Two human polls comprised the 1960 NCAA University Division 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.

Legend

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  Not ranked previous week
  National champion
(#–#)
  Win–loss record
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  Number of first place votes
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Tied with team above or below also with this symbol

AP Poll

The final AP Poll was released on November 29,[1] at the end of the 1960 regular season, over a month before the major bowls.

Preseason
Aug[2]
Week 1
Sep 19[3]
Week 2
Sep 26[4]
Week 3
Oct 3[5]
Week 4
Oct 10[6]
Week 5
Oct 17[7]
Week 6
Oct 24[8]A
Week 7
Oct 31[9]
Week 8
Nov 7[10]
Week 9
Nov 14[11]
Week 10
Nov 21[12]
Week 11 (Final)
Nov 28[13]
1.Syracuse (26)Ole Miss (1–0) (22)Ole Miss (2–0) (42)Syracuse (2–0) (28)Ole Miss (4–0) (19)Iowa (4–0) (23)Iowa (5–0) (34)Iowa (6–0) (46)Minnesota (7–0) (40)Missouri (9–0) (34)Minnesota (8–1) (13.5)Minnesota (8–1) (1712)1.
2.Ole Miss (21)Syracuse (0–0) (22)Syracuse (1–0)Ole Miss (3–0) (14)Iowa (3–0) (17)Ole Miss (5–0) (22)Ole Miss (6–0) (9)Missouri (7–0)Missouri (8–0) (4)Iowa (7–1) (7)Iowa (8–1) (17.5)Ole Miss (9–0–1) (16)2.
3.Washington (1)Washington (1–0) (3)Washington (2–0) (5)Iowa (2–0) (5)Ohio State (3–0) (8)Syracuse (4–0) (2)Syracuse (5–0) (5)Minnesota (6–0) (1)Ohio State (6–1) (1)Ole Miss (8–0–1) (5)Ole Miss (8–0–1) (13)Iowa (8–1) (1212)3.
4.TexasIllinois (0–0)Illinois (1–0)Illinois (2–0)Syracuse (3–0) (4)Navy (5–0)Navy (6–0)Navy (7–0)Ole Miss (7–0–1) (1)Minnesota (7–1) (1)Washington (9–1) (2)Navy (8–1)4.
5.IllinoisAlabama (1–0)Kansas (2–0)Ohio State (2–0)Navy (4–0)Missouri (5–0)Missouri (6–0)Ohio State (5–1)Iowa (6–1)Washington (8–1)Missouri (9–1)Missouri (9–1)5.
6.USCMichigan State (0–0)Northwestern (1–0) (1)Navy (3–0)Missouri (4–0)Minnesota (4–0)Minnesota (5–0)Ole Miss (6–0–1)Washington (7–1) (1)Duke (7–1)Arkansas (8–2)Washington (9–1) (2)6.
7.PittsburghKansas (1–0)Clemson (1–0)Purdue (1–0–1)Baylor (3–0)Baylor (4–0)Baylor (5–0)Washington (6–1) (1)Duke (6–1)Arkansas (7–2)Navy (8–1)Arkansas (8–2)7.
8.Michigan StateUCLA (1–0)Iowa (1–0)Clemson (2–0)Clemson (3–0)Washington (4–1) (1)Ohio State (4–1)Tennessee (5–0–1)Navy (7–1)Navy (8–1)Auburn (8–1) (1)Ohio State (7–2)8.
9.ClemsonClemson (0–0)Ohio State (1–0)Arkansas (3–0)Kansas (3–1)Ohio State (3–1)Washington (5–1)Syracuse (5–1)Arkansas (6–2)Auburn (7–1) (1)Ohio State (7–2)Alabama (8–1–1)9.
10.OklahomaOregon State (1–0)Georgia Tech (2–0)Kansas (2–1)Minnesota (3–0)Purdue (2–1–1)Michigan State (3–1–1)Rice (5–1)Auburn (6–1)Ohio State (6–2)Kansas (7–2–1)Duke (7–2)10.
11.TCUPenn State (1–0)Tennessee (1–0)Missouri (3–0)Texas (3–1)Wisconsin (3–1)Tennessee (4–0–1)Baylor (5–1)UCLA (4–1–1)UCLA (5–1–1)Duke (7–2)Kansas (7–2–1)11.
12.AuburnNebraska (1–0)Notre Dame (1–0)Washington (2–1)Wisconsin (3–0)Tennessee (3–0–1)Arkansas (4–2)Auburn (5–1)Pittsburgh (4–2–2)Michigan State (5–2–1)Rice (7–2)Baylor (8–2)12.
13.GeorgiaGeorgia Tech (1–0)Texas (1–1)Michigan State (1–0–1)Washington (3–1)Michigan State (2–1–1)Rice (4–1)Duke (5–1)Michigan State (4–2–1)Purdue (3–4–1)Yale (9–0) (1)Auburn (8–2)13.
14.NorthwesternNorthwestern (0–0)Arkansas (2–0)Minnesota (2–0)Michigan State (1–1–1)Arkansas (4–1)Auburn (4–1)Pittsburgh (3–2–2)Tennessee (5–1–1)New Mexico State (8–0) тMichigan State (6–2–1)Yale (9–0)14.
15.IowaTexas (0–1)Alabama (1–0–1)Texas (2–1)Alabama (2–0–1) тKansas (3–1–1)Duke (4–1) тUCLA (3–1–1)New Mexico State (7–0)Rice (6–2) тNew Mexico State (9–0) тMichigan State (6–2–1)15.
16.Ohio StateMissouri (1–0)UCLA (1–0–1)UCLA (1–0–1) (1)UCLA (1–0–1) тTexas (3–2)Oregon State (4–2) тArkansas (5–2)Rice (5–2)Syracuse (6–2) тPenn State (6–3) тPenn State (6–3)16.
17.Notre DamePittsburgh (0–1) (1)Navy (2–0)Alabama (2–0–1)Oregon State (3–1)Auburn (3–1)Purdue (2–2–1) тMichigan State (3–2–1)Syracuse (5–2) тYale (8–0) тAlabama (7–1–1) тNew Mexico State (10–0)17.
18.TennesseeLSU (1–0)Minnesota (1–0)Army (3–0) тArizona State (4–0)Oregon State (4–1)New Mexico State (6–0)Colorado (5–1) тYale (7–0) тAlabama (6–1–1)Syracuse (7–2) тFlorida (8–2)18.
19.Arkansas тIowa (0–0)Missouri (2–0)Florida (3–0) тGeorgia Tech (3–1)UCLA (1–1–1)Kansas (4–1–1)Utah State (7–0) тUtah State (8–0)Florida (7–2) тBaylor (7–2) тPurdue (4–4–1) т19.
20.Penn State тOhio State (0–0)Penn State (1–0)Baylor (2–0)Penn State (2–1)Rice (3–1)New Mexico State (7–0)Florida (6–2)Oregon (7–2) тFlorida (7–2) тSyracuse (7–2) т20.
Preseason
Aug[2]
Week 1
Sep 19[3]
Week 2
Sep 26[4]
Week 3
Oct 3[5]
Week 4
Oct 10[6]
Week 5
Oct 17[7]
Week 6
Oct 24[8]A
Week 7
Oct 31[9]
Week 8
Nov 7[10]
Week 9
Nov 14[11]
Week 10
Nov 21[12]
Week 11 (Final)
Nov 28[13]
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Auburn
  • Georgia
  • Notre Dame
  • Oklahoma
  • TCU
  • Tennessee
  • USC
Dropped:
  • LSU
  • Michigan State
  • Nebraska
  • Oregon State
  • Pittsburgh
Dropped:
  • Georgia Tech
  • Northwestern
  • Notre Dame
  • Penn State
  • Tennessee
Dropped:
  • Arkansas
  • Army
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Purdue
Dropped:
  • Alabama
  • Arizona State
  • Clemson
  • Georgia Tech
  • Penn State
Dropped:
  • Texas
  • UCLA
  • Wisconsin
Dropped:
  • Kansas
  • Oregon State
  • Purdue
Dropped:
  • Baylor
  • Colorado
Dropped:
  • Pittsburgh
  • Tennessee
  • Utah State
Dropped:
  • Oregon
  • Purdue
  • UCLA
Dropped:
  • Rice
A.^ Only 19 teams received votes in week 6.

