The 1947 college football season finished with Notre Dame, Michigan, and Penn State all unbeaten and untied, but the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame were the first place choice for 107 of the 142 voters in the final AP Poll in early December, and repeated as national champions.[2] Michigan was selected for the top spot by six contemporary math systems.[3]

Second-ranked Michigan met #8 USC in the Rose Bowl and won 49–0, while fourth-ranked Penn State was tied 13–13 by #3 SMU in the Cotton Bowl; Notre Dame didn't participate in the postseason for over four decades (until the 1969 season). An unofficial post-bowl AP poll was conducted with Michigan and Notre Dame as the only options, and Michigan won by a vote of 226 to 119.[4]

During the 20th century, the NCAA had no playoff for the college football teams that would later be described as "Division I-A". The NCAA did recognize a national champion based upon the final results of the Associated Press poll of sportswriters (the United Press Coaches Poll started in 1950). The extent of that recognition came in the form of acknowledgment in the annual NCAA Football Guide of the "unofficial" national champions.[5]

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School 1946 Conference 1947 Conference
Butler Bulldogs Indiana Intercollegiate Conference MAC
Cincinnati Bearcats Independent MAC
Connecticut Huskies New England Yankee
Maine Black Bears New England Yankee
Massachusetts Redmen Independent Yankee
New Hampshire Wildcats New England Yankee
Ohio Bobcats Independent MAC
Rhode Island State Rams New England Yankee
Vermont Catamounts Independent Yankee
Western Reserve Red Cats Independent MAC

September

The Associated Press did not poll the writers until after the games of October 4. Among the five teams that had been ranked highest in 1946 (Notre Dame, Army, Georgia, UCLA and Illinois), Georgia opened on September 20 with a 34–7 win over Southern Mississippi and UCLA hosted Iowa the following Friday and won 22–7. The next day, September 27, Army beat Villanova 13–0, Illinois beat Pittsburgh 14–0, and Georgia beat Tennessee 27–0.

October

On October 4 Notre Dame won at Pittsburgh 40–6. Army shut out visiting Colorado 47–0. Georgia beat Tulane in New Orleans, 20–0. UCLA lost at Northwestern 27–26. Illinois won at Iowa 35–12. When the first poll came out that Monday, Notre Dame was the favorite of a bare majority (52 of 103) of the voters, followed by No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Georgia Tech and No. 5 Army. Illinois was ranked 6th, Penn 7th, California 8th, Georgia 9th, and Vanderbilt 10th.

On October 11 No. 1 Notre Dame won at Purdue, 22–7. No. 2 Michigan beat Pittsburgh, 69–0. In Dallas, No. 3 Texas beat No. 15 Oklahoma 34–14. No. 4 Georgia Tech beat VMI, 20–0, for its third shutout in three starts. No. 5 Army and No. 6 Illinois met at Yankee Stadium in New York, and played to a 0–0 tie. In the next poll, Michigan and Notre Dame switched places at No. 1 and No. 2, while Texas stayed at No. 3. California, which won at Wisconsin 48–7, rose from eighth to fourth, with Georgia Tech falling to No. 5.

October 18 No. 1 Michigan won at Northwestern, 49–21. No. 2 Notre Dame shut out visiting Nebraska, 31–0. No. 3 Texas met Arkansas at a neutral location in Memphis, Tennessee, and won 21–6. No. 4 California beat Washington State, 21–6. No. 5 Georgia Tech defeated Auburn 27–7 to stay unbeaten, but was voted out of the Top Five. No. 6 Illinois, which beat No. 13 Minnesota 40–13, rose to fifth.

October 25 No. 1 Michigan stayed unbeaten, with a 13–6 win over Minnesota, as did No. 2 Notre Dame, which defeated Iowa, 21–0. No. 3 Texas beat Rice, 12–0. No. 4 California lost to No. 10 USC, 39–14. No. 5 Illinois lost at Purdue, 14–7. No. 8 Penn beat Navy, 21–0. The Irish rose to No. 1 in the next poll, with a 78–69 lead in votes over No. 2 Michigan. They were followed by No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Penn, and No. 5 USC.

