The 1926 college football season was the first in which an attempt was made to recognize a national champion after the season.

Stanford, coached by Pop Warner, was the top team in the U.S. under the new Dickinson System and was awarded the Rissman Trophy. Unbeaten Stanford (10–0) faced unbeaten Alabama (9–0) in the Rose Bowl, and the two teams played to a 7–7 tie. Seven years later, Parke H. Davis, a renowned football historian and football rules committee member, declared Lafayette (9–0), where he had previously coached, an "Outstanding Nationwide Team" in Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide.[1] Davis' work has been criticized for having a heavy Eastern bias, with little regard for the South and the West Coast.[2]

Conference and program changes

Conference changes

Membership changes

School 1925 Conference 1926 Conference
Miami Hurricanes Program Established Independent

Program changes

September

September 18 A few schools opened their seasons early, as Stanford beat Fresno State 44–0. On September 25 Stanford beat visiting Caltech, 13–0 and USC defeated Whittier 74–0; Brown beat the University of Rhode Island, 14–0 and Pennsylvania (which had all 9 of its games scheduled at home in Philadelphia) shut out Franklin & Marshall, 41–0. Lafayette beat Muhlenberg College 35–0 In the South, defending Rose Bowl champion Alabama beat Millsaps College (Jackson, Miss) 54–0. Tennessee defeated Carson-Newman, 13–0.

October

October 2 Navy opened its season with a 17–13 win over Purdue, while Army started with a 21–0 win over Mercy College of Detroit. Brown beat Colby College (of Maine), 35–0 and Pennsylvania beat Johns Hopkins, 40–7. Lafayette won again, beating Schuylkill (which later was merged with Albright College) 47–0;

Stanford defeated Occidental 19–0 and USC defeated Santa Clara 42–0.

Alabama played Vanderbilt at Nashville and won 19–7; Tennessee beat North Carolina, 34–0.

Ohio State opened its season with a 40–0 win over Wittenberg University, while Michigan started with a 42–3 win over visiting Oklahoma State. Northwestern opened its season with a 34–0 win over visiting South Dakota. Notre Dame tuned up with a game against Wisconsin's Beloit College, winning 77–0. In the Missouri Valley, Kansas State beat Texas, 13–3.

October 9 At Annapolis, Navy's football team played a doubleheader, albeit with two different squads. The varsity beat a weak Drake University team, 24–7, and the reserves beat Richmond, 26–0.[3] Army defeated West Virginia's Davis & Elkins College, 21–7. Lafayette beat Pittsburgh, 17–7 and Pennsylvania beat Swarthmore, 44–0.

Ohio State played Ohio Wesleyan and won 47–0 and Northwestern beat Minnesota's Carleton College, 31–3. Michigan crushed Michigan State, 55–3, in a conference game. Notre Dame won at Minnesota, 19–7

Stanford had a 7–3 victory over an amateur team, the Olympic Club (from San Francisco). USC defeated a strong Washington State team, 16–7

Alabama beat Mississippi State 26–7 at a game in Meridian, Mississippi, while Tennessee won at LSU, 14–7. Kansas State won at Creighton 12–0.

October 16 In New York, Columbia University hosted Ohio State in an intersectional game, and lost, 32–7. Brown defeated Bates College 27–14 in Providence, while in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hosted Chicago and won 27–0. Navy won at Princeton 27–13, while Army played a strong Syracuse team and won 27–21. Lafayette beat Dickinson 30–7.

Stanford defeated Nevada 33–0, and USC beat Occidental, 28–6

At Atlanta, Alabama beat Georgia Tech 21–0. Tennessee had beaten Maryville the day before, 6–0. Notre Dame beat visiting Penn State, 28–0. In Western Conference play, Michigan beat Minnesota, 20–0, Northwestern defeated Indiana 20–0, and Illinois beat Iowa 13–6. Kansas State defeated Kansas, 27–0.

October 23 Brown played its first Ivy opponent, winning 7–0 at Yale. Pennsylvania beat Williams College, 36–0. Navy beat Colgate, 13–7, and Army beat Boston University 41–0. Lafayette defeated Albany, 30–7.

