Top 25 Rankings 1901-1935
1928 National Championship
College Football Top 25
Pictured above is one of the most famous plays in college
football history, California center Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels returning a
fumble 65 yards in the wrong direction in the 1929 Rose Bowl. A teammate
finally stopped him at the Cal 3 yard line, and he was tackled back
to the 1. Georgia Tech blocked the ensuing punt-out for a safety, and
those were ultimately the winning points in an 8-7 victory that left
Georgia Tech 10-0 and a virtually unanimous choice as 1928 mythical
national champion (MNC).
9-0-1 Southern Cal won the Dickinson
math system trophy, and they claim a "national championship" of their
own for 1928 based on that, but they were tied by California, the team
Georgia Tech beat in the Rose Bowl, so the Trojans will have to settle
for #2, as they would have in any post-bowl national poll that season.
Details on Georgia Tech and USC can be found in my 1928 National Championship article.
was the toughest top 25 I've had to put together yet. It took an
enormous amount of time, and I went through many different iterations
before it felt right. I was stuck on some issues for weeks. The main
problem was the Pacific Coast Conference. I would guess that an AP poll
would have rated 6-2-2 California and 8-3-1 Stanford about #9-12, 9-2
Oregon and 6-3 Oregon State at the bottom of a top 20, and 7-4
Washington and 7-3 Washington State would not have been rated at all.
But the PCC was superb this season, and though I tried to rationalize
ranking these teams as lowly as that, or at least close, in the end I
just could not abide by it.
The full hypothetical post-bowl AP poll top 25 for 1928, fixed to make
logical sense of course, follows the article below.
#3: Illinois vs. A Bunch of Pacific Coast Teams
7-1 Illinois would undoubtedly have been rated #3 in a post-bowl AP poll for the 1928 season, but like their 1927
squad, they built their nice-looking straight record on the back of a
weak schedule, and they performed even more poorly against it this
year. They beat one good team, 5-2-1 Ohio State (will be #21), they
barely beat a pair of unrated teams, Indiana and Northwestern, and they
took their loss to a losing team, 3-4-1 Michigan. That is not the
performance of a top 10 team, and they certainly wouldn't make my own top
10 for 1928. But this isn't about how I would rate them, so they will
end up in the top 10. Just not #3. Or even close.
A bunch of Pacific Coast teams took a bunch of losses because,
unlike Illinois, they played very difficult schedules. The Pacific
Coast had a tremendous year. They took just one loss against teams from
outside the region, and that was Cal's 1 point loss to #1 Georgia Tech
in the Rose Bowl. At the end of the regular season, there were 3 big
games between West Coast teams and Eastern teams. Southern Cal beat 5-4
Notre Dame (#15) 27-14 at home, Oregon State beat 8-2 NYU (#11) 25-13
in the Bronx on Thanksgiving Day, and Stanford beat 8-2 Army (#16) 26-0
in the same stadium 2 days later.
Grantland Rice covered both of
the Bronx games, and afterward he declared Stanford and Oregon State to
be the 2 best teams in the country. Which is a little silly given that
Southern Cal beat both, Cal finished 2nd in the PCC ahead of both, and
Oregon beat Oregon State. "Hyperbole" could have been his middle name.
But the sentiment was understandable, as these 2 teams had just crushed a pair
of Eastern powerhouses.
The Big 10 went 25-3-2 in nonconference games, which looks
nice, but most of those opponents were minor schools. They went 5-2-2
against major football opponents (if you count Wyoming as "major"), and
none of those teams will make this top 25.
