1966 NCAA University Division football rankings

Two human polls comprised the 1966 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.

1966 NCAA University Division football rankings
Season1966
Bowl season1966–67 bowl games
Preseason #1
End of season championsNotre Dame

Legend

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

AP Poll

The final AP Poll was released in early December, at the end of the 1966 regular season.[1] In the previous season, the final poll was released in January for the first time, after the bowl games, but not in 1966 or 1967.

The AP Poll ranked only the top ten teams from 1962 through 1967.

Preseason
Aug[2]
Week 1
Sep 19[3]
Week 2
Sep 26[4]
Week 3
Oct 3[5]
Week 4
Oct 10[6]
Week 5
Oct 17[7]
Week 6
Oct 24[8]
Week 7
Oct 31[9]
Week 8
Nov 7[10]
Week 9
Nov 14[11]
Week 10
Nov 21[12]
Week 11
Nov 28[13]
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 5[14]
1.Alabama (15)Michigan State (1–0) (12)Michigan State (2–0) (22)Michigan State (3–0) (20)Michigan State (4–0) (18)Notre Dame (4–0) (31)Notre Dame (5–0) (32)Notre Dame (6–0) (39)Notre Dame (7–0) (32)Notre Dame (8–0) (35)Notre Dame (8–0–1) (37)Notre Dame (9–0–1) (40)Notre Dame (9–0–1) (41)1.
2.Michigan State (12)UCLA (1–0) (13)UCLA (2–0) (11)UCLA (3–0) (7)Notre Dame (3–0) (15)Michigan State (5–0) (10)Michigan State (6–0) (5)Michigan State (7–0) (6)Michigan State (8–0) (10)Michigan State (9–0) (6)Michigan State (9–0–1) (27)Michigan State (9–0–1) (10)Michigan State (9–0–1) (8)2.
3.Nebraska (2)Alabama (0–0) (10)Alabama (1–0) (2)Notre Dame (2–0) (8)Alabama (3–0) (4)UCLA (5–0) (3)UCLA (6–0) (2)UCLA (7–0) (3)Alabama (7–0)Alabama (8–0) (1)Alabama (8–0) (8)Alabama (9–0) (7)Alabama (10–0) (7)3.
4.UCLA (6)Nebraska (1–0)Notre Dame (1–0) (2)Alabama (2–0) (3)UCLA (4–0) (2)Alabama (4–0) (2)Alabama (5–0) (1)Alabama (6–0) (1)Nebraska (8–0)Nebraska (9–0)Nebraska (9–0) (1)Georgia (9–1)Georgia (9–1)4.
5.ArkansasUSC (1–0) (2)USC (2–0) (1)Arkansas (3–0) (2)USC (4–0) (1)USC (5–0) (1)USC (6–0) (1)Georgia Tech (7–0)Georgia Tech (8–0)Georgia Tech (9–0)Georgia Tech (9–0)UCLA (9–1)UCLA (9–1)5.
6.Notre DameArkansas (1–0) (1)Nebraska (2–0)USC (3–0) (1)Nebraska (4–0)Georgia Tech (5–0)Georgia Tech (6–0)Nebraska (7–0)Arkansas (7–1) (1)Arkansas (8–1) (1)UCLA (9–1)Nebraska (9–1)Nebraska (9–1)6.
7.SyracusePurdue (1–0)Arkansas (2–0) (1)Nebraska (3–0)Georgia Tech (4–0)Nebraska (5–0)Florida (6–0)Florida (7–0)USC (7–1)USC (7–1)Georgia (8–1)Purdue (8–2)Purdue (8–2)7.
8.PurdueNotre Dame (0–0) (1)Michigan (2–0) (1)Tennessee (2–0)Florida (4–0)Florida (5–0)Nebraska (6–0)Arkansas (6–1)UCLA (7–1)UCLA (8–1)Purdue (8–2)Georgia Tech (9–1)Georgia Tech (9–1)8.
9.USCMichigan (1–0) (1)Georgia Tech (2–0)Georgia Tech (3–0)Purdue (3–1)Purdue (4–1)Arkansas (5–1)USC (6–1)Georgia (7–1)Georgia (8–1)Florida (8–1)Miami (FL) (7–2–1)Miami (FL) (7–2–1)9.
10.TennesseeBaylor (1–0) (1)Tennessee (1–0)Florida (3–0)Baylor (3–1)Oklahoma (4–0)Wyoming (6–0)Tennessee (4–2)Tennessee (5–2)Purdue (7–2)USC (7–2)SMU (8–2)SMU (8–2)10.
Preseason
Aug[2]
Week 1
Sep 19[3]
Week 2
Sep 26[4]
Week 3
Oct 3[5]
Week 4
Oct 10[6]
Week 5
Oct 17[7]
Week 6
Oct 24[8]
Week 7
Oct 31[9]
Week 8
Nov 7[10]
Week 9
Nov 14[11]
Week 10
Nov 21[12]
Week 11
Nov 28[13]
Week 12 (Final)
Dec 5[14]
Dropped:
  • Syracuse
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • Purdue
Dropped:
  • Michigan
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Baylor
Dropped:
  • Oklahoma
  • Purdue
Dropped:
  • Wyoming
Dropped:
  • Florida
Dropped:
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
Dropped:
  • Florida
  • USC
None

