1925 college football season

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The 1925 college football season ended with no clear national champion. At the close of the season, noted sports writer Billy Evans described the championship contest as "a dead heat" among Dartmouth, Tulane, Michigan, Washington, and Alabama. [1]

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Dartmouth, led by halfback Andy Oberlander, compiled an 8–0 record and outscored its opponents by a total of 340 to 29. Having defeated Harvard, Cornell, and Chicago, Dartmouth was retroactively declared the national champion by the Dickinson System and Parke H. Davis.

Alabama compiled a 10–0 record and has been recognized as national champion by the Billingsley Report, Boand System, College Football Researchers Association, Helms Athletic Foundation, and others. In an intersectional game between undefeated teams, Alabama defeated Pacific Coast Conference champion Washington by a 20–19 score in the 1926 Rose Bowl; that game has been called "the game that changed the South." [2]

Michigan shut out seven of eight opponents, outscored all opponents by a total of 227 to 3, and was retroactively named a co-national champion by Jeff Sagarin. The team featured two consensus All-Americans in quarterback Benny Friedman and end Bennie Oosterbaan, a passing combination that became known as the "Benny to Bennie Show". Michigan coach Fielding H. Yost called his 1925 squad "the greatest football team I ever saw in action." [3]

Tulane also went undefeated at 9–0–1. Tulane halfback Peggy Flournoy led the nation in scoring with 128 points. [4]

Colgate, Louisville, Michigan State Normal, Hawaii, Nebraska Wesleyan, and Oberlin also had undefeated teams in 1925.

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School1924 Conference1925 Conference
Oklahoma A&M Cowboys Southwest Missouri Valley
Texas Tech Matadors Program establishedIndependent
Western State (CO) Mountaineers Independent Rocky Mountain

September

October

November

Rose Bowl

The 1926 Rose Bowl pairing of Alabama and Washington later became the subject of a television documentary, Roses of Crimson, and hailed as "the football game that changed the South". [2] Alabama was the first Southern football team to be invited to play in the Rose Bowl, and proved that the Southern teams could compete with those from the East, the Midwest, and the West Coast. George Wilson helped the Huskies take a 12–0 lead at halftime, but both extra point attempts failed, and Wilson was injured. In the third quarter, Alabama exploded for three touchdowns, starting with quarterback Pooley Hubert's run to make the score 12–7. Washington lost the ball on its 35-yard line, and Johnny Mack Brown carried the ball over to make the score 14–12 in favor of Alabama. A 61-yard pass from Hubert to Brown set up Alabama's third score for a 20–12 lead. George Wilson returned in the fourth quarter, and the Huskies scored a touchdown and the point after to close the score to 20–19, but the missed conversion attempts from the first half cost them the game. The victory for Coach Wallace Wade established Alabama as a football powerhouse. [14]

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1925 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Michigan $510  710
Northwestern 310  530
Wisconsin 311  611
Chicago 221  341
Illinois 220  530
Iowa 220  530
Minnesota 111  521
Ohio State 131  431
Indiana 031  341
Purdue 031  341
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri $510  611
Drake 520  530
Kansas State 321  521
Iowa State 321  431
Nebraska 221  422
Oklahoma 331  431
Grinnell 221  332
Kansas 251  251
Washington University 141  251
Oklahoma A&M 031  251
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Washington $500  1011
Stanford 410  720
USC 320  1120
Oregon Agricultural 320  720
California 220  630
Idaho 230  350
Washington State 230  341
Montana 140  341
Oregon 050  151
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Colorado Agricultural $800  910
Utah Agricultural 510  610
Utah 510  620
Colorado 520  630
Wyoming 430  630
BYU 330  330
Colorado College 440  541
Western State (CO) 240  340
Colorado Mines 260  270
Montana State 140  650
Denver 160  160
Colorado Teachers 060  261
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Southern Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Alabama +700  1000
Tulane +500  901
North Carolina 401  711
Washington and Lee 510  550
Virginia 411  711
Georgia Tech 411  621
Kentucky 420  630
Florida 320  820
Auburn 321  531
VPI 331  532
Vanderbilt 330  630
Tennessee 221  521
South Carolina 220  730
Georgia 240  450
VMI 240  640
Sewanee 140  441
Mississippi A&M 140  341
LSU 021  531
NC State 041  351
Ole Miss 040  550
Clemson 040  170
Maryland 040  251
  • + Conference co-champions
1925 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Oglethorpe $810  830
SW Louisiana 300  720
Centenary 200  620
Millsaps 410  540
Furman 310  730
Birmingham–Southern 311  731
The Citadel 520  640
Howard (AL) 420  630
Newberry 320  530
Mercer 320  360
Centre 110  360
Union (TN) 110  540
Chattanooga 230  440
Presbyterian 240  360
Louisiana Tech 121  161
Wofford 130  370
Loyola (LA) 130  270
Mississippi College 151  171
Louisiana College 031  261
Georgetown (KY) 020  170
Rollins 030  070
Erskine 040  160
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Texas A&M $410  711
TCU 201  711
Texas 211  621
SMU 112  522
Rice 121  441
Arkansas 121  441
Baylor 032  352
  • $ Conference champion