Notre Dame won at Northwestern, handing the Wildcats their first defeat, 6–0, with Rockne's reserves scoring on a touchdown pass. Alabama had a 2–0 win over Sewanee; Tennessee beat Centre College, 30–7. In Pacific Coast Conference games, Stanford won 29–12 at Oregon, and USC beat California at Berkeley, 27–0. In Western Conference play, Ohio State beat Iowa 23–6 and Michigan beat Illinois 13–0.Kansas State went to 5–0–0, winning at Oklahoma, 15–12.

October 30 Navy (5–0–0) and Michigan (4–0–0) played in Baltimore in an intersectional match of unbeatens. Though the Wolverines were heavily favored, Navy blocked a field goal and held Michigan 2 yards from goal in the first half; Hamilton of Navy kicked a field goal, made a key interception to set up a touchdown, and added the point after for a 10–0 win.[4]

In Los Angeles, another big game between unbeatens matched Stanford and Southern California (USC), both 5–0–0, faced off. USC scored first, but Dick Hyland blocked the extra point; after a second Trojan touchdown, the kick failed, and USC had a 12–0 lead. Stanford scored, but the extra point kick hit the upright, and it was 12–6 at halftime. Biff Hoffman's pass to Dick Hyland tied the game for Stanford, and George Bogue's point after kick proved to be the winning margin in Stanford's 13–12 win.[5] Lafayette and Washington & Jefferson were both 5–0–0 when they met in Philadelphia; the Presidents lost to Lafayette, 16–10

At Champaign, Illinois (4–1–0) hosted unbeaten (5–0–0) Pennsylvania, and won 3–0, while at Atlanta, Notre Dame beat Georgia Tech 12–0. Alabama defeated LSU, 24–0 and Tennessee won at Mississippi State, 33–0. Army won at Yale, 33–0 and Brown won at Dartmouth, 10–0. Ohio State won at the University of Chicago, 18–0., and Northwestern won its rematch with the Hoosiers at Indiana, 21–0. Kansas State went to 5–0–0 in beating Arkansas, 16–7.

November

November 6 Navy played an easy opponent in West Virginia Wesleyan College, winning 53–7. Army won its sixth straight, a 55–0 whitewash of Franklin & Marshall. Lafayette won again, beating Rutgers 37–0; Brown beat Norwich College, 27–0 and Pennsylvania beat Penn State, 3–0.

Alabama beat Kentucky 14–0 and Tennessee beat Sewanee 12–0. Stanford beat Santa Clara 33–14, while USC was idle. Michigan beat Wisconsin, 37–0, Northwestern beat Purdue 22–0, and Illinois won at Chicago 7–0. Ohio State defeated Wilmington, 13–7. Notre Dame won at Indiana, 26–0. In Milwaukee, Kansas State suffered its first defeat, losing to Marquette, 14–0.

On Armistice Day (November 11, USC (5–1–0) and Oregon State (4–0–0) played at Portland, Oregon. USC won 17–7.

November 13 In Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame and Army, both 6–0–0, faced off in another battle of powerhouses. The Fighting Irish handed the Cadets their first defeat, 7–0. In Columbus, Ohio State (6–0–0) hosted conference rival Michigan (5–1–0). The visitors won by a point, 17–16. Tennessee (7–0) and Vanderbilt (6–1) faced off in Nashville, and the Vols suffered their first defeat, 20–3. Stanford (8–0–0) hosted Washington State (7–1–0) in another big PCC game, and won, 29–10.

Northwestern, meanwhile, beat Chicago 38–7. Illinois defeated Wabash 27–13 Navy defeated Georgetown University, 10–7, and Lafayette recorded a fourth shutout, over Susquehanna, 68–0; Alabama beat Florida, 49–0; Kansas State lost again, at Nebraska, 3–0. Brown won at Harvard, 21–0 and Pennsylvania beat Columbia 3–0.

November 20 Navy played Loyola College of Baltimore, winning 35–13, and Army beat Ursinus, 21–15. Lafayette completed its season with a 35–0 win in its annual game against Lehigh Brown defeated New Hampshire, 40–12, to extend its record to 9–0–0.

Ohio State closed its season with a 7–6 win at Illinois, while Michigan recorded the same score in a rematch against the Gophers at Minnesota. Northwestern defeated Iowa, 13–6. All three schools finished 7–1–0, with Michigan and Northwestern being 5–0 in Western Conference play.

