1938 college football season

The 1938 college football season ended with the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University (TCU) being named the nation's No. 1 team by 55 of the 77 voters in the final Associated Press writers' poll in early December. Tennessee was also chosen by five contemporary math system selectors as a national champion; both teams won every game.

Conference and program changesEdit

Conference changesEdit

Membership changesEdit

School 1937 Conference 1938 Conference
BYU Cougars Rocky Mountain Mountain States (Big Seven)
Colorado Buffaloes Rocky Mountain Mountain States (Big Seven)
Colorado A&M Rams Rocky Mountain Mountain States (Big Seven)
Denver Pioneers Rocky Mountain Mountain States (Big Seven)
Utah Utes Rocky Mountain Mountain States (Big Seven)
Utah State Aggies Rocky Mountain Mountain States (Big Seven)
Wyoming Cowboys Rocky Mountain Mountain States (Big Seven)

SeptemberEdit

September 24 Defending champion Pittsburgh beat West Virginia, 19–0. California defeated St. Mary's 12–7. In Los Angeles, Alabama beat USC 19–7. Minnesota defeated Washington 15–0, and Dartmouth beat Bates 46–0.

OctoberEdit

October 1 Alabama defeated Samford 34–0, Fordham beat Upsala 47–0, Dartmouth beat St Lawrence 51–0, and Notre Dame beat Kansas 52–0. Pitt defeated Temple 28–6, California beat Washington State 27–3, and Minnesota beat Nebraska 16–7.

October 8 Minnesota defeated Purdue 7–0. Alabama beat North Carolina State 14–0. Dartmouth stayed unscored upon, winning at Princeton 22–0. Pittsburgh beat cross-town rival Duquesne 27–0. Fordham beat Waynesburg College 53–0. California played a double-header for the fans, with the reserves beating the California Agricultural school (lager UC-Davis) 48–0, and the varsity and reserves beating College of the Pacific 39–0. In Atlanta, Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 14–6.

October 15 Pittsburgh won at Wisconsin 26–6. California defeated UCLA 20–7. Dartmouth beat Brown 34–13, and Notre Dame beat Illinois 14–6. Minnesota edged Michigan, 7–6. Fordham was tied by Purdue 6–6, and in Birmingham, Alabama was shut out by Tennessee, 13–0. When the first round of balloting was finished, the defending champion Panthers were again No. 1, followed by Minnesota, California, Dartmouth, and Notre Dame.

October 22 No. 1 Pittsburgh beat SMU 34–7. No. 2 Minnesota was idle. No. 3 California won at Seattle over Washington 14–7. No. 4 Dartmouth won at Harvard 13–7. No. 5 Notre Dame beat No. 13 Carnegie Tech 7–0. No. 6 Santa Clara beat Arkansas 21–6 in San Francisco, while in Milwaukee, No. 7 TCU beat Marquette 21–0, and the two winners replaced Dartmouth and Notre Dame in the Top Five: No. 1 Pittsburgh, No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 California, No. 4 TCU, and No. 5 Santa Clara.

October 29 No. 1 Pittsburgh beat No. 9 Fordham, 24–13. No. 2 Minnesota fell to No. 12 Northwestern, 6–3. No. 3 California beat Oregon State 13–7. No. 4 TCU beat Baylor 39–7, and No. 5 Santa Clara won at Michigan State 7–6. No. 6 Dartmouth won at Yale 24–6 and No. 7 Notre Dame beat Army in Yankee Stadium, 19–7, and both returned to the Top Five: No. 1 Pittsburgh, No. 2 TCU, No. 3 California, No. 4 Notre Dame, and No. 5 Dartmouth.

NovemberEdit

November 5 In Pittsburgh, the No. 1 Panthers lost to No. 19 Carnegie Tech, 20–10. No. 2 TCU won at Tulsa 21–0. No. 3 California lost at No. 13 USC 13–7. In Baltimore, No. 4 Notre Dame beat Navy 15–0. No. 5 Dartmouth beat Dickinson College, 44–6. No. 6 Tennessee beat Chattanooga 45–0 to extend its record to 7–0–0. The Horned Frogs of TCU leaped into the top spot, ahead of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Dartmouth.

