1871 college football season
|1871 college football season|
This is likely due to the difficulty in scheduling games for the then-new sport. Only two games had been played in each of the previous seasons (1869 and 1870) by only three teams (Rutgers, Princeton, and Columbia).
Princeton did play several games against a Princeton Theological Seminary team in 1871, although the Tigers considered these "practice" (or exhibition) games, and the general convention is not to count these as official games.
Because no games were played, 1871 is the only year since college football play began in which no college football national champion has ever been named, retroactively or otherwise.
- Jimmy Atkinson (March 13, 2006). "National Champions: 1869-1879". College Football Blog. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Professional Football Researchers Association. "Camp and his Followers: American Football 1876-1889" (PDF). Professional Football Researchers Association. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- Tex Noel, Stars of an Earlier Autumn: An Unofficial College Football Records Book (iUniverse, 2011), ISBN 978-1462053063, p. 107. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- Mel Smith, "We're Not That Kind of School", College Football Historical Society Newsletter, May 2003, p. 12-13.