1917 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1917 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1917 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1917 record 5–2–1 (2–2–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Robert Zuppke (5th season)
Offensive scheme I formation
Captain Reynold R. Kraft
Seasons
← 1916
1918 →
1917 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio State $ 4 0 0     8 0 1
Minnesota 3 1 0     4 1 0
Northwestern 3 2 0     5 2 0
Wisconsin 3 2 0     4 2 1
Illinois 2 2 1     5 2 1
Chicago 2 2 1     3 2 1
Indiana 1 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 0 1 0     8 2 0
Iowa 0 2 0     3 5 0
Purdue 0 4 0     3 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1917 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1917 college football season. In their fifth season under head coach Robert Zuppke, the Illini compiled a 5–2–1 record and finished in a tie for fifth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1] This team included Chicago Bears founder and coach, George Halas. End Reynold R. Kraft was the team captain.[2]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResultSource
October 6Kansas*W 22–0
October 13Oklahoma*
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
W 44–0
October 20Wisconsin
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
W 7–0
October 27Purdue (rivalry)
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
W 27–0
November 3at ChicagoT 0–0
November 17at Ohio State (rivalry)L 0–13
November 24Minnesota
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
L 6–27
November 29at Camp Funston*Fort Riley, KSW 28–0[3]
  • *Non-conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1917 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 156. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Funston Team Go Down To Their First Defeat". The Topeka Daily Capital. November 30, 1917. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.