1925 Big Ten Conference football season

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1925 Big Ten Conference football season
Sport Football
Number of teams 10
Champion Michigan
Season MVP Tim Lowry
Football seasons
← 1924
1926 →
1925 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan $ 5 1 0     7 1 0
Northwestern 3 1 0     5 3 0
Wisconsin 3 1 1     6 1 1
Chicago 2 2 1     3 4 1
Illinois 2 2 0     5 3 0
Iowa 2 2 0     5 3 0
Minnesota 1 1 1     5 2 1
Ohio State 1 3 1     4 3 1
Indiana 0 3 1     3 4 1
Purdue 0 3 1     3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1925 Big Ten Conference football season was the 30th 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 1925 college football season.

The 1925 Big Ten Conference champion was Michigan. The team compiled a 7–1 record, shut out seven opponents, and outscored opponents by a combined score of 227 to 3. The only points allowed by the team were in a 3 to 2 loss to Northwestern in a game played in a heavy rainstorm on a field covered in mud five or six inches deep in some places. Quarterback Benny Friedman and left end Bennie Oosterbaan, sometimes referred to as "The Benny-to-Bennie Show," were both consensus All-Americans and became known as one of the greatest passing combinations in college football history.

Tim Lowry of Northwestern won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten's most valuable player.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Michigan Fielding H. Yost 7–1 5–1 28.4 0.4
2 Wisconsin George Little 6–1–1 3–1–1 16.4 6.3
3 Northwestern Glenn Thistlethwaite 5–3 3–1 10.1 8.6
4 Chicago Amos A. Stagg 3–4–1 2–2–1 5.5 9.5
5 Minnesota Clarence Spears 5-2-1 1-1-1 22.0 10.6
6 (tie) Illinois Robert Zuppke 5–3 2–2 12.3 7.4
6 (tie) Iowa Burt Ingwersen 5–3 2–2 15.1 9.3
8 Ohio State John Wilce 4–3–1 1–3–1 6.9 5.6
9 (tie) Purdue James Phelan 3–4–1 0–3–1 14.9 4.9
9 (tie) Indiana Bill Ingram 3–4–1 0–3–1 12.8 14.4

Key
PPG = Average of points scored per game[1]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[1]

Regular season[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

No Big Ten teams participated in any bowl games during the 1925 season.

All-Big Ten players[edit]

The following players were picked by multiple selectors as first-team players on the 1925 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Players selected as first-team players by all seven selectors are shown in bold.

  • Bennie Oosterbaan, end, Michigan (AP, BE, BTW, NB, JW, UP, WE)
  • Chuck Kassel, end, Illinois (AP, BE, BTW, UP, WE)
  • Dick Romey, end, Iowa (JW, NB)
  • Fred "Bub" Henderson, tackle, Chicago (AP, BE, BTW, JW, NB, UP, WE)
  • Tom Edwards, tackle, Michigan (BTW, NB, UP, WE)
  • Harry Hawkins, tackle, Michigan (AP, BE, BTW, JW)
  • Ed Hess, guard, Ohio State (AP, BE, BTW, JW, NB, UP, WE)
  • Bernie Shively, guard, Illinois (AP, BE, JW)
  • Robert J. Brown, center/guard, Michigan (AP, BE, BTW, JW, NB, UP)
  • Tim Lowry, Northwestern (BTW, UP, WE)
  • Benny Friedman, quarterback, Michigan (AP, BE, BTW, JW, UP, WE)
  • Red Grange, halfback, Illinois (AP, BE, BTW, NB, JW, UP, WE)
  • Austin McCarty, halfback/fullback, Chicago (AP, BE, BTW, WE)
  • Loren L. Lewis, fullback, Northwestern (AP, UP)

All-Americans[edit]

Four Big Ten players were consensus first-team selections to the 1925 College Football All-America Team:

  • Bennie Oosterbaan, end, Michigan (AAB, AP, COL, FW, INS, NEA, UP, A&S, BE, NB, RKN, Sun, WC, WE)
  • Ed Hess, guard, Ohio State (COL, LIB, NEA, UP, A&S, BE, NB, HR)
  • Benny Friedman, quarterback, Michigan (AAB, LIB, UP, RKN, Sun, SW)
  • Red Grange, halfback, Illinois (AP, COL, FW, INS, LIB, NEA, UP, A&S, BE, HR, NB, RKN, Sun, SW, WC, WE)

Other Big Ten players receiving first-team honors from at least one selector included:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1925 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 3, 2017.