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1961 Standings

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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

111 Schools

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
1 UCLA AAWU 7 4 0 .636 3 1 0 .750 16.8 12.9 7.90 3.90 9 16
2 Washington AAWU 5 4 1 .550 2 1 1 .625 11.9 9.8 2.56 0.66
3 Southern California AAWU 4 5 1 .450 2 1 1 .625 15.0 16.7 1.41 3.61
4 Stanford AAWU 4 6 0 .400 1 3 0 .250 10.5 16.3 -3.44 1.86
5 California AAWU 1 8 1 .150 1 3 0 .250 11.8 26.8 -5.40 7.90
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
6 Duke ACC 7 3 0 .700 5 1 0 .833 18.3 10.6 13.49 6.59 20 20
7 North Carolina ACC 5 5 0 .500 4 3 0 .571 12.1 14.1 6.16 7.16
8 Maryland ACC 7 3 0 .700 3 3 0 .500 15.6 14.1 6.52 3.02 10
9 Clemson ACC 5 5 0 .500 3 3 0 .500 19.9 12.6 9.31 3.81
10 North Carolina State ACC 4 6 0 .400 3 4 0 .429 12.9 14.9 2.39 4.99
11 South Carolina ACC 4 6 0 .400 3 4 0 .429 12.8 18.7 0.58 5.28
12 Wake Forest ACC 4 6 0 .400 3 4 0 .429 10.3 15.9 -0.16 4.74
13 Virginia ACC 4 6 0 .400 2 4 0 .333 12.3 19.0 -3.88 1.12
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
14 Colorado Big 8 9 2 0 .818 7 0 0 1.000 16.7 9.5 12.94 5.03 6 7
15 Missouri Big 8 7 2 1 .750 5 2 0 .714 12.4 5.7 10.69 3.99 10 11
16 Kansas Big 8 7 3 1 .682 5 2 0 .714 24.5 8.0 15.22 4.22 8 8
17 Oklahoma Big 8 5 5 0 .500 4 3 0 .571 12.2 14.1 5.87 7.77
18 Iowa State Big 8 5 5 0 .500 3 4 0 .429 15.1 13.3 3.06 0.96
19 Oklahoma State Big 8 4 6 0 .400 2 5 0 .286 15.4 16.6 0.83 3.03
20 Nebraska Big 8 3 6 1 .350 2 5 0 .286 11.9 13.5 2.18 4.28
21 Kansas State Big 8 2 8 0 .200 0 7 0 .000 5.8 23.2 -8.83 4.87
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
22 Ohio State Big Ten 8 0 1 .944 6 0 0 1.000 24.6 9.2 19.20 6.76 2 2 2
23 Minnesota Big Ten 8 2 0 .800 6 1 0 .857 16.1 7.8 17.43 9.83 3 6
24 Michigan State Big Ten 7 2 0 .778 5 2 0 .714 21.3 5.6 20.05 7.38 6 1 8
25 Purdue Big Ten 6 3 0 .667 4 2 0 .667 16.2 9.7 12.35 6.69 7 12
26 Wisconsin Big Ten 6 3 0 .667 4 3 0 .571 19.9 17.6 10.75 8.75
27 Michigan Big Ten 6 3 0 .667 3 3 0 .500 23.6 18.1 16.83 11.72 6
28 Iowa Big Ten 5 4 0 .556 2 4 0 .333 23.9 18.0 14.86 9.19 1 1
29 Northwestern Big Ten 4 5 0 .444 2 4 0 .333 14.6 11.7 9.53 8.64
30 Indiana Big Ten 2 7 0 .222 0 6 0 .000 10.7 18.0 1.32 8.32
31 Illinois Big Ten 0 9 0 .000 0 7 0 .000 5.9 32.1 -7.21 12.23
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
32 Arizona State BIAA 7 3 0 .700 3 0 0 1.000 28.7 16.3 1.89 -7.21
33 West Texas A&M BIAA 6 4 0 .600 3 1 0 .750 30.9 22.1 -4.79 -9.39