November

November 1 No. 1 Notre Dame and Navy met in Cleveland, with the Fighting Irish registering their third straight shutout, 27–0. No. 2 Michigan won at No. 11 Illinois, 14–7. In Dallas, No. 3 Texas (6–0–0) faced unbeaten (5–0–0) No. 8 Southern Methodist University, and the SMU Mustangs won 14–13. No. 4 Pennsylvania won at Princeton, 26–7, to stay unbeaten. In Seattle, No. 5 USC beat Washington 19–0. SMU and Texas exchanged places at No. 3 and No. 8, with the other top teams remaining the same.

November 8 No. 1 Notre Dame hosted No. 9 Army and won 27–7. No. 2 Michigan beat Indiana 35–0. No. 3 SMU won at Texas A&M, 13–0. No. 4 Pennsylvania beat No. 10 Virginia, 19–7, and moved up to No. 3 with SMU down to fourth. No. 5 USC beat Stanford, 14–0.

November 15 No. 1 Notre Dame had more points scored against it than at any other time in the season, but won at unranked Northwestern, 26–19. Meanwhile, No. 2 Michigan faced No. 9 Wisconsin in Madison and won 40–6, raising it back up to first place in the next poll. No. 3 Pennsylvania and No. 13 Army played to a 7–7 tie in Philadelphia. No. 4 SMU stayed unbeaten with a 14–6 win over Arkansas. No. 5 USC was idle. The next poll featured No. 1 Michigan, No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 SMU, No. 4 USC, and Penn State (which had just beaten Navy 20-7) at No. 5.

November 22 No. 1 Michigan closed its season at 9–0–0 with a 21–0 win over Ohio State, and accepted an invitation to meet No. 4 USC (which beat No. 18 UCLA 6–0) in the Rose Bowl. Meanwhile, No. 3 SMU won 10–0 at Baylor, and No. 5 Penn State won at Pitt, 29–0. Both unbeaten, they accepted invitations to the Cotton Bowl Classic. No. 2 Notre Dame thrashed Tulane, 59–6 and yet again switched places with Michigan in the rankings. The Irish were restored to the top spot by the AP voters, with 97 first place votes to Michigan's 81.

November 29 No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 USC, and No. 5 Penn State were idle. No. 3 SMU was tied in a game at TCU, 19–19, and fell to fourth with USC moving up to No. 3.

December 6 No. 1 Notre Dame (8–0–0) and No. 3 USC (7–0–1) met in Los Angeles, with the Irish cementing their hold on the No. 1 ranking, 38–7. No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 SMU and No. 5 Penn State had completed their seasons. The final AP poll featured No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 SMU, No. 4 Penn State, and No. 5 Texas as the top teams.