November 12 No. 1 TCU beat Texas 28–6. No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 12 Minnesota 19–0. No. 3 Pittsburgh beat Nebraska 19–0. No. 4 Tennessee won at Vanderbilt 14–0. No. 5 Dartmouth lost at No. 20 Cornell 14–7. No. 7 Duke remained unbeaten (7–0–0), untied, and unscored upon with a 21–0 win at Syracuse. In the next poll, the Irish moved up to the top rung, followed by TCU, Tennessee, Duke, and Pittsburgh.

November 19 No. 1 Notre Dame won at No. 16 Northwestern 9–7. No. 2 TCU won at Rice 29–7. No. 3 Tennessee was idle as it prepared for a holiday game. No. 4 Duke beat N.C. State, 7–0. No. 5 Pittsburgh beat Penn State 26–0. The rankings shuffled to No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 TCU, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Pittsburgh, and No. 5 Tennessee.

On Thanksgiving Day No. 5 Tennessee beat Kentucky 46–0, while No. 6 Oklahoma beat Oklahoma A&M 19-0. Two days later, November 26, No. 1 Notre Dame remained idle. No. 2 TCU beat SMU in Dallas, 20–7. No. 3 Duke and No. 4 Pittsburgh met at Durham, with the hosts winning 7–0. With a record of 9–0–0, Duke had outscored its opponents 114–0, but stayed in third in the next set of rankings: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 TCU, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Tennessee, and No. 5 Oklahoma.

On December 3, No. 1 Notre Dame lost in Los Angeles to No. 8 USC, 13–0, and fell from grace to fifth place. Previously No. 2-ranked TCU received 55 first place votes in the final poll and, as national champion, accepted a bid to the Sugar Bowl. No. 4 Tennessee beat Ole Miss 47–0 in Memphis, and moved up to second place. Though the SEC champion would be Sugar Bowl bound in later years, a No. 1 vs. No. 2 match was not to be had, as Tennessee instead took a bid for the Orange Bowl. No. 3 Duke stayed in third place, despite having never been scored upon in 1938, and accepted an invitation to the Rose Bowl. No. 5 Oklahoma beat Washington State 28–0 and moved up to fourth place. Both unbeaten and untied at 10–0–0, Tennessee and Oklahoma would meet in Miami, but the title had been awarded to 10–0–0 TCU.

