1955 College Football Recap

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Final AP Top 20

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams

Major Conference Champions

Heisman Trophy Voting

Other Major Award Winners

Consensus All-America Team

Oklahoma won its second national championship of the decade in 1955, going 10–0 and pushing its three-year winning streak to 30, two victories short of a modern college record.

Maryland was the only other undefeated and untied team in the Top 10 and finished the regular season ranked third in both the writers' and coaches' polls.

No.1 and No.3 met in the Orange Bowl where Maryland hoped to avenge a 7–0 Oklahoma win two years ago that ruined the Terps' bid for an undefeated season. Maryland lost again, 20–6.

Despite an early loss to Michigan, Michigan State won all nine of its other games to rank second in both polls. With Big Ten champ Ohio State unable to attend a second straight Rose Bowl, the Spartans took the Buckeyes' place and beat UCLA on a last second field goal.

Halfback Jim Swink of Texas Christian and quarterback George Walsh of Navy posted some of the year's gaudiest statistics, but Ohio State halfback Howard “Hopalong” Cassady was the overwhelming choice for the Heisman Trophy. That gave the Bucks two Heisman winners in six years. Vic Janowicz won the prize in 1950.

Sixth-ranked TCU won the SWC title but blew a 13–0 lead and lost the Cotton Bowl to Mississippi by a point. No.7 Georgia Tech blanked No.11 Pittsburgh 7–0 in the Sugar Bowl, giving coach Bobby Dodd five major bowl victories (3 Sugar, 1 Orange, 1 Cotton) in as many years.

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