Major Conference Champions
|Big 8||Kansas/Colorado (10–2)||—|
|Big 10||Indiana (12–2)||—|
|Missouri Valley||Oklahoma A&M (9–1)||—|
|PCC North||Oregon St. (11–5)||—|
|PCC South||USC (8–4)*||—|
|Southern||George Washington (10–0)||George Washington|
*Won playoff for league championship.
Note: Kentucky and LSU did not play during the regular season. Kentucky won a playoff to determine NCAA tournament entry, then turned down the bid to protest NCAA's cancelling Wildcats' entire 1953 schedule due to academic and recruiting violations.
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