Notre Dame beat Drake, 21–0. Kansas State, after winning its first five, lost its next three, including a 3–2 defeat by visiting Iowa State; the Wildcats' final record was 5–3–0. USC defeated Idaho, 38–6. Stanford closed the regular season with its traditional finale against California. Though the Golden Bears had the home field, they were also having their first losing season since 1916, when their program began. California lost, 41–6.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, Alabama hosted Georgia winning 33–6, and USC crushed Montana, 61–0. Pennsylvania closed its season with a 10–10 tie with Cornell.

On November 27, Notre Dame was shocked by Carnegie Tech, 19–0. The 1926 Army-Navy game took place in Chicago. Navy, at 9–0–0, was unbeaten, while Army (7–1–0) had a single loss, to Notre Dame. The two teams played to a 21–21 tie. In Providence, Brown and Colgate tied, 10–10.

December 4 In Los Angeles, Notre Dame closed its season with a 13–12 win over USC.

At season's end, there were two "unbeaten and untied" teams, the Indians (later, "the Cardinal") of Leland Stanford University, and the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama. Alabama, which had won the Rose Bowl the previous year, was invited to return to Pasadena to face Stanford's PCC champion team.

Rose Bowl

Main article: 1927 Rose Bowl

United Press called the 1927 Rose Bowl "the football championship of America", and the game was considered the most exciting in the series up to that time. The crowd of 68,000 set an attendance record. Stanford's George Bogue missed an 18-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter, then threw a touchdown pass to Ed Walker and kicked the point after to put Stanford up, 7–0. Stanford held that lead through most of the rest of the game, but in the final minutes, they were forced to punt on fourth down. Frankie Wilton's kick was blocked, and Alabama took over 14 yards from goal. Four plays later, and with a minute left, Jimmy Johnson carried the ball for a touchdown, making it 7–6. The two-point conversion, and overtime, were decades in the future. Stanford's only hope was to block the point after, but Alabama ran the play quickly and Herschel Caldwell's kick tied Stanford, and took away a Stanford victory in the final minute. [6]

Conference standings

Major conference standings

1926 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Michigan + 5 0 0 7 1 0
Northwestern + 5 0 0 7 1 0
Ohio State 3 1 0 7 1 0
Purdue 2 1 1 5 2 1
Wisconsin 3 2 1 5 2 1
Illinois 2 2 0 6 2 0
Minnesota 2 2 0 5 3 0
Indiana 0 4 0 3 5 0
Iowa 0 5 0 3 5 0
Chicago 0 5 0 2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1926 Missouri Valley Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oklahoma A&M $ 3 0 1 3 4 1
Nebraska 5 1 0 6 2 0
Grinnell 3 1 1 6 1 1
Missouri 4 1 0 5 1 2
Oklahoma 3 2 1 5 2 1
Kansas State 2 2 0 5 3 0
Iowa State 3 3 1 4 3 1
Drake 1 4 0 2 6 0
Kansas 1 5 0 2 6 0
Washington University 0 6 0 1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Pacific Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Stanford $ 4 0 0 10 0 1
USC 5 1 0 8 2 0
Oregon Agricultural 4 1 0 7 1 0
Washington State 4 1 0 6 1 0
Washington 3 2 0 8 2 0
Oregon 1 4 0 2 4 1
Idaho 1 4 0 3 4 1
Montana 0 4 0 3 5 0
California 0 5 0 3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Utah $ 5 0 0 7 0 0
Montana State 4 0 0 4 2 1
Colorado College 5 2 0 5 2 0
Colorado Agricultural 5 2 0 6 2 1
Utah Agricultural 4 1 2 5 1 2
Colorado Teachers 3 3 0 6 4 0
Denver 4 4 0 4 4 0
Wyoming 1 2 2 2 4 2
Colorado 2 5 1 3 5 1
BYU 1 4 1 1 5 1
Colorado Mines 1 5 0 1 6 0
Western State (CO) 0 7 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Alabama $ 8 0 0 9 0 1
Tennessee 5 1 0 8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 0 8 1 0
South Carolina 4 2 0 6 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0 5 4 0
Virginia 4 2 1 6 2 2
VPI 3 2 1 5 3 1
Washington and Lee 3 2 1 4 3 2
Georgia Tech 4 3 0 4 5 0
North Carolina 3 3 0 4 5 0
Auburn 3 3 0 5 4 0
LSU 3 3 0 6 3 0
Ole Miss 2 2 0 5 4 0
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0 5 4 0
VMI 2 4 0 5 5 0
Tulane 2 4 0 3 5 1
Maryland 1 3 1 5 4 1
Clemson 1 3 0 2 7 0
Florida 1 4 1 2 6 2
Kentucky 1 4 1 2 6 1
NC State 0 4 0 4 6 0
Sewanee 0 5 0 2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Centenary + 5 0 0 5 3 0
Chattanooga + 4 0 2 6 2 2
Presbyterian 5 1 0 7 2 0
Furman 3 1 1 8 1 1
Stetson 3 1 0 5 1 1
Georgetown (KY) 3 1 1 6 2 1
Louisiana Tech 3 1 0 5 2 2
Birmingham–Southern 3 1 2 5 3 2
Mercer 3 1 1 4 3 2
Mississippi College 5 2 0 7 3 0
Louisville 2 1 0 6 2 0
Centre 2 1 2 3 4 2
The Citadel 5 3 0 7 3 0
SW Louisiana 2 2 0 6 3 1
Transylvania 1 1 0 4 3 0
Florida Southern 2 2 0 4 4 0
Oglethorpe 3 4 1 3 7 1
Howard (AL) 2 3 1 4 4 1
Western Kentucky State Normal 1 2 1 4 4 1
Newberry 2 4 0 2 5 0
Millsaps 2 6 0 2 8 0
Wofford 1 3 0 2 8 0
Union (TN) 1 4 0 3 6 0
Louisiana College 0 4 0 3 5 0
Kentucky Wesleyan 0 4 0 3 6 0
Erskine 0 4 0 1 7 0
Rollins 0 4 0 0 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1926 Southwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
SMU $ 5 0 0 8 0 1
Baylor 3 1 1 6 3 1
TCU 1 1 2 6 1 2
Texas 2 2 0 5 4 0
Arkansas 2 2 0 5 5 0
Texas A&M 1 3 1 5 3 1
Rice 0 4 0 4 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Arkansas's games against Ole Miss, Centenary, and LSU counted in the conference standings.

