The 1961 NCAA College Division football season was the sixth season of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the NCAA College Division level.

Conference standings

1961 California Collegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 AP / No. 5 UPI Fresno State $ 5 0 0 10 0 0
Cal Poly 3 2 0 4 4 0
San Diego State 2 2 1 7 2 1
Los Angeles State 2 2 1 4 4 1
Long Beach State 2 3 0 5 5 0
UC Santa Barbara 0 5 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from College Division poll
1961 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
North Carolina College $ 5 0 2 7 0 2
North Carolina A&T 5 1 0 5 4 0
Johnson C. Smith 6 1 0 8 1 0
Winston-Salem State 5 1 1 6 1 1
Maryland State 2 2 1 4 2 1
Delaware State 5 2 0 7 3 0
Virginia Union 4 3 1 5 3 1
Morgan State 5 4 0 5 4 0
Virginia State 3 4 1 3 4 1
Hampton 3 3 0 6 3 0
Elizabeth City State 3 4 0 4 4 0
St. Augustine's 3 5 0 4 5 0
Fayetteville State 2 4 0 3 6 0
Howard 1 5 0 1 8 0
Shaw 1 8 0 1 8 0
Saint Paul's (VA) 0 6 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Central Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pittsburg State $^ 5 0 0 11 0 0
Omaha 4 1 0 6 3 0
Fort Hays State 3 2 0 4 4 1
St. Benedict's 2 3 0 2 7 0
Emporia State 1 4 0 1 8 0
Washburn 0 5 0 3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
1961 College Conference of Illinois football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Millikin $ 6 0 0 8 0 0
Carroll (WI) 5 1 0 6 3 0
Carthage 4 2 0 7 2 0
North Central (IL) 3 3 0 5 4 0
Augustana (IL) 2 4 0 5 4 0
Illinois Wesleyan 1 5 0 2 7 0
Lake Forest 0 6 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 16 UPI Humboldt State + 4 1 0 8 2 0
San Francisco State + 4 1 0 8 2 0
UC Davis 3 2 0 5 4 0
Nevada 2 3 0 5 4 0
Sacramento State 2 3 0 4 5 0
Chico State 0 5 0 4 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from College Division poll
1961 Gulf States Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southeastern Louisiana + 4 1 0 9 1 0
McNeese State + 4 1 0 7 2 0
Northwestern State 3 2 0 7 3 0
Louisiana Tech 3 2 0 5 4 0
Northeast Louisiana State 1 4 0 3 7 0
Southwestern Louisiana 0 5 0 2 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1961 Hoosier Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Taylor + 4 1 0 8 1 0
Anderson (IN) + 4 1 0 4 4 0
Hanover 3 2 0 3 6 0
Indiana Central 2 3 0 4 5 0
Manchester (IN) 1 4 0 3 6 0
Franklin (IN) 1 4 0 1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1961 Indiana Collegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Butler $ 6 0 0 9 0 0
Valparaiso 5 1 0 7 2 0
Evansville 3 3 0 4 5 0
DePauw 2 4 0 5 4 0
Ball State 2 4 0 2 5 1
Indiana State 2 4 0 2 6 0
Saint Joseph's (IN) 1 5 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southern Illinois $ 5 1 0 7 3 0
Western Illinois 4 2 0 5 3 0
Illinois State Normal 4 2 0 5 4 0
Eastern Illinois 3 2 1 4 3 1
Northern Illinois 3 2 1 4 4 1
Central Michigan 1 5 0 2 8 0
Eastern Michigan 0 6 0 0 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Parsons $ 8 0 0 9 0 0
Luther 6 2 0 6 3 0
Central (IA) 5 3 0 6 3 0
Upper Iowa 5 3 0 6 3 0
Dubuque 4 4 0 5 4 0
Buena Vista 3 5 0 4 5 0
Iowa Wesleyan 3 5 0 3 7 0
Wartburg 2 6 0 2 7 0
Simpson 0 8 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Sam Houston State $ 7 0 0 8 1 0
Texas A&I 5 2 0 7 2 0
Lamar Tech 4 2 1 8 2 1
Howard Payne 4 3 0 4 5 0
East Texas State 3 4 0 4 6 0
Southwest Texas State 2 4 1 4 5 1
Sul Ross 1 6 0 3 7 0
Stephen F. Austin 1 6 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Mason–Dixon Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Western Maryland $ 4 0 0 7 2 0
Gallaudet * 1 0 0 1 6 0
Johns Hopkins 1 1 0 3 4 1
Hampden–Sydney 2 2 0 3 6 0
Randolph–Macon 1 2 0 4 5 0
Bridgewater 0 4 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * – Ineligible for title
