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1953 college football season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The 1953 college football season finished with the Maryland Terrapins capturing the AP, INS, and UPI national championship after Notre Dame held the top spot for the first nine weeks. The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners defeated Maryland in the Orange Bowl, but there was no further polling after the November 30 results were released. However, Notre Dame was selected as the National Champions by 10 other polls and the Oklahoma Sooners received first in two polls.[2] However, despite the team receiving National Championship rings, the University of Notre Dame does not recognize this title due to their policy of only recognizing AP or coaches' poll titles during the polling era (1936–present). Maryland was also the first champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which had been formed earlier in 1953 by seven colleges formerly with the Southern Conference.[3] The year 1953 also saw the Michigan State Spartans, previously an independent, join the Big Nine Conference, which then became the Big Ten; MSU won the conference title in that first year and was the conference representative to the Rose Bowl, which it won 28–20 over UCLA.

During the 20th century, the NCAA had no playoff for the college football teams that would later be described as "Division I-A". 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 1953 consisted of the votes of as many as 378 sportswriters.[4]

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).

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School 1952 Conference 1953 Conference
Cincinnati Bearcats MAC Independent
Clemson Tigers SoCon ACC
Duke Blue Devils SoCon ACC
Erskine Flying Fleet Independent Dropped Program
Evansville Purple Aces Ohio Valley Indiana Collegiate Conference
Marshall Thundering Herd Independent MAC
Maryland Terrapins SoCon ACC
Michigan State Spartans Independent Big Ten (was Big Nine)
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders VSAC Ohio Valley
NYU Violets Independent Dropped Program
North Carolina Tar Heels SoCon ACC
NC State Wolfpack SoCon ACC
South Carolina Gamecocks SoCon ACC
Wake Forest Demon Deacons SoCon ACC

September

In the preseason poll released on September 14, 1953, Notre Dame was rated first, followed by the defending champion, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, UCLA, and Alabama. As the regular season progressed, a new poll would be issued on the Monday following the weekend's games.

In a Friday night game at Los Angeles, No. 4 UCLA beat Oregon State 41–0. Meanwhile, at Montgomery, AL, No. 5 Alabama was shocked by Southern Mississippi, 25–19. The next day, September 19 No. 3 Georgia Tech beat Davidson, 53–0. Notre Dame and Michigan State began their seasons the following week.

On September 26 No. 1 Notre Dame won 28–21 at No. 6 Oklahoma. No. 2 Michigan State won at Iowa, 21–7. No. 3 Georgia Tech went to No. 15 Florida and was held to a 0–0 tie. No. 4 UCLA beat Kansas 19–7. Still at No. 5, Alabama, trying to salvage some respect against a second unranked opponent, went to 0–1–1 after a 7–7 tie against LSU in Mobile; in the poll that followed, the Crimson Tide fell completely out of the Top 20. No. 9 Maryland, which had won 52–0 at Washington and Lee, rose to third, and previously unranked Michigan (a 50–0 victor over Washington), entered the poll at fourth. The top five were No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 Michigan, and No. 5 UCLA.

October

October 3 With the exception of No. 4 Michigan, which beat Tulane 26–7 at home, the other top teams won on the road: No. 1 Notre Dame at Purdue, 37–7, No. 2 Michigan State at Minnesota 21–0, No. 3 Maryland at Clemson, 20–0, and No. 5 UCLA defeated Oregon 12–0 in an away game. No. 6 Ohio State, which won 33–19 at California, rose to third in the next poll, knocking UCLA down to sixth. The Big Ten had three of the spots in the top five: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Maryland, and No. 5 Michigan.

October 10 No. 1 Notre Dame was idle, but stayed at No. 1 after No. 2 Michigan State's 26–19 win over TCU. No. 4 Maryland won 40–13 over Georgia and No. 5 Michigan edged Iowa 14–13. The night before, No. 3 Ohio State had lost 40–21 to Illinois, while No. 6 UCLA returned to the top bracket with a 13–0 win over visiting Wisconsin. The next poll: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 UCLA, and No. 5 Michigan.