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1947 Big Nine Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Michigan $ 6 0 0 10 0 0
Wisconsin 3 2 1 5 3 1
Minnesota 3 3 0 6 3 0
Illinois 3 3 0 5 3 1
Purdue 3 3 0 5 4 0
Indiana 2 3 1 5 3 1
Iowa 2 3 1 3 5 1
Northwestern 2 4 0 3 6 0
Ohio State 1 4 1 2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 12 Kansas + 4 0 1 8 1 2
No. 16 Oklahoma + 4 0 1 7 2 1
Missouri 3 2 0 6 4 0
Nebraska 2 3 0 2 7 0
Iowa State 1 4 0 3 6 0
Kansas State 0 5 0 0 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Border Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Texas Tech $ 4 0 0 6 5 0
Hardin–Simmons 5 1 0 8 3 0
West Texas State 5 2 0 7 4 0
Arizona 3 2 0 5 4 1
Texas Mines 3 3 1 5 3 1
Arizona State 3 4 0 4 7 0
New Mexico 1 5 1 4 5 1
New Mexico A&M 1 4 0 3 6 0
Arizona State–Flagstaff 0 4 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Rutgers $ 2 0 0 8 1 0
Lafayette 1 1 0 6 3 0
Lehigh 0 2 0 5 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Tulsa $ 3 0 0 5 5 0
Wichita 2 1 0 7 4 0
Saint Louis 1 1 0 4 6 0
Drake 1 3 0 1 7 1
Oklahoma A&M 0 2 0 3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Mountain States Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Utah $ 6 0 0 8 1 1
Denver 3 2 1 5 4 1
Utah State 3 3 0 6 5 0
Colorado 3 3 0 4 5 0
Colorado A&M 2 3 1 5 4 1
Wyoming 2 4 0 4 5 0
BYU 1 5 0 3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 8 USC $ 6 0 0 7 2 1
No. 15 California 5 1 0 9 1 0
Oregon 5 1 0 7 3 0
UCLA 4 2 0 5 4 0
Montana 2 1 0 7 4 0
Oregon State 3 4 0 5 5 0
Washington 2 5 0 3 6 0
Washington State 2 5 0 3 7 0
Idaho 1 4 0 4 4 0
Stanford 0 7 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Montana State $ 1 0 0 4 5 0
Colorado College 2 1 0 4 5 0
Colorado State–Greeley 2 1 1 4 4 1
Colorado Mines 1 2 0 1 7 0
Western State (CO) 0 2 1 1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 13 Ole Miss $ 6 1 0 9 2 0
No. 10 Georgia Tech 4 1 0 10 1 0
No. 6 Alabama 5 2 0 8 3 0
Mississippi State 2 2 0 7 3 0
Georgia 3 3 0 7 4 1
Vanderbilt 3 3 0 6 4 0
Tulane 2 3 2 2 5 2
LSU 2 3 1 5 3 1
Kentucky 2 3 0 8 3 0
Tennessee 2 3 0 5 5 0
Auburn 1 5 0 2 7 0
Florida 0 3 1 4 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 14 William & Mary $ 7 1 0 9 2 0
No. 9 North Carolina 4 1 0 8 2 0
South Carolina 4 1 1 6 2 1
No. 19 Duke 3 1 1 4 3 2
Washington and Lee 3 2 0 5 5 0
Maryland 3 2 1 7 2 2
No. 17 NC State 3 2 1 5 3 1
VPI 4 3 0 4 5 0
Davidson 3 3 1 6 3 1
Wake Forest 3 4 0 6 4 0
VMI 2 3 1 3 5 1
Clemson 1 3 0 4 5 0
The Citadel 1 4 0 3 5 0
Furman 1 4 0 2 7 0
Richmond 1 5 0 3 7 0
George Washington 0 4 0 1 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 SMU $ 5 0 1 9 0 2
No. 5 Texas 5 1 0 10 1 0
No. 18 Rice 4 2 0 6 3 1
TCU 2 3 1 4 5 2
Arkansas 1 4 1 6 4 1
Texas A&M 1 4 1 3 6 1
Baylor 1 5 0 5 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Independents

