The 1916 college football season had no very clear cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Army and Pittsburgh as national champions.[1] Only Pittsburgh claims a national championship for the 1916 season. Georgetown led the nation in scoring with 464 points.

Conference changes

Membership changes

School 1915 Conference 1916 Conference
California Golden Bears Independent PCC
Georgetown Tigers Independent SIAA
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Independent SIAA
Oregon Webfoots Independent PCC
Oregon Agricultural Beavers Independent PCC
South Carolina Gamecocks Independent SIAA
Washington Huskies Independent PCC
William & Mary Orange and Black Independent SAIAA

Large scores

Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland 222 to 0. Sewanee also beat Cumberland 107 to 0.

Rose Bowl

Oregon defeated Penn, 14–0, in the 1917 Rose Bowl.

Conference standings

Major conference standings

For this article, major conferences defined as those including multiple state flagship public universities.

1916 MVIAA football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Nebraska $ 3 1 0 6 2 0
Missouri 3 1 1 6 1 1
Iowa State 2 1 1 5 2 1
Kansas State 1 1 1 6 1 1
Kansas 1 2 1 4 3 1
Drake 1 3 0 3 5 0
Washington University 0 2 0 3 3 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1916 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Washington $ 3 0 1 6 0 1
Oregon^ 2 0 1 7 0 1
Oregon Agricultural 0 2 0 4 5 0
California 0 3 0 6 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Selected as Rose Bowl representative
1916 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Colorado Agricultural $ 6 0 1 6 0 1
Colorado College 4 1 0 6 1 0
Denver 3 2 0 4 2 1
Utah 2 2 0 3 2 0
Colorado Mines 2 2 1 3 2 1
Wyoming 1 4 0 1 4 0
Colorado 1 5 0 1 5 1
Utah Agricultural 0 4 0 1 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1916 South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
VPI $ 4 0 0 7 2 0
Georgetown 2 0 0 8 1 0
Washington and Lee 1 0 0 5 2 2
George Washington 2 1 0 3 3 1
North Carolina 2 1 0 5 4 0
Catholic University 2 1 0 4 4 0
Virginia 2 1 0 4 5 0
Davidson 1 2 0 5 3 1
Richmond 1 3 1 5 4 2
VMI 1 4 0 4 5 0
St. John's (MD) 0 1 0 0 1 0
William & Mary 0 2 1 2 5 2
Johns Hopkins 0 2 0 0 2 0
North Carolina A&M 0 4 0 2 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1916 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Georgia Tech + 5 0 0 8 0 1
Tennessee + 6 0 1 8 0 1
Vanderbilt 4 1 1 7 1 1
LSU 3 1 1 7 1 2
The Citadel 3 1 0 6 1 1
Tulane 2 1 1 4 3 1
Kentucky 2 1 2 4 1 2
Auburn 6 2 0 6 2 0
Georgia 5 2 0 6 3 0
Alabama 4 3 0 6 3 0
Sewanee 2 2 2 5 2 2
Centre 1 1 1 5 1 3
Howard (AL) 1 1 0 6 4 0
Georgetown (KY) 1 1 0 2 1 0
Mississippi A&M 3 4 0 4 4 1
Transylvania 2 3 1 3 3 2
Mississippi College 2 3 0 6 3 0
Clemson 2 4 0 3 6 0
South Carolina 2 4 0 2 7 0
Wofford 1 2 0 2 7 0
Louisville 1 2 1 2 3 1
Furman 1 3 0 4 5 0
Chattanooga 1 4 0 3 5 0
Florida 0 4 0 0 5 0
Mercer 0 5 0 1 6 0
Ole Miss 0 6 0 3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1916 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Texas 5 1 0 7 2 0
Baylor 3 1 0 9 1 0
Rice 2 1 0 6 1 2
Oklahoma 2 1 0 6 5 0
Texas A&M 1 2 0 6 3 0
Arkansas 0 2 0 4 4 0
Oklahoma A&M 0 3 0 4 4 0
Southwestern (TX) 0 4 0 3 5 1
  • No champion recognized[2]
1916 Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ohio State $ 4 0 0 7 0 0
Northwestern 4 1 0 6 1 0
Minnesota 3 1 0 6 1 0
Chicago 3 3 0 3 4 0
Illinois 2 2 1 3 3 1
Wisconsin 1 2 1 4 2 1
Iowa 1 2 0 4 3 0
Indiana 0 3 1 2 4 1
Purdue 0 4 1 2 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion

Independents

1916 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Army     9 0 0
Pittsburgh     8 0 0
Brown     8 1 0
Colgate     8 1 0
Yale     8 1 0
Fordham     6 1 1
Swarthmore     6 1 1
Penn State     8 2 0
Washington & Jefferson     8 2 0
Boston College     6 2 0
Cornell     6 2 0
Princeton     6 2 0
Lehigh     6 2 1
Dartmouth     5 2 2
Harvard     7 3 0
Penn     7 3 1
Temple     3 1 2
Tufts     5 3 0
Carnegie Tech     4 3 0
Rutgers     3 2 2
NYU     4 3 1
Syracuse     5 4 0
Holy Cross     4 5 0
Vermont     4 5 0
Rhode Island State     3 4 1
Geneva     2 5 2
Carlisle     1 3 1
Lafayette     2 6 1
Bucknell     3 9 0
Columbia     1 5 2
Franklin & Marshall     1 7 0
Villanova     1 8 0
1916 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
St. Xavier     5 0 0
Notre Dame     8 1 0
Western State Normal (MI)     5 1 0
Northern Illinois State     6 1 1
Heidelberg     8 2 0
Michigan     7 2 0
Wabash     7 2 0
Michigan Agricultural     4 2 1
North Dakota Agricultural     3 2 1
Detroit     3 2 2
St. Mary's (OH)     4 3 0
Marquette     4 3 1
Saint Louis     4 4 0
Haskell     3 6 0
Michigan State Normal     1 2 1
South Dakota     1 5 2
Akron     2 7 0
Central Michigan     1 5 0
Iowa State Teachers     1 7 0
Lake Forest     1 7 0
1916 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Birmingham     7 1 0
Southwestern Louisiana Industrial     7 1 0
Maryland State     6 2 0
Marshall     7 2 1
Middle Tennessee State Normal     5 2 0
Spring Hill     4 2 0
West Virginia     5 2 2
Navy     6 3 1
Southwest Texas State     3 1 3
Presbyterian     4 3 0
Delaware     4 3 1
North Texas State Normal     4 3 1
Western Kentucky State Normal     3 2 0
George Washington     3 3 1
Wake Forest     3 3 0
Louisville     2 3 1
West Tennessee State Normal     2 3 1
Texas Mines     2 3 0
Tusculum     2 3 0
1916 Western college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Santa Clara     10 0 0
University Farm     6 1 1
Montana     4 1 1
Washington State     4 2 0
Arizona     5 3 0
USC     5 3 0
New Mexico     3 2 0
Hawaii     3 2 1
Saint Mary's     5 4 1
Montana State     2 2 2
Idaho     3 5 0
Nevada     3 5 0
Tempe Normal     0 3 0

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hampton Institute 3–0
Indiana College Athletic League Wabash
Inter-Normal Athletic Conference of Wisconsin River Falls Normal 5–0
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Kansas State Normal 5–1–1
Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Association Centre (KY)
Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southwestern Louisiana Industrial 5–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Kalamazoo 4–0
Nebraska Intercollegiate Conference York (NE) 7–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Miami (OH) 6–0–1
Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference Kendall 4–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Occidental
Whittier
3–0–1
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Fisk