October 17 No. 1 Notre Dame beat No. 15 Pittsburgh 23–14. No. 2 Michigan State defeated Indiana 47–18. No. 3 Maryland won 26–0 at North Carolina. No. 4 UCLA lost at Stanford, 21–20. No. 5 Michigan beat Northwestern 20–12. No. 6 Georgia Tech, which beat Auburn 36–6, took UCLA's place in the next poll: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 Georgia Tech, and No. 5 Michigan.

October 24 No. 1 Notre Dame stayed unbeaten with a 27–14 win over No. 4 Georgia Tech. No. 2 Michigan State lost 6–0 at Purdue and No. 5 Michigan lost at Minnesota 22–0. No. 3 Maryland won a Friday game at Miami, 30–0. Coming into the Top Five were No. 6 Baylor (14–13 over No. 15 Texas A&M), No. 7 Illinois (20–13 over Syracuse), and No. 8 West Virginia (52–20 over VMI). The next poll: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Baylor, No. 4 Illinois, and No. 5 West Virginia.

October 31 No. 1 Notre Dame beat No. 20 Navy 38–7. No. 2 Maryland beat South Carolina 24–6. No. 3 Baylor beat TCU 25–7. No. 4 Illinois defeated Purdue 21–0. No. 5 West Virginia won at Penn State 20–19. No. 6 Michigan State, which beat Oregon State 34–6, rose to fifth. The next poll: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3.Baylor, No. 4 Illinois, and No. 5 Michigan State.

November

November 7 No. 1 Notre Dame won 28–20 at Penn. No. 2 Maryland beat George Washington University 27–6 at a game in Washington, DC. No. 3 Baylor lost at No. 19 Texas, 21–20. No. 4 Illinois beat No. 17 Michigan 9–3. No. 5 Michigan State won 28–13 at No. 16 Ohio State, and No. 6 Georgia Tech beat Clemson 20–7. The next poll featured No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Illinois, No. 4 Michigan State, and No. 5 Georgia Tech.

November 14 No. 1 Notre Dame won at North Carolina, 34–14, and No. 2 Maryland beat No. 11 Mississippi 38–0 as both stayed unbeaten and untied. No. 4 Michigan State beat Michigan 14–6. On the other hand, No. 3 Illinois lost to Wisconsin, 34–7 and No. 5 Georgia Tech fell 13–6 to Alabama in a game at Birmingham. Returning to the Top Five to take their place were No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 UCLA, which had defeated Iowa State (47–0) and Washington (22–6), respectively. The next ranking was No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Oklahoma, and No. 5 UCLA.

November 21 Number one since the season began, No. 1 Notre Dame played to a 14–14 tie with No. 20 Iowa in a controversial game where Notre Dame's players were accused of faking injuries to stop the clock and gain time for a final touchdown.[5] No. 2 Maryland closed its season with a 21–0 win over No. 11 Alabama to finish the season unbeaten and untied at 10–0–0. No. 3 Michigan State closed with a 21–15 win over Marquette. No. 4 Oklahoma beat Nebraska 30–7, and No. 5 UCLA beat No. 9 USC, 13–0. The next poll featured No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Oklahoma, and No. 5 UCLA.

November 28 The new No. 1, Maryland, had already finished its season. No. 2 Notre Dame, with a 48–14 win at No. 20 USC, and No. 4 Oklahoma (42–7 over Oklahoma A&M) were the only Top Five members who hadn't closed their seasons. The following Saturday, December 5, Notre Dame beat visiting SMU 40–14.

In the final AP Poll, released November 30, No. 1 Maryland, the only unbeaten and untied team, received 187 first place votes, and unbeaten, but once-tied No. 2 Notre Dame had 141 votes. ACC member Maryland accepted a bid to the Orange Bowl to meet once-beaten (8–1–1), Big 7 champ, and No. 4 Oklahoma, while No. 3 Michigan State and No. 5 UCLA would meet in the Rose Bowl. Notre Dame declined to participate in a postseason game.