Independents

1926 Eastern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Lafayette     9 0 0
Brown     9 0 1
NYU     8 1 0
Washington & Jefferson     7 1 1
Army     7 1 1
Boston College     6 0 2
Penn     7 1 1
Cornell     6 1 1
Princeton     5 1 1
Carnegie Tech     7 2 0
Springfield     6 2 0
Syracuse     7 2 1
Villanova     6 2 1
Colgate     5 2 2
Columbia     6 3 0
Pittsburgh     5 2 2
CCNY     5 3 0
Temple     5 3 0
Penn State     5 4 0
Tufts     4 4 0
Yale     4 4 0
Bucknell     4 5 1
Fordham     3 4 1
Harvard     3 5 0
Rutgers     3 6 0
Vermont     3 6 0
Drexel     2 5 0
Boston University     2 6 0
Lehigh     1 8 0
Franklin & Marshall     0 8 1
1926 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Haskell     12 0 1
Notre Dame     9 1 0
Western State Normal (MI)     7 1 0
Michigan State Normal     6 1 0
Muncie Normal     5 1 1
Northern Illinois State     5 1 1
Marquette     6 3 0
Lombard     5 3 0
Loyola (IL)     4 3 0
Central Michigan     3 4 1
Michigan State     3 4 1
Detroit     3 6 1
Butler     3 6 0
Saint Louis     3 6 0
John Carroll     2 5 1
Kent State     2 6 0
Valparaiso     1 4 1
1926 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Loyola (LA)     10 0 0
Miami (FL)     8 0 0
Howard     7 0 0
Delaware State     1 0 0
Navy     9 0 1
Wesley     6 1 0
Texas Tech     6 1 3
Davidson     7 2 1
Georgetown     7 2 1
William & Mary     7 3 0
Hampden–Sydney     5 2 3
George Washington     5 4 0
Middle Tennessee State Teachers     4 2 1
Spring Hill     3 2 1
West Virginia     6 4 0
Texas A&I     4 3 0
Wake Forest     5 4 1
Texas Mines     3 4 0
Mississippi State Teachers     3 4 1
Tennessee Docs     3 5 1
Catholic University     3 5 0
Delaware     3 5 0
East Tennessee State Teachers     2 4 1
Duke     3 6 0
Georgia Normal     1 3 0
Richmond     2 7 0
West Tennessee State Teachers     1 8 0
1926 Western college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Loyola (CA)     6 0 2
Arizona     5 1 1
Regis     6 2 0
Tempe State     4 1 1
Gonzaga     5 2 1
New Mexico     4 2 1
New Mexico A&M     5 3 1
Hawaii     5 4 0
Santa Clara     5 4 0
St. Ignatius (CA)     2 3 3
Santa Barbara State     2 4 0

Minor conferences

Conference Champion(s) Record
Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association Hampton Institute 6–0–1
Far Western Conference Saint Mary's (CA) 4–0
Inter-Normal Athletic Conference of Wisconsin River Falls Normal 4–0
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Parsons 6–0–1
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Kansas State Normal 7–0
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Alma 4–0
Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference Carleton 3–0
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Gustavus Adolphus 6–0
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Central Missouri State Teachers 4–0
North Central Intercollegiate Conference South Dakota State College 3–0–2
Nebraska Intercollegiate Conference Nebraska State Teachers–Chadron 6–0
Ohio Athletic Conference Muskingum 7–0
Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference Southwestern State Teachers 5–0
Pacific Northwest Conference College of Idaho 2–0
South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Columbus College
Dakota Wesleyan
4–0
5–0
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pomona 5–2
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tuskegee 8–0
Southwestern Athletic Conference Samuel Huston 5–0
Texas Collegiate Athletic Conference Simmons (TX) 2–0–1
Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association Daniel Baker 4–0
Tri-Normal League State Normal–Ellensburg 2–0

Minor conference standings

1926 Buckeye Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ohio Wesleyan $ 3 0 1 6 2 1
Wittenberg 3 1 0 6 2 0
Ohio 2 1 1 5 2 1
Miami (OH) 1 2 1 5 2 1
Denison 1 3 0 2 6 1
Cincinnati 0 3 1 3 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 California Coast Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Chico State $ 5 0 1 5 2 1
Modesto JC 2 3 1 2 3 1
Cal Poly 1 3 0 5 4 0
San Jose State 0 5 1 1 6 1
Sacramento JC        
San Mateo JC        
Santa Rosa JC        
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Hampton $ 6 0 1 7 0 1
Virginia Union 6 1 0 6 1 0
North Carolina A&T 5 2 0 7 2 0
Virginia Seminary 3 3 1 3 4 1
Saint Paul's (VA) 2 4 1 3 5 1
Virginia Normal 3 4 0 4 4 0
Johnson C. Smith 1 5 1 2 6 1
Shaw 0 7 0 1 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Far Western Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Saint Mary's $ 4 0 0 9 0 1
Nevada 3 1 0 4 4 0
Fresno State 1 2 1 5 3 1
Pacific (CA) 1 2 1 5 3 1
Cal Aggies 0 4 0 2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Bradley + 5 0 0 9 0 0
Monmouth (IL) + 5 0 0 7 1 0
Lake Forest 1 0 0 2 3 3
Illinois College 6 2 0 6 2 0
Millikin 6 2 0 6 2 0
Shurtleff 6 2 0 6 2 0
Augustana (IL) 4 2 1 5 2 1
North Central 3 2 0 5 4 0
Western Illinois 4 3 0 4 3 1
Southern Illinois 1 1 1 5 1 2
Illinois State Normal 4 4 0 4 4 0
Illinois Wesleyan 3 3 0 3 3 1
Carthage 2 3 1 3 3 2
Eastern Illinois 2 3 0 3 5 1
St. Viator 1 2 0 3 5 0
Knox (IL) 1 3 1 2 5 1
McKendree 1 3 1 1 6 1
Lincoln (IL) 1 6 0 2 6 0
Wheaton (IL) 0 3 1 0 6 1
Mount Morris 0 5 1 0 6 1
Eureka 0 6 1 0 6 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1926 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Parsons $ 5 0 1 6 1 1
