The 1948 college football season finished with two unbeaten and untied teams: Michigan and Clemson. Michigan was the first-place choice for the majority of the voters (192 of 333) in the AP Poll, but did not play in the postseason because of a no-repeat rule for Big Nine schools. Notre Dame, second in the AP Poll, tied USC 14–14 at the end of the regular season, but did not participate in any bowl per university policy at the time. Northwestern beat California 20–14 in the Rose Bowl, and Clemson defeated Missouri by one point in the Gator Bowl.

Air travel to away games (as opposed to rail travel) became increasingly popular with college football programs in the late 1940s.[2]

The NCAA began permitting the use of small 1-inch rubber "tees" (not the same tee used for kickoffs) for extra point and field goal attempts beginning this year; they were outlawed in 1989.[3]

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School 1947 Conference 1948 Conference
Bradley Braves Independent Missouri Valley
Centenary Gentlemen LIC Dropped Program
Colorado Buffaloes Skyline (Mountain States) Big Seven (MVIAA)
Eastern Kentucky State Colonels KIAC Ohio Valley
Evansville Purple Aces Independent Ohio Valley
Louisville Cardinals KIAC Ohio Valley
Morehead State Eagles KIAC Ohio Valley
Murray State Racers KIAC Ohio Valley
Western Kentucky State Hilltoppers KIAC Ohio Valley

September

The Associated Press did not poll the writers until the fourth week of the season. Among the five teams that had been ranked highest in 1947 (Notre Dame, Michigan, SMU, Penn State, and Texas), all but Penn State began play on September 25. Notre Dame edged Purdue 28–27, Michigan won at Michigan State, 13–7, and SMU won at Pittsburgh, 33–14. The Texas Longhorns lost at North Carolina, 34–7. Northwestern beat UCLA, in Los Angeles, 19–0. In Baltimore, California beat Navy, 21–7. Army beat visiting Villanova 28–0.

October

October 2: In Pittsburgh, Notre Dame shut out Pitt, 40–0, while in Dallas, SMU defeated Texas Tech 41–6. Penn State beat Bucknell 35–0, Michigan beat Oregon 14–0. North Carolina won at Georgia 21–14. Army beat Lafayette 54–7. Northwestern beat Purdue 21–0. When the first poll was issued, Notre Dame had fewer first place votes than North Carolina (50 vs. 55), but ten more points overall (1,200 to 1,190) Northwestern was third, followed by SMU and Army. Though unbeaten, Michigan was ranked 7th, after Georgia Tech.

October 9: No. 1 Notre Dame beat Michigan State 26–7. No. 2 North Carolina won at Wake Forest, 28–6, and was ranked first in the next poll. No. 3 Northwestern beat No. 8 Minnesota 19–16. No. 4 SMU lost at Missouri, 20–14. No. 5 Army won at Illinois, 26–21. No. 7 Michigan, which had won at No. 15 Purdue, 40–0, rose to 4th.

October 16: No. 1 North Carolina beat N.C. State 14–0, but dropped to third in the next poll. No. 2 Notre Dame won at Nebraska 44–13. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, No. 3 Northwestern faced Big Nine rival No. 4 Michigan, and the home team Wolverines won 28–0. No. 5 Army defeated Harvard 20–7. Michigan moved up to first place in the next poll, and No. 6 California (which beat Oregon State 42–0) moved to No. 4, with Northwestern dropping out of the Top Five.

October 23: In Minneapolis, No. 1 Michigan beat No. 13 Minnesota 27–14, and No. 2 Notre Dame won at Iowa 27–12. No. 3 North Carolina beat visiting LSU 34–7. In Seattle, No. 4 California blanked Washington 21–0, and No. 5 Army won at No. 12 Cornell 27–6. The top five remained the same in the next poll.

October 30: No. 1 Michigan beat Illinois 28–20, while in Baltimore, No. 2 Notre Dame beat Navy 41–7. No. 3 North Carolina won at Tennessee 14–7. In Los Angeles, No. 4 California beat USC, 13–7. No. 5 Army beat Virginia Tech 49–7. In the next poll, Notre Dame was ranked at the new number one, followed by Michigan, North Carolina, Army, and California.

