1917 college football season

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The 1917 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Georgia Tech as national champions, the South's first. [1] Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Williams, and Washington State were also undefeated, and one-loss Navy was strong.

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Tech coach John Heisman challenged Pitt coach Pop Warner to a postseason contest to determine a national champion, but as such a match did not occur until the next season, Tech was named national champion. The Golden Tornado was invited to play a 43 Oregon team in the Rose Bowl, but by then many players had joined the war effort.

In the second week of play, Georgia Tech beat Penn 41–0. Bernie McCarty called it "Strupper's finest hour, coming through against powerful Penn in the contest that shocked the East." By comparison, Pitt defeated Penn 14–6. [2]

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School1916 Conference1917 Conference
Michigan Wolverines Independent Big Ten (was Big Nine)
Montana Agricultural Bobcats Independent Rocky Mountain
Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels Program EstablishedIndependent
Southwestern (TX) Pirates Southwest Independent
Toledo Blue and Gold Program EstablishedIndependent

September

September 29 In a doubleheader, Georgia Tech beat Furman and then Wake Forest; 250 and 330 respectively. Navy beat Davidson 276. Pitt beat West Virginia 149.

October

October 6 Georgia Tech beat Penn at home 41 to 0. Centre beat KMI 1040. West Virginia beat Navy 60. Williams beat Cornell 1410.

October 7 Georgia Tech beat Cumberland at home 222–0. http://www.espn.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/124864/100-years-ago-georgia-techs-222-0-victory

October 13 Georgia Tech beat Davidson 3210, its closest game all season. DePauw beat Centre 60. Syracuse beat Rutgers 1410. Wisconsin tied Notre Dame 00.

October 20 Georgia Tech beat Washington & Lee 630. Auburn beat Clemson 70. Pittsburgh beat Syracuse 280. Nebraska beat Notre Dame 70. Washington State beat Oregon 263.

October 27 Undefeated Pittsburgh beat Penn on the road 14 to 6. Auburn beat Mississippi A&M 136.

November

November 3 Georgia Tech gave Vanderbilt its worst ever beating, 830. [3] Auburn crushed Florida 680. Centre beat Kentucky 30. Texas A&M beat Tulane 350. Wisconsin beat Minnesota 107. Illinois tied Chicago 00. Rutgers tied West Virginia 33.

November 10 A freshman Buck Flowers at Davidson upset Auburn 217. All of Georgia Tech's backs rushed for 100 yards in a 480 defeat of Tulane. [4] Texas A&M beat Baylor 70. Ohio State beat Wisconsin 163. Navy beat Georgetown 287.

November 17 Georgia Tech beat Carlisle 980. Penn beat Michigan 160. Ohio State beat Illinois 130.

November 24 Auburn fought undefeated Ohio State to a scoreless tie. Coach Heisman of Georgia Tech(who previously coached at Auburn) and his players were at the game, rooting for the Tigers. Minnesota beat Illinois 276.

November 29 Georgia Tech beat Auburn 68 to 7. Davidson beat Clemson 219. Mississippi A&M beat Haskell 76.

Rose Bowl

The Mare Island Marines defeated Camp Lewis, 19–7, in the 1918 Rose Bowl.

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1917 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ohio State $400  801
Minnesota 310  410
Northwestern 320  520
Wisconsin 320  421
Illinois 221  521
Chicago 221  321
Indiana 120  520
Michigan 010  820
Iowa 020  350
Purdue 040  340
  • $ Conference champion
1917 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Nebraska $200  520
Kansas 310  620
Iowa State 310  520
Kansas State 220  620
Missouri 240  350
Washington University 120  430
Drake 030  052
  • $ Conference champion
1917 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Washington State $300  600†
California 210  551
Oregon Agricultural 121  421
Oregon 120  430
Washington 021  121
  • $ Conference champion
  • †1 tie game recognized by WSU, but not Pac-12
1917 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Denver $600  900
Utah Agricultural 400  701
Colorado 420  620
Colorado Mines 230  530
Colorado College 230  330
Utah 230  240
Wyoming 140  340
Montana State 012  022
Colorado Agricultural 071  071
  • $ Conference champion
1917 South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Georgetown $200  810
Richmond 210  421
Washington and Lee 210  430
North Carolina A&M 211  621
VPI 211  621
Maryland State 211  431
Davidson 120  640
VMI 131  441
St. John's (MD) 010  010
Johns Hopkins 010  030
William & Mary 030  350
  • $ Conference champion
1917 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Georgia Tech $400  900
Auburn 510  621
Clemson 510  620
Centre 100  710
Mississippi A&M 310  610
Alabama 311  521
Sewanee 421  521
Tulane 210  530
Vanderbilt 320  530
LSU 230  350
South Carolina 230  350
Wofford 120  540
Furman 130  350
Florida 130  240
Ole Miss 140  141
The Citadel 020  330
Howard (AL) 030  030
Mississippi College 040  040
  • $ Conference champion
  • There were several SIAA schools that did not field a team due to World War I.
1917 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas A&M $300  800
Baylor 210  621
Rice 110  710
Oklahoma 111  631
Texas 240  440
Oklahoma A&M 120  440
Arkansas 011  511
  • $ Conference champion

