1939 college football season

The 1939 college football season concluded with the Aggies of The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (Texas A&M) being named as the national champions by the voters in the Associated Press writers' poll.

The Volunteers of the University of Tennessee were unbeaten and untied, and unscored upon, shutting out all of their opponents in ten games; but for the second straight year, they finished second in the poll. The final AP Poll in this era came out before postseason bowl games and, in the 1940 Rose Bowl, the Volunteers were unable to hold everyone scoreless, with the University of Southern California registering two touchdowns and beating them 14–0. As a consequence, the Dickinson System named USC, which had been ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll before the bowl games, the national champion. As a result, the USC Trojans now claim a share of the 1939 title.[2] However, USC did not begin recognizing 1939 as a national championship until 2004.[3]

The first AP Poll of the season was taken after four weeks of play, starting with October 16. 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.

Conference and program changesEdit

ConferencesEdit

ProgramsEdit

School 1938 Conference 1939 Conference
DePaul Blue Demons Independent Dropped Program
Grinnell Pioneers Independent Missouri Valley

SeptemberEdit

September 30 Defending champion TCU lost at UCLA, 6–2, on 9/29, and finished 3–7–0. Tennessee won at N.C. State, 13–0. Duke beat Davidson 26–6. Oklahoma and SMU played to a 7–7 tie. Notre Dame beat Purdue 3–0. Tulane edged Clemson 7–6. Fordham defeated Waynesburg 34–7 in the first-ever televised football game.

OctoberEdit

October 7 Tennessee beat Sewanee 40–0. Duke defeated Colgate 37–0. Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 17–14. Tulane beat Auburn 12–0. Oklahoma won at Northwestern, 23–0.

October 14 Pittsburgh beat Duke 14–13. Tennessee won at Chattanooga, 28–0. Notre Dame edged SMU, 20–19. Tulane beat Fordham 7–0. Oklahoma beat Texas 24–12.

October 21 No. 1 Pittsburgh lost to cross-town rival Duquesne, 21–13. In Cleveland, No. 2 Notre Dame defeated Navy, 14–7. No. 3 Oklahoma beat Kansas 27–7. No. 4 Tulane and visiting No. 14 North Carolina played to a 14–14 tie. No. 5 Tennessee continued shutting out its opponents, beating No. 8 Alabama 21–0, and was voted No. 1 in the next poll. No. 6 Michigan visited the Windy City and handed the University of Chicago an 85–0 defeat. No. 9 Texas A&M reached 5–0–0 with a 20–6 win over TCU, and rose to fifth in the next poll. No. 10 Ohio State won at Minnesota, 23–20.

October 28 No. 1 Tennessee defeated Mercer, 17–0. In Pittsburgh, No. 2 Notre Dame edged Carnegie Tech, 7–6. No. 3 Michigan beat Yale 27–7. No. 4 Ohio State lost to No. 7 Cornell, 23–14. No. 5 Texas A&M beat Baylor 20–0. Nebraska defeated Kansas State in the second televised football game 25–9.

NovemberEdit

November 4 No. 1 Tennessee won at No. 18 LSU, 20–0. No. 2 Michigan lost at unranked Illinois, 16–7. No. 3 Cornell beat Columbia 13–7. At Yankee Stadium, No. 4 Notre Dame beat Army 14–0. No. 5 Texas A&M won at Arkansas 27–0. No. 7 USC beat No. 11 Oregon State 19–7 in Portland.

November 11 No. 1 Tennessee shut out the Citadel, 34–0 No. 2 Texas A&M defeated No. 13 SMU 6–2. No. 3 Notre Dame, victor by one point in previous games, lost at unranked Iowa, 7–6. No. 4 USC beat Stanford 20–12. No. 5 Cornell narrowly beat Colgate 14–12. No. 6 Oklahoma won at Kansas State 13–10.

November 18 No. 1 Tennessee extended its shutout streak, beating Vanderbilt 13–0. Having outscored its opposition, 186–0, Tennessee had a record of 8–0–0, but fell to second in the poll that followed. No. 2 Texas A&M won at Rice 19–0, and was No. 1 in the next poll. No. 3 USC was idle. No. 4 Cornell won at No. 20 Dartmouth, 35–6, to stay unbeaten. No. 5 Oklahoma lost at No. 12 Missouri, 7–6. No. 6 Tulane beat Columbia 25–0.

