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One human poll comprised the 1942 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football rankings. Unlike most sports, college football's governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a national championship, instead that title is bestowed by one or more different polling agencies. There are two main weekly polls that begin in the preseason—the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll. The Coaches' Poll began operation in 1950; in addition, the AP Poll did not begin conducting preseason polls until that same year.

LegendEdit

  Increase in ranking
  Decrease in ranking
  Not ranked previous week
  National champion
(#–#)
  Win–loss record
(Italics)
  Number of first place votes
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Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP PollEdit

The final AP Poll was released on November 30, at the end of the 1942 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Week 1
Oct 12[1]
Week 2
Oct 19[2]
Week 3
Oct 26[3]
Week 4
Nov 2[4]
Week 5
Nov 9[5]
Week 6
Nov 16[6]
Week 7
Nov 23[7]
Week 8 (Final)
Nov 30[8]
1.Georgia (3–0) (25)Ohio State (4–0) (58)Ohio State (5–0) (80)Georgia (7–0) (84.31)Georgia (8–0) (85)Georgia (9–0) (69)Boston College (8–0) (47)Ohio State (9–1) (84)1.
2.Ohio State (4–0) (12)Georgia (5–0) (38)Georgia (6–0) (25)Wisconsin (6–0–1) (20.33)Georgia Tech (7–0) (14)Georgia Tech (8–0) (13)Georgia Tech (9–0) (50)Georgia (10–1) (62)2.
3.Michigan (2–1) (12)Alabama (4–0) (8)Alabama (5–0) (6)Georgia Tech (6–0) (3.83)Boston College (6–0) (10)Boston College (7–0) (37)Ohio State (8–1) (16)Wisconsin (8–1–1) (4)3.
4.Alabama (3–0) (10)Michigan (3–1) (2)Notre Dame (3–1–1) (3)Notre Dame (4–1–1) (1)Notre Dame (5–1–1) (1)Michigan (6–2) (3)Wisconsin (8–1–1) (2)Tulsa (10–0) (4)4.
5.Illinois (3–0) (18)Illinois (4–0) (1)Georgia Tech (5–0) (3)Boston College (5–0) (13)Alabama (6–1)Ohio State (7–1) (1)Georgia (9–1) (1)Georgia Tech (9–1)5.
6.Georgia Tech (3–0) (5)Georgia Tech (4–0) (1)Wisconsin (5–0–1) (1)Ohio State (5–1)Michigan (5–2)Tulsa (8–0) (2)Tulsa (9–0) (1)Notre Dame (7–2–1)6.
7.Wisconsin (3–0–1)Wisconsin (4–0–1) (2)Boston College (4–0) (4)Minnesota (4–2) (1)Wisconsin (6–1–1)Wisconsin (7–1–1)Alabama (7–2)Tennessee (8–1–1)7.
8.Penn (2–1) (5)Notre Dame (2–1–1) (3)Army (4–0) (1)Alabama (5–1)Texas (7–1)Notre Dame (5–2–1)Notre Dame (6–2–1)Boston College (8–1)8.
9.Colgate (3–0) (2)Santa Clara (4–0) (2)TCU (5–0)Penn (4–1–1) (1)Tulsa (7–0) (1)Alabama (6–2)Michigan (6–3)Michigan (7–3)9.
10.Washington State (3–0) (3)Boston College (3–0) (4)Minnesota (3–2)UCLA (4–2) (1)Ohio State (6–1) (1)Minnesota (5–3)Tennessee (7–1–1)Alabama (7–3)10.
11.Boston College (2–0) (1)Army (3–0)UCLA (3–2)Michigan (4–2)Tennessee (5–1–1)Tennessee (6–1–1)UCLA (5–3)Texas (8–2)11.
12.Vanderbilt (3–0)TCU (4–0)Illinois (4–1)Tulsa (6–0)Iowa (6–2)Washington State (6–1) (1)Santa Clara (7–2) тStanford (6–4)12.
13.Duquesne (3–0) (2)Minnesota (2–2)Michigan (4–1)Tennessee (4–1–1)Illinois (5–2)William & Mary (7–0–1)Stanford (5–4) тUCLA (5–3)13.
14.Minnesota (1–2) (1)UCLA (2–2)Penn (3–1–1)Texas (6–1)Washington State (5–1)Santa Clara (7–1) тUSC (3–3–1)William & Mary (8–1–1) (1)14.
15.Santa Clara (3–0) (1) тTexas (4–1)Syracuse (5–0) тSanta Clara (5–1)William & Mary (6–0–1)Texas (7–2) тWashington State (6–1–1) (1)Santa Clara (7–2)15.
16.Tennessee (2–0–1) (1) тMississippi State (2–2)Tulsa (5–0) тBaylor (6–1)Minnesota (4–3)USC (3–3–1)Auburn (5–4–1) тAuburn (6–4–1)16.
17.TCU (3–0)Penn (2–1–1) тTexas (5–1)William & Mary (5–0–1)Penn (4–2–1)Hardin-Simmons (7–0)Mississippi State (7–2) тWashington State (6–1–2)17.
18.Army (2–0)Tennessee (2–1–1) тWilliam & Mary (4–0–1)Fresno State (7–0) (1)UCLA (4–3)Indiana (5–3) тTexas (7–2)Mississippi State (7–2)18.
19.Iowa (3–1)North Carolina (3–0–1)LSU (5–1)Army (4–1)Hardin-Simmons (6–0)TCU (6–2) тWilliam & Mary (7–1–1)Holy Cross (5–4–1) (1) т19.
20.Texas (3–1)Syracuse (4–0)Tennessee (3–1–1)Illinois (4–2)Williams (7–0)UCLA (4–3) тMinnesota (5–4)
20.
Week 1
Oct 12[1]
Week 2
Oct 19[2]
Week 3
Oct 26[3]
Week 4
Nov 2[4]
Week 5
Nov 9[5]
Week 6
Nov 16[6]
Week 7
Nov 23[7]
Week 8 (Final)
Nov 30[8]
Dropped:
  • Colgate
  • Duquesne
  • Iowa
  • Vanderbilt
  • Washington State
Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
  • North Carolina
  • Santa Clara
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Syracuse
  • TCU
Dropped:
  • Army
  • Baylor
  • Fresno State
  • Santa Clara
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Penn
  • Williams
Dropped:
  • Hardin-Simmons
  • Indiana
  • TCU
Dropped:
  • USC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "October 12, 1942 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "October 19, 1942 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "October 26, 1942 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "November 2, 1942 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "November 9, 1942 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "November 16, 1942 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "November 23, 1942 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "1942 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.