1947 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Penn State     9 0 1
No. 7 Penn     7 0 1
Muhlenberg     9 1 0
Buffalo     8 1 0
No. 20 Columbia     7 2 0
No. 11 Army     5 2 2
Yale     6 3 0
Villanova     6 3 1
Boston University     5 3 0
Hofstra     5 3 0
Princeton     5 3 0
Tufts     5 3 0
Franklin & Marshall     4 3 1
Boston College     5 4 0
Brown     4 4 1
Dartmouth     4 4 1
Holy Cross     4 4 2
Springfield     4 4 0
Harvard     4 5 0
Cornell     4 5 0
Syracuse     3 6 0
CCNY     2 5 1
NYU     2 5 1
Colgate     1 5 2
Temple     2 6 0
Bucknell     2 7 0
Duquesne     2 8 0
Fordham     1 6 1
Merchant Marine     2 9 0
Pittsburgh     1 8 0
Carnegie Tech     0 6 0
Drexel     0 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Notre Dame     9 0 0
Youngstown     8 2 0
Michigan State     7 2 0
Ball State     5 1 2
Ohio Wesleyan     6 2 1
Wayne     5 2 0
Dayton     6 3 0
Washington University     5 3 0
Detroit     6 4 0
Bowling Green     5 5 0
Xavier     4 4 1
Marquette     4 5 0
Central Michigan     2 5 1
Valparaiso     2 5 1
Michigan State Normal     1 6 0
Rankings from AP Poll
1947 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Princess Anne     8 0 0
Grambling     11 2 0
Sewanee     6 1 1
Memphis State     6 2 1
Marshall     9 3 0
Mississippi Southern     7 3 0
Oklahoma City     7 3 0
Virginia     7 3 0
West Virginia     6 4 0
Catholic University     3 3 0
Delaware     4 4 0
Georgetown     3 4 1
Chattanooga     4 6 0
Tennessee Tech     4 7 0
Miami (FL)     2 7 0
Navy     1 7 1
CCUNC     1 3 0
Florida State     0 5 0
1947 Western college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pepperdine     9 0 0
Hawaii     8 5 0
Nevada     7 2 0
San Francisco     7 3 0
Cal Poly San Dimas     4 4 1
Santa Clara     4 4 0
La Verne     3 4 0
Idaho State     3 5 1
Loyola (CA)     3 7 0
Saint Mary's     3 7 0
Portland     1 7 0

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
California Collegiate Athletic Association Pacific (CA) 5–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Shaw 6–0
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Kansas State Teachers 4–0–1
College Conference of Illinois North Central (IL) 5–1
Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference Buena Vista
Westmar
3–1–1
Far Western Conference Northern Branch College of Agriculture
Southern Oregon College
3–1
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Butler 4–0–1
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Upper Iowa 5–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Ottawa (KS) 6–0
Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference Louisiana Tech 5–0
Lone Star Conference North Texas State Teachers 6–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Kalamazoo
Hillsdale
3–0–2
Mid-American Conference Cincinnati 3–1
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Lawrence 5–1
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Macalester
Saint Thomas (MN)
4–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Missouri School of Mines 4–1
Nebraska College Conference Chadron State
Nebraska Wesleyan
5–1–1
New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference Sul Ross State College 5–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Iowa State Teachers (Northern Iowa)
South Dakota
4–0
North Dakota College Athletic Conference Valley City State 6–1
Ohio Athletic Conference Denison 5–0
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Southeastern State College (OK) 5–0
Pacific Northwest Conference Willamette 6–0
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Lock Haven State Teachers
Mansfield State Teachers
5–1–1
4–1–1
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Montana State College 1–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Northern State Teachers (SD) 2–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Redlands 4–0
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M College 5–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Southern 7–0
State Teacher's College Conference of Minnesota Bemidji State Teachers
Moorhead State Teachers
Winona State Teachers
3–1
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Hardin–Simmons
McMurry (TX)
4–1
Washington Intercollegiate Conference Eastern Washington College
Pacific Lutheran
4–1
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference North: River Falls State Teachers
South: Milwaukee State Teachers
4–0
4–0

