1919 Big Ten Conference football season

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1919 Big Ten Conference football season
Sport American football
Number of teams 10
Champion Illinois
Runners-up Ohio State
Football seasons
← 1918
1920 →
1919 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois $ 6 1 0     6 1 0
Ohio State 3 1 0     6 1 0
Chicago 4 2 0     5 2 0
Wisconsin 3 2 0     5 2 0
Minnesota 3 2 0     4 2 1
Iowa 2 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 1 4 0     3 4 0
Northwestern 1 4 0     2 5 0
Indiana 0 2 0     3 4 0
Purdue 0 3 0     2 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1919 Big Ten Conference football season was the 24th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1919 college football season.

The 1919 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Robert Zuppke, compiled a 6–1 record, won the Big Ten championship, and was selected retroactively as the national champion by the Billingsley Report and Boand System, and as a co-national champion by the College Football Researchers Association, Parke H. Davis, and Jeff Sagarin (using his alternate ELO-Chess methodology).[1] Fullback Jack Crangle and guard Jack Depler received first-team All-Big Ten honors.

The 1919 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach John Wilce, also compiled a 6–1 record and led the conference in scoring defense (1.7 points allowed per game). Ohio State defeated Michigan for the first time in the history of the Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry. However, the Buckeyes lost to Illinois by two points in the final game of the season and finished in second place in the conference standings. Halfback Chic Harley was selected, for the third time, as a consensus first-team All-American.

Wisconsin center Charles Carpenter was a consensus first-team All-American. Chicago led the Big Ten in scoring offense with 29.3 points per game.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Illinois Robert Zuppke 6–1 6–1 13.0 6.9
2 Ohio State John Wilce 6–1 3–1 25.1 1.7
3 Chicago Amos Alonzo Stagg 5–2 4–2 29.3 3.7
4 (tie) Wisconsin John R. Richards 5–2 3–2 13.0 5.9
4 (tie) Minnesota Henry L. Williams 4–2–1 3–2 18.6 6.4
6 Iowa Howard Jones 5–2 2–2 12.9 6.3
7 (tie) Michigan Fielding H. Yost 3–4 1–4 13.3 14.6
7 (tie) Northwestern Charlie Bachman 2–5 1–4 7.0 15.9
9 Indiana Ewald O. Stiehm 3–4 0–2 10.0 9.1
10 Purdue A. G. Scanlon 2–4–1 0–3 10.1 14.9

Key
PPG = Average of points scored per game; team with highest average in bold[2]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game; team with lowest average in bold[2]

Regular season[edit]

September 27[edit]

On September 27, 1919, the Big Ten season opened with one non-conference game.

  • Indiana 20, Wabash 7

October 4[edit]

On October 4, 1919, the Big Ten football teams played seven non-conference games, resulting in five wins, one loss, and a tie. Chicago, Illinois, and Northwestern had bye weeks.

  • Ohio State 38, Ohio Wesleyan 0
  • Wisconsin 37, Ripon 0
  • Minnesota 39, North Dakota 0
  • Iowa 18, Nebraska 0
  • Michigan 34, Case 0
  • Centre 12, Indiana 3
  • Purdue 14, Franklin 14

October 11[edit]

On October 11, 1919, the Big Ten teams played one conference game and six non-conference games, the non-conference games resulted in six victories, giving the Big ten a 12–1–1 record up to that point in the season. Michigan and Iowa had a bye week.

  • Illinois 14, Purdue 7
  • Ohio State 46, Cincinnati 0
  • Chicago 123, Great Lakes Navy 0
  • Wisconsin 13, Marquette 0
  • Minnesota 6, Nebraska 6
  • Northwestern 20, DePauw 0
  • Indiana 24, Kentucky 0

October 18[edit]

On October 18, 1919, the Big Ten teams participated in four conference games and two non-conference games, the non-conference games resulted in two victories, giving the Big ten a 14–1–1 record up to that point in the season.

  • Illinois 9, Iowa 7
  • Chicago 16, Purdue 0
  • Wisconsin 10, Northwestern 6
  • Minnesota 20, Indiana 6
  • Ohio State 49, Kentucky 0
  • Michigan 26, Michigan Agricultural 0

October 25[edit]

On October 25, 1919, the Big Ten teams played four conference games. Illinois and Indiana had bye weeks.