In the next poll, Texas A&M-- which had gotten none of the first place votes the week before—was first, with 38 votes. Tennessee, which had had 66 of the 85 No. 1 votes the week before, had 33 on the new round of ballots, and finished second. There were 20 for Cornell, and 11 for USC.

November 25 No. 1 Texas A&M and No. 2 Tennessee were idle. In Philadelphia, No. 3 Cornell closed its season with a 26–0 over Penn, to finish unbeaten and untied at 8–0–0. No. 4 USC won at No. 7 Notre Dame, 20–12. No. 5 Tulane beat Sewanee 52–0. In the next round of voting, Texas A&M tied for first place, with 939 points apiece. A&M had more first place votes (27 to 25), but Cornell, with 34 votes, had more. Cornell had 909 points overall.

On Thanksgiving Day, which fell on November 30 in 1939, No. 1 Texas A&M beat Texas 20–0, to complete a 10–0–0 season, and No. 4 Tennessee won at Kentucky, 19–0. Two days later, December 2, No. 1 USC beat Washington 9–7. No. 5 Tulane beat LSU 33–20.

December 9 No. 1 Texas A&M had finished its season and accepted a bid to the Sugar Bowl. No. 2 Tennessee beat Auburn 7–0. No. 3 USC and No. 9 UCLA played to a 0–0 tie. No. 4 Cornell and No. 5 Tulane had both completed their seasons.

