The 1899 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Harvard and Princeton as having been selected national champions.[1]

Chicago and Sewanee went undefeated. With just 13 players, the Sewanee team, known as the "Iron Men", had a six-day road trip with five shutout wins over Texas A&M; Texas; Tulane; LSU; and Ole Miss. Sportswriter Grantland Rice called the group "the most durable football team I ever saw."[2]

Conference and program changes

Conference establishments

Membership changes

School 1898 Conference 1899 Conference
Arizona Varsity Program Established Independent
Baylor football Program Established Independent
Davidson Wildcats Independent SIAA
Furman Hornets Independent SIAA
Northern Illinois State Normal football Program Established Independent

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1899 Colorado Football Association standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Colorado College $ 2 0 0 3 2 1
Colorado 2 1 0 7 2 0
Colorado Mines 1 2 0 2 3 0
Colorado Agricultural 0 2 0 0 2 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1899 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Sewanee $ 11 0 0 12 0 0
Vanderbilt 5 0 0 7 2 0
Alabama 1 0 0 3 1 0
Nashville 3 1 0 3 1 0
Tennessee 2 1 0 6 2 0
Auburn 2 1 1 3 1 1
Texas 3 2 0 6 2 0
North Carolina 1 1 0 7 3 0
Ole Miss 3 4 0 3 4 0
Georgia 2 3 1 2 3 1
Clemson 1 2 0 4 2 0
Central (KY) 1 2 0 1 2 0
LSU 1 3 0 1 4 0
Kentucky State 0 1 0 5 2 2
SW Presbyterian 0 1 0 1 1 0
Cumberland (TN) 0 3 0 0 3 0
Georgia Tech 0 5 0 0 5 0
Tulane 0 5 0 0 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1899 Triangular Football League standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wesleyan $ 2 0 0 7 2 0
Williams 1 1 0 9 4 0
Amherst 0 2 0 4 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1899 Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Chicago $ 4 0 0 16 0 2
Wisconsin 4 1 0 9 2 0
Northwestern 2 2 0 7 6 0
Michigan 1 1 0 8 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0 4 4 1
Minnesota 0 3 0 6 3 2
Illinois 0 3 0 3 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion

Independents

1899 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Harvard     10 0 1
Lafayette     12 1 0
Princeton     12 1 0
Buffalo     7 1 0
Boston College     8 1 1
Carlisle     9 2 0
Swarthmore     8 1 2
Washington & Jefferson     9 2 1
Wesleyan     7 2 0
Pittsburgh College     2 0 2
Villanova     7 2 1
Yale     7 2 1
Western Univ. of Penn.     3 1 1
Columbia     9 3 0
Fordham     3 1 0
Cornell     7 3 0
Penn     8 3 2
Brown     7 3 1
New Hampshire     4 2 0
Vermont     5 3 0
Tufts     7 4 0
Bucknell     6 4 0
Holy Cross     5 5 0
Syracuse     4 4 0
Army     4 5 0
Colgate     4 5 0
Penn State     4 6 1
Frankin & Marshall     3 5 1
NYU     2 6 0
Temple     1 4 1
Dartmouth     2 7 0
Lehigh     2 9 0
Rutgers     2 9 0
Geneva     0 3 0
1899 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Kansas     10 0 0
North Dakota     6 0 0
Detroit College     5 0 0
Ohio State     9 0 1
Iowa     8 0 1
Washington University     5 1 0
Missouri     9 2 0
Chicago P&S     4 1 0
Mount Union     5 1 1
Indiana     6 2 0
Wabash     1 0 1
Cincinnati     5 2 0
Drake     5 2 0
Heidelberg     5 2 0
Buchtel     2 1 0
Doane     2 1 0
Northern Illinois State     1 0 2
Notre Dame     6 3 1
Central Michigan     3 2 0
Fairmount     2 1 2
Carthage     3 2 1
Wittenberg     5 4 0
Iowa State     5 4 1
Rush Medical     3 3 1
Ohio     2 2 0
Ohio Wesleyan     5 5 0
Haskell     4 5 0
Lake Forest     4 6 2
Kansas State     2 3 0
Michigan Agricultural     2 4 1
Iowa State Normal     1 3 2
Washburn     2 5 2
Butler     1 3 0
Miami (OH)     1 5 0
Nebraska     1 7 1
North Dakota Agricultural     0 1 0
Baldwin–Wallace     0 4 0
1899 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
VMI     0 0
VPI     4 1 0
Delaware     6 2 0
Arkansas     3 1 1
Georgetown     5 2 1
Texas A&M     4 2 0
Oklahoma     2 1 0
Baylor     2 1 1
Navy     5 3 0
Virginia     4 3 2
Add-Ran     0 0 1
Richmond     2 2 0
South Carolina     2 3 0
West Virginia     2 3 0
William & Mary     2 3 0
North Carolina A&M     1 2 2
Davidson     1 3 1
Maryland     1 4 0
Marshall     0 0 1
1899 Far West college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Montana Agricultural     3 0 0
Arizona Normal     3 0 0
New Mexico A&M     1 0 0
Utah Agricultural     1 0 0
California     7 1 1
Washington     4 1 1
Utah     2 1 0
San Jose State     6 3 1
Nevada State     3 2 0
Oregon Agricultural     3 2 0
Oregon     3 2 1
Arizona     1 1 1
Washington Agricultural     1 1 0
Montana     1 2 0
USC     2 3 1
Stanford     2 5 2
Wyoming     0 1 1
Pacific (CA)     0 2 0

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Kalamazoo 4–1

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.
  2. ^ "Grantland Rice". Reading Eagle. November 27, 1941.