1974 NCAA Division I football rankings

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Two human polls comprised the 1974 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I 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]

Preseason
Aug[1]
Week 1
Sep 9[2]
Week 2
Sep 16[3]
Week 3
Sep 23[4]
Week 4
Sep 30[5]
Week 5
Oct 7[6]
Week 6
Oct 14[7]
Week 7
Oct 21[8]
Week 8
Oct 28[9]
Week 9
Nov 4[10]
Week 10
Nov 11[11]
Week 11
Nov 18[12]
Week 12
Nov 25[13]
Week 13
Dec 2[14]
Week 14 (Final)
Jan[15]
1. Oklahoma (23) Oklahoma (0-0) (22) Notre Dame (1-0) (19) Ohio State (2-0) (23) Ohio State (3-0) (25 ⅕) Ohio State (4-0) (33) Ohio State (5-0) (51) Ohio State (6-0) (50) Ohio State (7-0) (45) Ohio State (8-0) (49) Oklahoma (8-0) (48) Oklahoma (9-0) (45) Oklahoma (10-0) (49) Oklahoma (11-0) (49) Oklahoma (11-0) (51) 1.
2. Ohio State (14) Notre Dame (1-0) (17) Ohio State (1-0) (17) Notre Dame (2-0) (26) Oklahoma (2-0) (24 ⅕) Oklahoma (3-0) (24) Oklahoma (4-0) (5) Oklahoma (5-0) (8) Oklahoma (6-0) (14) Oklahoma (7-0) (10) Alabama (9-0) (10) Alabama (10-0) (9) Alabama (10-0) (10) Alabama (11-0) (12) USC (10-1-1) (6) 2.
3. Notre Dame (13) Alabama (0-0) (5) Oklahoma (1-0) (18) Oklahoma (1-0) (8) Alabama (3-0) (3 ⅕) Alabama (4-0) (1) Michigan (5-0) (1) Michigan (6-0) (1) Michigan (7-0) (2) Alabama (8-0) (2) Michigan (9-0) (4) Michigan (10-0) (8) Ohio State (10-1) Ohio State (10-1) Michigan (10-1) (2) 3.
4. Alabama (6) Ohio State (0-0) (9) Nebraska (1-0) (10) Alabama (2-0) (4) Michigan (3-0) (4 ⅕) Michigan (4-0) (2) Alabama (5-0) (1) Alabama (6-0) (1) Alabama (7-0) (1) Michigan (8-0) (1) Ohio State (8-1) Ohio State (9-1) Michigan (10-1) Michigan (10-1) Ohio State (10-2) 4.
5. USC (1) USC (0-0) (1) Alabama (1-0) (4) Michigan (2-0) Texas A&M (3-0) (1 ⅕) Nebraska (3-1) Auburn (5-0) (1) Auburn (6-0) (1) Auburn (7-0) (1) Texas A&M (7-1) Notre Dame (7-1) Notre Dame (8-1) Notre Dame (9-1) USC (9-1-1) Alabama (11-1) 5.
6. Michigan (1) Michigan (0-0) Michigan (1-0) Texas (2-0) Nebraska (2-1) Notre Dame (3-1) USC (3-1) USC (4-1) USC (5-1) Florida (7-1) Nebraska (7-2) Nebraska (8-2) USC (8-1-1) Auburn (9-2) Notre Dame (10-2) 6.
7. Nebraska Nebraska (0-0) LSU (1-0) Arizona State (2-0) Notre Dame (2-1) USC (2-1) Notre Dame (4-1) Notre Dame (5-1) Notre Dame (6-1) Penn State (7-1) Auburn (8-1) Auburn (9-1) Auburn (9-1) Penn State (9-2) Penn State (10-2) 7.
8. Penn State Penn State (0-0) Penn State (1-0) Pittsburgh (2-0) NC State (3-0) Florida (4-0) Texas A&M (4-1) Texas A&M (5-1) Texas A&M (6-1) Notre Dame (7-1) USC (6-1-1) USC (7-1-1) Texas A&M (8-2) Nebraska (8-3) Auburn (10-2) (1) 8.
9. LSU LSU (0-0) Texas (1-0) Texas A&M (2-0) USC (1-1) Texas Tech (3-0-1) Arizona (5-0) Nebraska (4-2) Nebraska (5-2) Nebraska (6-2) Florida (7-2) Texas A&M (8-2) Nebraska (8-3) Notre Dame (9-2) Nebraska (9-3) 9.
10. Texas Texas (0-0) Arkansas (1-0) Nebraska (1-1) Texas Tech (2-0-1) Auburn (4-0) (1) NC State (5-0) Penn State (5-1) Penn State (6-1) Auburn (7-1) Texas A&M (7-2) Penn State (8-2) Penn State (8-2) Maryland (8-3) Miami (OH) (10-0-1) 10.
11. Houston Arizona State (1-0) Arizona State (1-0) Wisconsin (2-0) Auburn (3-0) NC State (4-0) Penn State (4-1) Texas Tech (4-1-1) Florida (6-1) USC (5-1-1) Penn State (7-2) Maryland (7-3) Maryland (8-3) Texas (8-3) NC State (9-2-1) 11.
12. UCLA UCLA (0-0-1) UCLA (0-0-1) Oklahoma State (2-0) Arizona (3-0) Arizona (4-0) Nebraska (3-2) Florida (5-1) Texas (5-2) Texas (6-2) Miami (OH) (8-0-1) Miami (OH) (9-0-1) Miami (OH) (9-0-1) Baylor (8-3) Michigan State (7-3-1) 12.
13. Pittsburgh Pittsburgh (0-0) USC (0-1) NC State (2-0) Florida(3-0) Wisconsin (3-1) Kansas (4-1) Texas (4-2) Texas Tech (5-1-1) Miami (OH) (7-0-1) Maryland (6-3) NC State (8-2) NC State (9-2) NC State (9-2) Maryland (8-4) 13.
14. Maryland Maryland (0-0) Maryland (0-1) Tennessee (1-0-1) Illinois (3-0) Arkansas (3-1) Florida (4-1) Arizona State (4-1) Arizona State (5-1) Maryland (5-3) Houston (6-2) Michigan State (6-3-1) Michigan State (7-3-1) Michigan State (7-3-1) Baylor (8-4) 14.
15. Arizona State Tennessee (0-0) NC State (1-0) т Arizona (2-0) Penn State (2-1) Penn State (3-1) Arizona State (3-1) Maryland (4-2) Maryland (5-2) Houston (6-2) Michigan State (5-3-1) Houston (7-2) Houston (8-2) Miami (OH) (9-0-1) Florida (8-4) 15.