Postseason

After the AP National Champion Maryland lost in the Orange Bowl, there was a lot of controversy since the AP Poll had been finalized beforehand and could not be changed to take this result into account. This Maryland loss resulted in Notre Dame being ranked No. 1 by 10 polls, including Billingsley [1], Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, National Championship Foundation, Williamson, and several others. As a reward for beating the Terrapins, the Sooners received No. 1 from Berryman and Football Research.[2]

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1953 Atlantic Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Maryland + 3 0 0 10 1 0
No. 18 Duke + 4 0 0 7 2 1
South Carolina 2 3 0 7 3 0
North Carolina 2 3 0 4 6 0
Wake Forest 2 3 0 3 6 1
Clemson 1 2 0 3 5 1
NC State 0 3 0 1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll[6]
1953 Big Seven Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Oklahoma $ 6 0 0 9 1 1
Missouri 4 2 0 6 4 0
Kansas State 4 2 0 6 3 1
Colorado 2 4 0 6 4 0
Nebraska 2 4 0 3 6 1
Kansas 2 4 0 2 8 0
Iowa State 1 5 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Michigan State + 5 1 0 9 1 0
No. 7 Illinois + 5 1 0 7 1 1
No. 15 Wisconsin 4 1 1 6 2 1
Ohio State 4 3 0 6 3 0
Minnesota 3 3 1 4 4 1
No. 20 Michigan 3 3 0 6 3 0
No. 9 Iowa 3 3 0 5 3 1
Purdue 2 4 0 2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0 2 7 0
Northwestern 0 6 0 3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Border Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 12 Texas Tech $ 5 0 0 11 1 0
Hardin–Simmons 4 1 0 6 5 0
Texas Western 4 2 0 8 2 0
Arizona 3 2 0 4 5 1
Arizona State 1 3 0 4 5 1
New Mexico A&M 1 4 0 2 7 0
West Texas State 0 6 0 1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Rutgers $ 1 0 0 2 6 0
Lafayette 1 1 0 5 4 0
Lehigh 0 1 0 4 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oklahoma A&M + 3 1 0 7 3 0
Detroit + 3 1 0 5 4 0
Wichita 1 2 0 4 4 1
Houston 1 2 0 4 4 1
Tulsa 1 3 0 3 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
 1953 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 5 UCLA $ 6 1 0 8 2 0
No. 19 Stanford 5 1 1 6 3 1
USC 4 2 1 6 3 1
California 2 2 2 4 4 2
Washington State 3 4 0 4 6 0
Oregon State 3 5 0 3 6 0
Washington 2 4 1 3 6 1
Oregon 2 5 1 4 5 1
Idaho 0 3 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Idaho State $ 5 0 0 6 2 0
Montana State 4 1 0 4 4 0
Western State (CO) 2 2 1 5 2 1
Colorado College 1 2 2 2 4 2
Colorado Mines 1 3 1 3 4 1
Colorado State–Greeley 0 5 0 2 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Skyline Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Utah $ 5 0 0 8 2 0
Utah State 5 2 0 8 3 0
Wyoming 4 2 1 5 4 1
New Mexico 3 2 1 5 3 1
Colorado A&M 3 4 0 4 5 0
Montana 2 4 0 3 5 0
Denver 1 5 1 3 5 2
BYU 1 5 1 2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
 1953 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 13 Alabama $ 4 0 3 6 3 3
No. 8 Georgia Tech 4 1 1 9 2 1
No. 16 Kentucky 4 1 1 7 2 1
Ole Miss 4 1 1 7 2 1
No. 17 Auburn 4 2 1 7 3 1
Mississippi State 3 1 3 5 2 3
Tennessee 3 2 1 6 4 1
LSU 2 3 3 5 3 3
Florida 1 3 2 3 5 2
Vanderbilt 1 5 0 3 7 0
Georgia 1 5 0 3 8 0
Tulane 0 7 0 1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 10 West Virginia $ 4 0 0 8 2 0
Furman 2 0 0 7 2 0
George Washington 4 2 0 5 4 0
William & Mary 3 2 0 5 4 1
Richmond 3 3 0 5 3 1
VPI 3 3 0 5 5 0
VMI 3 3 0 5 5 0
Washington and Lee 2 4 0 4 6 0
The Citadel 1 3 0 2 7 0
Davidson 0 5 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 6 Rice + 5 1 0 9 2 0
No. 11 Texas + 5 1 0 7 3 0
Baylor 4 2 0 7 3 0
SMU 3 3 0 5 5 0
Arkansas 2 4 0 3 7 0
Texas A&M 1 5 0 4 5 1
TCU 1 5 0 3 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Independents

