1926 Southern Conference football season

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1926 Southern Conference football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration September 18, 1926
through January 1, 1927
Number of teams 22
Regular Season
Season champions Alabama
Football seasons
← 1925
1927 →
1926 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Alabama $ 8 0 0     9 0 1
Tennessee 5 1 0     8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 0     8 1 0
South Carolina 4 2 0     6 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0     5 4 0
Virginia 4 2 1     6 2 2
VPI 3 2 1     5 3 1
Washington and Lee 3 2 1     4 3 2
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     4 5 0
North Carolina 3 3 0     4 5 0
Auburn 3 3 0     5 4 0
LSU 3 3 0     6 3 0
Ole Miss 2 2 0     5 4 0
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     5 4 0
VMI 2 4 0     5 5 0
Tulane 2 4 0     3 5 1
Maryland 1 3 1     5 4 1
Clemson 1 3 0     2 7 0
Florida 1 4 1     2 6 2
Kentucky 1 4 1     2 6 1
NC State 0 4 0     4 6 0
Sewanee 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1926 Southern Conference football season was the college football games played by the member schools of the Southern Conference as part of the 1926 college football season. The season began on September 18.

In the annual Rose Bowl game, the SoCon champion Alabama Crimson Tide tied the PCC champion, and #1 ranked team under the Dickinson System, Stanford 7–7. Alabama and Stanford therefore were amongst those named a national champion. Alabama guard Fred Pickhard was the Rose Bowl game's MVP.

Robert Neyland was hired to coach Tennessee in 1926 by Nathan Dougherty with the explicit goal to "even the score with Vanderbilt."[1]

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Alabama Wallace Wade 9–0–1 8–0 24.9 2.7
2 Vanderbilt Dan McGugin 8–1 4–1 26.8 4.7
3 Tennessee Robert Neyland 8–1 5–1 16.8 3.8
4 (tie) South Carolina Branch Bocock 5–4 4–2 15.9 6.2
4 (tie) Georgia Kid Woodruff 4–5 2–4 15.0 12.8
6 Virginia Greasy Neale 6–2–1 4–2–1 16.1 5.3
7 (tie) VPI Andy Gustafson 5–3–1 3–2–1 14.9 8.9
7 (tie) Washington and Lee Pat Herron 4–3–2 3–2–1 10.3 10.4
9 Georgia Tech William Alexander 4–5 4–3 9.7 9.7
10 (tie) LSU Mike Donahue 6–3 3–3 14.2 5.0
10 (tie) Auburn Dave Morey 5–4 3–3 13.6 9.4
10 (tie) North Carolina Chuck Collins 4–5 3–3 6.6 8.2
10 (tie) Ole Miss Homer Hazel 5–4 2–2 12.6 12.2
14 Mississippi A&M Bernie Bierman 5–4 2–3 14.9 10.9
15 (tie) VMI Blandy Clarkson 5–5 2–4 8.0 9.8
15 (tie) Tulane Clark Shaughnessy 3–5–1 2–4 7.9 6.7
17 Maryland Curley Byrd 5–4–1 1–3–1 16.1 9.3
18 Clemson Bud Saunders 2–7 1–3 2.2 18.8
19 (tie) Florida Tom Sebring 2–6–2 1–4–1 9.4 13.6
19 (tie) Kentucky Fred Murphy 2–6–1 1–4–1 9.3 10.1
20 NC State Gus Tebell 4–6 0–4 6.6 10.2
21 Sewanee M. S. Bennett 2–6 0–5 9.1 8.4

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game[2]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[2]

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Non-conference matchup; SoCon member won
Non-conference matchup; SoCon member lost
Non-conference matchup; tie
Conference matchup

SoCon teams in bold.

Week One[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
September 18 Erskine Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina W 7–0
September 18 Wofford VMI Lexington, Virginia W 20–0

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
September 24 Millsaps Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama W 54–0
September 25 Chattanooga Auburn Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama W 15–6
September 25 Florida Southern Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 16–0
September 25 Presbyterian Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina L 14–0
September 25 Mercer Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia W 20–0
September 25 Oglethorpe Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta L 7–6
September 25 Northwestern State LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 47–0
September 25 Washington (MD) Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland W 63–0
September 25 Arkansas State Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi W 28–0
September 25 Birmingham–Southern Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi W 19–7
September 25 Wake Forest North Carolina Emerson FieldChapel Hill, North Carolina L 6–0
September 25 Elon North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 13–0
September 25 Bryson Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee W 15–0
September 25 Erskine South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina W 41–0
September 25 Carson-Newman Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 13–0
September 25 Louisiana Tech Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana W 40–0
September 25 Middle Tennessee State Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 69–0
September 25 Hampden-Sydney Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia T 0–0
September 25 Richmond VMI Lexington, Virginia W 10–0
September 25 Roanoke Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia W 47–0
September 25 Lynchburg Washington & Lee Wilson Field • Lexington, Virginia W 35–0

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 2 Alabama Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee ALA 19–7
October 2 Clemson Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama AUB 47–0
October 2 Florida Chicago Stagg FieldChicago L 12–6
October 2 VMI Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 13–0
October 2 Maryville Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W 25–0
October 2 Louisiana-Lafayette LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 34–0
October 2 Ole Miss Arkansas The Hill • Fayetteville, Arkansas L 21–6
October 2 Mississippi College Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi W 41–0
October 2 Maryland South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina SCAR 12–0
October 2 Furman North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina L 31–0
October 2 Middle Tennessee State Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee W 48–0
October 2 North Carolina Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 34–0
October 2 Tulane Missouri Columbia, Missouri T 6–6
October 2 Georgia Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia UGA 27–7
October 2 Hampden-Sydney Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia W 30–0
October 2 Washington & Lee West Virginia Charleston, West Virginia L 18–0

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 9 Alabama Mississippi A&M Meridian, Mississippi ALA 26–7
October 9 Auburn Howard Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama W 33–14
October 9 North Carolina State Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina CLEM 7–3
October 9 Ole Miss Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida MISS 12–7
October 9 Georgia Yale Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut L 19–0
October 9 Tulane Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 9–6
October 9 Kentucky Indiana Bloomington, Indiana L 14–6
October 9 Tennessee LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana TENN 14–7
October 9 Maryland Chicago Stagg FieldChicago L 21–0
October 9 South Carolina North Carolina Emerson FieldChapel Hill, North Carolina UNC 7–0
October 9 Sewanee Texas A&M Dallas, Texas L 6–3
October 9 Bryson Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 48–0
October 9 Lynchburg Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia W 38–0
October 9 Virginia Tech Dartmouth Hanover, New Hampshire L 20–0
October 9 Roanoke VMI Lexington, Virginia L 13–7
October 9 Washington & Lee Princeton Palmer StadiumPrinceton, New Jersey T 7–7

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 15 Wofford South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina W 27–13
October 15 Maryville Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 6–0
October 16 Alabama Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta ALA 21–0
October 16 LSU Auburn Cramton BowlMontgomery, Alabama LSU 10–0
October 16 Mercer Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida L 6–3
October 16 Furman Georgia Augusta, Georgia L 14–7
October 16 Virginia Tech Maryland Norfolk, Virginia VT 24–8
October 16 Loyola Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi W 13–7
October 16 Millsaps Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi W 34–0
October 16 Duke North Carolina Emerson FieldChapel Hill, North Carolina W 6–0
October 16 Davidson North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina L 3–0
October 16 Vanderbilt Texas Fair Park Stadium • Dallas, Texas W 7–0
October 16 Virginia VMI Lexington, Virginia UVA 14–7
October 16 Washington & Lee Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W&L 14–13

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 21 Clemson South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina SCAR 24–0
October 23 Sewanee Alabama Birmingham, Alabama ALA 2–0
October 23 Auburn Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana AUB 2–0
October 23 Kentucky Florida Jacksonville, Florida UK 18–13
October 23 Washington & Lee Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 19–7
October 23 Mississippi A&M LSU Jackson, Mississippi MSA&M 7–6
October 23 North Carolina Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland MD 14–6
October 23 Centre Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 30–7
October 23 Georgia Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 14–13
October 23 North Carolina State VMI Richmond, Virginia VMI 7–0
October 23 Virginia Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia VT 6–0

