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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 (1-0-0) 9 Up 7 SEC
2 1961-09-25 3 Ohio State 2 Down 1 Big Ten
2 1961-09-25 4 Alabama (1-0-0) 3 Down 1 SEC
2 1961-09-25 5 Syracuse (1-0-0) 10 Up 5 Ind
2 1961-09-25 6 Texas (1-0-0) 4 Down 2 SWC
2 1961-09-25 7 Rice (1-0-0) Up  SWC
2 1961-09-25 8 Penn State (1-0-0) 7 Down 1 Ind
2 1961-09-25 9 UCLA (1-0-0) 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 (1-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
3 1961-10-02 2 Mississippi (2-0-0) 2 NC SEC
3 1961-10-02 3 Georgia Tech (2-0-0) Up  SEC
3 1961-10-02 4 Alabama (2-0-0) 4 NC SEC
3 1961-10-02 5 Texas (2-0-0) 6 Up 1 SWC
3 1961-10-02 6 Michigan State (1-0-0) 10 Up 4 Big Ten
3 1961-10-02 7 Syracuse (2-0-0) 5 Down 2 Ind
3 1961-10-02 8 Ohio State (0-0-1) 3 Down 5 Big Ten
3 1961-10-02 9 Michigan (1-0-0) Up  Big Ten
3 1961-10-02 10 Baylor (2-0-0) Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
4 1961-10-09 1 Mississippi (3-0-0) 2 Up 1 SEC
4 1961-10-09 2 Iowa (2-0-0) 1 Down 1 Big Ten
4 1961-10-09 3 Alabama (3-0-0) 4 Up 1 SEC
4 1961-10-09 4 Texas (3-0-0) 5 Up 1 SWC
4 1961-10-09 5 Michigan State (2-0-0) 6 Up 1 Big Ten
4 1961-10-09 6 Michigan (2-0-0) 9 Up 3 Big Ten
4 1961-10-09 7 Ohio State (1-0-1) 8 Up 1 Big Ten
4 1961-10-09 8 Notre Dame (2-0-0) Up  Ind
4 1961-10-09 9 Baylor (2-0-0) 10 Up 1 SWC
4 1961-10-09 10 Maryland (3-0-0) Up  ACC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
5 1961-10-16 1 Michigan State (3-0-0) 5 Up 4 Big Ten
5 1961-10-16 2 Mississippi (4-0-0) 1 Down 1 SEC
5 1961-10-16 3 Texas (4-0-0) 4 Up 1 SWC
5 1961-10-16 4 Iowa (3-0-0) 2 Down 2 Big Ten
5 1961-10-16 5 Alabama (4-0-0) 3 Down 2 SEC
5 1961-10-16 6 Notre Dame (3-0-0) 8 Up 2 Ind
5 1961-10-16 7 Ohio State (2-0-1) 7 NC Big Ten
5 1961-10-16 8 Georgia Tech (3-1-0) Up  SEC
5 1961-10-16 9 Colorado (3-0-0) Up  Big 8
5 1961-10-16 10 Louisiana State (3-1-0) Up  SEC
5 1961-10-16 10 Arkansas (3-1-0) Up  SWC
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
6 1961-10-23 1 Michigan State (4-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
6 1961-10-23 2 Mississippi (5-0-0) 2 NC SEC
6 1961-10-23 3 Texas (5-0-0) 3 NC SWC
6 1961-10-23 4 Alabama (5-0-0) 5 Up 1 SEC
6 1961-10-23 5 Iowa (4-0-0) 4 Down 1 Big Ten
6 1961-10-23 6 Ohio State (3-0-1) 7 Up 1 Big Ten
6 1961-10-23 7 Louisiana State (4-1-0) 10 Up 3 SEC
6 1961-10-23 8 Notre Dame (3-1-0) 6 Down 2 Ind
6 1961-10-23 9 Georgia Tech (4-1-0) 8 Down 1 SEC
6 1961-10-23 10 Colorado (4-0-0) 9 Down 1 Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
7 1961-10-30 1 Michigan State (5-0-0) 1 NC Big Ten
7 1961-10-30 2 Mississippi (6-0-0) 2 NC SEC
7 1961-10-30 3 Texas (6-0-0) 3 NC SWC
7 1961-10-30 4 Alabama (6-0-0) 4 NC SEC
7 1961-10-30 5 Ohio State (4-0-1) 6 Up 1 Big Ten
7 1961-10-30 6 Louisiana State (5-1-0) 7 Up 1 SEC
7 1961-10-30 7 Georgia Tech (5-1-0) 9 Up 2 SEC
7 1961-10-30 8 Colorado (5-0-0) 10 Up 2 Big 8