1953 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 14 Army     7 1 1
Harvard     6 2 0
Franklin & Marshall     5 2 0
Hofstra     6 3 0
Penn State     6 3 0
Yale     5 2 2
Carnegie Tech     5 3 0
Boston College     5 3 1
Boston University     5 3 1
Syracuse     5 3 1
Princeton     5 4 0
Tufts     4 3 0
Cornell     4 3 2
Holy Cross     5 5 0
Temple     4 4 1
Colgate     3 4 2
Columbia     4 5 0
Fordham     4 5 0
Villanova     4 6 0
Drexel     2 3 1
Brown     3 5 1
Penn     3 5 1
Pittsburgh     3 5 1
Dartmouth     2 7 0
Buffalo     1 5 1
Bucknell     1 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Notre Dame     9 0 1
Cincinnati     9 1 0
Carthage     8 1 0
Youngstown     7 1 0
John Carroll     7 2 0
Washington University     7 2 0
Rose Poly     6 2 0
Wabash     6 2 1
Marquette     6 3 1
Baldwin–Wallace     4 4 0
Drake     4 4 0
Wayne     3 4 1
Dayton     3 5 1
Xavier     2 7 1
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Arkansas State     8 0 2
Delaware     7 1 0
Maryland State     7 1 0
Mississippi Southern     9 2 0
Navy     4 3 2
Memphis State     6 4 0
Florida State     5 5 0
Tampa     6 6 0
Miami (FL)     4 5 0
Sewanee     3 5 0
Marshall     2 5 2
Chattanooga     3 7 0
Louisville     1 7 0
Virginia     1 8 0
1953 Western college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pacific (CA)     4 4 2
San Jose State     4 4 1
Hawaii     5 6 0
Nevada     2 3 0
La Verne     3 7 0
Cal Poly San Dimas     2 6 0

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
California Collegiate Athletic Association Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo 5–0
Central Church College Conference Dana 3–1
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association North Carolina College 5–1
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint Benedict's
Washburn
4–1
College Conference of Illinois Wheaton (IL) 4–0
Evergreen Conference Puget Sound
Whitworth
5–1
Far Western Conference Chico State College 1–0–1
Frontier Conference Carroll (MT) 4–0
Gulf Coast Conference Trinity (TX) 2–0
Indiana Collegiate Conference Butler 5–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Iowa Wesleyan 4–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference College of Emporia 7–0
Lone Star Conference East Texas State Teachers 5–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hope 5–1
Mid-American Conference Ohio 5–0–1
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Saint Olaf 6–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Gustavus Adolphus 6–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northeast Missouri State 5–0
Nebraska College Conference Peru State Teachers 6–0
New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference Panhandle A&M 6–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Dakota State College 5–0–1
North Dakota College Athletic Conference Valley City State 6–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Ohio Wesleyan 7–0
Ohio Valley Conference Tennessee Tech 5–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Northeastern State College (OK) 4–0–1
Oregon Collegiate Conference Unknown
Pacific Northwest Conference College of Idaho 5–0
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Shippensburg State Teachers
West Chester State Teachers
6–0
4–0
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Idaho State College 5–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Northern State Teachers 6–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pomona-Pitzer 3–1
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M 6–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Prairie View A&M College 6–0
State Teacher's College Conference of Minnesota St. Cloud State Teachers 4–0
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Abilene Christian
McMurry (TX)
Texas A&I College
3–1
Wisconsin State College Conference Wisconsin State–La Crosse
Wisconsin State–Platteville
5–0
4–0