Conference standingsEdit

Major conference standingsEdit

1938 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Oklahoma $ 5 0 0 10 1 0
Iowa State 3 1 1 7 1 1
Missouri 2 3 0 6 3 0
Nebraska 2 3 0 3 5 1
Kansas State 1 3 1 4 4 1
Kansas 1 4 0 3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 10 Minnesota $ 4 1 0 6 2 0
No. 16 Michigan 3 1 1 6 1 1
Purdue 3 1 1 5 1 2
No. 17 Northwestern 2 1 2 4 2 2
Wisconsin 3 2 0 5 3 0
Ohio State 3 2 1 4 3 1
Illinois 2 3 0 3 5 0
Iowa 1 3 1 1 6 1
Indiana 1 4 0 1 6 1
Chicago 0 4 0 1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 Border Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
New Mexico A&M + 4 1 0 7 2 0
New Mexico + 4 2 0 8 3 0
No. 11 Texas Tech 2 0 0 10 1 0
Texas Mines 3 2 0 6 3 0
Arizona State–Flagstaff 1 2 0 2 6 1
Arizona 0 3 0 3 6 0
Arizona State 0 4 0 3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Rutgers $ 2 0 0 7 1 0
Lafayette 1 1 0 5 3 0
Lehigh 0 2 0 2 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Washburn * 2 0 0 6 3 0
Creighton * 1 0 1 6 1 1
Tulsa $ 3 1 0 4 5 1
Washington University 2 1 1 6 3 1
Drake 2 1 1 5 4 1
Saint Louis 1 1 1 3 5 2
Grinnell 0 3 0 3 5 0
Oklahoma A&M 0 4 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * ineligible for championship because of insufficient games
1938 Mountain States Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Utah $ 4 0 2 7 1 2
BYU 3 2 1 4 3 1
Denver 3 2 1 4 4 1
Colorado 3 2 1 3 4 1
Utah State 3 3 0 4 4 0
Wyoming 1 4 1 2 5 1
Colorado A&M 0 4 2 1 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 7 USC + 6 1 0 9 2 0
No. 14 California + 6 1 0 10 1 0
UCLA 4 3 1 7 4 1
Oregon State 4 3 1 5 3 1
Oregon 4 4 0 4 5 0
Washington 3 4 1 3 5 1
Idaho 2 3 1 6 3 1
Stanford 2 5 0 3 6 0
Washington State 1 7 0 2 8 0
Montana 0 1 0 5 3 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Montana State $ 1 0 1 3 5 1
Colorado Mines 2 1 0 4 3 0
Colorado State–Greeley 1 1 1 3 4 1
Colorado College 1 1 0 1 6 0
Western State (CO) 1 3 0 3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Tennessee $ 7 0 0 11 0 0
No. 13 Alabama 4 1 1 7 1 1
No. 19 Tulane 4 1 1 7 2 1
Ole Miss 3 2 0 9 2 0
Georgia Tech 2 1 3 3 4 3
Vanderbilt 4 3 0 6 3 0
Florida 2 2 1 4 6 1
Auburn 3 3 1 4 5 1
Georgia 1 2 1 5 4 1
LSU 2 4 0 6 4 0
Mississippi State 1 4 0 4 6 0
Kentucky 0 4 0 2 7 0
Sewanee 0 6 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Duke $ 5 0 0 9 1 0
Clemson 3 0 1 7 1 1
VMI 4 0 3 6 1 4
North Carolina 4 1 0 6 2 1
Richmond 3 2 1 6 3 1
Washington and Lee 2 2 0 4 4 1
NC State 3 3 1 3 7 1
South Carolina 2 2 0 6 4 1
Wake Forest 3 4 1 4 5 1
VPI 2 3 2 3 5 2
The Citadel 2 3 0 6 5 0
Maryland 1 2 0 2 7 0
Davidson 2 6 0 4 6 0
Furman 0 4 1 2 7 1
William & Mary 0 4 0 3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
West Tennessee State Teachers $ 7 0 0 10 0 0
Centre 4 0 0 7 2 0
Miami (FL) 3 0 0 8 2 0
Centenary 2 0 0 7 4 0
Mississippi State Teachers 6 1 0 7 2 0
Presbyterian 6 1 0 6 4 0
Mississippi College 5 1 0 7 2 0
Western Kentucky State Teachers 4 1 0 7 2 0
SW Louisiana 4 1 1 8 2 1
Murray State 4 1 0 6 2 1
Tennessee Tech 4 1 0 6 3 0
Eastern Kentucky State Teachers 3 1 1 6 1 1
Morehead State 2 1 1 5 1 1
Stetson 4 2 1 6 2 1
Newberry 4 2 0 5 5 0
Rollins 3 2 1 6 2 1
Louisiana Normal 3 3 0 5 5 0
Georgetown (KY) 2 3 0 4 4 0
Union (TN) 2 3 0 4 6 0
Louisiana College 2 4 1 4 4 1
Union (KY) 1 2 0 4 4 0
Transylvania 2 4 0 3 5 0
Louisiana Tech 2 4 0 3 7 1
Delta State 2 5 0 2 7 0
Oglethorpe 2 5 0 2 9 0
Middle Tennessee State Teachers 1 5 0 2 6 0
Howard (AL) 0 2 0 2 5 0
Emory and Henry 0 2 0 1 6 2
Troy State 0 3 1 4 4 1
Louisville 0 3 0 2 6 0
Jacksonville State 0 3 1 1 6 1
Erskine 0 3 1 1 7 2
Tampa 0 4 0 3 7 0
Wofford 0 4 1 0 8 1
Millsaps 0 7 0 1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 TCU $ 6 0 0 11 0 0
SMU 4 2 0 6 4 0
Baylor 3 2 1 7 2 1
Rice 3 3 0 4 6 0
Texas A&M 2 3 1 4 4 1
Arkansas 1 5 0 2 7 1
Texas 1 5 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

