The 1932 college football season saw the Michigan Wolverines win the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy as national champion under the Dickinson System. Because the "Big Nine" conference didn't permit its teams to play in the postseason, however, the Wolverines were not able to accept a bid to the Rose Bowl.[1] As such, the Pasadena game matched the No. 2 and No. 3 teams, USC and Pittsburgh, with the USC Trojans winning the East-West matchup 35–0.

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School 1931 Conference 1932 Conference
Butler Bulldogs Independent Missouri Valley
Texas Tech Red Raiders Independent Border

September

On September 17, Texas Christian University (TCU) opened its season with a 14–2 win over visiting North Texas.

September 24 USC beat Utah 35–0, Tennessee won 13–0 at UT-Chattanooga, and Pittsburgh beat visiting Ohio Northern College 47–0. TCU and LSU played to a 3–3 tie in Baton Rouge.

October

October 1 Michigan beat Michigan State 26–0, Purdue beat Kansas State 29–13, Ohio State beat Ohio Wesleyan 34–7, Wisconsin beat Marquette 7–2. USC beat Washington State 20–0. Pittsburgh won at West Virginia, 40–0. Army beat Furman 13–0. Tennessee beat Ole Miss 33–0 and TCU defeated Daniel Baker College 55–0.

October 8 Michigan beat Northwestern 15–6, Wisconsin beat Iowa 34–0, Purdue won at Minnesota 7–0, and Ohio State and Indiana played to a 7–7 tie. USC beat Oregon State 10–0. Pittsburgh beat Duquesne 33–0. Army beat Carleton College 57–0. Notre Dame opened with a 73–0 win over Haskell College. Tennessee beat North Carolina 20–7 and TCU beat Arkansas 34–12.

October 15 In Birmingham, Tennessee and Alabama, both 3–0–0, met, with the visitors winning 7–3. Michigan won at Ohio State 14–0, while Purdue beat visiting Wisconsin 7–6, and Pittsburgh won at Army 18–13. TCU won at Texas A&M 17–0, USC defeated Loyola Marymount 6–0 and Notre Dame beat Drake 62–0.

October 22 USC (4–0–0) and Stanford (5–0–0) met at Palo Alto, with USC winning 13–0. At Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Pitt played to a 0–0 tie. Michigan beat Illinois 32–0, Purdue tied at Northwestern 7–7, and Wisconsin shut out Iowa's Coe College 39–0. Notre Dame beat Carnegie Tech 42–0. Army won at Yale 20–0. Tennessee beat Maryville College 60–0 and TCU beat Austin College 68–0

October 29 Pittsburgh (4–0–1) hosted Notre Dame (3–0–0) and won 12–0. Ohio State and Wisconsin played to a 7–7 tie giving OSU a record of 1–1–3. Michigan defeated Princeton 14–7 and Purdue beat NYU 34–9 at Yankee Stadium. Army beat William & Mary 33–0. Tennessee beat visiting Duke, 16–13, and TCU defeated Baylor 27–0.

November

November 5 Notre Dame won at Kansas University, 24–6. Michigan won at Indiana 7–0, Ohio State won at Northwestern 20–6, Wisconsin beat Illinois 20–12 and Purdue won at Chicago 37–0. Pittsburgh won at Penn, 19–12. USC beat California 27–7. Army won at Harvard 46–0 Tennessee beat Mississippi State 31–0 and TCU won at Hardin-Simmonds 27–0.

November 11 On Armistice Day, TCU (8–0–1) hosted Texas (6–1–0) and won 14–0.

