The 1895 college football season was the season of American football played among colleges and universities in the United States during the 1895–96 academic year.

The 1895 Penn Quakers football team, led by head coach George Washington Woodruff, compiled a perfect 14–0 record and is recognized as the 1895 national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, and National Championship Foundation. One selector, Parke H. Davis, recognized both Penn and Yale as co-national champions.[1] Yale compiled a 13–0–2 record.

In the Midwest, Michigan led the way with an 8–1 record, the only loss coming in a road game against Harvard. In the South, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association played its first year of college football with Vanderbilt winning the first conference championship.

Ten of the eleven players selected by Walter Camp and Caspar Whitney to the 1895 All-America college football team came from Penn, Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. The eleventh player was quarterback Clint Wyckoff from Cornell. Six of the honorees have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: Wyckoff, halfbacks Sam Thorne (Yale) and George H. Brooke(Penn), fullback Charley Brewer (Harvard), end Charles Gelbert (Penn), tackle Langdon Lea (Princeton), and guard Charles Wharton (Penn).

Conference and program changes

School 1894 Conference 1895 Conference
Alabama Crimson Tide Independent SIAA
Auburn Tigers Independent SIAA
Georgia Bulldogs Independent SIAA
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Independent SIAA
Henry Kendall Orange and Black Program established Independent
Marshall football Program established Independent
Mississippi A&M Aggies Program established Independent
North Carolina Tar Heels Independent SIAA
Oklahoma Sooners Program established Independent
Sewanee Tigers Independent SIAA
Tulane Green Wave Independent SIAA
Vanderbilt Commodores Independent SIAA

Conference standings

Conference standings

1895 Colorado Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Colorado $ 3 0 0 5 1 0
Colorado Mines 1 1 0 1 1 0
Denver 0 1 1 0 3 2
Colorado College 0 2 1 1 2 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1895 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Vanderbilt 3 0 0 5 3 1
Auburn 2 1 0 2 1 0
Georgia 2 2 0 3 4 0
Sewanee 0 2 0 2 2 1
Alabama 0 2 0 0 4 0
1895 Triangular Football League standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Dartmouth $ 2 0 0 7 5 1
Amherst 1 1 0 6 5 0
Williams 0 2 0 4 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1895 Western Interstate University Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Missouri + 2 1 0 7 1 0
Kansas + 2 1 0 6 1 0
Nebraska + 2 1 0 6 3 0
Iowa 0 3 0 2 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

Independents

1895 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Penn     14 0 0
Yale     13 0 2
Princeton     10 1 1
Washington & Jefferson     6 1 1
Harvard     8 2 1
Lafayette     6 2 0
Syracuse     6 2 2
Army     5 2 0
Bucknell     5 2 0
Colgate     4 2 0
Swarthmore     7 4 1
Tufts     8 5 0
Villanova     4 2 0
Wesleyan     6 3 0
Amherst     6 5 0
Brown     7 6 1
Carlisle     4 4 0
Drexel     3 3 1
Penn State     2 2 3
Cornell     3 4 1
Rutgers     3 4 0
New Hampshire     2 3 1
Frankin & Marshall     3 5 1
Boston College     2 4 2
Lehigh     3 6 0
CCNY     2 5 1
Buffalo     1 4 2
Temple     1 4 1
MIT     1 4 0
Trinity (CT)     1 4 0
Massachusetts     1 5 0
Western Univ. Penn.     1 6 0
Geneva     0 5 0
1895 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Miami (OH)     3 0 0
Carthage     2 0 0
Washington University     2 0 0
Michigan     8 1 0
Chicago     10 3 0
Wittenberg     5 2 0
Minnesota     7 3 0
Wisconsin     5 2 1
Wabash     6 3 0
Illinois     4 2 1
Baldwin–Wallace     3 1 0
Notre Dame     3 1 0
Northwestern     6 5 0
Purdue     4 3 0
Indiana     4 3 1
Buchtel     3 2 0
Doane     3 2 0
Chicago P&S     3 2 1
Butler     2 2 0
Cincinnati     3 3 0
Haskell     1 1 0
Michigan State Normal     3 3 0
North Dakota Agricultural     1 1 0
North Dakota     1 1 0
Ohio State     4 4 2
Iowa Agricultural     3 4 0
Ohio     2 3 0
Rush-Lake Forest     4 6 0
Ohio Wesleyan     2 4 1
Iowa State Normal     1 2 0
Lake Forest     1 2 0
Northwestern Law     1 2 0
Drake     1 4 0
1895 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Texas     5 0 0
LSU     3 0 0
Arkansas     1 0 0
Henry Kendall     1 0 0
North Carolina     7 1 1
VMI     5 1 0
West Virginia     5 1 0
Centre     4 1 1
Wofford     3 1 0
Virginia     9 3 0
Navy     5 2 0
VAMC     4 2 0
Ole Miss     2 1 0
South Carolina     2 1 0
Tennessee     3 2 1
Tulane     3 2 0
Kentucky State     4 5 0
North Carolina A&M     1 2 1
Delaware     1 3 0
Centenary     1 1 0
Wake Forest     0 0 1
Marshall     0 1 1
Columbian     0 1 1
Catholic University     0 1 0
Oklahoma     0 1 0
Furman     0 2 0
Mississippi A&M     0 2 0
Richmond     0 5 1
1895 Far West college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Occidental     5 0 0
Oregon     4 0 0
New Mexico A&M     2 0 0
Washington Agricultural     2 0 0
Wyoming     1 0 0
Stanford     4 0 1
Washington     4 0 1
California     3 1 1
Pacific (CA)     0 0 1
Saint Mary's     1 1 0
San Jose State     0 0 1
USC     0 1 1
Oregon Agricultural     0 2 1
Utah     0 1 0

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Olivet 3–0

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 2009-10-16.