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National Champion: Oklahoma (AP, FWAA, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Paul Hornung (Notre Dame)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Oklahoma

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Oklahoma NA Big 7
1 Preseason 2 Michigan State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 3 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 4 Georgia Tech NA SEC
1 Preseason 5 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 6 Maryland NA ACC
1 Preseason 7 Texas Christian NA SWC
1 Preseason 8 Michigan NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 9 Texas A&M NA SWC
1 Preseason 10 Pittsburgh NA Ind
1 Preseason 11 Army NA Ind
1 Preseason 12 Tennessee NA SEC
1 Preseason 13 Mississippi NA SEC
1 Preseason 14 Stanford NA PCC
1 Preseason 15 Southern California NA PCC
1 Preseason 16 Duke NA ACC
1 Preseason 17 UCLA NA PCC
1 Preseason 18 Miami (FL) NA Ind
1 Preseason 19 Yale NA Ivy
1 Preseason 20 Illinois NA Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1956-09-24 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 7
2 1956-09-24 2 Georgia Tech (1-0-0) 4 Up 2 SEC
2 1956-09-24 3 Michigan State 2 Down 1 Big Ten
2 1956-09-24 4 Texas Christian (1-0-0) 7 Up 3 SWC
2 1956-09-24 5 Southern Methodist (1-0-0) Up  SWC
2 1956-09-24 6 Southern California (1-0-0) 15 Up 9 PCC
2 1956-09-24 7 Syracuse (1-0-0) Up  Ind
2 1956-09-24 8 Ohio State 5 Down 3 Big Ten
2 1956-09-24 9 Mississippi (1-0-0) 13 Up 4 SEC
2 1956-09-24 10 Pittsburgh (1-0-0) 10 NC Ind
2 1956-09-24 11 Texas A&M (1-0-0) 9 Down 2 SWC
2 1956-09-24 12 Stanford (1-0-0) 14 Up 2 PCC
2 1956-09-24 13 Michigan 8 Down 5 Big Ten
2 1956-09-24 14 Notre Dame (0-1-0) 3 Down 11 Ind
2 1956-09-24 15 Vanderbilt (1-0-0) Up  SEC
2 1956-09-24 16 Army 11 Down 5 Ind
2 1956-09-24 17 South Carolina (2-0-0) Up  ACC
2 1956-09-24 18 Oregon (1-0-0) Up  PCC
2 1956-09-24 19 Florida (1-0-0) Up  SEC
2 1956-09-24 20 North Carolina State (1-0-0) Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1956-10-01 1 Oklahoma (1-0-0) 1 NC Big 7
3 1956-10-01 2 Michigan State (1-0-0) 3 Up 1 Big Ten
3 1956-10-01 3 Georgia Tech (2-0-0) 2 Down 1 SEC
3 1956-10-01 4 Ohio State (1-0-0) 8 Up 4 Big Ten
3 1956-10-01 5 Michigan (1-0-0) 13 Up 8 Big Ten
3 1956-10-01 6 Mississippi (2-0-0) 9 Up 3 SEC
3 1956-10-01 7 Pittsburgh (2-0-0) 10 Up 3 Ind
3 1956-10-01 8 Texas Christian (1-0-0) 4 Down 4 SWC
3 1956-10-01 9 Tennessee (1-0-0) Up  SEC
3 1956-10-01 10 Southern California (2-0-0) 6 Down 4 PCC
3 1956-10-01 11 Texas A&M (2-0-0) 11 NC SWC
3 1956-10-01 12 Southern Methodist (1-1-0) 5 Down 7 SWC
3 1956-10-01 13 Miami (FL) (1-0-0) Up  Ind
3 1956-10-01 13 Illinois (1-0-0) Up  Big Ten
3 1956-10-01 15 Army (1-0-0) 16 Up 1 Ind
3 1956-10-01 16 Baylor (2-0-0) Up  SWC
3 1956-10-01 17 Notre Dame (0-1-0) 14 Down 3 Ind
3 1956-10-01 18 Syracuse (1-1-0) 7 Down 11 Ind
3 1956-10-01 18 Vanderbilt (2-0-0) 15 Down 3 SEC