November 12 In Nashville, Tennessee (7–0–0) and Vanderbilt (6–0–1), played to a scoreless tie. Michigan beat Chicago 12–0, Purdue won at Iowa 18–0, and Wisconsin beat Minnesota 20–13. Ohio State beat Penn 19–0. USC beat Oregon 33–0. Army beat North Dakota State 52–0. At Lincoln, Neb., Pittsburgh and Nebraska played to a 0–0 tie. At Chicago, Notre Dame beat Northwestern 21–0

November 19 Michigan closed its season with a 3–0 win at Minnesota, Ohio State closed at Illinois with the same 3–0 score. Wisconsin won at Chicago 18–7, and Purdue beat Indiana 25–7. Notre Dame defeated Navy in a game at Cleveland, 12–0. Pittsburgh beat Carnegie Tech, 6–0. In Houston, TCU beat Rice 16–6. Army narrowly beat visiting West Virginia Wesleyan 7–0. At Providence, Colgate (8–0–0) and Brown University (7–0–0) faced each other for the season-ender for both teams. Colgate had held its first 8 opponents scoreless, and the nation waited to see if that streak would be ended by Colgate's toughest opponent of the year. Colgate's Red Raiders won 21–0 to close the season with a 264–0 edge on its opposition.

November 24 On Thanksgiving Day, USC won at Washington 9–6; that win, along with California's 3–0 loss to Washington State, gave USC the Pacific Coast crown and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

November 26 At Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame beat Army 21–0. Pittsburgh beat visiting Stanford 7–0 to close its season unbeaten (8–0–2). Tennessee beat Kentucky 26–0. TCU closed its season at Dallas, with an 8–0 win over SMU. In eleven games, TCU had registered seven shutouts, and finished unbeaten (10–0–1).

December

December 3 In the Army–Navy Game at Philadelphia, Army won 20–0. In Jacksonville, Tennessee beat Florida to close its season unbeaten (9–0–1).

December 10 In Los Angeles, USC (9–0–0) hosted Notre Dame (7–1–0) and won 13–0.

1933 Rose Bowl

Main article: 1933 Rose Bowl

USC had beaten Pitt in the 1933 Rose Bowl, 47–14, and the rematch three years later resulted in a larger defeat. Before a crowd of 84,000 the previously unbeaten Pitt Panthers reached the "red zone" only twice. In the second quarter, a long run gave the Panthers first down on the USC 24 yard line, but Warren Heller's pass fell in the end zone, and under the rules of the day, the result was a turnover (and a touchback, with USC given first down on the 20). Pitt got another chance soon after on a blocked punt, but was stopped on downs. With the help of holes opened up by Trojan halfback, USC scored five touchdowns (including three in the final quarter) and won 35–0. With New Year's Day falling on a Sunday, the Rose Bowl took place on Monday, January 2, 1933 [2]