  • Wisconsin 14, Illinois 10
  • Ohio State 13, Michigan 3
  • Chicago 41, Northwestern 0
  • Iowa 9, Minnesota 6

November 1[edit]

On November 1, 1919, the Big Ten teams played three conference games and three non-conference games, the non-conference games resulted in two victories and one defeat, giving the Big ten a 16–2–1 record up to that point in the season. Ohio State had a bye week.

  • Illinois 10, Chicago 0
  • Minnesota 19, Wisconsin 7
  • Michigan 16, Northwestern 13
  • Iowa 26, South Dakota 13
  • Notre Dame 16, Indiana 3
  • Purdue 13, Michigan Agricultural 7

November 8[edit]

On November 8, 1919, the Big Ten teams played four conference games. Indiana and Wisconsin had bye weeks.

  • Illinois 10, Minnesota 6
  • Ohio State 20, Purdue 0
  • Chicago 13, Michigan 0
  • Iowa 14, Northwestern 7

November 15[edit]

On November 8, 1919, the Big Ten teams played four conference games and one non-conference game, the non-conference game resulted in a victory, giving the Big ten a 17–2–1 record up to that point in the season. Minnesota had a bye week.

  • Illinois 29, Michigan 7
  • Ohio State 3, Wisconsin 0
  • Chicago 9, Iowa 6
  • Northwestern 3, Indiana 2
  • Purdue 24, DePauw 0 (game played on Monday, November 17)

November 22[edit]

On November 22, 1919, the Big Ten teams played three conference games and three non-conference games, the non-conference games resulted in two wins and a loss, giving the Big Ten a 19–3–1 record up to that point in the season. Northwestern had a bye week.

  • Illinois 9, Ohio State 7
  • Wisconsin 10, Chicago 3
  • Minnesota 34, Michigan 7
  • Iowa 10, Iowa State 0
  • Indiana 12, Syracuse 6
  • Notre Dame 33, Purdue 13

November 27[edit]

On Thanksgiving Day, one Big Ten team played a game and lost, giving the Big Ten a 19–4–1 record.

  • Rutgers 28, Northwestern 0

Bowl games[edit]

No Big Ten teams participated in any bowl games during the 1919 season.

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Big Ten players[edit]

The following players were selected as first-team players on the 1919 All-Big Ten Conference football team by at least two of the following five selectors: E. C. Patterson in Collier's Weekly (ECP),[3] Frank G. Menke (FM),[3] the International News Service (INS),[3] or Walter Eckersall (WE).[4] It also includes players listed as members of the 1919 "All-Conference Team" as published in the "ESPN Big Ten Football Encyclopedia" (BTFE).[5]

Position Name Team Selectors
Quarterback Gaylord Stinchcomb Ohio State BTFE, ECP, FM, WE
Halfback Chic Harley Ohio State BTFE, ECP, FM, INS, WE
Halfback Arnold Oss Minnesota BTFE, ECP, FM, INS, WE
Fullback Jack Crangle Illinois FM, INS
Fullback Fred Lohman Iowa BTFE, WE
End Lester Belding Iowa BTFE, ECP, FM, INS, WE
End Paul Meyers Wisconsin BTFE, FM, INS, WE
Tackle Duke Slater Iowa BTFE, ECP, FM, INS, WE
Tackle Charles Higgins Chicago BTFE, FM, INS, WE
Guard Lloyd Pixley Ohio State ECP, FM, INS
Guard Jack Depler Illinois BTFE [center], ECP, INS, WE [center]
Guard Clarence Applegran Illinois BTFE, WE
Guard William McCaw Indiana BTFE, WE
Center Charles Carpenter Wisconsin ECP, FM, INS
Center Ernie Vick Michigan BTFE

All-Americans[edit]

Three Big Ten players were selected as consensus first-team players on the 1919 College Football All-America Team. They were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Halfback Chic Harley Ohio State MS, WC, DJ, RE
End Lester Belding Iowa MS
Center Charles Carpenter Wisconsin MS

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "1919 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Walter Camp (ed.). Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide 1920. A. G. Spalding & Brothers (Spalding's Athletic Library). p. 41. 
  4. ^ "Walter Eckersall's All-Conference Teams". Lansing State Journal. December 1, 1919. p. 12. 
  5. ^ ESPN Big Ten Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2007. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-933060-49-1. 
  6. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved February 11, 2017.