Let's take this one school at a time.
finished 6-2-2, which looks decidedly worse than Illinois' 7-1. But
Cal's losses came to #1 Georgia Tech and 5-0 Olympic Athletic Club. Oly
was a collection of former college all-stars that also defeated
Stanford. Obviously neither of these losses is relevant when comparing
Cal to Illinois, since both opponents had perfect records, and Illinois
did not play any teams nearly as strong. Cal's ties came to #2 Southern
Cal and to Stanford. USC is rated higher than Illinois, so that means
that despite their 6-2-2 straight record, California actually had a
better relevant record than Illinois did.
lost to 3-4-1 Michigan, far worse than any Cal result. As stated,
Illinois beat one top 25 team, while Cal defeated 7-3 Washington State,
9-2 Oregon, and 7-4 Washington, all of whom will be rated in this top
25. Of course, even Cal's loss to #1 Georgia Tech, by 1 point in the
Rose Bowl, is a better performance than any by Illinois this season.
Stanford vs. 7-1 Illinois is a closer case. Like Cal, Stanford lost to
5-0 Olympic Athletic Club, and they also lost to #2 Southern Cal. Those
losses are irrelevant when comparing them to Illinois. But Stanford
also lost their opener to the Young Men's Institute (not a college
team), and that is relevant, because YMI was not nearly as powerful as
Oly AC. One could argue that the loss was every bit as damaging as
Illinois' loss to 3-4-1 Michigan. So in that regard, the teams were
even. However, Stanford's tie came to now-#3 California, rated higher
than Illinois, and that gave Stanford a relevant record that was
effectively half a game better than that of Illinois.
also defeated 9-2 Oregon, 7-4 Washington, and 8-2 Army, all of whom
will make this top 25. And Stanford performed better, as all of their
wins were dominating.
With Cal and
Stanford placed ahead of Illinois, 9-2 Oregon over Illinois is a no-brainer. Their
only losses came to Cal and Stanford, while Illinois took the upset
loss to 3-4-1 Michigan, so Oregon was effectively a game better. Oregon
also defeated 7-4 Washington and 6-3 Oregon State, both of whom will be
to the 1990s, Oregon had never had a sustained period of success. But
long ago, they had a couple of short bursts under great coaches that
didn't stick around. They first emerged upon the national football
consciousness in 1916 under Hall of Fame
coach Hugo Bezdek, who led them to a 7-0-1 record and a victory over
Penn in the Rose Bowl. His quarterback that year, Shy Huntington,
succeeded him as coach and led Oregon to another Rose Bowl in 1919. But
that success did not continue into the 1920s.
Competition on the
West Coast was fierce, as you can see from this 1928 top 10, and to
keep up, Oregon hired head coach John McEwan (pictured) away from Army,
where he had gone 18-5-3 1923-1925, and would have finished in the top
15 for each of those seasons. McEwan had been a Hall of Fame center and
three-time captain for Army 1913-1916, winning MNCs in 1914 and 1916.
He went 2-4-1 in each of his first 2 seasons at Oregon, but this year
he broke through for a 9-2 finish, including victories over both of
Oregon's rivals, Washington and Oregon State.
This was probably
Oregon's best team in its history prior to the 21st century.
Quarterback John Kitzmiller is in the Hall of Fame. Tackle George
"Tarzan" Christensen went on to an 8 year pro career, making first team
All-NFL 4 times and second team twice, and winning the NFL Championship
with the Detroit Lions in 1935. Fullback Charles Williams and halfback
Robby Robinson, both recruited by McEwan from Portland, were Oregon's
first black football players, and an extreme rarity in major college
football by this time in history. And it would end up causing a lot
of irritation for McEwan.
Boosters and the school pressured him
to not play both black players in the backfield at the same time. These
restrictions continued to chafe in 1929. Oregon started 7-2 that year,
with a trip to Miami to play 7-2 Florida to cap the season, but Florida
refused to play unless the black players were left at home. Since
Kitzmiller had a broken leg, that would leave Oregon with no stars left
in the backfield. But Oregon agreed, and McEwan took his backups across
the country to lose to Florida. Soured by and tired of dealing with the
race issue, McEwan left Oregon after that, finishing him at 20-13-2 in his 4
years there. He went 21-5-1 at Holy Cross over the next 3 years, putting his career record at 59-23-6.
Oregon fielded a couple
more top 25 teams in the 1930s, but then they were basically off the
national football radar until the 1990s.
finally we have 6-3 Oregon State. OSU lost to #2 Southern Cal and to
now-#5 Oregon, both games irrelevant when comparing OSU to Illinois.
Like Illinois, OSU took an upset loss, but their upset loss came to 7-3
Washington State, who will be rated (#23), while Illinois took their
loss to unrated 3-4-1 Michigan. Oregon State defeated 7-4 Washington
(will be #22) and 8-2 NYU (#11), both on the road, while Illinois
defeated just one rated opponent (#21 Ohio State at home). Finally, all
of OSU's wins came by more than a touchdown, whereas Illinois had 2
close wins over unrated opponents. There is nothing in Illinois' favor
7-1 Carnegie would also have been rated highly by an AP
poll in 1928, but they took their loss to NYU, 27-12 at home. And
Oregon State beat NYU on the road 25-13 the next week. So I can't see
Carnegie being rated higher than OSU either.
Oregon State #6. Even more than the 1929 top 25,
we have a big clot of West Coast teams at the top of the rankings for
this season. West Coast football has never again been as strong as it
was in the 1920s.
Illinois vs. Carnegie
Carnegie were both 7-1, and each took an upset loss, but Illinois took
theirs to unrated 3-4-1 Michigan, while Carnegie took theirs to 8-2 NYU
(#11). Illinois defeated 1 team that will make this top 25 (#21 Ohio
State), and Carnegie defeated 3 (#10 Georgetown, #15 Notre Dame, and
#24 Pittsburgh). And Illinois had 2 close wins over unrated teams,
An easy call. Carnegie #7 and Illinois #8.
9-0 Detroit was
another very difficult team to rate. College football historian Parke
Davis retroactively selected Detroit as an MNC for 1928. That is going
a bit far, as their entire schedule was made up of minor and mid-major
opponents, with only one victory over a top 25 caliber team to their
credit. But they could be viably rated as high as #4, behind Cal and
ahead of Stanford, and that's where I would be inclined to rate them
myself. An AP poll would certainly have rated them higher than Oregon
and Oregon State, but an AP poll would have just as certainly rated
them behind Illinois and Carnegie.
Since an AP poll would have very likely placed Illinois #3, my
priority has been to rationalize as high a ranking for the Illini as
possible, which is why I'm bringing Detroit in behind them. For most of
the time I have been working on this top 25, I've had Detroit rated
ahead of Illinois (and Carnegie), but in the end, I could just see
enough of an argument to nudge Illinois ahead of Detroit, as a 1928 AP
poll would surely have wanted.
argument rests on Detroit's aforementioned schedule. Yes, Illinois lost
at 3-4-1 Michigan 3-0, but Michigan was actually a better team than all
but one of Detroit's opponents. Illinois played a much tougher schedule
overall, because they were playing decent, major opponents. Illinois'
close wins over Indiana and Northwestern are actually better
performances than Detroit's close wins over Tulsa and Dayton. Detroit's
33-13 win over 8-2 Georgetown (will be rated next, at #10) blows away
Illinois' best performance, but that one win is all Detroit has to say
for itself. They may as well have been 1-0.
I'd rate them higher myself, but Detroit comes in at #9.
Rounding Out the Top 10: Tennessee vs. Georgetown and New York
I think a 1928
AP poll would have rated 9-0-1 Tennessee ahead of 8-2 Georgetown and
8-2 NYU, due to the straight records and Tennessee representing the
token Southern team in the bottom half of a top 10. But unlike
Tennessee, Georgetown and NYU did not take any upsets, and both
performed better than Tennessee as well. Georgetown lost to #7 Carnegie
and #9 Detroit, and they defeated NYU (will be #11) and 8-2 West
Virginia (#25). NYU's other loss came to #6 Oregon State, and they
upset #7 Carnegie. Tennessee was tied by unrated 4-3-1 Kentucky, and
they defeated 8-2 Vanderbilt (#19). They had close wins (by 1, 1, and 2
points) over 3 unrated opponents, while all of NYU's wins were by big
scores, and Georgetown's only close win came at NYU.
