1904 college football season

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The 1904 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Michigan, Minnesota, and Penn as having been selected national champions.[1]

1904 was a big year for the South. It was the first year for: Dan McGugin at Vanderbilt, Mike Donahue at Auburn, and John Heisman at Georgia Tech.

Conference and program changes[edit]

Membership changes[edit]

School 1903 Conference 1904 Conference
Southwest Texas State Normal football Program Established Independent

Conference standings[edit]

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1904 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Minnesota + 3 0 0     13 0 0
Michigan + 2 0 0     10 0 0
Chicago 5 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 3 1 1     9 2 1
Northwestern 1 2 0     8 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0     9 3 0
Iowa 0 3 0     7 4 0
Wisconsin 0 3 0     5 3 0
Indiana 0 3 0     6 4 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1904 CFA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Colorado 3 1 0     6 2 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1904 college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Utah         7 1 0
Stanford         7 2 1
USC         6 1 0
California         6 1 1
Virginia         6 3 0
North Carolina         5 2 2
Oregon Agricultural         4 2 0
Washington         4 2 1
Villanova         4 2 1
Oregon         5 3 0
South Carolina         4 3 1
Montana         3 2 0
Washington Agricultural         2 2 0
Maryland         2 4 2
1904 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt + 5 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn + 5 0 0     5 0 0
Kentucky State 2 0 0     9 1 0
Texas 1 0 0     6 2 0
Sewanee 4 1 0     7 1 0
Georgia Tech 2 1 1     8 1 1
Alabama 5 3 0     7 3 0
Tulane 3 2 0     5 2 0
Clemson 3 2 1     3 3 1
Ole Miss 2 3 0     4 3 0
LSU 1 2 0     3 4 0
Tennessee 1 4 1     3 5 1
Nashville 1 5 1     1 7 1
Cumberland 0 1 0     2 1 0
Texas A&M 0 2 0     4 2 0
Mississippi A&M 0 4 0     2 5 0
Georgia 0 4 0     1 5 0
Central 0 4 0     1 7 0
SW Presbyterian 0 0 0     0 0 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

Minor conferences[edit]

Conference Champion(s) Record
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Albion 5–0–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Case School of Applied Science 4–0–0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Vince Stevenson 5'10" 148 Jr. Penn
QB Foster Rockwell Sr. Vermont Yale
HB Daniel Hurley Jr. Charlestown, Massachusetts Harvard
HB Willie Heston 5'8" 190 Sr. Grant's Pass, Oregon Michigan
FB Walter Eckersall 5'7" 141 So. Chicago, Illinois Chicago
FB Andy Smith Sr. Du Bois, Pennsylvania Penn
FB Henry Torney Jr. Army
E Tom Shevlin 5'10" 195 Jr. Minneapolis, Minnesota Yale
T James Hogan 5'10" 210 Sr. Yale
G Frank Piekarski Sr. Nanticoke, Pennsylvania Penn
G Joseph Gilman Exeter, New Hampshire Dartmouth
C Arthur Tipton Sr. Las Vegas, New Mexico Territory Army
G Ralph Kinney Sr. Yale
T James Cooney So. Princeton
E Fred Speik Sr. Stockton, California Chicago

Statistical leaders[edit]

  • Team scoring most points: Minnesota, 725 to 12.
  • Rushing leader: Willie Heston, Michigan, 686
  • Rushing avg. leader: Willie Heston, 12.7
  • Rushing touchdowns leader: Willie Heston, 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved 2009-10-16.