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1961 Year Summary

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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

Conference Summary

Sorted by SRS
Overall Bowls SRS Polls
Rk Conference Schs G W L T Pct G W L T Pct SRS SOS Pre Final Champion
1 Big Ten Conference 10 91 52 38 1 .577 1 1 0 0 1.000 11.51 8.95 3 4 Ohio State
2 Southeastern Conference 12 124 70 53 1 .569 4 2 2 0 .500 9.78 7.29 3 4 Alabama
Louisiana State
3 Southwest Conference 8 84 44 36 4 .548 4 2 2 0 .500 8.99 7.77 1 3 Arkansas
Texas
4 Big Eight Conference 8 82 42 37 3 .530 2 1 1 0 .500 5.24 4.27 1 2 Colorado
5 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 80 40 40 0 .500 0 0 0 0 4.30 4.59 0 1 Duke
6 Athletic Association of Western Universities 5 51 21 27 3 .441 1 0 1 0 .000 0.61 3.59 0 1 UCLA
7 Independent 27 267 147 117 3 .556 4 3 1 0 .750 -0.81 -2.47 2 4
8 Skyline Conference 7 69 32 34 3 .486 2 1 1 0 .500 -4.09 -3.93 0 1 Utah State
Wyoming
9 Southern Conference 9 86 41 45 0 .477 0 0 0 0 -5.77 -4.82 0 0 Citadel
10 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association 5 50 21 28 1 .430 0 0 0 0 -10.62 -8.62 0 0 Arizona State
11 Missouri Valley Conference 4 41 18 22 1 .451 1 0 1 0 .000 -10.98 -8.04 0 0 Wichita State
12 Ivy Group 8 72 32 40 0 .444 0 0 0 0 -11.87 -10.84 0 0 Columbia
Harvard

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 Final
Alabama SEC 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 2 2 1 1 1
Ohio State Big Ten 2 3 8 7 7 6 5 3 3 2 2 2
Texas SWC 4 6 5 4 3 3 3 1 1 5 4 3
Louisiana State SEC 5       10 7 6 4 4 4 3 4
Mississippi SEC 9 2 2 1 2 2 2 7 6 6 5 5
Minnesota Big Ten               5 5 3 7 6
Colorado Big 8         9 10 8 8 8 7 6 7
Michigan State Big Ten 6 10 6 5 1 1 1 6 9 8 8 8
Arkansas SWC         10         9 9 9
Utah State Skyline                       10
Missouri Big 8             10 10     10 11
Purdue Big Ten                 7     12
Georgia Tech SEC     3   8 9 7 9       13
Syracuse Ind 10 5 7           10     14
Rutgers Ind                       15
UCLA AAWU   9                   16
Arizona Ind                       17
Penn State Ind 7 8                   17
Rice SWC   7                   17
Duke ACC                       20
School Conf Pre 9/25 10/2 10/9 10/16 10/23 10/30 11/6 11/13 11/20 11/27 Final
Baylor SWC     10 9                
Iowa Big Ten 1 1 1 2 4 5 9          
Kansas Big 8 8                 10    
Maryland ACC       10                
Michigan Big Ten     9 6                
Notre Dame Ind       8 6 8            

Year Leaders

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Pass Completion Percentage

1. Chon Gallegos (San Jose State) 59.4
2. Matt Szykowny (Iowa) 56.8
3. Roman Gabriel (North Carolina State) 53.2
4. Bill Whaley (Citadel) 52.7
5. Ron Miller (Wisconsin) 52.5
6. Eddie Wilson (Arizona) 51.3
7. Billy Canty (Furman) 50.6
8. Jerry Gross (Detroit Mercy) 47.4
9. John Furman (Texas-El Paso) 47.2
10. George Mira (Miami (FL)) 47.1

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Eddie Wilson (Arizona) 134.2
2. Chon Gallegos (San Jose State) 133.8
3. Ron Miller (Wisconsin) 122.8
4. Matt Szykowny (Iowa) 117.0
5. Pat McCarthy (Holy Cross) 115.8
6. Jerry Gross (Detroit Mercy) 114.7
7. George Mira (Miami (FL)) 104.3
8. Gale Weidner (Colorado) 104.2
9. Bill Whaley (Citadel) 103.7
10. Roman Gabriel (North Carolina State) 103.3

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Jim Stewart (Navy) 21.7
2. Hal Bedsole (Southern California) 19.4
3. Dick Limerick (Iowa State) 19.1
4. Larry Vargo (Detroit Mercy) 18.8
5. Bobby Thompson (Arizona) 18.7
6. Mack Burton (San Jose State) 18.2
7. R. Cassell (New Mexico State) 17.9
8. Pat Richter (Wisconsin) 17.4
9. Cloyd Webb (Iowa) 17.0
10. Tom Hutchinson (Kentucky) 17.0