|1921 college football season|
|Number of bowls||3|
|Bowl games||December 26, 1921 – January 2, 1922|
|Champion(s)|| California |
The 1921 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing California Golden Bears, Cornell Big Red, Iowa Hawkeyes, Lafayette Leopards, Washington & Jefferson Presidents, and Vanderbilt Commodores as champions.Only California, Cornell, Iowa, and Lafayette claim national championships for the 1921 season.
Andy Smith's Pacific Coast Conference champion "Wonder Team" at California continued on its streak since 1920. Eastern power Cornell was coached by Gil Dobie and led by one of the sport's great backfields with George Pfann, Eddie Kaw, Floyd Ramsey, and Charles E. Cassidy. Jock Sutherland's Lafayette Maroons were led on the line by Frank Schwab.
Big Ten champion Iowa upset Notre Dame 10–7. Grantland Rice noted that the 1921 Notre Dame team "was the first team we know of to build its attack around a forward passing game, rather than use a forward passing game as a mere aid to the running game."
1921 was the last season for the old Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Vanderbilt tied co-champion Georgia on an onside kick. On October 6, Centre upset Harvard 6–0 in what is widely considered one of the greatest upsets in college football history. Overjoyed students painted the "impossible formula" C6H0 (Centre 6, Harvard 0) on everything in sight. Georgia Tech also claimed a conference title.
The 1922 Rose Bowl was fought to a scoreless tie, between California and Washington & Jefferson, in the last Rose Bowl to be played at Tournament Park. Washington & Jefferson is the smallest school to ever play in a Rose Bowl.
|School||1920 Conference||1921 Conference|
|Fresno State Bulldogs||Program Established||Independent|
|Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels||Independent||SIAA|
|San Diego State Professors||Program Established||Independent|
A historical highlight of the regular season was the 1921 West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh football game, the first college football game to be broadcast live on radio.Today, college football on radio is common for nearly every game in every division.
On October 29, Centre College beat Harvard 6 to 0 in what is widely considered one of the greatest upsets in college football history. Overjoyed students painted the "impossible formula" C6H0 (Centre 6, Harvard 0) on everything in sight.
In the 1922 Rose Bowl, heavily favored California played Washington & Jefferson to a scoreless tie. The game holds several distinctions including being the only scoreless contest and the first tie in a Rose Bowl. Charles Fremont West of Washington & Jefferson was the first African-American quarterback to play in the Rose Bowl, and Herb Kopf, also of Washington and Jefferson, was the first freshman to play in a Rose Bowl. The 1922 Rose Bowl was the last played at Tournament Park and featured the smallest school—Washington & Jefferson College had only 450 students at the time—to ever play in a Rose Bowl.
|Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association||Virginia Union||3–0|
|Inter-Normal Athletic Conference of Wisconsin||Stout Normal||3–0|
|Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference|| Kansas State Teachers |
Kansas State Teachers–Fort Hays
|Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association||Louisiana Polytechnic||3–0|
|Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association||No champion||–|
|Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Hamline||5–0|
|Nebraska Intercollegiate Conference||Unknown||—|
|Ohio Athletic Conference||Miami (OH)||7–0|
|Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference||Unknown||—|
|Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Pomona||5–0|
|Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||Morehouse||—|
|Southwestern Athletic Conference||Wiley||—|
|Tri-Normal League||State Normal–Cheney||—|
The consensus All-America team included:
|QB||Aubrey Devine||5'9"||170||Sr.||Des Moines, Iowa||Iowa|
|QB||Bo McMillin||5'9"||165||Sr.||Fort Worth, Texas||Centre|
|HB||Glenn Killinger||5'9"||163||Sr.||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania||Penn State|
|HB||Mal Aldrich||5'11"||165||Sr.||Fall River, Massachusetts||Yale|
|FB||Eddie Kaw||5'10"||168||Jr.||Houston, Texas||Cornell|
|E||Harold Muller||6'0"||180||Jr.||Dunsmuir, California||California|
|T||Dan McMillan||6'1"||225||Sr.||Los Angeles, California||California|
|G||Fiske Brown||Sr.||Plymouth, Massachusetts||Harvard|
|G||Stan Keck||5'11"||206||Sr.||Greensburg, Pennsylvania||Princeton|
|C||Herb Stein||6'1"||186||Sr.||Warren, Ohio||Pittsburgh|
|G||Frank Schwab||5'11"||195||Sr.||Saltsburg, Pennsylvania||Lafayette|
|G||Iolas Huffman||5'11"||228||Sr.||Chandlersville, Ohio||Ohio State|
|E||Eddie Anderson||Sr.||Mason City, Iowa||Notre Dame|
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The Lafayette Leopards football program represents Lafayette College in college football. One of the oldest college football programs in the United States, Lafayette currently plays in the Patriot League at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level. Fielding their first team in 1882, Lafayette has won three college football national championships, seven Patriot League championships, six undefeated seasons and four undefeated, untied seasons.
The 1909 college football season was the first for the 3-point field goal, which had previously been worth 4 points. The season ran from Saturday, September 25, until Thanksgiving Day, November 25, although a few games were played on the week before.
The 1921 Washington & Jefferson Presidents football team represented the Washington & Jefferson College during the 1921 college football season. Coached by Greasy Neale, went 10–0 in the regular season, defeating powerhouses Pitt, University of Detroit, and Syracuse. The 7–0 victory over rival Pitt was celebrated with a day of canceled classes and a bonfire with inspirational speeches in front of the Washington County Courthouse. As the best team from the east, W&J was invited to the 1922 Rose Bowl to play the best team from the west: the undefeated and heavily favored California Golden Bears. Some had even begun to call Cal the best team in college football history. The Red and Black sent 20 men on the cross-country trip and Robert M. Murphy mortgaged his home to pay his six family members’ way. W&J would be the last Rose Bowl team to play the same 11 men the entire game. During the train ride to Pasadena, in which Greasy Neale continued to prepare his men, Lee Spillers caught pneumonia and could not finish the journey. Luckily, Ross "Bucky" Buchannan, a reserve player who had stowed away on the train and was fed smuggled sandwiches during the trip, was available to fill Spillers' roster spot.