The 1879 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Princeton and Yale having been selected as national champions.[1]

Racine College and the University of Michigan played the first football game in the Midwest. The 1879 Michigan Wolverines football team beat Racine in a game played in Chicago.

Navy also had its first game; the team did not have a coach until 1890.[2]

Conference and program changes

School 1878 conference 1879 conference
Michigan Wolverines Program established Independent

Conference standings

1879 college football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Princeton         4 0 1
Yale         3 0 2
Massachusetts         1 0 0
Michigan         1 0 1
Haverford         1 0 1
Harvard         2 1 2
Penn         2 2 0
Amherst         1 1 0
Navy         0 0 1
McGill         0 0 1
Toronto         0 0 1
Stevens         1 2 5
Rutgers         1 2 3
PA Military         0 1 1
Racine         0 1 0
Swarthmore         0 1 0
Columbia         0 3 2

References

  1. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  2. ^ http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/database/navy_database.htm