The 1887 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Yale as having been selected national champions.[1] In the West, the 1887 Michigan Wolverines football team compiled a 5–0 record, including three wins over Notre Dame (who was playing its first game ever and did not have a varsity team yet [2]), and outscored its opponents by a combined score of 102 to 10.[3] On November 13, college football was first played in the state of Virginia when the Virginia Cavaliers and Pantops Academy fought to a scoreless tie.

Statistical leaders

Conference standings

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1887 Eastern Intercollegiate Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
MIT $ 4 0 0 5 1 0
Dartmouth 2 1 1 3 1 1
Trinity (CT) 2 2 0 3 3 1
Amherst 1 3 0 4 6 0
Stevens 0 3 1 0 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion

Independents

1887 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Yale     9 0 0
Penn State     2 0 0
Harvard     10 1 0
Lafayette     7 2 0
Princeton     7 2 0
Lehigh     4 3 0
Williams     3 3 0
Penn     6 7 0
Wesleyan     4 5 0
Tufts     4 6 0
Massachusetts     2 3 0
Rutgers     2 6 0
Bucknell     0 2 0
Cornell     0 2 0
Franklin & Marshall     0 2 0
Vermont     0 2 0
1887 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Michigan     5 0 0
Butler     3 0 0
Minnesota     2 0 0
Cincinnati     1 0 0
Washington University     1 0 0
Indiana     0 1 0
Purdue     0 1 0
Wabash     0 1 0
Notre Dame     0 3 0
Albion     0 1 0
1887 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Navy     3 1 0
Georgetown     2 1 0
Richmond     1 1 0
Virginia     0 0 1
Johns Hopkins     0 2 0
1887 Western college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
California     4 0 0

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. ^ Scholastic. Notre Dame, IN: The University of Notre Dame. 1887.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-08-11.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)