After waiting until the bowl games were played last year, the writers' poll returned to a final vote before the bowl games in 1966. From 1962–67, AP ranked only 10 teams.
| || ||Regular Season||Head Coach||After Bowls|
|1||Notre Dame||9–0–1||Ara Parseghian||same|
|2||Michigan St.||9–0–1||Duffy Daugherty||same|
|8||Georgia Tech||9–1–0||Bobby Dodd||9–2–0|
|9||Miami, FL||7–2–1||Charlie Tate||8–2–1|