1923 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1923 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1923 Fighting Illini National Champion football team.jpg
National champion (Boand, CFRA, Helms, Davis)
Co-national champion (QPRS, NCF, Sagarin-ELO)
Big Ten co-champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1923 record 8–0 (5–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Robert Zuppke
Offensive scheme Single wing
Captain James McMillen
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1922
1924 →
1923 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois + 5 0 0     8 0 0
Michigan + 4 0 0     8 0 0
Chicago 5 1 0     7 1 0
Minnesota 2 1 1     5 1 1
Iowa 3 3 0     5 3 0
Indiana 2 2 0     3 4 0
Wisconsin 1 3 1     3 3 1
Ohio State 1 4 0     3 4 1
Purdue 1 4 0     2 5 1
Northwestern 0 6 0     2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1923 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois in the 1923 Big Ten Conference football season. The Fighting Illini compiled an 8–0 record (5–0 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 136 to 20.[1] The team was selected retroactively as the national champion by the Boand System, College Football Researchers Association, Helms Athletic Foundation, and Parke H. Davis, and as a co-national champion by the Berryman QPRS system, National Championship Foundation, and Jeff Sagarin (using the ELO-Chess methodology).[2]

Guard Jim McMillen and halfback Red Grange were consensus All-Americans. McMillen was also the team captain.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/06/1923 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 24–7  
10/13/1923 Butler* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 21–7  
10/20/1923 at Iowa Iowa FieldIowa City, IA W 9–6  
10/27/1923 at Northwestern Northwestern FieldEvanston, IL W 29–0  
11/3/1923 Chicago Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 7–0  
11/10/1923 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 10–0  
11/17/1923 Mississippi State* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 27–0  
11/24/1923 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 9–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Roster[edit]

Player Position Class Hometown
Steve Coutchie Quarterback Senior Harvey, Illinois
Harry 'Swede' Hall Quarterback Senior Chicago, Illinois
Harold 'Red' Grange Halfback Senior Wheaton, Illinois
Wally McIlwain Wingback/Halfback Sophomore Evanston, Illinois
Earl Britton Fullback/Placekicker/Punter Sophomore Elgin, Illinois
Bill Hansen Fullback Junior Brookston, Indiana
Emil 'Heine' Schultz End Junior Geneseo, Illinois
Edward John 'Ted' Richards End Junior Glencoe, Illinois
Frank Edward Rokusek End Senior Omaha, Nebraska
Clarence Arthur Muhl End Senior Oskaloosa, Iowa
Gilbert Jay Roberts Center Senior Oskaloosa, Iowa
Vivian Julius 'Vee' Green Center Senior Waukegan, Illinois
Roy Andrew Miller Tackle Sophomore Urbana, Illinois
Chuck Addison Brown Tackle Sophomore Cissna Park, Illinois
Richard 'Dick' Hall Tackle Senior Logansport, Indiana
John Mauer Tackle Sophomore Batavia, Illinois
Bernard F. 'Bunny' Oakes Tackle Senior Maywood, Illinois
Walter Charles Crawford Tackle Sophomore Waukegan, Illinois
James McMillen Right Guard Senior Grayslake, Illinois
Louis Frederick Slimmer Guard Senior Millville, New Jersey
Leonard J. Umnus Guard Junior Menominee, Michigan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1923 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". 
  2. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 156. Retrieved December 28, 2016.