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. Tech was the first Southern team to win a title. Davidson beat Auburn in one of the South's biggest upsets. Auburn went on to fight 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.