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1951 Polls

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National Champion: Tennessee (AP, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Dick Kazmaier (Princeton)

AP Preseason #1: Tennessee ▪ AP Final #1: Tennessee

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Tennessee NA SEC
1 Preseason 2 Michigan State NA Ind
1 Preseason 3 Ohio State NA Western
1 Preseason 4 Oklahoma NA Big 7
1 Preseason 5 California NA PCC
1 Preseason 6 Texas A&M NA SWC
1 Preseason 6 Kentucky NA SEC
1 Preseason 8 Washington NA PCC
1 Preseason 9 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 10 Illinois NA Western
1 Preseason 11 Texas NA SWC
1 Preseason 12 Nebraska NA Big 7
1 Preseason 13 Baylor NA SWC
1 Preseason 14 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 15 Wisconsin NA Western
1 Preseason 16 Maryland NA Southern
1 Preseason 17 Michigan NA Western
1 Preseason 18 Princeton NA Ind
1 Preseason 19 Pennsylvania NA Ind
1 Preseason 20 Cornell NA Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1951-10-01 1 Michigan State (2-0-0) 2 Up 1 Ind
2 1951-10-01 2 California (2-0-0) 5 Up 3 PCC
2 1951-10-01 3 Tennessee (1-0-0) 1 Down 2 SEC
2 1951-10-01 4 Oklahoma (1-0-0) 4 NC Big 7
2 1951-10-01 5 Notre Dame (1-0-0) 14 Up 9 Ind
2 1951-10-01 6 Texas (2-0-0) 11 Up 5 SWC
2 1951-10-01 7 Ohio State (1-0-0) 3 Down 4 Western
2 1951-10-01 8 Illinois (1-0-0) 10 Up 2 Western
2 1951-10-01 9 Maryland (1-0-0) 16 Up 7 Southern
2 1951-10-01 10 Texas A&M (2-0-0) 6 Down 4 SWC
2 1951-10-01 11 Georgia Tech (2-0-0) Up  SEC
2 1951-10-01 12 Washington (2-0-0) 8 Down 4 PCC
2 1951-10-01 13 Georgia (2-0-0) Up  SEC
2 1951-10-01 14 Princeton (1-0-0) 18 Up 4 Ind
2 1951-10-01 15 Oregon State (1-1-0) Up  PCC
2 1951-10-01 16 Duke (2-0-0) Up  Southern
2 1951-10-01 17 Kentucky (1-2-0) 6 Down 11 SEC
2 1951-10-01 18 Clemson (2-0-0) Up  Southern
2 1951-10-01 19 Baylor (1-0-0) 13 Down 6 SWC
2 1951-10-01 20 Kansas (2-0-0) Up  Big 7
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1951-10-08 1 Michigan State (3-0-0) 1 NC Ind
3 1951-10-08 2 California (3-0-0) 2 NC PCC
3 1951-10-08 3 Tennessee (2-0-0) 3 NC SEC
3 1951-10-08 4 Texas A&M (3-0-0) 10 Up 6 SWC
3 1951-10-08 5 Notre Dame (2-0-0) 5 NC Ind
3 1951-10-08 6 Texas (3-0-0) 6 NC SWC
3 1951-10-08 7 Illinois (2-0-0) 8 Up 1 Western
3 1951-10-08 8 Georgia Tech (3-0-0) 11 Up 3 SEC
3 1951-10-08 9 Ohio State (1-1-0) 7 Down 2 Western
3 1951-10-08 10 Maryland (2-0-0) 9 Down 1 Southern
3 1951-10-08 11 Oklahoma (1-1-0) 4 Down 7 Big 7
3 1951-10-08 12 Baylor (2-0-0) 19 Up 7 SWC
3 1951-10-08 13 Princeton (2-0-0) 14 Up 1 Ind
