|1945 Army Cadets football|
AP Poll national champion
|Home stadium||Michie Stadium|
|1945 Eastern college football independents records|
|No. 1 Army||–||9||–||0||–||0|
|Franklin & Marshall||–||4||–||0||–||1|
|No. 20 Columbia||–||8||–||1||–||0|
|No. 16 Holy Cross||–||8||–||2||–||0|
|No. 8 Penn||–||6||–||2||–||0|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The 1945 Army Cadets football team was an American football powerhouse that represented the United States Military Academy as an independent and considered to be among the greatest in collegiate history.
In their fifth season under head coach Earl "Red" Blaik, the Cadets compiled a 9–0 record, shut out five of nine opponents (including a 48–0 victory over No. 2 Notre Dame and a 61–0 victory over No. 6 Penn), and outscored all opponents by a total of 412 to 46. Army's 1945 season was part of a 32-game undefeated streak that included the entire 1944, 1945, and 1946 seasons.
In the final AP Poll released on December 2, Army was ranked No. 1 nationally with 1,160 points, more than 200 points ahead of No. 2 Navy. All seven other contemporary major selectors also recognized Army as the 1945 national champion, including the Boand System, Dunkel System, DeVold System, Houlgate System, Litkenhous, Poling System, and Williamson System. Army also garnered six retrospective selections by later major selectors (two also selected a co-champion): Berryman (QPRS), Billingsley Report, College Football Researchers Association, Helms Athletic Foundation, National Championship Foundation, and Sagarin Ratings. Army also won the Lambert Trophy as the best football team in the east.
The team led the nation with an average of 462.7 yards of total offense per game, including 359.8 rushing yards per game. The offense was led by backs Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. Blanchard scored 114 points in 1945 and received both the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award as the best player in college football. Davis rushed for 944 yards and led the nation with an average of 11.51 rushing yards per carry.
Four Army players were consensus first-team picks on the 1945 All-America college football team: Blanchard; Davis; tackle Tex Coulter; and guard John Green. In a departure from normal practice, the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) named all eleven Army starters as its All-American team for 1945. Other notable players included quarterback Arnold Tucker (NEA) and end Hank Foldberg.
The undefeated 1946 Army team was one of the strongest of all time, as during World War II, loose player transfer rules allowed service academies to assemble many of the nation's best players.
|September 29||Army Air Force Personnel Distribution Command (Louisville)||W 32–0||9,000|||
|October 6||Wake Forest||W 54–0||10,000|||
|October 13||vs. No. 9 Michigan||No. 1||W 28–7||70,000|||
|October 20||Melville PT Raiders||No. 1||W 55–13|||
|October 27||vs. No. 19 Duke||No. 1||W 48–13||42,287|||
|November 3||Villanova||No. 1||W 54–0||12,000|||
|November 10||vs. No. 2 Notre Dame||No. 1||W 48–0||74,621|||
|November 17||at No. 6 Penn||No. 1||W 61–0||73,000|||
|December 1||vs. No. 2 Navy||No. 1||W 32–13||102,000|||
World War II gave the service academies competitive edges, and the Cadets took maximum advantage, producing perhaps the most dominant season of college football possible.