1926 Big Ten Conference football season

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1926 Big Ten Conference football season
Sport Football
Number of teams 10
Co-champions Michigan, Northwestern
Season MVP Benny Friedman
Football seasons
← 1925
1927 →
1926 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan + 5 0 0     7 1 0
Northwestern + 5 0 0     7 1 0
Ohio State 3 1 0     7 1 0
Purdue 2 1 1     5 2 1
Wisconsin 3 2 1     5 2 1
Illinois 2 2 0     6 2 0
Minnesota 2 2 0     5 3 0
Indiana 0 4 0     3 5 0
Iowa 0 5 0     3 5 0
Chicago 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System

The 1926 Big Ten Conference football season was the 31st 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 1926 college football season.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach DS Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 (tie) Michigan Fielding H. Yost #3 7–1 5–0 23.9 4.8
1 (tie) Northwestern G. Thistlethwaite #11 7–1 5–0 22.4 2.8
3 Ohio State John Wilce #8 7–1 3–1 24.5 5.4
4 Purdue James Phelan NR 5–2–1 2–1–1 18.3 8.4
5 Wisconsin George Little NR 5–2–1 3–2–1 15.3 9.0
6 (tie) Illinois Robert Zuppke #12 6–2 2–2 15.1 5.8
6 (tie) Minnesota Clarence Spears NR 5-3 2-2 33.6 8.0
8 Indiana Harlan Page NR 3–5 0–4 10.0 17.1
9 (tie) Iowa Ossie Solem NR 3–5 0–5 14.1 14.6
9 (tie) Chicago Amos A. Stagg NR 2–6 0–5 5.9 14.5

Key
DS = Ranking in the Dickinson System, a system used at the time to rank the country's best college football teams and to award the Knute Rockne Trophy to the national champion[1]
PPG = Average of points scored per game[2]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[2]

All-conference players[edit]

The following players received first-team honors on the 1932 All-Big Ten Conference football team from at least two of the following selectors: Associated Press (AP), United Press (UP), Billy Evans (BE), and Walter Eckersall (WE).

All-Americans[edit]

Five Big Ten players were recognized as consensus first-team players on the 1926 College Football All-America Team:

  • Bennie Oosterbaan, end, Michigan (AAB, COL, NEA, UP, CEP, WC, BE, ES, WE)
  • Bernie Shively, guard, Illinois (AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA, WC, BE, WE)
  • Benny Friedman, quarterback, Michigan (AP, COL, INS, NEA, CP, NYS, BE, HF, LP, RG, ES, WE)
  • Ralph Baker, halfback, Northwestern (AP, COL, CP, NYS, LP, WE)
  • Herb Joesting, fullback, Minnesota (AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA, BE, CP, ES, NYS, RG, LP, WC, WE)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stanford Best Eleven, Claim". Los Angeles Times. December 17, 1926. p. 17. 
  2. ^ a b "1926 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 26, 2016.