1927 Big Ten Conference football season

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1928 Big Ten Conference football season
Sport Football
Number of teams 10
Champion Illinois
Runners-up Minnesota
Season MVP Ken Rouse
Football seasons
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1928 →
1927 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Illinois + 5 0 0     7 0 1
#3 Minnesota + 3 0 1     6 0 2
#7 Michigan 3 2 0     6 2 0
Chicago 3 3 0     4 4 0
Purdue 2 2 0     6 2 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     4 4 0
Ohio State 2 3 0     4 4 0
Indiana 1 2 1     3 4 1
Iowa 1 4 0     4 4 0
Wisconsin 1 4 0     4 4 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System

The 1927 Big Ten Conference football season was the 32nd 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 1927 college football season.

The 1927 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Robert Zuppke, compiled a 7–0–1 record, won the Big Ten championship, led the conference in scoring defense (3.0 points allowed per game), and was recognized as the national champion under the Dickinson System rankings. Guard Russ Crane and center Robert Reitsch received first-team All-American honors.

The 1927 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, under head coach Clarence Spears, compiled a 6–0–2 record, led the Big Ten in scoring offense (26.1 points per game), and was ranked No. 3 in the Dickinson System rankings. Fullback Herb Joesting was a consensus first-team All-American, and guard Harold Hanson also received first-team All-American honors from multiple selectors.

The 1927 Michigan Wolverines football team, under head coach Elton Wieman, compiled a 6–2 record, shut out its first four opponents, and was ranked No. 7 in the Dickinson System rankings. Michigan end Bennie Oosterbaan was a consensus first-team All-American for the third consecutive year. Halfback Louis Gilbert was Michigan's leading scorer and a first-team All-Big Ten player.

Chicago center Ken Rouse received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the most valuable player in the conference.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record DS
rank
PPG PAG
1 Illinois Robert Zuppke 7–0–1 5–0 #1 19.0 3.0
2 Minnesota Clarence Spears 6–0–2 3–0–1 #3 26.1 6.4
3 Michigan Elton Wieman 6–2 3–2 #7 17.1 4.9
4 Chicago Amos Alonzo Stagg 4–4 3–3 NR 8.1 8.5
5 Purdue Jimmy Phelan 6–2 2–2 NR 21.3 4.8
6 (tie) Northwestern Dick Hanley 4–4 2–3 NR 16.1 12.3
6 (tie) Ohio State John Wilce 4–4 2–3 NR 16.4 11.5
8 Indiana Harlan Page 3–4–1 1–2–1 NR 13.0 13.4
9 (tie) Iowa Burt Ingwersen 4–4 1–4 NR 13.4 10.4
9 (tie) Wisconsin Glenn Thistlethwaite 4–4 1–4 NR 12.0 9.4

Key
DS = Rankings from Dickinson System. See 1927 college football season
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 1927 season.

All-Big Ten players[edit]

The following players were picked by the Associated Press (AP), the United Press (UP), the Chicago Daily News (CDN), and/or Walter Eckersall (WE) as first-team players on the 1927 All-Big Ten Conference football team.

Position Name Team Selectors
Quarterback Harold "Shorty" Almquist Minnesota AP [halfback], CDN, UP, WE
Quarterback Edwin Crofoot Wisconsin AP
Halfback Louis Gilbert Michigan AP, CDN, UP, WE
Halfback Jud Timm Illinois CDN, UP, WE
Fullback Herb Joesting Minnesota AP, CDN, UP, WE
End Bennie Oosterbaan Michigan AP, CDN, UP, WE
End Waldo A. Fisher Northwestern AP, CDN, UP
End Ken Haycraft Minnesota WE
Tackle Leo Raskowski Ohio State AP, CDN, UP, WE
Tackle Albert J. Nowack Illinois AP, CDN, WE
Tackle Mike Gary Minnesota UP
Guard Ray Baer Michigan AP, CDN, UP, WE
Guard Harold W. Hanson Minnesota AP
Guard John R. Matthews Indiana WE
Guard Justin Whitlock Dart Northwestern CDN
Center Ken Rouse Chicago AP, CDN, UP, WE
Center Robert Reitsch Illinois UP

All-Americans[edit]

Two Big Ten players were selected as consensus first-team players on the 1927 College Football All-America Team. They were:

Position Name Team Selectors
End Bennie Oosterbaan Michigan AAB, AP, CO, INS, NANA, NEA, UP, CP, CEP, HE, NYS BE, LP, WE
Fullback Herb Joesting Minnesota AAB, AP, CO, INS, NEA, UP, CP, HE, NYS, BE, LP, WE

Other Big Ten players received first-team honors from at least one selector, they were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Tackle Leo Raskowski Ohio State COL, NEA, BE, CEP, LP, WE
Guard Harold Hanson Minnesota UP, NANA, CEP, LP
Guard Russ Crane Illinois COL
Center Robert Reitsch Illinois NANA, LP

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1927 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 9, 2017.