Morningside 3 0 0 6 2 0
Simpson 3 1 1 4 3 1
Iowa State Teachers 4 2 0 5 3 0
Ellsworth 2 1 2 2 1 2
St. Ambrose 3 2 0 4 3 0
Central (IA) 2 2 0 3 3 1
Penn (IA) 3 3 0 3 4 0
Upper Iowa 2 3 1 2 3 1
Luther 1 2 0 4 4 0
Western Union 1 3 0 4 4 0
Iowa Wesleyan 1 3 0 2 4 1
Des Moines 1 4 0 2 7 0
Buena Vista 0 5 1 0 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Emporia Teachers $ 7 0 0 7 0 0
College of Emporia 6 1 0 7 1 0
Bethany (KS) 6 1 0 6 2 0
Wichita 5 1 0 6 2 0
Ottawa 5 2 0 5 2 1
Friends 4 2 0 2 6 0
Sterling 4 3 0 4 4 0
Washburn 3 3 1 3 4 1
Kansas Wesleyan 3 4 0 4 4 0
Baker 2 3 2 3 3 2
McPherson 2 4 0 3 4 1
Hays Teachers 2 5 0 3 5 0
Pittsburg Teachers 2 5 0 2 6 0
St. Mary's (KS) 2 5 0 2 5 0
St. Benedict's 0 2 1 1 6 1
Southwestern (KS) 0 6 0 2 6 0
Bethel (KS) 0 6 0 0 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Alma $ 4 0 0 6 2 0
Hillsdale 2 2 0 5 2 1
Kalamazoo 2 2 0 3 4 1
Albion 1 3 0 4 5 0
Olivet 1 3 0 1 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Gustavus Adolphus $ 6 0 0 7 0 0
Macalester 3 1 0 5 3 0
Hamline 3 2 0 4 4 0
St. Olaf 2 3 0 2 5 0
Saint John's (MN) 1 3 1 2 4 1
Augsburg 1 3 1 1 3 1
Concordia (MN) 0 4 0 0 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Missouri College Athletic Union football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Westminster (MO) $ 7 0 0 7 1 0
Missouri Mines 1 0 0 5 3 0
Central (MO) 5 1 0 5 2 0
Missouri Valley 4 2 0 5 2 0
William Jewell 4 3 0 4 4 0
Missouri Wesleyan 2 4 0 2 6 1
Culver–Stockton 1 3 0 1 8 1
Drury 0 3 1 0 6 1
Central Wesleyan 0 5 1 2 5 1
Tarkio 0 3 0 0 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Central Missouri State $ 4 0 0 7 0 1
Kirksville State 3 1 0 7 1 0
NW Missouri State 2 2 0 6 2 0
SW Missouri State 1 3 0 3 5 0
SE Missouri State 0 4 0 0 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Nebraska College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Chadron Normal $ 6 0 0 6 4 0
Peru Normal 5 1 1 7 1 1
Nebraska Wesleyan 4 1 0 6 4 0
Nebraska Central 3 1 2 ? ? ?
Doane 5 2 1 5 2 2
Midland 4 3 0 5 4 0
Hastings 4 3 0 4 4 0
Wayne Normal 2 3 0 3 5 0
Kearney Normal 2 3 1 2 6 1
York (NE) 2 4 2 2 4 2
Grand Island 2 4 1 2 5 1
Omaha 0 5 0 2 5 0
Cotner 0 9 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 New England Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Connecticut $ 3 1 0 7 1 0
Maine 2 1 0 7 1 0
New Hampshire 2 1 0 4 4 0
Massachusetts 0 1 0 1 6 0
Rhode Island State 0 3 0 1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 New York State Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Niagara $ 2 0 1 4 3 1
Hobart 4 1 0 6 3 0
Clarkson 3 1 1 4 3 1
St. Lawrence 2 1 0 4 2 1
Rochester 2 2 1 3 5 1
St. Bonaventure 1 1 0 3 5 0
Hamilton 1 1 0 2 6 0
Alfred 1 4 1 1 6 2
Buffalo 0 5 0 0 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 North Central Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
South Dakota State $ 3 0 2 8 1 3
South Dakota 3 1 1 5 3 1
Morningside 2 1 0 6 2 0
Creighton 2 2 1 4 4 1
North Dakota 3 2 0 4 4 0
North Dakota Agricultural 2 3 0 5 3 0
Des Moines 1 4 0 2 7 0
