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1940 Polls

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AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 1940-10-14 1 Cornell (2-0-0) NA Ind
1 1940-10-14 2 Texas A&M (3-0-0) NA SWC
1 1940-10-14 3 Michigan (3-0-0) NA Western
1 1940-10-14 4 Northwestern (2-0-0) NA Western
1 1940-10-14 5 Tennessee (3-0-0) NA SEC
1 1940-10-14 6 Notre Dame (2-0-0) NA Ind
1 1940-10-14 7 Minnesota (2-0-0) NA Western
1 1940-10-14 8 Boston College (3-0-0) NA Ind
1 1940-10-14 9 Pennsylvania (2-0-0) NA Ind
1 1940-10-14 10 Stanford (3-0-0) NA PCC
1 1940-10-14 11 Fordham (2-0-0) NA Ind
1 1940-10-14 12 Clemson (4-0-0) NA Southern
1 1940-10-14 13 Mississippi (4-0-0) NA SEC
1 1940-10-14 14 Texas (3-0-0) NA SWC
1 1940-10-14 15 Ohio State (2-1-0) NA Western
1 1940-10-14 16 Washington (2-1-0) NA PCC
1 1940-10-14 17 Southern California (1-0-2) NA PCC
1 1940-10-14 18 Oregon State (2-0-1) NA PCC
1 1940-10-14 19 Washington State (2-0-1) NA PCC
1 1940-10-14 20 Iowa (2-0-0) NA Western
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1940-10-21 1 Cornell (3-0-0) 1 NC Ind
2 1940-10-21 2 Notre Dame (3-0-0) 6 Up 4 Ind
2 1940-10-21 3 Michigan (4-0-0) 3 NC Western
2 1940-10-21 4 Texas A&M (4-0-0) 2 Down 2 SWC
2 1940-10-21 5 Tennessee (4-0-0) 5 NC SEC
2 1940-10-21 6 Minnesota (3-0-0) 7 Up 1 Western
2 1940-10-21 7 Northwestern (3-0-0) 4 Down 3 Western
2 1940-10-21 8 Pennsylvania (3-0-0) 9 Up 1 Ind
2 1940-10-21 9 Stanford (4-0-0) 10 Up 1 PCC
2 1940-10-21 10 Boston College (4-0-0) 8 Down 2 Ind
2 1940-10-21 11 Fordham (3-0-0) 11 NC Ind
2 1940-10-21 12 Texas (4-0-0) 14 Up 2 SWC
2 1940-10-21 13 Clemson (4-0-0) 12 Down 1 Southern
2 1940-10-21 14 Mississippi (5-0-0) 13 Down 1 SEC
2 1940-10-21 15 Georgetown (4-0-0) Up  Ind
2 1940-10-21 16 Washington (3-1-0) 16 NC PCC
2 1940-10-21 17 Southern California (2-0-2) 17 NC PCC
2 1940-10-21 18 Nebraska (2-1-0) Up  Big 6
2 1940-10-21 19 Southern Methodist (3-0-1) Up  SWC
2 1940-10-21 20 Columbia (3-0-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1940-10-28 1 Cornell (4-0-0) 1 NC Ind
3 1940-10-28 2 Notre Dame (4-0-0) 2 NC Ind
3 1940-10-28 3 Michigan (5-0-0) 3 NC Western
3 1940-10-28 4 Minnesota (4-0-0) 6 Up 2 Western
3 1940-10-28 5 Texas A&M (5-0-0) 4 Down 1 SWC
3 1940-10-28 6 Stanford (5-0-0) 9 Up 3 PCC
3 1940-10-28 7 Tennessee (5-0-0) 5 Down 2 SEC
3 1940-10-28 8 Northwestern (4-0-0) 7 Down 1 Western
3 1940-10-28 9 Boston College (5-0-0) 10 Up 1 Ind
3 1940-10-28 10 Clemson (5-0-0) 13 Up 3 Southern
3 1940-10-28 10 Georgetown (5-0-0) 15 Up 5 Ind
3 1940-10-28 12 Nebraska (3-1-0) 18 Up 6 Big 6
