1920 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1920 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration September 23, 1920
through January 1, 1921
Number of teams 25
Regular Season
Season champions Georgia Tech
Georgia
Tulane
Football seasons
← 1919
1921 →
1920 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia + 7 0 0     8 0 1
Tulane + 5 0 0     6 2 1
Georgia Tech + 4 0 0     8 1 0
Alabama 6 1 0     10 1 0
Furman 3 1 0     9 1 0
South Carolina 3 1 0     5 4 0
Tennessee 5 2 0     7 2 0
Auburn 4 2 0     7 2 0
Mississippi A&M 4 2 0     5 3 0
Sewanee 3 3 1     4 3 1
Vanderbilt 3 3 0     4 3 1
Howard 2 3 0     3 5 1
Mississippi College 2 4 0     3 5 0
Clemson 2 6 0     4 6 1
Florida 1 2 0     6 3 0
Transylvania 1 2 0     1 2 0
LSU 1 3 0     5 3 1
Chattanooga 1 3 0     3 4 1
The Citadel 1 4 0     2 6 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     4 3 0
Kentucky 0 2 1     3 4 1
Georgetown (KY) 0 2 0     0 3 0
Millsaps 0 3 0     0 3 0
Mercer 0 4 0     2 7 0
Wofford 0 4 0     0 8 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1920 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 1920 college football season. The season began on September 23 with conference member Auburn hosting the Marion Military Institute.

Georgia and Georgia Tech both claim conference championships with undefeated records, as would Tulane. Clyde Berryman retroactively selected Georgia as a national champion.

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 23 Marion Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama W 27–0
September 24 Erskine Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina W 26–0
September 24 Howard Morgan T 0–0
September 25 Southern Military Academy Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama W 59–0
September 25 Elon Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina W 33–0
September 25 Wake Forest Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 44–0
September 25 Emory & Henry Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 45–0

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 1 Jefferson LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 81–0
October 1 Presbyterian Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina T 7–7
October 2 Marion Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama W 49–0
October 2 Howard Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama AUB 88–0 [1]
October 2 Newberry Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina W 26–6 [1]
October 2 Erskine Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina W 41–0
October 2 The Citadel Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia UGA 40–0 [1]
October 2 Oglethorpe Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 55–0 [1]
October 2 Rhodes Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W 62–0
October 2 Northwestern St. LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 34–0
October 2 Lanier Mercer Macon, Georgia W 59–0
October 2 Mississippi College Mississippi A&M Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi MSA&M 27–0
October 2 Wofford South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina SCAR 10–0
October 2 Bryson Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee W 7–0
October 2 Maryville Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 34–0
October 2 Louisiana-Lafayette Tulane Second Tulane Stadium • New Orleans W 6–0
October 2 Birmingham–Southern Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 54–0
October 2 Tusculum Chattanooga Knoxville, Tennessee W 21–0

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 9 Birmingham–Southern Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama W 45–0
October 9 Fort Benning Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama W 14–2
October 9 Howard Centre Cheek Field • Danville, Kentucky L 120–0 [2]
October 9 Wofford Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina CLEM 13–7 [3]
October 9 Furman The Citadel College Park Stadium • Charleston, South Carolina FUR 21–6
October 9 Georgia South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina UGA 37–0 [4]
October 9 Davidson Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 66–0 [4]
October 9 Newberry Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 21–0
October 9 Maryville Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W 31–0
October 9 Mississippi College Tulane Second Tulane Stadium • New Orleans TUL 29–0 [3]
October 9 Chattanooga Oglethorpe T 14–14
October 9 Spring Hill LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 40–0
October 9 Mercer Stetson DeLand, Florida W 19–6
October 9 Georgetown Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee SEW 54–0
October 9 Vanderbilt Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, Tennessee VAN 20–0 [1]