Georgetown #10, NYU #11, and Tennessee #12.
had been a strong mid-major for years. They fielded a pair of top 25
caliber teams in 1903 and 1904, but they were at their best 1910-1929,
going 125-46-8 during that time. As a mid-major, they probably would
have had some 1-loss teams that would not have been ranked in a top 25,
but I would guess that they would have had about 6 top 25 finishes
1910-1929, with about as many close calls (#26-35). The coach 1924-1929
was Hall of Famer Lou Little (pictured).
Little played tackle
for Penn 1916-1919. He went 41-12-3 in his 6 seasons at Georgetown, and
would have finished rated at least twice. He went on to a very long
career as coach of Columbia 1930-1956, and he started out a terrific
34-8-2 there, but over his last 22 seasons he was just 76-108-8, giving
him an overall coaching record of 151-128-13.
When Little left after the 1929 season, Georgetown was pretty much
done as a player on the big time football stage, but they did finish
ranked #13 in the 1940 AP poll, and I have them #25 in the fixed and
expanded 1938 AP poll.
Wisconsin and Minnesota
comes in behind 9-0-1 Tennessee because Wisconsin took an upset loss
and a tie, while Tennessee just took an upset tie. More importantly,
that's how an AP poll would have rated them relative to each other.
Wisconsin was tied by 5-2-1 Purdue (will fall just outside this top
25), and they lost to 6-2 Minnesota in their finale (will be rated
right behind Wisconsin). Wisconsin beat 5-4 Notre Dame (will be #15),
6-2 Iowa (#20), and 6-3 Alabama (just outside this top 25).
big win over Wisconsin in their finale moves them up in the rankings,
but they still fall behind Wisconsin because they took a pair of upset
losses, leaving them half a game back of Wisconsin in the end. The
losses were handed out by 6-2 Iowa (#20) and 5-3 Northwestern (will
fall just outside this top 25). Minnesota's only other notable win
aside from Wisconsin was an early 15-0 victory over 5-2-1 Purdue
Wisconsin #13, Minnesota #14.
Notre Dame, Army, and Nebraska
8-2 Army and
7-1-1 Nebraska, Big 6 champion, would both have been rated higher than
5-4 Notre Dame in an AP poll, but Notre Dame beat Army 12-6 in the
Bronx (the famous "Win one for the Gipper" game), and Army beat
Nebraska 13-3 at home. All 4 of Notre Dame's losses came to
higher-rated teams (#1 Georgia Tech, #2 Southern Cal, #7 Carnegie, and
#13 Wisconsin), and so all those losses are irrelevant when comparing
them to Army and Nebraska, neither of whom did any better against
highly ranked teams. In fact, Army lost to #4 Stanford 26-0, while
Notre Dame lost to #2 Southern Cal 27-14, so Notre Dame performed
better in that regard.
would rate 5-4 Notre Dame higher than 6-2 Minnesota myself, since the
Irish took no upsets, while Minnesota took 2, and this was a very tough
call, but I let the hypothetical AP poll voters of 1928 have their way
on this one. Minnesota had a strong finish with their big win at
Wisconsin, who beat Notre Dame 22-6, and Notre Dame did not perform
well down the stretch, routed 27-7 at home by Carnegie and beaten 27-14
at Southern Cal.
Notre Dame #15, Army #16, and Nebraska #17.
Boston College comes in next, about where an AP poll would have placed
them. They were a minor or mid-major football program at this time, and
would not play a major football schedule until the late 1930s. Their
one significant game was a 6-0 win at 6-3-1 Navy, who might have been a
#40-50 caliber team.
The head coach, in his first season this
year, was Joe McKenney (pictured), who had been the quarterback for BC
just 2 years prior. He went 44-18-3 at BC 1928-1934, then retired from coaching.
Boston College #18.
