1896 college football season
|1896 college football season|
Lafayette on defense in its 6–4 upset victory over Pennsylvania
|Total # of teams||30|
|Number of bowls||0|
The 1896 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Lafayette and Princeton as having been selected national champions. Lafayette finished with an 11-0-1 record while Princeton had a 10-0-1 record. In the second game of the season for both teams, Lafayette and Princeton played to a scoreless tie. Both teams had signature wins: Lafayette defeated Penn 6-4, giving the Quakers their only loss of the season, while Princeton defeated previously unbeaten Yale, 24-6, on Thanksgiving Day in the last game of the season. Princeton was retroactively named the 1896 national champions by the Billingsley Report, the Helms Athletic Foundation, the Houlgate System, and Lafayette and Princeton were named national co-champions by the National Championship Foundation and Parke Davis.
Conference and program changes
- The Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, commonly known as the Western Conference and the precursor to the modern Big Ten Conference, began its first season of play in 1896 with seven founding members from across the Midwest.
|School||1895 Conference||1896 Conference|
|Chicago Maroons||Independent||Western Conference|
|Illinois Maroons||Independent||Western Conference|
|Kentucky State Wildcats||Independent||SIAA|
|Louisiana State Tigers||Independent||SIAA|
|Michigan Wolverines||Independent||Western Conference|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||Independent||Western Conference|
|Mississippi A&M Aggies||Independent||SIAA|
|Northwestern Wildcats||Independent||Western Conference|
|Purdue Boilermakers||Independent||Western Conference|
|Southwestern Presbyterian Lynx||Independent||SIAA|
|Wisconsin Badgers||Independent||Western Conference|
The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:
- Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
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