November

November 6: No. 1 Notre Dame won at Indiana 42–6. No. 2 Michigan beat visiting Navy 35–0. No. 3 North Carolina was tied by William & Mary, 7–7. No. 4 Army defeated Stanford at Yankee Stadium in New York, 43–0, while No. 5 California beat visiting UCLA 28–13. Michigan was elevated to No. 1 in the next poll, followed by Notre Dame, Army, and California. No. 14 Penn State, which had shut out No. 7 Pennsylvania in Philadelphia 13–0, was moved up to No. 5.

November 13: No. 1 Michigan beat Indiana 54–0. No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 8 Northwestern 12–7. No. 3 Army won at No. 17 Pennsylvania 26–20. No. 4 California beat Washington State 44–14. No. 5 Penn State beat Temple 47–0, but still dropped in the next poll. It switched spots with No. 6 North Carolina, which moved up after a win at Maryland 49–20.

November 20: No. 1 Michigan closed its season with a 13–3 win at No. 18 Ohio State. No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Army were both idle. No. 4 California beat Stanford 7–6. No. 5 North Carolina beat Duke 20–0. The next poll switched North Carolina to No. 4 and California to No. 5, with the top three remaining the same.

November 27: No. 1 Michigan, which had completed its season, had 105 of 190 first place votes. No. 2 Notre Dame defeated Washington 46–0. The annual Army–Navy Game in Philadelphia pitted unbeaten (8–0–0) and No. 3 Army against winless (0–8–0) Navy, and 102,000 fans turned out to watch the mismatch, including President Truman. It was a surprise when the Midshipmen scored first, but Army went ahead 21–14 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Navy pushed the Cadets back to their own goal line, and took the punt at midfield. In six plays, Navy drove down to the four yard line, and Bill Hawkins crashed into the end zone to make it 21–20. Roger Drew added the point after to ruin Army's perfect record, 21–21.[4] No. 4 North Carolina won at Virginia 34–12, and No. 5 California had finished its season. The final poll was released on November 29, although some colleges had not completed their schedules. Michigan, Notre Dame, North Carolina, and California were the top four, with Oklahoma (which had won its last nine games in a row after a narrow season-opening loss to Santa Clara) at No. 5.

On December 4, No. 2 Notre Dame‘s perfect record was compromised in Los Angeles with a 14–14 tie against unranked USC.

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1948 Big Nine Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Michigan $ 6 0 0 9 0 0
No. 7 Northwestern 5 1 0 8 2 0
No. 16 Minnesota 5 2 0 7 2 0
Ohio State 3 3 0 6 3 0
Iowa 2 4 0 4 5 0
Purdue 2 4 0 3 6 0
Indiana 2 4 0 2 7 0
Illinois 2 5 0 3 6 0
Wisconsin 1 5 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1948 Big Seven Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 5 Oklahoma $ 5 0 0 10 1 0
Missouri 5 1 0 8 3 0
Kansas 4 2 0 7 3 0
Colorado 2 3 0 3 6 0
Iowa State 2 4 0 4 6 0
Nebraska 2 4 0 2 8 0
Kansas State 0 6 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1948 Border Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Texas Tech $ 5 0 0 7 3 0
Texas Mines 4 1 1 8 2 1
Arizona 3 2 0 6 5 0
Arizona State 3 2 0 5 5 0
Hardin–Simmons 3 2 1 6 2 3
West Texas State 2 3 0 6 5 0
Arizona State–Flagstaff 1 2 0 4 5 0
New Mexico 1 6 0 2 0 0
New Mexico A&M 0 4 0 3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Middle Three Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Rutgers $ 2 0 0 7 2 0
Lafayette 1 1 0 7 2 0
Lehigh 0 2 0 5 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oklahoma A&M $ 2 0 0 6 4 0
Wichita 2 1 1 5 4 1
Drake 1 1 0 7 3 0
Tulsa 0 1 1 0 9 1
Saint Louis 0 2 0 4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 California ^ + 6 0 0 10 1 0
No. 9 Oregon + 7 0 0 9 2 0
USC 4 2 0 6 3 1
Washington State 4 3 1 4 5 1
Stanford 3 4 0 4 6 0
Oregon State 2 3 2 5 4 3
Washington 2 5 1 2 7 1
UCLA 2 6 0 3 7 0
Idaho 1 5 0 3 6 0
Montana 0 3 0 3 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
Rankings from AP Poll
1948 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Colorado State–Greeley $ 3 0 0 4 4 0
Western State (CO) 2 1 0 6 4 0
Colorado College 1 2 0 2 7 1
Colorado Mines 0 3 0 3 6 0
Montana State 0 0 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Skyline Six Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Utah $ 5 0 0 8 1 1
Colorado A&M 4 1 0 8 3 0
Denver 2 2 0 4 5 1
Utah State 2 3 0 5 6 0
BYU 1 3 0 5 6 0
Wyoming 0 5 0 4 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 8 Georgia $ 6 0 0 9 2 0
No. 15 Ole Miss 6 1 0 8 1 0
No. 13 Tulane 5 1 0 9 1 0
No. 12 Vanderbilt 4 2 1 8 2 1
Georgia Tech 4 3 0 7 3 0
Alabama 4 4 1 6 4 1
Mississippi State 3 3 0 4 4 1
Tennessee 2 3 1 4 4 2
Kentucky 1 3 1 5 3 2
Florida 1 5 0 5 5 0
LSU 1 5 0 3 7 0
Auburn 0 7 0 1 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1948 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 11 Clemson $ 5 0 0 11 0 0
No. 3 North Carolina 4 0 1 9 1 1
VMI 5 1 0 6 3 0
No. 17 William & Mary 5 1 1 7 2 2
No. 20 Wake Forest 5 2 0 6 4 0
Maryland 4 2 0 6 4 0
Duke 3 2 1 4 3 2
Richmond 3 3 1 5 3 2
Washington and Lee 2 2 0 4 6 0
Furman 2 4 0 2 6 1
George Washington 2 4 0 4 6 0
Davidson 2 5 0 3 5 1
South Carolina 1 3 0 3 5 0
NC State 1 4 1 3 6 1
VPI 0 6 1 0 8 1
The Citadel 0 5 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
1948 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 10 SMU $ 5 0 1 9 1 1
Texas 4 1 1 7 3 1
Baylor 3 2 1 6 3 2
Rice 3 2 1 5 4 1
Arkansas 2 4 0 5 5 0
TCU 1 4 1 4 5 1
Texas A&M 0 5 1 0 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Independents