Minor conference standings

1953 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Cal Poly $ 5 0 0 9 0 0
San Diego State 3 1 1 5 3 1
Fresno State 2 2 1 4 4 2
Pepperdine 2 3 0 3 6 0
Santa Barbara 1 4 0 2 6 1
Los Angeles State 1 4 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Central Church College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Dana $ 3 1 0 4 3 1
Concordia (NE) 2 1 1 7 1 1
Tarkio 0 3 1 2 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
North Carolina College $ 5 1 0 5 3 0
Virginia State 5 2 1 5 3 1
Morgan State 5 1 0 6 2 0
North Carolina A&T 5 1 0 7 1 1
West Virginia State 4 2 0 6 3 0
Hampton 5 3 0 6 3 1
Johnson C. Smith 5 2 0 5 3 0
Howard 3 5 0 3 5 1
Shaw 2 4 0 2 7 0
St. Augustine's 2 4 0 3 4 1
Virginia Union 2 4 1 5 4 1
Lincoln (PA) 2 4 0 3 5 0
Winston-Salem State 2 4 0 3 5 1
Delaware State 2 4 0 4 4 0
Bluefield State 2 5 0 2 7 0
Saint Paul's (VA) 1 4 0 1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Washburn + 4 1 0 7 1 0
St. Benedict's + 4 1 0 7 2 0
Pittsburg State 2 2 1 6 3 1
Fort Hays State 2 2 1 3 4 1
Emporia State 2 3 0 2 5 1
Southwestern (KS) 0 5 0 1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1953 College Conference of Illinois football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wheaton (IL) $ 4 0 0 8 1 0
Lake Forest 4 1 0 5 3 0
Augustana (IL) 3 2 0 5 4 0
Millikin 2 3 0 3 5 0
North Central (IL) 2 4 0 2 6 0
Illinois Wesleyan 1 3 1 1 7 1
Elmhurst 1 3 0 3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Evergreen Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Puget Sound + 5 1 0 7 1 0
Whitworth + 5 1 0 7 1 0
Eastern Washington 4 2 0 6 2 0
Pacific Lutheran 3 3 0 3 6 0
Western Washington 2 4 0 3 4 2
Central Washington 2 4 0 2 6 0
UBC 0 6 0 ? ? ?
  • + – Conference co-champions
1953 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Chico State $ 4 0 1 6 3 1
Humboldt State 2 1 0 6 2 0
Cal Aggies 1 2 1 1 6 1
San Francisco State 0 1 0 5 3 0
Southern Oregon 0 3 0 3 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Conference records includes both Chico State vs. Cal Aggies games
1953 Hoosier Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Indiana Central $ 6 0 0 8 0 0
Earlham 4 2 0 6 2 0
Hanover 4 2 0 4 4 1
Anderson (IN) 3 3 0 3 5 0
Taylor 3 3 0 4 4 0
Franklin (IN) 1 5 0 1 7 0
Manchester (IN) 0 6 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Gulf Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Trinity (TX) $ 2 0 0 8 1 0
North Texas State 1 1 0 3 6 1
Midwestern (TX) 0 2 0 2 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Gulf States Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northwestern State + 5 1 0 6 2 0
Louisiana Tech + 5 1 0 6 3 0
Southeastern Louisiana + 5 1 0 6 3 0
Southwestern Louisiana 2 4 0 4 7 0
McNeese State 2 4 0 3 6 0
Louisiana College 1 5 0 4 6 0
Northeast Louisiana State 1 5 0 1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1953 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Butler $ 5 0 0 6 2 0
Valparaiso 3 2 0 5 2 1
Ball State 3 2 0 5 2 1
Indiana State 2 3 0 5 3 0
Evansville 2 3 0 3 7 0
Saint Joseph's (IN) 0 5 0 2 6 0
DePauw 0 0 0 0 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Central Michigan $ 5 0 1 7 1 1
Western Illinois 5 1 0 8 2 0
Michigan State Normal 4 1 1 7 1 1
Illinois State Normal 3 3 0 5 4 0
Southern Illinois 2 4 0 2 7 0
Northern Illinois State 1 5 0 1 8 0
Eastern Illinois 0 6 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern Division
Wartburg xy 3 0 0 4 5 0
Luther 2 1 0 5 3 0
Upper Iowa 1 2 0 3 4 0
Buena Vista 0 3 0 2 6 1
Southern Division
