1901 Western Conference football season

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1901 Western Conference football season
Sport Football
Number of teams 9
Co-champions Michigan, Wisconsin
Football seasons
← 1900
1902 →
1901 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan + 4 0 0     11 0 0
Wisconsin + 2 0 0     9 0 0
Minnesota 3 1 0     9 1 1
Illinois 4 2 0     8 2 0
Northwestern 3 2 0     8 2 1
Indiana 1 2 0     6 3 0
Purdue 0 3 1     4 4 1
Chicago 0 4 1     8 6 2
Iowa 0 3 0     6 3 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1901 Western Conference football season was the sixth 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 1901 college football season.

In its first year under head coach Fielding H. Yost, Michigan compiled a perfect 11–0 record, outscored its opponents by a combined total of 550 to 0, and defeated Stanford by a 49 to 0 score in the inaugural Rose Bowl game, the first college bowl game ever played. Three of the five official selectors, the Helms Athletic Foundation, the Houlgate System, and the National Championship Foundation, recognize the 1901 Michigan team as the national champion.

Wisconsin, under head coach Philip King, tied with Michigan for the conference championship with a 9–0 record, shut out seven of nine opponents, and outscored all opponents 317 to 5.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 (tie) Michigan Fielding H. Yost 11–0 4–0 50.0 0.0
1 (tie) Wisconsin Philip King 9–0 2–0 35.2 0.6
3 Minnesota Henry L. Williams 9-1-1 3-1 16.6 1.6
4 Illinois Justa Lindgren 8–2 4–2 24.3 3.9
5 Northwestern Charles Hollister 8–2–1 3–2 14.6 7.0
6 Indiana James H. Horne 6–3 1–2 23.8 9.7
7 Purdue D. M. Balliet 4–4–1 0–3–1 15.3 7.3
8 Chicago Amos A. Stagg 8–6–2 0–4–1 10.9 8.2
9 Iowa Alden Knipe 6–3 0–3 9.4 12.8

Key

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

Regular season[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

Michigan defeated Stanford, 49–0, in the 1902 Rose Bowl.

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Western players[edit]

The following Western Conference players were selected as first-team players on the 1901 All-Western college football team by at least two of the following selectors: Chicago American (CA), Chicago Daily News (CDN), Chicago Record-Herald (CRH), Chicago Tribune (CT), and Walter Camp (WC):

  • William Juneau, end, Wisconsin (CA, CDN, CRH, CT, WC)
  • Neil Snow, end/fullback, Michigan (CA, CDN, CRH, WC)
  • Bruce Shorts, tackle, Michigan (CA, CRH, CT, WC)
  • Arthur Hale Curtis, tackle, Wisconsin (CA, CDN, CRH, CT)
  • John G. Flynn, guard, Minnesota (CA, CRH, WC)
  • Jake Stahl, guard, Illinois (CA, CDN, CRH, CT)
  • Fred Lowenthal, center, Illinois (CA, CT, WC)
  • Leroy Albert Page, Jr., center, Minnesota (CDN, CRH)
  • Boss Weeks, quarterback, Michigan (CA, CDN, CRH, WC)
  • Willie Heston, halfback, Michigan (CA, CRH, WC)
  • Al Larson, halfback, Wisconsin (CA, CDN, CRH, CT, WC)
  • Everett Sweeley, fullback/halfback, Michigan (CDN, CT)
  • G. O. Dietz, fullback/guard, Northwestern (CDN, WC)
  • Earl Driver, fullback, Wisconsin (CA, CRH)

All-Americans[edit]

Only one Western Conference player was selected as a first-team player on the 1901 College Football All-America Team:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1901 Western Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Caspar Whitney (1902). "The Sportsman's View-Point" (PDF). Outing.