1921 college football season

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The 1921 NCAA 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.[2] Only California, Cornell, and Lafayette claim national championships for the 1921 season.

First radio broadcast[edit]

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.[3] Today, college football on radio is common for nearly every game in every division.

C6H0[edit]

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.

Rose Bowl[edit]

Main article: 1922 Rose Bowl

In the 1922 Rose Bowl, the heavily favored California Golden Bears played Washington & Jefferson to a scoreless tie. The game holds several distinctions including being the only scoreless Rose Bowl game, the first tie in a Rose Bowl, the first African-American quarterback to play in the Rose Bowl (Charlie West from Washington & Jefferson), the first freshman to play in a Rose Bowl (Herb Kopf of Washington and Jefferson), the last Rose Bowl to be played at Tournament Park, and the smallest school (Washington & Jefferson College had only 450 students at the time) to ever play in a Rose Bowl.[4][5]

Other bowls[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1921 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Iowa 5 0 0     7 0 0
Chicago 4 1 0     6 1 0
Ohio State 4 1 0     5 2 0
Wisconsin 3 1 1     5 1 1
Michigan 2 1 1     5 1 1
Indiana 1 2 0     3 4 0
Minnesota 2 4 0     3 4 0
Illinois 1 4 0     3 4 0
Purdue 1 4 0     1 6 0
Northwestern 0 5 0     1 6 0
† – Conference champion
1921 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nebraska 3 0 0     7 1 0
Missouri 4 2 0     6 2 0
Kansas State 4 2 0     5 3 0
Drake 2 2 0     5 2 0
Kansas 3 3 0     4 4 0
Iowa State 3 4 0     4 4 0
Oklahoma 2 3 0     5 3 0
Washington (MO) 2 3 0     4 3 1
Grinnell 0 4 0     2 5 0
† – Conference champion
1921 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
California 4 0 0     9 0 1
Washington State 2 1 1     4 2 1
Stanford 1 1 1     4 2 2
Oregon Agricultural 1 2 1     4 3 2
Oregon 0 1 2     5 1 3
Washington 0 3 1     3 4 1
† – Conference champion
1921 SAIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Washington & Lee 2 0 0     6 3 0
Virginia 5 1 0     5 4 0
North Carolina 3 1 1     5 2 2
Virginia Tech 3 2 0     7 3 0
Richmond 2 2 1     4 2 1
Maryland 2 2 1     3 5 1
Catholic 2 2 0     3 5 0
NC State 1 1 3     3 3 3
William and Mary 1 3 0     2 3 0
Trinity 0 1 0     6 1 2
Davidson 0 1 3     3 4 3
Johns Hopkins 0 2 0     1 2 0
VMI 0 3 1     3 5 1
George Washington 0 3 1     3 3 2
Georgetown 0 0 0     2 2 0
St. John's            
† – Conference champion
1921 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Centre § 5 0 0     10 1 0
Georgia Tech § 5 0 0     8 1 0
Georgia § 6 0 1     7 2 1
Vanderbilt § 5 0 1     7 0 1
Tennessee 4 1 1     6 2 1
Florida 4 1 2     6 3 2
Mississippi College 3 1 1     7 2 1
LSU 2 1 1     6 1 1
Auburn 3 2 0     5 3 0
Furman 3 2 1     7 2 1
Sewanee 3 2 0     6 2 0
South Carolina 2 1 1     5 1 2
Birmingham–Southern 2 1 0     4 4 1
Transylvania 1 1 0     1 1 0
The Citadel 2 2 1     3 3 2
Mississippi A&M 2 3 1     4 4 1
Tulane 3 4 0     4 6 0
Alabama 2 4 2     5 4 2
Oglethorpe 2 4 0     5 4 0
Chattanooga 1 3 0     4 6 0
Presbyterian 1 3 0     1 7 0
Louisville 0 1 0     2 2 1
Kentucky 0 2 1     4 3 1
Ole Miss 0 3 0     3 6 0
Wofford 0 3 0     2 7 0
Millsaps 0 3 0     0 3 1
Georgetown 0 3 0     0 3 0
Clemson 0 4 2     1 6 2
Howard 0 5 0     3 6 0
Western Kentucky 0 0 0     1 0 0
§ – Conference co-champions
1921 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas A&M 3 0 2     6 1 2
Texas 1 0 1     6 1 1
Arkansas 2 1 0     5 3 1
Baylor 2 2 0     8 3 0
Oklahoma A&M 1 1 0     5 4 1
Rice 1 2 1     4 4 1
SMU 0 4 0     1 6 1
† – Conference champion

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1921.htm
  2. ^ Official 2013 Football Bowl Subdivision Records Book. The National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 76–77. 
  3. ^ Sciullo Jr, Sam, ed. (1991). 1991 Pitt Football: University of Pittsburgh Football Media Guide. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Sports Information Office. p. 116. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Jim (August 2006). "The 1922 Rose Bowl: David v. Goliath". College Football Historical Society Newsletter. LA84 Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  5. ^ Washington and Jefferson College