Minor conference standings

1947 Badger State Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Mission House + 3 1 0 6 2 0
Northwestern (WI) + 3 1 0 5 3 0
Milton 2 2 0 2 6 0
Wisconsin Tech 1 3 0 ? ? ?
Wisconsin–Extension 1 3 0 2 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • Northwestern forfeited to Wisconsin Tech.
1947 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pacific (CA) $ 5 0 0 10 1 0
San Jose State 3 2 0 9 3 0
Fresno State 2 1 2 3 6 2
San Diego State 2 2 1 7 3 1
Santa Barbara 1 3 1 4 3 1
Cal Poly 0 5 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Emporia State $ 4 0 1 7 1 1
Washburn 4 1 0 7 1 0
Southwestern (KS) 2 2 1 6 2 1
Fort Hays State 2 2 1 5 3 1
Pittsburg State 1 3 1 2 7 1
St. Benedict's 0 5 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 College Conference of Illinois football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
North Central (IL) $ 5 1 0 7 2 0
Wheaton (IL) 4 1 0 7 1 1
Augustana (IL) 3 1 1 4 2 2
Carthage 3 2 0 5 2 1
Lake Forest 2 2 1 3 4 1
Millikin 2 2 1 3 4 1
Illinois Wesleyan 2 2 1 3 5 1
Elmhurst 0 5 0 1 8 0
Illinois College 0 5 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 5 Shaw $ 6 0 0 10 0 0
No. 7 Virginia State 7 1 0 9 1 0
No. 4 Hampton 5 1 1 7 2 1
No. 11 Howard 6 2 1 6 2 1
No. 9 Morgan State 5 2 1 5 2 1
No. 14 West Virginia State 4 1 1 6 3 1
No. 19 Lincoln (PA) 3 3 1 5 4 1
Delaware State 4 3 0 4 4 0
Virginia Union 3 5 0 4 5 0
Winston-Salem State 3 3 0 6 3 0
North Carolina A&T 1 5 1 1 5 1
North Carolina College 2 6 0 2 7 0
Bluefield State 1 5 0 3 6 0
Saint Paul's (VA) 0 5 1 0 5 1
Johnson C. Smith 0 2 1 1 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from the Pittsburgh Courier using the Dickinson Ratings System.[6]
1947 Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Western Union + 3 1 1 3 2 2
Buena Vista + 3 1 1 3 5 1
Huron 3 2 0 4 3 0
Dakota Wesleyan 2 2 1 3 4 1
Yankton 1 2 2 1 4 2
Sioux Falls 0 4 1 2 5 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1947 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southern Oregon + 3 1 0 7 3 0
Cal Aggies + 3 1 0 4 5 0
Humboldt State 2 2 0 5 4 0
Chico State 1 3 0 4 5 0
San Francisco State 1 3 0 2 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1947 Hoosier Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Indiana Central $ 6 1 0 7 1 0
Hanover 5 1 0 7 1 0
Franklin (IN) 5 1 0 6 2 0
Manchester (IN) 2 3 1 2 5 1
Earlham 2 3 0 3 5 0
Canterbury 1 4 0 1 6 1
Anderson (IN) 0 4 1 1 5 2
Rose Poly 0 4 0 0 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southern Illinois $ 3 0 1 7 2 1
Northern Illinois State 2 1 1 4 3 3
Illinois State Normal 1 1 2 4 3 2
Eastern Illinois 2 2 0 2 6 0
Western Illinois 0 4 0 4 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Upper Iowa $ 5 0 0 6 1 0
Loras * 2 0 0 9 0 0
Western Union * 1 0 0 3 2 2
Central (IA) 5 0 1 7 1 1
Dubuque 4 1 0 5 2 0
Simpson 2 1 2 3 4 2
Iowa Wesleyan 3 2 1 5 3 1
Wartburg 3 2 1 4 3 1
Parsons 2 4 0 2 6 0
St. Ambrose * 0 1 0 5 3 0
Luther 0 5 1 1 7 1
Buena Vista 0 5 0 3 5 1
William Penn 0 6 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * – ineligible for conference title
1947 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ottawa $ 6 0 0 6 2 1
Baker 4 1 1 5 3 1
Bethany (KS) 4 2 0 4 5 0
Kansas Wesleyan 3 2 1 4 4 1
Bethel (KS) 1 4 1 2 5 1
College of Emporia 1 4 1 2 6 1
McPherson 0 6 0 1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Louisiana Tech $ 5 0 0 5 4 0
Southwestern Louisiana 4 1 0 6 2 0
Northwestern State 3 2 0 4 5 0
Southeastern Louisiana 2 3 0 3 5 1
Centenary 1 4 0 1 9 1