Final Coaches' poll

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, in late November.[15][16]
Notre Dame received twenty of the 35 first-place votes; Michigan State received ten, Alabama four, and UCLA one.[17]

Ranking Team Conference Bowl
1 Notre Dame Independent none
2 Michigan State Big Ten
3 Alabama SEC Won Sugar, 34–7
4 Georgia SEC Won Cotton, 24–9
5 UCLA AAWU (Pac-8) none
6 Purdue Big Ten Won Rose, 14–13
7 Nebraska Big Eight Lost Sugar, 7–34
8 Georgia Tech Independent Lost Orange, 12–27
9 SMU Southwest Lost Cotton, 9–24
10 Miami (FL) Independent Won Liberty, 14–7
11 Florida SEC Won Orange, 27–12
12 Mississippi SEC Lost Bluebonnet, 0–19
13 Arkansas Southwest none
14 Tennessee SEC Won Gator, 18–12
15 Wyoming WAC Won Sun, 28–20
16 Syracuse Independent Lost Gator, 12–18
17 Houston Independent none
18 USC AAWU (Pac-8) Lost Rose, 13–14
19 Oregon State AAWU (Pac-8) none
20 Virginia Tech Independent Lost Liberty, 7–14

Source:[18]

  • 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.

References

  1. ^ "Polls give No. 1 nod to Notre Dame". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 6, 1967. p. 3B.
  2. ^ "1966 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "September 19, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "September 26, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "October 3, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "October 10, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "October 17, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "October 24, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "October 31, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "November 7, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "November 14, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "November 21, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "November 28, 1966 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "1966 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Meyers, Jeff (November 29, 1966). "Notre Dame is No. 1 in final UPI balloting". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. p. 26.
  16. ^ "Irish ride USC win to 1st". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). AP, UPI. November 29, 1966. p. 3B.
  17. ^ "Notre Dame named national champions". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. November 29, 1966. p. 8.
  18. ^ http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rfsc/history/CoachPolls.txt
1966 NCAA University Division football season

The 1966 University Division football season was marked by some controversy as the year of "The Tie", a famous 10–10 game between the two top-ranked teams, Michigan State and Notre Dame on November 19. Both teams were crowned national champions by various organizations after the regular season concluded, and neither participated in bowl game. Alabama finished the regular season undefeated and was third in the AP poll, while Georgia was fourth. Alabama went on to win the Sugar Bowl in dominant fashion. 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.

The NCAA Football Guide, however, did note an "unofficial national champion" based on the top ranked teams in the "wire service" (AP and UPI) polls. The "writers' poll" by Associated Press (AP) was the most popular, followed by the "coaches' poll" by United Press International) (UPI). In 1966, both services issued their final polls at the close of the regular season, but before teams competed in bowl games. The Associated Press presented the "AP Trophy" to the winner.

The AP poll in 1966 consisted of the votes of as many as 63 sportswriters, though not all of them voted in every poll. Those who cast votes would give their opinion of the ten best teams. Under a point system of 10 points for first place, 9 for second, etc., the "overall" ranking was determined. In the preseason poll for 1966, Alabama was slightly ahead of Michigan State in first place votes (15 vs. 12) and points.

Prior to the start of the 1966 season, East Carolina was elevated to the University Division.The American Broadcasting Company began showing college football in color this season. By the NCAA rules, only 8 national and 5 regional telecasts were allowed during the season.

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