Minor conference standings

1916 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hampton $ 3 0 0 4 0 0
Howard 2 1 0 5 1 2
Virginia Union 1 2 0 2 2 0
Lincoln (PA) 0 3 0 2 3 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1916 Eastern Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Richmond + 4 1 2 5 2 2
Hampden–Sydney + 4 1 2 6 3 2
Randolph–Macon 1 4 1 1 7 1
William & Mary 1 4 1 2 5 2
  • + – Conference co-champions
1916 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Carthage 2 2 0 2 5 0
Southern Illinois     0 7 0
1916 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Kansas State Normal $ 5 1 1 6 3 1
Hays Normal 4 1 0 5 2 0
Southwestern (KS) 6 2 0 6 3 0
Pittsburg Normal 3 1 0 7 3 0
Fairmount 7 3 0 7 3 0
Cooper 6 3 0 6 3 0
Baker 4 2 1 4 4 1
Friends 3 2 2 3 4 2
Washburn 3 4 0 3 6 0
St. Mary's (KS) 2 3 1 4 3 1
College of Emporia 3 5 0 3 5 0
Ottawa 2 5 2 2 5 2
Bethany (KS) 2 5 1 2 6 1
Midland 0 3 0 3 5 0
Bethel (KS) 0 3 0 0 3 0
Kansas Wesleyan 0 7 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1916 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Kirksville Normal $ 6 0 1 7 0 1
William Jewell 6 1 0 8 1 0
Central (MO) 3 2 0 3 3 0
Springfield Normal 1 1 2 2 2 2
Missouri Wesleyan 2 3 0 ? ? ?
Drury 1 2 1 4 3 1
Tarkio 1 2 1 3 3 1
Westminster (MO) 2 4 1 2 4 1
Missouri Valley 0 2 0 ? ? ?
Maryville Normal 0 5 0 2 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1916 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Miami (OH) $ 6 0 1 7 0 1
Mount Union 6 1 0 8 2 0
Denison 5 0 2 5 1 2
Ohio 4 1 1 5 2 1
Wooster 5 2 0 6 2 0
Case 4 3 0 5 5 0
Ohio Wesleyan 2 2 2 2 3 2
Western Reserve 3 4 0 3 7 0
Akron 2 4 0 2 7 0
Ohio Northern 2 5 0 3 7 0
Kenyon 2 5 0 2 7 0
Wittenberg 0 5 1 2 5 2
Cincinnati 0 6 1 0 8 2
Baldwin–Wallace 0 1 0 0 2 0
Oberlin 0 5 0 0 7 0
Ohio State * 3 0 0 7 0 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * – did not complete for championship
1916 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Occidental + 3 0 1 6 0 1
Whittier + 3 0 1 4 1 1
Pomona 2 2 0 4 3 0
Redlands 1 3 0 4 3 0
Throop 0 4 0 1 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1916 Wisconsin Normal Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
River Falls Normal $ 5 0 0 7 0 1
Milwaukee Normal 3 1 0 4 4 0
Stevens Point Normal 2 1 0 5 1 1
Whitewater Normal 2 1 0 4 1 1
La Crosse Normal 1 2 0 4 2 0
Platteville Normal 1 2 0 2 5 0
Stout Normal 0 1 0 4 3 0
Superior Normal 0 3 0 2 3 1
Oshkosh Normal 0 3 0 0 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion

Awards and honors

All-Americans

Main article: 1916 College Football All-America Team

The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Ockie Anderson 5'9" 165 Sr. Erie, Pennsylvania Colgate
HB Chic Harley 5'11" 171 So. Chicago, Illinois Ohio State
HB Fritz Pollard 5'9" 165 Sr. Chicago, Illinois Brown
FB Elmer Oliphant 5'7" 180 Jr. Bloomfield, Indiana Army
E Bert Baston 6'1" 170 Sr. St. Louis Park, Minnesota Minnesota
T Belford West 6'2" 195 Sr. Hamilton, New York Colgate
G Clinton Black Sr. New York, New York Yale
G Harrie Dadmun 6'0" 235 Sr. Cambridge, Massachusetts Harvard
C Bob Peck 5'9" 179 Jr. Lock Haven, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh
G Frank T. Hogg 6'2" 193 Sr. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Princeton
T Steamer Horning Sr. Phoenix, New York Colgate
E James P. Herron Sr. New Kensington, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh

Statistical leaders

References

  1. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. pp. 76–77. Retrieved October 16, 2009.
  2. ^ http://www.thompsonian.info/swc-historical-standings.pdf