Louisiana College 0 4 0 1 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
North Texas State $ 6 0 0 10 2 0
East Texas State 4 2 0 8 2 0
Southwest Texas State 4 2 0 5 4 0
Trinity (TX) 3 2 1 5 3 2
Stephen F. Austin 2 3 1 3 6 1
Sam Houston State 1 5 0 3 6 0
Houston 0 6 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hillsdale + 3 0 2 7 0 2
Kalamazoo + 3 0 2 4 1 3
Hope 3 1 1 5 2 1
Alma 2 2 1 5 3 1
Adrian 1 4 0 3 5 0
Albion 0 5 0 0 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1947 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Cincinnati $ 3 1 0 7 3 0
Western Reserve 2 1 0 4 5 0
Butler 1 3 0 5 3 1
Ohio 1 3 0 3 5 1
Miami (OH) * 2 0 0 9 0 1
Western Michigan * 0 1 0 5 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * – Miami and Western Michigan were not eligible to compete for the MAC championship because they did not schedule a full slate of games against MAC opponents.
1947 Midwest Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Tennessee A&I $ 3 0 0 10 0 0
No. 12 Louisville Municipal 2 0 1 6 1 1
No. 2 Wilberforce State 3 1 0 11 1 0
No. 22 Kentucky State 3 3 0 4 6 0
No. 13 Lincoln (MO) 1 3 1 3 4 1
Wilberforce 0 2 0 0 6 1
Philander Smith 0 3 0 1 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from the Pittsburgh Courier using the Dickinson Ratings System.[7]
1947 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Macalester + 4 0 0 5 0 1
St. Thomas (MN) + 4 0 0 4 3 0
Gustavus Adolphus 4 1 0 7 1 1
St. Olaf 3 2 0 5 3 0
Saint John's (MN) 3 2 0 3 2 0
Hamline 2 3 0 3 5 0
Concordia (MN) 1 4 0 3 4 0
Saint Mary's (MN) 0 4 0 1 6 0
Augsburg 0 5 0 0 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1947 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Missouri Valley $ 4 0 0 12 0 0
Central (MO) 2 2 0 5 4 0
Culver–Stockton 2 2 0 4 4 0
William Jewell 2 2 0 3 6 1
Tarkio 0 4 0 3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Missouri Mines $ 4 1 0 4 3 0
SW Missouri State 3 1 1 7 2 1
NW Missouri State 2 1 2 5 2 2
Kirksville State 2 3 0 5 3 1
SE Missouri State 1 3 1 2 6 1
Central Missouri State 1 4 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Montana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Montana Normal $ 2 0 1 3 1 2
Eastern Montana 1 1 1 3 1 1
Carroll (MT) 1 2 0 2 4 0
Montana Mines 1 2 0 1 3 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Nebraska College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Chadron State + 5 1 1 7 1 1
Nebraska Wesleyan + 5 1 1 7 1 1
Hastings 5 2 1 6 2 1
Doane 4 2 1 6 2 1
Kearney State 4 3 1 6 3 1
Peru State 3 3 2 3 4 2
Midland 1 4 2 2 5 2
Wayne State (NE) 0 4 3 0 4 3
York (NE) 0 7 0 2 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1947 New Mexico Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Sul Ross $ 5 0 0 7 3 0
Adams State 5 1 0 6 3 0
New Mexico Military 4 2 0 6 4 0
Eastern New Mexico 3 3 0 5 4 0
Panhandle A&M 2 4 0 3 6 0
New Mexico Teachers 1 5 0 2 6 0
New Mexico Highlands 0 5 0 2 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
South Dakota + 4 0 0 7 2 0
Iowa State Teachers + 4 0 0 5 3 1
South Dakota State 3 1 0 4 5 0
North Dakota 2 2 0 4 4 0
Augustana (SD) 2 3 0 3 5 0
Morningside 0 4 0 4 4 0
North Dakota State 0 5 0 1 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1947 North State Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Catawba $ 6 0 0 11 1 0
Appalachian State 6 1 0 9 1 0
Lenoir–Rhyne 4 3 1 5 4 1
High Point 3 3 1 5 4 2
Guilford 2 3 0 4 6 0
Western Carolina 2 3 0 3 5 1
Elon 2 5 0 4 6 0
East Carolina 1 3 0 3 6 0
Atlantic Christian 0 5 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Willamette $ 6 0 0 7 2 0
Pacific (OR) 5 2 0 6 3 0
College of Idaho 4 2 0 7 2 0
Puget Sound 3 2 0 4 5 0
Linfield 3 3 1 5 4 1
Whitman 1 5 1 1 6 1
UBC 1 6 0 1 7 0
Lewis & Clark 0 3 2 2 3 3
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Denison $ 6 0 0 9 0 0
Findlay 4 0 0 9 1 0
Heidelberg 6 1 0 7 1 0
John Carroll 5 1 0 6 3 0
Toledo 3 1 0 9 2 0
Kent State 3 1 0 4 4 0
Baldwin–Wallace 4 2 0 5 4 0
Ohio Wesleyan 4 2 0 6 2 1
Wittenberg 4 4 0 4 5 0
Muskingum 3 3 0 5 3 0
Kenyon 1 1 0 3 4 0
Wooster 4 5 0 4 5 0
Mount Union 3 4 0 5 4 0
Ohio Northern 2 4 0 2 5 1
Oberlin 1 2 0 3 4 1
Wilmington (OH) 1 2 0 2 6 0
Akron 2 5 0 2 6 0
Ashland 1 3 0 3 5 0
Marietta 1 3 0 2 5 0
Otterbein 1 4 0 2 6 1
Capital 1 6 0 2 6 1
Case 0 5 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
SE Oklahoma State $ 5 0 0 7 1 1
Central State (OK) 3 1 1 7 1 1
Northeastern State 3 2 0 5 5 0
SW Oklahoma State 2 2 1 4 3 1
East Central 0 4 1 4 5 1
NW Oklahoma State 0 4 1 0 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Carson–Newman $ 3 0 0 8 1 2
Milligan 2 1 0 5 4 1
Emory and Henry 1 2 0 2 8 1
Tusculum 0 3 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
South Dakota Mines $ 3 1 0 4 2 2
Northern State 2 1 0 6 3 0
Black Hills 1 1 1 3 4 2
General Beadle 1 2 0 2 5 0
Southern State 0 2 1 0 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Redlands $ 4 0 0 6 3 0
Occidental 2 1 1 4 3 1
Pomona 1 2 1 3 3 1
Whittier 1 2 1 2 6 1
Caltech 0 3 1 1 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Florida A&M $ 5 0 0 9 1 0
No. 10 South Carolina State 5 0 2 7 1 2
No. 15 Fort Valley State 4 0 1 7 1 1
No. 3 (small) LeMoyne 2 1 0 4 1 1
Tuskegee 3 2 1 6 4 1
No. 21 Clark (GA) 3 2 1 4 3 1
No. 18 Lane 2 2 0 6 5 0
Morehouse 3 4 0 3 5 0
Morris Brown 2 4 1 3 7 1
Knoxville 1 2 1 - - -
Alabama State 2 5 2 - - -
Fisk 1 3 1 - - -
No. 7 (small) Alabama A&M 1 4 1 3 3 1
Xavier (LA) 0 2 1 - - -
Benedict 0 3 2 - - -
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from the Pittsburgh Courier using the Dickinson Ratings System.[8]
1947 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 8 Southern $ 7 0 0 10 2 0
No. 17 Prairie View A&M 5 2 0 6 6 0
No. 16 Texas College 3 1 1 5 2 3
Bishop 3 2 2 3 4 3
No. 20 Wiley 3 3 1 4 3 2
Langston 2 4 1 2 7 1
Samuel Huston 1 6 0 3 9 0
Arkansas AM&N 0 6 1 2 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from the Pittsburgh Courier using the Dickinson Ratings System.[9]
1947 Texas Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
McMurry + 4 1 0 7 3 1
Hardin + 4 1 0 7 4 0
Abilene Christian 3 2 0 6 3 0
Howard Payne 2 3 0 4 6 0
Austin 2 3 0 2 6 1
Southwestern (TX) 0 5 0 3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1947 Volunteer State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Middle Tennessee $ 5 0 0 9 1 0
Tennessee Tech 1 1 0 4 7 0
Union (TN) 1 1 0 5 5 0
Cumberland (TN) 0 2 1 5 5 1
Austin Peay 0 2 1 3 6 1
Milligan 0 1 0 5 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1947 Washington Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pacific Lutheran + 4 0 1 7 0 2
Eastern Washington + 4 0 1 6 1 1
Western Washington 3 2 0 5 3 0
Central Washington 2 3 0 3 4 0
Saint Martin's 1 4 0 3 6 0
Whitworth 0 5 0 3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1947 Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern Division
River Falls State x 4 0 0 7 1 0
Superior State 3 1 0 6 1 0
La Crosse State 2 2 0 3 4 0
Stout State 1 3 0 1 5 2
Eau Claire State 0 4 0 2 6 0
Southern Division
Milwaukee x 4 0 0 6 2 0
Stevens Point State 2 2 0 2 5 0
Whitewater State 1 2 1 2 3 1
Platteville State 1 2 1 1 2 2
Oshkosh State 1 3 0 3 4 0
  • x – Division champion/co-champions