1948 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 6 Army     8 0 1
No. 19 Cornell     8 1 0
Penn State     7 1 1
Buffalo     6 1 1
Villanova     8 2 1
Brown     7 2 0
Boston University     6 2 0
Dartmouth     6 2 0
Boston College     5 2 2
Pittsburgh     6 3 0
Penn     5 3 0
Franklin & Marshall     5 3 1
Harvard     4 4 0
Princeton     4 4 0
Columbia     4 5 0
Yale     4 5 0
CCNY     3 4 1
Tufts     3 4 1
Colgate     3 6 0
Fordham     3 6 0
NYU     3 6 0
Temple     2 6 1
Duquesne     2 7 0
Carnegie Tech     1 7 0
Hofstra     0 6 2
Bucknell     1 8 0
Syracuse     1 8 0
Drexel     0 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll
1948 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Notre Dame     9 0 1
Bowling Green     8 0 1
Washington University     9 1 0
John Carroll     7 1 2
Ball State     6 2 0
Michigan State     6 2 2
Baldwin–Wallace     5 2 2
Detroit     6 3 0
Indiana State     4 4 0
Wabash     4 4 0
Wayne     4 4 0
Valparaiso     4 5 0
Toledo     5 6 0
Michigan State Normal     3 5 0
Central Michigan     3 6 0
Marquette     2 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll
1948 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Maryland State     7 1 0
Sewanee     6 1 1
Grambling     8 2 0
West Virginia     9 3 0
Delaware     5 3 0
Virginia     5 3 1
Memphis State     6 5 0
Tennessee Tech     5 6 0
Oklahoma City     4 5 1
Chattanooga     4 5 0
Georgetown     3 4 1
Miami (FL)     4 6 0
Marshall     2 7 1
Navy     0 8 1
CCUNC     0 5 0
Tampa        
1948 Western college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Nevada     9 2 0
Santa Clara     7 2 1
Hawaii     7 4 1
Idaho State     6 1 1
Cal Poly San Dimas     6 4 0
Pepperdine     4 5 0
Saint Mary's     4 6 0
Loyola (CA)     3 5 1
La Verne     3 5 0
Portland     2 5 1
San Francisco     2 7 0

