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Northwestern Wildcats AP Poll History

Location: Evanston, Illinois ▪ Colors: Purple & White
Stadium: Ryan Field (cap. 49,256)
Record*: 121 Years, 499-642-40, .439 W-L% (Major School)
*W-L-T adjusted to 500-641-40 by NCAA.

Conferences: Big Ten, Western and Ind
Conference Champion: 8 Times
Bowls: 11 Bowls, 2-9, .182 W-L% (Major Bowls)

Ranked in AP Poll: 7 Times (Preseason), 9 Times (Final), 161 Weeks (Total)

161 Polls

Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
1 2013 1 Preseason 22 NA
2 2013 2 2013-09-01 19 22 Up 3
3 2013 3 2013-09-08 17 19 Up 2
4 2013 4 2013-09-15 18 17 Down 1
5 2013 5 2013-09-22 17 18 Up 1
6 2013 6 2013-09-29 16 17 Up 1
7 2013 7 2013-10-06 19 16 Down 3
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
8 2012 6 2012-09-30 24 Up 
9 2012 14 2012-11-25 22 Up 
10 2012 15 2012-12-02 21 22 Up 1
11 2012 16 Final 17 21 Up 4
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
12 2008 14 2008-11-23 24 Up 
13 2008 15 2008-11-30 24 24 NC
14 2008 16 2008-12-07 22 24 Up 2
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
15 2005 9 2005-10-23 21 Up 
16 2005 11 2005-11-06 25 Up 
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
17 2001 1 Preseason 16 NA
18 2001 2 2001-08-26 16 16 NC
19 2001 3 2001-09-02 16 16 NC
20 2001 4 2001-09-09 16 16 NC
21 2001 5 2001-09-23 16 16 NC
22 2001 6 2001-09-30 14 16 Up 2
23 2001 8 2001-10-14 22 Up 
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
24 2000 7 2000-10-01 22 Up 
25 2000 8 2000-10-08 17 22 Up 5
26 2000 9 2000-10-15 25 17 Down 8
27 2000 10 2000-10-22 23 25 Up 2
28 2000 11 2000-10-29 21 23 Up 2
29 2000 12 2000-11-05 12 21 Up 9
30 2000 13 2000-11-12 23 12 Down 11
31 2000 14 2000-11-19 20 23 Up 3
32 2000 15 2000-11-26 19 20 Up 1
33 2000 16 2000-12-03 18 19 Up 1
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
34 1997 2 1997-08-25 24 Up 
35 1997 3 1997-09-02 21 24 Up 3
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
36 1996 1 Preseason 18 NA
37 1996 2 1996-08-26 15 18 Up 3
38 1996 3 1996-09-02 13 15 Up 2
39 1996 6 1996-09-23 25 Up 
40 1996 7 1996-09-30 22 25 Up 3
41 1996 8 1996-10-07 15 22 Up 7
42 1996 9 1996-10-14 14 15 Up 1
43 1996 10 1996-10-21 11 14 Up 3
44 1996 11 1996-10-28 11 11 NC
45 1996 12 1996-11-04 18 11 Down 7
46 1996 13 1996-11-11 13 18 Up 5
47 1996 14 1996-11-18 11 13 Up 2
48 1996 15 1996-11-25 11 11 NC
49 1996 16 1996-12-02 10 11 Up 1
50 1996 17 1996-12-09 11 10 Down 1
51 1996 18 Final 15 11 Down 4
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
52 1995 4 1995-09-12 25 Up 
53 1995 7 1995-10-03 25 Up 
54 1995 8 1995-10-10 14 25 Up 11
55 1995 9 1995-10-17 11 14 Up 3
56 1995 10 1995-10-24 8 11 Up 3
57 1995 11 1995-10-31 6 8 Up 2
58 1995 12 1995-11-07 5 6 Up 1
59 1995 13 1995-11-14 5 5 NC
60 1995 14 1995-11-21 4 5 Up 1
61 1995 15 1995-11-28 3 4 Up 1
62 1995 16 1995-12-05 3 3 NC
63 1995 17 Final 8 3 Down 5
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
64 1971 1 Preseason 20 NA
65 1971 14 1971-12-06 19 Up 
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
66 1970 8 1970-10-26 20 Up 
67 1970 11 1970-11-16 18 Up 
68 1970 12 1970-11-23 18 18 NC
69 1970 13 1970-11-30 19 18 Down 1
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
70 1963 1 Preseason 6 NA
71 1963 2 1963-09-23 7 6 Down 1
72 1963 3 1963-09-30 4 7 Up 3
73 1963 5 1963-10-14 10 Up 
74 1963 6 1963-10-21 9 10 Up 1
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
75 1962 5 1962-10-15 8 Up 
