1910 college football season

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The 1910 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Harvard and Pittsburgh as having been selected national champions. [1] Only Harvard claims a national championship for the 1910 season.



Rule changes were made prior to the 1910 season to permit more use of the forward pass, with complicated limitations: [2]

Other rules in 1910 were:

The season ran from September 24 until Thanksgiving Day (November 24). [4] Prior to Thanksgiving, the season's death toll was 22; the previous season's was thirty. [5]

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

School1909 Conference1910 Conference
The Citadel Bulldogs Independent SIAA
Denver Pioneers Independent Rocky Mountain
Howard Bulldogs Independent SIAA
Indiana State Normal Fightin' Teachers IndependentDropped Program
Louisville Cardinals Program EstablishedIndependent
Utah Utes Independent Rocky Mountain

Program changes

Conference standings

Major conference standings

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1910 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Nebraska $200  701
Iowa 310  520
Missouri 211  422
Iowa State 220  440
Kansas 111  611
Washington University 020  340
Drake 030  350
  • $ Conference champion
1910 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Colorado College +500  700
Colorado +300  600
Utah 220  420
Denver 220  431
Wyoming 140  440
Colorado Mines 140  240
Colorado Agricultural 040  050
  • + Conference co-champions
1910 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Vanderbilt +500  801
Auburn +500  610
Central University +300  900
Sewanee 310  820
Georgia 421  621
Ole Miss 210  710
Mississippi A&M 320  720
Mercer 320  630
Georgia Tech 330  530
Clemson 231  431
LSU 130  150
Tennessee 140  351
The Citadel 020  340
Alabama 040  440
Howard (AL) 050  170
  • + Conference co-champions
1910 Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Illinois +400  700
Minnesota +200  610
Indiana 310  510
Iowa 110  520
Chicago 240  250
Wisconsin 121  122
Northwestern 121  131
Purdue 040  150
  • + Conference co-champions


1910 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Pittsburgh     900
Harvard     901
Penn     911
Princeton     710
Trinity (CT)     710
Rhode Island State     511
Lafayette     720
Army     620
Brown     721
Yale     622
Dartmouth     520
Cornell     521
Penn State     521
Colgate     421
Franklin & Marshall     432
Syracuse     541
Rutgers     323
Carlisle     860
Holy Cross     332
Temple     330
Wash. & Jeff.     331
Wesleyan     441
Geneva     252
NYU     241
Lehigh     261
Bucknell     260
Vermont     151
Carnegie Tech     161
Boston College     042
Tufts     171
Villanova     042
1910 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Wabash     400
Michigan Agricultural     610
St. Mary's (OH)     510
Central Michigan     511
Marquette     612
Notre Dame     411
Buchtel     720
Saint Louis     720
Michigan     303
Fairmount     621
Lake Forest     520
Western State (MI)     420
Mount Union     422
Detroit College     320
Doane     321
Butler     431
Rose Poly     440
North Dakota Agricultural     230
Carthage     240
Ohio Northern     250
Iowa State Teachers     141
Haskell     270
Heidelberg     170
Michigan State Normal     051
1910 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Louisiana Industrial     700
Navy     801
North Carolina A&M     402
Spring Hill     301
Texas A&M     810
Arkansas     710
Florida     610
Baylor     611
Georgetown     611
Marshall     511
Kentucky State     720
Texas     620
Virginia     620
Chattanooga     521
Kendall     211
Maryland     431
Oklahoma     421
South Carolina     440
VMI     331
Davidson     342
Oklahoma A&M     340
West Virginia     241
Catholic University     240
North Carolina     360
George Washington     222
Wake Forest     270
Delaware     122
Mississippi College     040
Southwest Texas State     040
Tulane     070
1910 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Washington     600
USC     701
Oregon     410
Utah Agricultural     520
Hawaii     420
Idaho     420
Montana     321
Oregon Agricultural     321
New Mexico A&M     320
Washington State     230
New Mexico     030

Minor conferences

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Kansas State Agricultural 4–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Alma 1–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Oberlin 3–0–1

Minor conference standings

1910 Eastern Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Randolph–Macon $300  440
Hampden–Sydney 210  430
William & Mary 120  171
Richmond 030  161
  • $ Conference champion
1910 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southern Illinois      710
1910 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oberlin $301  512
Case 510  611
Ohio State 512  513
Cincinnati 310  530
Western Reserve 430  540
Ohio Wesleyan 330  630
Miami (OH) 110  241
Denison 342  342
Wooster 141  161
Kenyon 150  161
Wittenberg 050  270
Ohio 010  061
  • $ Conference champion

Awards and honors


The consensus All-America team included Walter Camp's selections:

PositionNameHeightWeight (lbs.)ClassHometownTeam
QB Earl Sprackling 5'9"150Jr. Cleveland, Ohio Brown
HB Percy Wendell So. Roxbury, Massachusetts Harvard
HB Talbot Pendleton Princeton
FB Leroy Mercer So. Penn
E Stanfield Wells Jr. Massillon, Ohio Michigan
T Robert McKay Sr. Harvard
G Albert Benbrook 240Sr. Chicago, Illinois Michigan
C Ernest Cozens Sr. Penn
G Bob Fisher Jr. Boston, Massachusetts Harvard
T James Walker Minnesota
E John Kilpatrick Yale

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  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.
  2. "New Football As Walter Camp Sees It", New York Times, September 15, 1910
  3. Danzig, Allison (1956). The History of American Football: Its Great Teams, Players, and Coaches . Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. pp.  70–71.
  4. "Football Under New Rules Starts To-Day", New York Times, September 24, 1910
  5. "Death toll of football season". Eugene Daily Guard. (Oregon). November 23, 1910. p. 6.