Independents

1925 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Dartmouth     800
Fordham     910
Colgate     702
Pittsburgh     810
Syracuse     811
Lafayette     711
Springfield     611
Princeton     511
Holy Cross     820
Penn     720
Army     720
Boston College     620
Cornell     620
NYU     621
Villanova     621
Washington & Jefferson     621
Carnegie Tech     521
Yale     521
Bucknell     731
Columbia     631
Muhlenberg     631
Temple     522
Harvard     431
Franklin & Marshall     540
Brown     541
Penn State     441
St. John's     340
Lehigh     351
Vermont     360
CCNY     250
Providence     270
Rutgers     270
Boston University     150
Manhattan     161
Tufts     160
Drexel     170
1925 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northern Illinois State     610
Dayton     720
Marquette     720
Notre Dame     721
Haskell     931
Western State (MI)     621
Loyola (IL)     620
Central Michigan     413
Adrian     630
Butler     522
Detroit City College     431
Detroit     540
Assumption (ON)     331
Kent State     113
Michigan State     350
Muncie Normal     250
John Carroll     261
Saint Louis     261
Valparaiso     160
1925 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Louisville     800
Georgetown     910
Howard     602
Texas Mines     511
Texas Tech     612
Wake Forest     621
Davidson     622
George Washington     622
Navy     521
Texas A&I     421
William & Mary     640
Catholic University     440
Delaware     440
Duke     450
Middle Tennessee State Teachers     342
Tennessee Docs     450
East Tennessee State Teachers     340
Richmond     360
Georgia Normal     130
Loyola (MD)     260
Delaware State     020
Mississippi State Teachers     060
West Tennessee State Teachers     071
1925 Western college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hawaii     1000
Gonzaga     722
Tempe State     620
Loyola (CA)     420
New Mexico A&M     531
San Diego State     531
La Verne     540
Arizona     331
Santa Barbara State     341
Regis     230
New Mexico     241
St. Ignatius     241
Santa Clara     260
Humboldt State     130

Minor conferences

ConferenceChampion(s)Record
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hampton Institute 3–2–1
Far Western Conference Saint Mary's (CA) 3–0
Inter-Normal Athletic Conference of Wisconsin River Falls Normal 4–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Simpson
Upper Iowa
5–1
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Bethany
College of Emporia
7–0
Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southwestern Louisiana 5–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Michigan State Normal 5–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Beloit
Carleton
Cornell College
Monmouth (IL)
3–0
1–0
3–0–1
1–0–1
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Macalester 3–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Northwest Missouri State Teachers 3–0–1
North Central Intercollegiate Conference Creighton
Nebraska Wesleyan
North Dakota Agricultural
3–0–1
3–0–1
3–0–2
Nebraska Intercollegiate Conference Nebraska State Teachers–Chadron 6–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Ohio Wesleyan 7–0
Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference Tulsa 4–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Northern Normal and Industrial
Yankton
5–0
4–0–1
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Occidental 5–0
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tuskegee
Southwestern Athletic Conference Bishop (TX) 4–1
Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southwestern 4–0–1
Tri-Normal League State Normal–Cheney 5–0

