1874 college football season

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The 1874 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Princeton, Harvard, and Yale as having been selected national champions. [1] Only Princeton and Yale officially claim championships for this season.

Conference standings

1874 college football records
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
Yale     300
Princeton     200
Harvard     110
Tufts     100
Stevens     310
Rutgers     130
Columbia     150
NYU     010
McGill     010

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References

  1. Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved 2009-10-16.