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
California Collegiate Athletic Association San Jose State 5–0
Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association West Virginia State 5–1
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Kansas State Teachers (Emporia State) 5–0
College Conference of Illinois Illinois Wesleyan 5–0
Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference Buena Vista 3–0–1
Evergreen Conference Eastern Washington College
Puget Sound
5–1
Far Western Conference Chico State College
Southern Oregon College
3–1
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Dubuque 5–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Ottawa (KS) 6–0
Lone Star Conference Southwest Texas State Teachers 6–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Alma 5–0
Mid-American Conference Miami (OH) 4–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Ripon 6–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saint Thomas (MN) 5–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northwest Missouri State
Southwest Missouri State
4–1
Nebraska College Conference Charon State
Wayne State (NE)
6–1
New Mexico Intercollegiate Conference Sul Ross State College 5–0
North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Iowa State Teachers (Northern Iowa) 5–0
North Dakota College Athletic Conference Minot State College
North Dakota Science
5–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Heidelberg 7–0
Ohio Valley Conference Murray State College 3–1
Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Central State College (OK)
Southeastern State College (OK)
4–1
Pacific Northwest Conference College of Idaho 5–1
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Bloomsburg State Teachers
California State Teachers
6–0
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Colorado State College 3–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Northern State Teachers (SD) 6–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Occidental 4–0
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Florida A&M College 6–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Southern 7–0
State Teacher's College Conference of Minnesota Duluth State Teachers
Mankato State Teachers
St. Cloud State Teachers
4–1
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference McMurry (TX) 4–1
Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference Eau Claire State Teachers 5–1

