The 1910 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Harvard and Pittsburgh as having been retrospectively selected national champions, by four "major selectors" in about 1927, 1947, 1970 and 1980.[1] Only Harvard claims a national championship for the 1910 season.

Rules

Rule changes were made prior to the 1910 season to permit more use of the forward pass, with complicated limitations:[2]

Other rules in 1910 were:

The season ran from September 24 until Thanksgiving Day (November 24).[4] Prior to Thanksgiving, the season's death toll was 22; the previous season's was thirty.[5]

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

School 1909 Conference 1910 Conference
The Citadel Bulldogs Independent SIAA
Denver Pioneers Independent Rocky Mountain
Howard Bulldogs Independent SIAA
Indiana State Normal Fightin' Teachers Independent Dropped Program
Louisville Cardinals Program Established Independent
Utah Utes Independent Rocky Mountain

Program changes

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1910 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Nebraska $ 2 0 0 7 1 0
Iowa 3 1 0 5 2 0
Missouri 2 1 1 4 2 2
Iowa State 2 2 0 4 4 0
Kansas 1 1 1 6 1 1
Washington University 0 2 0 3 4 0
Drake 0 3 0 3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1910 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Colorado College + 4 0 0 7 0 0
Colorado + 3 0 0 6 0 0
Utah 2 2 0 4 2 0
Denver 2 2 0 4 3 1
Colorado Mines 1 4 0 2 4 0
Colorado Agricultural 0 4 0 0 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1910 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Vanderbilt + 5 0 0 8 0 1
Auburn + 5 0 0 6 1 0
Sewanee 3 1 0 8 2 0
Georgia 4 2 1 6 2 1
Ole Miss 2 1 0 7 1 0
Mississippi A&M 3 2 0 7 2 0
Mercer 3 2 0 6 3 0
Georgia Tech 3 3 0 5 3 0
Clemson 2 3 1 4 3 1
LSU 1 3 0 1 5 0
Tennessee 1 4 0 3 5 1
The Citadel 0 2 0 3 4 0
Alabama 0 4 0 4 4 0
Howard (AL) 0 5 0 1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1910 Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Illinois + 4 0 0 7 0 0
Minnesota + 2 0 0 6 1 0
Indiana 3 1 0 5 1 0
Iowa 1 1 0 5 2 0
Wisconsin 1 2 1 1 2 2
Northwestern 1 2 1 1 3 1
Chicago 2 4 0 2 5 0
Purdue 0 4 0 1 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

