1900 Western Conference football season

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1900 Western Conference football season
Sport Football
Number of teams 9
Co-champions Minnesota, Iowa
Football seasons
← 1899
1901 →
1900 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota + 3 0 1     10 0 2
Iowa + 2 0 1     7 0 1
Wisconsin 2 1 0     8 1 0
Michigan 3 2 0     7 2 1
Northwestern 2 1 2     7 2 3
Chicago 2 3 1     9 5 1
Indiana 1 2 1     4 2 2
Illinois 1 3 2     7 3 2
Purdue 0 4 0     4 4 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1900 Western Conference football season was the fifth season of college football played by the member schools of the Western Conference (later known as the Big Ten Conference) and was a part of the 1900 college football season. This was the first season the league expanded, as Indiana and Iowa began competing for the conference title.

The 1900 Minnesota Golden Gophers and Iowa Hawkeyes football teams tied for the conference championship. Minnesota, under head coach Henry L. Williams, compiled a 10–0–2 record, shut out nine opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 299 to 23. Iowa, under head coach Alden Knipe, compiled a 7–0–1 record and led the conference in scoring offense with an average of 38.9 points per game. The 1900 Wisconsin Badgers, under head coach Philip King, placed third in the conference, compiled an 8–1 record (its only loss being to Minnesota by a 7–6 score), shut out seven of nine opponents, and led the conference in scoring defense with an average of 1.2 points allowed per game.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 (tie) Minnesota Henry L. Williams 10-0-2 3-0-1 24.9 1.9
1 (tie) Iowa Alden Knipe 7–0–1 2–0–1 38.9 1.5
3 Wisconsin Philip King 8–1 2–1 33.3 1.2
4 Michigan Langdon Lea 7–2–1 3–2 11.7 5.5
5 Northwestern Charles Hollister 7–2–3 2–1–2 9.3 4.1
6 Chicago Amos A. Stagg 9–5–1 2–3–1 13.6 9.0
7 Indiana James H. Horne 4–2–2 1–2–1 13.8 3.6
8 Illinois Fred Smith 7–3–2 1–3–2 15.3 5.6
9 Purdue Alpha Jamison 4–4 0–4 21.5 9.9

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game[1]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[1]

Regular season[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

No Western Conference teams appeared in any bowl games during the 1900 season.

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Western players[edit]

In 1900, an All-Western football team was selected by Caspar Whitney (CW) in Outing magazine as follows:[2]

Position Name Team Selectors
End Beyer Aune Minnesota CW
End Neil Snow Michigan CW
Tackle Arthur Hale Curtis Wisconsin CW
Tackle Joe Warner Iowa CW
Guard Jerry Riordan Wisconsin CW
Guard Cyrus E. Dietz Northwestern CW
Center Leroy Albert Page, Jr. Minnesota CW
Quarterback Gil Dobie Minnesota CW
Halfback Henry Chicago CW
Halfback Al Larson Wisconsin CW
Fullback Warren Cummings Knowlton Minnesota CW

All-Americans[edit]

No Western Conference players received first-team All-America honors in 1900. However, two players received third-team honors on Walter Camp's All-America team for 1900. They were center Page of Minnesota and quarterback Clyde Williams of Iowa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1900 Western Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "University Football". Outing magazine. 1900. p. 618.