Independents

1917 military service football records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Mare Island Marines     800
Mineola Aviation Station     300
Camp Dix     200
Camp Jackson     201
Allentown Ambulance Corps     510
Camp Custer     510
Camp Gordon     510
Charlestown Navy Yard     310
Camp Funston     730
Camp Lewis     521
Newport Naval Reserves     521
Camp Grant     310
Camp Taylor     210
Great Lakes Navy     430
Camp Devens     122
Camp Meade     120
League Island Marines     130
Camp Upton     010
1917 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Pittsburgh     1000
Williams     701
Yale     300
Princeton     200
Syracuse     811
Army     710
Rutgers     711
Penn     920
Brown     820
Fordham     720
Lehigh     720
Boston College     620
Wash. & Jeff.     730
Colgate     420
Harvard     313
New Hampshire     322
Dartmouth     530
Geneva     531
Penn State     540
NYU     223
Tufts     330
Carnegie Tech     231
Bucknell     351
Lafayette     350
Holy Cross     340
Rhode Island State     242
Carlisle     360
Columbia     240
Cornell     360
Franklin & Marshall     260
Villanova     032
Temple     061
1917 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Marquette     801
Detroit     810
Notre Dame     611
Heidelberg     511
St. Mary's (OH)     720
St. Xavier     412
North Dakota Agricultural     420
Akron     530
Haskell     650
Western State (MI)     430
Michigan State Normal     340
Iowa State Teachers     230
South Dakota     230
Central Michigan     120
Lake Forest     250
Wabash     161
Toledo     030
Michigan Agricultural     090
1917 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Middle Tennessee     700
Presbyterian     810
Navy     710
Spring Hill     420
West Virginia     631
Southwest Texas State     530
Texas Mines     001
Kentucky     351
Oglethorpe     120
Delaware     250
Wake Forest     161
Marshall     171
1917 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Saint Mary's     811
Hawaii     401
USC     421
New Mexico A&M     420
Arizona     320
Idaho     230
New Mexico     120
University Farm     120
Nevada     130
Montana     140

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Virginia Union 2–0
Inter-Normal Athletic Conference of Wisconsin La Crosse Normal 3–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Kansas State Normal
Kansas State Normal–Fort Hays
5–0–1
5–0
Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southwestern Louisiana Industrial 5–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Alma 4–0
Nebraska Intercollegiate Conference Unknown
Ohio Athletic Conference Miami (OH) 5–0–1
Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference No champion
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pomona–Pitzer 4–0
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tuskegee

Minor conference standings

1917 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Virginia Union $200  400
Hampton 210  410
Lincoln (PA) 110  110
Howard 030  040
  • $ Conference champion
1917 Eastern Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hampden–Sydney 501  522
Richmond 411  421
William & Mary 240  350
Randolph–Macon 060  007
  • $ Conference champion
1917 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Carthage 300  411
Southern Illinois     323
1917 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hays Normal $600  700
Kansas State Normal 501  531
College of Emporia 620  620
Southwestern (KS) 630  640
St. Mary's (KS) 420  630
Pittsburg Normal 321  432
Fairmount 332  332
Friends 331  351
Baker 341  351
Ottawa 241  251
Washburn 252  262
Cooper 251  251
Bethany (KS) 360  370
Midland 040  450
Kansas Wesleyan 060  180
  • $ Conference champion
1917 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Alma $400  610
Kalamazoo 410  550
Albion 220  330
Olivet 230  330
Adrian 020  030
Hillsdale 040  050
  • $ Conference champion
1917 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Drury +300  700
Missouri Wesleyan +501  701
William Jewell +501  511
Central (MO) 320  320
Springfield (MO) 320  320
Tarkio 330  440
Westminster (MO) 240  260
Kirksville 150  150
Cape Girardeau 020  230
Maryville (MO) 070  080
  • + Conference co-champions
1917 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Miami (OH) $501  602
Wooster 503  603
Wittenberg 410  520
Oberlin 410  521
Akron 310  530
Denison 220  530
Ohio Wesleyan 331  431
Western Reserve 331  351
Ohio 330  350
Case 341  361
Kenyon 231  331
Mount Union 150  260
Ohio Northern 040  340
Baldwin–Wallace 070  180
Cincinnati 040  060
Ohio State *300  801
  • $ Conference champion
  • * – did not complete for championship

Awards and honors

All-Americans

The consensus All-America team included:

PositionNameHeightWeight (lbs.)ClassHometownTeam
QB Benny Boynton 5'9"163So. Waco, Texas Williams
HB Elmer Oliphant 5'7"180Sr. Bloomfield, Indiana Army
HB Everett Strupper 5'7"148Sr. Columbus, Georgia Georgia Tech
FB Chic Harley 5'11"171Jr. Chicago, Illinois Ohio State
E Charles Bolen Sr. Marion, Indiana Ohio State
E Heinie Miller 5'10"185Jr. Williamsport, Pennsylvania Penn
T George Hauser Sr. Council Bluffs, Iowa Minnesota
G Dale Sies 6'1"203Sr. Ames, Iowa Pittsburgh
G Jock Sutherland Sr. Coupar Angus, Scotland Pittsburgh
C Frank Rydzewski 6'1"220Sr.Chicago, Illinois Notre Dame
G Eugene Neeley Sr. Dallas, Texas Dartmouth
T Alf Cobb 5'11"210Sr. Athol, Massachusetts Syracuse
E Paul Robeson 6'3"219Jr. Princeton, New Jersey Rutgers

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