IndependentsEdit

1938 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 18 Villanova     8 0 1
No. 9 Holy Cross     8 1 0
Boston College     6 1 2
No. 15 Fordham     6 1 2
No. 12 Cornell     5 1 1
Army     8 2 0
No. 8 Pittsburgh     8 2 0
No. 6 Carnegie Tech     7 2 0
No. 20 Dartmouth     7 2 0
Vermont     4 2 1
Brown     5 3 0
Bucknell     5 3 0
Syracuse     5 3 0
CCNY     4 3 0
Penn     3 2 3
Manhattan     5 4 0
Harvard     4 4 0
La Salle     4 4 0
NYU     4 4 0
Boston University     3 4 1
Penn State     3 4 1
Princeton     3 4 1
Hofstra     2 3 1
Duquesne     4 6 0
Temple     3 6 1
Providence     3 5 0
Columbia     3 6 0
Massachusetts State     3 6 0
Colgate     2 5 0
Buffalo     2 6 0
Yale     2 6 0
Tufts     1 6 1
Rankings from AP Poll
1938 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 5 Notre Dame     8 1 0
Central Michigan     7 1 0
Michigan State Normal     6 1 1
Xavier     7 2 0
Akron     6 3 0
Michigan State     6 3 0
Detroit     6 4 0
Western State Teachers (MI)     4 3 0
Cincinnati     4 5 0
Wayne     2 6 0
DePaul     2 7 0
Marquette     1 7 0
Rankings from AP poll
1938 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Georgetown     8 0 0
Hardin–Simmons     8 2 0
Western Maryland     5 2 1
Catholic University     5 3 0
George Washington     5 4 0
Navy     4 3 2
Virginia     4 4 1
West Virginia     4 5 1
Loyola (LA)     4 5 0
South Georgia Teachers     3 5 1
William & Mary Norfolk     3 5 1
Delaware     3 5 0
Delaware State     1 2 0
Oglethorpe     2 8 0
Oklahoma City     2 8 0
East Carolina     1 6 1
1938 Western college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
San Jose State     11 1 0
Cal Poly     7 2 0
Santa Clara     6 2 0
Saint Mary's     6 2 0
San Francisco     5 2 1
Humboldt State     4 2 0
Idaho Southern Branch     4 3 0
Portland     5 3 0
Hawaii     4 4 0
Loyola (CA)     4 5 0
San Francisco State     2 5 0
La Verne     1 4 0
Santa Barbara State     2 8 0
Gonzaga     1 7 0

Minor conferencesEdit

Conference Champion(s) Record
Alamo Conference Texas A&I
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Virginia State College 6–0–1
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wichita 4–0
Far Western Conference Pacific (CA) 4–0
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Manchester College 6–1
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Luther 4–0–1
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Ottawa (KS) 5–0
Lone Star Conference East Texas State Teachers 4–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hillsdale 4–0
Michigan-Ontario Collegiate Conference Lawrence Technological University 3–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Lawrence 5–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint John's 5–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northwest Missouri State Teachers 5–0
Nebraska College Athletic Conference Doane
Midland Lutheran
3–1
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association Nebraska State Teachers
State Normal and Teachers (NE)
2–0–1
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Dakota 5–0
North Dakota College Athletic Conference North Dakota Science 5–0
Northern Teachers Athletic Conference Duluth State Teachers
Mankato State Teachers
3–0
Ohio Athletic Conference John Carroll 4–0–1
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Central State Teachers (OK) 6–0
Pacific Northwest Conference Pacific (OR)
Willamette
4–1
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Mansfield State Teachers 5–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Yankton 5–1
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pomona 4–0–1
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M College 6–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Langston
Southern
2–0–3
4–1–1
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Howard Payne 6–0–1
Washington Intercollegiate Conference Western Washington College 2–0
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference North: River Falls State Teachers
Co-South: Milwaukee State Teachers
Co-South: Platteville State Teachers
4–0
3–1
3–1

