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The 1937 college football season ended with the Panthers of the University of Pittsburgh being named the nation’s #1 team (and "mythical national champion") by 30 of the 33 voters in the Associated Press writers' poll. The AP poll was in its second year, and seven votes were taken during the final weeks of the 1937 season, starting with October 18. Each writer listed his choice for the top ten teams, and points were tallied based on 10 for first place, 9 for second, etc., and the AP then ranked the twenty teams with the highest number of points. With 33 writers polled, Pitt received 30 first place votes and 3 second-place, for a total of 327 points.

The NCAA began keeping official game statistics in 1937.

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Conference and program changesEdit

School 1936 Conference 1937 Conference
Akron Zippers Ohio Athletic Independent
Saint Louis Billikens Independent Missouri Valley

SeptemberEdit

September 25 The defending champion Minnesota Gophers opened their season with a 69-7 win over visiting North Dakota State. LSU beat Florida, 19-0. Alabama beat Samford 41-0. California won 30-7 over St. Mary’s. In Seattle, Washington beat Iowa, 14-0. The day before, Pittsburgh had opened with a 59-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan.

OctoberEdit

October 2 Minnesota lost at Nebraska, 14-9. LSU defeated Texas 9-0. Pittsburgh won at West Virginia, 20-0. In Birmingham, Alabama beat Sewanee, 65-0. In Los Angeles, Washington defeated USC, 7-0. California beat Oregon State, 24-6. Yale beat Maine, 26-0.

October 9 In Houston, LSU defeated Rice, 13-0. Pittsburgh beat its cross-town rival, Duquesne, 6-0. Alabama beat South Carolina, 20-0. All three teams had held their opposition scoreless. California defeated Washington State 27-0. Washington lost to Oregon State, 6-3. Yale beat Penn, 27-7. Minnesota recovered from its Nebraska loss to beat Indiana 6-0.

October 16 LSU registered its fourth shutout in four starts, a 13-0 win over Ole Miss. Pittsburgh and Fordham played to a 0-0 tie in New York. Alabama yielded its first points, but won at Tennessee, 14-7. California beat (later UC-Davis) 14-0 and Pacific, 20-0, in a doubleheader. Yale defeated Army, 15-7. Minnesota won at Michigan, 39-6. In the first poll taken, California was #1, followed by Alabama, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Yale. LSU, despite a 54-0 scoring edge over its opposition, was sixth.

October 23 #1 California beat #11 USC 20-6. In Washington, #2 Alabama defeated GWU, 19-0. #3 Pittsburgh won at #16 Wisconsin 26-6. #4 Minnesota was idle. #5 Yale beat #19 Cornell, 9-0.

The next top five was 1.California 2.Pittsburgh 3.Alabama 4.Minnesota 5.Yale

October 30 In Los Angeles, #1 California defeated UCLA 27-14, while in Pittsburgh, the #2 Pitt Panthers beat Carnegie Tech, 25-14. #3 Alabama beat Kentucky, 41-0. #4 Minnesota lost to Notre Dame, 7-6, and #5 Yale and #9 Dartmouth played to a 9-9 tie. #6 Baylor, which reached 6-0-0 with a 6-0 win over TCU, and #10 Fordham, which won at #15 North Carolina, 14-0, reached the next Top Five. The next top five was 1.California 2.Alabama 3.Pittsburgh 4.Baylor 5.Fordham

NovemberEdit

November 6 #1 California and Washington played to a 0-0 tie. In New Orleans, #2 Alabama beat #19 Tulane, 9-6. #3 Pittsburgh won at #12 Notre Dame, 21-6 to take the top spot in the next poll. #4 Baylor lost to unranked Texas, 9-6. #5 Fordham beat Purdue, 21-3. #9 Dartmouth, which beat Princeton 33-9, reached the next Top Five: 1.Pittsburgh 2.California 3.Alabama 4.Fordham 5.Dartmouth

November 13 #1 Pittsburgh defeated visiting #11 Nebraska, 13-7. In Portland, #2 California beat Oregon, 26-0. In Birmingham, #3 Alabama beat Georgia Tech, 7-0. #4 Fordham was idle. #5 Dartmouth and Cornell played to a 6-6 tie. #6 Yale returned to the Top Five with a 26-0 win over Princeton: 1.Pittsburgh 2.California 3.Alabama 4.Fordham 5.Yale

November 20 #1 Pittsburgh beat Penn State, 28-7. #2 California won at #13 Stanford, 13-0, to finish at 9-0-1. #3 Alabama was idle. #4 Fordham beat St. Mary’s, 6-0. #5 Yale lost its final game of the season, 13-6, at Harvard. #7 Minnesota closed its season with a 13-6 win over Wisconsin to return to the Top Five: 1.Pittsburgh 2.California 3.Fordham 4.Alabama 5.Minnesota

On Thanksgiving Day, #4 Alabama beat #12 Vanderbilt 9-7 in Nashville. Then, on November 27 #1 Pittsburgh closed its season unbeaten (8-0-1) with a 10-0 win at #18 Duke. #3 Fordham closed its season unbeaten (7-0-1) with a 20-7 win over NYU at Yankee Stadium. #2 California and #5 Minnesota had completed their seasons.