34 New Mexico State BIAA 5 4 1 .550 2 1 0 .667 34.1 19.5 -6.30 -12.40
35 Texas-El Paso BIAA 3 7 0 .300 1 3 0 .250 17.6 28.3 -15.71 -7.11
36 Hardin-Simmons BIAA 0 10 0 .000 0 4 0 .000 4.3 37.7 -28.20 -7.00
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
37 Rutgers Ind 9 0 0 1.000 27.3 11.3 2.80 -12.87 15 15
38 Arizona Ind 8 1 1 .850 28.8 13.1 4.72 -7.18 17 17
39 Memphis Ind 8 2 0 .800 33.2 7.5 4.54 -11.36
40 Villanova Ind 8 2 0 .800 23.9 8.9 3.82 -8.98
41 Penn State Ind 8 3 0 .727 23.7 13.0 14.19 4.74 7 7 17
42 Syracuse Ind 8 3 0 .727 24.4 11.9 12.82 2.91 10 5 14
43 Holy Cross Ind 7 3 0 .700 20.7 15.2 -0.50 -5.00
44 Navy Ind 7 3 0 .700 20.1 13.6 7.86 2.26
45 Miami (FL) Ind 7 4 0 .636 13.3 7.7 11.08 6.62
46 Army Ind 6 4 0 .600 22.4 11.8 7.42 -0.18
47 San Jose State Ind 6 4 0 .600 18.3 18.5 -7.24 -8.64
48 Xavier Ind 6 4 0 .600 8.6 8.6 -10.75 -11.15
49 Colgate Ind 5 4 0 .556 12.9 16.1 -8.98 -8.87
50 Detroit Mercy Ind 5 4 0 .556 20.1 19.2 -3.56 -5.01
51 Pacific Ind 5 4 0 .556 22.2 20.8 -9.47 -12.36
52 Houston Ind 5 4 1 .550 14.4 13.8 4.61 3.01
53 Notre Dame Ind 5 5 0 .500 17.5 18.2 8.87 9.97 6
54 Oregon State Ind 5 5 0 .500 16.5 13.7 0.43 -0.57
55 Florida State Ind 4 5 1 .450 9.3 12.8 -3.45 0.26
56 Boston University Ind 4 5 0 .444 11.1 15.8 -7.53 -3.42
57 Boston College Ind 4 6 0 .400 11.7 18.9 -3.68 0.72
58 Oregon Ind 4 6 0 .400 15.2 11.2 2.55 1.55
59 Air Force Ind 3 7 0 .300 8.7 17.3 -9.71 -1.41
60 Pittsburgh Ind 3 7 0 .300 14.5 20.9 1.47 7.57
61 Washington State Ind 3 7 0 .300 16.3 21.3 -3.41 2.29
62 Idaho Ind 2 7 0 .222 7.2 39.0 -17.87 -0.98
63 Dayton Ind 2 8 0 .200 9.8 24.5 -22.89 -10.59
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
64 Columbia Ivy 6 3 0 .667 6 1 0 .857 26.7 13.0 -2.06 -11.62
65 Harvard Ivy 6 3 0 .667 6 1 0 .857 17.8 10.8 -6.14 -12.47
66 Dartmouth Ivy 6 3 0 .667 5 2 0 .714 21.9 11.6 -3.19 -11.86
67 Princeton Ivy 5 4 0 .556 5 2 0 .714 19.2 14.2 -9.01 -10.23
68 Yale Ivy 4 5 0 .444 3 4 0 .429 11.0 11.7 -12.24 -11.80
69 Cornell Ivy 3 6 0 .333 2 5 0 .286 15.9 15.2 -11.20 -9.43
70 Pennsylvania Ivy 2 7 0 .222 1 6 0 .143 4.7 21.6 -23.26 -9.26
71 Brown Ivy 0 9 0 .000 0 7 0 .000 2.7 27.2 -27.84 -10.06
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
72 Wichita State MVC 8 3 0 .727 3 0 0 1.000 20.9 17.2 -4.37 -8.73
73 North Texas MVC 5 4 1 .550 1 2 0 .333 16.2 20.6 -14.25 -12.05
74 Cincinnati MVC 3 7 0 .300 1 2 0 .333 9.7 14.2 -14.22 -9.02
75 Tulsa MVC 2 8 0 .200 1 2 0 .333 9.1 20.5 -11.08 -2.38
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
