1890 college football season

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The 1890 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Harvard as having been selected national champions.[2]

On November 22, college football was first played in the state of Kansas when the Baker Methodists defeated the Kansas Jayhawks by a score of 22–9.[3] On November 27, college football was first played in the state of Tennessee when the Vanderbilt Commodores defeated Nashville (Peabody) 40–0.[4]

Conference and program changes[edit]

School 1889 Conference 1890 Conference
Butler Bulldogs Independent IIAA
Colorado Silver and Gold Program established Independent
DePauw Tigers Independent IIAA
Earlham Hustlin' Quakers Independent IIAA
Hanover Panthers Independent IIAA
Indiana State Normal Sycamores Independent IIAA
Indiana Hoosiers Independent IIAA
Kansas Jayhawks Program Established Independent
Missouri Tigers Program established Independent
Nashville Program Established Independent
Nebraska Old Gold Knights Program Established Independent
Purdue Boilermakers Independent IIAA
Rose Polytechnic Engineers Independent IIAA
Vanderbilt football Program Established Independent
Wabash Little Giants Independent IIAA
Washington (MO) Bears Program established Independent
Western Reserve football Program established Independent

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Dudley Dean Sr. Lake Village, New Hampshire Harvard
HB Bum McClung 5'10" 165 Jr. Knoxville, Tennessee Yale
HB John J. Corbett Fr. Boston, Massachusetts Harvard
FB Sheppard Homans, Jr. Jr. Englewood, New Jersey Princeton
E Frank Hallowell So. Medford, Massachusetts Harvard
T Marshall Newell 5'7" 168 Fr. Great Barrington, Massachusetts Harvard
G Pudge Heffelfinger 6'4" 178 Jr. Minneapolis, Minnesota Yale
C John Cranston Sr. Sheridan, New York Harvard
G Jesse Riggs Jr. Baltimore, Maryland Princeton
T William Rhodes Sr. Cleveland, Ohio Yale
E Ralph Warren Jr. Montclair, New Jersey Princeton

Statistical leaders[edit]

  • Player scoring most points: Philip King, Princeton, 145

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1890.htm
  2. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  3. ^ Evans, Harold (August 1940). "College Football in Kansas". Kansas Historical Quarterly. pp. 285–311. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ John Majors. "College Football". Tennessee Historical Society. Retrieved 2006-11-29.