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1956 Year Summary

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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

Conference Summary

Sorted by SRS
Overall Bowls SRS Polls
Rk Conference Schs G W L T Pct G W L T Pct SRS SOS Pre Final Champion
1 Big Ten Conference 10 91 48 33 10 .582 1 1 0 0 1.000 12.49 9.61 4 5 Iowa
2 Southwest Conference 7 72 41 30 1 .576 2 2 0 0 1.000 10.30 8.40 2 3 Texas A&M
3 Southeastern Conference 12 122 69 50 3 .578 2 1 1 0 .500 9.43 7.20 3 2 Tennessee
4 Pacific Coast Conference 9 90 45 41 4 .522 1 0 1 0 .000 7.18 6.62 3 2 Oregon State
5 Big Seven Conference 7 71 34 34 3 .500 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.21 1.52 1 2 Oklahoma
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 81 31 42 8 .432 1 0 1 0 .000 2.00 3.72 2 1 Clemson
7 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association 6 61 35 26 0 .574 2 1 1 0 .500 -0.73 -4.86 0 0 Texas-El Paso
8 Independent 22 208 97 97 14 .500 2 0 2 0 .000 -2.84 -2.59 4 4
9 Missouri Valley Conference 5 50 23 23 4 .500 0 0 0 0 -4.28 -4.04 0 0 Houston
10 Southern Conference 9 87 38 43 6 .471 1 1 0 0 1.000 -5.56 -5.04 0 1 West Virginia
11 Ivy Group 8 71 35 35 1 .500 0 0 0 0 -7.88 -7.41 1 0 Yale
12 Skyline Conference 8 80 36 42 2 .463 0 0 0 0 -12.17 -10.50 0 0 Wyoming

AP Poll Summary

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

Year Leaders

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Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Bob Reinhart (San Jose State) 121.3
2. Bob Newman (Washington State) 120.9
3. John Brodie (Stanford) 119.9
4. Claude Benham (Columbia) 116.1
5. Len Dawson (Purdue) 110.8
6. Guy Martin (Colgate) 105.9
7. Charlie Arnold (Southern Methodist) 95.8
8. Ralph Hunsaker (Arizona) 90.1
9. Carroll Johnston (Brigham Young) 87.9
10. Joe Clements (Texas) 87.2

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Jim Morse (Notre Dame) 22.1
2. Farrell Funston (Pacific) 20.9
3. Ernie Pitts (Denver) 19.8
4. Ron Kramer (Michigan) 19.6
5. Jim Swink* (Texas Christian) 19.6
6. Fred Dugan (Dayton) 18.5
7. John Whatcott (Utah State) 17.4
8. Joe Walton (Pittsburgh) 17.1
9. Buddy Dial (Rice) 17.0
10. Don Ellingsen (Washington State) 16.9

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Jim Swink* (Texas Christian) 1156
2. Jim Crawford (Wyoming) 1148
3. Tommy McDonald (Oklahoma) 1135
  Jack Hill (Utah State) 1135
5. Clendon Thomas (Oklahoma) 1058
6. Bill Barnes (Wake Forest) 1051
7. Jim Brown (Syracuse) 1042
8. Melvin Dillard (Purdue) 972
9. Johnny Wilson (Denver) 947
10. Ed Sutton (North Carolina) 907

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Clendon Thomas (Oklahoma) 17
2. Tommy McDonald (Oklahoma) 16
3. Jim Brown (Syracuse) 14
4. Jack Hill (Utah State) 12
  Jim Crawford (Wyoming) 12
6. John Call (Colgate) 11
  Bob Kyasky (Army) 11
8. John Bayuk (Colorado) 10
  Mike Brown (Dartmouth) 10
  Hewes Agnew (Princeton) 10