3 1956-10-01 20 Iowa (1-0-0) Up  Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1956-10-08 1 Oklahoma (2-0-0) 1 NC Big 7
4 1956-10-08 2 Michigan State (2-0-0) 2 NC Big Ten
4 1956-10-08 3 Georgia Tech (2-0-0) 3 NC SEC
4 1956-10-08 4 Texas Christian (2-0-0) 8 Up 4 SWC
4 1956-10-08 5 Ohio State (2-0-0) 4 Down 1 Big Ten
4 1956-10-08 6 Tennessee (2-0-0) 9 Up 3 SEC
4 1956-10-08 7 Mississippi (3-0-0) 6 Down 1 SEC
4 1956-10-08 8 Southern California (3-0-0) 10 Up 2 PCC
4 1956-10-08 9 Texas A&M (3-0-0) 11 Up 2 SWC
4 1956-10-08 10 Baylor (3-0-0) 16 Up 6 SWC
4 1956-10-08 11 Miami (FL) (2-0-0) 13 Up 2 Ind
4 1956-10-08 12 Michigan (1-1-0) 5 Down 7 Big Ten
4 1956-10-08 13 Vanderbilt (3-0-0) 18 Up 5 SEC
4 1956-10-08 14 Navy (2-0-0) Up  Ind
4 1956-10-08 15 Army (2-0-0) 15 NC Ind
4 1956-10-08 16 George Washington (3-0-0) Up  Southern
4 1956-10-08 17 Minnesota (2-0-0) Up  Big Ten
4 1956-10-08 18 Notre Dame (1-1-0) 17 Down 1 Ind
4 1956-10-08 19 Southern Methodist (2-1-0) 12 Down 7 SWC
4 1956-10-08 20 South Carolina (3-1-0) Up  ACC
4 1956-10-08 20 West Virginia (2-1-0) Up  Southern
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1956-10-15 1 Oklahoma (3-0-0) 1 NC Big 7
5 1956-10-15 2 Michigan State (3-0-0) 2 NC Big Ten
5 1956-10-15 3 Georgia Tech (3-0-0) 3 NC SEC
5 1956-10-15 4 Texas Christian (3-0-0) 4 NC SWC
5 1956-10-15 5 Ohio State (3-0-0) 5 NC Big Ten
5 1956-10-15 6 Mississippi (4-0-0) 7 Up 1 SEC
5 1956-10-15 7 Tennessee (3-0-0) 6 Down 1 SEC
5 1956-10-15 8 Michigan (2-1-0) 12 Up 4 Big Ten
5 1956-10-15 9 Southern California (3-0-0) 8 Down 1 PCC
5 1956-10-15 10 Baylor (4-0-0) 10 NC SWC
5 1956-10-15 11 Miami (FL) (3-0-0) 11 NC Ind
5 1956-10-15 12 Iowa (3-0-0) Up  Big Ten
5 1956-10-15 13 Syracuse (2-1-0) Up  Ind
5 1956-10-15 14 Texas A&M (3-0-1) 9 Down 5 SWC
5 1956-10-15 15 Clemson (3-0-1) Up  ACC
5 1956-10-15 16 Pittsburgh (2-1-0) Up  Ind
5 1956-10-15 17 Purdue (2-1-0) Up  Big Ten
5 1956-10-15 18 Virginia Tech (4-1-0) Up  Southern
5 1956-10-15 19 Tulane (3-1-0) Up  SEC
5 1956-10-15 20 South Carolina (4-1-0) 20 NC ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1956-10-22 1 Michigan State (4-0-0) 2 Up 1 Big Ten
6 1956-10-22 2 Oklahoma (4-0-0) 1 Down 1 Big 7
6 1956-10-22 3 Georgia Tech (4-0-0) 3 NC SEC
6 1956-10-22 4 Tennessee (4-0-0) 7 Up 3 SEC
6 1956-10-22 5 Michigan (3-1-0) 8 Up 3 Big Ten
6 1956-10-22 6 Southern California (4-0-0) 9 Up 3 PCC
6 1956-10-22 7 Texas A&M (4-0-1) 14 Up 7 SWC
6 1956-10-22 8 Baylor (4-0-0) 10 Up 2 SWC
6 1956-10-22 9 Ohio State (3-1-0) 5 Down 4 Big Ten
6 1956-10-22 10 Mississippi (4-1-0) 6 Down 4 SEC
6 1956-10-22 10 Texas Christian (3-1-0) 4 Down 6 SWC
6 1956-10-22 12 Iowa (4-0-0) 12 NC Big Ten
6 1956-10-22 13 Pittsburgh (3-1-0) 16 Up 3 Ind
6 1956-10-22 14 Syracuse (3-1-0) 13 Down 1 Ind
6 1956-10-22 15 Tulane (4-1-0) 19 Up 4 SEC
6 1956-10-22 16 Virginia Tech (5-1-0) 18 Up 2 Southern
6 1956-10-22 17 George Washington (4-0-1) Up  Southern