Conference standingsEdit

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1937 Big 6 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 11 Nebraska $ 3 0 2     6 1 2
Oklahoma 3 1 1     5 2 2
Kansas 2 1 2     3 4 2
Missouri 2 2 1     3 6 1
Iowa State 1 4 0     3 6 0
Kansas State 1 4 0     4 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Minnesota $ 5 0 0     6 2 0
No. 13 Ohio State 5 1 0     6 2 0
Indiana 3 2 0     5 3 0
Michigan 3 3 0     4 4 0
Northwestern 3 3 0     4 4 0
Purdue 2 2 1     4 3 1
Wisconsin 2 2 1     4 3 1
Illinois 2 3 0     3 3 2
Chicago 0 4 0     1 6 0
Iowa 0 5 0     1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Border Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas Tech $ 3 0 0     8 4 0
New Mexico A&M 4 1 0     7 2 0
Arizona 3 1 0     8 2 0
Texas Mines 2 1 1     7 1 2
New Mexico 2 3 1     4 4 1
Arizona State–Flagstaff 1 4 0     5 5 0
Arizona State 0 5 0     0 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1937 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Drexel $ 3 1 0     6 2 0
Franklin & Marshall 2 2 0     4 4 0
Muhlenberg 2 2 0     5 5 0
Gettysburg 2 2 0     3 5 0
Ursinus 1 3 0     ? ? ?
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 IIAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Northern Illinois State 3 2 1     3 2 3
1937 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Pittsburgh         9 0 1
No. 3 Fordham         7 0 1
No. 6 Villanova         8 0 1
No. 7 Dartmouth         7 0 2
No. 9 (tie) Santa Clara         9 0 0
No. 14 Holy Cross         8 0 2
Hardin–Simmons         8 0 1
No. 12 Yale         6 1 1
Army         7 2 0
No. 9 (tie) Notre Dame         6 2 1
Penn State         5 3 0
Boston College         4 4 1
Navy         4 4 1
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tulsa $ 3 0 0     6 2 2
Drake 3 1 0     8 2 0
Saint Louis 1 1 0     7 2 1
Oklahoma A&M 2 2 0     4 6 0
Washington University 2 2 0     4 6 0
Washburn 0 2 0     0 10 0
Creighton 0 3 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1937 New England Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
New Hampshire $ 1 0 0     7 1 0
Connecticut State $ 1 0 0     6 2 1
Maine 0 1 1     2 3 2
Northeastern 0 1 0     4 3 0
Rhode Island 0 2 1     3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1937 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 California $ 6 0 1     10 0 1
Stanford 4 2 1     4 3 2
Washington 4 2 2     7 2 2
Washington State 3 3 2     3 3 3
Idaho 2 2 0     4 3 1
Oregon State 2 3 3     3 3 3
USC 2 3 2     4 4 2
Oregon 2 5 0     4 6 0
UCLA 1 5 1     2 6 1
Montana 0 1 0     7 1 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 17 Colorado $ 7 0 0     8 1 0
BYU 5 2 0     6 3 0
Denver 5 2 0     6 3 0
Utah 5 2 0     5 3 0
Western State 3 1 0     5 3 0
Colorado College 3 3 0     5 4 0
Utah State 2 4 2     2 4 1
Wyoming 2 4 0     3 5 0
Colorado State–Greeley 2 4 0     2 6 0
Montana State 0 3 1     3 4 1
Colorado Mines 1 5 0     2 5 0
Colorado A&M 1 6 0     1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Alabama $ 6 0 0     9 1 0
No. 8 LSU 5 1 0     9 2 0
Auburn 4 1 2     6 2 3
Vanderbilt 4 2 0     7 2 0
Mississippi State 3 2 0     5 4 1
Georgia Tech 3 2 1     6 3 1
Tennessee 4 3 0     6 3 1
Florida 3 4 0     4 7 0
Tulane 2 3 1     5 4 1
Georgia 1 2 2     6 3 2
Ole Miss 0 4 0     4 5 1
Kentucky 0 5 0     4 6 0
Sewanee 0 6 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Maryland $ 2 0 0     8 2 0
No. 19 North Carolina 4 0 1     7 1 1
Clemson 2 0 1     4 4 1
No. 20 Duke 5 1 0     7 2 1
VMI 4 2 0     5 5 0
NC State 4 2 1     5 3 1
South Carolina 2 2 1     5 6 1
Washington and Lee 2 3 0     4 5 0
The Citadel 2 3 0     7 4 0
Richmond 2 3 0     5 4 1
Furman 1 2 2     4 3 2
VPI 2 4 0     5 5 0
William & Mary 1 3 0     4 5 0
Wake Forest 1 4 0     3 6 0
Davidson 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1937 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 18 Rice $ 4 1 1     6 3 2
No. 16 TCU 3 1 2     4 4 2
No. 14 Arkansas 3 2 1     6 2 2
Baylor 3 3 0     7 3 0
Texas A&M 2 2 2     5 2 2
SMU 2 4 0     5 6 0
Texas 1 5 0     2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Minor conferencesEdit

