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1965 NCAA University Division football rankings

Two human polls comprised the 1965 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.

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

For the first time in its history, the final AP Poll was released in January, after the bowl games.[1][2] This practice would not be repeated again for the next two seasons, but has been the standard since the 1968 season.

The AP Poll ranked only the top ten teams from 1962 through 1967. Entering New Year's Day, the top three teams (Michigan State, Arkansas, Nebraska) were all 10–0,[3] but all three lost.[2]

Preseason
Aug[4]
Week 1
Sep 20[5]
Week 2
Sep 27[6]
Week 3
Oct 4[7]
Week 4
Oct 11[8]
Week 5
Oct 18[9]
Week 6
Oct 25[10]
Week 7
Nov 1[11]
Week 8
Nov 8[12]
Week 9
Nov 15[13]
Week 10
Nov 22[14]
Week 11
Nov 29[15]
Week 12 (Final)
Jan[16]
1.Nebraska (11)Notre Dame (1–0) (24)Texas (2–0) (15)Texas (3–0) (25)Texas (4–0) (22)Arkansas (5–0) (28)Michigan State (6–0) (19)Michigan State (7–0) (36)Michigan State (8–0) (32)Michigan State (9–0) (31)Michigan State (10–0) (34)Michigan State (10–0) (35)Alabama (9–1–1) (37)1.
2.Texas (7)Nebraska (1–0) (16)Purdue (2–0) (14)Nebraska (3–0) (10)Nebraska (4–0) (16)Michigan State (5–0) (14)Arkansas (6–0) (23)Arkansas (7–0) (11)Arkansas (8–0) (14)Arkansas (9–0) (15)Arkansas (10–0) (9)Arkansas (10–0) (10)Michigan State (10–1) (18)2.
3.Notre Dame (7)Texas (1–0) (7)Nebraska (2–0) (13)Arkansas (3–0) (1)Arkansas (4–0) (4)Nebraska (5–0) (8)Nebraska (6–0) (9)Nebraska (7–0) (3)Nebraska (8–0) (4)Nebraska (9–0) (2)Nebraska (9–0)Nebraska (10–0)Arkansas (10–1) (1)3.
4.Michigan (5)Michigan (1–0) (2)Arkansas (2–0) (3)Georgia (3–0) (3)Michigan State (4–0) (3)USC (4–0–1)Notre Dame (4–1)Notre Dame (5–1)Notre Dame (6–1) (1)Notre Dame (7–1)UCLA (7–1–1)Alabama (8–1–1) (1)UCLA (8–2–1) (1)4.
5.Alabama (4)Arkansas (1–0) (4)LSU (2–0)Michigan State (3–0)Georgia (4–0) (2)Texas (4–0–1)LSU (5–1)Alabama (5–1–1)Alabama (6–1–1)Alabama (7–1–1)Alabama (7–1–1)UCLA (7–1–1)Nebraska (10–1)5.
6.Arkansas (6)Purdue (1–0)Kentucky (2–0) (1)Purdue (2–0–1) (1)USC (3–0–1)Purdue (4–0–1)Purdue (4–1–1)USC (4–1–1)USC (5–1–1)USC (6–1–1)Notre Dame (7–2)Missouri (7–2–1)Missouri (8–2–1)6.
7.USC (4)LSU (1–0)Michigan (2–0)Notre Dame (2–1)Purdue (3–0–1) (1)Notre Dame (3–1)Florida (4–1)Georgia Tech (5–1–1)UCLA (5–1–1)UCLA (6–1–1)Missouri (7–2–1)Tennessee (6–1–2)Tennessee (8–1–2)7.
8.LSUFlorida (1–0)Notre Dame (1–1)USC (2–0–1)Notre Dame (3–1)Florida (4–1)USC (4–1–1)UCLA (4–1–1)Tennessee (4–0–2)Missouri (6–2–1)USC (6–2–1)USC (7–2–1)LSU (8–3)8.
9.Purdue (1)Syracuse (1–0)Michigan State (2–0)Mississippi State (3–0)Florida (3–1)LSU (4–1)Texas (4–2)Missouri (4–2–1)Missouri (5–2–1)Texas Tech (8–1)Tennessee (5–1–2)Notre Dame (7–2–1)Notre Dame (7–2–1)9.
10.Ohio State (1)Kentucky (1–0)Georgia (2–0)Florida (2–1)Mississippi State (4–0)Georgia (4–1)Alabama (4–1–1)Kentucky (5–2)Kentucky (6–2)Florida (6–2)Texas Tech (8–2)Texas Tech (8–2)USC (7–2–1)10.
Preseason
Aug[4]
Week 1
Sep 20[5]
Week 2
Sep 27[6]
Week 3
Oct 4[7]
Week 4
Oct 11[8]
Week 5
Oct 18[9]
Week 6
Oct 25[10]
Week 7
Nov 1[11]
Week 8
Nov 8[12]
Week 9
Nov 15[13]
Week 10
Nov 22[14]
Week 11
Nov 29[15]
Week 12 (Final)
Jan[16]
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Ohio State
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Florida
  • Syracuse
Dropped:
  • Kentucky
  • LSU
  • Michigan
NoneDropped:
  • Mississippi State
Dropped:
  • Georgia
Dropped:
  • Florida
  • LSU
  • Purdue
  • Texas
Dropped:
  • Georgia Tech
Dropped:
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Florida
NoneDropped:
  • Texas Tech

Final Coaches' pollEdit

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, in late November.[17]
Michigan State received 28 of the 35 first-place votes; Arkansas received five and Nebraska two.[18]

Ranking Team Conference Bowl
1 Michigan State Big Ten Lost Rose, 12–14
2 Arkansas Southwest Lost Cotton, 7–14
3 Nebraska Big Eight Lost Orange, 28–39
4 Alabama SEC Won Orange, 39–28
5 UCLA AAWU (Pac-8) Won Rose, 14–12
6 Missouri Big Eight Won Sugar, 20–18
7 Tennessee SEC Won Bluebonnet, 27–6
8 Notre Dame Independent none
9 USC AAWU (Pac-8)
10 Texas Tech Southwest Lost Gator, 21–31
11 Ohio State Big Ten none
12 Florida SEC Lost Sugar, 18–20
13 Purdue Big Ten none
14 LSU SEC Won Cotton, 14–7
15 Georgia SEC none
16 Tulsa MVC Lost Bluebonnet, 6–27
17 Mississippi SEC Won Liberty, 13–7
18 Kentucky SEC none
19 Syracuse Independent
20 Colorado Big Eight

Source[17][19]

  • Prior to the 1975 season, the Big Ten and Pac-8 conferences allowed only one postseason participant each, for the Rose Bowl.
  • The Ivy League has prohibited its members from participating in postseason football since the league was officially formed in 1954.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Green, Bob (January 4, 1966). "Tide keeps AP title trophy". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). Associated Press. p. 7.
  2. ^ a b "Alabama is voted No. 1 in final AP grid poll". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. January 4, 1966. p. 13.
  3. ^ "Michigan State leads; Irish skid". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 30, 1965. p. 14.
  4. ^ "1965 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "September 20, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "September 27, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "October 4, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "October 11, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "October 18, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "October 25, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "November 1, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "November 8, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "November 15, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "November 22, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "November 29, 1965 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "1965 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  17. ^ a b "UPI final ratings". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. November 30, 1965. p. 23.
  18. ^ "Spartans voted national title". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. November 30, 1965. p. 6.
  19. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt