1918 college football season

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The 1918 NCAA football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Michigan and Pittsburgh as national champions.[2]

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 saw the implementation of quarantines that eliminated much of that year's college football season.

Perhaps the highest profile game was a highly publicized War Charities benefit staged at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh in front of many of the nation's top sports writers, including Walter Camp. The game pitted John Heisman's undefeated, unscored upon, and defending national champion Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against "Pop" Warner's Pittsburgh Panthers who were sitting on a 30 game win streak. Pitt defeated Georgia Tech 32-0.

Rose Bowl[edit]

Great Lakes Navy would defeat Mare Island Marines 17-7 in the 1919 Rose Bowl.

Conference standings[edit]

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1918 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois § 4 0 0     5 2 0
Michigan § 2 0 0     5 0 0
Purdue § 1 0 0     3 3 0
Iowa 2 1 0     6 2 1
Minnesota 2 1 0     5 2 1
Northwestern 1 1 0     2 2 1
Wisconsin 1 2 0     3 3 0
Indiana 0 0 0     2 2 0
Ohio State 0 3 0     3 3 0
Chicago 0 5 0     4 6 1
§ – Conference co-champions
1918 Missouri Valley football standings

Due to events related to World War I and the 1918 flu pandemic, the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association did not schedule any official conference games, recorded no standings, and awarded no title for 1918.
Conference members: DrakeIowa StateKansasKansas StateMissouriNebraskaWashington (MO)
1918 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
California 2 0 0     7 2 0
Oregon 2 1 0     4 2 0
Washington 1 1 0     1 1 0
Oregon Agricultural 0 2 0     2 4 0
† – Conference champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1918.htm
  2. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book. Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. pp. 76–77. Retrieved 2009-10-16.