Vanderbilt, Iowa, and Ohio State
up we have 8-2 Vanderbilt, 6-2 Iowa, and 5-2-1 Ohio State, in that
order. That's how an AP poll likely would have rated them in 1928, and
it works fine.
Vanderbilt lost to #1 Georgia Tech and #12
Tennessee, and they defeated 6-3 Colgate, 7-2 Texas, 6-3-1 Tulane, and
4-3-1 Kentucky (who tied 9-0-1 Tennessee). Iowa got a big win over #14
Minnesota, but they lost their finale at 3-4-1 Michigan to blow a share
of the Big 10 title. Their other loss came to #13 Wisconsin, and their
other big win came at 5-2-1 Ohio State. Ohio State's other loss came to
#8 Illinois in their finale, which cost them an outright Big 10 title,
and they were also tied by 5-1-2 Princeton. They had 3 wins over good
but unrated teams, Northwestern, Michigan, and Indiana.
Vanderbilt #19, Iowa #20, and Ohio State #21.
Washington and Washington State
had a better relevant record than Ohio State did, as all their losses
came to rated teams (#3 Cal, #4 Stanford, #5 Oregon, and #6 Oregon
State), while Ohio State took an upset tie to unrated 5-1-2 Princeton.
But Ohio State beat 3 good teams, while Washington's only
accomplishment this season was a 6-0 victory over 7-3 Washington State
in their finale. Similarly, WSU had just one win of merit, if a big
one, 9-7 over #6 Oregon State at home. I suspect that Washington and
Washington State were both better than this area of the top 25, and
both could be viably rated as high as the top 10, but a lack of quality
wins gives reason to keep 'em down here. Neither would have likely been
rated at all in an AP poll top 25 for 1928.
Washington #22, Washington State #23.
was coached by Enoch Bagshaw (pictured above), who had played for the
team 1903-1907, throwing Washington's first completed forward pass in
1906. He was the first former player to coach football at Washington.
He had coached Everett High School 1909-1920, where his teams
suffered just one loss, and that one by a single point. His 1920 team
was hailed as a high school national champion. They crushed
Washington's freshman team, and they beat St. Martins College 19-0. On
Thanksgiving Day, they hosted East High School of Salt Lake City and
won 67-0. Then on January 1st, 1921, they hosted East Technical
High School of Cleveland and won 16-7. Bagshaw was hired to coach at
Washington the next year, and his better Everett players followed him
over the ensuing years.
A particularly noteworthy Everett
graduate was Hall of Fame halfback George Wilson, who played for the
Huskies 1923-1925. Washington went 28-3-3 in those 3 seasons and played
in 2 Rose Bowls. When he graduated, Washington just replaced him with
another Hall of Fame halfback, Chuck Carroll (pictured below), who
played 1926-1928. Carroll scored 32 touchdowns in his career, and this
season he scored a school record 17 (he scored 6 of them in one game
against the University of Puget Sound, another school record). He was a
consensus All American. After World War 2, Chuck Carroll would serve as
King County Prosecuting Attorney for 22 years.
started out 3-4-1 in his first season at Washington, but then he went
51-8-4 over his next 6 campaigns. Washington would have been top 25 for
5 straight years coming into this season, and they started 5-0 in 1928,
but then they dropped 4 games to Oregon, Oregon State, California, and
Stanford before recovering for a win over 7-3 Washington State in their
finale. Those 4 losses all came to teams ranked in the top 6 of this
top 25, but fans have no perspective, and there was a great outcry
after the season for Bagshaw to be relieved of his coaching duties.
Even the students voted that he be fired. Finally, in the Fall of 1929,
Bagshaw announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 1929
Washington fell apart in that last season, going 2-6-1,
and that finished Bagshaw's career at 63-22-6 (1921-1929). Bagshaw was
replaced by Hall of Fame coach James Phelan, fresh off an 8-0 season at Purdue,
and he went 65-37-8 at Washington 1930-1941. You'll note that that is
significantly worse than Bagshaw did, so take that, irrational Husky
fans of 1929. Phelan also took Washington to 1 less Rose Bowl than
Bagshaw did. Sometimes, the grass actually turns out to be a little
browner on the other side.