Iowa Wesleyan xy$ 4 0 0 9 1 0
Central (IA) 3 1 0 4 3 1
Dubuque 2 2 0 4 3 0
Parsons 1 3 0 3 5 0
Simpson 0 4 0 0 8 0
Championship: Iowa Wesleyan 33, Wartburg 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
1953 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
College of Emporia $ 7 0 0 8 0 0
McPherson 6 1 0 8 1 0
Bethany (KS) 4 3 0 4 4 0
Kansas Wesleyan 3 3 1 3 5 1
Baker 3 4 0 4 5 0
Friends 2 5 0 4 5 0
Ottawa 2 5 0 3 6 0
Bethel (KS) 0 6 1 1 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
East Texas State $ 5 0 0 10 0 1
Sam Houston State 4 1 0 9 1 0
Southwest Texas State 3 2 0 5 4 0
Lamar Tech 2 3 0 3 7 0
Sul Ross 1 4 0 4 7 0
Stephen F. Austin 0 5 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Mason–Dixon Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hampden–Sydney $ 3 0 1 5 1 1
Western Maryland 2 0 1 4 3 1
Randolph–Macon 2 2 0 3 4 2
Bridgewater 1 2 0 3 3 0
Gallaudet 0 1 0 2 2 0
Johns Hopkins 0 3 0 2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Conference standings were based on the Dickinson Scoring System.
1953 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hope $ 5 1 0 7 2 0
Albion 4 1 1 5 2 1
Alma 4 2 0 7 2 0
Hillsdale 3 1 2 4 2 2
Olivet 2 4 0 4 5 0
Adrian 1 4 1 2 5 1
Kalamazoo 0 6 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ohio $ 5 0 1 6 2 1
Miami (OH) 3 0 1 7 1 1
Kent State 3 1 0 7 2 0
Toledo 2 3 0 3 6 0
Western Reserve 1 2 1 5 3 1
Western Michigan 0 4 1 1 6 1
Bowling Green 0 4 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Mid-Ohio League football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Defiance $ 4 0 0 8 0 0
Findlay 2 2 0 3 4 0
Bluffton 2 2 0 3 4 0
Ohio Northern 1 3 0 1 7 1
Ashland 1 3 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Gustavus Adolphus + 5 1 0 6 2 0
Saint John's (MN) + 5 1 0 6 2 0
Concordia (MN) 4 2 0 5 3 0
Macalester 4 2 0 5 3 0
Minnesota–Duluth 3 3 0 3 4 0
Hamline 3 3 0 4 3 0
St. Thomas (MN) 2 4 0 3 5 0
Augsburg 1 5 0 3 5 0
Saint Mary's (MN) 0 6 0 0 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1953 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
William Jewell $ 4 0 0 9 1 0
Missouri Valley 3 1 0 7 1 1
Tarkio 2 2 0 2 5 1
Central Methodist 1 3 0 3 6 0
Culver–Stockton 0 4 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
NE Missouri State $ 5 0 0 6 2 0
SW Missouri State 3 2 0 3 6 0
NW Missouri State 2 2 1 3 4 1
Missouri–Rolla 2 3 0 3 5 0
SE Missouri State 1 2 2 4 3 2
Central Missouri State 0 4 1 0 7 2
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Montana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Carroll (MT) $ 4 0 0 5 2 1
Rocky Mountain 3 1 0 ? ? ?
Eastern Montana 1 2 1 2 3 1
Montana Mines 1 2 1 ? ? ?
Western Montana 0 4 0 ? ? ?
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Nebraska College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Peru State $ 6 0 0 8 0 0
Wayne State (NE) 4 2 1 5 3 1
Kearney State 3 2 1 3 5 1
Doane 3 2 2 4 3 2
Midland 4 3 0 5 4 0
Hastings 3 4 0 4 5 0
Nebraska Wesleyan 1 4 2 2 4 3
Chadron State 0 7 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 New Mexico Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Panhandle A&M $ 6 0 0 8 1 1
New Mexico Military 4 2 0 4 3 0
Arizona State–Flagstaff 3 3 0 4 5 0
Eastern New Mexico 3 3 0 4 7 0
Adams State 3 3 0 3 6 0
New Mexico Western 2 4 0 3 5 0
New Mexico Highlands 0 6 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
South Dakota State $ 5 0 1 5 3 1
Iowa State Teachers 5 1 0 6 3 0
North Dakota 4 1 1 6 1 1
Morningside 2 4 0 3 5 0
North Dakota State 2 4 0 3 5 0
South Dakota 2 4 0 2 6 0