3 1940-10-28 13 Washington (4-1-0) 16 Up 3 PCC
3 1940-10-28 14 Navy (5-0-0) Up  Ind
3 1940-10-28 15 Pennsylvania (3-1-0) 8 Down 7 Ind
3 1940-10-28 15 Southern Methodist (3-0-1) 19 Up 4 SWC
3 1940-10-28 17 Detroit Mercy (5-0-0) Up  Ind
3 1940-10-28 18 Duke (3-1-0) Up  Southern
3 1940-10-28 18 Penn State (4-0-0) Up  Ind
3 1940-10-28 20 Mississippi State (4-0-1) Up  SEC
3 1940-10-28 20 Santa Clara (2-1-1) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1940-11-04 1 Cornell (5-0-0) 1 NC Ind
4 1940-11-04 2 Minnesota (5-0-0) 4 Up 2 Western
4 1940-11-04 3 Michigan (5-0-0) 3 NC Western
4 1940-11-04 4 Texas A&M (6-0-0) 5 Up 1 SWC
4 1940-11-04 5 Tennessee (6-0-0) 7 Up 2 SEC
4 1940-11-04 6 Stanford (6-0-0) 6 NC PCC
4 1940-11-04 7 Notre Dame (5-0-0) 2 Down 5 Ind
4 1940-11-04 8 Boston College (6-0-0) 9 Up 1 Ind
4 1940-11-04 9 Georgetown (6-0-0) 10 Up 1 Ind
4 1940-11-04 10 Northwestern (4-1-0) 8 Down 2 Western
4 1940-11-04 11 Washington (4-1-0) 13 Up 2 PCC
4 1940-11-04 12 Duke (4-1-0) 18 Up 6 Southern
4 1940-11-04 12 Nebraska (4-1-0) 12 NC Big 6
4 1940-11-04 14 Southern Methodist (4-0-1) 15 Up 1 SWC
4 1940-11-04 15 Pennsylvania (4-1-0) 15 NC Ind
4 1940-11-04 16 Penn State (5-0-0) 18 Up 2 Ind
4 1940-11-04 17 Fordham (4-1-0) Up  Ind
4 1940-11-04 18 Lafayette Up 
4 1940-11-04 19 Mississippi State (5-0-1) 20 Up 1 SEC
4 1940-11-04 19 Santa Clara (2-1-1) 20 Up 1 Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1940-11-11 1 Minnesota (6-0-0) 2 Up 1 Western
5 1940-11-11 2 Cornell (6-0-0) 1 Down 1 Ind
5 1940-11-11 3 Texas A&M (7-0-0) 4 Up 1 SWC
5 1940-11-11 4 Stanford (7-0-0) 6 Up 2 PCC
5 1940-11-11 5 Tennessee (7-0-0) 5 NC SEC
5 1940-11-11 6 Michigan (5-1-0) 3 Down 3 Western
5 1940-11-11 7 Notre Dame (6-0-0) 7 NC Ind
5 1940-11-11 8 Boston College (7-0-0) 8 NC Ind
5 1940-11-11 9 Georgetown (7-0-0) 9 NC Ind
5 1940-11-11 10 Northwestern (5-1-0) 10 NC Western
5 1940-11-11 11 Nebraska (5-1-0) 12 Up 1 Big 6
5 1940-11-11 12 Duke (5-1-0) 12 NC Southern
5 1940-11-11 13 Fordham (5-1-0) 17 Up 4 Ind
5 1940-11-11 14 Alabama (5-1-0) Up  SEC
5 1940-11-11 15 Mississippi State (6-0-1) 19 Up 4 SEC
5 1940-11-11 16 Santa Clara (3-1-1) 19 Up 3 Ind
5 1940-11-11 17 Mississippi (7-1-0) Up  SEC
5 1940-11-11 17 Washington (4-2-0) 11 Down 6 PCC
5 1940-11-11 19 Oregon State (5-1-1) Up  PCC
5 1940-11-11 20 Penn State (5-0-1) 16 Down 4 Ind
5 1940-11-11 20 Southern Methodist (4-1-1) 14 Down 6 SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1940-11-18 1 Minnesota (7-0-0) 1 NC Western
6 1940-11-18 2 Texas A&M (8-0-0) 3 Up 1 SWC
6 1940-11-18 3 Stanford (8-0-0) 4 Up 1 PCC
6 1940-11-18 4 Boston College (8-0-0) 8 Up 4 Ind
6 1940-11-18 5 Cornell (6-1-0) 2 Down 3 Ind
6 1940-11-18 6 Tennessee (8-0-0) 5 Down 1 SEC
6 1940-11-18 7 Michigan (6-1-0) 6 Down 1 Western
6 1940-11-18 8 Nebraska (6-1-0) 11 Up 3 Big 6
6 1940-11-18 9 Georgetown (7-1-0) 9 NC Ind
6 1940-11-18 10 Northwestern (5-2-0) 10 NC Western
6 1940-11-18 11 Mississippi (8-1-0) 17 Up 6 SEC
6 1940-11-18 12 Pennsylvania (5-1-1) Up  Ind
6 1940-11-18 13 Washington (5-2-0) 17 Up 4 PCC
6 1940-11-18 14 Notre Dame (6-1-0) 7 Down 7 Ind
6 1940-11-18 15 Fordham (5-1-0) 13 Down 2 Ind
6 1940-11-18 16 Mississippi State (7-0-1) 15 Down 1 SEC
6 1940-11-18 17 Alabama (6-1-0) 14 Down 3 SEC
6 1940-11-18 18 Southern Methodist (5-1-1) 20 Up 2 SWC
6 1940-11-18 19 Santa Clara (4-1-1) 16 Down 3 Ind
6 1940-11-18 20 Texas Tech (7-0-1) Up  BIAA
6 1940-11-18 20 Penn State (6-0-1) 20 NC Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1940-11-25 1 Minnesota (8-0-0) 1 NC Western
7 1940-11-25 2 Texas A&M (8-0-0) 2 NC SWC
7 1940-11-25 3 Stanford (8-0-0) 3 NC PCC
7 1940-11-25 4 Boston College (9-0-0) 4 NC Ind
7 1940-11-25 5 Michigan (7-1-0) 7 Up 2 Western
7 1940-11-25 6 Tennessee (9-0-0) 6 NC SEC
7 1940-11-25 7 Northwestern (6-2-0) 10 Up 3 Western
7 1940-11-25 8 Nebraska (7-1-0) 8 NC Big 6
7 1940-11-25 9 Georgetown (8-1-0) 9 NC Ind
7 1940-11-25 10 Pennsylvania (6-1-1) 12 Up 2 Ind
7 1940-11-25 11 Mississippi State (8-0-1) 16 Up 5 SEC
7 1940-11-25 12 Washington (6-2-0) 13 Up 1 PCC
7 1940-11-25 13 Cornell (6-2-0) 5 Down 8 Ind
7 1940-11-25 14 Fordham (6-1-0) 15 Up 1 Ind
7 1940-11-25 15 Santa Clara (5-1-1) 19 Up 4 Ind
7 1940-11-25 16 Southern Methodist (6-1-1) 18 Up 2 SWC
7 1940-11-25 17 Alabama (7-1-0) 17 NC SEC
7 1940-11-25 18 Lafayette Up 
7 1940-11-25 18 Texas Tech (8-0-1) 20 Up 2 BIAA
7 1940-11-25 20 Hardin-Simmons (9-0-0) Up  Ind
7 1940-11-25 20 Duke (6-2-0) Up  Southern
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 Final 1 Minnesota 1 NC Western
8 Final 2 Stanford 3 Up 1 PCC
8 Final 3 Michigan 5 Up 2 Western
8 Final 4 Tennessee 6 Up 2 SEC
8 Final 5 Boston College 4 Down 1 Ind
8 Final 6 Texas A&M 2 Down 4 SWC
8 Final 7 Nebraska 8 Up 1 Big 6
8 Final 8 Northwestern 7 Down 1 Western
8 Final 9 Mississippi State 11 Up 2 SEC
8 Final 10 Washington 12 Up 2 PCC
8 Final 11 Santa Clara 15 Up 4 Ind
8 Final 12 Fordham 14 Up 2 Ind
8 Final 13 Georgetown 9 Down 4 Ind
8 Final 14 Pennsylvania 10 Down 4 Ind
8 Final 15 Cornell 13 Down 2 Ind
8 Final 16 Southern Methodist 16 NC SWC
8 Final 17 Hardin-Simmons 20 Up 3 Ind
8 Final 18 Duke 20 Up 2 Southern
8 Final 19 Lafayette 18 Down 1