Conference standingsEdit

Major conference standingsEdit

1939 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Missouri $ 5 0 0     8 2 0
No. 18 Nebraska 4 1 0     7 1 1
No. 19 Oklahoma 3 2 0     6 2 1
Kansas 1 4 0     2 6 0
Iowa State 1 4 0     2 7 0
Kansas State 1 4 0     4 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1939 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 15 Ohio State $ 5 1 0     6 2 0
No. 9 Iowa 4 1 1     6 1 1
No. 20 Michigan 3 2 0     6 2 0
Purdue 2 1 2     3 3 2
Northwestern 3 2 1     3 4 1
Illinois 3 3 0     3 4 1
Minnesota 2 3 1     3 4 1
Indiana 2 3 0     2 4 2
Wisconsin 0 5 1     1 6 1
Chicago 0 3 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1939 Border Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Arizona State $ 4 0 0     8 2 1
New Mexico 4 2 0     8 2 0
Texas Tech 2 1 0     5 5 1
Texas Mines 3 2 0     5 4 0
Arizona 1 2 0     6 4 0
New Mexico A&M 1 4 0     3 6 0
Arizona State–Flagstaff 0 4 0     1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Rutgers $ 2 0 0     7 1 1
Lafayette 1 1 0     4 5 0
Lehigh 0 2 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Washington University $ 4 1 0     6 3 1
Oklahoma A&M 3 1 0     5 4 1
Tulsa 2 1 1     4 5 1
Drake 2 3 0     5 5 0
Saint Louis 1 2 1     5 3 2
Creighton 2 4 0     4 5 0
Washburn 1 3 0     6 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Mountain States Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Colorado $ 5 1 0     5 3 0
Utah 4 1 1     6 1 2
Denver 3 2 1     5 3 1
BYU 2 2 2     5 2 2
Utah State 2 3 1     3 4 1
Colorado A&M 2 4 0     2 7 0
Wyoming 0 5 1     0 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 USC $ 5 0 2     8 0 2
No. 7 UCLA 5 0 3     6 0 4
Oregon State 6 1 1     9 1 1
Washington 4 4 0     4 5 1
Oregon 3 3 1     3 4 1
Washington State 3 5 0     4 5 0
Montana 1 2 0     3 6 0
California 2 5 0     3 7 0
Stanford 0 6 1     1 7 1
Idaho 0 3 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1939 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Colorado Mines $ 4 0 0     8 0 0
Colorado State–Greeley 3 1 0     4 4 0
Western State (CO) 1 2 0     2 5 1
Montana State 0 2 0     2 7 0
Colorado College 0 3 0     2 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Tennessee + 6 0 0     10 1 0
No. 16 Georgia Tech + 6 0 0     8 2 0
No. 5 Tulane + 5 0 0     8 1 1
Mississippi State 3 2 0     8 2 0
Ole Miss 2 2 0     7 2 0
Kentucky 2 2 1     6 2 1
Auburn 3 3 1     5 5 1
Alabama 2 3 1     5 3 1
Georgia 1 3 0     5 6 0
LSU 1 5 0     4 5 0
Vanderbilt 1 6 0     2 7 1
Florida 0 3 1     5 5 1
Sewanee 0 3 0     3 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1939 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 8 Duke $ 5 0 0     8 1 0
No. 12 Clemson 4 0 0     9 1 0
William & Mary 2 0 1     6 2 1
North Carolina 5 1 0     8 1 1
VMI 3 1 1     6 3 1
Richmond 3 1 1     7 1 2
Furman 3 3 0     5 4 0
Wake Forest 3 3 0     7 3 0
NC State 2 4 0     2 8 0
Washington and Lee 1 2 0     3 4 1
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 6 1
VPI 1 4 1     4 5 1
Davidson 1 7 0     2 7 0
Maryland 0 1 0     2 7 0
The Citadel 0 4 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1939 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Louisiana Normal $ 7 0 0     11 0 0
Tennessee Tech 4 0 0     6 3 1
Mississippi College 3 0 0     6 1 1
Miami (FL) 2 0 0     5 5 0
Rollins 5 1 0     10 1 0
Western Kentucky 5 1 1     7 1 1
Mississippi State Teachers 4 1 0     4 2 3
Murray State 4 1 1     4 4 1
Newberry 3 1 1     4 1 4
Presbyterian 3 1 2     4 3 2
Georgetown (KY) 2 1 1     4 4 1
Eastern Kentucky 3 2 0     6 3 0
Union (TN) 3 2 0     7 2 0
Morehead State 2 2 0     6 2 0
Louisville 1 1 1     5 2 1
Union (KY) 1 1 1     3 3 1
Oglethorpe 3 3 1     3 4 1
Centre 1 1 1     1 5 2
Centenary 1 1 0     2 9 1
Louisiana Tech 3 4 0     5 6 0
West Tennessee State 3 4 0     3 8 0
Troy State 2 3 0     7 4 0
SW Louisiana 2 3 0     3 5 1
Stetson 2 4 2     3 5 2
Louisiana College 2 5 0     4 6 1
Middle Tennessee 1 5 1     1 6 1
Erskine 1 5 0     1 9 0
Delta State 1 6 0     1 9 0
Wofford 0 2 3     1 5 3
Tampa 0 3 1     2 7 1
Jacksonville State 0 3 1     0 8 2
Transylvania 0 7 0     1 8 0
Emory and Henry 0 0 0     7 2 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Texas A&M $ 6 0 0     11 0 0
Baylor 4 2 0     7 3 0
SMU 4 2 0     6 3 1
Texas 3 3 0     5 4 0
Arkansas 2 3 1     4 5 1
TCU 1 5 0     3 7 0
Rice 0 5 1     1 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

