The 1888 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] October 18 saw the first intercollegiate game in the state of North Carolina when Wake Forest defeated North Carolina 6–4.[2] The first "scientific game" occurred on Thanksgiving of the same year when North Carolina played Duke (then Trinity). Duke won 16 to 0.[3]

Conference and program changes

School 1887 Conference 1888 Conference
Southern California Methodists Program established Independent

Statistical leaders

Conference standings

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1888 Eastern Intercollegiate Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Williams 3 1 0 4 4 0
Dartmouth 3 1 0 3 4 0
MIT 2 2 0 2 5 0
Stevens 1 2 0 2 7 1
Amherst 0 3 0 2 8 1

Independents

1888 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Yale     13 0 0
Harvard     12 1 0
Princeton     11 1 0
Lehigh     10 2 0
Trinity (CT)     5 1 1
Lafayette     6 3 0
Cornell     4 2 0
Penn     9 7 0
Bucknell     2 3 0
Fordham     1 2 0
Massachusetts     2 4 0
Wesleyan     2 7 0
Worcester Tech     1 4 0
Rutgers     1 6 1
Penn State     0 2 1
Swarthmore     0 5 0
1888 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Cincinnati     1 0 1
Notre Dame     1 0 0
Washington University     1 0 0
Michigan     2 1 0
Northwestern     2 1 0
Lake Forest     2 2 0
Minnesota     1 1 0
Indiana     0 0 1
Miami (OH)     0 0 1
Albion     0 2 0
1888 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Georgetown     4 2 0
Trinity (NC)     2 1 0
Virginia     2 1 0
Wake Forest     2 1 0
Johns Hopkins     6 5 0
Richmond     1 2 0
North Carolina     1 3 0
Navy     1 4 0
Gallaudet        
Randolph–Macon        
St. John's (MD)        
1888 Western college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
USC     2 0 0
California     6 1 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. ^ "Wake Forest: A Look Back".
  3. ^ "Trinity College To Have Football Season". Winston-Salem Journal. July 25, 1920. p. 5.