1896 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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1896 Wisconsin Badgers football
Philip King FB coach.jpg
Head coach Philip King
Western Conference champion
Conference Western Conference
1896 record 7–1–1 (2–0–1 Western)
Head coach Philip King (1st year)
Captain J. R. Richards
Home stadium Randall Field
Seasons
← 1895
1897 →
1896 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin $ 2 0 1     7 1 1
Michigan 2 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 2 1 1     6 1 2
Chicago 3 2 0     15 2 1
Minnesota 1 2 0     8 2 0
Illinois 0 2 1     4 2 1
Purdue 0 2 1     4 2 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1896 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 1896 Western Conference football season. In their first season under head coach Philip King, the Badgers compiled a 7–1–1 record (2–0–1 against Western Conference opponents), shut out six of nine opponents, outscored all opponents by a combined total of 206 to 30, and won the first Western Conference championship.[1][2]

Wisconsin played three conference games: a victory over Chicago (24–0) on November 7;[3] a victory over Minnesota (6–0) on November 21;[4][5] and a tie with Northwestern (6–6) on November 26.[6] Wisconsin's sole loss was to the Carlisle Indians (18–8) in a night game played indoors and under the lights at the Chicago Coliseum before a crowd of 16,000 persons.[7] Wisconsin did not play another night game until 1953.[8]

Four Wisconsin players were selected to the 1896 All-Western football team published in the Chicago Inter Ocean: end Chester Brown, tackle J. F. A. "Sunny" Pyre, guard John E. Ryan, and halfback John "Ikey" Karel.[9] J. R. Richards was the team captain.[10]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result
October 10 Lake Forest* Randall FieldMadison, WI W 34–0  
October 14 Madison High School* Randall Field • Madison, WI W 18–0  
October 17 Rush Medical* Randall Field • Madison, WI W 50–0  
October 24 Grinnell* Randall Field • Madison, WI W 54–6  
October 31 at Beloit* Beloit, WI W 6–0  
November 7 Chicago Randall Field • Madison, WI W 24–0  
November 21 Minnesota Randall Field • Madison, WI W 6–0  
November 26 11 a.m. at Northwestern Evanston, IL T 6–6  
December 19 8 p.m. vs. Carlisle* Chicago ColiseumChicago, IL L 8–18  
*Non-conference game. All times are in Central Time.

Source: SR/College Football[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1896 Wisconsin Badgers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book" (PDF). University of Wisconsin. 2016. p. 214. Retrieved December 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Badgers Win With Ease". Chicago Tribune. November 8, 1896. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "Zero Weather For The Gophers". The Saint Paul Globe. November 22, 1896. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Badgers Win The Game". Chicago Tribune. November 22, 1896. p. 3. 
  6. ^ "Purple and Cardinal Tie". Chicago Tribune. November 27, 1896. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Won By The Red Men: Wisconsin 'Varsity Loses to the Carlisle School". Chicago Inter Ocean. December 20, 1896. pp. 1, 4. 
  8. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book, p. 252.
  9. ^ The Man Up a Tree (November 30, 1896). "To The Man Up A Tree: An Opinion as to the Men for an All-Western Team". Chicago Inter Ocean. p. 4. 
  10. ^ "Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book" (PDF). University of Wisconsin. 2016. p. 185. Retrieved December 30, 2016.