1961 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Albion $ 5 0 0 8 0 0
Olivet 4 1 0 8 1 0
Kalamazoo 3 2 0 4 4 0
Alma 2 3 0 2 6 0
Adrian 1 4 0 2 6 0
Hope 0 5 0 0 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Bowling Green $ 5 1 0 8 2 0
Western Michigan 4 1 1 5 4 1
Miami 3 2 0 6 4 0
Ohio 3 2 1 5 3 1
Toledo 2 4 0 3 7 0
Marshall 1 4 0 2 7 1
Kent State 1 5 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Mid-Ohio League football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Findlay $ 5 0 0 7 3 0
Ohio Northern 4 1 0 6 3 0
Bluffton 2 3 0 5 3 0
Defiance 2 3 0 3 5 0
Ashland 2 3 0 3 6 0
Wilmington (OH) 0 5 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
University
No. 15 Rutgers x 4 0 0 9 0 0
Bucknell 5 2 0 6 3 0
Delaware 3 2 0 4 4 0
No. 5 Lehigh 3 2 0 7 2 0
Gettysburg 2 2 1 3 5 1
Temple 1 2 2 2 5 2
Lafayette 1 5 1 2 6 1
Muhlenberg 0 4 0 2 7 0
College–Northern
Susquehanna x 6 0 0 8 0 1
Albright 4 0 1 7 0 1
Moravian 4 1 1 4 3 1
Wagner 4 2 0 6 3 0
Lycoming 1 3 1 1 6 1
Wilkes 1 6 0 1 6 0
Hofstra * 2 0 0 7 2 0
Juniata * 1 2 0 3 4 0
Upsala * 0 4 0 0 7 0
College–Southern
Lebanon Valley x 5 1 0 6 1 0
Swarthmore 4 2 0 5 2 0
Western Maryland 4 2 0 7 2 0
Dickinson 5 3 0 5 3 0
Pennsylvania Military 5 3 0 6 3 0
Johns Hopkins 2 3 1 3 4 1
Ursinus 2 5 0 2 5 0
Drexel 1 5 1 2 5 1
Haverford 0 6 1 0 6 1
West Chester * 0 0 0 7 2 0
Franklin & Marshall * 0 3 0 1 7 0
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * – Ineligible for championship due to insufficient conference games
Rankings from AP Poll
1961 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Minnesota–Duluth $ 7 0 0 8 1 0
Saint John's (MN) 5 2 0 6 2 0
St. Thomas (MN) 5 2 0 6 3 0
Macalester 4 3 0 6 3 0
Augsburg 3 4 0 4 4 0
Concordia (MN) 3 4 0 4 5 0
Gustavus Adolphus 1 6 0 2 7 0
Hamline 0 7 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
NE Missouri State $ 5 0 0 9 1 0
SE Missouri State 3 2 0 5 5 0
Missouri–Rolla 3 2 0 4 5 0
SW Missouri State 2 3 0 4 4 1
Central Missouri State 2 3 0 3 5 0
NW Missouri State 0 5 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
South Dakota State + 5 1 0 8 2 0
State College of Iowa + 5 1 0 7 2 0
North Dakota 4 2 0 6 3 0
Augustana (SD) 4 2 0 5 3 1
Morningside 2 4 0 3 6 0
North Dakota State 1 5 0 3 6 0
South Dakota 0 6 0 1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1961 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wittenberg $ 6 0 0 8 1 0
Akron 6 1 0 6 2 0
Oberlin 5 1 0 8 1 0
Muskingum 5 1 0 7 2 0
Capital 5 2 1 5 2 1
Wooster 5 3 0 6 3 0
Ohio Wesleyan 4 3 0 6 3 0
Kenyon 2 4 0 3 4 1
Mount Union 2 5 0 3 6 0
Denison 2 6 0 3 6 0
Heidelberg 1 4 1 1 7 1
Otterbein 1 5 0 2 5 1
Hiram 1 5 0 1 7 0
Marietta 0 5 1 0 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Ohio Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Tennessee Tech $ 6 0 0 7 3 0
Middle Tennessee 5 1 0 7 3 0
Western Kentucky 4 2 0 6 3 0
Eastern Kentucky 3 3 0 4 5 0
Murray State 2 4 0 4 6 0
East Tennessee State 1 5 0 3 7 0
Morehead State 0 6 0 1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Allegheny $ 5 1 0 6 1 0
John Carroll 4 1 0 5 2 0
Western Reserve 5 2 0 5 2 0
Case Tech 4 2 0 4 3 0
Bethany (WV) 2 4 0 2 5 0
Thiel 2 4 0 2 4 0
Wayne State (MI) 1 4 0 1 5 0
Washington & Jefferson 0 5 0 0 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Adams State $ 4 0 0 8 2 0
Colorado College 2 2 0 5 3 1
Western State (CO) 2 2 0 4 5 0
Colorado Mines 2 2 0 3 6 0
Colorado State–Greeley 0 4 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Whittier $^ 4 0 0 9 1 0
Redlands 3 1 0 6 4 0
Occidental 2 2 0 6 3 0
Pomona 1 3 0 5 4 0
Claremont-Mudd 0 4 0 3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA playoff participant
