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1961 Polls

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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

AP Polls

Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
1 Preseason 1 Iowa NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 2 Ohio State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 3 Alabama NA SEC
1 Preseason 4 Texas NA SWC
1 Preseason 5 Louisiana State NA SEC
1 Preseason 6 Michigan State NA Big Ten
1 Preseason 7 Penn State NA Ind
1 Preseason 8 Kansas NA Big 8
1 Preseason 9 Mississippi NA SEC
1 Preseason 10 Syracuse NA Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
2 1961-09-25 1 Iowa 1 NC Big Ten
2 1961-09-25 2 Mississippi 9 Up 7 SEC
2 1961-09-25 3 Ohio State 2 Down 1 Big Ten
2 1961-09-25 4 Alabama 3 Down 1 SEC
2 1961-09-25 5 Syracuse 10 Up 5 Ind
2 1961-09-25 6 Texas 4 Down 2 SWC
2 1961-09-25 7 Rice Up  SWC
2 1961-09-25 8 Penn State 7 Down 1 Ind
2 1961-09-25 9 UCLA Up  AAWU
2 1961-09-25 10 Michigan State 6 Down 4 Big Ten
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
3 1961-10-02 1 Iowa 1 NC Big Ten
3 1961-10-02 2 Mississippi 2 NC SEC
3 1961-10-02 3 Georgia Tech Up  SEC
3 1961-10-02 4 Alabama 4 NC SEC
3 1961-10-02 5 Texas 6 Up 1 SWC
3 1961-10-02 6 Michigan State 10 Up 4 Big Ten
3 1961-10-02 7 Syracuse 5 Down 2 Ind
3 1961-10-02 8 Ohio State 3 Down 5 Big Ten
3 1961-10-02 9 Michigan Up  Big Ten
3 1961-10-02 10 Baylor Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1961-10-09 1 Mississippi 2 Up 1 SEC
4 1961-10-09 2 Iowa 1 Down 1 Big Ten
4 1961-10-09 3 Alabama 4 Up 1 SEC
4 1961-10-09 4 Texas 5 Up 1 SWC
4 1961-10-09 5 Michigan State 6 Up 1 Big Ten
4 1961-10-09 6 Michigan 9 Up 3 Big Ten
4 1961-10-09 7 Ohio State 8 Up 1 Big Ten
4 1961-10-09 8 Notre Dame Up  Ind
4 1961-10-09 9 Baylor 10 Up 1 SWC
4 1961-10-09 10 Maryland Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1961-10-16 1 Michigan State 5 Up 4 Big Ten
5 1961-10-16 2 Mississippi 1 Down 1 SEC
5 1961-10-16 3 Texas 4 Up 1 SWC
5 1961-10-16 4 Iowa 2 Down 2 Big Ten
5 1961-10-16 5 Alabama 3 Down 2 SEC
5 1961-10-16 6 Notre Dame 8 Up 2 Ind
5 1961-10-16 7 Ohio State 7 NC Big Ten
5 1961-10-16 8 Georgia Tech Up  SEC
5 1961-10-16 9 Colorado Up  Big 8
5 1961-10-16 10 Louisiana State Up  SEC
5 1961-10-16 10 Arkansas Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1961-10-23 1 Michigan State 1 NC Big Ten
6 1961-10-23 2 Mississippi 2 NC SEC
6 1961-10-23 3 Texas 3 NC SWC
6 1961-10-23 4 Alabama 5 Up 1 SEC
6 1961-10-23 5 Iowa 4 Down 1 Big Ten
6 1961-10-23 6 Ohio State 7 Up 1 Big Ten
6 1961-10-23 7 Louisiana State 10 Up 3 SEC
6 1961-10-23 8 Notre Dame 6 Down 2 Ind
6 1961-10-23 9 Georgia Tech 8 Down 1 SEC