Minor conference standingsEdit

1938 Alamo Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Texas A&I $ 2 0 0 6 3 0
Sul Ross 1 1 0 4 3 1
St. Mary's (TX) 0 2 0 6 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Buckeye Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Dayton + 3 1 0 7 2 0
Ohio + 3 1 0 7 2 0
Marshall 2 2 0 5 4 0
Miami (OH) 1 3 0 6 3 0
Ohio Wesleyan 1 3 0 1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1938 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wichita $ 4 0 0 7 2 1
Fort Hays State 3 1 0 7 2 0
Pittsburg State 2 2 0 4 4 2
Emporia State 1 3 0 3 6 0
Southwestern (KS) 0 4 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Virginia State $ 6 0 1 7 0 1
Morgan 5 1 1 5 1 1
Shaw 4 1 2 4 1 2
Virginia Union 4 2 2 5 2 2
Bluefield State 3 3 2 4 3 2
Hampton 3 3 1 4 3 1
Johnson C. Smith 2 2 1 5 2 1
North Carolina A&T 3 3 1 3 5 1
North Carolina College 2 4 1 2 5 1
Howard 2 4 0 4 5 0
Lincoln (PA) 2 4 0 4 5 0
Saint Paul's (VA) 2 5 0 2 5 0
St. Augustine's 0 4 0 0 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Dixie Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southwestern (TN) $ 4 0 0 7 1 1
Mississippi College 4 1 0 7 2 0
Loyola (LA) 2 1 0 4 5 0
Howard (AL) 2 1 0 2 5 0
Chattanooga 3 2 0 4 5 0
Birmingham–Southern 4 3 0 4 5 0
Spring Hill 1 4 0 3 6 0
Mercer 0 3 0 3 6 0
Millsaps 0 5 0 1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Franklin & Marshall + 3 1 0 6 2 0
Gettysburg + 3 1 0 6 2 0
Muhlenberg + 3 1 0 7 3 0
Drexel 1 3 0 4 3 1
Ursinus 0 4 0 0 ? 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1938 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pacific (CA) $ 4 0 0 7 3 0
Fresno State 2 1 0 7 3 0
Nevada 1 2 0 2 3 1
Chico State 0 2 1 2 5 1
Cal Aggies 0 2 1 2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Illinois College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Bradley + 4 0 0 7 0 1
Lake Forest + 4 0 0 5 2 0
Illinois College 2 1 0 4 4 0
Wheaton (IL) 2 1 0 3 3 0
Illinois Wesleyan 2 1 0 3 4 1
Knox (IL) 1 2 1 3 4 1
Monmouth (IL) 1 2 0 5 5 0
North Central 1 3 0 3 4 0
Augustana (IL) 1 3 0 3 4 1
Millikin 0 5 1 2 5 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1938 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern Illinois State $ 4 0 0 6 1 1
Carthage 3 0 0 6 1 1
Illinois State Normal 4 1 0 5 4 1
Western Illinois 2 2 0 4 3 1
Eastern Illinois 1 3 0 5 3 0
Elmhurst 1 3 0 2 5 0
Eureka 0 2 0 1 6 0
Southern Illinois 0 4 0 2 7 0
1938 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Butler $ 3 0 0 4 4 0
Manchester 6 1 0 7 1 0
Ball State 6 1 1 6 1 1
Hanover 4 2 0 5 2 0
DePauw 4 2 0 5 3 0
Rose Poly 2 1 0 5 3 0
Evansville 4 3 1 4 4 1
Valparaiso 2 2 1 2 4 1
Saint Joseph's (IN) 1 2 1 2 4 1
Franklin (IN) 2 5 0 2 6 0
Indiana State 1 4 0 1 7 0
Earlham 1 5 1 1 6 1
Wabash 1 5 1 1 6 1
Central Normal 0 4 0 0 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Luther $ 4 0 1 5 2 1
St. Ambrose 3 0 0 7 0 1
Upper Iowa 5 1 1 5 1 1
Dubuque 4 1 0 5 1 2
Penn (IA) 2 2 1 3 3 1
