1896 College Football Season
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1896 College Football Season

The 1896 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Lafayette and Princeton as having been selected national champions.[1] Lafayette finished with an 11-0-1 record while Princeton had a 10-0-1 record. In the second game of the season for both teams, Lafayette and Princeton played to a scoreless tie. Both teams had signature wins: Lafayette defeated Penn 6-4, giving the Quakers their only loss of the season, while Princeton defeated previously unbeaten Yale, 24-6, on Thanksgiving Day in the last game of the season. Princeton was retroactively named the 1896 national champions by the Billingsley Report, the Helms Athletic Foundation, the Houlgate System, and Lafayette and Princeton were named national co-champions by the National Championship Foundation and Parke Davis.

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School 1895 Conference 1896 Conference
Central Michigan Normal Normalites Program established Independent
Chicago Maroons Independent Western Conference
Clemson Tigers Program established SIAA
Cumberland Bulldogs Independent SIAA
Illinois Illini Independent Western Conference
Indiana State Sycamores Program Established Independent
Kansas State Agricultural Aggies Program established Independent
Kentucky State Wildcats Independent SIAA
Louisiana State Tigers Independent SIAA
Mercer Baptists Independent SIAA
Michigan Wolverines Independent Western Conference
Minnesota Golden Gophers Independent Western Conference
Mississippi Rebels Independent SIAA
Mississippi A&M Aggies Independent SIAA
Nashville ? Independent SIAA
Nevada State Sagebrushers Program established Independent
Northwestern Wildcats Independent Western Conference
Purdue Boilermakers Independent Western Conference
Southwestern Presbyterian Lynx Independent SIAA
Storrs Agricultural Aggies Program established Independent
Texas Longhorns Independent SIAA
Texas Christian Horned Frogs Program established Independent
Tennessee Volunteers Independent SIAA
Territorial Normal Normals Program established Independent
Wisconsin Badgers Independent Western Conference

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1896 Colorado Football Association standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Colorado $ 2 0 0     5 0 0
Colorado Mines 1 1 0     1 2 0
Colorado College 0 2 0     3 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1896 Maryland Intercollegiate Football Association standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Maryland           6 2 2
  • $ – Conference champion
1896 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
LSU + 3 0 0     6 0 0
Georgia + 2 0 0     4 0 0
Vanderbilt 2 0 2     3 2 2
Auburn 3 1 0     3 1 0
Georgia Tech 1 1 1     1 1 1
Texas 1 1 0     4 2 1
Alabama 1 1 0     2 1 0
Kentucky State College 1 1 0     3 6 0
Sewanee 3 3 0     3 3 0
Tulane 1 2 0     3 2 0
SW Presbyterian 0 1 0     0 1 0
Nashville 0 1 1     0 1 1
Mercer 0 2 1     0 2 1
Central (KY) 0 2 1     0 3 1
Mississippi A&M 0 2 0     0 4 0
Cumberland (TN)            
  • + – Conference co-champions
1896 Triangular Football League standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dartmouth $ 2 0 0     5 2 1
Amherst 1 1 0     3 6 1
Williams 0 2 0     6 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1896 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin $ 2 0 1     7 1 1
Michigan 2 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 2 1 1     6 1 2
Chicago 3 2 0     15 2 1
Minnesota 1 2 0     8 2 0
Illinois 0 2 1     4 2 1
Purdue 0 2 1     4 2 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1896 Western Interstate University Football Association standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Iowa $ 2 0 1     7 1 1
Kansas 2 1 0     7 3 0
Nebraska 1 1 1     6 3 1
Missouri 0 3 0     7 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion

Independents

1896 Eastern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Fordham         1 0 0
Lafayette         11 0 1
Princeton         10 0 1
Penn         14 1 0
Yale         13 1 0
Pittsburgh College         11 2 0
Buffalo         8 1 2
Villanova         10 4 0
Bucknell         5 2 1
Harvard         7 4 0
Boston College         5 3 0
Storrs         5 3 0
Cornell         5 3 1
Syracuse         5 3 2
Temple         3 2 0
Army         3 2 1
Carlisle         5 5 0
Rutgers         6 7 0
Brown         4 5 1
Wesleyan         4 5 1
Frankin & Marshall         3 4 2
Geneva         3 4 0
Penn State         3 4 0
Colgate         3 4 1
Amherst         3 6 1
Holy Cross         1 3 2
Western Univ. Penn.         3 6 0
Lehigh         2 5 0
Tufts         2 6 1
New Hampshire         1 4 0
Massachusetts         0 4 0
Rhode Island         0 4 0
1896 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Washburn         6 1 1
Iowa Agricultural         8 2 0
Central Michigan         3 1 0
Ohio Wesleyan         6 2 0
Detroit College         5 2 0
North Dakota Agricultural         3 1 1
Heidelberg         2 1 0
Indiana         6 3 0
Ohio         4 2 1
Missouri         7 5 0
Beloit         2 1 3
Butler         4 3 0
Iowa State Normal         4 3 0
Notre Dame         4 3 0
Cincinnati         4 3 1
Wittenberg         5 4 0
Baldwin-Wallace         2 2 0
Kansas State         1 1 1
Ohio State         5 5 1
Lake Forest         3 4 1
Mount Union         3 4 1
Wabash         3 4 0
Drake         2 3 0
Chicago P&S         2 4 2
Michigan Agricultural         1 2 1
Indiana State         0 1 0
Buchtel         0 1 0
Washington University         0 2 0
Haskell         0 4 0
Doane         0 5 0
1896 Southern college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Centre         6 0 1
Texas A&M         2 0 1
Oklahoma         2 0 0
North Carolina A&M         1 0 0
Virginia         7 2 2
VPI         5 2 1
Arkansas         2 1 0
Navy         5 3 0
Clemson         2 1 0
VMI         3 4 0
North Carolina         3 4 1
Furman         2 3 0
West Virginia         3 7 2
South Carolina         1 3 0
Erskine         0 1 0
William & Mary         0 2 0
Delaware         0 6 0
1896 Far West college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wyoming         2 0 0
Washington Agricultural         2 0 1
California         6 2 2
Stanford         2 1 1
Oregon         2 1 0
Utah         3 2 0
Saint Mary's         1 1 0
Washington         2 3 0
Nevada State         1 2 0
Oregon Agricultural         1 2 0
Utah Agricultural         0 1 0
New Mexico A&M         0 2 0
USC         0 3 0

Minor conferences

See also

References

  1. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved .

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