6 1961-10-23 10 Colorado 9 Down 1 Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1961-10-30 1 Michigan State 1 NC Big Ten
7 1961-10-30 2 Mississippi 2 NC SEC
7 1961-10-30 3 Texas 3 NC SWC
7 1961-10-30 4 Alabama 4 NC SEC
7 1961-10-30 5 Ohio State 6 Up 1 Big Ten
7 1961-10-30 6 Louisiana State 7 Up 1 SEC
7 1961-10-30 7 Georgia Tech 9 Up 2 SEC
7 1961-10-30 8 Colorado 10 Up 2 Big 8
7 1961-10-30 9 Iowa 5 Down 4 Big Ten
7 1961-10-30 10 Missouri Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1961-11-06 1 Texas 3 Up 2 SWC
8 1961-11-06 2 Alabama 4 Up 2 SEC
8 1961-11-06 3 Ohio State 5 Up 2 Big Ten
8 1961-11-06 4 Louisiana State 6 Up 2 SEC
8 1961-11-06 5 Minnesota Up  Big Ten
8 1961-11-06 6 Michigan State 1 Down 5 Big Ten
8 1961-11-06 7 Mississippi 2 Down 5 SEC
8 1961-11-06 8 Colorado 8 NC Big 8
8 1961-11-06 9 Georgia Tech 7 Down 2 SEC
8 1961-11-06 10 Missouri 10 NC Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1961-11-13 1 Texas 1 NC SWC
9 1961-11-13 2 Alabama 2 NC SEC
9 1961-11-13 3 Ohio State 3 NC Big Ten
9 1961-11-13 4 Louisiana State 4 NC SEC
9 1961-11-13 5 Minnesota 5 NC Big Ten
9 1961-11-13 6 Mississippi 7 Up 1 SEC
9 1961-11-13 7 Purdue Up  Big Ten
9 1961-11-13 8 Colorado 8 NC Big 8
9 1961-11-13 9 Michigan State 6 Down 3 Big Ten
9 1961-11-13 10 Syracuse Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1961-11-20 1 Alabama 2 Up 1 SEC
10 1961-11-20 2 Ohio State 3 Up 1 Big Ten
10 1961-11-20 3 Minnesota 5 Up 2 Big Ten
10 1961-11-20 4 Louisiana State 4 NC SEC
10 1961-11-20 5 Texas 1 Down 4 SWC
10 1961-11-20 6 Mississippi 6 NC SEC
10 1961-11-20 7 Colorado 8 Up 1 Big 8
10 1961-11-20 8 Michigan State 9 Up 1 Big Ten
10 1961-11-20 9 Arkansas Up  SWC
10 1961-11-20 10 Kansas Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1961-11-27 1 Alabama 1 NC SEC
11 1961-11-27 2 Ohio State 2 NC Big Ten
11 1961-11-27 3 Louisiana State 4 Up 1 SEC
11 1961-11-27 4 Texas 5 Up 1 SWC
11 1961-11-27 5 Mississippi 6 Up 1 SEC
11 1961-11-27 6 Colorado 7 Up 1 Big 8
11 1961-11-27 7 Minnesota 3 Down 4 Big Ten
11 1961-11-27 8 Michigan State 8 NC Big Ten
11 1961-11-27 9 Arkansas 9 NC SWC
11 1961-11-27 10 Missouri Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 Final 1 Alabama 1 NC SEC
12 Final 2 Ohio State 2 NC Big Ten
12 Final 3 Texas 4 Up 1 SWC
12 Final 4 Louisiana State 3 Down 1 SEC
12 Final 5 Mississippi 5 NC SEC
12 Final 6 Minnesota 7 Up 1 Big Ten
12 Final 7 Colorado 6 Down 1 Big 8
12 Final 8 Michigan State 8 NC Big Ten
12 Final 9 Arkansas 9 NC SWC
12 Final 10 Utah State Up  Skyline
12 Final 11 Missouri 10 Down 1 Big 8
12 Final 12 Purdue Up  Big Ten
12 Final 13 Georgia Tech Up  SEC
12 Final 14 Syracuse Up  Ind
12 Final 15 Rutgers Up  Ind
12 Final 16 UCLA Up  AAWU
12 Final 17 Arizona Up  Ind
12 Final 17 Penn State Up  Ind
12 Final 17 Rice Up  SWC
12 Final 20 Duke Up  ACC