1917 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1917 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration September 28, 1917
through November 29, 1917
Number of teams 17
Regular Season
Season champions Georgia Tech
Football seasons
← 1916
1918 →
1917 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech $ 4 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn 5 1 0     6 2 1
Clemson 5 1 0     6 2 0
Sewanee 4 1 1     5 2 1
Mississippi A&M 3 1 0     6 1 0
Alabama 3 1 1     5 2 1
Tulane 2 1 0     5 3 0
Vanderbilt 3 2 0     5 3 0
LSU 2 3 0     3 5 0
South Carolina 2 3 0     3 5 0
Wofford 1 2 0     5 4 0
Furman 1 3 0     3 5 0
Florida 1 3 0     2 4 0
Ole Miss 1 4 0     1 4 1
The Citadel 0 2 0     3 3 0
Howard 0 3 0     0 3 0
Mississippi College 0 4 0     0 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • There were several SIAA schools that did not field a team due to World War I.

The 1917 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season was the college football games played by the member schools of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association as part of the 1917 college football season. The season began on September 28. A curtailing of expenses was required for extension into 1918.[1]

John Heisman's Georgia Tech team won the conference and was the South's first consensus national champion. Tech captain Walker Carpenter and halfback Everett Strupper were the first players from the Deep South ever selected for an All-America first-team. Tech quarterback Albert Hill led the nation in scoring. Though Centre did not claim a championship, it also posted an undefeated conference record, beginning the rise of its football program.

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
September 28 Presbyterian Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina W 13–0
September 28 Furman Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 25–0 [2]
September 29 Wake Forest Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 33–0 [2]
September 29 Howard Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee SEW 42–7

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 3 Ohio Am Corp. Alabama Soldiers Field • Montgomery, Alabama W 7–0
October 5 Marion Mississippi A&M New Athletic FieldStarkville, Mississippi W 18–6
October 6 Arkansas State Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi T 0–0
October 6 Howard Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama AUB 53–0
October 6 Wake Forest Furman Greenville, South Carolina W 7–6
October 6 Penn Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 41–0 [3]
October 6 Louisiana-Lafayette LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 20–6
October 6 Newberry South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina W 38–0
October 6 Transylvania Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 41–0
October 6 Charleston Navy The Citadel Charleston, South Carolina W 19–7
October 6 Wofford Guilford Greensboro, North Carolina W 20-0

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 12 Marion Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama W 13–0
October 13 Fort Sheridan Auburn Montgomery, Alabama W 13–0
October 13 Vanderbilt Chicago Stagg FieldChicago L 48–0
October 13 Clemson Furman Greenville, South Carolina CLEM 38–0
October 13 South Carolina Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida FLA 21–13
October 13 Davidson Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 32–10
October 13 LSU Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi LSU 52–7
October 13 Mississippi College Mississippi A&M New Athletic FieldStarkville, Mississippi MSA&M 68–0
October 13 Transylvania Sewanee Chattanooga, Tennessee W 76–0
October 13 Spring Hill Tulane Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, Louisiana W 28–0
October 13 The Citadel Presbyterian Clinton, South Carolina L 0–7
October 13 Army Am Corp. Wofford Spartanburg, South Carolina W 21-0

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 19 Auburn Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina AUB 7–0
October 20 Newberry Furman Greenville, South Carolina W 20–7
October 20 Washington & Lee Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 63–0 [4]
October 20 Sewanee LSU New Orleans SEW 3–0
October 20 Tulane Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida TUL 52–0
October 20 Vanderbilt Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W 5–0
October 20 Erskine The Citadel Charleston, South Carolina W 18–7
October 20 Mississippi College Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 46–0
October 20 Wofford Presbyterian Clinton, South Carolina L 7-6

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 25 Clemson South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina CLEM 21–13
October 27 Ole Miss Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 64–0
October 27 Mississippi A&M Auburn Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama AUB 13–6
October 27 Florida Southern Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 19–7
October 27 Kentucky Sewanee Chattanooga, Tennessee W 7–0
October 27 LSU Texas A&M San Antonio L 27–0
October 27 Washington Artillery Tulane Tulane Stadium • New Orleans W 19–0
October 27 Howard Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 69–0
October 27 Wofford Erskine Due West, South Carolina L 21-0

Week Six[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 1 Clemson Wofford Spartanburg, South Carolina CLEM 27–16
November 2 Tulane Texas A&M College Station, Texas W 35–0
November 3 Arkansas LSU Fair Grounds FieldShreveport, Louisiana L 14–0
November 3 Florida Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama AUB 68–0
November 3 Davidson Furman Greenville, South Carolina W 28–7
November 3 2:30 p. m. Vanderbilt Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 83–0 [5]
November 3 Ole Miss Mississippi A&M Tupelo, Mississippi MSA&M 41–14
November 3 Sewanee Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama T 3–3
November 3 Erskine South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina L 14-13
November 3 Newberry The Citadel Charleston, South Carolina W 32–7