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1932 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nebraska $ 5 0 0     7 1 1
Kansas 3 2 0     5 3 0
Oklahoma 3 2 0     4 4 1
Kansas State 2 3 0     4 4 0
Missouri 1 3 1     1 7 1
Iowa State 0 4 1     3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Michigan + 6 0 0     8 0 0
No. 4 Purdue + 5 0 1     7 0 1
No. 11 Wisconsin 4 1 1     6 1 1
No. 6 Ohio State 2 1 2     4 1 3
Northwestern 2 3 1     3 4 1
Minnesota 2 3 0     5 3 0
Illinois 2 4 0     5 4 0
Indiana 1 4 1     3 4 1
Chicago 1 4 0     3 4 1
Iowa 0 5 0     1 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System
1932 Border Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas Tech $ 2 0 0     10 2 0
Arizona 3 2 0     4 5 0
Arizona State 2 2 1     4 3 1
Arizona State–Flagstaff 2 2 1     3 2 2
New Mexico A&M 1 2 1     4 5 1
New Mexico 1 3 1     1 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Reference[3]
1932 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Rutgers $ 2 0 0     6 3 1
Lafayette 1 1 0     3 5 0
Lehigh 0 2 0     2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Oklahoma A&M $ 3 0 0     9 1 2
Creighton 3 1 0     5 2 1
Butler 0 0 1     2 4 1
Washington University 1 2 0     4 4 0
Drake 1 3 1     2 6 1
Grinnell 1 3 0     3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
USC $ 6 0 0     10 0 0
Washington State 5 1 1     7 1 1
UCLA 4 2 0     6 4 0
Washington 3 2 2     6 2 2
Oregon 2 2 1     6 3 1
California 2 2 1     7 3 2
Stanford 1 3 1     6 4 1
Oregon State 1 4 0     4 6 0
Idaho 1 4 0     3 5 0
Montana 0 5 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Utah $ 6 0 0     6 1 1
BYU 5 1 0     8 1 0
Colorado College 5 2 0     5 2 0
Denver 4 1 1     4 3 1
Colorado Teachers 2 2 1     4 2 1
Colorado Agricultural 4 3 1     4 3 1
Utah State 3 3 0     4 4 0
Colorado 2 4 0     2 4 0
Wyoming 1 4 1     2 6 1
Colorado Mines 1 5 0     1 7 0
Montana State 0 3 0     3 3 1
Western State (CO) 0 5 0     1 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tennessee + 7 0 1     9 0 1
Auburn + 6 0 1     9 0 1
LSU + 4 0 0     6 3 1
VPI 6 1 0     8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 2     6 1 2
NC State 3 1 1     6 1 2
Alabama 5 2 0     8 2 0
Tulane 5 2 1     6 2 1
Duke 5 3 0     7 3 0
Georgia Tech 4 4 1     4 5 1
Kentucky 4 5 0     4 5 0
Virginia 2 3 0     5 4 0
Ole Miss 2 3 0     5 6 0
Georgia 2 4 2     2 5 2
Maryland 2 4 0     5 6 0
North Carolina 2 5 1     3 5 2
South Carolina 1 2 1     5 4 2
VMI 1 4 0     2 8 0
Washington and Lee 1 4 0     1 9 0
Florida 1 6 0     3 6 0
Clemson 0 4 0     3 5 1
Mississippi State 0 4 0     3 5 0
Sewanee 0 6 0     2 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1932 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Western Kentucky $ 6 0 0     7 1 0
Furman 5 0 0     8 1 0
Southwestern (TN) 3 0 0     4 6 0
Rollins 2 0 0     6 0 1
Loyola (LA) 2 0 0     6 4 1
Centenary 1 0 0     8 0 1
Louisiana Normal 4 1 0     7 1 0
Mercer 4 1 0     7 2 0
Centre 4 1 0     6 3 0
Mississippi College 4 1 0     4 4 0
Presbyterian 3 1 1     5 2 1
Murray State 3 2 1     4 2 3
Georgetown (KY) 3 2 0     4 5 0
Eastern Kentucky 1 1 1     2 1 2
Mississippi State Teachers 3 3 0     5 4 0
Louisiana Tech 3 3 0     4 4 0
The Citadel 2 2 0     4 5 0
Newberry 1 2 2     2 3 3
Middle Tennessee 1 3 0     6 4 0
Millsaps 1 3 0     4 5 0
SW Louisiana 1 3 0     3 4 0
Transylvania 1 3 1     3 5 1
Wofford 1 3 1     3 6 1
Louisiana College 1 4 1     2 4 1
Chattanooga 1 4 0     3 6 0
Miami (FL) 0 2 1     4 3 1
Louisville 0 5 0     0 9 0
Erskine 0 6 0     1 9 0
Union (TN) 0 6 1     0 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
TCU $ 6 0 0     10 0 1
Texas 5 1 0     8 2 0
Rice 3 3 0     7 3 0
Texas A&M 1 2 2     4 4 2
Baylor 1 4 1     3 5 1
SMU 1 4 1     3 7 2
Arkansas 1 4 0     1 6 2
  • $ – Conference champion