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 13 Georgia Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina UGA 7–0 [5]
October 15 Auburn Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina AUB 21–0
October 15 Wofford Newberry Newberry, South Carolina L 9–7
October 16 Mississippi College Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 57–0
October 16 Ole Miss Birmingham–Southern Birmingham, Alabama L 27–6
October 16 Georgia Tech Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee GT 44–0 [6]
October 16 Centre Transylvania Lexington, Kentucky L 55–0 [7]
October 16 Mercer Howard HOW 33–13
October 16 Sewanee Oglethorpe Brookhaven, Georgia W 21–13 [5]
October 16 Texas A&M LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana T 0–0
October 16 Tennessee Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, Tennessee TENN 35–0
October 16 South Carolina North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina L 7-0
October 16 Southern Military Academy Mississippi A&M Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi W 14–13
October 16 Kentucky Miami Oxford, Ohio L 14–0
October 16 Tulane Rice Rice FieldHouston, Texas T 0–0 [8]
October 16 The Citadel VMI Lynchburg, Virginia L 35–0 [8]

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 23 Presbyterian South Carolina Augusta, Georgia W 14–0
October 23 Howard Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 33–0 [9]
October 23 Vanderbilt Auburn Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama AUB 56–6 [10]
October 23 Mercer Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, Tennessee CHAT 20–0 [11]
October 23 Wofford The Citadel College Park Stadium • Charleston, South Carolina CIT 19–0
October 23 Florida Southern Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 13–0
October 23 Wake Forest Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina W 17–0
October 23 Georgia Oglethorpe Brookhaven, Georgia W 27–3 [12]
October 23 Mississippi A&M LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana MSA&M 12–7 [10]
October 23 Ouachita Mississippi College Clinton, Mississippi W 6–0
October 23 Georgia Tech Pittsburgh Forbes FieldPittsburgh, Pennsylvania L 10–3 [8]
October 23 Kentucky Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee T 6–6
October 23 Clemson Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 26–0
October 23 Tulane Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi TUL 32–0

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 28 Clemson South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina SCAR 3–0
October 29 Marion Howard W 21–6
October 29 Mercer Florida Valdosta, Georgia FLA 30–0 [13]
October 29 Furman Newberry Newberry, South Carolina W 42–0
October 29 Wofford Oglethorpe Brookhaven, Georgia L 14–0
October 30 Carson-Newman Chattanooga Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, Tennessee W 83–0
October 30 Auburn Georgia McClung StadiumColumbus, Georgia UGA 7–0 [14]
October 30 Centre Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 24–0 [14]
October 30 Sewanee Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama ALA 21–0 [15]
October 30 Tulane Michigan Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, Michigan L 21–0 [16]
October 30 Mississippi College LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana LSU 41–9 [17]
October 30 Tennessee Mississippi A&M Scott FieldStarkville, Mississippi MSA&M 13–7 [17]
October 30 Kentucky Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 20–0 [17]
October 30 The Citadel Davidson Charlotte, North Carolina L 27–13 [17]

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 6 Vanderbilt Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama ALA 14–7 [18]
November 6 Birmingham–Southern Auburn Montgomery, Alabama W 49–0 [18]
November 6 Newberry The Citadel College Park Stadium • Charleston, South Carolina W 35–10
November 6 Clemson Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 7–0 [18]
November 6 Georgia Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia T 0–0 [19]
November 6 Oglethorpe Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina W 42–3 [18]
November 6 Gordon Mercer Macon, Georgia L 14–0
November 6 Cincinnati Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W 7–6
November 6 Arkansas LSU Shreveport, Louisiana W 3–0
November 6 Howard Mississippi College Clinton, Mississippi MSCOLL 21–7
November 6 Ole Miss Mississippi A&M Greenwood, Mississippi MSA&M 20–0
November 6 Wofford Presbyterian Clinton, South Carolina L 13–0
November 6 Chattanooga Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee SEW 33–0
November 6 Tulane Florida Plant FieldTampa, Florida TUL 14–0
November 6 Transylvania Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 49–0
November 6 South Carolina Davidson Davidson, North Carolina L 27-0

