1927 Southern Conference football season

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1927 Southern Conference football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration September 17, 1927
through December 3, 1927
Number of teams 22
Regular Season
Season champions Georgia Tech
Tennessee
NC State
Football seasons
← 1926
1928 →
1927 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech + 7 0 1     8 1 1
Tennessee + 5 0 1     8 0 1
NC State + 4 0 0     9 1 0
Vanderbilt 5 0 2     8 1 2
Georgia 6 1 0     9 1 0
Florida 5 2 0     7 3 0
Ole Miss 3 2 0     5 3 1
Virginia 4 4 0     5 4 0
Clemson 2 2 0     5 3 1
Alabama 3 4 1     5 4 1
LSU 2 3 1     4 4 1
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     5 3 0
Washington and Lee 2 3 0     4 4 1
VPI 2 3 0     5 4 0
Maryland 2 3 0     4 7 0
South Carolina 2 4 0     4 5 0
VMI 2 4 0     6 4 0
Tulane 2 5 1     2 5 1
North Carolina 2 5 0     4 6 0
Sewanee 1 4 0     2 6 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     3 6 1
Auburn 0 6 1     0 7 2
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1927 Southern Conference football season was the college football games played by the member schools of the Southern Conference as part of the 1927 college football season. The season began on September 17. Games were permitted after Thanksgiving for the first time in the conference.

Georgia's "dream and wonder team" was deemed the national champion by some selectors (the Boand System and Poling System), even though it was upset 12–0 in the rain at the end of the season by would-be SoCon champion Georgia Tech. Prior to the game, Georgia was ranked #1 by the authoritative Dickinson System.[1]

Coach Robert Neyland's Tennessee and Jack McDowall-led North Carolina State also posted undefeated conference records and had claims to conference titles.

Vanderbilt back Jimmy Armistead led the nation in scoring with 138 points,[2] in no small part due to quarterback Bill Spears. One fellow wrote Vanderbilt produced "almost certainly the legit top Heisman candidate in Spears, if there had been a Heisman Trophy to award in 1927."[3]

After Florida had an unexpected loss to Davidson, captain Frank Oosterhoudt was declared ineligible, and replaced at captain by Bill Middlekauff, with Middlekauff at captain, Florida suffered its only further losses to powers Georgia and NC State.

Ole Miss won the first Egg Bowl with a trophy in 1927, led by players Ap Applewhite, Sollie Cohen and V. K. Smith. Clemson hired Josh Cody.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 (tie) Georgia Tech William Alexander 8–1–1 7–0–1 12.5 3.9
1 (tie) Tennessee Robert Neyland 8–1 5–0–1 27.2 2.9
1 (tie) NC State Gus Tebell 9–1 4–0 21.6 6.9
4 Georgia Kid Woodruff 9–1 6–1 24.8 3.8
5 Vanderbilt Dan McGugin 8–1–2 5–0–2 26.8 8.5
6 Florida Tom Sebring 7–3 5–2 16.4 9.6
7 Ole Miss Homer Hazel 5–3–1 3–2 19.7 8.9
8 (tie) Virginia Greasy Neale 5–4 4–4 13.0 13.6
8 (tie) Clemson Josh Cody 5–3–1 2–2 8.1 9.3
10 Alabama Wallace Wade 5–4–1 3–4–1 15.4 7.3
11 LSU Mike Donahue 4–4–1 2–3–1 14.2 9.2
12 (tie) Mississippi A&M John W. Hancock 5–3 2–3 11.6 6.8
12 (tie) VPI Andy Gustafson 5–4 2–3 13.9 5.3
12 (tie) Washington and Lee Pat Herron 4–4–1 2–3 10.8 9.8
15 Maryland Curley Byrd 4–7 3–5 16.9 13.1
16 (tie) VMI W. C. Raftery 6–4 2–4 14.4 6.4
16 (tie) South Carolina Harry Lightsey 4–6 2–4 5.1 19.1
18 Tulane Bernie Bierman 2–5–1 2–5–1 7.0 15.0
19 North Carolina Chuck Collins 4–6 2–5 8.6 10.7
20 Sewanee M. S. Bennett 2–6 1–4 9.8 18.4
21 Kentucky Harry Gamage 3–6–1 1–5 11.5 16.1
22 Auburn Dave Morey 0–7–2 0–6–1 3.3 13.8

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game[4]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[4]

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 17 Wofford VMI Lexington, Virginia W 37–0

