Nebraska (6-0) Arkansas (6-1) UCLA (7-1) UCLA (8-1) Purdue (8-2) Georgia Tech (9-1) Georgia Tech (9-1) 8.
9. USC Michigan (1-0) (1) Georgia Tech (2-0) Georgia Tech (3-0) Purdue (3-1) Purdue (4-1) Arkansas (5-1) USC (6-1) Georgia (7-1) Georgia (8-1) Florida (8-1) Miami (FL) (7-2-1) Miami (FL) (7-2-1) 9.
10. Tennessee Baylor (1-0) (1) Tennessee (1-0) Florida (3-0) Baylor (3-1) Oklahoma (4-0) Wyoming (6-0) Tennessee (4-2) Tennessee (5-2) Purdue (7-2) USC (7-2) SMU (8-2) SMU (8-2) 10.
Preseason
Aug[2]
Week 1
Sep 19[3]
Week 2
Sep 26[4]
Week 3
Oct 3[5]
Week 4
Oct 10[6]
Week 5
Oct 17[7]
Week 6
Oct 24[8]
Week 7
Oct 31[9]
Week 8
Nov 7[10]
Week 9
Nov 14[11]
Week 10
Nov 21[12]
Week 11
Nov 28[13]
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 5[14]
Dropped:
  • Syracuse
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • Purdue
Dropped:
  • Michigan
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Baylor
Dropped:
  • Oklahoma
  • Purdue
Dropped:
  • Wyoming
Dropped:
  • Florida
Dropped:
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
Dropped:
  • Florida
  • USC
None

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, in late November.[15][16]
Notre Dame received twenty of the 35 first-place votes; Michigan State received ten, Alabama four, and UCLA one.[17]

Ranking Team
1 Notre Dame
2 Michigan State
3 Alabama
4 Georgia
5 UCLA
6 Purdue
7 Nebraska
8 Georgia Tech
9 SMU
10 Miami (FL)
11 Florida
12 Mississippi
13 Arkansas
14 Tennessee
15 Wyoming
16 Syracuse
17 Houston
18 USC
19 Oregon State
20 Virginia Tech

Source:[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Polls give No. 1 nod to Notre Dame". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 6, 1967. p. 3B. 
  2. ^ "1966 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "September 19, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "September 26, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "October 3, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ "October 10, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "October 17, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ "October 24, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "October 31, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ "November 7, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ "November 14, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ "November 21, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ "November 28, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ "1966 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ Meyers, Jeff (November 29, 1966). "Notre Dame is No. 1 in final UPI balloting". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. p. 26. 
  16. ^ "Irish ride USC win to 1st". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). AP, UPI. November 29, 1966. p. 3B. 
  17. ^ "Notre Dame named national champions". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. November 29, 1966. p. 8. 
  18. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt