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1959 Polls

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National Champion: Syracuse (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Billy Cannon (Louisiana State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Ben Schwartzwalder (Syracuse)

AP Preseason #1: Louisiana State ▪ AP Final #1: Syracuse

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Louisiana State NA SEC
1 Preseason 2 Oklahoma NA Big 7
1 Preseason 3 Auburn NA SEC
1 Preseason 4 Southern Methodist NA SWC
1 Preseason 5 Army NA Ind
1 Preseason 6 Wisconsin NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 7 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 8 Mississippi NA SEC
1 Preseason 9 Iowa NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 10 Northwestern NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 11 Purdue NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 12 North Carolina NA ACC
1 Preseason 13 Texas Christian NA SWC
1 Preseason 14 South Carolina NA ACC
1 Preseason 15 Air Force NA Ind
1 Preseason 16 Notre Dame NA Ind
1 Preseason 17 Texas NA SWC
1 Preseason 18 Clemson NA ACC
1 Preseason 19 Michigan State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 20 Syracuse NA Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1959-09-21 1 Louisiana State (1-0-0) 1 NC SEC
2 1959-09-21 2 Oklahoma 2 NC Big 7
2 1959-09-21 3 Auburn 3 NC SEC
2 1959-09-21 4 Mississippi (1-0-0) 8 Up 4 SEC
2 1959-09-21 5 Clemson (1-0-0) 18 Up 13 ACC
2 1959-09-21 6 Southern Methodist 4 Down 2 SWC
2 1959-09-21 7 Army 5 Down 2 Ind
2 1959-09-21 8 Wisconsin 6 Down 2 Big Ten
2 1959-09-21 9 Texas Christian (1-0-0) 13 Up 4 SWC
2 1959-09-21 10 Northwestern 10 NC Big Ten
2 1959-09-21 11 Southern California (1-0-0) Up  AAWU
2 1959-09-21 12 Ohio State 7 Down 5 Big Ten
2 1959-09-21 13 Navy (1-0-0) Up  Ind
2 1959-09-21 13 Iowa 9 Down 4 Big Ten
2 1959-09-21 15 Texas (1-0-0) 17 Up 2 SWC
2 1959-09-21 16 Georgia Tech (1-0-0) Up  SEC
2 1959-09-21 17 Georgia (1-0-0) Up  SEC
2 1959-09-21 18 Penn State (1-0-0) Up  Ind
2 1959-09-21 19 Florida (1-0-0) Up  SEC
2 1959-09-21 20 South Carolina (1-0-0) 14 Down 6 ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1959-09-28 1 Louisiana State (2-0-0) 1 NC SEC
3 1959-09-28 2 Northwestern (1-0-0) 10 Up 8 Big Ten
3 1959-09-28 3 Mississippi (2-0-0) 4 Up 1 SEC
3 1959-09-28 4 Army (1-0-0) 7 Up 3 Ind
3 1959-09-28 5 Iowa (1-0-0) 13 Up 8 Big Ten
3 1959-09-28 6 Clemson (2-0-0) 5 Down 1 ACC
3 1959-09-28 7 Georgia Tech (2-0-0) 16 Up 9 SEC
3 1959-09-28 8 Notre Dame (1-0-0) Up  Ind
3 1959-09-28 9 Tennessee (1-0-0) Up  SEC
3 1959-09-28 10 Texas (2-0-0) 15 Up 5 SWC
3 1959-09-28 11 Southern California (2-0-0) 11 NC AAWU
3 1959-09-28 12 Wisconsin (1-0-0) 8 Down 4 Big Ten
3 1959-09-28 13 Georgia (2-0-0) 17 Up 4 SEC
3 1959-09-28 14 Ohio State (1-0-0) 12 Down 2 Big Ten
3 1959-09-28 15 Navy (2-0-0) 13 Down 2 Ind
3 1959-09-28 16 South Carolina (2-0-0) 20 Up 4 ACC
3 1959-09-28 17 Auburn (0-1-0) 3 Down 14 SEC
3 1959-09-28 18 Air Force (1-0-0) Up  Ind
3 1959-09-28 19 Florida (2-0-0) 19 NC SEC
3 1959-09-28 20 Syracuse (1-0-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1959-10-05 1 Louisiana State (3-0-0) 1 NC SEC
4 1959-10-05 2 Northwestern (2-0-0) 2 NC Big Ten
4 1959-10-05 3 Georgia Tech (3-0-0) 7 Up 4 SEC
4 1959-10-05 4 Texas (3-0-0) 10 Up 6 SWC
4 1959-10-05 5 Mississippi (3-0-0) 3 Down 2 SEC
4 1959-10-05 6 Southern California (3-0-0) 11 Up 5 AAWU
4 1959-10-05 7 Purdue (1-0-1) Up  Big Ten
4 1959-10-05 8 Tennessee (2-0-0) 9 Up 1 SEC
4 1959-10-05 9 Wisconsin (2-0-0) 12 Up 3 Big Ten
4 1959-10-05 10 Iowa (1-1-0) 5 Down 5 Big Ten
4 1959-10-05 11 South Carolina (3-0-0) 16 Up 5 ACC
4 1959-10-05 12 Syracuse (2-0-0) 20 Up 8 Ind
4 1959-10-05 13 Oklahoma (1-1-0) Up  Big 7
4 1959-10-05 14 Auburn (1-1-0) 17 Up 3 SEC
4 1959-10-05 15 Southern Methodist (1-1-0) Up  SWC
4 1959-10-05 16 Penn State (3-0-0) Up  Ind
4 1959-10-05 17 Florida (3-0-0) 19 Up 2 SEC
4 1959-10-05 18 Air Force (2-0-0) 18 NC Ind
4 1959-10-05 19 Arkansas (3-0-0) Up  SWC
4 1959-10-05 20 Illinois (1-1-0) Up  Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1959-10-12 1 Louisiana State (4-0-0) 1 NC SEC
5 1959-10-12 2 Northwestern (3-0-0) 2 NC Big Ten
5 1959-10-12 3 Texas (4-0-0) 4 Up 1 SWC
5 1959-10-12 4 Georgia Tech (4-0-0) 3 Down 1 SEC
5 1959-10-12 5 Mississippi (4-0-0) 5 NC SEC
5 1959-10-12 6 Purdue (2-0-1) 7 Up 1 Big Ten
5 1959-10-12 7 Southern California (3-0-0) 6 Down 1 AAWU
5 1959-10-12 8 Syracuse (3-0-0) 12 Up 4 Ind
5 1959-10-12 9 Iowa (2-1-0) 10 Up 1 Big Ten
5 1959-10-12 10 Penn State (4-0-0) 16 Up 6 Ind
5 1959-10-12 11 Auburn (2-1-0) 14 Up 3 SEC
5 1959-10-12 12 Arkansas (4-0-0) 19 Up 7 SWC
5 1959-10-12 13 Illinois (2-1-0) 20 Up 7 Big Ten
5 1959-10-12 14 Tennessee (2-1-0) 8 Down 6 SEC
5 1959-10-12 15 Clemson (3-1-0) Up  ACC
5 1959-10-12 15 Southern Methodist (2-1-0) 15 NC SWC
5 1959-10-12 17 Air Force (3-0-0) 18 Up 1 Ind
5 1959-10-12 18 Washington (4-0-0) Up  AAWU
5 1959-10-12 19 Florida (3-0-1) 17 Down 2 SEC