Augustana (SD) 0 6 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 North Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Valley City State $ 6 0 0 7 2 0
Minot State 5 1 0 6 2 0
Wahpeton Science 4 2 0 5 2 0
Mayville State 4 2 0 4 2 0
Jamestown 3 3 0 3 4 0
Bismarck JC 2 4 0 2 4 0
Dickinson State 2 4 0 2 5 0
Ellendale 1 5 0 1 6 0
Bottineau 0 6 0 0 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 North State Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
East Carolina $ 6 0 0 8 2 0
Catawba 4 1 1 4 5 1
Appalachian State 3 3 0 6 4 0
Lenoir–Rhyne 3 3 0 4 5 0
Guilford 2 3 0 3 5 0
Elon 1 4 1 1 6 1
Western Carolina 0 5 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
College of Idaho $ 5 0 0 8 1 0
Linfield 3 2 0 5 4 0
Willamette 2 2 1 2 5 1
Whitman 2 3 0 4 3 0
Lewis & Clark 2 3 0 4 5 0
Pacific (OR) 0 4 1 2 4 2
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ohio Wesleyan $ 7 0 0 8 0 1
Heidelberg 4 1 1 7 1 1
Otterbein 5 2 0 5 3 0
Denison 4 2 0 7 2 0
Akron 4 2 0 6 3 0
Capital 3 2 0 5 3 0
Wooster 3 3 0 5 3 0
Muskingum 3 3 1 3 4 1
Mount Union 2 3 0 5 4 0
Wittenberg 2 4 0 3 6 0
Kenyon 1 3 0 3 4 0
Oberlin 0 5 0 1 6 1
Hiram 0 4 0 1 6 0
Marietta 0 4 0 1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Tennessee Tech $ 5 0 0 7 4 0
Eastern Kentucky 4 1 0 8 2 0
Middle Tennessee 3 2 0 7 4 0
Western Kentucky 2 3 0 6 4 0
Murray State 1 4 0 3 6 0
Morehead State 0 5 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northeastern State $ 4 0 1 7 1 1
SE Oklahoma State 3 1 1 3 4 1
Central State (OK) 3 2 0 6 3 0
East Central 2 3 0 2 7 0
SW Oklahoma State 1 4 0 4 6 0
NW Oklahoma State 1 4 0 3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Oregon Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oregon College $ 3 0 0 4 4 0
Portland State 2 1 0 5 2 0
Oregon Tech 1 2 0 1 4 0
Eastern Oregon 0 3 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern State $ 6 0 0 8 0 0
Huron 5 2 0 6 3 0
Southern State 4 2 0 6 2 0
South Dakota Mines 4 2 0 4 4 1
Dakota Wesleyan 3 3 0 5 3 0
Yankton 3 4 0 3 5 0
Sioux Falls 1 4 0 2 5 0
Black Hills 1 5 0 2 7 0
General Beadle 0 5 0 0 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pomona-Claremont + 3 1 0 7 1 0
Occidental + 3 1 0 6 2 0
Whittier 2 2 0 6 3 1
Redlands 2 2 0 6 4 0
Caltech 0 4 0 0 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • Caltech played Pomona-Claremont and Redlands each two times; each game counted as one-half in the standings.
1953 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Prairie View A&M $ 6 0 0 12 0 0
Southern 5 1 0 9 2 0
Texas College 4 2 0 5 4 0
Arkansas AM&N 2 3 1 3 5 2
Langston 2 4 0 3 6 0
Bishop 1 4 1 2 6 1
Wiley 0 6 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Texas Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
McMurry + 3 1 0 8 1 1
Abilene Christian + 3 1 0 7 3 0
Texas A&I + 3 1 0 4 5 0
Howard Payne 1 3 0 2 7 0
Austin 0 4 0 5 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1953 Wisconsin State College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
La Crosse State + 5 0 0 9 0 1
Platteville State + 4 0 0 6 0 0
River Falls State 3 1 0 5 2 0
Stevens Point State 4 2 0 5 3 0
Eau Claire State 4 3 0 5 3 0
Whitewater State 2 3 0 2 4 0
Milwaukee 2 3 0 2 6 0
Superior State 1 3 0 3 4 0
Stout State 0 5 0 1 7 0
Oshkosh State 0 5 0 0 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1953 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
New Hampshire + 3 1 0 6 2 0
Rhode Island + 3 1 0 6 2 0
Connecticut 2 1 1 3 4 1
Maine 1 2 1 4 2 1
Vermont 0 1 0 3 3 1
UMass 0 3 0 1 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