Pittsburgh and West VirginiaRounding
out the top 25 are 6-2-1 Pittsburgh and 8-2 West Virginia, about where
an AP poll would have placed them. An AP poll probably would have rated
West Virginia higher because they had a better straight record and they
beat Pittsburgh 9-6 on the road, but Pitt actually had the better
relevant record. West Virginia lost their opener 7-0 to minor team
Davis & Elkins (7-2-1), and Pitt tied #17 Nebraska 0-0 on the road.
Since Nebraska is rated higher than both, that tie plus West Virginia's
upset loss gives Pitt a relevant record that is effectively half a
game better than West Virginia's despite the head to head result.
other loss came 6-0 at home to #7 Carnegie. Their tie at Nebraska was
the only thing they accomplished this season. West Virginia's other
loss came 10-0 at #10 Georgetown. In addition to beating Pitt, they won
17-0 at 6-1-2 Lafayette, though Lafayette was a minor or mid-major
team, and nowhere near top 25 caliber.
The main contenders for
8-2 West Virginia's #25 slot were 8-1 Penn and 8-1 Florida. Penn would have
been very highly rated in a 1928 AP poll, probably in the top 10, but
this was a team that, unlike West Virginia, accomplished little to
nothing this season. Like West Virginia, Penn took an upset loss (to
unranked 5-3-1 Navy-- who lost to Davis & Elkins, the team that
upset West Virginia), but Penn did not beat a top 25 team, their one
notable win being a 7-0 decision over 5-2-1 Harvard. Penn also had a
close win over 2-7 Chicago, while West Virginia had no close wins over
unrated opponents. West Virginia being rated ahead of Penn is a slam
8-1 Florida would have had a shot at making #25 in a 1928
AP poll, but I think they would have had little chance of being rated
higher than West Virginia (or Pittsburgh). Florida's one loss came to
#12 Tennessee, by just 13-12 in their finale, but that was their only
impressive result. Their "big" win came 27-6 over 8-3 Clemson, which
was pretty much worthless. They struggled to beat 4-5-1 North Carolina
State. Maybe Florida was a top 25 team powerwise, but due to their
incredibly weak schedule, we'll never know.
Pittsburgh #24, West Virginia #25.
Virginia first emerged on the big time football stage thanks to a
transcendent player rather than a coach. Hall of Fame fullback Ira
Rodgers (pictured) played for West Virginia 1915-1917 and 1919, and the
team went 24-8-4 during this time and would have been rated in a top 25
his last 2 seasons. He was a consensus All American in 1919, West
Virginia's first, and he led the nation in scoring that year with 19
touchdowns (still a school record) and 33 extra points. He also added
11 touchdown passes, which remained a school record until 1949. For his
career, he scored 42 touchdowns and passed for 24.
remain at West Virginia the rest of his life, teaching, coaching
baseball, and coaching a bit of football as well. He was an assistant
to coach Clarence Spears 1921-1924, during which time West Virginia was
30-6-3, and would have been highly rated in a top 25 the last 3 of
those years. Then Rodgers took over as head coach at West Virginia in
1925, guiding them to an 8-1 finish in his initial season that would
have been good for a top 5 ranking, the height of their Golden Age. He
went 33-19-6 in a short stint 1925-1930, then coached war-depleted
teams 1943-1945 to an 11-12-2 record, rendering him 41-31-8 for his
1928 was the end of West Virginia's Golden Age window of
football power, though, as this would be their last top 25 appearance
until the 1953 season, for which their 8-2 team makes #25 in my fixed
and expanded AP poll top 25. West Virginia's longest period of football
success has been modern, 1981 to the present.
are the teams closest to making this top 25.
