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1936 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big SixNebraska5–0
Ivy League*Dartmouth5–0–1
Missouri ValleyTulsa/Creighton3–0
Pacific CoastWashington6–0–1
SoutheasternLSU6–0
SouthernDuke7–0
SouthwestArkansas5–1
WesternNorthwestern6–0
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1936 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1937 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big SixNebraska3–0–2
Ivy League*Dartmouth4–0–2
Missouri ValleyTulsa3–0
Pacific CoastCalifornia6–0–1
SoutheasternAlabama6–0
SouthernNorth Carolina 4–0–1
and Maryland2–0
SouthwestRice4–1–1
WesternMinnesota5–0
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1937 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1938 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big SixOklahoma5–0
Ivy League*Cornell3–0–1
Missouri ValleyTulsa3–1
Pacific CoastUSC/California6–1
SkylineUtah4–0–2
SoutheasternTennessee7–0
SouthernDuke5–0
SouthwestTCU6–0
WesternMinnesota4–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1938 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1939 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big SixMissouri5–0
Ivy League*Cornell4–0
Missouri ValleyWashington, MO4–1
Pacific CoastUSC5–0–2
and UCLA5–0–3
SkylineColorado5–1
SoutheasternTenn./Georgia Tech6–0
and Tulane5–0
SouthernDuke5–0
SouthwestTexas A&M6–0
WesternOhio St.5–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1939 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1940 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineMinnesota6–0
Big SixNebraska5–0
Ivy League*Pennsylvania5–0–1
Missouri ValleyTulsa4–0
Pacific CoastStanford7–0
SkylineUtah5–1
SoutheasternTennessee5–0
SouthernClemson4–0
SouthwestTexas A&M/SMU5–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1940 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1941 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineMinnesota5–0
Big SixMissouri5–0
Ivy League*Pennsylvania6–1
Missouri ValleyTulsa4–0
Pacific CoastOregon St.7–2
SkylineUtah4–0–2
SoutheasternMississippi St.4–0–1
SouthernDuke5–0
SouthwestTexas A&M5–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1941 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1942 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineOhio St.5–1
Big SixMissouri4–0–1
Ivy League*Navy4–1
Missouri ValleyTulsa5–0
Pacific CoastUCLA6–1
SkylineColorado5–1
SoutheasternGeorgia6–1
SouthernWm.& Mary4–0
SouthwestTexas5–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1942 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1943 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineMichigan/Purdue6–0
Big SixOklahoma5–0
Ivy League*Navy4–0
Missouri ValleyTulsa1–0
Pacific CoastUSC5–0
SkylineVacant (not enough teams)
SoutheasternGeorgia Tech3–0
SouthernDuke4–0
SouthwestTexas5–0
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1943 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1944 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineOhio St.6–0
Big SixOklahoma4–0–1
Ivy League*Army3–0
Missouri ValleyOklahoma A&M1–0
Pacific CoastUSC3–0–2