Conference Champion(s) Record
Alamo Conference Texas A&I
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Morgan College 6–0–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wichita 4–0–0
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Drexel 3–1–0
Far Western Conference Fresno State Normal 4–0–0
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Butler 3–0–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint Ambrose
Upper Iowa
5–0–0
6–0–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Baker 4–1–0
Lone Star Conference East Texas State Teachers 4–0–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Kalamazoo 4–0–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Cornell College 7–0–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Gustavus Adolphus 5–0–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southeast Missouri State Teachers 5–0–0
Nebraska College Athletic Conference Hastings 2–0–1
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association Nebraska State Teachers–Chadron 2–0–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Dakota 3–0–0
North Dakota College Athletic Conference North Dakota Science 4–0–1
Northern Teachers Athletic Conference St. Cloud State Teachers 4–0–0
Northern Teachers Athletic Conference Duluth State Teachers 3–0–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Baldwin Wallace 4–0–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Central State Teachers (OK) 4–0–1
Pacific Northwest Conference Willamette 3–0–0
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Lock Haven State Teachers 5–0–1
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Augustana (SD) 5–0–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference San Diego State 4–1–0
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M College 5–0–1
Southwestern Athletic Conference Texas College 5–0–1
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Howard Payne 7–0–0
Tri-Normal League State Normal–Cheney 2–0–0
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference North: Superior State Teachers
South: Whitewater State Teachers
3–0–0
4–0–0

Conference standingsEdit

1937 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Fresno State $ 4 0 0     8 1 1
Pacific (CA) 3 1 0     3 5 2
Cal Aggies 2 2 0     4 4 0
Nevada 1 3 0     2 6 0
Chico State 0 4 0     0 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1937 SCIAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
San Diego State $ 4 1 0     7 1 0
Santa Barbara State 3 1 1     5 2 2
Redlands 2 1 2     3 3 2
Whittier 2 2 1     2 6 2
Occidental 1 2 2     2 2 3
La Verne 0 5 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion

Awards and honorsEdit

All-AmericansEdit

The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Clint Frank 5'10" 190 Sr. Evanston, Illinois Yale
HB Marshall Goldberg 5'11" 185 Jr. Elkins, West Virginia Pittsburgh
HB Byron White 6'1" 185 Sr. Wellington, Colorado Colorado
FB Sam Chapman 6'0" 180 Sr. Mill Valley, California California
E Chuck Sweeney 6'0" 190 Sr. Bloomington, Indiana Notre Dame
T Ed Franco 5'8" 196 Sr. Jersey City, New Jersey Fordham
G Joe Routt 6'0" 193 Sr. Brenham, Texas Texas A&M
C Alex Wojciechowicz 5'11" 192 Sr. South River, New Jersey Fordham
G Leroy Monsky 5'10" 185 Sr. Montgomery, Alabama Alabama
T Tony Matisi 6'0" 224 Sr. New York, New York Pittsburgh
E Andy Bershak 6'0" 190 Sr. Clairton, Pennsylvania North Carolina

Individual leadersEdit

  • Rushing yards (total): Byron White, Colorado, 1,121 yards
  • Rushing yards (per carry): Dick Cassiano, Pittsburgh, 9.0 yards/carry
  • Passing yards (total): Billy Patterson, Baylor, 1,109 yards
  • Receiving yards (total): Jim Benton, Arkansas, 814 yards
  • Points scored: Byron White, Colorado, 122 points
  • Punting: Johnny Pingel, Michigan State, 42.9 yards/punt

RankingsEdit

Bowl gamesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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