1943 NCAA football rankings

One human poll comprised the 1943National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football rankings. Unlike most sports, college football’s governing body, the NCAA, does not bestow a national championship, instead that title is bestowed by one or more different polling agencies. There are two main weekly polls that begin in the preseason—the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll. The Coaches’ Poll began operation in 1950; in addition, the AP Poll did not begin conducting preseason polls until that same year.

1943 NCAA football rankings
Season 1943
Bowl season 1943–44 bowl games
End of season champions Notre Dame
NCAA football rankings

 1942
1944 

. . . 1943 NCAA football rankings . . .

  Increase in ranking
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  Not ranked previous week
  National champion
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  Win–loss record
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Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

The final AP Poll was released on November 29, at the end of the 1943 regular season, weeks before the major bowls. The AP would not release a post-bowl season final poll regularly until 1968.

Week 1
Oct 4[1]
Week 2
Oct 11[2]
Week 3
Oct 18[3]
Week 4
Oct 25[4]
Week 5
Nov 1[5]
Week 6
Nov 8[6]
Week 7
Nov 15[7]
Week 8
Nov 22[8]
Week 9 (Final)
Nov 29[9]
1. Notre Dame (2–0) (53) Notre Dame (3–0) (86) Notre Dame (4–0) (98) Notre Dame (5–0) (97) Notre Dame (6–0) (97) Notre Dame (7–0) (91) Notre Dame (8–0) (87) Notre Dame (9–0) (97) Notre Dame (9–1) (86) 1.
2. Michigan (3–0) (36) Army (3–0) (1) Army (4–0) (5) Army (5–0) (5) Purdue (7–0) Purdue (8–0) Iowa Pre-Flight (8–0) Iowa Pre-Flight (8–1) (1) Iowa Pre-Flight (9–1) (12) 2.
3. Army (2–0) (4) Navy (3–0) (1) Navy (4–0) Navy (5–0) Army (5–0–1) Navy (6–1) Purdue (8–0) Michigan (8–1) Michigan (8–1) (1) 3.
4. Navy (2–0) (3) Penn (3–0) (1) Purdue (5–0) (1) Purdue (6–0) (1) USC (6–0) (2) Michigan (6–1) Michigan (7–1) Purdue (9–0) Navy (8–1) 4.
5. Duke (3–0) (4) Purdue (4–0) Penn (4–0) (4) USC (5–0) Penn (5–0–1) (2) Iowa Pre-Flight (7–0) Navy (7–1) Duke (8–1) (2) Purdue (9–0) (12) 5.
6. Penn (2–0) (1) Duke (3–1) Pacific (CA) (5–0) (4) Penn (5–0) Michigan (5–1) Army (5–1–1) Duke (7–1) (1) Navy (7–1) Great Lakes Navy (8–2) (1) 6.
7. Purdue (3–0) (2) Iowa Pre-Flight (4–0) USC (4–0) (2) Michigan (4–1) Navy (5–1) Duke (6–1) Army (6–1–1) Army (7–1–1) Duke (8–1) (7) 7.
8. Iowa Pre-Flight (3–0) (2) USC (3–0) Iowa Pre-Flight (5–0) Duke (4–1) Iowa Pre-Flight (6–0) Northwestern (5–1) March Field (6–1) Northwestern (6–2) Del Monte Pre-Flight (7–1) (9) 8.
9. Minnesota (2–0) (1) Michigan (3–1) Duke (4–1) Iowa Pre-Flight (6–0) Duke (5–1) USC (6–1) Northwestern (5–2) March Field (6–1) Northwestern (6–2) 9.
10. USC (2–0) Pacific (CA) (4–0) Michigan (3–1) Pacific (CA) (5–1) Pacific (CA) (5–1) Penn (5–1–1) Texas (6–1) Del Monte Pre-Flight (6–1) March Field (6–1) 10.
11. Southwestern (3–0) Del Monte Pre-Flight (3–0) (6) Minnesota (3–0) Washington (4–0) Washington (4–0) Pacific (CA) (6–1) Washington (4–0) Washington (4–0) Army (7–2–1) 11.
12. Great Lakes Navy (2–1) March Field (3–0) (4) Southwestern (TX) (5–0) Texas (4–1) Northwestern (4–1) Washington (4–0) Texas A&M (7–0–1) Texas (6–1) Washington (4–0) (1) 12.
13. Memphis NAS (2–0) Minnesota (2–0) Texas A&M (4–0) Tulsa (4–0) Texas (5–1) Del Monte Pre-Flight (5–1) Pacific (CA) (7–1) Dartmouth (6–1) Georgia Tech (7–3) 13.
14. Dartmouth (2–0) Great Lakes Navy (3–1) March Field (4–0) Southwestern Louisiana (2–0) Del Monte Pre-Flight (4–1) Texas A&M (6–0–1) Del Monte Pre-Flight (5–1) Georgia Tech (6–3) Texas (7–1) 14.
15. Del Monte Pre-Flight (2–0) Memphis NAS (3–0) Del Monte Pre-Flight (3–1) Northwestern (3–1) Southwestern Louisiana (2–0) March Field (5–1) Georgia Tech (5–3) Bainbridge (7–0) Tulsa (6–0–1) 15.
16. March Field (2–0) Dartmouth (2–1) Texas (3–1) Colorado College (5–0) Texas A&M (6–0) Texas (5–1) Tulsa (5–0–1) Texas A&M (7–0–1) Dartmouth (6–1) 16.
17. LSU (2–0) Southwestern (TX) (4–0) Northwestern (2–1) Del Monte Pre-Flight (4–1) Arkansas A&M (5–0) т Tulsa (5–0–1) Bainbridge (7–0) т Colorado College (7–0) (2) Bainbridge (7–0) 17.
18. Ohio State (2–0) Texas A&M (3–0) Colorado College (4–0) Great Lakes Navy (4–2) Colorado College (5–0) т Dartmouth (4–1) San Diego Naval (5–1) т Penn (5–2–1) т Colorado College (7–0) (2) 18.
19. Northwestern (1–1) Washington (2–0) Memphis NAS (3–0) Texas A&M (5–0) Tulsa (4–0–1) Georgia Tech (4–3) Penn (5–2–1) Randolph Field (9–0) т Pacific (CA) (7–1) 19.
20. Pacific (CA) (3–0) Georgia (3–1) Camp Grant (2–3–1) California (2–3) LSU (5–1) San Diego NAS (4–1) Dartmouth (5–1) Tulsa (5–0–1) Penn (6–2–1) 20.
Week 1
Oct 4[10]
Week 2
Oct 11[11]
Week 3
Oct 18[12]
Week 4
Oct 25[13]
Week 5
Nov 1[14]
Week 6
Nov 8[15]
Week 7
Nov 15[16]
Week 8
Nov 22[17]
Week 9 (Final)
Nov 29[18]
Dropped:

  • LSU
  • Northwestern
  • Ohio State
Dropped:

  • Dartmouth
  • Georgia
  • Great Lakes Navy
  • Washington
Dropped:

  • Camp Grant
  • March Field
  • Memphis NAS
  • Minnesota
  • Southwestern
Dropped:

  • California
  • Great Lakes Navy
Dropped:

  • Arkansas A&M
  • Colorado College
  • Southwestern Louisiana
  • LSU
Dropped:

  • USC
Dropped:

  • Pacific (CA)
  • San Diego Naval
Dropped:

  • Randolph Field
  • Texas A&M

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