1961 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Florida A&M $ 5 0 0 10 0 0
Alabama A&M 5 0 0 8 1 0
Allen 4 2 0 5 4 0
Bethune–Cookman 5 2 0 5 3 0
Morris Brown 4 2 0 5 4 0
Fisk 4 2 0 5 4 0
Tuskegee 4 1 1 4 4 1
Morehouse 3 3 0 4 4 0
Clark (GA) 2 3 1 3 3 2
Lane 1 4 0 2 5 1
Benedict 2 4 0 2 7 0
South Carolina State 2 5 0 2 7 0
Alabama State 1 5 0 1 7 0
Knoxville 1 5 0 1 7 0
Fort Valley State 0 5 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Jackson State $ 6 1 0 9 2 0
Grambling 5 2 0 8 2 0
Southern 5 2 0 7 3 0
Texas Southern 5 2 0 6 3 0
Prairie View A&M 3 4 0 5 4 1
Wiley 2 4 1 4 4 1
Arkansas AM&N 1 5 1 3 6 1
Texas College 0 7 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from College Division poll
1961 West Penn Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Westminster (PA) $ 4 1 0 6 2 0
Grove City 2 0 0 5 4 0
Waynesburg 2 2 0 6 2 0
Saint Vincent 2 2 0 3 3 1
Geneva 1 2 0 4 4 0
Carnegie Tech 0 4 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Wisconsin State College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Stevens Point State $ 7 1 0 8 1 0
La Crosse State 5 1 0 5 3 0
River Falls State 4 2 0 5 4 0
Whitewater State 3 3 0 6 3 0
Superior State 2 3 1 3 4 2
Stout State 2 3 1 3 4 1
Eau Claire State 3 5 0 4 5 0
Oshkosh State 2 4 0 2 4 0
Milwaukee 2 4 0 2 6 0
Platteville State 1 5 0 1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 Yankee Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Maine $ 5 0 0 8 0 1
UMass 3 1 0 5 4 0
Connecticut 2 2 0 2 7 0
New Hampshire 1 3 0 3 5 0
Rhode Island 1 4 0 2 6 1
Vermont 0 2 0 3 3 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1961 NCAA College Division independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Baldwin–Wallace     9 0 0
Wheaton (IL)     8 0 0
Tampa     8 1 0
Mississippi Southern     8 2 0
Howard (AL)     7 2 0
La Verne     7 2 0
Arlington State     7 3 0
Northern Michigan     6 2 0
Sewanee     5 2 1
Cal Poly Pomona     6 3 0
Louisville     6 3 0
Montana State     4 3 1
Drake     5 4 0
Pacific (CA)     5 4 0
Wabash     5 4 0
Northeastern     4 4 0
Santa Clara     3 3 0
Buffalo     4 5 0
Norfolk State     3 4 0
Abilene Christian     4 6 0
Chattanooga     4 6 0
North Park     3 5 0
Union (NY)     3 5 0
Arkansas State     3 6 0
Trinity (TX)     2 7 0
Carnegie Tech     1 7 0
UC Riverside     1 7 0
Pepperdine     1 9 0
Rose Poly     0 8 0
Washington University     0 9 0
Rankings from AP poll

Rankings

Main article: 1961 NCAA College Division football rankings

Small college poll

In 1961, both United Press International (UPI) and the Associated Press (AP) conducted "small college" polls. The number one selection of both wire services was the Pittsburg State Gorillas,[1][2] who compiled a regular season record of 9–0 while outscoring opponents 299–25 and registering seven shutouts.[3] The Gorillas went on to win two NAIA postseason games and finished 11–0 for the season.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Kansas Team Ranked First," Holland Evening Sentinel, November 24, 1961, p13
  2. ^ "Pittsburg Best in AP Poll, Too" The Lima News, Nov. 22, 1961, p15
  3. ^ "Welcome cfbdatawarehouse.com - BlueHost.com". Archived from the original on 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  4. ^ UPI (November 22, 1961). "Butler 9th Best Small College". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved February 27, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ AP (November 19, 1961). "Go, You Baldwin". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 27, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ AP (November 22, 1961). "Pittsburg 1st in Final AP Small College Poll". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Corpus Christi, Texas. Retrieved February 27, 2017 – via newspapers.com.