Independents

1910 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pittsburgh     9 0 0
Harvard     9 0 1
Penn     9 1 1
Princeton     7 1 0
Trinity (CT)     7 1 0
Ursinus     6 1 0
Rhode Island State     5 1 1
Lafayette     7 2 0
Army     6 2 0
Brown     7 2 1
Yale     6 2 2
Dartmouth     5 2 0
Cornell     5 2 1
Penn State     5 2 1
Colgate     4 2 1
Swarthmore     5 3 0
Franklin & Marshall     4 3 2
Syracuse     5 4 1
Rutgers     3 2 3
Carlisle     8 6 0
Holy Cross     3 3 2
Temple     3 3 0
Washington & Jefferson     3 3 1
Wesleyan     4 4 1
Geneva     2 5 2
NYU     2 4 1
Dickinson     3 7 0
Lehigh     2 6 1
Bucknell     2 6 0
Vermont     1 5 1
Carnegie Tech     1 6 1
Boston College     0 4 2
Tufts     1 7 1
Villanova     0 4 2
1910 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wabash     4 0 0
Michigan Agricultural     6 1 0
St. Mary's (OH)     5 1 0
Central Michigan     5 1 1
Marquette     6 1 2
Notre Dame     4 1 1
Buchtel     7 2 0
Saint Louis     7 2 0
Michigan     3 0 3
Fairmount     6 2 1
Lake Forest     5 2 0
Western State Normal (MI)     4 2 0
Northern Illinois State     4 2 1
Mount Union     4 2 2
Detroit College     3 2 0
Doane     3 2 1
Butler     4 3 1
Rose Poly     4 4 0
North Dakota Agricultural     2 3 0
Miami (OH)     2 4 1
Carthage     2 4 0
Ohio Northern     2 5 0
Iowa State Teachers     1 4 1
Haskell     2 7 0
Heidelberg     1 7 0
Michigan State Normal     0 5 1
Ohio     0 6 1
1910 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Central University     9 0 0
Louisiana Industrial     7 0 0
Navy     8 0 1
North Carolina A&M     4 0 2
Spring Hill     3 0 1
Texas A&M     8 1 0
Arkansas     7 1 0
Florida     6 1 0
Baylor     6 1 1
Georgetown     6 1 1
Marshall     5 1 1
Kentucky State     7 2 0
Texas     6 2 0
Virginia     6 2 0
Southwestern Louisiana Industrial     6 2 1
Chattanooga     5 2 1
Kendall     2 1 1
Maryland     4 3 1
Oklahoma     4 2 1
Washington and Lee     4 3 0
South Carolina     4 4 0
VMI     3 3 1
Davidson     3 4 2
Oklahoma A&M     3 4 0
West Virginia     2 4 1
Catholic University     2 4 0
North Carolina     3 6 0
George Washington     2 2 2
Wake Forest     2 7 0
Delaware     1 2 2
Mississippi College     0 4 0
Southwest Texas State     0 4 0
Tulane     0 7 0
1910 Western college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Washington     6 0 0
USC     7 0 1
Oregon     4 1 0
Utah Agricultural     5 2 0
Hawaii     4 2 0
Idaho     4 2 0
Montana     3 2 1
Oregon Agricultural     3 2 1
New Mexico A&M     3 2 0
Wyoming     4 4 0
Washington State     2 3 0
New Mexico     0 3 0

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Kansas State Agricultural 4–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Alma 1–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Oberlin 3–0–1

Minor conference standings

1910 Eastern Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Randolph–Macon $ 3 0 0 4 4 0
Hampden–Sydney 2 1 0 4 3 0
William & Mary 1 2 0 1 7 1
Richmond 0 3 0 1 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1910 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southern Illinois       7 1 0
1910 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oberlin $ 3 0 1 5 1 2
Case 5 1 0 6 1 1
Ohio State 5 1 2 5 1 3
Cincinnati 3 1 0 5 3 0
Western Reserve 4 3 0 5 4 0
Ohio Wesleyan 3 3 0 6 3 0
Miami (OH) 1 1 0 2 4 1
Denison 3 4 2 3 4 2
Wooster 1 4 1 1 6 1
Kenyon 1 5 0 1 6 1
Wittenberg 0 5 0 2 7 0
Ohio 0 1 0 0 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion

Awards and honors

All-Americans

Main article: 1910 College Football All-America Team

The consensus All-America team included Walter Camp's selections:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Earl Sprackling 5'9" 150 Jr. Cleveland, Ohio Brown
HB Percy Wendell So. Roxbury, Massachusetts Harvard
HB Talbot Pendleton Princeton
FB Leroy Mercer So. Penn
E Stanfield Wells Jr. Massillon, Ohio Michigan
T Robert McKay Sr. Harvard
G Albert Benbrook 240 Sr. Chicago, Illinois Michigan
C Ernest Cozens Sr. Penn
G Bob Fisher Jr. Boston, Massachusetts Harvard
T James Walker Minnesota
E John Kilpatrick Yale

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. ^ "New Football As Walter Camp Sees It", New York Times, September 15, 1910
  3. ^ Danzig, Allison (1956). The History of American Football: Its Great Teams, Players, and Coaches. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. pp. 70–71.
  4. ^ "Football Under New Rules Starts To-Day", New York Times, September 24, 1910
  5. ^ "Death toll of football season". Eugene Daily Guard. (Oregon). November 23, 1910. p. 6.