1896 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1896 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration October 3, 1896
through December 14, 1896
Number of teams 16
Regular Season
Season champions LSU
Georgia
Football seasons
← 1895
1897 →
1896 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
LSU + 3 0 0     6 0 0
Georgia + 2 0 0     4 0 0
Vanderbilt 3 0 2     3 2 2
Auburn 3 1 0     3 1 0
Georgia Tech 1 1 1     1 1 1
Texas 1 1 0     4 2 1
Alabama 1 1 0     2 1 0
Kentucky State 1 1 0     3 6 0
Sewanee 3 3 0     3 3 0
Tulane 1 2 0     3 2 0
SW Presbyterian 0 1 0     0 1 0
Nashville 0 1 1     0 1 1
Mercer 0 2 1     0 2 1
Central 0 2 1     0 3 1
Mississippi A&M 0 2 0     0 4 0
Cumberland            
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1896 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season was the college football games played by the members schools of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association as part of the 1896 college football season. The season began on October 3.

Coach Pop Warner's conference champion Georgia team beat North Carolina 24–16 in a close game. "For the first time in Southern football history the football supremacy of Virginia and North Carolina was successfully challenged."[1] Against John Heisman's Auburn team, Georgia also had the first successful onside kick in the South.[2]

The LSU Tigers, led by coach Allen Jeardeau, went undefeated and were the SIAA co-champions.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 (tie) LSU Allen Jeardeau 6–0 3–0
1 (tie) Georgia Pop Warner 4–0 2–0
3 Vanderbilt R. G. Acton 3–2–2 3–0–2
4 Auburn John Heisman 3–1 3–1
5 (tie) Georgia Tech J. B. West 1–1–1 1–1–1
5 (tie) Texas Harry Orman Robinson 4–2–1 1–1
5 (tie) Alabama Otto Wagonhurst 2–1 1–1
5 (tie) Kentucky State Dudley Short 3–6 1–1
9 Sewanee J. E. Blair 3–3 3–3
10 Tulane Harry Baum 3–2 1–2
11 (tie) Southwestern Presbyterian 0–1 0–1
11 (tie) Nashville 0–1–1 0–1–1
13 (tie) Mercer J. D. Winston 0–2–1 0–2–1
13 (tie) Central H. McC. Anderson 0–3–1 0–2–1
13 (tie) Mississippi A&M J. B. Hildebrand 0–4 0–2
? Cumberland

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game

PAG = Average of points allowed per game

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Non-conference matchup; SIAA member won
Non-conference matchup; SIAA member lost
Non-conference matchup; tie
Conference matchup

SIAA teams in bold.


Week One[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 3 Lexington A. C. Kentucky State Lexington, KY L 10–0
October 6 Auburn Mercer Macon, GA AUB 46–0

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 10 Kentucky State Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 22–0
October 10 Centenary LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 46–0
October 10 Union (TN) Mississippi A&M Starkville Fairgrounds • Starkville, MS L 8–0

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 17 Nashville Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN SEW 6–0
October 17 Galveston H. S. Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 42–0
October 17 Tulane Alumni Tulane New Orleans, LA W 12–0
October 17 Vanderbilt Centre Danville, KY L 46–0
October 17 Kentucky State Catlettsburg A. C. Catlettsburg, KY L 6–4

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 24 LSU Tulane New Orleans, LA LSU 6–0
October 24 Texas Dallas Dallas, TX T 0–0
October 24 Birmingham A. C. Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 30–0
October 24 Kentucky University Kentucky State Lexington, KY W 36–6
October 24 Central Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN T 0–0
October 24 Georgia Wofford Spartanburg, SC W 26–0
October 26 Central Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN SEW 6–4

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 31 Kentucky State Centre Danville, KY L 32–0
October 31 Clemson Furman Greenville, SC W 14–6
October 31 North Carolina Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA W 24–16
October 31 Georgia Tech Mercer GT 6–5
October 31 Sewanee Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL SEW 10–6
November 3 Vanderbilt SW Presbyterian Memphis, TN VAN 36–0

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 7 Vanderbilt Missouri St. Louis, MO L 26–6
November 7 Central Kentucky State Lexington, KY KEN 62–0
November 7 San Antonio Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 12–4
November 7 Georgia Tech Auburn Auburn, AL AUB 45–0
November 9 Sewanee Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA UGA 26–0
November 9 Tulane Vicksburg A. C. Vicksburg, MS W 48–0
November 12 Clemson South Carolina Columbia, SC L 12–6
November 13 LSU Mississippi Vicksburg, MS W 12–4

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 14 Mississippi A&M Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL ALA 20–0
November 14 Nashville Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN T 0–0
November 14 Centre Kentucky State Lexington, KY L 44–0
November 14 Texas Tulane New Orleans, LA TEX 12–4
November 16 Sewanee Auburn Riverside Park • Montgomery, AL AUB 38–6
November 16 Texas LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA LSU 14–0
November 20 Mississippi A&M LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA LSU 52–0

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 21 Kentucky State Georgetown (KY) Georgetown, KY W 16–0
November 21 Clemson Wofford Spartanburg, SC W 16–0
November 21 Mercer Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA T 12–12
November 21 Mississippi A&M New Orleans A. C. New Orleans, LA L 55–0
November 26 Auburn Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA UGA 12–6
November 26 Central Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN L 30–0
November 26 Dallas Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 22–4
November 26 Mississippi Tulane New Orleans, LA W 10–0
November 26 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 10–4
November 27 Kentucky State Louisville A. C. Louisville, KY L 30–4

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 28 LSU Southern A. C. New Orleans, LA W 6–0

Week Ten[edit]

Week Eleven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 14 Missouri Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX L 10–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 53
  2. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 68
  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 1.