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 11 Clemson The Citadel County Fairgrounds • Orangeburg, South Carolina CLEM 26–0
November 11 Florida Stetson Palatka, Florida W 26–0 [20]
November 12 Chattanooga Birmingham–Southern Birmingham, Alabama L 27–0
November 13 Millsaps Mississippi College Clinton, Mississippi MSCOLL 60–0
November 13 Centre Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky L 49–0 [7]
November 13 South Carolina Navy Annapolis, Maryland L 63–0
November 13 Washington & Lee Auburn Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama W 77–0 [21]
November 13 Furman Wofford Spartanburg, South Carolina FUR 69–0 [21]
November 13 Georgetown Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 35–6 [22]
November 13 Florida Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia UGA 56–0 [23]
November 13 Millsaps Mississippi College Clinton, Mississippi MSCOLL 56–0
November 13 LSU Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 21–0
November 13 Oglethorpe Mercer Macon, Georgia L 42–0
November 13 Tennessee Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee TENN 20–0
November 13 Mississippi A&M Tulane Second Tulane Stadium • New Orleans TUL 6–0 [21]
November 13 Middle Tennessee State Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 34–0

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 20 Birmingham–Southern Howard L 14–7
November 20 Newberry South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina W 48-0
November 20 Stetson Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 21–0 [24]
November 20 Clemson Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina FUR 14–0 [25]
November 20 Alabama Georgia Ponce de Leon ParkAtlanta UGA 21–14 [26]
November 20 Virginia Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee T 7–7 [23]
November 20 Wake Forest Freshmen Mercer Macon, Georgia L 14–0
November 20 Wofford NC State Raleigh, North Carolina L 90-7

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 25 Georgetown Centre Cheek Field • Danville, Kentucky L 103–0 [7]
November 25 Wofford Duke Durham, North Carolina T 0–0
November 25 Florida Oglethorpe Columbus, Georgia L 21–0 [27]
November 25 Auburn Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 34–0 [28]
November 25 Clemson Georgia Athens, Georgia UGA 55–0 [27]
November 25 Mississippi A&M Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama ALA 24–7 [27]
November 25 Davidson Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina W 7–0 [27]
November 25 South Carolina The Citadel College Park Stadium •Charleston, South Carolina SCAR 7–6
November 25 Tulane LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana TUL 21–0 [29]
November 25 Kentucky Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 14–7 [27]
November 27 Alabama Case Cleveland, Ohio W 40–0
November 27 Mercer Erskine Due West, South Carolina L 20–6
November 27 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 21–3 [28]
November 28 Millsaps Howard HOW 42–0

Week Eleven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 4 Detroit Mercy Tulane Second Tulane Stadium • New Orleans L 7–0 [30]

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All-Southern team[edit]

The following includes the composite All-Southern eleven formed by the selection of 27 coaches and sporting writers culled by the Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Journal.[31]

Position Name First-team selectors Team
QB Bo McMillin C Centre
HB Red Barron C Georgia Tech
HB Buck Flowers C Georgia Tech
FB Riggs Stephenson C Alabama
E Owen Reynolds C Georgia
T Bill Fincher C Georgia Tech
G Fatty Warren C Auburn
C Bum Day C Georgia
G Noah Caton C Auburn
T Artie Pew C Georgia
E John Staton C Georgia Tech

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 112
  3. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 111
  4. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 110
  5. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 115
  6. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 113
  7. ^ a b c http://library.centre.edu/sc/digital/football_1920.html
  8. ^ a b c Woodruff 1928, p. 116
  9. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 123
  10. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 120
  11. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 122
  12. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 121
  13. ^ "Mercer Bows In Defeat Before Florida 'Gators". The Florida Alligator. 9 (6). November 5, 1920. 
  14. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 124
  15. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 126
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  17. ^ a b c d Woodruff 1928, p. 127
  18. ^ a b c d Woodruff 1928, p. 129
  19. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 128
  20. ^ "Place Stetson on Shelf with Second Squad". The Florida Alligator. 9. November 19, 1920. 
  21. ^ a b c Woodruff 1928, p. 132
  22. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 130
  23. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 131
  24. ^ "Florida Wins East Victory Over Hatters". Florida Alligator. November 26, 1920. 
  25. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 136
  26. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 135
  27. ^ a b c d e Woodruff 1928, p. 139
  28. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 137
  29. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 138
  30. ^ "Detroit Defeats Tulane". The Atlanta Constitution. December 5, 1920. p. 3. Retrieved May 18, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  31. ^ "All-Southern Grid Eleven Is Named". December 6, 1920. p. 12. Retrieved March 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
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