1905 Western Conference football season

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1905 Western Conference football season
Sport Football
Number of teams 9
Champion Chicago
Football seasons
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1906 →
1905 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Chicago $ 7 0 0     11 0 0
Michigan 2 1 0     12 1 0
Minnesota 2 1 0     10 1 0
Purdue 1 1 1     6 1 1
Wisconsin 1 2 0     8 2 0
Indiana 0 1 1     8 1 1
Iowa 0 2 0     8 2 0
Northwestern 0 2 0     8 2 1
Illinois 0 3 0     5 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1905 Western Conference football season was the tenth 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 1905 college football season.

The 1905 Chicago Maroons football team won the conference championship, compiled an 11–0 record, and outscored opponents 271 to 5.[1] The Maroons were retroactively named national champions by the Billingsley Report, the Helms Athletic Foundation, the National Championship Foundation, and the Houlgate System.[2]

Michigan won the first 12 games of the season by a combined score of 495 to 0, but lost the final game of the season by a score of 2–0 against Chicago.

Minnesota compiled a 10-1 record, shut out 10 of 12 opponents, and outscored all opponents 542 to 22.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Chicago Amos A. Stagg 11–0 7–0 24.6 0.5
2 (tie) Michigan Fielding H. Yost 12–1 2–1 38.1 0.2
2 (tie) Minnesota Henry L. Williams 10–1 2–1 49.3 2.0
4 Purdue Albert Herrnstein 6–1–1 1–1 22.1 3.8
5 Wisconsin Philip King 8–2 1–2 22.6 2.8
6 Indiana James M. Sheldon 8–1–1 0–1–1 24.0 3.8
7 (tie) Iowa John Chalmers 8–2 0–2 30.9 8.6
7 (tie) Northwestern Walter McCornack 8–2–1 0–2 19.5 11.1
7 (tie) Illinois Fred Lowenthal 5–4 0–3 9.3 15.1

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game[3]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[3]

Regular season[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

No Western Conference schools participated in any bowl games during the 1905 season.

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

The following Western Conference players were selected as first-team players on the 1904 College Football All-America Team. (Consensus All-Americans displayed in bold).

All-Western players[edit]

Eleven players were chosen as first-team players on at least five of the 1905 All-Western college football teams named by the following 10 selectors: Chicago American (CA),[4] Chicago Chronicle (CC),[5] Chicago Daily News (CDN),[4] Chicago Evening Journal (CEJ),[4] Chicago Evening Post (CP),[4] Chicago Record-Herald (CRH),[4] Chicago Tribune (CT),[4] E. C. Patterson for Collier's Weekly (ECP),[6] J. H. Ritchie in Illustrated Outdoor News (JHR),[4] and The Minneapolis Journal (MJ).[7] (Players unanimously chosen by all 10 selectors are listed in bold.)

Position Name Team Selectors
End Mark Catlin Chicago CA, CC, CDN, CEJ, CP, CRH, CT, ECP, JHR, MJ
End Bobby Marshall Minnesota CC, CDN, CP, CT, ECP, JHR, MJ
Tackle Wilson Bertke Minnesota CA, CC, CDN, CEJ, CP, CRH, CT, ECP, JHR, MJ
Tackle Joe Curtis Michigan CA, CDN, CEJ, CP, CRH, CT, ECP
Guard Henry Schulte Michigan CA, CC, CDN, CP, CRH, ECP, JHR, MJ
Guard Walter D. Graham Michigan CC, CP, CT, JHR, MJ
C Germany Schulz Michigan CC, CDN, CEJ, CP, CRH, CT, JHR, MJ
Quarterback Walter Eckersall Chicago CA, CC, CDN, CEJ, CP, CRH, CT, ECP, JHR, MJ
Halfback Thomas S. Hammond Michigan CA, CC, CDN, CEJ, CP, CRH, CT, ECP, JHR, MJ
Halfback Albion G. Findlay Wisconsin CA, CC, CDN, CEJ, CP, CRH, CT, ECP, JHR, MJ
Fullback Hugo Bezdek Chicago CA, CC, CDN, CEJ, CP, CRH, CT, ECP, JHR, MJ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of Chicago Football Media Guide". University of Chicago. 2016. p. 22. Retrieved November 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "1905 Western Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Walter Camp, ed. (1906). Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide 1906. American Sporting Publishing Company. p. 29. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Selections for All Western Eleven". The Minneapols Journal. December 5, 1905. p. 8. Retrieved September 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ Spalding's Guide, p. 31.
  7. ^ "The Journal's All-Western Football Team". The Minneapolis Journal. December 10, 1905.