Minor conference standings

1925 California Coast Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Chico State $500  710
San Mateo JC         
Modesto JC 330  361
San Jose State 240  250
Cal Poly 020  450
Sacramento JC         
Santa Rosa JC         
  • $ Conference champion
  • Includes forfeit by San Mateo JC to Chico State
1925 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Hampton $411  411
Virginia Seminary 311  412
Virginia Union 330  330
Virginia Normal 113  314
Shaw 123  223
Saint Paul's (VA) 132  332
North Carolina A&T 132  433
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Saint Mary's $300  820
Nevada 310  431
Cal Aggies 220  530
Pacific (CA) 120  520
Fresno State 040  261
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Bradley +500  900
Monmouth (IL) +601  702
Millikin 501  611
McKendree 510  531
Lake Forest 210  520
Knox (IL) 210  260
St. Viator 320  531
Carthage 321  441
Augustana (IL) 431  431
Western Illinois 431  431
Eureka 540  540
Hedding 110  221
Shurtleff 341  451
Eastern Illinois 120  431
Lincoln (IL) 241  251
Illinois College 243  253
Mount Morris 120  250
Wheaton (IL) 150  170
Illinois State Normal 160  160
Illinois Wesleyan 051  161
Southern Illinois 020  051
Blackburn 020  030
North-Western College 060  060
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Buena Vista 100  810
Upper Iowa +510  511
Simpson +510  621
Iowa State Teachers 411  512
Parsons 211  421
Penn (IA) 212  422
St. Ambrose 320  531
Western Union 220  340
Morningside 110  350
Central (IA) 121  231
Iowa Wesleyan 140  350
Luther 020  340
Des Moines 041  071
Ellsworth 050  070
  • + Conference co-champions
1925 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
College of Emporia +700  700
Bethany (KS) +700  700
Fairmount 304  314
Pittsburg Teachers 520  521
Emporia Teachers 321  431
Kansas Wesleyan 321  421
Southwestern (KS) 430  530
Baker 331  431
St. Mary's (KS) 331  431
Washburn 241  241
Bethel (KS) 140  240
Hays Teachers 141  241
Ottawa 142  152
Friends 151  251
Sterling 151  151
McPherson 042  142
  • + Conference co-champions
1925 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Michigan State Normal $500  820
Albion 311  342
Kalamazoo 221  521
Alma 230  440
Hillsdale 230  341
Olivet 050  061
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Monmouth (IL) +101  702
Carleton +100  610
Cornell (IA) +301  602
Beloit +300  620
Lawrence 210  430
Coe 220  341
Ripon 030  250
Hamline 030  260
Knox (IL) 030  260
  • + Conference co-champions
1925 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Macalester $400  421
Gustavus Adolphus 310  510
St. Olaf 320  450
Concordia (MN) 120  221
Hamline 120  260
Saint John's (MN) 050  060
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Missouri Wesleyan $500  620
Missouri Mines 100  521
William Jewell 610  620
Westminster (MO) 520  520
Culver–Stockton 220  540
Missouri Valley 231  331
Central Wesleyan 120  430
Drury 130  250
Central Methodist 051  161
Tarkio 050  170
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
NW Missouri State $301  701
SW Missouri State 211  422
Kirksville State 121  621
Central Missouri State 121  441
SE Missouri State 130  332
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Nebraska College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Chadron Normal $600  900
Peru Normal 610  631
Midland 610  640
Omaha 211  331
Doane 530  530
Kearney Normal 430  450
Wayne Normal 330  440
Cotner 250  350
Hastings 141  151
Grand Island 143  143
Nebraska Central 151  151
York (NE) 070  070
  • $ Conference champion
1925 New England Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
New Hampshire $201  412
Maine 101  521
Massachusetts 100  620
Rhode Island State 011  251
Connecticut 031  351
  • $ Conference champion
1925 North Central Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Nebraska Wesleyan +301  602
Creighton +301  631
North Dakota Agricultural +402  502
North Dakota 220  440
South Dakota State 112  232
Morningside 240  350
South Dakota 140  350
Des Moines 040  071
  • + Conference co-champions
1925 Northwest Ohio League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Bowling Green 201  313
Toledo 100  180
Findlay 211  522
Bluffton 120  130
Defiance 030  062
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ohio Wesleyan $600  711
Oberlin 501  701
Wooster 510  620
Kenyon 520  620
St. Xavier 311  521
Mount Union 421  721
Baldwin–Wallace 530  530
Ohio 320  620
Miami (OH) 320  530
Muskingum 330  431
Case 342  342
Denison 340  441
Heidelberg 340  440
Cincinnati 230  450
Wittenberg 351  351
Ohio Northern 241  341
Western Reserve 250  360
Hiram 052  053
Akron 160  170
Otterbein 051  062
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Tulsa $400  620
Oklahoma Baptist 610  810
Central State (OK) 411  432
Southwestern State 311  541
Northwestern Oklahoma State 220  540
Northeastern State 232  262
Oklahoma City 350  460
East Central 241  351
Phillips 160  180
Southeastern Oklahoma State 041  242
  • $ Conference champion
1925 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Northern Normal +500  710
Yankton +401  432
Columbus (SD) 410  520
Southern Normal 421  721
Eastern Normal 430  430
South Dakota Mines 220  360
Augustana (SD) 340  440
Dakota Wesleyan 121  341
Huron 142  143
Spearfish 041  261
Sioux Falls 060  060
  • + Conference co-champions
  • Sioux Falls forfeited games to Yankton, Columbus, Eastern Normal, Southern Normal, Augustana (SD), and Huron.
    South Dakota Mines and Spearfish played twice. The second game was not counted in the conference standings.
1925 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Occidental $410  630
Southern Branch 311  531
Whittier 220  350
Caltech 121  261
Pomona 131  151
Redlands 131  351
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Bishop $      
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Southwestern (TX) $401  531
Simmons (TX) 610  720
Howard Payne 411  531
Trinity (TX) 420  930
North Texas State Teachers 420  640
Abilene Christian 211  252
Austin 230  441
Sam Houston State 120  540
East Texas State 240  280
West Texas State 130  440
St. Edward's 131  341
Southwest Texas State 160  261
Daniel Baker 042  262
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Tri-State Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Geneva $500  630
Waynesburg 211  351
Thiel 320  450
Bethany (WV) 221  341
Westminster (PA) 140  260
Duquesne 040  070
  • $ Conference champion
1925 Western Interstate Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Lombard 100  350
Columbia (IA) 311  431
DePaul 211  421
St. Viator 211  531
Luther 110  340
La Crosse State 021  142
Valparaiso 030  160