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 8 The Citadel Clemson County Fairgrounds • Orangeburg, South Carolina CLEM 20–0
November 8 Furman South Carolina Florence, South Carolina SCAR 26–0
November 10 Davidson Auburn Atlanta L 21–7 [6]
November 10 Georgia Tech Tulane Tulane Stadium • New Orleans GT 48–0 [7]
November 10 Mississippi College LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana LSU 34–0
November 10 Kentucky Mississippi A&M New Athletic FieldStarkville, Mississippi W 14–0
November 10 Ole Miss Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee SEW 69–7
November 10 Vanderbilt Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama VAN 7–2
November 10 Newberry Wofford Spartanburg, South Carolina W 45-0

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 17 Alabama Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W 27–0
November 17 Auburn Vanderbilt Chattanooga, Tennessee AUB 31–7
November 17 Centre Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee CEN 28–0
November 17 Clemson Florida Jacksonville, Florida CLEM 55–7
November 17 Carlisle Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 98–0 [8]
November 17 Mississippi A&M LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana MSA&M 9–0
November 17 Presbyterian Furman Greenville, South Carolina L 14–7
November 17 Rice Tulane Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, Louisiana L 16–0
November 17 Wofford South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina SCAR 20–0

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 24 Ohio State Auburn Soldiers Field • Montgomery, Alabama T 0–0 [9]
November 24 Presbyterian South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina L 20–14
November 24 Wofford Davidson Davidson, North Carolina L 62-0

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 29 Camp Gordon Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama L 19–6
November 29 Clemson Davidson Charlotte, North Carolina L 21–9
November 29 Wofford Furman Greenville, South Carolina FUR 18–3
November 29 Auburn Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 68–7 20,000 [10]
November 29 Florida Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky L 52–0
November 29 Ole Miss Mississippi College Jackson, Mississippi MISS 21–0
November 29 Haskell Mississippi A&M Memphis, Tennessee W 7–6
November 29 The Citadel South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina SCAR 20–0
November 29 Tulane LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana LSU 28–6
November 29 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 13–6

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All-Southern team[edit]

The composite All-Southern eleven formed by the selection of 7 coaches and sporting writers included:[11][12]

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Albert Hill 5'7" 164 Sr. Washington, Georgia Georgia Tech
HB Everett Strupper 5'7" 148 Sr. Columbus, Georgia Georgia Tech
HB Buck Flowers 5'7" 140 Fr. Sumter, South Carolina Davidson
FB Joe Guyon 5'11" 186 Jr. Magdalena, New Mexico Georgia Tech
E Moon Ducote 5'10" 187 Jr. Cottonport, Louisiana Auburn
T Walker Carpenter 6'2" 184 Sr. Newnan, Georgia Georgia Tech
G Pete Bonner 6'2" 183 So. Clay Co., Alabama Auburn
C Pup Phillips 6'0" 182 Jr. Carnesville, Georgia Georgia Tech
G Tram Sessions So. Birmingham, Alabama Alabama
T Bill Fincher 6'0" 182 So. Atlanta Georgia Tech
E Alfred T. Adams 175 So. Nashville, Tennessee Vanderbilt

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dixie Colleges Continue Intercollegiate Athletic; Expenses to Be Curtailed". Atlanta Constitution. December 8, 1917. p. 12. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b "Football Season In Atlanta Opens With Two Games". The Atlanta Constitution. September 30, 1917. p. 1. Retrieved August 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Athletics". The Pennsylvania Gazette. Weekly Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania. 16 (2): 47–48. October 12, 1917. 
  4. ^ "Georgia Crushes W. And. L" (PDF). The New York Times. October 21, 1917. p. 3. 
  5. ^ "Vanderbilt Completely Overwhelmed" (PDF). The Technique. November 6, 1917. p. 4. 
  6. ^ Dick Jemison (November 11, 1917). "Ralph Flowers, Demon Halfback, Defeats Auburn". Atlanta Constitution – via Newspapers.com.  Part 1 Part 2 open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Tech Swamps Tulane" (PDF). The Technique. November 13, 1917. p. 4. 
  8. ^ "Tech Smothers Indians" (PDF). The Technique. November 20, 1917. p. 4. 
  9. ^ "Auburn Tigers Play Ohio State To Scoreless Tie". November 25, 1917. p. 3. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "Golden Tornado Wins Great Victory" (PDF). The Technique. December 4, 1917. p. 4. 
  11. ^ Spalding Football Guide. 1918. 
  12. ^ "Six Yellow Jackets Are On All-Southern Team". The Washington Times. December 10, 1917.