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1952 College Football Season

The 1952 NCAA football season ended with the unbeaten Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day in New Orleans.

September

September 20 Maryland won at Missouri 13-10, and Texas won at LSU 35-14. In the preseason poll released on September 22, 1952, the #4 Oklahoma and #5 Illinois. Defending champion Tennessee was 6th. As the regular season progressed, a new poll would be issued on the Monday following the weekend's games.

On September 27 #4 Oklahoma visited Colorado and was tied, 21-21. #5 Illinois, which beat Iowa State 33-7, rose to second place in the next poll. #8 California, which was 2-0-0 after a 28-14 win over Missouri, and #11 Texas (which had won at North Carolina 28-7), took their places. The poll: 1.Michigan State 2.Illinois 3.Maryland 4.California 5.Texas

October

October 4 #1 Michigan State narrowly defeated Oregon State 17-14 at Portland. #2 Illinois lost at #8 Wisconsin, 20-6, and would end up finishing 1952 with a losing (4-5-0) record. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Badgers were catapulted to first place in the next poll. #3 Maryland beat Clemson 28-0. #4 California won at Minnesota, 49-13. #6 Georgia Tech, which beat SMU 20-7 in Dallas, returned to the Top Five: 1.Wisconsin 2.Michigan State 3.California 4.Maryland 5.Georgia Tech

October 11 The new #5 Georgia Tech beat Tulane 14-0. #6 Duke, which won at South Carolina 33-7, was fifth in the next poll: 1.Michigan State 2.Maryland 3.California 4.Georgia Tech 5.Duke

October 18 #5 Duke won at N.C. State, 57-0, but was still bounced out of the top five. #6 Oklahoma, which had won at #8 Kansas 42-20, was third in the next poll: 1.Michigan State 2.Maryland 3.Oklahoma 4.California 5.Georgia Tech

October 25 #5 Georgia Tech beat Vanderbilt 30-0. The poll: 1.Michigan State 2.Maryland 3.Oklahoma 4.Georgia Tech 5.USC

November

November 1 #5 USC was idle, and its place was taken by #7 UCLA, which handed #11 California a 28-7 defeat. The poll: 1.Michigan State 2.Maryland 3.Georgia Tech 4.Oklahoma 5.UCLA

November 8 #4 Oklahoma lost at #10 Notre Dame, 27-21, and dropped back out of the Top Five. #5 UCLA beat visiting Oregon State 57-0. #6 USC rose to fifth after a 54-7 win at Stanford. The poll: 1.Michigan State 2.Georgia Tech 3. Maryland 4.UCLA 5.USC

November 15 Unbeaten #3 Maryland lost at unbeaten (6-0-2) #11 Mississippi, 21-14. #4 UCLA was idle. #5 USC beat #17 Washington 33-0. #8 Oklahoma, which had beaten Missouri 47-7, returned to the Top Five. The poll: 1.Michigan State 2.Georgia Tech 3.UCLA 4.USC 5.Oklahoma

November 22 #3 UCLA (8-0-0) and #4 USC (8-0-0) met in Los Angeles, with USC winning 14-12 to take the crown of the Pacific Coast Conference and a trip to the Rose Bowl. #5 Oklahoma beat Nebraska 34-13. The new poll: 1.Michigan State 2.USC 3.Georgia Tech 4.Oklahoma 5.UCLA

November 29 #3 Notre Dame, #4 Oklahoma, and #5 USC.