IndependentsEdit

1939 Eastern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Cornell         8 0 0
No. 10 Duquesne         8 0 1
Scranton         7 0 2
Princeton         7 1 0
La Salle         6 1 1
Penn State         5 1 2
No. 11 Boston College         9 2 0
No. 17 Fordham         6 2 0
Villanova         6 2 0
Hofstra         4 3 0
Brown         5 3 1
Dartmouth         5 3 1
NYU         5 4 0
Pittsburgh         5 4 0
Harvard         4 4 0
Manhattan         4 4 0
Penn         4 4 0
Syracuse         3 3 2
Tufts         3 4 1
Yale         3 4 1
Army         3 4 2
Bucknell         3 5 0
Carnegie Tech         3 5 0
Columbia         2 4 2
Massachusetts State         2 5 2
Colgate         2 5 1
Temple         2 7 0
Buffalo         0 7 0
Rankings from AP Poll
1939 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central Michigan         8 1 0
No. 13 Notre Dame         7 2 0
Ohio         6 3 0
Detroit         5 3 1
Akron         5 4 0
Cincinnati         4 3 2
Ohio Wesleyan         5 4 1
Marquette         4 4 0
Michigan State         4 4 1
Dayton         4 4 1
Michigan State Normal         3 3 1
Wayne         4 5 0
Xavier         3 5 1
Western State (MI)         2 6 1
Miami (OH)         1 7 1
Rankings from AP Poll
1939 Southern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgetown         7 0 1
Catholic University         8 1 1
Hardin–Simmons         7 1 1
George Washington         5 3 0
Virginia         5 4 0
Georgia Teachers         5 5 0
Oklahoma City         4 4 2
Navy         3 5 1
West Virginia         2 6 1
Western Maryland         1 6 0
Delaware         1 7 0
East Carolina         0 8 0
William & Mary Norfolk Division            
1939 Western college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Gonzaga         6 2 0
Humboldt State         5 2 0
Idaho Southern Branch         5 2 0
No. T–14 Santa Clara         5 1 3
Cal Poly         4 4 1
San Francisco         4 3 3
La Verne         3 3 0
Saint Mary's         3 4 1
Hawaii         3 6 0
Loyola (CA)         2 6 1
San Francisco State         2 4 2
Portland         1 5 1
Rankings from AP Poll

Minor conferencesEdit

Conference Champion(s) Record
Alamo Conference Texas A&I
West Texas State Teachers
1–0–1
California Collegiate Athletic Association San Jose State 3–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Virginia State College 7–0–1
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wichita 4–0–1
Far Western Conference Nevada 3–0
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Butler 4–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Central (IA)
Upper Iowa
5–2
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Ottawa (KS) 5–0–1
Lone Star Conference North Texas State Teachers 4–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Albion 6–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Knox
Ripon
3–1–1
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint Thomas (MN) 4–0–1
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northwest Missouri State Teachers 5–0
Nebraska College Athletic Conference Hastings 3–0–1
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association Nebraska State Normal 3–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Dakota
South Dakota
South Dakota State College
4–1
North Dakota College Athletic Conference North Dakota Science 6–0
Northern Teachers Athletic Conference Winona State Teachers 4–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Muskingum 6–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Central State Teachers (OK) 5–1
Pacific Northwest Conference Pacific (OR) 3–0–2
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Slippery Rock State Teachers 5–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Northern State Teachers 3–1–1
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Whittier 3–0–1
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Alabama State College 5–1–2
Southwestern Athletic Conference Langston 5–0–1
Texas Conference Abilene Christian
St. Edward's (TX)
5–1
Washington Intercollegiate Conference Eastern Washington College
Pacific Lutheran
2–0–1
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference North: La Crosse Teachers
South: Milwaukee State Teachers
3–1
4–0