3 1951-10-08 14 Southern California (3-0-0) Up  PCC
3 1951-10-08 15 Holy Cross (2-0-0) Up  Ind
3 1951-10-08 16 Clemson (3-0-0) 18 Up 2 Southern
3 1951-10-08 17 Cornell (2-0-0) Up  Ind
3 1951-10-08 18 Oregon State (2-1-0) 15 Down 3 PCC
3 1951-10-08 19 Stanford (3-0-0) Up  PCC
3 1951-10-08 20 Pacific (3-0-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1951-10-15 1 California (4-0-0) 2 Up 1 PCC
4 1951-10-15 2 Tennessee (3-0-0) 3 Up 1 SEC
4 1951-10-15 3 Michigan State (4-0-0) 1 Down 2 Ind
4 1951-10-15 4 Texas (4-0-0) 6 Up 2 SWC
4 1951-10-15 5 Georgia Tech (4-0-0) 8 Up 3 SEC
4 1951-10-15 6 Texas A&M (4-0-0) 4 Down 2 SWC
4 1951-10-15 7 Maryland (3-0-0) 10 Up 3 Southern
4 1951-10-15 8 Illinois (3-0-0) 7 Down 1 Western
4 1951-10-15 9 Princeton (3-0-0) 13 Up 4 Ind
4 1951-10-15 10 Baylor (3-0-0) 12 Up 2 SWC
4 1951-10-15 11 Southern California (4-0-0) 14 Up 3 PCC
4 1951-10-15 12 Villanova (3-0-0) Up  Ind
4 1951-10-15 13 Stanford (4-0-0) 19 Up 6 PCC
4 1951-10-15 14 Cornell (3-0-0) 17 Up 3 Ind
4 1951-10-15 15 Southern Methodist (2-2-0) Up  SWC
4 1951-10-15 16 Pacific (4-0-0) 20 Up 4 Ind
4 1951-10-15 17 Ohio State (1-1-1) 9 Down 8 Western
4 1951-10-15 18 Northwestern (3-0-0) Up  Western
4 1951-10-15 19 Oklahoma (1-2-0) 11 Down 8 Big 7
4 1951-10-15 20 Washington (3-1-0) Up  PCC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1951-10-22 1 Tennessee (4-0-0) 2 Up 1 SEC
5 1951-10-22 2 Michigan State (5-0-0) 3 Up 1 Ind
5 1951-10-22 3 Georgia Tech (5-0-0) 5 Up 2 SEC
5 1951-10-22 4 Illinois (4-0-0) 8 Up 4 Western
5 1951-10-22 5 Maryland (4-0-0) 7 Up 2 Southern
5 1951-10-22 6 Southern California (5-0-0) 11 Up 5 PCC
5 1951-10-22 7 Baylor (4-0-0) 10 Up 3 SWC
5 1951-10-22 8 Princeton (4-0-0) 9 Up 1 Ind
5 1951-10-22 9 California (4-1-0) 1 Down 8 PCC
5 1951-10-22 10 Texas (4-1-0) 4 Down 6 SWC
5 1951-10-22 11 Stanford (5-0-0) 13 Up 2 PCC
5 1951-10-22 12 Cornell (4-0-0) 14 Up 2 Ind
5 1951-10-22 13 Northwestern (4-0-0) 18 Up 5 Western
5 1951-10-22 14 Wisconsin (2-1-1) Up  Western
5 1951-10-22 15 Notre Dame (3-1-0) Up  Ind
5 1951-10-22 16 Texas A&M (4-1-0) 6 Down 10 SWC
5 1951-10-22 17 Kentucky (3-3-0) Up  SEC
5 1951-10-22 18 Washington State (3-2-0) Up  PCC
5 1951-10-22 19 Arkansas (3-2-0) Up  SWC
5 1951-10-22 20 San Francisco (5-0-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1951-10-29 1 Tennessee (5-0-0) 1 NC SEC
6 1951-10-29 2 Michigan State (6-0-0) 2 NC Ind
6 1951-10-29 3 Illinois (5-0-0) 4 Up 1 Western
6 1951-10-29 4 Maryland (5-0-0) 5 Up 1 Southern
6 1951-10-29 5 Georgia Tech (6-0-0) 3 Down 2 SEC
6 1951-10-29 6 Princeton (5-0-0) 8 Up 2 Ind
6 1951-10-29 7 Southern California (6-0-0) 6 Down 1 PCC