76 Alabama SEC 11 0 0 1.000 7 0 0 1.000 27.0 2.3 24.03 5.30 3 1 1
77 Louisiana State SEC 10 1 0 .909 6 0 0 1.000 23.5 5.2 21.85 8.75 5 3 4
78 Mississippi SEC 9 2 0 .818 5 1 0 .833 30.3 4.7 21.98 6.17 9 1 5
79 Georgia Tech SEC 7 4 0 .636 4 3 0 .571 16.1 7.3 17.98 9.89 3 13
80 Tennessee SEC 6 4 0 .600 4 3 0 .571 22.1 14.9 10.41 6.41
81 Florida SEC 4 5 1 .450 3 3 0 .500 9.7 14.6 2.95 7.55
82 Auburn SEC 6 4 0 .600 3 4 0 .429 17.4 13.7 9.47 6.07
83 Kentucky SEC 5 5 0 .500 2 4 0 .333 13.8 12.3 6.28 4.88
84 Georgia SEC 3 7 0 .300 2 5 0 .286 8.4 17.7 -1.13 7.27
85 Mississippi State SEC 5 5 0 .500 1 5 0 .167 11.1 13.5 5.54 8.04
86 Tulane SEC 2 8 0 .200 1 5 0 .167 6.0 22.5 -0.23 9.87
87 Vanderbilt SEC 2 8 0 .200 1 6 0 .143 9.5 22.0 -1.79 7.31
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
88 Utah State Skyline 9 1 1 .864 5 0 1 .917 36.0 9.3 8.54 -7.28 10 10
89 Wyoming Skyline 6 1 2 .778 5 0 1 .917 19.0 8.2 8.37 -1.63
90 New Mexico Skyline 7 4 0 .636 3 3 0 .500 19.5 17.9 -3.68 -6.05
91 Utah Skyline 6 4 0 .600 3 3 0 .500 17.6 13.4 3.13 -0.37
92 Montana Skyline 2 6 0 .250 2 4 0 .333 13.6 20.9 -12.34 -6.09
93 Brigham Young Skyline 2 8 0 .200 2 4 0 .333 13.0 28.9 -16.14 -3.84
94 Colorado State Skyline 0 10 0 .000 0 6 0 .000 7.4 24.9 -16.55 -2.25
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
95 Citadel Southern 7 3 0 .700 5 1 0 .833 13.3 15.5 -4.57 -6.67
96 Richmond Southern 5 5 0 .500 5 2 0 .714 14.3 19.4 -2.72 -1.82
97 Virginia Military Institute Southern 6 4 0 .600 4 2 0 .667 13.4 10.5 -5.13 -7.33
98 West Virginia Southern 4 6 0 .400 2 1 0 .667 13.4 14.5 0.38 1.48
99 Furman Southern 7 3 0 .700 2 2 0 .500 17.4 13.2 -3.04 -8.04
100 George Washington Southern 3 6 0 .333 3 4 0 .429 15.9 13.4 -5.07 -5.18
101 Virginia Tech Southern 4 5 0 .444 2 3 0 .400 10.3 12.4 -5.28 -3.95
102 Davidson Southern 4 4 0 .500 1 4 0 .200 17.3 20.4 -11.28 -9.28
103 William & Mary Southern 1 9 0 .100 1 6 0 .143 12.5 27.9 -15.27 -2.57
Overall Conference Pts/G SRS Polls
Rk School Conf W L T Pct W L T Pct Own Opp SRS SOS AP Pre AP High AP Post Notes
104 Texas SWC 10 1 0 .909 6 1 0 .857 27.5 6.0 25.33 5.97 4 1 3
105 Arkansas SWC 8 3 0 .727 6 1 0 .857 16.6 8.8 13.78 7.14 9 9
106 Rice SWC 7 4 0 .636 5 2 0 .714 16.6 14.4 12.41 10.69 7 17
107 Texas A&M SWC 4 5 1 .450 3 4 0 .429 18.4 11.8 9.72 7.42
108 Texas Christian SWC 3 5 2 .400 2 4 1 .357 11.3 19.4 4.30 11.00
109 Baylor SWC 6 5 0 .545 2 5 0 .286 19.3 15.7 8.68 5.77 9
110 Texas Tech SWC 4 6 0 .400 2 5 0 .286 9.4 20.1 -0.82 6.98
111 Southern Methodist SWC 2 7 1 .250 1 5 1 .214 9.2 19.1 -1.44 7.16