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1961 Bowl Games

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National Champions: Alabama (AP, NFF, UPI), Ohio State (FWAA)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Ernie Davis (Syracuse)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Darrell Royal (Texas)

AP Preseason #1: Iowa ▪ AP Final #1: Alabama

11 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1962-01-01 Cotton Bowl Texas 12 Mississippi 7 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1962-01-01 Orange Bowl Louisiana State 25 Colorado 7 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1962-01-01 Rose Bowl Minnesota 21 UCLA 3 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1962-01-01 Sugar Bowl Alabama 10 Arkansas 3 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1961-12-30 Gator Bowl Penn State 30 Georgia Tech 15 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1961-12-30 Sun Bowl Villanova 17 Wichita State 9 Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)
1961-12-29 Tangerine Bowl Lamar 21 Middle Tennessee State 14 Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1961-12-16 Bluebonnet Bowl Kansas 33 Rice 7 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1961-12-16 Liberty Bowl Syracuse 15 Miami (FL) 14 Liberty Bowl (Philadelphia, PA)
1961-12-09 Aviation Bowl New Mexico 28 Western Michigan 12 Aviation Bowl (Dayton, OH)
1961-12-09 Gotham Bowl Baylor 24 Utah State 9 Gotham Bowl (New York, NY)