Awards and honors

All-Americans

The consensus All-America team included:

PositionNameHeightWeight (lbs.)ClassHometownTeam
QB Benny Friedman 5'8"172Jr. Cleveland, Ohio Michigan
HB Andy Oberlander 6'0"197Sr. Chelsea, Massachusetts Dartmouth
HB Red Grange 5'11"175Sr. Wheaton, Illinois Illinois
HB Wildcat Wilson 5'11"185Sr. Everett, Washington Washington
FB Ernie Nevers 6'0"200Sr. Superior, Wisconsin Stanford
E Bennie Oosterbaan 6'0"180So. Muskegon, Michigan Michigan
T Ed Weir 6'0"190Sr. Superior, Nebraska Nebraska
G Carl Diehl 6'1"205Sr. Chicago, Illinois Dartmouth
C Ed McMillan 6'0"208Sr. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Princeton
G Ed Hess 6'1"190Jr. Chardon, Ohio Ohio State
T Ralph Chase 6'3"202Sr. Easton, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh
E George Tully 5'10"180Sr. Orange, New Jersey Dartmouth

Statistical leaders

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1906 college football season

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1927 college football season

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1932 college football season

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1911 college football season

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1912 college football season

The 1912 college football season was the first of the modern era, as the NCAA implemented changes to increase scoring:

1924 college football season

The 1924 college football season was the year of the Four Horsemen as the Notre Dame team, coached by Knute Rockne, won all of its games, including the Rose Bowl, to be acclaimed as the best team in the nation. Notre Dame and Stanford were both unbeaten at season's end, with the Fighting Irish winning the Rose Bowl contest 27–10. The Penn Quakers were retroactively awarded a national championship by Parke H. Davis.

1923 college football season

The 1923 college football season saw several teams finish their seasons unbeaten and untied. As such, numerous schools claim a national championship for the 1923 season. Illinois and Michigan, both members of what is now the Big Ten Conference, finished with records of 8–0 and were selected as national champion by multiple selectors. Illinois featured break-out star Red Grange. Ivy League teams Yale and Cornell also had undefeated seasons. Cornell was selected as national champion by one selector.

1908 college football season

The 1908 college football season ran from Saturday, September 19, to November 28. The Penn Quakers and the Harvard Crimson both finished the season unbeaten, though each had been tied once during the season. The LSU Tigers went unbeaten and untied against a weaker opposition. All three teams were named national champions retroactively by various organizations. Only Pennsylvania officially claims a national championship for the 1908 season.

The 1938 college football season ended with the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University (TCU) being named the nation's No. 1 team by 55 of the 77 voters in the final Associated Press writers' poll in early December. Tennessee is also recognized as a national champion; both teams won every game.

The 1939 college football season concluded with the Aggies of The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas being named as the national champions by the voters in the Associated Press writers' poll.

1909 college football season

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.

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