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