1927 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1927 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Illinois Fighting Illini football team (1927).jpg
National champion
(Billingsley, Dickinson, Helms, NCF, Davis)
Big Ten co-champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1927 record 7–0–1 (5–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Robert Zuppke
Offensive scheme Single-wing
Captain Robert Reitsch
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1926
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 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois in the 1927 Big Ten Conference football season. The Fighting Illini compiled a 7–0–1 record (5–0 against Western Conference opponents) and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 152 to 24.[1] The team was selected as the 1927 national champion by the Billingsley Report, Dickinson System, Helms Athletic Foundation, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis.[2]

Though the team had no consensus All-Americans and was known for its lack of prominent names, center Robert Reitsch and guard Russ Crane made a handful of first-team selections. Reitsch was also the team captain.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10/01/1927 Bradley* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 19–0  
10/08/1927 Butler* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 58–0  
10/15/1927 Iowa State* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL T 12–12  
10/22/1927 at Northwestern Northwestern FieldEvanston, IL W 7–6  
10/29/1927 Michigandagger Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 14–0  
11/5/1927 at Iowa Iowa Field • Iowa City, IA W 14–0  
11/12/1927 Chicago Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 15–6  
11/19/1927 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 13–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Roster[edit]

Player Position
Russ Crane Guard
Robert Reitsch (captain) Center
Butch Nowack Tackle, Kicker
Judson Timm Halfback
Fritz Humbert Fullback
Blair French Quarterback
Dwight Stuessy Quarterback
Doug Mills Fullback, Punter
Frank Walker Fullback
Tom Nickol Fullback
Art D'Ambrosio Halfback, Fullback
Arnold Wolgast Tackle
James R. Stewart End
Walter Jolley End
Ernest W. Schultz Tackle
Keston J. Deimling Guard
Lawrence Perkins Guard
Leonard Grable Tackle
Garland Grange Halfback, End
William E. Short End
Louis Gordon Guard
Louis Muegge Guard
Evert Nelson Guard
L. J. Weitz Tackle
Lloyd. S. Burdick Tackle
Norman McClure Guard
Merwin Mitterwallner Guard
Lester Marriner Guard

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1927 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results". 
  2. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 109. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 156. Retrieved December 28, 2016.