1966 NCAA University Division football rankings

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Final 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.
Notre Dame received 41 of the 56 first-place votes; Michigan State received eight and Alabama seven.[2]

Ranking Team Conference Record Bowl
1 Notre Dame Independent 9–0–1 none
2 Michigan State Big Ten 9–0–1 none
3 Alabama SEC 11–0 Won Sugar, 34–7
4 Georgia SEC 10–1 Won Cotton, 24–9
5 UCLA AAWU (Pac-8) 9–1 none
6 Nebraska Big Eight 9–2 Lost Sugar, 7–34
7 Purdue Big Ten 9–2 Won Rose, 14–13
8 Georgia Tech Independent 9–2 Lost Orange, 12–27
9 Miami (FL) Independent 8–2–1 Won Liberty, 14–7
10 SMU Southwest 8–3 Lost Cotton, 9–24

Source:[3]

  • Prior to the 1975 season, the Big Ten and AAWU (Pac-8) conferences allowed only one postseason participant each, for the Rose Bowl.
  • Notre Dame did not play in the postseason for 44 consecutive seasons (19251968).

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, in late November.[4][5]
Notre Dame received twenty of the 35 first-place votes; Michigan State received ten, Alabama four, and UCLA one.[6]

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:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Polls give No. 1 nod to Notre Dame". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 6, 1967. p. 3B. 
  2. ^ "Irish keep first in last grid vote". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. December 6, 1967. p. 19. 
  3. ^ http://www.collegepollarchive.com/football/ap/seasons.cfm?seasonid=1966
  4. ^ Meyers, Jeff (November 29, 1966). "Notre Dame is No. 1 in final UPI balloting". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. p. 26. 
  5. ^ "Irish ride USC win to 1st". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). AP, UPI. November 29, 1966. p. 3B. 
  6. ^ "Notre Dame named national champions". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. November 29, 1966. p. 8. 
  7. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt