1879 college football season

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The 1879 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Princeton and Yale having been selected as national champions.[2]

Racine College and the University of Michigan played the first football game in the Midwest. The 1879 Michigan Wolverines football team beat Racine in a game played in Chicago.

Navy also had its first game; the team did not have a coach until 1890.[3]


  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1879.htm
  2. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book. Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  3. ^ http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/database/navy_database.htm