Minor conference standings

1948 Badger-Illini Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Lewis + 5 1 0 6 2 0
Northwestern (WI) + 5 1 0 6 2 0
Aurora 4 2 0 5 2 0
Mission House 3 3 1 3 4 1
Milton 2 3 0 3 4 0
Wisconsin Tech 1 3 0 1 5 0
Wisconsin–Extension 1 5 1 1 5 1
Concordia (IL) 1 4 0 1 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1948 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
San Jose State $ 5 0 0 9 3 0
Pacific (CA) 4 1 0 7 1 2
Santa Barbara 2 3 0 6 5 0
Fresno State 2 3 0 3 6 1
San Diego State 1 4 0 4 7 0
Cal Poly 1 4 0 3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Emporia State $ 5 0 0 8 2 0
Fort Hays State 3 1 1 5 4 0
Southwestern (KS) 3 2 0 7 3 0
Washburn 2 2 1 3 5 1
Pittsburg State 1 4 0 2 6 2
St. Benedict's 0 5 0 0 9 0
Rockhurst 0 0 0 3 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 College Conference of Illinois football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Illinois Wesleyan $ 5 0 0 7 3 0
Wheaton (IL) 4 1 0 6 2 0
Lake Forest 4 1 0 5 3 0
Millikin 3 3 0 3 6 0
Augustana (IL) 2 3 0 4 3 1
Illinois College 2 3 0 5 4 0
Carthage 2 3 0 4 4 0
North Central (IL) 1 4 0 1 7 0
Elmhurst 0 5 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
West Virginia State $ 5 1 0 5 2 2
Howard 7 2 0 7 4 0
Lincoln (PA) 4 2 0 5 2 0
North Carolina A&T 4 2 1 4 4 1
Morgan State 5 3 0 5 3 0
Virginia State 5 3 0 5 3 0
North Carolina College 4 3 1 6 3 1
Shaw 4 3 0 4 3 0
Winston-Salem State 5 1 0 8 1 0
Virginia Union 3 5 0 6 5 0
Delaware State 4 4 0 4 5 0
Hampton 2 5 1 4 5 1
Bluefield State 1 5 0 2 7 0
Johnson C. Smith 0 7 1 0 7 1
St. Augustine's 1 4 0 4 4 0
Saint Paul's (VA) 0 4 0 0 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Dakota-Iowa Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Buena Vista $ 3 0 1 4 3 1
Dakota Wesleyan 3 1 0 4 5 0
Huron 2 2 1 4 4 1
Westmar 2 2 1 2 6 1
Yankton 1 2 1 3 4 1
Sioux Falls 0 4 0 1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Dixie Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Florida State $ 4 0 0 7 1 0
Mississippi College 2 1 0 4 5 0
Tampa 1 1 0 2 6 0
Stetson 1 3 0 2 7 0
Millsaps 0 3 0 2 3 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Evergreen Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Eastern Washington + 5 1 0 8 1 0
Puget Sound + 5 1 0 6 2 1
Pacific Lutheran 4 2 0 6 2 1
Whitworth 2 3 1 4 4 1
Central Washington 2 3 1 5 3 1
Western Washington 2 4 0 5 4 0
Saint Martin's 0 6 0 2 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1948 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Chico State + 3 1 0 5 3 0
Southern Oregon + 3 1 0 5 5 0
San Francisco State 2 2 0 3 5 0
Humboldt State 1 3 0 6 3 0
Cal Aggies 1 3 0 2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1948 Gulf States Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Mississippi Southern $ 4 0 0 7 3 0
Louisiana Tech 4 1 0 7 2 1
Southwestern Louisiana 3 2 0 6 3 1
Northwestern State 2 3 0 5 3 1
Louisiana College 1 3 0 2 8 0
Southeastern Louisiana 0 5 0 3 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Hoosier Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hanover + 6 0 0 6 2 0
Anderson (IN) + 5 0 0 6 2 0
Indiana Central 4 2 0 4 4 0
Canterbury 1 3 2 2 4 2
Rose Poly 1 3 1 3 3 1
Manchester (IN) 1 3 1 1 6 1
Franklin (IN) 1 4 2 1 5 2
Earlham 0 4 0 0 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1948 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Eastern Illinois $ 4 0 0 7 3 0
Illinois State Normal 3 1 0 7 2 0
Northern Illinois State 2 2 0 6 4 0
Western Illinois 1 3 0 4 4 0
Southern Illinois 0 4 0 2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Dubuque + 5 0 0 7 1 0
Upper Iowa + 4 0 0 5 2 0
Wartburg 5 2 0 5 3 0
Central (IA) 3 2 0 5 2 1
Luther 3 2 0 3 5 0
Parsons 3 3 0 3 5 0
Buena Vista 1 2 0 4 3 1
Simpson 1 5 0 2 7 0
Iowa Wesleyan 1 5 0 1 6 0
Westmar 0 1 0 2 6 1
William Penn 0 4 0 0 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1948 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ottawa $ 6 0 0 7 3 0
Bethany (KS) 5 1 0 6 3 0
College of Emporia 3 3 0 4 3 1
Kansas Wesleyan 3 3 0 5 4 0
Baker 3 3 0 4 5 0
Bethel (KS) 1 5 0 2 7 0
McPherson 0 6 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southwest Texas State $ 6 0 0 8 1 0
North Texas State 4 2 0 6 4 0
Stephen F. Austin 3 2 1 7 2 1
Trinity (TX) 2 2 2 6 2 2
Houston 3 3 0 5 6 0
East Texas State 1 4 1 3 6 1
Sam Houston State 0 6 0 0 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Mason–Dixon Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Johns Hopkins $ 3 0 0 7 1 0
Hampden–Sydney 2 0 0 6 2 1
Western Maryland 4 1 0 5 2 0
Mount St. Mary's 2 1 0 2 6 0
Randolph–Macon 3 2 0 4 6 0
Washington College 2 4 0 2 4 0
Gallaudet 0 3 0 1 5 0
Catholic University 0 5 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Conference standings were based on the Dickinson Scoring System; three conference games were necessary to be eligible for conference title.
1948 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Alma $ 5 0 0 8 0 0
Kalamazoo 3 1 1 4 4 1
Hillsdale 2 2 1 6 2 1
Hope 2 3 0 5 3 0
Adrian 2 3 0 5 4 0
Albion 0 5 0 2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Miami (OH) $ 4 0 0 7 1 1
Western Michigan 3 1 0 6 3 0
Cincinnati 3 1 0 3 6 1
Ohio 2 3 0 3 6 0
Western Reserve 1 4 0 1 8 1
Butler 0 4 0 3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