6 1951-10-29 8 Baylor (4-0-1) 7 Down 1 SWC
6 1951-10-29 9 California (5-1-0) 9 NC PCC
6 1951-10-29 10 Wisconsin (3-1-1) 14 Up 4 Western
6 1951-10-29 11 Stanford (6-0-0) 11 NC PCC
6 1951-10-29 12 Texas (5-1-0) 10 Down 2 SWC
6 1951-10-29 13 Notre Dame (4-1-0) 15 Up 2 Ind
6 1951-10-29 14 Kentucky (4-3-0) 17 Up 3 SEC
6 1951-10-29 15 Michigan (3-2-0) Up  Western
6 1951-10-29 16 Washington State (4-2-0) 18 Up 2 PCC
6 1951-10-29 17 Oklahoma (3-2-0) Up  Big 7
6 1951-10-29 18 Texas A&M (4-1-1) 16 Down 2 SWC
6 1951-10-29 19 Miami (FL) (4-1-0) Up  Ind
6 1951-10-29 20 San Francisco (6-0-0) 20 NC Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1951-11-05 1 Tennessee (6-0-0) 1 NC SEC
7 1951-11-05 2 Illinois (6-0-0) 3 Up 1 Western
7 1951-11-05 3 Maryland (6-0-0) 4 Up 1 Southern
7 1951-11-05 4 Princeton (6-0-0) 6 Up 2 Ind
7 1951-11-05 5 Michigan State (6-0-0) 2 Down 3 Ind
7 1951-11-05 6 Southern California (7-0-0) 7 Up 1 PCC
7 1951-11-05 7 Stanford (7-0-0) 11 Up 4 PCC
7 1951-11-05 8 Georgia Tech (6-0-1) 5 Down 3 SEC
7 1951-11-05 9 Wisconsin (4-1-1) 10 Up 1 Western
7 1951-11-05 10 Texas (6-1-0) 12 Up 2 SWC
7 1951-11-05 11 Notre Dame (5-1-0) 13 Up 2 Ind
7 1951-11-05 12 Kentucky (5-3-0) 14 Up 2 SEC
7 1951-11-05 13 Texas Christian (4-3-0) Up  SWC
7 1951-11-05 14 Oklahoma (4-2-0) 17 Up 3 Big 7
7 1951-11-05 15 San Francisco (7-0-0) 20 Up 5 Ind
7 1951-11-05 16 Baylor (4-1-1) 8 Down 8 SWC
7 1951-11-05 17 California (5-2-0) 9 Down 8 PCC
7 1951-11-05 17 Washington State (4-3-0) 16 Down 1 PCC
7 1951-11-05 19 Pacific (6-1-0) Up  Ind
7 1951-11-05 20 Arkansas (4-3-0) Up  SWC
7 1951-11-05 20 Ohio State (3-2-1) Up  Western
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1951-11-12 1 Michigan State (7-0-0) 5 Up 4 Ind
8 1951-11-12 2 Tennessee (7-0-0) 1 Down 1 SEC
8 1951-11-12 3 Illinois (7-0-0) 2 Down 1 Western
8 1951-11-12 4 Stanford (8-0-0) 7 Up 3 PCC
8 1951-11-12 5 Maryland (7-0-0) 3 Down 2 Southern
8 1951-11-12 6 Princeton (7-0-0) 4 Down 2 Ind
8 1951-11-12 7 Georgia Tech (7-0-1) 8 Up 1 SEC
8 1951-11-12 8 Wisconsin (5-1-1) 9 Up 1 Western
8 1951-11-12 9 Kentucky (6-3-0) 12 Up 3 SEC
8 1951-11-12 10 Baylor (5-1-1) 16 Up 6 SWC
8 1951-11-12 11 Southern California (7-1-0) 6 Down 5 PCC
8 1951-11-12 12 Oklahoma (5-2-0) 14 Up 2 Big 7
8 1951-11-12 13 Texas Christian (4-3-0) 13 NC SWC
8 1951-11-12 14 San Francisco (7-0-0) 15 Up 1 Ind
8 1951-11-12 15 Texas (6-2-0) 10 Down 5 SWC
8 1951-11-12 16 California (6-2-0) 17 Up 1 PCC
8 1951-11-12 17 Washington State (5-3-0) 17 NC PCC
8 1951-11-12 18 UCLA (4-3-0) Up  PCC
8 1951-11-12 19 Rice (4-3-0) Up  SWC
8 1951-11-12 20 Cincinnati Up 