SkylineVacant (WWII)
SoutheasternGeorgia Tech4–0
SouthernDuke4–0
SouthwestTCU3–1–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1944 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1945 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineIndiana5–0–1
Big SixMissouri5–0
Ivy League*Army2–0
Missouri ValleyOklahoma A&M1–0
Pacific CoastUSC5–1
SkylineVacant (not enough teams)
SoutheasternAlabama6–0
SouthernDuke4–0
SouthwestTexas5–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1945 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1946 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineIllinois6–1
Big SixOklahoma/Kansas4–1
Ivy League*Yale4–1–1
Missouri ValleyTulsa3–0
Pacific CoastUCLA7–0
SkylineUtah St./Denver4–1–1
SoutheasternGeorgia/Tennessee5–0
SouthernN.Carolina4–0–1
SouthwestRice/Arkansas5–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1946 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1947 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineMichigan6–0
Big SixKansas/Oklahoma4–0–1
Ivy League*Pennsylvania4–0
Mid-AmericanCincinnati3–1
Missouri ValleyTulsa3–0
Pacific CoastUSC6–0
SkylineUtah6–0
SoutheasternMississippi6–1
SouthernWm.& Mary7–1
SouthwestSMU5–0–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1947 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1948 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineMichigan‡6–0
Big SevenOklahoma5–0
Ivy League*Cornell5–1
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH4–0
Missouri ValleyOklahoma A&M2–0
Pacific CoastCalifornia/Oregon6–0
SkylineUtah5–0
SoutheasternGeorgia6–0
SouthernClemson5–0
SouthwestSMU5–0–1
*not a formal league until 1956
‡Michigan was ineligible for Big Nine berth in Rose Bowl because of “no repeat” rule.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1948 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1949 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineOhio St./Michigan4–1–1
Big SevenOklahoma5–0
Ivy League*Cornell5–1
Mid-AmericanCincinnati4–0
Missouri ValleyDetroit4–0
Pacific CoastCalifornia7–0
SkylineWyoming5–0
SoutheasternTulane5–1
SouthernNorth Carolina5–0
SouthwestRice6–0
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1949 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1950 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineMichigan4–1–1
Big SevenOklahoma6–0
Ivy League*Princeton5–0
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH4–0
Missouri ValleyTulsa3–0–1
Pacific CoastCalifornia5–0–1
SkylineWyoming5–0
SoutheasternKentucky5–1
SouthernWashington & Lee6–0
SouthwestTexas6–0
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1950 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1951 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineIllinois5–0–1
Big SevenOklahoma6–0
Ivy League*Princeton6–0
Mid-AmericanCincinnati3–0
Missouri ValleyTulsa4–0
Pacific CoastStanford6–1
SkylineUtah4–1
SoutheasternGeorgia Tech7–0
and Tennessee5–0
SouthernMaryland/VMI5–0
SouthwestTCU5–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1951 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1952 College Football Major Conference Champions