6 1956-10-22 18 Penn State (3-1-0) Up  Ind
6 1956-10-22 19 Miami (FL) (3-0-1) 11 Down 8 Ind
6 1956-10-22 20 Clemson (3-0-1) 15 Down 5 ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1956-10-29 1 Oklahoma (5-0-0) 2 Up 1 Big 7
7 1956-10-29 2 Georgia Tech (5-0-0) 3 Up 1 SEC
7 1956-10-29 3 Tennessee (5-0-0) 4 Up 1 SEC
7 1956-10-29 4 Michigan State (4-1-0) 1 Down 3 Big Ten
7 1956-10-29 5 Texas A&M (5-0-1) 7 Up 2 SWC
7 1956-10-29 6 Ohio State (4-1-0) 9 Up 3 Big Ten
7 1956-10-29 7 Iowa (5-0-0) 12 Up 5 Big Ten
7 1956-10-29 8 Minnesota (4-0-1) Up  Big Ten
7 1956-10-29 9 Miami (FL) (4-0-1) 19 Up 10 Ind
7 1956-10-29 10 Stanford (4-2-0) Up  PCC
7 1956-10-29 11 Pittsburgh (4-1-0) 13 Up 2 Ind
7 1956-10-29 12 Penn State (4-1-0) 18 Up 6 Ind
7 1956-10-29 13 Clemson (4-0-1) 20 Up 7 ACC
7 1956-10-29 14 George Washington (5-0-1) 17 Up 3 Southern
7 1956-10-29 15 Baylor (4-1-0) 8 Down 7 SWC
7 1956-10-29 15 Virginia Tech (6-1-0) 16 Up 1 Southern
7 1956-10-29 17 Syracuse (4-1-0) 14 Down 3 Ind
7 1956-10-29 17 Oregon State (4-2-0) Up  PCC
7 1956-10-29 17 Michigan (3-2-0) 5 Down 12 Big Ten
7 1956-10-29 20 Southern California (4-1-0) 6 Down 14 PCC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1956-11-05 1 Oklahoma (6-0-0) 1 NC Big 7
8 1956-11-05 2 Georgia Tech (6-0-0) 2 NC SEC
8 1956-11-05 3 Tennessee (6-0-0) 3 NC SEC
8 1956-11-05 4 Michigan State (5-1-0) 4 NC Big Ten
8 1956-11-05 5 Texas A&M (6-0-1) 5 NC SWC
8 1956-11-05 6 Minnesota (5-0-1) 8 Up 2 Big Ten
8 1956-11-05 7 Ohio State (5-1-0) 6 Down 1 Big Ten
8 1956-11-05 8 Miami (FL) (5-0-1) 9 Up 1 Ind
8 1956-11-05 9 Syracuse (5-1-0) 17 Up 8 Ind
8 1956-11-05 10 Michigan (4-2-0) 17 Up 7 Big Ten
8 1956-11-05 11 Clemson (5-0-1) 13 Up 2 ACC
8 1956-11-05 12 Navy (5-1-0) Up  Ind
8 1956-11-05 13 Florida (5-1-1) Up  SEC
8 1956-11-05 14 Oregon State (5-2-0) 17 Up 3 PCC
8 1956-11-05 15 Iowa (5-1-0) 7 Down 8 Big Ten
8 1956-11-05 16 Southern California (5-1-0) 20 Up 4 PCC
8 1956-11-05 17 Texas Christian (4-2-0) Up  SWC
8 1956-11-05 18 Colorado (5-2-0) Up  Big 7
8 1956-11-05 19 UCLA (5-2-0) Up  PCC
8 1956-11-05 20 Stanford (4-3-0) 10 Down 10 PCC
8 1956-11-05 20 Pittsburgh (4-2-0) 11 Down 9 Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1956-11-12 1 Tennessee (7-0-0) 3 Up 2 SEC
9 1956-11-12 2 Oklahoma (7-0-0) 1 Down 1 Big 7
9 1956-11-12 3 Michigan State (6-1-0) 4 Up 1 Big Ten
9 1956-11-12 4 Georgia Tech (6-1-0) 2 Down 2 SEC
9 1956-11-12 5 Texas A&M (7-0-1) 5 NC SWC
9 1956-11-12 6 Ohio State (6-1-0) 7 Up 1 Big Ten
9 1956-11-12 7 Iowa (6-1-0) 15 Up 8 Big Ten
9 1956-11-12 8 Miami (FL) (5-0-1) 8 NC Ind
9 1956-11-12 9 Syracuse (6-1-0) 9 NC Ind
9 1956-11-12 10 Michigan (5-2-0) 10 NC Big Ten
9 1956-11-12 11 Oregon State (6-2-0) 14 Up 3 PCC
9 1956-11-12 12 Florida (6-1-1) 13 Up 1 SEC
9 1956-11-12 13 Clemson (5-0-2) 11 Down 2 ACC
9 1956-11-12 14 Southern California (6-1-0) 16 Up 2 PCC
9 1956-11-12 15 Navy (5-1-1) 12 Down 3 Ind
9 1956-11-12 16 Pittsburgh (5-2-0) 20 Up 4 Ind
