1966 NCAA University Division football rankings
|1966 NCAA University Division football rankings|
|Bowl Season||1966–67 bowl games|
|End of season champions||Notre Dame|
Final AP poll
The final AP Poll was released in early December, at the end of the 1966 regular season. 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||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|
|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|
- 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 (1925–1968).
Final Coaches' poll
The final UPI Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, in late November.
Notre Dame received twenty of the 35 first-place votes; Michigan State received ten, Alabama four, and UCLA one.
- "Polls give No. 1 nod to Notre Dame". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 6, 1967. p. 3B.
- "Irish keep first in last grid vote". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. December 6, 1967. p. 19.
- Meyers, Jeff (November 29, 1966). "Notre Dame is No. 1 in final UPI balloting". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. p. 26.
- "Irish ride USC win to 1st". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). AP, UPI. November 29, 1966. p. 3B.
- "Notre Dame named national champions". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. November 29, 1966. p. 8.