Big NineWisconsin/Purdue4–1–1
Big SevenOklahoma5–0–1
Ivy League*Pennsylvania4–0
Mid-AmericanCincinnati3–0
Missouri ValleyHouston3–0
Pacific CoastSouthern Cal.6–0
SkylineUtah5–0
SoutheasternGeorgia Tech6–0
SouthernDuke5–0
SouthwestTexas6–0
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1952 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1953 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastDuke4–0
and Maryland3–0
Big SevenOklahoma6–0
Big TenMich. St./Illinois5–1
Ivy League*Cornell3–1–2
Mid-AmericanOhio Univ.5–0–1
Missouri ValleyOklahoma A&M3–1
Pacific CoastUCLA6–1
SkylineUtah5–0
SoutheasternAlabama4–0–3
SouthernWest Virginia4–0
SouthwestRice/Texas5–1
*not a formal league until 1956

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1953 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1954 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastDuke4–0
Big SevenOklahoma‡6–0
Big TenOhio St.7–0
Ivy League*Yale/Cornell4–2
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH4–0
Missouri ValleyWichita4–0
Pacific CoastUCLA‡6–0
SkylineDenver6–1
SoutheasternMississippi5–1
SouthernWest Virginia3–0
SouthwestArkansas5–1
*not a formal league until 1956
‡Both Oklahoma (Orange Bowl) and UCLA (Rose Bowl) were ineligible for conference bowl game berths because of “no repeat” rules.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1954 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1955 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastMaryland/Duke4–0
Big SevenOklahoma6–0
Big TenOhio St.‡6–0
Ivy League*Princeton6–1
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH5–0
Missouri ValleyWichita/Detroit3–1
Pacific CoastUCLA6–0
SkylineColorado A&M6–1
SoutheasternMississippi5–1
SouthernWest Virginia4–0
SouthwestTCU5–1
*not a formal league until 1956
‡Ohio St. was ineligible for Big Ten berth in Rose Bowl because of “no repeat” rule.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1955 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1956 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastClemson4–0–1
Big SevenOklahoma‡6–0
Big TenIowa5–1
Ivy LeagueYale7–0
Mid-AmericanBowling Green5–0–1
Missouri ValleyHouston4–0
Pacific CoastOregon St.6–1–1
SkylineWyoming7–0
SoutheasternTennessee6–0
SouthernWest Virginia5–0
SouthwestTexas A&M6–0
‡Oklahoma was ineligible for Big Seven berth in Orange Bowl because of “no repeat” rule.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1956 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1957 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastNorth Carolina St.5–0–1
Big SevenOklahoma6–0
Big TenOhio St.7–0
Ivy LeaguePrinceton6–1
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH5–0
Missouri ValleyHouston3–0–1
Pacific CoastOregon/Oregon St.6–2
SkylineUtah5–1
SoutheasternAuburn‡7–0
SouthernVMI6–0
SouthwestRice5–1
‡On probation, ineligible for bowl game.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1957 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1958 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastClemson5–1
Big EightOklahoma6–0
Big TenIowa5–1
Ivy LeagueDartmouth6–1
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH5–0
Missouri ValleyNorth Texas2–1–1
SkylineWyoming6–1
Pacific CoastCalifornia6–1
SoutheasternLSU6–0
SouthernWest Virginia4–0
SouthwestTCU5–1
‡On probation, ineligible for bowl game.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1958 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1959 College Football Major Conference Champions

AAWU*Washington/USC/UCLA3–1
Atlantic CoastClemson6–1
Big EightOklahoma‡5–1
Big TenWisconsin5–2
Ivy LeaguePennsylvania6–1
Mid-AmericanBowling Green6–0
Missouri ValleyHouston/North Texas3–1
SkylineWyoming7–0
SoutheasternGeorgia7–0
SouthernVMI6–0–1
SouthwestTexas/TCU/Arkansas5–1
*Athletic Assn of Western Universities.
‡Oklahoma was ineligible for Big Eight berth in Orange Bowl because of “no repeat” rule.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1959 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1960 College Football Major Conference Champions

AAWU*Washington4–0
Atlantic CoastDuke5–0
Big EightMissouri7–0
Big TenMinnesota/Iowa5–1
Ivy LeagueYale7–0
Mid-AmericanOhio Univ.6–0
Missouri ValleyWichita3–0
SkylineUtah St./Wyoming6–1
SoutheasternMississippi5–0–1
SouthernVMI4–1
SouthwestArkansas6–1
*Athletic Assn of Western Universities.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1960 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1961 College Football Major Conference Champions

AAWU*UCLA3–1
Atlantic CoastDuke5–1
Big EightColorado7–0
Big TenOhio St.‡6–0
Ivy LeagueColumbia/Harvard6–1
Mid-AmericanBowling Green5–1
Missouri ValleyWichita3–0
SkylineUtah St./Wyoming5–0–1
SoutheasternAlabama/LSU7–0/6–0
SouthernCitadel5–1
SouthwestTexas/Arkansas6–1
*Athletic Association of Western Universities.
‡Ohio St. turned down Rose Bowl invitation.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1961 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1962 College Football Major Conference Champions

AAWU*Southern Cal4–0
Atlantic CoastDuke6–0
Big EightOklahoma7–0
Big TenWisconsin6–1
Ivy LeagueDartmouth7–0
Mid-AmericanBowling Green5–0–1
Missouri ValleyTulsa3–0
SoutheasternMississippi6–0
SouthernVMI6–0
SouthwestTexas6–0–1
Western AthleticNew Mexico2–1–1
*Athletic Assn of Western Universities.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1962 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1963 College Football Major Conference Champions