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
September 24 Millsaps Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama W 46–0
September 24 Stetson Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama L 6–0
September 24 Florida Southern Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 26–7
September 24 Presbyterian Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina T 0–0
September 25 Mercer Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia W 20–0
September 25 Oglethorpe Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta L 7–6
September 24 Maryville Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky T 6–6
September 24 Louisiana Tech LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 45–0
September 24 Washington (MD) Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland W 80–0
September 24 Ozarks Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi W 58–0
September 25 Birmingham–Southern Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi W 19–7
September 24 Wake Forest North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina L 9–8
September 24 Elon North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 39–0
September 24 Transylvania Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee W 34–6
September 24 Erskine South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina W 13–6
September 24 Carson-Newman Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 33–0
September 25 Louisiana Tech Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana W 40–0
September 24 Vanderbilt Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tennessee W 45–18
September 24 Hampden-Sydney Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia W 38–6
September 24 Richmond VMI Lexington, Virginia W 22–0
September 24 Roanoke Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia W 21–2
September 24 Lynchburg Washington & Lee Wilson Field • Lexington, Virginia W 27–2

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
September 30 Rhodes Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama W 31–0
September 30 North Carolina State Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina L 20–0
October 1 Auburn Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina CLEM 3–0
October 1 Davidson Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida L 12–0
October 1 VMI Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 7–0
October 1 Indiana Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky L 21–0
October 1 Louisiana-Lafayette LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 52–0
October 1 Ole Miss Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana TUL 19–7
October 1 Birmingham–Southern Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi W 27–0
October 1 South Carolina Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland MD 26–0
October 1 Bryson Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee L 7–0
October 1 Tennessee North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina TENN 26–0
October 1 Ouachita Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 39–10
October 1 Virginia Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia UGA 32–0
October 1 Hampden-Sydney Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia W 13–0
October 1 Washington & Lee West Virginia Charleston, West Virginia T 6–6

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 7 Hendrix Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi T 0–0
October 8 LSU Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama T 0–0
October 8 Florida Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama FLA 33–6
October 8 Georgia Yale Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut W 14–10 [5]
October 8 Tulane Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 13–6
October 8 Kentucky Wesleyan Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W 13–7
October 8 Maryland North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina UNC 7–6
October 8 Louisiana Tech Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi W 14–0
October 8 Sewanee Texas A&M Dallas L 18–0
October 8 Maryville Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 7–0
October 8 Vanderbilt Centre Danville, Kentucky W 53–6
October 8 South Carolina Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia SCAR 13–12
October 8 Virginia Tech Colgate Hamilton, New York W 6–0
October 8 Roanoke VMI Lexington, Virginia W 32–0
October 8 Duke Washington & Lee Wilson Field • Lexington, Virginia W 12–7

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 13 Erskine Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina W 25–6
October 13 Wake Forest North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 30–7
October 15 Alabama Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 13–0
October 15 LSU Auburn Cramton BowlMontgomery, Alabama LSU 9–0
October 15 Kentucky Florida Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida FLA 27–6
October 15 Furman Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia W 32–0
October 15 Virginia Tech Maryland Norfolk, Virginia MD 13–7
October 15 Ole Miss Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 21–7
October 15 Mississippi A&M Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana MSA&M 13–6
October 15 North Carolina South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina SCAR 14–6
October 15 Vanderbilt Texas Fair Park Stadium • Dallas, Texas L 13–6
October 15 VMI Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia UVA 13–8

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 20 Clemson South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina CLEM 20–0
October 22 Sewanee Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama ALA 24–0
October 22 Auburn Georgia McClung StadiumColumbus, Georgia UGA 33–3
October 22 North Carolina State Florida Plant FieldTampa, Florida NCST 12–6
October 22 North Carolina Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 13–0
October 22 Mississippi A&M LSU Jackson, Mississippi LSU 9–7
October 22 Maryland VMI Richmond, Virginia MD 10–6
October 22 Transylvania Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee W 57–0
October 22 Tulane Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 32–0
October 22 Virginia Tech Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia UVA 7–0
October 22 Washington & Lee Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky W&L 25–0

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 27 South Carolina The Citadel County Fairgrounds • Orangeburg, South Carolina W 6–0
October 29 Mississippi A&M Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama ALA 13–7
October 29 Auburn Howard Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama T 9–9
October 29 Wofford Clemson Riggs FieldCalhoun, South Carolina W 6–0
October 29 Mercer Florida Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 32–6
October 29 Georgia Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana UGA 31–0
October 29 Georgia Tech Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana L 26–7
October 29 Arkansas LSU State Fair StadiumShreveport, Louisiana L 28–0
October 29 Washington & Lee Maryland Byrd StadiumCollege Park, Maryland W&L 13–6
October 29 Ole Miss Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, Tennessee MISS 28–14
October 29 North Carolina North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina NCST 19–6
October 29 Virginia Tech Chattanooga Chattanooga, Tennessee L 14–13
October 29 Virginia Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 42–0
October 29 Kentucky Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 34–6
October 29 VMI Davidson Davidson, North Carolina W 20–0

=Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 5 Kentucky Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama ALA 21–6
November 5 Auburn Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana T 6–6
November 5 Clemson The Citadel Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, South Carolina W 13–0
November 5 Georgia Florida Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida UGA 28–0
November 5 LSU Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi MISS 12–7
November 5 Maryland Yale Yale BowlNew Haven, Connecticut L 30–6
November 5 North Carolina VMI Lexington, Virginia VMI 7–0
November 5 South Carolina Virginia Tech Richmond, Virginia VT 35–0
November 5 Sewanee Tennessee Shields–Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee TENN 32–12
November 5 Virginia Washington & Lee Wilson Field • Lexington, Virginia UVA 13–7
November 6 Vanderbilt Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta T 0–0

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 11 Loyola Ole Miss Jackson, Mississippi L 7–6
November 12 Florida Alabama Cramton BowlMontgomery, Alabama FLA 13–6
November 12 Mississippi A&M Auburn Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama MSA&M 7–6
November 12 Clemson Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia UGA 32–0
November 12 LSU Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 23–0
November 12 Kentucky VMI Charleston, West Virginia UK 25–0
November 12 Davidson North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina W 27–0
November 12 North Carolina State Duke Durham, North Carolina W 20–18
November 13 Furman South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina L 10–7
November 12 Tennessee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee T 7–7
November 12 Sewanee Tulane Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, Louisiana SEW 12–6
November 12 Maryland Virginia Lambeth Field • Charlottesville, Virginia UVA 21–0
November 12 Washington & Lee Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia VT 21–0

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 18 Millsaps Mississippi A&M Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, Mississippi W 6–0
November 19 Mercer Georgia Sanford FieldAthens, Georgia W 26–7
November 19 Oglethorpe Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta W 19–7
November 19 Kentucky Centre Danville, Kentucky W 53–0
November 19 North Carolina Duke Durham, North Carolina W 18–0
November 19 Maryland Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee VAN 39–20

Week Eleven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 24 Auburn Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 18–0
November 24 Clemson Furman Manly Field • Greenville, South Carolina L 28–0
November 24 Washington & Lee Florida Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida FLA 20–7
November 24 Tulane LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana TUL 13–6
November 24 Virginia North Carolina Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, North Carolina UNC 14–10
November 24 North Carolina State South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina NCST 34–0
November 24 Maryland Johns Hopkins Baltimore, Maryland L 14–13
November 24 Mississippi A&M Ole Miss Hemingway StadiumOxford, Mississippi MISS 20–12
November 24 Tennessee Kentucky Stoll FieldLexington, Kentucky TENN 20–0
November 24 VMI Virginia Tech Roanoke, Virginia VMI 12–9
November 27 Georgia Alabama Rickwood FieldBirmingham, Alabama UGA 20–6

Week Twelve[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 3 Vanderbilt Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama VAN 14–7
December 3 Maryland Florida Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida FLA 7–6
December 3 Georgia Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta GT 12–0 [6]
December 3 Michigan State North Carolina State Riddick StadiumRaleigh, North Carolina W 19–0 [7]

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All-Southern team[edit]

The following includes the composite All-Southern team compiled by the Associated Press.[8]

Position Name First-team selectors Team
QB Bill Spears AP, UP, C, CP Vanderbilt
HB Stumpy Thomason AP, UP, C Georgia Tech
HB Dick Dodson AP, UP Tennessee
FB Herdis McCrary AP, UP, C, CP Georgia
E Tom Nash AP, C Georgia
T Fred Pickhard AP, UP, CP Alabama
G John Barnhill AP, UP, C, CP Tennessee
C Elvin Butcher AP, CP Tennessee
G Gene Smith AP, UP, CP Georgia
T Jess Tinsley AP LSU
E Chick Shiver AP, UP, CP Georgia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football National Championships". UGA Sports Communications. 2006-08-02. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  2. ^ Ernie Couch. SEC Football Trivia. 
  3. ^ Mark Purcell (November 1988). "Spears and Vandy excitement in 1927" (PDF). College Football Historical Society. 2 (1). 
  4. ^ a b https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/southern/1927.html
  5. ^ "Georgia Whips Yale Bulldogs". The Lincoln Star. October 9, 1927. p. 14. Retrieved March 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Biggest Upset of Southern Conference Spoils 'U' Mark". Oakland Tribune. December 4, 1927. p. 33. Retrieved July 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "State Wins From Michigan Aggies" (PDF). The Technician. 8 (4). December 10, 1927. p. 7. 
  8. ^ "Spears Given Highest Vote in Selection". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 27, 1927.