Rankings

Bowl games

Bowl game Winning team Losing team
Cotton Bowl Classic No. 6 Rice 28 No. 13 Alabama 6
Gator Bowl No. 12 Texas Tech' 35 No. 17 Auburn 13
Orange Bowl No. 4 Oklahoma 7 No. 1 Maryland 0
Rose Bowl No. 3 Michigan State 28 No. 5 UCLA Bruins 20
Sugar Bowl No. 8 Georgia Tech 42 No. 10 West Virginia 19
Sun Bowl Texas Western 37 Mississippi Southern 14
Tangerine Bowl Arkansas State 7 East Texas State 7

Heisman Trophy

  1. Johnny Lattner, RB - Notre Dame, 1850 points
  2. Paul Giel, RB - Minnesota, 1795
  3. Paul Cameron, RB - UCLA, 444
  4. Bernie Faloney, QB - Maryland, 258
  5. Bobby Garrett, QB - Stanford, 231
  6. Alan Ameche, RB - Wisconsin, 211
  7. J. C. Caroline, RB - Illinois, 193
  8. J. D. Roberts, L - Oklahoma, 108
  9. Lamar McHan, QB - Arkansas, 78
  10. Steve Meilinger, E - Kentucky, 65
  11. Leroy Bolden, RB - Michigan State, 40
  12. Jackie Parker, RB - Mississippi State, 38
Source[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ "1953 Preseason AP Football Poll". CollegePollArchive.com. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  2. ^ Complete List of College Football National Championship Teams
  3. ^ ESPN Sports Almanac (2000), p181
  4. ^ appollarchive.com/football/ap
  5. ^ http://www.espn.com/college-football/features/the100?index=29[bare URL]
  6. ^ "1953 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "Lattner wins Heisman, Maxwell awards". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. December 2, 1953. p. 20.
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