Minor conference standingsEdit

1939 Alamo Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas A&I + 2 0 1     6 1 3
West Texas State + 2 0 1     5 3 1
St. Mary's (TX) 1 2 0     5 4 2
Sul Ross 0 3 0     0 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1939 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
San Jose State $ 3 0 0     13 0 0
Fresno State 1 1 0     10 1 0
Santa Barbara State 1 2 0     5 4 1
San Diego State 0 2 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wichita $ 4 0 1     5 3 2
Emporia State 3 2 0     6 3 0
St. Benedict's 3 2 0     5 3 0
Pittsburg State 2 1 2     3 4 2
Fort Hays State 1 3 1     2 5 2
Southwestern (KS) 0 5 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Dixie Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Southwestern (TN) $ 2 0 0     3 5 1
Loyola (LA) 3 1 0     5 5 0
Mississippi College 3 1 1     6 1 1
Chattanooga 2 1 1     5 2 1
Millsaps 2 1 1     4 3 2
Birmingham–Southern 2 3 1     3 5 1
Howard (AL) 2 3 1     3 6 1
Mercer 1 3 0     3 7 0
Spring Hill 0 4 1     1 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Gettysburg $ 3 0 1     6 2 1
Muhlenberg 2 1 0     6 4 0
Franklin & Marshall 1 1 1     5 3 1
Drexel 0 1 1     3 5 1
Ursinus 0 3 1     2 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nevada $ 3 0 0     5 4 0
Pacific (CA) 2 1 0     6 6 1
Chico State 1 2 0     2 4 2
Cal Aggies 0 3 0     4 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Illinois College Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois Wesleyan $ 2 0 0     4 4 0
Knox (IL) 2 0 1     6 1 1
Monmouth (IL) 1 0 1     6 2 2
Illinois College 1 0 1     6 1 1
Wheaton (IL) 1 0 1     2 4 2
Bradley 2 1 0     6 1 2
Lake Forest 2 2 0     5 2 0
Augustana (IL) 2 2 0     4 4 0
North Central 0 3 0     2 4 1
Millikin 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Western Illinois $ 3 0 1     5 1 1
Illinois State 3 0 2     4 2 3
Northern Illinois State 3 1 0     5 2 1
Carthage 2 1 0     2 6 1
Eastern Illinois 2 2 1     4 3 1
Elmhurst 1 4 0     1 6 1
Eureka 0 2 0     0 7 0
Southern Illinois 0 4 0     0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Butler $ 4 0 0     7 0 1
Ball State 5 1 0     6 2 0
Manchester 4 1 0     7 1 0
Rose Poly 3 1 1     5 3 1
Earlham 5 2 0     5 2 0
Saint Joseph's (IN) 2 1 0     4 3 0
DePauw 3 2 1     4 3 1
Hanover 3 3 0     4 4 0
Wabash 2 3 1     3 5 1
Central Normal 1 3 0     2 4 0
Valparaiso 1 3 0     2 6 0
Franklin (IN) 1 7 0     1 7 0
Evansville 0 4 1     1 6 1
Indiana State 0 3 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central (IA) + 5 2 0     7 2 0
Upper Iowa + 5 2 0     5 2 0
St. Ambrose 2 0 0     6 1 1
Dubuque 4 2 0     4 4 0
Iowa Wesleyan 3 2 1     5 3 1
Parsons 3 2 1     5 3 1
Loras 4 3 0     4 5 0
Western Union 2 2 0     6 2 1
Penn (IA) 2 2 2     3 3 2
Luther 2 3 0     3 5 0
Simpson 1 5 0     1 8 0
Buena Vista 0 4 1     1 5 1
Wartburg 0 4 1     0 5 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1939 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ottawa $ 5 0 1     6 1 1
Bethany (KS) 3 2 1     3 5 1
Baker 2 2 2     3 4 2
Kansas Wesleyan 2 2 2     2 3 4
College of Emporia 2 3 1     2 5 2
McPherson 1 3 2     4 3 2
Bethel (KS) 1 4 1     3 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
North Texas State $ 4 0 0     6 1 0
Sam Houston State 2 1 1     6 2 2
East Texas State 2 2 0     7 3 0
Stephen F. Austin 1 3 0     3 4 2
Southwest Texas State 0 3 1     3 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Albion $ 6 0 0     7 1 0
Hillsdale 5 1 0     6 1 0
Hope 3 2 1     4 2 2
Kalamazoo 3 3 0     3 5 0
Alma 2 3 1     2 5 1
Adrian 1 5 0     2 6 0
Olivet 0 6 0     1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
St. Thomas (MN) $ 4 0 1     6 1 1
Saint Mary's (MN) 4 1 0     5 2 0
Macalester 2 1 3     4 1 3
Gustavus Adolphus 3 2 0     6 2 0
Saint John's (MN) 3 2 0     5 2 0
St. Olaf 1 3 1     2 4 1
Concordia (MN) 0 3 2     2 4 2
Hamline 0 5 1     1 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Missouri Valley + 3 1 0     7 1 0
Culver–Stockton + 3 1 0     4 4 0