9 1956-11-12 17 Minnesota (5-1-1) 6 Down 11 Big Ten
9 1956-11-12 18 George Washington (6-1-1) Up  Southern
9 1956-11-12 19 Mississippi (6-2-0) Up  SEC
9 1956-11-12 20 Princeton (7-0-0) Up  Ivy
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1956-11-19 1 Oklahoma (8-0-0) 2 Up 1 Big 7
10 1956-11-19 2 Tennessee (8-0-0) 1 Down 1 SEC
10 1956-11-19 3 Iowa (7-1-0) 7 Up 4 Big Ten
10 1956-11-19 4 Texas A&M (8-0-1) 5 Up 1 SWC
10 1956-11-19 5 Georgia Tech (7-1-0) 4 Down 1 SEC
10 1956-11-19 6 Miami (FL) (6-0-1) 8 Up 2 Ind
10 1956-11-19 7 Minnesota (6-1-1) 17 Up 10 Big Ten
10 1956-11-19 8 Syracuse (7-1-0) 9 Up 1 Ind
10 1956-11-19 9 Michigan (6-2-0) 10 Up 1 Big Ten
10 1956-11-19 10 Michigan State (6-2-0) 3 Down 7 Big Ten
10 1956-11-19 11 Oregon State (7-2-0) 11 NC PCC
10 1956-11-19 12 Ohio State (6-2-0) 6 Down 6 Big Ten
10 1956-11-19 13 Florida (6-1-1) 12 Down 1 SEC
10 1956-11-19 14 Pittsburgh (6-2-0) 16 Up 2 Ind
10 1956-11-19 15 Navy (6-1-1) 15 NC Ind
10 1956-11-19 16 Baylor (6-2-0) Up  SWC
10 1956-11-19 17 George Washington (7-1-1) 18 Up 1 Southern
10 1956-11-19 18 Texas Christian (5-3-0) Up  SWC
10 1956-11-19 19 Wyoming (10-0-0) Up  Skyline
10 1956-11-19 20 Colorado (6-2-1) Up  Big 7
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1956-11-26 1 Oklahoma (9-0-0) 1 NC Big 7
11 1956-11-26 2 Tennessee (9-0-0) 2 NC SEC
11 1956-11-26 3 Iowa (8-1-0) 3 NC Big Ten
11 1956-11-26 4 Georgia Tech (8-1-0) 5 Up 1 SEC
11 1956-11-26 5 Texas A&M (8-0-1) 4 Down 1 SWC
11 1956-11-26 6 Miami (FL) (7-0-1) 6 NC Ind
11 1956-11-26 7 Michigan (7-2-0) 9 Up 2 Big Ten
11 1956-11-26 8 Syracuse (7-1-0) 8 NC Ind
11 1956-11-26 9 Michigan State (7-2-0) 10 Up 1 Big Ten
11 1956-11-26 10 Minnesota (6-1-2) 7 Down 3 Big Ten
11 1956-11-26 11 Oregon State (7-2-1) 11 NC PCC
11 1956-11-26 12 Pittsburgh (6-2-1) 14 Up 2 Ind
11 1956-11-26 13 Navy (6-1-1) 15 Up 2 Ind
11 1956-11-26 14 Texas Christian (6-3-0) 18 Up 4 SWC
11 1956-11-26 15 Baylor (7-2-0) 16 Up 1 SWC
11 1956-11-26 16 George Washington (7-1-1) 17 Up 1 Southern
11 1956-11-26 17 Southern California (7-2-0) Up  PCC
11 1956-11-26 18 Florida (6-2-1) 13 Down 5 SEC
11 1956-11-26 19 Colorado (7-2-1) 20 Up 1 Big 7
11 1956-11-26 20 Ohio State (6-3-0) 12 Down 8 Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 Final 1 Oklahoma 1 NC Big 7
12 Final 2 Tennessee 2 NC SEC
12 Final 3 Iowa 3 NC Big Ten
12 Final 4 Georgia Tech 4 NC SEC
12 Final 5 Texas A&M 5 NC SWC
12 Final 6 Miami (FL) 6 NC Ind
12 Final 7 Michigan 7 NC Big Ten
12 Final 8 Syracuse 8 NC Ind
12 Final 9 Michigan State 9 NC Big Ten
12 Final 10 Oregon State 11 Up 1 PCC
12 Final 11 Baylor 15 Up 4 SWC
12 Final 12 Minnesota 10 Down 2 Big Ten
12 Final 13 Pittsburgh 12 Down 1 Ind
12 Final 14 Texas Christian 14 NC SWC
12 Final 15 Ohio State 20 Up 5 Big Ten
12 Final 16 Navy 13 Down 3 Ind
12 Final 17 George Washington 16 Down 1 Southern
12 Final 18 Southern California 17 Down 1 PCC
12 Final 19 Clemson Up  ACC
12 Final 20 Colorado 19 Down 1 Big 7