Conference standings

The following is an incomplete list of conference standings:
1952 Big 7 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Oklahoma 5 0 1     8 1 1
Missouri 5 1 0     5 5 0
Nebraska 3 2 1     5 4 1
Kansas 3 3 0     7 3 0
Colorado 2 2 2     6 2 2
Iowa State 1 5 0     3 6 0
Kansas State 0 6 0     1 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1952 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11/10 Wisconsin § 4 1 1     6 3 1
#18/12 Purdue § 4 1 1     4 3 2
#17/15 Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
Michigan 4 2 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 3 1 2     4 3 2
Illinois 2 5 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 5 0     2 6 1
Iowa 2 5 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
1952 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#19 Houston 3 0 0     8 2 0
Tulsa 3 1 0     8 2 1
Oklahoma A&M 2 2 0     3 7 0
Detroit 1 3 0     2 7 0
Wichita State 0 3 0     3 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from Coaches' Poll
1952 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 USC 6 0 0     10 1 0
#6 UCLA 5 1 0     8 1 0
Washington 6 2 0     7 3 0
California 3 3 0     7 3 0
Washington State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Stanford 2 5 0     5 5 0
Oregon 2 5 0     2 7 1
Idaho 1 3 0     4 4 1
Oregon State 1 6 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1952 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Georgia Tech 7 0 0     12 0 0
#8 Tennessee 5 0 1     8 2 1
#7 Ole Miss 4 0 2     8 1 2
#9 Alabama 4 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia 4 3 0     7 4 0
#15 Florida 3 3 0     8 3 0
Mississippi State 3 4 0     5 4 0
Tulane 3 5 0     5 5 0
#20 Kentucky 1 3 2     5 4 2
LSU 2 5 0     3 7 0
Vanderbilt 1 4 1     3 5 2
Auburn 0 7 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1952 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#16 Duke 5 0 0     8 2 0
Wake Forest 5 1 0     5 4 1
West Virginia 5 1 0     7 2 0
William & Mary 4 1 0     4 5 0
George Washington 4 2 1     5 3 1
Virginia Tech 4 4 0     5 6 0
Furman 2 2 1     6 3 1
Washington & Lee 3 4 0     3 7 0
VMI 2 3 1     3 6 1
NC State 2 4 0     3 7 0
South Carolina 2 4 0     5 5 0
North Carolina 1 2 0     2 6 0
The Citadel 1 3 1     3 5 1
Davidson 1 6 0     2 7 0
Richmond 0 6 0     1 9 0
Clemson 0 0 0     2 6 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1952 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Texas 6 0 0     9 2 0
Rice 4 2 0     5 5 0
SMU 3 2 1     4 5 1
TCU 2 2 2     4 4 2
Baylor 1 3 2     4 4 2
Texas A&M 1 4 1     3 6 1
Arkansas 1 5 0     2 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Final Polls

Bowl games

As late as 1952, many colleges, and some football conferences, did not participate in postseason bowl games. #1 Michigan State had joined the Big Ten conference in 1950 for football, but as part of the terms of membership, was ineligible to play in a bowl game until the 1953 season. #3 Notre Dame had a policy against playing in postseason games.[3] #4 Oklahoma was a member of the Big 7 conference (which later, as the Big 8 and Big 12, would send its best team to the Orange Bowl), and that conference banned post-season games. The Oklahoma University Board of Regents considered a motion to allow the team to accept an invitation from the Orange Bowl, and passed a resolution that stated that "Oklahoma belongs to the Big Seven Conference and has followed its rules in the past and should follow them in the future.".[4] Thus, three of the nation's four "top teams" did not play in a bowl game. The exception was Georgia Tech, which played as the SEC champ in the Sugar Bowl. In a forerunner of the SEC championship game, the two best teams in the conference met, with #7 Ole Miss accepting the invitation to play against Tech.

Bowl
Sugar Bowl #2 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 24 #7 Mississippi Rebels 7
Rose Bowl #5 USC Trojans 7 #11 Wisconsin Badgers 0
Cotton Bowl #8 Tennessee Volunteers 0 #10 Texas Longhorns 16
Orange Bowl #9 Alabama Crimson Tide 61 #14 Syracuse Orangemen 6

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1952.htm
  2. ^ http://www.appollarchive.com/football/ap/seasons.cfm?appollid=141
  3. ^ "Bowl Scramble Underway Across Nation Today," Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News, Nov. 8, 1952, p8
  4. ^ "Oklahoma U. Regents Turn Down Bowl Offer," Albuquerque Journal, Nov. 21, 1952, p14
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