Buena Vista 2 2 0 3 4 0
Iowa Wesleyan 2 2 2 2 4 2
Parsons 2 3 1 2 4 2
Western Union 1 2 0 5 3 0
Central (IA) 2 4 0 2 6 0
Columbia (IA) 2 4 0 2 6 0
Simpson 1 4 0 1 8 0
Wartburg 0 5 0 0 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ottawa $ 5 0 0 8 0 0
Bethany (KS) 3 2 0 4 4 0
College of Emporia 3 2 0 4 4 1
McPherson 2 3 0 3 5 1
Kansas Wesleyan 1 4 0 2 6 1
Baker 1 4 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
East Texas State $ 4 0 0 8 1 0
Sam Houston State 3 1 0 8 2 0
North Texas State 2 2 0 7 4 0
Stephen F. Austin 1 3 0 3 5 1
Southwest Texas State 0 4 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hillsdale $ 4 0 0 8 0 0
Albion 2 1 1 5 2 1
Kalamazoo 1 2 1 3 4 1
Alma 1 2 1 3 5 1
Hope 0 3 1 4 3 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Saint John's (MN) $ 5 0 0 6 2 0
Gustavus Adolphus 4 1 0 5 1 0
St. Thomas (MN) 4 1 0 6 2 0
St. Olaf 3 2 0 5 2 0
Hamline 2 3 0 2 4 0
Macalester 2 3 0 4 3 0
Concordia (MN) 0 5 0 2 6 1
Saint Mary's (MN) 0 5 0 0 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
William Jewell $ 4 0 0 5 2 0
Central (MO) 1 1 2 2 4 2
Missouri Valley 1 2 1 5 3 1
Culver–Stockton 1 2 0 2 6 0
Tarkio 0 2 1 4 3 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
NW Missouri State $ 5 0 0 9 0 0
Missouri–Rolla 3 2 0 4 4 0
SW Missouri State 2 2 1 5 2 2
Kirksville State 2 3 0 3 5 0
Central Missouri State 1 3 1 2 5 1
SE Missouri State 1 4 0 3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Nebraska College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Midland + 3 1 0 6 3 0
Doane + 3 1 0 5 3 0
Hastings 2 1 1 5 3 2
Nebraska Wesleyan 1 2 1 4 4 1
York (NE) 0 4 0 2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1938 Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Kearney State + 2 0 1 4 4 1
Wayne State (NE) + 2 0 1 3 5 1
Chadron State 0 2 0 2 6 0
Peru State 0 2 0 1 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1938 New England Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Rhode Island State $ 2 0 0 4 4 0
Maine 2 1 0 3 4 0
New Hampshire 1 1 0 3 6 0
Northeastern 0 0 0 3 3 1
Connecticut State 0 3 0 4 3 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 North State Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Catawba + 4 1 0 7 2 1
Elon + 4 1 0 6 3 0
Appalachian State 3 1 0 9 1 0
Lenoir–Rhyne 4 2 0 4 3 2
Guilford 0 3 1 1 5 2
High Point 0 4 1 2 4 1
Western Carolina 0 3 0 0 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1938 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Willamette + 4 1 0 5 3 0
Pacific (OR) + 4 1 0 4 3 0
College of Idaho 2 2 1 4 4 1
Whitman 1 3 1 2 4 1
Puget Sound 1 3 0 2 5 0
Linfield 1 3 0 2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1938 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
John Carroll $ 4 0 1 6 2 1
Wooster 4 0 2 5 0 3
Ohio Northern 6 1 1 6 1 1
Capital 5 1 1 6 1 1
Muskingum 4 1 1 5 3 1
Mount Union 4 2 0 5 3 0
Baldwin–Wallace 2 1 0 3 5 0
Kent State 3 2 0 6 2 0
Wittenberg 3 2 0 4 4 0
Toledo 0 0 1 6 3 1
