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
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
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

See also[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.