5 1959-10-12 20 Pittsburgh (3-1-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1959-10-19 1 Louisiana State (5-0-0) 1 NC SEC
6 1959-10-19 2 Northwestern (4-0-0) 2 NC Big Ten
6 1959-10-19 3 Texas (5-0-0) 3 NC SWC
6 1959-10-19 4 Mississippi (5-0-0) 5 Up 1 SEC
6 1959-10-19 5 Southern California (4-0-0) 7 Up 2 AAWU
6 1959-10-19 6 Syracuse (4-0-0) 8 Up 2 Ind
6 1959-10-19 7 Auburn (3-1-0) 11 Up 4 SEC
6 1959-10-19 8 Penn State (5-0-0) 10 Up 2 Ind
6 1959-10-19 9 Georgia Tech (4-1-0) 4 Down 5 SEC
6 1959-10-19 10 Arkansas (4-1-0) 12 Up 2 SWC
6 1959-10-19 11 Oregon (5-0-0) Up  Ind
6 1959-10-19 12 Wisconsin (3-1-0) Up  Big Ten
6 1959-10-19 13 Illinois (3-1-0) 13 NC Big Ten
6 1959-10-19 14 Purdue (2-1-1) 6 Down 8 Big Ten
6 1959-10-19 15 Iowa (2-2-0) 9 Down 6 Big Ten
6 1959-10-19 16 Texas Christian (3-2-0) Up  SWC
6 1959-10-19 17 Clemson (3-1-0) 15 Down 2 ACC
6 1959-10-19 18 Oklahoma (2-2-0) Up  Big 7
6 1959-10-19 19 Yale (4-0-0) Up  Ivy
6 1959-10-19 20 Ohio State (2-2-0) Up  Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1959-10-26 1 Louisiana State (6-0-0) 1 NC SEC
7 1959-10-26 2 Northwestern (5-0-0) 2 NC Big Ten
7 1959-10-26 3 Mississippi (6-0-0) 4 Up 1 SEC
7 1959-10-26 4 Texas (6-0-0) 3 Down 1 SWC
7 1959-10-26 5 Syracuse (5-0-0) 6 Up 1 Ind
7 1959-10-26 6 Southern California (5-0-0) 5 Down 1 AAWU
7 1959-10-26 7 Penn State (6-0-0) 8 Up 1 Ind
7 1959-10-26 8 Auburn (4-1-0) 7 Down 1 SEC
7 1959-10-26 9 Georgia Tech (5-1-0) 9 NC SEC
7 1959-10-26 10 Wisconsin (4-1-0) 12 Up 2 Big Ten
7 1959-10-26 11 Purdue (3-1-1) 14 Up 3 Big Ten
7 1959-10-26 12 Clemson (4-1-0) 17 Up 5 ACC
7 1959-10-26 13 Yale (5-0-0) 19 Up 6 Ivy
7 1959-10-26 14 Georgia (5-1-0) Up  SEC
7 1959-10-26 15 Texas Christian (4-2-0) 16 Up 1 SWC
7 1959-10-26 16 Oregon (5-1-0) 11 Down 5 Ind
7 1959-10-26 17 Arkansas (4-2-0) 10 Down 7 SWC
7 1959-10-26 17 Washington (5-1-0) Up  AAWU
7 1959-10-26 19 Oklahoma (3-2-0) 18 Down 1 Big 7
7 1959-10-26 20 Tennessee (3-1-1) Up  SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1959-11-02 1 Louisiana State (7-0-0) 1 NC SEC
8 1959-11-02 2 Northwestern (6-0-0) 2 NC Big Ten
8 1959-11-02 3 Texas (7-0-0) 4 Up 1 SWC
8 1959-11-02 4 Syracuse (6-0-0) 5 Up 1 Ind
8 1959-11-02 5 Mississippi (6-1-0) 3 Down 2 SEC
8 1959-11-02 6 Southern California (6-0-0) 6 NC AAWU
8 1959-11-02 7 Penn State (7-0-0) 7 NC Ind
8 1959-11-02 8 Auburn (5-1-0) 8 NC SEC
8 1959-11-02 9 Wisconsin (5-1-0) 10 Up 1 Big Ten
8 1959-11-02 10 Clemson (5-1-0) 12 Up 2 ACC
8 1959-11-02 11 Georgia (6-1-0) 14 Up 3 SEC
8 1959-11-02 12 Washington (6-1-0) 17 Up 5 AAWU
8 1959-11-02 13 Tennessee (4-1-1) 20 Up 7 SEC
8 1959-11-02 14 Purdue (3-1-2) 11 Down 3 Big Ten
8 1959-11-02 15 Oregon (6-1-0) 16 Up 1 Ind
8 1959-11-02 16 Arkansas (5-2-0) 17 Up 1 SWC
8 1959-11-02 17 Texas Christian (5-2-0) 15 Down 2 SWC
8 1959-11-02 18 Air Force (4-1-1) Up  Ind
8 1959-11-02 19 Georgia Tech (5-2-0) 9 Down 10 SEC
8 1959-11-02 20 North Texas (7-0-0) Up  MVC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1959-11-09 1 Syracuse (7-0-0) 4 Up 3 Ind
9 1959-11-09 2 Texas (8-0-0) 3 Up 1 SWC
9 1959-11-09 3 Louisiana State (7-1-0) 1 Down 2 SEC
9 1959-11-09 4 Southern California (7-0-0) 6 Up 2 AAWU
9 1959-11-09 5 Mississippi (7-1-0) 5 NC SEC
9 1959-11-09 6 Northwestern (6-1-0) 2 Down 4 Big Ten
9 1959-11-09 7 Wisconsin (6-1-0) 9 Up 2 Big Ten
9 1959-11-09 8 Auburn (6-1-0) 8 NC SEC
9 1959-11-09 9 Tennessee (5-1-1) 13 Up 4 SEC
9 1959-11-09 10 Penn State (7-1-0) 7 Down 3 Ind
9 1959-11-09 11 Clemson (6-1-0) 10 Down 1 ACC
9 1959-11-09 12 Georgia (7-1-0) 11 Down 1 SEC
9 1959-11-09 13 Washington (7-1-0) 12 Down 1 AAWU
9 1959-11-09 14 Oregon (7-1-0) 15 Up 1 Ind
9 1959-11-09 15 Georgia Tech (6-2-0) 19 Up 4 SEC
9 1959-11-09 16 Iowa (4-3-0) Up  Big Ten
9 1959-11-09 16 North Texas (8-0-0) 20 Up 4 MVC
9 1959-11-09 18 Texas Christian (5-2-0) 17 Down 1 SWC
9 1959-11-09 19 Michigan State (4-3-0) Up  Big Ten
9 1959-11-09 20 Arkansas (6-2-0) 16 Down 4 SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1959-11-16 1 Syracuse (8-0-0) 1 NC Ind
10 1959-11-16 2 Mississippi (8-1-0) 5 Up 3 SEC
10 1959-11-16 3 Louisiana State (8-1-0) 3 NC SEC
10 1959-11-16 4 Southern California (8-0-0) 4 NC AAWU
10 1959-11-16 5 Texas (8-1-0) 2 Down 3 SWC
10 1959-11-16 6 Georgia (8-1-0) 12 Up 6 SEC
10 1959-11-16 7 Penn State (8-1-0) 10 Up 3 Ind
10 1959-11-16 8 Northwestern (6-2-0) 6 Down 2 Big Ten
10 1959-11-16 9 Wisconsin (6-2-0) 7 Down 2 Big Ten
10 1959-11-16 10 Texas Christian (6-2-0) 18 Up 8 SWC
10 1959-11-16 11 Michigan State (5-3-0) 19 Up 8 Big Ten
10 1959-11-16 12 Auburn (6-2-0) 8 Down 4 SEC
10 1959-11-16 13 Arkansas (7-2-0) 20 Up 7 SWC
10 1959-11-16 14 Washington (8-1-0) 13 Down 1 AAWU
10 1959-11-16 15 Oregon (8-1-0) 14 Down 1 Ind
10 1959-11-16 16 Iowa (5-3-0) 16 NC Big Ten
10 1959-11-16 17 Alabama (5-1-2) Up  SEC
10 1959-11-16 18 Miami (FL) (5-3-0) Up  Ind
10 1959-11-16 19 Clemson (6-2-0) 11 Down 8 ACC
10 1959-11-16 20 Tennessee (5-2-1) 9 Down 11 SEC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1959-11-23 1 Syracuse (9-0-0) 1 NC Ind
11 1959-11-23 2 Mississippi (8-1-0) 2 NC SEC