76 1962 6 1962-10-22 3 8 Up 5
77 1962 7 1962-10-29 1 3 Up 2
78 1962 8 1962-11-05 1 1 NC
79 1962 9 1962-11-12 9 1 Down 8
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
80 1960 1 Preseason 14 NA
81 1960 2 1960-09-19 14 14 NC
82 1960 3 1960-09-26 6 14 Up 8
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
83 1959 1 Preseason 10 NA
84 1959 2 1959-09-21 10 10 NC
85 1959 3 1959-09-28 2 10 Up 8
86 1959 4 1959-10-05 2 2 NC
87 1959 5 1959-10-12 2 2 NC
88 1959 6 1959-10-19 2 2 NC
89 1959 7 1959-10-26 2 2 NC
90 1959 8 1959-11-02 2 2 NC
91 1959 9 1959-11-09 6 2 Down 4
92 1959 10 1959-11-16 8 6 Down 2
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
93 1958 5 1958-10-13 17 Up 
94 1958 6 1958-10-20 8 17 Up 9
95 1958 7 1958-10-27 11 8 Down 3
96 1958 8 1958-11-03 4 11 Up 7
97 1958 9 1958-11-10 13 4 Down 9
98 1958 10 1958-11-17 20 13 Down 7
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
99 1953 3 1953-10-05 18 Up 
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
100 1951 4 1951-10-15 18 Up 
101 1951 5 1951-10-22 13 18 Up 5
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
102 1950 4 1950-10-16 20 Up 
103 1950 5 1950-10-23 9 20 Up 11
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
104 1949 1 1949-10-03 20 NA
105 1949 3 1949-10-17 13 Up 
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
106 1948 1 1948-10-04 3 NA
107 1948 2 1948-10-11 3 3 NC
108 1948 3 1948-10-18 10 3 Down 7
109 1948 4 1948-10-25 9 10 Up 1
110 1948 5 1948-11-01 10 9 Down 1
111 1948 6 1948-11-08 8 10 Up 2
112 1948 7 1948-11-15 7 8 Up 1
113 1948 8 1948-11-22 7 7 NC
114 1948 9 Final 7 7 NC
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
115 1946 1 1946-10-07 10 NA
116 1946 2 1946-10-14 10 10 NC
117 1946 3 1946-10-21 8 10 Up 2
118 1946 4 1946-10-28 6 8 Up 2
119 1946 5 1946-11-04 17 6 Down 11
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
120 1945 4 1945-10-29 20 Up 
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
121 1943 1 1943-10-04 19 NA
122 1943 3 1943-10-18 17 Up 
123 1943 4 1943-10-25 15 17 Up 2
124 1943 5 1943-11-01 12 15 Up 3
125 1943 6 1943-11-08 8 12 Up 4
126 1943 7 1943-11-15 9 8 Down 1
127 1943 8 1943-11-22 8 9 Up 1
128 1943 9 Final 9 8 Down 1
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
129 1941 1 1941-10-13 5 NA
130 1941 2 1941-10-20 13 5 Down 8
131 1941 3 1941-10-27 9 13 Up 4
132 1941 4 1941-11-03 10 9 Down 1
133 1941 5 1941-11-10 8 10 Up 2
134 1941 6 1941-11-17 10 8 Down 2
135 1941 7 1941-11-24 9 10 Up 1
136 1941 8 Final 11 9 Down 2
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
137 1940 1 1940-10-14 4 NA
138 1940 2 1940-10-21 7 4 Down 3
139 1940 3 1940-10-28 8 7 Down 1
140 1940 4 1940-11-04 10 8 Down 2
141 1940 5 1940-11-11 10 10 NC
142 1940 6 1940-11-18 10 10 NC
143 1940 7 1940-11-25 7 10 Up 3
144 1940 8 Final 8 7 Down 1
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
145 1938 1 1938-10-17 18 NA
146 1938 2 1938-10-24 12 18 Up 6
147 1938 3 1938-10-31 7 12 Up 5
148 1938 4 1938-11-07 17 7 Down 10
149 1938 5 1938-11-14 16 17 Up 1
150 1938 6 1938-11-21 15 16 Up 1
151 1938 7 1938-11-28 19 15 Down 4
152 1938 8 Final 17 19 Up 2
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
153 1937 1 1937-10-18 7 NA
154 1937 3 1937-11-01 19 Up 
Rk Year Wk Date Rk Prev Chng
155 1936 1 1936-10-19 4 NA
156 1936 2 1936-10-26 3 4 Up 1
157 1936 3 1936-11-02 1 3 Up 2
158 1936 4 1936-11-09 1 1 NC
159 1936 5 1936-11-16 1 1 NC
160 1936 6 1936-11-23 7 1 Down 6
161 1936 7 Final 7 7 NC