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 28 South Carolina The Citadel County Fairgrounds • Orangeburg, South Carolina L 12–9
October 28 Clemson Wofford Spartanburg, South Carolina L 3–0
October 30 LSU Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 24–0
October 30 Sewanee Auburn Cramton BowlMontgomery, Alabama AUB 9–0
October 30 Florida Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia UGA 32–9
October 30 Georgia Tech Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana L 12–0
October 30 Gallaudet Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland W 38–7
October 30 Ole Miss Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana TUL 6–0
October 30 Tennessee Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi TENN 33–0
October 30 North Carolina State North Carolina Emerson FieldChapel Hill, North Carolina UNC 12–0
October 30 Virginia Tech Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky T 13–13
October 30 Virginia South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina UVA 6–0
October 30 Rhodes Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 50–0
October 30 Davidson VMI Lynchburg, Virginia W 12–7

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 6 Kentucky Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama ALA 14–0
November 6 Auburn Georgia McClung StadiumColumbus, Georgia UGA 16–6
November 6 Clemson Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida FLA 33–0
November 6 Vanderbilt Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta VAN 13–7
November 6 Arkansas LSU State Fair StadiumShreveport, Louisiana W 14–0
November 6 Maryland Yale Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut W 15–0
November 6 Ole Miss Rhodes Memphis, Tennessee W 32–27
November 6 Mississippi A&M Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana MSA&M 14–0
November 6 VMI North Carolina Emerson FieldChapel Hill, North Carolina UNC 28–0
November 6 Lenoir-Rhyne North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 6–0
November 6 South Carolina Virginia Tech Richmond, Virginia SCAR 19–0
November 6 Sewanee Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 12–0
November 6 Washington & Lee Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia UVA 30–7

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 13 Florida Alabama Cramton BowlMontgomery, Alabama ALA 49–0
November 13 Marquette Auburn Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama L 19–3
November 13 The Citadel Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina L 15–6
November 13 Georgia Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta UGA 14–13
November 13 Kentucky VMI Charleston, West Virginia VMI 10–9
November 13 Ole Miss LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana LSU 3–0
November 13 Mississippi A&M Indiana Bloomington, Indiana L 19–6
November 13 Davidson North Carolina Emerson FieldChapel Hill, North Carolina L 10–0
November 13 Duke North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 26–19
November 13 Furman South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina L 10–7
November 13 Tennessee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 20–3
November 13 Sewanee Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana TUL 19–7
November 13 Maryland Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia T 6–6
November 13 Virginia Tech Washington & Lee Lynchburg, Virginia W&L 13–0

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 20 Centre Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky L 7–0
November 20 North Carolina State South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina SCAR 20–14
November 20 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 13–0
November 20 Randolph-Macon Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia W 57–0
November 20 Maryland Washington & Lee Wilson Field • Lexington, Virginia W&L 3–0

Week Eleven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 23 North Carolina Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia UVA 3–0
November 25 Georgia Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama ALA 33–6
November 25 Auburn Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 20–7
November 25 Clemson Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina L 30–0
November 25 LSU Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana LSU 7–0
November 25 Washington & Lee Florida Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida T 7–7
November 25 Maryland Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Maryland W 17–14
November 25 Ole Miss Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi MISS 7–6
November 25 Kentucky Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 6–0
November 25 VMI Virginia Tech Roanoke, Virginia VT 14–7
November 27 Wake Forest North Carolina State Raleigh, North Carolina W 7–3

Postseason[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

Date Bowl Game Site SIAA Team Opponent Score
January 1, 1927 Rose Bowl Rose BowlPasadena, California Alabama Stanford T 7–7

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All-Southern team[edit]

The following is the composite All-Southern team compiled by the Associated Press.[3]

Position Name First-team selectors Team
QB Bill Spears AP Vanderbilt
HB George Morton AP Georgia
HB Red Barnes AP Alabama
FB Ty Rauber AP Washington & Lee
E Hoyt Winslett AP Alabama
T Curtis Luckey AP Georgia
G Fred Pickhard AP Alabama
C Gordon Holmes AP Alabama
G Charles Mackall AP Virginia
T John Barnhill AP Tennessee
E Herschel Caldwell AP Alabama

References[edit]