1958 Big Ten Conference football season
|1958 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||10|
|Top draft pick||Randy Duncan|
|Season MVP||Randy Duncan|
|1958 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 2 Iowa $||5||–||1||–||0||8||–||1||–||1|
|No. 7 Wisconsin||5||–||1||–||1||7||–||1||–||1|
|No. 8 Ohio State||4||–||1||–||2||6||–||1||–||2|
|No. 13 Purdue||3||–||1||–||2||6||–||1||–||2|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1958 Big Ten Conference football season was the 63rd season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1958 NCAA University Division football season.
The 1958 Iowa Hawkeyes football team, under head coach Forest Evashevski, won the Big Ten football championship and was ranked No. 2 in the final AP and UPI polls, both taken before the bowl games. After defeating California, 38–12, in the 1959 Rose Bowl, the Hawkeyes were voted national champion by the Football Writers Association of America in its post-bowl ranking. Iowa quarterback Randy Duncan won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten's most valuable player, was a consensus first-team All-American, and finished second in the 1958 voting for the Heisman Trophy.
The 1958 Wisconsin Badgers football team, under head coach Milt Bruhn, finished in second place in the Big Ten with a 7–1–1 record, led the conference in scoring defense (8.6 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 7 in the final AP Poll. Wisconsin's sole loss was to Iowa. Dale Hackbart led the Badgers with 641 passing yards and 1,032 yards of total offense.
The 1958 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Woody Hayes, compiled a 6–1–2 record and was ranked No. 8 in the final AP Poll. Fullback Bob White was a consensus first-team All-American and led the Big Ten with 859 rushing yards and 72 points scored. End Jim Houston and tackle Jim Marshall were also selected as first-team All-Americans by multiple selectors.
Other notable individual performances during the 1958 season include Michigan State end Sam Williams who was selected as a consensus first-team All-American and Illinois end Rich Kreitling who led the Big Ten with 688 receiving yards.
- 1 Season overview
- 2 Statistical leaders
- 3 Awards and honors
- 4 1959 NFL Draft
- 5 References
Results and team statistics
|Conf. Rank||Team||Head coach||AP final||AP high||Overall record||Conf. record||PPG||PAG||MVP|
|1||Iowa||Forest Evashevski||#2||#2||8–1–1||5–1||27.2||14.6||Randy Duncan|
|2||Wisconsin||Milt Bruhn||#7||#4||7–1–1||5–1–1||22.3||8.6||Jon Hobbs|
|3||Ohio State||Woody Hayes||#8||#1||6–1–2||4–1–2||20.2||14.7||Jim Houston|
|4||Purdue||Jack Mollenkopf||#13||#8||6–1–2||3–1–2||20.4||11.3||Tom Franckhauser|
|5||Indiana||Phil Dickens||NR||NR||5–3–1||3–2–1||9.0||15.7||Mike Rabold|
|6||Illinois||Ray Eliot||NR||NR||4–5||4–3||16.0||16.7||Gene Cherney|
|7||Northwestern||Ara Parseghian||NR||#4||5–4||3–4||22.1||16.4||Ron Burton|
|8||Michigan||Bennie Oosterbaan||NR||#14||2–6–1||1–5–1||14.7||23.4||Bob Ptacek|
|9||Minnesota||Murray Warmath||NR||NR||1–8||1–6||12.8||17.4||Everett Gerths|
|10||Michigan State||Duffy Daugherty||NR||NR||3–5–1||0–5–1||13.0||13.7||Sam Williams|
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1958 season
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1958 season
PPG = Average of points scored per game
PAG = Average of points allowed per game
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy; trophy winner in bold
Phil Dickens was hired by Indiana as its head football coach in 1957 but was suspended by the NCAA for recruiting violations. Accordingly, the 1958 season was Dickens' first as Indiana's head coach.
On January 1, 1959, Iowa defeated the California Golden Bears, 38–12, in the 1959 Rose Bowl. Iowa halfback Bob Jeter was named the Rose Bowl player of the game. Iowa finished No. 2 in the AP and UPI polls taken prior to the bowl games, but was named national champion in the FWAA poll taken after the bowl games.
On November 14, 1958, Bennie Oosterbaan resigned as Michigan's head football coach with two games remaining in the program's worst season since 1936. Bump Elliott, who had been Michigan's backfield coach for two years, was hired to replace him.
The Big Ten's individual statistical leaders for the 1958 season included the following:
|1||Bob White||Ohio State||859|
|3||Don Clark||Ohio State||582|
|5||Bob White||Ohio State||859|
|1||Bob White||Ohio State||72|
Awards and honors
All-Big Ten honors
|Quarterback||Randy Duncan||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Halfback||Ron Burton||Northwestern||AP, UPI|
|Halfback||Don Clark||Ohio State||UPI|
|Fullback||Bob White||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|End||Rich Kreitling||Illinois||AP, UPI|
|End||Jim Houston||Ohio State||AP|
|End||Sam Williams||Michigan State||UPI|
|Tackle||Gene Selawski||Purdue||AP, UPI|
|Tackle||Jim Marshall||Ohio State||UPI|
|Guard||Ellison Kelly||Michigan State||UPI|
|Quarterback||Randy Duncan||Iowa||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI, CP, WCFF|
|Fullback||Bob White||Ohio State||FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI, CP, Time, WCFF|
|End||Sam Williams||Michigan State||AFCA, UPI, Time, WC|
Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:
|End||Jim Houston||Ohio State||AP, FWAA, CP|
|Tackle||Jim Marshall||Ohio State||TSN, Time|
1959 NFL Draft
|Don Clark||Running back||Ohio State||1||7|
|Dan James||Center||Ohio State||1||8|
|Rich Kreitling||Wide receiver||Illinois||1||11|
|Dick Schafrath||Guard||Ohio State||2||23|
|Fran O'Brien||Tackle||Michigan State||3||35|
|Blanche Martin||Back||Michigan State||4||43|
|Dick LeBeau||Defensive back||Ohio State||5||58|
|Ellison Kelly||Guard||Michigan State||5||59|
|Palmer Pyle||Tackle||Michigan State||6||72|
- "1958 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- Wilfrid Smith (December 20, 1958). "Iowa's Duncan Big Ten's Most Valuable: Brilliant Passer Scores Again! Wins Silver Football; Indiana's Rabold Second Choice". Chicago Tribune. pp. 2–1, 2–4.
- Jerry Green (November 15, 1958). "Bump Elliott Gets Job of Rebuilding Sagging Michigan". The Terre Haute Star. p. 7.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- "1958 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
- "1959 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved February 3, 2017.