1910 college football season

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The 1910 NCAA football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Harvard and Pittsburgh as having been selected national champions.[2] Only Harvard claims a national championship for the 1910 season.

Rules[edit]

Rule changes were made prior to the 1910 season to permit more use of the forward pass, with complicated limitations:[3]

  • The only eligible receivers were the two ends, who could catch a pass no more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, and could not be interfered with until the ball was caught.
  • A legal pass could not be thrown unless the quarterback was at least 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage and the rest of the players, except the two ends, were at least 1 yard behind the scrimmage line.
  • On kickoffs and punts, the kicking team's players could not be touched until they had advanced 20 yards
  • Flying tackles were outlawed, and "the man making a tackle must have at least one foot on the ground".
  • The ballcarrier could no longer be aided in any way by his teammates.

Other rules in 1910 were:

  • Field 110 yards in length
  • Kickoff made from midfield
  • Three downs to gain ten yards
  • Touchdown worth 5 points
  • Field goal worth 3 points
  • Game time based on agreement of the teams, not to exceed two 45 minute halves.[4]

The season ran from September 24 until Thanksgiving Day (November 24).[5]

Conference and program changes[edit]

Conference changes[edit]

School 1909 Conference 1910 Conference
The Citadel Bulldogs Independent SIAA
Denver Pioneers Independent Rocky Mountain
Howard Bulldogs Independent SIAA
Utah Utes Independent Rocky Mountain

Program changes[edit]

  • Arkansas changed its nickname from the Cardinals to the current Razorbacks.

Conference standings[edit]

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1910 Big 9 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois + 4 0 0     7 0 0
Minnesota + 2 0 0     6 1 0
Indiana 3 1 0     5 1 0
Iowa 1 1 0     5 2 0
Chicago 2 4 0     2 5 0
Wisconsin 1 2 1     1 2 2
Northwestern 1 2 1     1 3 1
Purdue 0 4 0     1 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1910 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nebraska $ 2 0 0     7 0 1
Iowa 3 1 0     5 2 0
Missouri 2 1 1     4 2 2
Iowa State 2 2 0     4 4 0
Kansas 1 1 1     6 1 1
Washington (MO) 0 2 0     3 4 0
Drake 0 3 0     2 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1910 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Colorado College + 4 0 0     7 0 0
Colorado + 3 0 0     6 0 0
Utah 2 2 0     4 2 0
Denver 2 2 0     4 3 1
Colorado Mines 1 4 0     2 4 0
Colorado Agricultural 0 4 0     0 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1910 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt + 5 0 0     8 0 1
Auburn + 4 0 0     6 1 0
Sewanee 3 1 0     8 2 0
Georgia 5 2 1     6 2 1
Ole Miss 2 1 0     7 1 0
Mississippi A&M 4 2 0     7 2 0
Mercer 3 2 0     6 3 0
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     5 3 0
Clemson 3 3 1     4 3 1
LSU 1 3 0     1 5 0
Tennessee 1 4 0     3 5 1
Memphis U. School 0 1 0     0 1 0
The Citadel 0 2 0     3 4 0
Gordon 0 3 0     0 3 0
Alabama 0 4 0     4 4 0
Howard 0 5 0     1 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1910.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. ^ "New Football As Walter Camp Sees It", New York Times, September 15, 1910
  4. ^ Danzig, Allison (1956). The History of American Football: Its Great Teams, Players, and Coaches. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. pp. 70–71. 
  5. ^ "Football Under New Rules Starts To-Day", New York Times, September 24, 1910