1917 college football season

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The 1917 NCAA football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Georgia Tech as national champions.[2]

Conference and program changes[edit]

School 1916 Conference 1917 Conference
Michigan Wolverines Independent Big Ten (was Big Nine)
Montana Agricultural Bobcats Independent Rocky Mountain
Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels Program Established Independent
Southwestern (TX) Pirates Southwest Independent

Rose Bowl[edit]

The Mare Island Marines would defeat Camp Lewis 19-7 in the 1918 Rose Bowl.

National championship[edit]

Georgia Tech was the first Southern team to win a title. Auburn fought undefeated Ohio State to a scoreless tie. Undefeated Pittsburgh beat Penn on the road 14 to 6, Georgia Tech beat Penn at home 41 to 0, and beat Auburn 68 to 7. John Heisman challenged Pop Warner to a postseason contest to determine a national champion, but as such a match did not occur until the next season, Tech was named national champion. The Golden Tornado was invited to play a 4–3 Oregon team in the Rose Bowl, but by then many players had joined the war effort.

Conference standings[edit]

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1917 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio State $ 4 0 0     8 0 1
Minnesota 3 1 0     4 1 0
Northwestern 3 2 0     5 2 0
Wisconsin 3 2 0     4 2 1
Illinois 2 2 1     5 2 1
Chicago 2 2 1     3 2 1
Indiana 1 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 0 1 0     8 2 0
Iowa 0 2 0     3 5 0
Purdue 0 4 0     3 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1917 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nebraska $ 2 0 0     5 2 0
Kansas 3 1 0     6 2 0
Iowa State 3 1 0     5 2 0
Kansas State 2 2 0     6 2 0
Missouri 2 4 0     3 5 0
Washington (MO) 1 2 0     4 3 0
Drake 0 3 0     0 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion
1917 PCC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Washington State $ 3 0 0     6 0 0^
California 2 1 0     5 5 1
Oregon Agricultural 1 2 1     4 2 1
Oregon 1 2 0     4 3 0
Washington 0 2 1     1 2 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^1 tie game recognized by WSU, but not Pac-12
1917 SAIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgetown $ 2 0 0     8 1 0
Washington and Lee 2 1 0     4 3 0
North Carolina A&M 2 1 1     6 2 1
VPI 2 1 1     6 2 1
Richmond 2 1 0     4 2 1
Maryland 2 1 1     3 3 1
Davidson 1 2 0     6 4 0
VMI 1 3 1     4 4 1
St. John's (MD) 0 1 0     0 1 0
Johns Hopkins 0 1 0     0 3 0
William & Mary 0 3 0     3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1917 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech $ 4 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn 5 1 0     6 2 1
Clemson 5 1 0     6 2 0
Mississippi A&M 3 1 0     6 1 0
Sewanee 3 1 1     4 2 2
Alabama 2 1 1     5 2 1
Tulane 2 1 0     5 3 0
Vanderbilt 3 2 0     5 3 0
LSU 2 3 0     3 5 0
Wofford 1 2 0     5 4 0
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 5 0
Furman 1 3 0     3 5 0
Florida 1 3 0     2 4 0
Ole Miss 1 4 0     1 4 1
Howard 0 2 1     0 2 1
The Citadel 0 2 0     3 3 0
Mississippi College 0 4 0     0 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • There were several SIAA schools that did not field a team due to World War I.
1917 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Texas A&M $ 2 0 0     8 0 0
Baylor 3 1 0     9 1 0
Oklahoma 1 1 1     6 3 1
Texas 2 3 0     4 4 0
Oklahoma A&M 1 2 0     4 4 0
Arkansas 0 1 1     5 1 1
  • $ – Conference champion

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Benny Boynton 5'9" 163 So. Waco, Texas Williams
HB Elmer Oliphant 5'7" 180 Sr. Bloomfield, Indiana Army
HB Everett Strupper 5'7" 148 Sr. Columbus, Georgia Georgia Tech
FB Chic Harley 5'11" 171 Jr. Chicago, Illinois Ohio State
E Charles Bolen Sr. Marion, Indiana Ohio State
E Heinie Miller 5'10" 185 Jr. Williamsport, Pennsylvania Penn
T George Hauser Sr. Council Bluffs, Iowa Minnesota
G Dale Sies 6'1" 203 Sr. Ames, Iowa Pittsburgh
G Jock Sutherland Sr. Coupar Angus, Scotland Pittsburgh
C Frank Rydzewski 6'1" 220 Sr. Chicago, Illinois Notre Dame
G Eugene Neeley Sr. Dallas, Texas Dartmouth
T Alf Cobb 5'11" 210 Sr. Athol, Massachusetts Syracuse
E Paul Robeson 6'3" 219 Jr. Princeton, New Jersey Rutgers

Statistical leaders[edit]

  • Team scoring most points: Georgia Tech, 491
  • Player scoring most points: Bill Ingram, Navy, 162
  • Player scoring most touchdowns: Albert Hill, Georgia Tech, 23
  • Player scoring most goals after touchdown: Bill Fincher, Georgia Tech, 49

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.jhowell.net/cf/cf1917.htm
  2. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. pp. 76–77. Retrieved 2009-10-16.