1944 NCAA football rankings

One human poll comprised the 1944 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.

1944 NCAA football rankings
Season1944
Bowl season1944–45 bowl games
End of season championsArmy

Legend

  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 Poll

The final AP Poll was released on December 4, at the end of the 1944 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Week 1
Oct 9[1]
Week 2
Oct 16[2]
Week 3
Oct 23[3]
Week 4
Oct 30[4]
Week 5
Nov 6[5]
Week 6
Nov 13[6]
Week 7
Nov 20[7]
Week 8
Nov 27[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Dec 4[9]
1.Notre Dame (2–0) (34)Notre Dame (3–0) (59.67)Notre Dame (4–0) (40)Army (5–0) (41)Army (6–0) (58)Army (7–0) (77)Army (8–0) (65.33)Army (8–0) (55.33)Army (9–0) (95)1.
2.North Carolina Pre-Flight (3–0) (24)Army (3–0) (11.67)Army (4–0) (30)Notre Dame (5–0) (15)Ohio State (6–0) (18)Randolph Field (7–0) (15)Navy (6–2) (5)Navy (6–2) (1)Ohio State (9–0) (5)2.
3.Army (2–0) (3)Randolph Field (3–0) (21.58)Randolph Field (4–0) (23)Ohio State (5–0) (17)Navy (4–2) (1)Navy (5–2) (5)Ohio State (8–0) (5)Ohio State (9–0) (18) тRandolph Field (9–0) (17)3.
4.Randolph Field (2–0) (22)Ohio State (3–0) (4)Ohio State (4–0) (14)Randolph Field (5–0) (18)Randolph Field (6–0) (18)Ohio State (7–0) (3)Randolph Field (8–0) (11.33)Randolph Field (9–0) (5.33) тNavy (6–3)4.
5.Great Lakes Navy (2–0) (3)Iowa Pre-Flight (4–1) (0.25)Georgia Tech (4–0)Georgia Tech (5–0) (1)Notre Dame (5–1)Michigan (7–1)Bainbridge NTS (8–0) (4.33)Bainbridge NTS (9–0) (11.33)Bainbridge NTS (10–0) (3)5.
6.Navy (2–0)Great Lakes Navy (3–0) (1)Iowa Pre-Flight (5–1)Navy (3–2) (1)Bainbridge NTS (6–0) (6)Bainbridge NTS (7–0) (4)Michigan (8–1)Iowa Pre-Flight (10–1) (1)Iowa Pre-Flight (10–1) (1)6.
7.Purdue (2–1) (2)Penn (3–0) (3)Penn (3–0) тIowa Pre-Flight (6–1)Iowa Pre-Flight (7–1)Iowa Pre-Flight (8–1)Iowa Pre-Flight (9–1) (2)USC (7–0–2)USC (7–0–2)7.
8.Ohio State (2–0) (2)Georgia Tech (3–0)Tulsa (4–0) тNorth Carolina Pre-Flight (5–0–1)Michigan (6–1)March Field (6–0–1) (2)USC (6–0–2) (1)Michigan (8–2)Michigan (8–2)8.
9.Penn (2–0)Navy (2–1)North Carolina Pre-Flight (4–0–1)Illinois (4–2–1)March Field (5–0–1) (3)Georgia Tech (6–1)March Field (7–0–1) (3)Notre Dame (7–2)Notre Dame (8–2)9.
10.Georgia Tech (2–0)North Carolina Pre-Flight (3–0–1)Purdue (3–2)Michigan (5–1)Illinois (4–2–1)Duke (3–4)Georgia Tech (7–1)Tennessee (7–0–1)March Field (7–0–2)10.
11.Iowa Pre-Flight (3–1) (1)Purdue (2–2)March Field (3–0–1)March Field (4–0–1) (6)USC (5–0–2)Notre Dame (5–2)Duke (4–4) (1)Duke (5–4)Duke (6–4)11.
12.Michigan (3–1)California (3–0–1) (1)Navy (2–2)Bainbridge NTS (5–0) (2)Wake Forest (7–0) (1)USC (5–0–2)Great Lakes Navy (7–1)Great Lakes Navy (8–1)Tennessee (7–0–1)12.
13.Tulsa (2–0)Tulsa (3–0)Bainbridge NTS (4–0) (2)USC (4–0–2)Georgia Tech (5–1)Great Lakes Navy (6–1)Alabama (4–1–2)Norman NAS (6–0)Georgia Tech (8–2) т13.
14.Illinois (2–0)March Field (2–0–1) (1)Illinois (4–1–1)Great Lakes Navy (4–1)Great Lakes Navy (5–1)Purdue (5–3)Camp Peary (6–1)March Field (7–0–2)Norman NAS (6–0) т14.
15.Second Air Force (3–1) тMichigan (4–1) тSecond Air Force (5–1)Indiana (5–1)Norman NAS (5–0)El Toro Marines (5–1)Tennessee (6–0–1)Oklahoma State (7–1)Illinois (5–4–1)15.
16.Tennessee (2–0) (1) тUSC (2–0–2) тGreat Lakes Navy (3–1)Tennessee (4–0–1)North Carolina Pre-Flight (5–1–1)Mississippi State (6–0)El Toro Marines (6–1)Alabama (5–1–2)El Toro Marines (7–1)16.
17.Wake Forest (3–0)Tennessee (3–0)Indiana (4–1)Wake Forest (6–0)El Toro Marines (4–1)Tennessee (5–0–1)Norman NAS (6–0)Camp Peary (6–2)Great Lakes Navy (8–2)17.
18.Bainbridge NTS (2–0)Bainbridge NTS (3–0) (2)Wake Forest (5–0)Mississippi State (4–0)Tennessee (5–0–1)Norman NAS (6–0) тNotre Dame (6–2)El Toro Marines (7–1) тFort Pierce (8–0)18.
19.Indiana (2–1) тSecond Air Force (4–1) (0.25)3rd Air Force (4–0) тAlabama (3–0–2) тMississippi State (5–0)North Carolina Pre-Flight (6–1–1) тSecond Air Force (8–2)Yale (7–0–1) тSaint Mary's Pre-Flight (4–4)19.
20.Wisconsin (2–0) тIndiana (3–1)
Oklahoma State (5–0) тDuke (2–4)Yale (6–0)North Carolina Pre-Flight (6–2–1)Second Air Force (8–2–1)Second Air Force (8–2–1)20.
Week 1
Oct 9[1]
Week 2
Oct 16[2]
Week 3
Oct 23[3]
Week 4
Oct 30[4]
Week 5
Nov 6[5]
Week 6
Nov 13[6]
Week 7
Nov 20[7]
Week 8
Nov 27[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Dec 4[9]
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Wake Forest
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • California
  • Michigan
  • USC
Dropped:
  • Second Air Force
  • 3rd Air Force
  • Penn
  • Purdue
  • Tulsa
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Indiana
  • Oklahoma State
Dropped:
  • Illinois
  • Wake Forest
Dropped:
  • Mississippi State
  • Purdue
  • Yale
Dropped:
  • Georgia Tech
  • North Carolina Pre-Flight
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Camp Peary
  • Oklahoma State
  • Yale

References

  1. ^ "October 9, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "October 16, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "October 23, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "October 30, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "November 6, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "November 13, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "November 20, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  8. ^ "November 27, 1944 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "1944 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
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