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