1963 Big Ten Conference football season

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1963 Big Ten Conference football season
Sport American football
Number of teams 10
Top draft pick Carl Eller
Champion Illinois
Runners-up Michigan State, Ohio State
Season MVP Dick Butkus
Seasons
← 1962
1964 →
1963 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Illinois $ 5 1 1     8 1 1
No. 9 Michigan State 4 1 1     6 2 1
Ohio State 4 1 1     5 3 1
Purdue 4 3 0     5 4 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     5 4 0
Wisconsin 3 4 0     5 4 0
Michigan 2 3 2     3 4 2
Iowa 2 3 1     3 3 2
Minnesota 2 5 0     3 6 0
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1963 Big Ten Conference football season was the 68th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1963 college football season.

The 1963 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Pete Elliott, won the Big Ten football championship with a record of 8–1–1, defeated Washington in the 1964 Rose Bowl, and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll. Illinois center Dick Butkus received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award as the most valuable player in the conference and was a consensus first-team All-American.

The 1963 Michigan State Spartans football team, under head coach Duffy Daugherty, compiled a 6–2–1 record, finished in second place in the conference, led the conference in scoring defense (7.0 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 10 in the final AP Poll. Halfback Sherman Lewis was a consensus first-team All-American and finished third in the voting of the 1963 Heisman Trophy.

The Big Ten's statistical leaders included Tom Myers of Northwestern with 1,398 passing yards, Tom Nowatzke of Indiana with 756 rushing yards, and Paul Krause of Iowa with 442 receiving yards. Carl Eller of Minnesota was the first Big Ten player selected in the 1964 NFL Draft with the sixth overall pick.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach AP final AP high Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG MVP
1 Illinois Pete Elliott #3 #2 8–1–1 5–1–1 17.0 9.6 Dick Butkus
2 (tie) Michigan State Duffy Daugherty #9 #4 6–2–1 4–1–1 16.4 7.0 Sherman Lewis
2 (tie) Ohio State Woody Hayes NR #4 5–3–1 4–1–1 12.2 11.3 Matt Snell
4 Purdue Jack Mollenkopf NR NR 5–4 4–3 13.2 16.6 Ron DiGravio
5 (tie) Northwestern Ara Parseghian NR #4 5–4 3–4 18.0 13.8 Bill Swingle
5 (tie) Wisconsin Milt Bruhn NR #2 5–4 3–4 16.7 13.8 Jim Purnell
7 Michigan Bump Elliott NR NR 3–4–2 2–3–2 14.6 14.1 Tom Keating
8 Iowa Jerry Burns NR NR 3–3–2 2–3–1 15.8 14.0 Mike Reilly
9 Minnesota Murray Warmath NR NR 3–6 2–5 10.6 13.0 Carl Eller
10 Indiana Phil Dickens NR NR 3–6 1–5 16.8 20.9 Tom Nowatzke

Key
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1963 season[1]
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1963 season[1]
PPG = Average of points scored per game[1]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[1]
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy; trophy winner in bold[2]

Preseason[edit]

There were no changes in the conference's head football coaches between the 1962 and 1963 seasons.

Regular season[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

On January 1, 1964, Illinois defeated Washington, 17–7.

Post-season developments[edit]

On December 14, 1963, Ara Parseghian resigned as Northwestern's head football coach to accept the same position at Notre Dame.[3]

Statistical leaders[edit]

The Big Ten's individual statistical leaders for the 1963 season include the following:[1]

Passing yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Tom Myers Northwestern 1,398
2 Ron DiGravio Purdue 1,108
3 Hal Brandt Wisconsin 1,006
4 Richie Badar Indiana 679
5 Gary Snook Iowa 667

Rushing yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Tom Nowatzke Indiana 756
2 Jim Grabowski Illinois 616
3 Roger Lopes Michigan State 601
4 Sherman Lewis Michigan State 577
5 Lou Holland Wisconsin 511

Receiving yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Paul Krause Iowa 442
2 Cloyd Webb Iowa 424
3 Gary Crum Northwestern 417
4 Bob Hadrick Purdue 388
5 Rick Reichardt Wisconsin 383

Total yards[edit]

Rank Name Team Yards[1]
1 Tom Myers Northwestern 1,292
2 Ron DiGravio Purdue 1,154
3 Hal Brandt Wisconsin 1,076
4 Bob Timberlake Michigan 821
5 Richie Badar Indiana 794

Scoring[edit]

Rank Name Team Points[1]
1 Sherman Lewis Michigan State 54
2 Roger Lopes Michigan State 42
2 Jim Grabowski Illinois 42
2 Lou Holland Wisconsin 42
5 Steve Murphy Northwestern 36
5 Paul Krause Iowa 36

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Big Ten honors[edit]

The following players were picked by the Associated Press (AP) and/or the United Press International (UPI) as first-team players on the 1963 All-Big Ten Conference football team.

Position Name Team Selectors
Quarterback Ron DiGravio Purdue AP, UPI
Halfback Sherman Lewis Michigan State AP, UPI
Halfback Lou Holland Wisconsin AP
Halfback Paul Warfield Ohio State UPI
Fullback Tom Nowatzke Indiana AP, UPI
End Chuck Logan Northwestern AP, UPI
End Dan Underwood Michigan State AP
End Bob Hadrick Purdue UPI
Tackle Carl Eller Minnesota AP, UPI
Tackle Tom Keating Michigan UPI
Tackle Archie Sutton Illinois AP

All-American honors[edit]

At the end of the 1963 season, Big Ten players secured three of the consensus first-team picks for the 1963 College Football All-America Team.[4] The Big Ten's consensus All-Americans were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Center Dick Butkus Illinois AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI, Time, WCFF
Tackle Carl Eller Minnesota AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, UPI, Time, WCFF
Halfback Sherman Lewis Michigan State AP, CP, UPI, WCFF

Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Guard Mike Reilly Iowa FWAA
Back Paul Warfield Ohio State Time

Other awards[edit]

The Heisman Trophy was awarded to Roger Staubach of Navy. Two Big Ten players finished among the top 10 in the voting for the trophy. They were: Michigan State running back Sherman Lewis (third); and Illinois center/linebacker Dick Butkus (sixth).[5]

1964 NFL Draft[edit]

The following Big Ten players were among the first 100 picks in the 1964 NFL Draft:[6]

Name Position Team Round Overall pick
Carl Eller Defensive end Minnesota 1 6
Marv Woodson Halfback Indiana 1 8
Paul Warfield Halfback Ohio State 1 11
Paul Krause Safety Iowa 2 18
Matt Snorton End Michigan State 2 20
Roger Pillath Tackle Wisconsin 3 39
Joe O'Donnell Guard Michigan 3 40
James Sands Linebacker Iowa 4 47
Wally Hilgenberg Guard Iowa 4 48
Matt Snell Running back Ohio State 4 49
Tom Keating Defensive tackle Michigan 4 53
Ed Lothamer Tackle Michigan State 5 64
Herman Johnson Halfback Michigan State 6 77
Jimmy Jones End Wisconsin 6 84
Chuck Logan End Northwestern 7 98

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "1963 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Butkus of Illinois Voted Most Valuable in Big Ten". Chicago Tribune. December 22, 1963. p. 3-1, 3-2. 
  3. ^ "Parseghian Takes Over As Notre Dame Coach". The Daily Mail. December 16, 1963. p. 19. 
  4. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ "1963 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ "1964 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved January 13, 2017.