William Jewell 2 2 0     3 5 0
Central Methodist 1 3 0     2 5 1
Tarkio 1 3 0     1 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1939 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
NW Missouri State $ 5 0 0     9 0 0
SW Missouri State 3 1 1     7 1 1
Missouri Mines 3 2 0     5 4 0
Central Missouri State 1 2 2     3 3 3
SE Missouri State 1 3 1     5 3 1
Kirksville State 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Nebraska College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Hastings * 3 0 1     6 3 1
Midland 2 0 2     4 1 4
Doane 2 2 0     4 4 0
Nebraska Wesleyan 1 3 0     2 7 0
York (NE) 0 3 1     2 4 3
  • * The conference title was declared vacant after the season because Hastings used an ineligible player.
1939 Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Peru State $ 3 0 0     7 1 1
Chadron State 2 1 0     4 3 1
Wayne State (NE) 1 2 0     3 5 1
Kearney State 0 3 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 New England Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Maine $ 3 0 0     5 2 0
Connecticut 1 1 0     5 3 0
New Hampshire 1 1 0     3 5 0
Rhode Island State 1 2 0     3 4 1
Northeastern 0 2 0     0 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 North Central Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
South Dakota State + 4 1 0     7 2 0
North Dakota + 4 1 0     5 3 0
South Dakota + 4 1 0     4 5 0
Iowa State Teachers 3 1 0     5 3 1
Omaha 1 3 0     3 5 0
Morningside 1 5 0     2 6 0
North Dakota Agricultural 0 5 0     1 6 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1939 North State Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Appalachian State + 3 0 1     7 1 2
Lenoir–Rhyne + 4 0 2     6 1 3
Elon 4 2 0     5 5 0
Catawba 2 1 1     6 2 2
High Point 2 4 0     4 6 0
Western Carolina 0 4 1     1 6 1
Guilford 0 4 1     1 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1939 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Carson–Newman $ 4 1 2     4 3 2
Milligan 4 2 0     6 3 0
East Tennessee State 4 2 0     5 3 0
Maryville 2 3 1     4 5 1
Cumberland (TN) 1 5 0     2 7 0
Tusculum 0 5 0     0 7 1
Appalachian State * 2 0 0     7 1 2
King * 3 2 1     7 3 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * Appalachian State and King were ruled ineligible for conference competition.
1939 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Augustana (SD) $ 5 0 0     6 2 0
Northern State 3 1 1     5 1 1
Yankton 3 1 1     4 3 1
Huron 3 3 0     4 4 0
South Dakota Mines 2 2 0     3 4 0
Dakota Wesleyan 2 3 0     2 5 0
Sioux Falls 2 3 0     2 6 0
Spearfish 1 3 0     3 4 0
Southern Normal 1 4 0     2 5 0
Eastern Normal 0 2 0     0 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Whittier $ 3 0 1     8 2 1
Pomona 2 1 1     4 3 1
Occidental 2 2 0     3 5 0
Redlands 2 2 0     3 7 0
Caltech 0 4 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Langston $            
  • $ – Conference champion
1939 Texas Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Abilene Christian + 5 1 0     6 2 1
St. Edward's + 5 1 0     6 3 0
Trinity (TX) 4 1 2     6 3 2
Howard Payne 4 2 1     5 4 1
Texas Wesleyan 2 2 1     4 5 2
Southwestern (TX) 3 3 0     3 5 0
Daniel Baker 3 4 0     4 6 0
McMurry 1 6 0     1 6 0
Austin 0 7 0     0 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

RankingsEdit

Bowl gamesEdit

Bowl game Winning team Losing team
Rose Bowl No. 3 USC 14 No. 2 Tennessee 0
Sugar Bowl No. 1 Texas A&M 14 No. 5 Tulane 13
Orange Bowl No. 16 Georgia Tech 21 No. 6 Missouri 7
Cotton Bowl Classic No. 12 Clemson 6 No. 11 Boston College 3
Sun Bowl Arizona State 0 Catholic University 0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2009-01-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ This Just In: USC Also Is a 1939 Champion, Washington Post, July 28, 2004, Accessed October 16, 2008.
  3. ^ USC Now Will Recognize Its 1939 Football Team As A National Champion. Trojan have 10 national champs in the sport[permanent dead link], USC Trojans Athletic Department, July 24, 2004, Accessed October 16, 2008.