Final Coaches' poll

The final UPI Coaches Poll was released prior to the bowl games, on November 29.[14]
Minnesota received 21 of the 35 first-place votes; Mississippi received nine and Iowa five.

Ranking Team Conference Bowl
1 Minnesota Big Ten Lost Rose, 7–17
2 Iowa Big Ten none
3 Ole Miss SEC Won Sugar, 14–6
4 Missouri Big Eight Won Orange, 21–14
5 Washington AAWU Won Rose, 17–7
6 Navy Independent Lost Orange, 14–21
7 Arkansas Southwest Lost Cotton, 6–7
8 Ohio State Big Ten none
9 Kansas Big Eight
Alabama SEC Tied Bluebonnet, 3–3
11 Baylor Southwest Lost Gator, 12–13
12 Duke ACC Won Cotton, 7–6
13 Michigan State Big Ten none
14 Auburn SEC
15 Purdue Big Ten
16 Florida SEC Won Gator, 13–12
17 Texas Southwest Tied Bluebonnet, 3–3
18 Yale Ivy none
New Mexico State Border Won Sun, 20–13
Tennessee SEC none

Source:[14]

References

  1. ^ "Gophers win title". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 30, 1960. p. 13.
  2. ^ "1960 Preseason AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "September 19, 1960 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "September 26, 1960 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "October 3, 1960 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "October 10, 1960 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "October 17, 1960 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "October 24, 1960 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "October 31, 1960 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "November 7, 1960 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  11. ^ "November 14, 1960 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "November 21, 1960 AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "1960 Final AP Football Poll". College Poll Archive. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Gophers top final poll". Bend Bulletin. (Oregon). UPI. November 29, 1960. p. 3.