16. Tennessee NC State (0-0) Pittsburgh (1-0) т Illinois (2-0) Miami (FL) (2-0) Texas A&M (3-1) Texas (3-2) Arizona (5-1) Miami (OH) (6-0-1) Arizona State (5-2) NC State (7-2) Baylor (6-3) Baylor (7-3) Texas A&M (8-3) Texas A&M (8-3) 16.
17. Arizona Arizona (0-0) Arizona (1-0) т LSU (1-1) Pittsburgh (2-1) Texas (3-1) Texas Tech (3-1-1) NC State (5-1) Mississippi State (6-1) Oklahoma State (4-3) Pittsburgh (7-2) Texas (7-3) Texas (7-3) BYU (7-3-1) Mississippi State (9-3) т 17.
18. NC State Missouri (0-0) Tennessee (0-0-1) т USC (0-1) Arizona State (2-1) Arizona State (3-1) Maryland (3-2) Tulane (5-0) UCLA (4-1-2) California (5-2-1) Oklahoma State (5-3) Pittsburgh (7-3) Pittsburgh (7-3) Florida (8-3) Texas (8-4) т 18.
19. Arkansas Houston (0-1) Houston (1-1) т Penn State (1-1) Texas (2-1) Kansas (3-1) Miami (OH) (4-0-1) Miami (OH) (5-0-1) Temple (6-0) Pittsburgh (6-2) т California (6-2-1) California (7-2-1) Wisconsin (7-4) Arizona (9-2) Houston (8-3-1) 19.
20. Texas A&M
Stanford (0-1) т Miami (FL) (1-0) Arkansas (2-1) Miami (OH) (3-0-1) Tulane (4-0) California(5-1)
Texas Tech (5-2-1) т Texas Tech (6-2-1) Florida (7-3) BYU (7-3-1)
  • Pittsburgh (7-4) т
  • Wisconsin (7-4) т
Tennessee (7-3-2) 20.
Preseason
Aug[1]
Week 1
Sep 9[2]
Week 2
Sep 16[3]
Week 3
Sep 23[4]
Week 4
Sep 30[5]
Week 5
Oct 7[6]
Week 6
Oct 14[7]
Week 7
Oct 21[8]
Week 8
Oct 28[9]
Week 9
Nov 4[10]
Week 10
Nov 11[11]
Week 11
Nov 18[12]
Week 12
Nov 25[13]
Week 13
Dec 2[14]
Week 14 (Final)
Jan[15]
Dropped:
  • Texas A&M
Dropped:
  • Missouri
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Houston
  • Maryland
  • Stanford
  • UCLA
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Oklahoma State
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Miami (FL)
  • Pittsburgh
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Kansas
Dropped:
  • Arizona
  • California
  • NC State
  • Tulane
Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
  • San Diego State
  • Temple
  • UCLA
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Arizona State
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Oklahoma State
  • Texas Tech
Dropped:
  • California
  • Florida
Dropped:
  • Houston
Dropped:
  • Arizona
  • BYU
  • Pittsburgh
  • Wisconsin

Final Coaches' poll[edit]

For the first time, the final UPI Coaches Poll was released after the bowl games, on January 2, 1975.[16][17]
USC received 27 of the 34 first-place votes; Michigan received four and Alabama three.

Ranking Team
1 USC
2 Alabama
3 Ohio State
4 Notre Dame
5 Michigan
6 Auburn
7 Penn State
8 Nebraska
9 NC State
10 Miami (OH)
11 Houston
12 Florida
13 Maryland
14 Baylor
15 Texas A&M
Tennessee
17 Mississippi State
18 Michigan State
19 Tulsa
  • Only 19 teams received votes
  • Teams on probation were ineligible for the Coaches' poll, most notably Oklahoma.

Source:[16][17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1974 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "September 9, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ "September 16, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "September 23, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  5. ^ "September 30, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ "October 7, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ "October 14, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ "October 21, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  9. ^ "October 28, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  10. ^ "November 4, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  11. ^ "November 11, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ "November 18, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ "November 25, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  14. ^ "December 2, 1974 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  15. ^ "1974 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "UPI picks USC". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). January 3, 1975. p. 1-C. 
  17. ^ a b "UPI college football ratings". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. January 3, 1975. p. 14. 
  18. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt