1956 NCAA University Division football season

The 1956 NCAA University Division football season saw the University of Oklahoma Sooners finish a third consecutive season unbeaten and untied to again win the national championship.

The 1956 season saw the NCAA split member schools into two divisions: larger schools were part of the University Division, later known as NCAA Division I, and smaller schools were placed in the College Division, later split into NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III.

During the 20th century, the NCAA had no playoff for the major college football teams in the University Division, later known as Division I-A and now known as Division I FBS. The NCAA did recognize a national champion based upon the final results of "wire service" (AP and UPI) polls. The extent of that recognition came in the form of acknowledgment in the annual NCAA Football Guide of the "unofficial" national champions. The AP poll in 1956 consisted of the votes of as many as 198 sportswriters. Though not all writers voted in every poll, each would give their opinion of the twenty best teams. Under a point system of 20 points for first place, 19 for second, etc., the "overall" ranking was determined. Although the rankings were based on the collective opinion of the representative sportswriters, the teams that remained "unbeaten and untied" were generally ranked higher than those that had not. A defeat, even against a strong opponent, tended to cause a team to drop in the rankings, and a team with two or more defeats was unlikely to remain in the Top 20.

Generally, the top teams played on New Year's Day in the four major postseason bowl games: the Rose Bowl (near Los Angeles at Pasadena), the Sugar Bowl (New Orleans), the Orange Bowl (Miami), and the Cotton Bowl (Dallas). Because the rules of the time for Oklahoma's conference (at that time, Big 7) did not permit consecutive bowl appearances,[2] #1 Oklahoma did not play in the postseason, with runner-up Colorado going to the Orange Bowl instead.

1956 NCAA University Division football season
Preseason AP #1Oklahoma Sooners[1]
Regular seasonSeptember 22 – December 1, 1956
Number of bowls6
Bowl gamesDecember 29, 1956 – January 1, 1957
ChampionOklahoma Sooners (AP, Coaches, FWAA)
HeismanPaul Hornung, Notre Dame QB
  • ← 1955
  • College football seasons
  • 1957 →

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

  • One new conference began play in 1956:
    • Ivy League – active NCAA Division I FCS conference

Membership changes

School 1955 Conference 1956 Conference
Air Force Falcons new program Independent

September

In the preseason poll released on September 17, the defending champion Oklahoma Sooners were the first place choice for 116 of 149 writers casting votes, followed by Michigan State, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Ohio State. New polls were issued weekly on Monday.

On September 22, #1 Oklahoma and #2 Michigan State were idle. #3 Notre Dame lost in Dallas to unranked SMU, 19–13 and dropped out of the top 5 for the season (and finished 2–8), while SMU would rise to fifth. #4 Georgia Tech won at Kentucky, 14–6. #5 Ohio State, which had not started play, fell out of the Top 5 and was replaced by #7 TCU, which had opened with a 32–0 win at Kansas. The first regular AP poll was 1.Oklahoma 2.Georgia Tech 3.Michigan State, 4.TCU and 5.SMU.

September 29, #1 Oklahoma opened its season with a 36-0 win over North Carolina. In Dallas, #2 Georgia Tech visited #5 SMU and narrowly won 9–7. #3 Michigan State won 21–7 at #12 Stanford. #4 TCU was idle and dropped to 8th, while #8 Ohio State rose to 4th after a 34-7 win hosting Nebraska. #13 Michigan, which had beaten UCLA 42-13, rose to 5th. The next poll was 1.Oklahoma 2.Michigan State 3.Georgia Tech 4.Ohio State 5.Michigan.

October

October 6 #1 Oklahoma registered another shutout, beating Kansas State 66-0. #2 Michigan State met #5 Michigan in the rain before a crowd of 101,001 at Ann Arbor, and MSU Coach Duffy Daugherty's "umbrella defense" forced two Michigan turnovers that led to their 9-0 win #3 Georgia Tech was idle, and #4 Ohio State won 32-20 at home before 82,881 over Stanford.[3] The poll saw Michigan drop to 12th, while #8 TCU (which beat Arkansas 41-6 on national television) returned to the top five: 1.Oklahoma 2.Michigan State 3.Georgia Tech 4.TCU 5.Ohio State

October 13 At Dallas, #1 Oklahoma beat Texas 45-0, having outscored its opposition 147-0 in three games. A commentator of the day wrote, "The overpowering charge of the big red-shirted Oklahoma line ahead of adroit Quarterback Jimmy Harris is just one of the reasons why Oklahoma may be the greatest college football team of all time... They showed it in the sudden, lifting charge of a line which moved all of a piece, like a wave breaking evenly along a beach." [4] #2 Michigan State defeated Indiana 53–6 at home. #3 Georgia Tech beat LSU, 39–7. #4 TCU won at Alabama 23–6, and #5 Ohio State won 26–6 at Illinois. The poll remained unchanged: 1.Oklahoma 2.Michigan State 3.Georgia Tech 4.TCU 5.Ohio State

October 20 #1 Oklahoma gave up its first points of the season, but registered its fourth win, 34-12, at Kansas. #2 Michigan State stayed unbeaten with a 47-14 win at Notre Dame. #3 Georgia Tech beat Auburn 28-7. In a game that would ultimately determine the SWC championship, #4 TCU lost at #14 Texas A&M, 7-6. #5 Ohio State lost to Penn State by the same 7-6 score. #7 Tennessee, which had beaten Alabama 24-0 rose to 4th, and #8 Michigan returned to the Top 5 after its 34-20 win over Northwestern. The poll: 1.Michigan State 2. Oklahoma 3.Georgia Tech 4.Tennessee 5.Michigan.

October 27 The new #1 Michigan State went to Champaign, and had a 13-0 lead over the unranked Illini at halftime. Abe Woodson plunged for a score to cut the lead to 13-6 after three quarters. In the fourth, Woodson ran 70 yards from scrimmage to help tie the game 13-13. After an MSU field goal was short, Woodson ran the ball up to the Illini 18. Woodson, who had once held the world record in the 50 yard high hurdles,[5] took a short pass and dashed 82 yards for a touchdown, leaping over State's Art Johnson 30 yards from goal, to pull off the 20-13 upset. #2 Oklahoma was determined to prove itself number 1, and Coach Bud Wilkinson directed the team to six touchdowns for a 40-0 win at Notre Dame. #3 Georgia Tech beat #15 Tulane by the same 40-0 margin. #4 Tennessee beat Maryland 34-7 to stay unbeaten. #5 Michigan had its second loss, falling to unranked Minnesota at home, 20-7. #7 Texas A&M, which had extended its record to 5-0-1 with a 19-13 win at #8 Baylor, replaced the Wolverines. The poll: 1.Oklahoma 2.Georgia Tech 3.Tennessee 4.Michigan State 5.Texas A&M.

November

November 3 Unbeaten #1 Oklahoma (5–0), met the Colorado Buffaloes (5–1) on the road, and were losing 19–6 at halftime to a team that was four-touchdown underdog, but came back with touchdowns by Tommy McDonald and Clendon Thomas for a difficult 27-19 win.[6] and the rest of top five won in shutouts: #2 Georgia Tech won 7–0 at Duke, #3 Tennessee over North Carolina 20-0, #4 Michigan State crushed Wisconsin 33-0, and #5 Texas A&M beat Arkansas 27-0. The poll remained unchanged.

November 10 While #1 Oklahoma registered its fifth shutout in seven games, trouncing Iowa State 44–0, #2 Georgia Tech and #3 Tennessee met in Atlanta for a game that proved to determine the SEC title. There were 23 punts altogether, and no score until midway through the third quarter, when Tennessee end Buddy Cruze noticed that Tech had stopped double-teaming him. Halfback Johnny Majors (who would later be head coach for UT) passed to Cruze at the 35-yard line, and Cruze ran 64 yards down to the Tech goal line, setting up the touchdown that won the game 6–0.[7] In the poll that followed, Tennessee was the new #1 by a margin of 2 points (1,446 to 1,444) over Oklahoma. #4 Michigan State narrowly beat Purdue, 12-9. #5 Texas A&M beat SMU 33–7 in Dallas, and increased its record to 7-0-1, with the Southwest Conference title and a trip to the Cotton Bowl, and on November 12, was still fifth in the poll. Though on probation since 1955 for recruiting violations, the Aggies had appealed to the NCAA to allow them to play postseason. The next day, however, the NCAA announced that Texas A&M was still banned, because of an additional recruiting violation of a basketball player.[8] The poll: 1.Tennessee 2.Oklahoma 3.Michigan State 4.Georgia Tech 5.Texas A&M.

November 17 #1 Tennessee beat visiting #19 Ole Miss 27-7, while #2 Oklahoma showed off its offense in crushing Missouri 67-14, sufficiently enough to regain the top spot in the next poll. #3 Michigan State traveled to Minnesota, which had been #6 a week before, but dropped to #17. The MSU visitors lost, 14-13, and dropped to tenth place in the next poll. #4 Georgia Tech beat Alabama 27-0. #5 Texas A&M beat visiting Rice, 21-7. #7 Iowa, which had beaten #6 Ohio State 6-0, took Michigan State's place in the poll that followed. The Top 5 was 1.Oklahoma 2.Tennessee 3.Iowa 4.Texas A&M 5.Georgia Tech.

November 24 #1 Oklahoma gained 656 net yards in a defeat of visiting Nebraska 54-6. #2 Tennessee beat Kentucky 20-7. #3 Iowa, which had captured the Big Ten title with a 5–1 conference record, finished its season with a 48–8 non-league win over Notre Dame, then accepted a bid to the Rose Bowl to play Oregon State. #4 Texas A&M was idle as it prepared for its Thanksgiving Day game with Texas, which it won 34–21. In Jacksonville, #5 Georgia Tech beat #13 Florida 28–0, and traded places with A&M. Tech would be invited back to the city for the Gator Bowl at season's end. The poll: 1.Oklahoma 2.Tennessee 3.Iowa 4.Georgia Tech 5.Texas A&M.

December 1 #1 Oklahoma closed its season with a 53–0 win over Oklahoma State, finishing 10–0, and with a 466–51 finish in points. Only one of its ten opponents (Colorado) finished 1956 with a winning record. In Nashville, #2 Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 27–7 to close with a 10–0 record and a spot in the Sugar Bowl, where it would face 9–1 Baylor. #4 Georgia Tech closed with a 35–0 win at Georgia. Unbeaten and once-tied (9-0-1), #5 Texas A&M won the Southwest Conference title, but the ban against post-season play sent runner-up TCU to the Cotton Bowl instead.

Conference standings

1956 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 19 Clemson $ 4 0 1     7 2 2
Duke 4 1 0     5 4 1
South Carolina 5 2 0     7 3 0
Maryland 2 2 1     2 7 1
North Carolina 2 3 1     2 7 1
NC State 2 4 0     3 7 0
Wake Forest 1 5 1     2 5 3
Virginia 1 4 0     3 7 0
Rankings from AP Poll[9]
1956 Big 7 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Oklahoma $ 6 0 0     10 0 0
No. 20 Colorado 4 1 1     8 2 1
Missouri 3 2 1     4 5 1
Nebraska 3 3 0     4 6 0
Kansas 2 4 0     3 6 1
Kansas State 2 4 0     3 7 0
Iowa State 0 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1956 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Iowa $ 5 1 0     9 1 0
No. 7 Michigan 5 2 0     7 2 0
No. 12 Minnesota 4 1 2     6 1 2
No. 9 Michigan State 4 2 0     7 2 0
No. 15 Ohio State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 1 4 2     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 2     2 5 2
Wisconsin 0 4 3     1 5 3
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1956 Border Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas Western $ 5 0 0     9 2 0
Arizona State 3 1 0     9 1 0
West Texas State 2 2 0     8 2 0
Arizona 1 2 0     4 6 0
Hardin–Simmons 1 3 0     4 6 0
New Mexico A&M 0 4 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 NCAA University Division independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Miami (FL)         8 1 1
No. 8 Syracuse         7 2 0
No. 13 Pittsburgh         7 3 1
No. 16 Navy         6 1 2
Air Force         6 2 1
Penn State         6 2 1
Pacific (CA)         6 3 1
Army         5 3 1
Holy Cross         5 3 1
Villanova         5 4 0
Boston College         5 4 0
Florida State         5 4 1
Cincinnati         4 5 0
Colgate         4 5 0
Dayton         4 6 0
Drake         3 6 0
Rutgers         3 7 0
Texas Tech         2 7 1
San Jose State         2 7 1
Notre Dame         2 8 0
Boston University         1 5 2
Marquette         0 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll
1956 Ivy League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Yale $   7 0         8 1  
Princeton   5 2         7 2  
Dartmouth   4 3         5 4  
Penn   4 3         4 5  
Brown   3 4         5 4  
Columbia   2 5         3 6  
Harvard   2 5         2 6  
Cornell   1 6         1 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1956 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Houston $ 4 0 0     7 2 1
Tulsa 2 1 1     7 2 1
Oklahoma A&M 2 1 1     3 5 2
Wichita 1 3 0     4 7 0
Detroit 0 4 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 10 Oregon State $ 6 1 1     7 3 1
No. 18 USC 5 2 0     8 2 0
UCLA 5 2 0     7 3 0
Washington 4 4 0     5 5 0
Oregon 3 3 2     4 4 2
Stanford 3 4 0     4 6 0
Washington State 2 5 1     3 6 1
California 2 5 0     3 7 0
Idaho 0 4 0     4 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1956 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Tennessee $ 6 0 0     10 1 0
No. 4 Georgia Tech 7 1 0     10 1 0
Florida 5 2 0     6 3 1
Ole Miss 4 2 0     7 3 0
Auburn 4 3 0     7 3 0
Kentucky 4 4 0     6 4 0
Tulane 3 3 0     6 4 0
Vanderbilt 2 5 0     5 5 0
Alabama 2 5 0     2 7 1
Mississippi State 2 5 0     4 6 0
LSU 1 5 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 6 0     3 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1956 Skyline Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wyoming 7 0 0     10 0 0
Utah 5 1 0     5 5 0
Utah State 4 3 0     6 4 0
Denver 4 3 0     6 4 0
Colorado A&M 2 4 1     2 7 1
New Mexico 2 4 0     4 6 0
BYU 1 5 1     2 7 1
Montana 1 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1956 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
West Virginia $ 5 0 0     6 4 0
VPI 3 0 0     7 2 1
No. 17 George Washington 5 1 0     8 1 1
Davidson 2 2 1     5 3 1
Furman 2 2 0     2 8 0
VMI 2 3 1     3 6 1
Richmond 2 5 0     4 5 0
The Citadel 1 3 0     3 5 1
Washington and Lee 0 1 0     1 7 0
William & Mary 0 5 0     0 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1956 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Texas A&M $ 6 0 0     9 0 1
No. 14 TCU 5 1 0     8 3 0
No. 11 Baylor 4 2 0     9 2 0
Arkansas 3 3 0     6 4 0
SMU 2 4 0     4 6 0
Rice 1 5 0     4 6 0
Texas 0 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Bowl games

Major bowls

Bowl Winner Runner-up
Orange #20 Colorado Buffaloes 27 #19 Clemson Tigers 21
Cotton #14 TCU Horned Frogs 28 # 8 Syracuse Orangemen 27
Sugar #11 Baylor Bears 13 #2 Tennessee Volunteers 7
Rose #3 Iowa Hawkeyes 35 #10 Oregon State Beavers 19
Gator #4 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 21 #13 Pittsburgh Panthers 14
Sun #17 George Washington Colonials 13 Texas Western Miners 0
  • All played on New Year's Day except for the Gator Bowl (Saturday, December 29)

Minor bowls

Bowl Winner Runner-up
Tangerine Bowl West Texas State 20 Mississippi Southern 13
Burley Bowl Memphis State 32 East Tennessee State 12
Refrigerator Bowl Sam Houston State 27 Middle Tennessee State 13

Rankings

Final polls

Final polls were released at the end of the regular season. Records include bowl games.

AP Poll
Rank Team Record Conference Bowl
1 Oklahoma 10–0 Big Seven none
2 Tennessee 10–1 SEC Lost Sugar, 7–13
3 Iowa 9–1 Big Ten Won Rose, 35–19
4 Georgia Tech 10–1 SEC Won Gator, 21–14
5 Texas A&M 9–0–1 Southwest none
6 Miami (FL) 8–0–1 Independent none
7 Michigan 7–2 Big Ten none
8 Syracuse 7–2 Independent Lost Cotton, 28–27
9 Michigan State 7–2 Big Ten none
10 Oregon State 7–3–1 PCC Lost Rose, 19–35
11 Baylor 9–2 Southwest Won Sugar, 13–7
12 Minnesota 6–1–2 Big Ten none
13 Pittsburgh 7–3–1 Independent Lost Gator, 14–21
14 TCU 8–3 Southwest Won Cotton, 28–27
15 Ohio State 6–3 Big Ten none
16 Navy 6–1–2 Independent none
17 George Washington 8–1–1 Southern Won Sun, 13–0
18 USC 8–2 PCC none
19 Clemson 7–2–2 ACC Lost Orange, 21–27
20 Colorado 8–2–1 Big Seven Won Orange, 27–21
Coaches poll
Rank Team
1 Oklahoma
2 Tennessee
3 Iowa
4 Georgia Tech
5 Texas A&M
6 Miami (FL)
7 Michigan
8 Syracuse
9 Minnesota
10 Michigan State
11 Baylor
12 Pittsburgh
13 Oregon State
14 TCU
15 USC
16 Wyoming
17 Yale
18 Colorado
19 Navy
20 Duke

Heisman Trophy

  1. Paul Hornung, QB - Notre Dame, 1,066 points
  2. Johnny Majors, RB - Tennessee, 994
  3. Tommy McDonald, WR - Oklahoma, 973
  4. Jerry Tubbs, C-LB - Oklahoma, 724
  5. Jim Brown, HB - Syracuse, 561
  6. Ron Kramer, E - Michigan, 518
  7. John Brodie, QB - Stanford, 281
  8. Jim Parker, G - Ohio State, 248
  9. Ken Ploen, QB - Iowa, 150
  10. Jon Arnett, HB - USC, 128
  11. Joe Walton, E - Pittsburgh, 97
  12. Jim Swink, HB - TCU, 84

Source:[10][11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2009-01-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ ESPN Sports Almanac, 2001, p161
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated, October 15, 1956, p70
  4. ^ "Football:Fourth Week, Sports Illustrated, October 15, 1956, p14
  5. ^ "In the Midwest: Illinois Hurdles Over State," Sports Illustrated, Nov. 5, 2006, p16
  6. ^ "Sooners Scared By Buffs, Rally For 27-19 Win," Oakland Tribune, Nov. 4, 1956, p53
  7. ^ "A Day of Decision", Sports Illustrated, Nov. 19, 1956, p28
  8. ^ "Ban Fails To Lift For Aggie Bowl Bid," Amarillo Globe-Times, Nov. 14, 1956, p19
  9. ^ "1956 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "Hornung gains award as best player of '56". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. December 5, 1956. p. 2, sec. 4.
  11. ^ "Paul Hornung". Heisman Trophy. 1956. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
1956 Boston College Eagles football team

The 1956 Boston College Eagles football team represented Boston College during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. The Eagles were led by sixth-year head coach Mike Holovak and played their home games at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

1956 Clemson Tigers football team

The 1956 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson College during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season.

1956 College Football All-America Team

The 1956 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1956. The seven selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1956 season are (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (4) the International News Service (INS), (5) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (6) the Sporting News (SN), and (8) the United Press (UP).

1956 Duke Blue Devils football team

The 1956 Duke Blue Devils football team represented Duke University during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season.

1956 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 1956 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the Georgia Bulldogs of the University of Georgia during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season.

1956 Kentucky Wildcats football team

The 1956 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 1956 NCAA University Division football season.

1956 Montana Grizzlies football team

The 1956 Montana Grizzlies football team represented the University of Montana in the 1956 NCAA University Division football season as a member of the Skyline Conference. The Grizzlies were led by second-year head coach Jerry Williams, played their home games at Dornblaser Field and finished the season with a record of one win and nine losses (1–9, 1–6 Skyline).

1956 NCAA University Division football rankings

Two human polls comprised the 1956 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.

1956 NC State Wolfpack football team

The 1956 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. The Wolfpack were led by third-year head coach Earle Edwards and played their home games at Riddick Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. They competed as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing in sixth. NC State's victory over rival North Carolina was the school's first ACC victory, coming in their fourth year in the conference.

1956 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1956 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. The team was coached by Rip Engle and played its home games in New Beaver Field in University Park, Pennsylvania.

1956 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team

The 1956 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represented Rutgers University in the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. In their first season under head coach John Stiegman, the Scarlet Knights compiled a 3–7 record and were outscored by their opponents 240 to 117. The team's statistical leaders included William Gatyas with 450 passing yards, Billy Austin 380 rushing yards and Jay Hunton with 408 receiving yards.

1956 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

The 1956 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. The Gamecocks finished the season 7–3 overall.

1956 Texas Longhorns football team

The 1956 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. In 1956, the Texas A&M Aggies were the first Aggie football team to beat the Texas Longhorns at Memorial Stadium. The win was Bear Bryant's only victory versus a University of Texas football team.

1956 Utah State Aggies football team

The 1956 Utah State Aggies football team was an American football team that represented Utah State University in the Skyline Conference during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. In their second season under head coach Ev Faunce, the Aggies compiled a 6–4 record (4–3 against Skyline opponents), tied for third place in the Skyline Conference, and outscored opponents by a total of 221 to 199.

1956 Utah Utes football team

The 1956 Utah Utes football team represented the University of Utah during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season.

1956 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

The 1956 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season.

1956 Villanova Wildcats football team

The 1956 Villanova Wildcats football team represented the Villanova University during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. The head coach was Frank Reagan, coaching his third season with the Wildcats. The team played their home games at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

1956 Virginia Cavaliers football team

The 1956 Virginia Cavaliers football team represented the University of Virginia during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. The Cavaliers were led by first-year head coach Ben Martin and played their home games at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. They competed as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing in last. Their win against Wake Forest was Virginia's first ACC victory as members of the conference, coming in their third year of membership.

1956 West Virginia Mountaineers football team

The 1956 West Virginia Mountaineers football team represented West Virginia University during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season.

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