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1951-11-19 1 Tennessee (8-0-0) 2 Up 1 SEC
9 1951-11-19 2 Michigan State (8-0-0) 1 Down 1 Ind
9 1951-11-19 3 Stanford (9-0-0) 4 Up 1 PCC
9 1951-11-19 4 Maryland (8-0-0) 5 Up 1 Southern
9 1951-11-19 5 Princeton (8-0-0) 6 Up 1 Ind
9 1951-11-19 6 Illinois (7-0-1) 3 Down 3 Western
9 1951-11-19 7 Georgia Tech (8-0-1) 7 NC SEC
9 1951-11-19 8 Wisconsin (6-1-1) 8 NC Western
9 1951-11-19 9 Kentucky (7-3-0) 9 NC SEC
9 1951-11-19 10 Baylor (6-1-1) 10 NC SWC
9 1951-11-19 11 Southern California (7-1-0) 11 NC PCC
9 1951-11-19 12 Oklahoma (6-2-0) 12 NC Big 7
9 1951-11-19 13 San Francisco (8-0-0) 14 Up 1 Ind
9 1951-11-19 14 Texas (7-2-0) 15 Up 1 SWC
9 1951-11-19 15 Virginia (7-1-0) Up  Ind
9 1951-11-19 16 Holy Cross (7-1-0) Up  Ind
9 1951-11-19 17 Washington State (6-3-0) 17 NC PCC
9 1951-11-19 18 Rice (5-3-0) 19 Up 1 SWC
9 1951-11-19 19 California (7-2-0) 16 Down 3 PCC
9 1951-11-19 20 Bucknell Up 
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1951-11-26 1 Tennessee (9-0-0) 1 NC SEC
10 1951-11-26 2 Michigan State (9-0-0) 2 NC Ind
10 1951-11-26 3 Maryland (9-0-0) 4 Up 1 Southern
10 1951-11-26 4 Illinois (8-0-1) 6 Up 2 Western
10 1951-11-26 5 Princeton (9-0-0) 5 NC Ind
10 1951-11-26 6 Georgia Tech (9-0-1) 7 Up 1 SEC
10 1951-11-26 7 Wisconsin (7-1-1) 8 Up 1 Western
10 1951-11-26 8 Stanford (9-1-0) 3 Down 5 PCC
10 1951-11-26 9 Baylor (7-1-1) 10 Up 1 SWC
10 1951-11-26 10 Oklahoma (7-2-0) 12 Up 2 Big 7
10 1951-11-26 11 Texas Christian (5-4-0) Up  SWC
10 1951-11-26 12 California (8-2-0) 19 Up 7 PCC
10 1951-11-26 13 Virginia (8-1-0) 15 Up 2 Ind
10 1951-11-26 14 San Francisco (9-0-0) 13 Down 1 Ind
10 1951-11-26 15 UCLA (5-3-1) Up  PCC
10 1951-11-26 16 Texas (7-2-0) 14 Down 2 SWC
10 1951-11-26 17 Kentucky (7-4-0) 9 Down 8 SEC
10 1951-11-26 18 Washington State (7-3-0) 17 Down 1 PCC
10 1951-11-26 19 Holy Cross (8-1-0) 16 Down 3 Ind
10 1951-11-26 20 Southern California (7-2-0) 11 Down 9 PCC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 Final 1 Tennessee 1 NC SEC
11 Final 2 Michigan State 2 NC Ind
11 Final 3 Maryland 3 NC Southern
11 Final 4 Illinois 4 NC Western
11 Final 5 Georgia Tech 6 Up 1 SEC
11 Final 6 Princeton 5 Down 1 Ind
11 Final 7 Stanford 8 Up 1 PCC
11 Final 8 Wisconsin 7 Down 1 Western
11 Final 9 Baylor 9 NC SWC
11 Final 10 Oklahoma 10 NC Big 7
11 Final 11 Texas Christian 11 NC SWC
11 Final 12 California 12 NC PCC
11 Final 13 Virginia 13 NC Ind
11 Final 14 San Francisco 14 NC Ind
11 Final 15 Kentucky 17 Up 2 SEC
11 Final 16 Boston University Up  Ind
11 Final 17 UCLA 15 Down 2 PCC
11 Final 18 Washington State 18 NC PCC
11 Final 19 Clemson Up  Southern
11 Final 19 Holy Cross 19 NC Ind