11 1959-11-23 3 Louisiana State (9-1-0) 3 NC SEC
11 1959-11-23 4 Texas (8-1-0) 5 Up 1 SWC
11 1959-11-23 5 Wisconsin (7-2-0) 9 Up 4 Big Ten
11 1959-11-23 6 Georgia (8-1-0) 6 NC SEC
11 1959-11-23 7 Southern California (8-1-0) 4 Down 3 AAWU
11 1959-11-23 8 Texas Christian (7-2-0) 10 Up 2 SWC
11 1959-11-23 9 Washington (9-1-0) 14 Up 5 AAWU
11 1959-11-23 10 Arkansas (8-2-0) 13 Up 3 SWC
11 1959-11-23 11 Auburn (7-2-0) 12 Up 1 SEC
11 1959-11-23 12 Miami (FL) (6-3-0) 18 Up 6 Ind
11 1959-11-23 13 Illinois (5-3-1) Up  Big Ten
11 1959-11-23 14 Clemson (7-2-0) 19 Up 5 ACC
11 1959-11-23 15 Penn State (8-2-0) 7 Down 8 Ind
11 1959-11-23 16 Pittsburgh (6-4-0) Up  Ind
11 1959-11-23 17 Oklahoma (6-3-0) Up  Big 7
11 1959-11-23 18 Missouri (6-4-0) Up  Big 7
11 1959-11-23 19 Alabama (6-1-2) 17 Down 2 SEC
11 1959-11-23 20 UCLA (4-3-1) Up  AAWU
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 1959-11-30 1 Syracuse (9-0-0) 1 NC Ind
12 1959-11-30 2 Mississippi (9-1-0) 2 NC SEC
12 1959-11-30 3 Louisiana State (9-1-0) 3 NC SEC
12 1959-11-30 4 Texas (9-1-0) 4 NC SWC
12 1959-11-30 5 Georgia (9-1-0) 6 Up 1 SEC
12 1959-11-30 6 Wisconsin (7-2-0) 5 Down 1 Big Ten
12 1959-11-30 7 Texas Christian (8-2-0) 8 Up 1 SWC
12 1959-11-30 8 Washington (9-1-0) 9 Up 1 AAWU
12 1959-11-30 9 Arkansas (8-2-0) 10 Up 1 SWC
12 1959-11-30 10 Clemson (8-2-0) 14 Up 4 ACC
12 1959-11-30 11 Alabama (7-1-2) 19 Up 8 SEC
12 1959-11-30 12 Illinois (5-3-1) 13 Up 1 Big Ten
12 1959-11-30 13 Southern California (8-2-0) 7 Down 6 AAWU
12 1959-11-30 14 Penn State (8-2-0) 15 Up 1 Ind
12 1959-11-30 15 Oklahoma (7-3-0) 17 Up 2 Big 7
12 1959-11-30 16 Wyoming (9-1-0) Up  Skyline
12 1959-11-30 17 UCLA (5-3-1) 20 Up 3 AAWU
12 1959-11-30 18 Florida (5-4-1) Up  SEC
12 1959-11-30 19 Notre Dame (5-5-0) Up  Ind
12 1959-11-30 20 Missouri (6-4-0) 18 Down 2 Big 7
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
13 Final 1 Syracuse 1 NC Ind
13 Final 2 Mississippi 2 NC SEC
13 Final 3 Louisiana State 3 NC SEC
13 Final 4 Texas 4 NC SWC
13 Final 5 Georgia 5 NC SEC
13 Final 6 Wisconsin 6 NC Big Ten
13 Final 7 Texas Christian 7 NC SWC
13 Final 8 Washington 8 NC AAWU
13 Final 9 Arkansas 9 NC SWC
13 Final 10 Alabama 11 Up 1 SEC
13 Final 11 Clemson 10 Down 1 ACC
13 Final 12 Penn State 14 Up 2 Ind
13 Final 13 Illinois 12 Down 1 Big Ten
13 Final 14 Southern California 13 Down 1 AAWU
13 Final 15 Oklahoma 15 NC Big 7
13 Final 16 Wyoming 16 NC Skyline
13 Final 17 Notre Dame 19 Up 2 Ind
13 Final 18 Missouri 20 Up 2 Big 7
13 Final 19 Florida 18 Down 1 SEC
13 Final 20 Pittsburgh Up  Ind