1942 Wisconsin Badgers football team
|1942 Wisconsin Badgers football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1942 record||8–1–1 (4–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Harry Stuhldreher (7th season)|
|Captain||Dave Schreiner, Mark Hoskins|
|Home stadium||Camp Randall Stadium|
|1942 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 1 Ohio State $||5||–||1||–||0||9||–||1||–||0|
|No. 3 Wisconsin||4||–||1||–||0||8||–||1||–||1|
|No. 9 Michigan||3||–||2||–||0||7||–||3||–||0|
|No. 19 Minnesota||3||–||3||–||0||5||–||4||–||0|
The 1942 Wisconsin Badgers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Wisconsin in the 1942 Big Ten Conference football season. The team compiled an 8–1–1 record (4–1 against conference opponents), finished in second place in the Big Ten Conference, led the conference in scoring defense (6.8 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll. Harry Stuhldreher was in his seventh year as Wisconsin's head coach.
The Helms Athletic Foundation selected Wisconsin as the 1942 national champion, giving the program its only national championship. Ohio State, a team that Wisconsin defeated, was selected as national champion in the AP Poll.
|September 19||Camp Grant*||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 7–0|
|September 26||at Notre Dame*||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||T 7–7|
|October 3||Marquette*||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 35–7|
|October 10||Missouri*||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 17–9|
|October 17||at Great Lakes Navy*||No. 7||North Chicago, IL||W 13–7|
|October 24||at Purdue||No. 7||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN||W 13–0|
|October 31||No. 1 Ohio State||No. 6||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 17–7|
|November 7||at Iowa||No. 2||Iowa Stadium • Iowa City, IA||L 0–6|
|November 14||at Northwestern||No. 7||Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL||W 20–19|
|November 21||No. 10 Minnesota||No. 7||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Slab of Bacon)||W 20–6|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. All times are in Central Time.|
Awards and honors
End Dave Schreiner received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's most valuable player. Schreiner was also selected as a unanimous first-team player on the 1942 College Football All-America Team. Schreiner joined the United States Marine Corps and was killed in action during the Battle of Okinawa in June 1945.
In addition to Schreiner, other Wisconsin players receiving All-America or All-Big Ten honors in 1942 were:
- Fullback Pat Harder was selected as a first-team All-American by the All-America Board and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Harder was also selected by the Associated Press (AP) and United Press (UP) as a first-team player on the 1942 All-Big Ten Conference football team.
- Tackle Paul Hirsbrunner was selected by the UP as a second-team All-Big Ten player.
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