Independents

1932 Eastern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Colgate         9 0 0
Brown         7 1 0
Columbia         7 1 1
Pittsburgh         8 1 2
Army         8 2 0
Drexel         5 1 1
Massachusetts State         7 2 0
Villanova         7 2 0
Duquesne         7 2 1
Fordham         6 2 0
Penn         6 2 0
Temple         5 1 2
Tufts         5 1 2
Cornell         5 2 1
Franklin & Marshall         4 2 1
Boston College         4 2 2
La Salle         4 2 2
Harvard         5 3 0
NYU         5 3 0
Manhattan         6 3 2
Carnegie Tech         4 3 2
Bucknell         4 4 1
Syracuse         4 4 1
Princeton         2 2 3
Yale         2 2 3
Boston University         2 3 2
Vermont         2 4 1
Penn State         2 5 0
1932 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Western State (MI)         6 0 1
Michigan State         7 1 0
Western Reserve         7 1 0
Detroit         8 2 0
Notre Dame         7 2 0
DePaul         5 1 2
Michigan State Normal         5 2 0
Saint Louis         5 2 0
Marquette         4 3 1
Bowling Green         3 3 1
Haskell         2 5 1
Detroit City         1 6 0
1932 Southern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Jefferson         8 0 0
Catholic University         6 1 1
South Georgia Teachers         6 2 0
Western Maryland         5 1 2
George Washington         6 2 1
Texas Mines         7 3 0
William & Mary Norfolk         6 3 1
Delaware         5 4 0
West Virginia         5 5 0
Delaware State         2 5 0
Georgetown         2 6 1
Navy         2 6 1
East Carolina         0 5 0
Oglethorpe            
1932 Western college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Columbia (OR)         6 0 1
Saint Mary's         6 2 1
Santa Clara         6 3 0
Gonzaga         5 3 0
Hawaii         2 1 1
Cal Poly         4 4 0
Loyola (CA)         4 4 0
San Francisco         2 6 0
Humboldt State         1 4 0
San Francisco State         1 7 0

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
Big Four Conference Tulsa 3–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Morgan College 3–0–2
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Wichita 5–1
Far Western Conference Nevada
San Jose State Teachers
2–0–1
3–0–2
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Luther 4–1
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Ottawa 4–0
Lone Star Conference North Texas State Teachers 5–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hillsdale 4–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Carleton
Monmouth (IL)
Ripon
2–0–1
2–0–1
1–0–1
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint John's (MN) 4–0–1
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northeast Missouri State Teachers 4–0–0
Nebraska College Athletic Conference Hastings
Nebraska Wesleyan
4–0–1
Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association Unknown
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Dakota Agricultural 4–0–0
North Dakota College Athletic Conference State Normal and Industrial (ND) 4–0–1
4–0
Northern Teachers Athletic Conference Duluth State Teachers
Mankato State Teachers
Moorhead State Teachers
St. Cloud State Teachers
2–1
Ohio Athletic Conference Case Tech 6–0–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Central State Teachers
Southwestern State Teachers (OK)
4–1–0
4–1
Pacific Northwest Conference College of Puget Sound 5–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Augustana (SD)
Black Hills Teachers
5–0
3–0–1
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Whittier 5–1
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tuskegee 4–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Wiley (TX) 5–0
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Howard Payne 5–0
Tri-Normal League Unknown
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference Whitewater State Teachers 4–0