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1947 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
New Hampshire $ 4 0 0 8 1 0
Maine 2 1 0 6 1 0
Connecticut 1 2 0 2 4 0
Rhode Island State 1 3 0 3 4 0
Massachusetts 0 1 1 3 4 1
Vermont 0 1 1 3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion

Rankings

Main article: 1947 NCAA football rankings

Bowl games

Bowl game Winning team Losing team
Rose Bowl No. 2 Michigan 49 No. 8 USC 0
Sugar Bowl No. 5 Texas 27 No. 6 Alabama 7
Orange Bowl No. 10 Georgia Tech 20 No. 12 Kansas 14
Cotton Bowl Classic No. 3 SMU 13 No. 4 Penn State 13
Sun Bowl Miami (OH) 13 Texas Tech 12
Gator Bowl Georgia 20 Maryland 20
Tangerine Bowl Catawba 7 Marshall 0
Dixie Bowl Arkansas 21 No. 14 William & Mary 19
Raisin Bowl Pacific (CA) 26 Wichita 14
Harbor Bowl Hardin–Simmons 53 San Diego State 0
Salad Bowl Nevada 13 North Texas State 6
Delta Bowl No. 13 Ole Miss 13 TCU 9
Great Lakes Bowl Kentucky 24 Villanova 14
Pineapple Bowl Hawaii 33 Redlands 32

Heisman Trophy

  1. Johnny Lujack, QB - Notre Dame, 742 points
  2. Bob Chappuis, QB - Michigan, 555
  3. Doak Walker, RB - Southern Methodist, 196
  4. Charlie Conerly, QB - Mississippi, 186
  5. Harry Gilmer, RB - Alabama, 115
  6. Bobby Layne, QB - Texas, 74
  7. Chuck Bednarik, C - Pennsylvania, 65
  8. Bill Swiacki, E - Columbia, 61
Source:[10][11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "October 6, 1947 AP Football Poll". CollegePollArchive.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  2. ^ "Notre Dame team again voted best in country". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. December 9, 1947. p. 17.
  3. ^ 2020 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. July 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 1, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  4. ^ "Sports writers choose Michigan almost 2 to 1". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 7, 1948. p. 16.
  5. ^ appollarchive.com/football/ap
  6. ^ "Tennessee No. 1 in Nat'l Grid Ratings". The Pittsburgh Courier. December 6, 1947. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Tennessee No. 1 in Nat'l Grid Ratings". The Pittsburgh Courier. December 6, 1947. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Tennessee No. 1 in Nat'l Grid Ratings". The Pittsburgh Courier. December 6, 1947. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Tennessee No. 1 in Nat'l Grid Ratings". The Pittsburgh Courier. December 6, 1947. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Lujack to receive Heisman Trophy". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. December 2, 1947. p. 28.
  11. ^ "Lujack awarded Heisman Trophy". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 2, 1948. p. 12.