Bowling Green 2 2 2 3 2 3
Case 2 2 1 2 4 2
Oberlin 1 3 0 3 4 1
Kenyon 1 3 0 1 5 0
Marietta 1 3 0 1 6 0
Findlay 1 4 0 3 5 0
Otterbein 1 6 0 2 6 0
Heidelberg 1 6 0 1 8 0
Ashland 0 7 0 0 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Central State (OK) $ 6 0 0 6 3 0
Oklahoma Baptist 5 1 0 7 3 0
SE Oklahoma State 4 2 0 7 3 0
NW Oklahoma State 3 3 0 3 5 1
SW Oklahoma State 2 4 0 3 5 1
East Central 1 5 0 2 6 1
Northeastern State 0 6 0 0 6 3
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
East Tennessee State $ 5 1 0 6 2 0
Appalachian State 3 0 0 9 1 0
King 3 1 1 5 1 3
Carson–Newman 3 3 1 5 4 1
Maryville 3 3 0 4 5 1
Milligan 1 2 2 5 3 2
Cumberland (TN) 1 4 0 2 8 0
Tusculum 0 5 0 0 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
South Dakota Mines $ 5 0 0 8 0 0
Dakota Wesleyan 4 1 0 5 3 0
Yankton 4 2 0 5 3 0
Southern Normal 3 2 0 4 2 0
Augustana (SD) 2 2 1 5 2 1
Huron 3 3 0 5 3 0
Northern State 2 3 1 2 4 2
Sioux Falls 1 4 0 1 7 0
Eastern Normal 0 3 0 1 6 0
Spearfish 0 4 0 3 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Yankton initially won the conference title with a 5–1 mark, but later forfeited and their win over South Dakota Mines and the title because of an ineligible player.
1938 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pomona $ 4 0 1 6 0 1
Whittier 2 0 2 7 1 2
San Diego State 2 1 1 5 2 1
Redlands 2 3 0 3 5 0
Occidental 1 4 0 3 5 0
Caltech 0 3 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southern +        
Langston +        
  • + – Conference co-champions
1938 Texas Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Howard Payne $ 6 0 1 7 3 1
St. Edward's 4 2 0 7 3 0
Southwestern (TX) 4 2 0 6 4 0
Trinity (TX) 4 2 0 4 6 0
Abilene Christian 3 2 1 6 2 1
Texas Wesleyan 2 3 0 3 4 1
Austin 2 5 0 2 8 0
Daniel Baker 1 5 0 1 9 0
McMurry 1 6 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Washington Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Western Washington $ 3 0 0 7 0 0
Eastern Washington 2 1 0 6 2 1
Central Washington 1 2 0 3 3 1
Pacific Lutheran 0 3 0 2 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1938 Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern Division
River Falls State x 4 0 0 6 1 0
La Crosse State 3 1 0 4 3 0
Superior State 2 2 0 2 6 0
Eau Claire State 1 3 0 2 5 0
Stout State 0 4 0 0 5 2
Southern Division
Platteville State x 3 1 0 4 1 0
Milwaukee x 3 1 0 4 3 0
Whitewater State 2 2 0 5 2 0
Stevens Point State 2 2 0 3 2 2
Oshkosh State 0 4 0 1 6 0
  • x – Division champion/co-champions

RankingsEdit

Bowl gamesEdit

Bowl game Winning team Losing team
Cotton Bowl Classic Saint Mary's 20 No. 11 Texas Tech 13
Orange Bowl No. 2 Tennessee 17 No. 4 Oklahoma 0
Rose Bowl No. 7 USC 7 No. 3 Duke 3
Sugar Bowl No. 1 TCU 15 No. 6 Carnegie Tech 7
Sun Bowl Utah 26 New Mexico 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "October 17, 1938 AP Football Poll". CollegePollArchive.com. Archived from the original on March 27, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2021.