St. Thomas (MN) $ 5 0 0 7 1 1
Gustavus Adolphus 4 1 0 7 1 1
Macalester 4 1 0 6 2 0
Saint John's (MN) 3 2 0 6 2 0
Hamline 2 2 2 3 2 2
St. Olaf 2 2 1 3 4 1
Augsburg 0 3 2 1 3 2
Concordia (MN) 0 4 1 3 4 1
Saint Mary's (MN) 0 5 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Missouri Valley $ 4 0 0 9 1 1
Culver–Stockton 3 1 0 4 5 0
Central (MO) 2 2 0 5 3 0
William Jewell 1 3 0 3 6 0
Tarkio 0 4 0 2 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
SW Missouri State + 4 1 0 9 2 0
NW Missouri State + 4 1 0 6 2 0
Missouri Mines 2 1 2 4 3 2
Kirksville State 2 2 1 4 3 2
SE Missouri State 0 3 2 0 7 2
Central Missouri State 0 4 1 0 7 2
  • + – Conference co-champions
1948 Nebraska College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wayne State (NE) + 6 1 0 8 1 0
Chadron State + 6 1 0 7 1 0
Nebraska Wesleyan 5 2 0 6 3 0
Doane 4 2 0 5 4 0
Kearney State 3 3 0 5 3 0
Peru State 3 3 0 4 4 0
Hastings 1 5 0 2 7 0
York (NE) 0 5 0 2 6 0
Midland 0 6 0 0 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1948 New Mexico Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Sul Ross $ 5 0 0 10 1 0
Adams State 3 1 0 6 2 0
Eastern New Mexico 5 2 0 6 3 0
New Mexico Highlands 2 3 1 ? ? ?
New Mexico Teachers 2 3 1 3 4 1
New Mexico Military 2 3 0 4 5 0
Panhandle A&M 1 5 1 1 7 1
St. Michael's (NM) 0 3 1 0 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Iowa State Teachers $ 5 0 0 7 3 0
South Dakota 4 1 0 7 3 0
North Dakota 3 3 0 3 7 0
South Dakota State 2 4 0 4 6 0
Morningside 2 4 0 3 6 0
Augustana (SD) 2 4 0 3 6 0
North Dakota State 2 4 0 3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 North State Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Appalachian State $ 7 0 1 8 1 1
Western Carolina 3 1 0 7 3 0
Catawba 5 2 0 5 4 1
Lenoir–Rhyne 5 2 1 6 3 1
High Point 4 3 1 5 3 2
Elon 3 4 1 4 5 1
Guilford 1 5 0 4 6 0
Atlantic Christian 1 6 0 2 7 0
East Carolina 0 6 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
College of Idaho $ 5 1 0 9 1 0
Pacific (OR) 4 1 1 5 3 1
Lewis & Clark 4 2 0 6 2 0
Willamette 4 2 0 6 5 0
Whitman 2 3 1 4 4 1
Linfield 1 5 0 3 6 0
British Columbia 0 5 1 0 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Heidelberg $ 7 0 0 9 0 0
Denison 6 0 0 8 0 0
Kent State 3 0 0 6 2 1
Ohio Wesleyan 2 0 0 6 2 0
Wilmington (OH) 1 0 0 5 3 1
Mount Union 6 2 0 6 3 0
Ohio Northern 2 2 0 5 3 1
Muskingum 3 3 1 3 4 1
Capital 3 4 0 4 4 0
Findlay 1 2 0 4 3 1
Marietta 1 2 0 4 4 0
Wooster 2 5 1 3 6 1
Oberlin 1 3 0 3 5 0
Akron 1 4 0 2 6 0
Wittenberg 1 6 0 1 7 0
Otterbein 0 4 0 2 6 1
Kenyon 0 3 0 1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Murray State $ 3 1 0 9 1 1
Evansville 3 1 0 5 3 0
Eastern Kentucky 2 2 0 8 3 0
Louisville 1 1 0 5 5 0
Western Kentucky 2 3 0 5 4 0
Morehead State 0 3 0 3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Oklahoma Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
SE Oklahoma State + 4 1 0 7 2 0
Central State (OK) + 4 1 0 6 2 0
East Central 3 2 0 6 4 0
NW Oklahoma State 1 3 1 2 5 1
SW Oklahoma State 1 3 1 1 7 1
Northeastern State 1 4 0 2 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1948 Smoky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Milligan * 3 0 0 9 1 1
Emory and Henry 1 1 0 2 8 0
Carson–Newman 1 2 0 4 6 0
Tusculum 0 2 0 2 7 0
  • * – Milligan was suspended from title eligibility for using an ineligible player.
1948 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern State $ 5 0 0 7 1 0
Southern State 4 3 0 5 3 0
South Dakota Mines 2 2 0 5 3 0
General Beadle 2 2 1 4 3 1
Huron 2 2 0 4 4 1
Yankton 2 3 0 3 4 1
Black Hills 1 3 0 2 7 0
Sioux Falls 0 3 1 1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Occidental $ 4 0 0 9 0 0
Pomona 3 1 0 6 2 0
Whittier 2 2 0 6 4 0
Redlands 1 3 0 1 7 0
Caltech 0 4 0 1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southern $ 7 0 0 12 0 0
Texas College 5 2 0 8 3 0
Langston 5 2 0 7 3 0
Prairie View A&M 4 2 1 6 4 1
Samuel Huston 3 4 0 5 5 0
Arkansas AM&N 2 5 0 4 5 1
Bishop 1 5 1 2 7 1
Wiley 0 7 0 0 9 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Texas Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
McMurry $ 4 1 0 6 4 0
Abilene Christian 3 1 1 5 3 1
Hardin 3 1 1 4 5 1
Howard Payne 2 3 0 5 5 0
Southwestern (TX) 2 3 0 6 3 0
Austin 0 5 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1948 Volunteer State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Austin Peay + 2 0 0 8 2 0
Tennessee Tech + 2 0 0 5 6 0
Milligan 1 0 0 9 1 1
Middle Tennessee 2 2 0 5 5 0
Union (TN) 1 3 0 3 7 0
Cumberland (TN) 0 3 0 3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1948 Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Eau Claire State $ 5 1 0 6 1 0
La Crosse State 4 1 1 7 1 1
Milwaukee 4 1 1 4 3 1
River Falls State 4 2 0 4 4 0
Superior State 3 3 0 5 3 0
Stevens Point State 3 3 0 4 4 1
Stout State 3 3 0 3 4 1
Oshkosh State 1 4 1 1 4 1
Whitewater State 1 4 1 2 5 1
Platteville State 0 6 0 0 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • The La Crosse State–Whitewater State game and the Stevens Point State–Stout State game on November 6 did not count in the conference standings.
1948 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
New Hampshire $ 3 1 0 5 3 0
Connecticut 2 1 0 3 5 0
Vermont 1 1 0 4 3 1
UMass 1 1 1 3 4 1
Maine 1 2 0 4 3 0
Rhode Island State 1 3 0 2 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion

Rankings

Main article: 1948 NCAA football rankings

Bowl games

Bowl game Winning team Losing team
Rose Bowl No. 7 Northwestern 20 No. 4 California 14
Sugar Bowl No. 5 Oklahoma 14 No. 3 North Carolina 6
Orange Bowl Texas 41 No. 8 Georgia 28
Cotton Bowl No. 10 SMU 21 No. 9 Oregon 13
Sun Bowl West Virginia 21 Texas Mines 12
Gator Bowl No. 11 Clemson 24 Missouri 23
Tangerine Bowl Murray State 21 Sul Ross 21
Dixie Bowl Baylor 20 No. 20 Wake Forest 7
Raisin Bowl Occidental 21 Colorado A&M 20
Harbor Bowl Villanova 27 Nevada 7
Salad Bowl Drake 14 Arizona 13
Delta Bowl No. 17 William & Mary 20 Oklahoma A&M 0
Shrine Bowl Hardin–Simmons 40 Ouachita Baptist 12
Camellia Bowl Hardin–Simmons 49 Wichita 12

Heisman Trophy

  1. Doak Walker, RB - Southern Methodist, 778 points
  2. Charlie Justice, RB - North Carolina, 443
  3. Chuck Bednarik, C - Pennsylvania, 336
  4. Jackie Jensen, RB - California, 143
  5. Stan Heath, QB - Nevada, 113
  6. Norm Van Brocklin, QB - Oregon, 83
  7. Emil "Red" Sitko, RB - Notre Dame, 73
  8. Jack Mitchell, QB - Oklahoma, 68
Source:[5][6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "October 4, 1948 AP Football Poll". CollegePollArchive.com. Archived from the original on September 2, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  2. ^ "Grid teams use air travel more for game dates". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 5, 1948. p. 15.
  3. ^ Litke, Jim (August 20, 1989). "They're Not All Kicking and Screaming Over the Absence of Tee". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. Retrieved October 3, 2019. It was 1948 before vague rumblings about putting the foot back into the game convinced NCAA officials to allow the use of a 1-inch rubberized tee. Eleven years later, they widened the goal posts to 23-feet-5 from 18-5, and seven years after that, let the tee rise an inch.
  4. ^ "Navy Deadlocks Mighty Army Eleven, 21 to 21", The Charleston (WV) Gazette, Nov. 28, 1948, p19
  5. ^ "Heisman Trophy to be awarded to Doak Walker". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). United Press. December 1, 1948. p. 21.
  6. ^ "Heisman trophy given to Doak Walker". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 1, 1948. p. 14.