Minor conference standings

1932 Big Four Conference (Oklahoma) football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tulsa $ 3 0 0     7 1 1
Oklahoma Baptist 2 1 0     5 4 0
Oklahoma City 1 2 0     5 5 1
Phillips 0 3 0     3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Big Four Conference (Wisconsin) football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ripon $ 2 0 1     3 2 2
Carroll (WI) 2 1 0     4 2 0
Lawrence 1 2 0     3 4 1
Beloit 0 2 1     3 2 2
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Buckeye Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Miami (OH) 5 0 0     7 1 0
Ohio 3 1 0     7 2 0
Cincinnati 2 2 0     7 2 0
Ohio Wesleyan 2 2 0     5 4 0
Wittenberg 1 4 0     3 6 0
Denison 0 4 0     2 6 0
1932 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wichita $ 5 1 0     7 2 0
Pittsburg State 4 1 1     6 1 2
Washburn 4 1 1     6 3 1
College of Emporia 2 3 1     2 5 1
Fort Hays State 2 4 0     4 5 0
Southwestern (KS) 1 3 2     3 4 2
Emporia Teachers 0 5 1     2 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Morgan $ 6 0 1     7 0 1
Virginia State 6 1 1     7 1 1
Virginia Union 6 1 1     7 1 1
Hampton 5 2 1     5 2 1
Bluefield State 3 2 0     4 4 1
North Carolina College 3 5 0     3 5 0
Saint Paul's (VA) 3 5 0     3 5 0
Howard 2 4 0     3 4 0
North Carolina A&T 1 5 0     2 5 0
Lincoln 0 2 0     0 4 1
Shaw 0 4 0     0 4 2
Johnson C. Smith 0 4 0     1 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Dixie Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Mercer $ 3 0 0     7 2 0
Birmingham–Southern 5 1 0     5 3 0
Centre 2 1 0     6 3 0
Mississippi College 2 1 0     3 4 1
Southwestern (TN) 2 2 0     4 6 0
Millsaps 2 3 0     4 5 0
Chattanooga 2 3 0     3 6 0
Howard (AL) 2 4 0     3 7 0
Spring Hill 0 5 0     0 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
San Jose State + 3 0 2     7 0 2
Nevada + 2 0 1     3 3 2
Chico State 2 1 0     3 5 0
Pacific (CA) 2 2 0     4 4 0
Cal Aggies 1 4 0     1 8 1
Fresno State 0 3 1     3 5 2
  • + – Conference co-champions
1932 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois Wesleyan + 6 0 0     6 2 0
McKendree + 5 0 0     9 1 0
Augustana (IL) 5 0 1     6 0 2
Illinois State 6 2 0     7 2 0
Bradley 3 1 1     3 3 2
Western Illinois 4 2 1     4 2 1
St. Viator 2 1 0     3 4 1
Shurtleff 5 3 0     6 3 0
Millikin 3 2 0     5 2 1
Illinois College 3 3 0     3 4 0
Northern Illinois State 2 2 1     4 2 1
Monmouth (IL) 2 2 1     4 3 2
Lake Forest 2 2 0     4 3 1
North Central 2 4 0     4 5 0
Eureka 1 3 1     1 4 1
Wheaton (IL) 1 3 0     4 3 0
Southern Illinois 1 4 1     2 5 3
Carthage 0 4 3     1 4 4
Knox (IL) 0 4 0     0 8 0
Elmhurst 0 5 0     0 6 0
Eastern Illinois 0 6 0     1 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1932 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Manchester 4 0 0     6 1 0
Valparaiso 3 0 0     7 0 0
Wabash 4 0 2     4 2 2
DePauw 3 1 1     3 4 1
Butler 2 1 0     2 4 1
Franklin (IN) 4 2 1     4 3 1
Hanover 3 2 1     4 3 1
Rose Poly 3 3 0     5 3 0
Ball State 4 4 0     4 4 0
Evansville 2 2 1     2 4 1
Indiana State 3 4 0     3 5 0
Central Normal 1 6 0     1 7 0
Earlham 0 5 0     1 5 0
Oakland City 0 6 0     1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ottawa $ 4 0 0     7 1 0
Kansas Wesleyan 3 1 0     5 3 0
Baker 2 2 0     4 4 1
Bethany (KS) 1 3 0     1 6 0
McPherson 0 4 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
North Texas State $ 5 0 0     8 1 1
Southwest Texas State 3 1 0     5 3 0
Trinity (TX) 2 1 1     5 2 1
East Texas State 2 2 1     3 4 1
Sam Houston State 1 4 0     2 6 1
Stephen F. Austin 0 5 0     2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Hillsdale $ 4 0 0     7 1 0
Albion 2 1 1     4 2 1
Hope 1 1 2     4 2 2
Kalamazoo 1 2 1     4 3 1
Alma 0 4 0     1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1933 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Saint John's (MN) $ 4 0 1     6 0 1
Gustavus Adolphus 3 1 1     3 1 1
St. Thomas (MN) 3 1 0     5 2 1
Concordia (MN) 1 1 3     2 2 3
St. Olaf 2 2 0     2 5 0
Hamline 2 3 0     3 3 0
Macalester 1 3 1     1 4 1
Augsburg 0 5 0     0 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Missouri Valley $ 4 0 0     6 1 1
Missouri Mines 1 0 0     4 3 1
Central Methodist 3 2 0     5 3 0
Tarkio 1 2 0     3 5 0
Drury 1 3 0     1 5 0
William Jewell 1 3 0     1 6 0
Culver–Stockton 0 1 0     4 3 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Kirksville State $ 4 0 0     8 0 0
SW Missouri State 2 1 1     3 2 2
NW Missouri State 2 2 0     4 4 1
Central Missouri State 1 2 1     4 3 1