AAWU*Washington4–1
Atlantic CoastN.Carolina/N.C.State6–1
Big EightNebraska7–0
Big TenIllinois5–1–1
Ivy LeagueDartmouth/Princeton5–2
Mid-AmericanOhio Univ.5–1
Missouri ValleyCincinnati/Wichita St.3–1
SoutheasternMississippi5–0–1
SouthernVirginia Tech5–0
SouthwestTexas7–0
Western AthleticNew Mexico3–1
*Athletic Assn of Western Universities.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1963 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1964 College Football Major Conference Champions

AAWU*Oregon St./USC3–1
Atlantic CoastN.Carolina St.5–2
Big EightNebraska6–1
Big TenMichigan6–1
Ivy LeaguePrinceton7–0
Mid-AmericanBowling Green5–1
Missouri ValleyCincinnati4–0
SoutheasternAlabama8–0
SouthernWest Virginia5–0
SouthwestArkansas7–0
Western AthleticUtah/New Mex./Ariz.3–1
*Athletic Assn of Western Universities.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1964 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1965 College Football Major Conference Champions

AAWU*UCLA4–0
Atlantic CoastClemson/N.C.State5–2
Big EightNebraska7–0
Big TenMichigan St.7–0
Ivy LeagueDartmouth7–0
Mid-AmericanBowling Green/Miami, OH5–1
Missouri ValleyTulsa4–0
SoutheasternAlabama6–1–1
SouthernWest Virginia4–0
SouthwestArkansas7–0
Western AthleticBYU4–1
*Athletic Assn of Western Universities.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1965 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1966 College Football Major Conference Champions

AAWU*Southern Cal.4–1
Atlantic CoastClemson6–1
Big EightNebraska6–1
Big TenMichigan St.‡7–0
Ivy LeagueHarv./Dart./Prin.6–1
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH/W.Michigan5–1
Missouri ValleyTulsa/North Texas St.3–1
SoutheasternAlabama/Georgia6–0
SouthernE.Carolina/Wm& Mary4–1–1
SouthwestSMU6–1
Western AthleticWyoming5–0
*Athletic Assn of Western Universities.
‡Michigan St. ineligible for Big 10 berth in Rose Bowl because of “no repeat” rule.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1966 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1967 College Football Major Conference Champions

AAWU*Southern Cal.6–1
Atlantic CoastClemson6–0
Big EightOklahoma7–0
Big TenIndiana/Purdue/Minn.6–1
Ivy LeagueYale7–0
Mid-AmericanOhio Univ./Toledo5–1
Missouri ValleyNorth Texas St.4–0
SoutheasternTennessee6–0
SouthernWest Virginia4–0–1
SouthwestTexas A&M6–1
Western AthleticWyoming5–0
*Athletic Assn of Western Universities.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1967 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1968 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastNorth Carolina St.6–1
Big EightKansas/Oklahoma6–1
Big TenOhio St.7–0
Ivy LeagueHarvard/Yale6–0–1
Mid-AmericanOhio Univ.6–0
Missouri ValleyMemphis St.5–0
Pacific-8Southern Cal6–0
SoutheasternGeorgia5–0–1
SouthernRichmond6–0
SouthwestTexas/Arkansas6–1
Western AthleticWyoming6–1

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1968 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1969 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastSouth Carolina6–0
Big EightMissouri/Nebraska6–1
Big TenMichigan/Ohio St.6–1
Ivy LeagueDart./Yale/Prin.6–1
Mid-AmericanToledo5–0
Missouri ValleyMemphis St.5–0
Pacific Coast AASan Diego St.6–0
Pacific-8Southern Cal6–0
SoutheasternTennessee5–1
SouthernDavidson/Richmond5–1
SouthwestTexas7–0
Western AthleticArizona St.6–1

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1969 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1970 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastWake Forest5–1
Big EightNebraska7–0
Big TenOhio St.7–0
Ivy LeagueDartmouth7–0
Mid-AmericanToledo5–0
Missouri ValleyLouisville4–0
Pacific Coast AALong Beach St./S.Diego St.5–1
Pacific-8Stanford6–1
SoutheasternLSU5–0
SouthernWilliam & Mary3–1
SouthwestTexas7–0
Western AthleticArizona St.7–0

