1901 college football season

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The 1901 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Michigan, Yale, and Harvard as having been selected national champions.[2] Harvard beat Yale 22–0 the last game of the year.

Conference and program changes[edit]

School 1900 Conference 1901 Conference
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets SIAA Independent
Louisiana Industrial Bulldogs Program Established Independent
Oklahoma A&M Aggies Program established Independent
Stetson Hatters Program established Independent

Rose Bowl[edit]

The very first collegiate football bowl game was played following the 1901 season. Originally titled the "Tournament East-West football game" what is now known as the Rose Bowl Game was first played on January 1, 1902, in Pasadena, California. Michigan would defeat Stanford 49–0.

Conference standings[edit]

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1901 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan + 4 0 0     11 0 0
Wisconsin + 2 0 0     9 0 0
Minnesota 3 1 0     9 1 1
Illinois 4 2 0     8 2 0
Northwestern 3 2 0     8 2 1
Indiana 1 2 0     6 3 0
Purdue 0 3 1     4 4 1
Chicago 0 4 1     8 6 2
Iowa 0 3 0     6 3 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1901 CFA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Colorado $ 2 0 0     5 1 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1901 college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Harvard         12 0 0
Yale         11 1 1
California         9 0 1
Stetson         1 0 0
Cornell         11 1 0
Dartmouth         10 1 0
Massachusetts         9 1 0
Princeton         9 1 1
Notre Dame         8 1 1
Kentucky U.         7 1 1
Army         5 1 2
Connecticut         8 2 0
Virginia         8 2 0
Arizona         4 1 0
Washington Agricultural         4 1 0
Nebraska         7 2 0
Western U. of Penn         7 2 1
Lafayette         9 3 0
Utah         3 1 0
Penn         10 5 0
Gallaudet         4 2 2
William & Mary         2 1 1
Columbia         8 5 0
Baylor         5 3 0
Penn State         5 3 0
Ohio State         5 3 1
VMI         4 3 0
Washington         4 3 0
Navy         6 4 1
Stanford         3 2 2
Oklahoma         3 2 0
Drake         4 4 0
Detroit         3 3 0
Kansas State         3 4 1
Michigan Agricultural         3 4 1
Oregon         3 4 1
Carlisle         5 7 1
Montana         2 3 0
Oklahoma A&M         2 3 0
Arkansas         3 5 0
Kansas         3 5 2
Furman         1 2 1
Texas A&M         1 4 0
Missouri         1 6 1
Maryland         1 7 0
Boston College         1 8 0
Florida Agricultural         0 1 0
Kendall         0 1 0
USC         0 1 0
Rhode Island         0 2 0
Rutgers         0 7 0
1901 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 4 0 0     6 1 1
Clemson 2 0 1     3 1 1
LSU 2 1 0     5 1 0
North Carolina 2 1 0     7 2 0
Tulane 2 1 0     4 2 0
Alabama 2 1 2     2 1 2
Texas 0 0 1     8 2 1
Auburn 2 3 1     2 3 1
Tennessee 1 2 2     3 3 2
Mississippi A&M 1 2 0     2 2 1
Cumberland 0 1 0     0 1 0
Kentucky State 0 2 0     2 6 1
Mississippi 0 4 0     2 4 0
Georgia 0 4 2     1 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion

Minor conferences[edit]

Conference Champion(s) Record
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Olivet 7–0–0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Charles Dudley Daly 5'7" 152 Jr. Boston, Massachusetts Army
HB Robert Kernan Jr. Brooklyn, New York Harvard
HB Harold Weekes 5'10" 178 Jr. Oyster Bay, New York Columbia
HB Bill Morley 5'10" 166 Sr. Cimarron, New Mexico Columbia
FB Blondy Graydon Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio Harvard
E Dave Campbell 6'0" 171 Sr. Waltham, Massachusetts Harvard
E Ralph Tipton Davis 5'7" 168 So. Blossburg, Pennsylvania Princeton
T Oliver Cutts Sr. North Anson, Maine Harvard
T Paul Bunker 5'11" 186 Jr. Alpena, Michigan Army
G Bill Warner 6'4" 210 Jr. Springville, New York Cornell
G William George Lee Sr. Leavenworth, Kansas Harvard
C Henry Holt Jr. Spuyten Duyvil, Bronx, New York Yale
C Walter E. Bachman Sr. Phillipsburg, New Jersey Lafayette
G Charles A. Barnard Sr. Washington, D. C. Harvard
G Sanford Hunt So. Irvington, New Jersey Cornell
T Crawford Blagden Sr. New York, New York Harvard
E Edward Bowditch So. Albany, New York Harvard
E Neil Snow 5'8" 190 Sr. Detroit, Michigan Michigan

Statistical leaders[edit]

  • Player scoring most points: Bruce Shorts, Michigan, 123
  • Rushing leader: Willie Heston, Michigan, 684
  • Rushing avg. leader: Willie Heston, 10.2
  • Rushing touchdowns leader: Willie Heston, 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1901.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.