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.

The US Naval Academy 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
Pennsylvania 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. ^ Navy Football History Database