1939 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1939 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1939 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1939 record 3–4–1 (3–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Robert Zuppke (27th season)
MVP William Lenich
Captain Melvin Brewer
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1938
1940 →
1939 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 15 Ohio State $ 5 1 0     6 2 0
No. 9 Iowa 4 1 1     6 1 1
No. 20 Michigan 3 2 0     6 2 0
Purdue 2 1 2     3 3 2
Northwestern 3 2 1     3 4 1
Illinois 3 3 0     3 4 1
Minnesota 2 3 1     3 4 1
Indiana 2 3 0     2 4 2
Wisconsin 0 5 1     1 6 1
Chicago 0 3 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1939 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1939 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 27th season under head coach Robert Zuppke, the Illini compiled a 3–4–1 record and finished in sixth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1] Bill Lenich was selected as the team's most valuable player.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 30 Bradley* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL T 0–0    
October 14 at USC* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 0–26    
October 21 Indiana Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL L 6–7    
October 28 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL (Rivalry) L 0–13    
November 4 No. 2 Michigan Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 16–7    
November 11 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 7–0    
November 18 at No. 8 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Illibuck Trophy) L 0–21    
November 25 at Chicago Stagg FieldChicago, IL W 46–0    
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "1939 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 155. Retrieved December 28, 2016.