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1970 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1971 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastNorth Carolina6–0
Big EightNebraska7–0
Big TenMichigan8–0
Ivy LeagueDartmouth/Cornell6–1
Mid-AmericanToledo5–0
Missouri ValleyMemphis St.4–1
Pacific Coast AALong Beach St.5–1
Pacific-8Stanford6–1
SoutheasternAlabama7–0
SouthernRichmond5–1
SouthwestTexas6–1
Western AthleticArizona St.7–0

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1971 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1972 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastNorth Carolina6–0
Big EightNebraska‡5–1–1
Big TenOhio St./Michigan7–1
Ivy LeagueDartmouth5–1–1
Mid-AmericanKent St.4–1
Missouri ValleyL'ville/Drake/W.Texas4–1
Pacific Coast AASan Diego St.4–0
Pacific-8Southern Cal7–0
SoutheasternAlabama7–1
SouthernEast Carolina7–0
SouthwestTexas7–0
Western AthleticArizona St.5–1
‡Oklahoma was 6–1 in the Big Eight, but after the season had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1972 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1973 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastN. Carolina St.6–0
Big EightOklahoma‡7–0
Big TenOhio St./Michigan7–0–1
Ivy LeagueDartmouth6–1
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH5–0
Missouri ValleyN.Texas St./Tulsa5–1
Pacific Coast AASan Diego St.3–0–1
Pacific-8Southern Cal7–0
SoutheasternAlabama8–0
SouthernEast Carolina7–0
SouthwestTexas7–0
Western AthleticArizona St./Arizona6–1
‡On probation, ineligible for a bowl game.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1973 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1974 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastMaryland6–0
Big EightOklahoma‡7–0
Big TenOhio St./Michigan7–1
Ivy LeagueHarvard/Yale6–1
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH5–0
Missouri ValleyTulsa6–0
Pacific Coast AASan Diego St.4–0
Pacific-8Southern Cal6–0–1
SoutheasternAlabama6–0
SouthernVMI5–1
SouthwestBaylor6–1
Western AthleticBYU6–0–1
‡On probation, ineligible for a bowl game.

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1974 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1975 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastMaryland5–0
Big EightOklahoma/Nebraska6–1
Big TenOhio St.8–0
Ivy LeagueHarvard6–1
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH6–0
Missouri ValleyTulsa4–0
Pacific Coast AASan Jose St.5–0
Pacific-8UCLA/California6–1
SoutheasternAlabama6–0
SouthernRichmond5–1
SouthwestArk./Texas/Tex. A&M6–1
Western AthleticArizona St.7–0

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1975 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1976 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastMaryland5–0
Big EightColo./Okla./Okla. St.5–2
Big TenMichigan/Ohio St.7–1
Ivy LeagueBrown/Yale6–1
Mid-AmericanBall St.4–1
Missouri ValleyN. Mexico St./Tulsa2–1–1
Pacific Coast AASan Jose St.4–0
Pacific-8Southern Cal7–0
SoutheasternGeorgia/Kentucky5–1
SouthernEast Carolina4–1
SouthwestHouston/Texas Tech7–1
Western AthleticBYU/Wyoming6–1

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1976 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting

1977 College Football Major Conference Champions

Atlantic CoastNorth Carolina5–0–1
Big EightOklahoma7–0
Big TenMichigan/Ohio St.7–1
Ivy LeagueYale6–1
Mid-AmericanMiami, OH5–0
Missouri ValleyWest Texas St.5–1
Pacific Coast AAFresno St.4–0
Pacific-8Washington6–1
SoutheasternAlabama7–0
Kentucky6–0
SouthernTennessee–Chat/VMI4–1
SouthwestTexas8–0
Western AthleticArizona St./BYU6–1

Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams1977 College Football RecapHeisman Trophy Voting
1936 College Football Recap