As stated above,
8-1 Penn probably would have been rated in the top 10 of an AP poll in
1928, but they just didn't do anything to merit that, and they didn't
even compare well to #25 West Virginia. Their loss came to unrated
5-3-1 Navy, and their only win of value came 7-0 over 5-2-1 Harvard.
They beat 2-7 Chicago just 20-13 at home.
above, 8-1 Florida's only loss came 13-12 in their finale at #12
Tennessee, and that was their most impressive result:
a loss. Their best win, 27-6 over 8-3 Clemson, was nearly worthless, as
Clemson lost to the Citadel and to 5-4 Mississippi. Florida only won
14-7 over 4-5-1 North Carolina State. Their close loss to Tennessee
indicates a potential top 25 team, but the rest of their schedule was
garbage and tells us little to nothing about them.
I think 6-3
Alabama did more to merit a top 25 slot than Florida did, and one could
viably rate Alabama ahead of West Virginia, but I went with the choice
an AP poll would have made in 1928. Like Florida, Alabama lost a close
game (15-13) to Tennessee. Their other losses came to #1 Georgia Tech
and #13 Wisconsin. They beat 5-4 Mississippi 27-0, 4-3-1 Kentucky (who
tied Tennessee) 14-0, and 6-2-1 LSU 13-0. Alabama would make my own top
tied 9-0-1 Tennessee (#12) 0-0 in their finale, which is a terrific
outcome, but they didn't get any good wins. Their losses came to #19
Vanderbilt, 6-3 Alabama, and 5-3 Northwestern (covered next).
Northwestern, like Alabama, could viably be rated in a top 25 for 1928,
and I looked at Northwestern vs. West Virginia a long time, but again,
I ultimately went with the choice an AP poll would have made for this
season. Northwestern had a big upset win over #14 Minnesota and a big
upset loss to unrated 4-4 Indiana. Their other 2 losses came to #8
Illinois and #21 Ohio State, and they defeated 4-3-1 Kentucky and 5-2-1
Purdue (covered next). Northwestern would make my own top 25.
tied #13 Wisconsin, and that's about all they accomplished, as their
schedule was very weak. Their losses came to #14 Minnesota and 5-3
Northwestern. Purdue would make my own top 25, right behind
Texas finished 7-2, comparable to West Virginia's 8-2, and I looked a
long time at putting Texas at #25 as a token Southwest representative,
or at least tied with West Virginia for #25, but the problem is that I
think Alabama and Northwestern did more to deserve a spot in the top
25, and obviously those teams did not quite make it. The SWC played too
few intersectional games, so we can't really know how strong the
Texas lost 13-12 at home to #19 Vanderbilt, and
their other loss was an upset, 6-2 at home to 6-3-1 Southern Methodist.
SMU lost just 14-13 at #16 Army, so that looks good for the SWC, but
7-2 Arkansas lost 25-0 to 5-4 Mississippi, and that looks very bad. In
fact, if not for that game, I would likely be ranking Texas here.
had a nice trio of wins, 20-7 over 7-2 Arkansas, 6-0 at 8-2 Baylor, and
6-0 at 8-2 TCU. I came very close to putting them at #25, but an AP
poll likely would not have ranked them, and I would not put them in my
own top 25, so Texas ends up falling short.
Georgia Tech 10-0
2) Southern Cal 9-0-1
3) California 6-2-2
4) Stanford 8-3-1
5) Oregon 9-2
6) Oregon State 6-3
7) Carnegie 7-1
8) Illinois 7-1
9) Detroit 9-0
10) Georgetown 8-2
New York 8-2
12) Tennessee 9-0-1
13) Wisconsin 7-1-1
14) Minnesota 6-2
15) Notre Dame 5-4
16) Army 8-2
17) Nebraska 7-1-1
18) Boston College 9-0
19) Vanderbilt 8-2
20) Iowa 6-2
21) Ohio State 5-2-1
22) Washington 7-4
23) Washington State 7-3
24) Pittsburgh 6-2-1
25) West Virginia 8-2