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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
Bowl Games with Top 20 Teams 1961 College Football Recap Heisman Trophy Voting