7 1961-10-30 9 Iowa (4-1-0) 5 Down 4 Big Ten
7 1961-10-30 10 Missouri (5-0-1) Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
8 1961-11-06 1 Texas (7-0-0) 3 Up 2 SWC
8 1961-11-06 2 Alabama (7-0-0) 4 Up 2 SEC
8 1961-11-06 3 Ohio State (5-0-1) 5 Up 2 Big Ten
8 1961-11-06 4 Louisiana State (6-1-0) 6 Up 2 SEC
8 1961-11-06 5 Minnesota (5-1-0) Up  Big Ten
8 1961-11-06 6 Michigan State (5-1-0) 1 Down 5 Big Ten
8 1961-11-06 7 Mississippi (6-1-0) 2 Down 5 SEC
8 1961-11-06 8 Colorado (6-0-0) 8 NC Big 8
8 1961-11-06 9 Georgia Tech (6-1-0) 7 Down 2 SEC
8 1961-11-06 10 Missouri (5-1-1) 10 NC Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
9 1961-11-13 1 Texas (8-0-0) 1 NC SWC
9 1961-11-13 2 Alabama (8-0-0) 2 NC SEC
9 1961-11-13 3 Ohio State (6-0-1) 3 NC Big Ten
9 1961-11-13 4 Louisiana State (7-1-0) 4 NC SEC
9 1961-11-13 5 Minnesota (6-1-0) 5 NC Big Ten
9 1961-11-13 6 Mississippi (7-1-0) 7 Up 1 SEC
9 1961-11-13 7 Purdue (5-2-0) Up  Big Ten
9 1961-11-13 8 Colorado (6-1-0) 8 NC Big 8
9 1961-11-13 9 Michigan State (5-2-0) 6 Down 3 Big Ten
9 1961-11-13 10 Syracuse (6-2-0) Up  Ind
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
10 1961-11-20 1 Alabama (9-0-0) 2 Up 1 SEC
10 1961-11-20 2 Ohio State (7-0-1) 3 Up 1 Big Ten
10 1961-11-20 3 Minnesota (7-1-0) 5 Up 2 Big Ten
10 1961-11-20 4 Louisiana State (8-1-0) 4 NC SEC
10 1961-11-20 5 Texas (8-1-0) 1 Down 4 SWC
10 1961-11-20 6 Mississippi (8-1-0) 6 NC SEC
10 1961-11-20 7 Colorado (7-1-0) 8 Up 1 Big 8
10 1961-11-20 8 Michigan State (6-2-0) 9 Up 1 Big Ten
10 1961-11-20 9 Arkansas (7-2-0) Up  SWC
10 1961-11-20 10 Kansas (6-2-1) Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
11 1961-11-27 1 Alabama (9-0-0) 1 NC SEC
11 1961-11-27 2 Ohio State (8-0-1) 2 NC Big Ten
11 1961-11-27 3 Louisiana State (9-1-0) 4 Up 1 SEC
11 1961-11-27 4 Texas (9-1-0) 5 Up 1 SWC
11 1961-11-27 5 Mississippi (8-1-0) 6 Up 1 SEC
11 1961-11-27 6 Colorado (8-1-0) 7 Up 1 Big 8
11 1961-11-27 7 Minnesota (7-2-0) 3 Down 4 Big Ten
11 1961-11-27 8 Michigan State (7-2-0) 8 NC Big Ten
11 1961-11-27 9 Arkansas (8-2-0) 9 NC SWC
11 1961-11-27 10 Missouri (7-2-1) Up  Big 8
Wk Date Rk School Prev Chng Conf
12 Final 1 Alabama (9-0-0) 1 NC SEC
12 Final 2 Ohio State (8-0-1) 2 NC Big Ten
12 Final 3 Texas (9-1-0) 4 Up 1 SWC
12 Final 4 Louisiana State (9-1-0) 3 Down 1 SEC
12 Final 5 Mississippi (8-1-0) 5 NC SEC
12 Final 6 Minnesota (7-2-0) 7 Up 1 Big Ten
12 Final 7 Colorado (8-1-0) 6 Down 1 Big 8
12 Final 8 Michigan State (7-2-0) 8 NC Big Ten
12 Final 9 Arkansas (8-2-0) 9 NC SWC
12 Final 10 Utah State (9-0-1) Up  Skyline
12 Final 11 Missouri (7-2-1) 10 Down 1 Big 8
12 Final 12 Purdue (6-3-0) Up  Big Ten
12 Final 13 Georgia Tech (6-3-0) Up  SEC
12 Final 14 Syracuse (7-3-0) Up  Ind
12 Final 15 Rutgers (9-0-0) Up  Ind
12 Final 16 UCLA (7-3-0) Up  AAWU
12 Final 17 Arizona (8-1-1) Up  Ind
12 Final 17 Penn State (7-3-0) Up  Ind
12 Final 17 Rice (6-3-0) Up  SWC
12 Final 20 Duke (6-3-0) Up  ACC