SE Missouri State 0 4 0     2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Nebraska College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Hastings + 4 0 1     5 2 1
Nebraska Wesleyan + 4 0 1     4 3 1
Midland 2 3 0     4 4 0
Cotner 2 3 0     4 5 0
Doane 1 3 1     3 4 1
York (NE) 0 4 1     1 5 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1932 Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Peru State $ 3 0 0     6 2 0
Omaha 2 0 1     5 2 1
Chadron State 2 2 0     4 4 0
Wayne State (NE) 0 2 2     4 4 2
Kearney State 0 3 1     2 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 New England Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Maine $ 2 0 1     5 1 1
New Hampshire 1 0 1     3 4 1
Rhode Island State 0 1 1     2 5 1
Connecticut 0 2 1     0 6 2
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 North Central Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
North Dakota Agricultural $ 4 0 0     7 2 0
North Dakota 2 1 0     7 1 0
South Dakota 1 1 1     4 5 1
South Dakota State 1 2 1     2 5 1
Morningside 0 4 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 North State Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Catawba $ 4 0 0     6 2 1
Lenoir–Rhyne * 4 1 0     5 4 1
Guilford 2 2 0     3 7 0
High Point 2 3 0     2 6 0
Appalachian State * 0 3 0     4 5 1
Elon 0 3 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * — Appalachian State forfeited a win over Lenoir–Rhyne due to an ineligible player.
1932 Northwest Ohio League football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Bluffton $ 2 0 1     3 2 2
Defiance 2 1 0     3 5 0
Findlay 1 1 1     3 2 2
Wilmington (OH) 0 3 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Case $ 6 0 0     7 2 0
Heidelberg 6 1 0     6 1 1
Baldwin–Wallace 5 1 1     6 1 1
Ohio Northern 3 1 0     4 2 1
Toledo 3 1 0     3 4 0
Wooster 4 1 2     5 1 2
Muskingum 3 1 1     4 3 1
Otterbein 4 2 2     4 2 2
Marietta 3 2 1     3 2 2
John Carroll 3 2 1     5 4 1
Dayton 1 1 0     9 2 0
Kenyon 2 2 0     2 3 1
Akron 1 4 3     2 4 3
Capital 1 4 2     1 4 2
Oberlin 1 3 0     2 6 0
Ashland 1 5 1     2 5 1
Hiram 1 6 0     1 6 1
Kent State 0 5 2     0 5 2
Mount Union 1 6 0     1 8 0
Xavier 0 1 0     3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central State (OK) + 4 1 0     6 3 1
SW Oklahoma State + 4 1 0     6 3 0
SE Oklahoma State 2 1 1     5 4 1
East Central 2 2 1     4 3 2
NW Oklahoma State 1 3 0     2 7 0
Northeastern State 0 5 0     1 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1932 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Carson–Newman $ 3 0 0     5 2 1
King 4 1 0     5 2 1
Tusculum 3 2 0     5 2 0
Maryville 1 2 0     4 5 0
East Tennessee Teachers 0 2 0     3 3 1
Milligan 0 4 0     0 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Augustana (SD) + 5 0 0     6 1 0
Spearfish + 3 0 1     7 0 1
Northern State 3 1 0     5 3 0
Yankton 3 1 2     4 2 2
Southern Normal 2 1 2     4 1 2
Dakota Wesleyan 2 3 0     3 5 0
Sioux Falls 1 3 0     2 5 0
South Dakota Mines 1 3 0     1 6 0
Eastern Normal 0 4 0     1 4 0
Huron 0 4 1     0 4 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • Spearfish and South Dakota Mines played twice. The second game was not counted in the conference stnadings.
1932 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Whittier $ 5 1 0     10 1 0
Redlands 5 2 0     7 2 0
La Verne 5 2 0     6 2 0
Occidental 4 2 1     4 4 1
Pomona 2 4 0     2 4 0
San Diego State 2 4 1     3 5 1
Caltech 2 5 0     2 7 0
Santa Barbara State 1 6 0     1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wiley $ 5 0 0     9 0 0
Prairie View State 2 2 1     6 3 2
Texas College ? ? ?     5 2 1
Bishop ? ? ?     ? ? ?
Langston ? ? ?     ? ? ?
Samuel Huston ? ? ?     ? ? ?
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Texas Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Howard Payne $ 4 0 0     7 1 0
Southwestern (TX) 3 1 0     3 3 3
Simmons (TX) 1 2 1     4 5 1
St. Edward's 1 2 1     3 5 2
Austin 0 4 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas A&I $ 3 0 0     6 2 0
West Texas State 3 0 1     4 2 2
Sul Ross 3 0 1     ? ? ?
McMurry 2 3 0     2 4 2
Abilene Christian 1 4 0     2 6 1
Daniel Baker 0 5 0     2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1932 Tri-State Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Waynesburg $ 4 0 0     8 1 0
Geneva 3 1 0     7 3 0
Westminster (PA) 2 2 0     4 6 0
Grove City 2 3 0     3 5 1
Thiel 1 3 0     3 6 0
Bethany (WV) 0 3 0     0 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion

Dickinson System

The AP sportswriters' poll would not begin continuously until 1936.[4] (although, the first time was a one instance publishing in 1934[5]) Frank G. Dickinson, an economics professor at the University of Illinois, had invented the Dickinson System to rank colleges based upon their records and the strength of their opposition. The system was originally designed to rank teams in the Big Nine (later the Big Ten) conference. Chicago clothing manufacturer Jack Rissman then persuaded Dickinson to rank the nation's teams under the system, and awarded the Rissman Trophy to the winning university .[6]

The system awarded 30 points for a win over a "strong team", and 20 for a win over a "weak team". Losses were awarded points (15 for loss to a strong team, 10 for loss to a weak team). Ties were treated as half a win and half a loss (22.5 for a tie with a strong team, 15 for a tie with a weak team). An average was then derived by dividing the points by games played.[7]

In addition, Professor Dickinson announced in 1932 that "differential points" would be factored in for an "intersectional game", with ratings of 0.00 for East schools, higher points for "Middlewest" (+4.77) and Southwest (+1.36), negatives for the South (-2.59), the Big Six (-2.60) and the Pacific Coast (-2.71).

[8]

Final Dickinson rankings

Michigan and USC were both unbeaten and untied, but as a "Middlewest" team, Michigan had a higher average rating. The higher weight put four Big Ten Conference teams in Dickinson's top 11: Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

In 1932, the national championship trophy was presented to the winning school by the Four Horsemen of the 1924 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team: Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Don Miller, and Elmer Layden.[8]

Rank Team Record Rating
1 Michigan 8–0 28.47
2 USC 9–0 26.81
3 Pittsburgh 8–0–2 26.49
4 Purdue 7–0–1 26.33
5 Colgate 9–0 25.00
6 Ohio State 4–1–3 23.60
7 Notre Dame 7–2 20.44
8 Army 8–2 20.00
9 Tennessee 9–0–1 19.16
10 TCU 9–0–1 19.12
11 Wisconsin 6–1–1 18.80

See also

References

  1. ^ "Los Angeles Sees Maroon Due for Bid To Meet U.S.C.," Syracuse Herald, Nov. 27, 1932, p9
  2. ^ "Pitt is Swamped in 35–0 Landslide," Charleston Daily Mail, Jan. 3, 1933, p9
  3. ^ "1932 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLD. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-01-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-12-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Herschel Nissenson Tales From College Football's Sidelines (Sports Publishing LLC, 2001), p93.
  7. ^ "The Dickinson system awards 30 points for a victory over a strong team, and 20 for victory over a weak team. Defeats count half as much as victories, and ties are consideredas games half won and half lost. Dividing this total by the number of games played gives the final rating, "ILLINOIS BEST FOOTBALL TEAM OF YEAR," The Syracuse Herald, Dec. 4, 1927, p23
  8. ^ a b "Rockne Grid Trophy Given To Michigan," Syracuse Herald, December 11, 1932, p8