Nebraska Wesleyan 0 3 0 6 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Northwest Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
College of Idaho $ 2 0 0 6 2 0
Puget Sound 2 1 0 3 3 0
Pacific (OR) 2 2 1 2 2 2
Willamette 1 2 0 2 4 0
Whitman 1 1 1 2 4 1
Linfield 0 2 0 5 2 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Northwest Ohio League football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Findlay $ 3 1 0 5 5 1
Bowling Green 2 1 0 4 3 1
Bluffton 2 2 0 3 3 0
Toledo 1 2 0 3 5 0
Defiance 1 3 0 3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Muskingum $ 7 0 0 9 0 0
Dayton 3 0 0 8 2 0
St. Xavier 1 0 0 9 1 0
Oberlin 6 1 0 6 1 0
Wittenberg 4 1 0 6 2 0
Ohio Wesleyan 5 1 1 6 2 1
Wooster 5 2 0 6 2 0
Miami (OH) 4 2 1 5 2 1
Ohio 4 2 1 5 2 1
Akron 4 2 2 5 2 2
Mount Union 5 3 0 6 3 0
Case 4 2 3 4 2 3
Baldwin–Wallace 3 3 2 3 3 2
Western Reserve 3 4 1 3 4 1
Heidelberg 2 4 0 3 4 0
Cincinnati 2 5 1 3 5 1
Denison 2 6 0 2 6 1
Otterbein 1 5 0 2 5 0
Ohio Northern 1 6 0 1 6 0
Kenyon 1 6 0 1 7 0
Marietta 1 6 0 1 7 0
Hiram 0 7 0 0 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Southwestern State $ 5 0 0 7 2 0
Tulsa 5 1 0 7 2 0
Oklahoma Baptist 4 1 1 6 1 1
Northeastern State 3 3 0 4 5 0
Southeastern Oklahoma State 3 3 0 4 5 0
Central State (OK) 2 2 2 3 3 3
Oklahoma City 3 4 1 5 4 1
Phillips 2 3 1 2 5 1
Northwestern Oklahoma State 0 5 1 2 5 2
East Central 0 5 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Dakota Wesleyan + 5 0 0 6 1 0
Columbus (SD) + 4 0 0 4 2 1
South Dakota Mines 3 0 0 4 1 1
Southern Normal 4 1 1 5 2 1
Northern Normal 3 1 0 5 1 0
Yankton 2 2 1 3 3 1
Eastern Normal 3 4 0 3 4 1
Huron 2 3 0 2 5 0
Augustana (SD) 1 6 0 1 7 0
Spearfish 0 4 0 3 5 1
Sioux Falls 0 6 0 0 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • Spearfish and South Dakota Mines played twice. The second game was not counted in the conference stnadings.
1926 Southern California Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pomona $ 5 2 0 5 2 0
Southern Branch 4 2 0 5 3 0
Whittier 4 2 1 4 4 1
Occidental 3 2 0 4 4 1
Caltech 3 2 0 4 3 1
La Verne 1 1 2 2 2 2
San Diego State 1 3 1 3 4 1
Redlands 0 7 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Southwestern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Samuel Huston $ 5 0 0 ? ? ?
Prairie View State 3 1 1 4 2 1
Wiley 3 2 0 6 2 0
Paul Quinn 2 2 1 ? ? ?
Bishop 1 4 0 ? ? ?
Texas College 0 5 0 ? ? ?
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Texas Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Simmons (TX) $ 2 0 1 6 3 1
Howard Payne 3 1 0 4 4 1
Trinity (TX) 2 1 1 3 5 2
Austin 1 2 0 4 5 0
Southwestern (TX) 0 4 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Daniel Baker $ 4 0 0 7 2 1
North Texas State Teachers 4 1 0 5 3 1
Southwest Texas State 4 1 0 7 2 0
Sam Houston State 4 1 0 5 3 1
Abilene Christian 2 2 0 4 4 0
McMurry 1 2 0 1 9 0
Stephen F. Austin 1 3 0 5 5 0
St. Edward's 0 2 0 4 6 0
West Texas State 0 4 0 2 6 0
East Texas State 0 5 0 0 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1926 Wisconsin State Teachers College Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
River Falls State $ 4 0 0 5 1 0
Milwaukee State 3 0 1 5 0 2
La Crosse State 2 0 2 3 2 2
Oshkosh State 2 1 1 3 3 1
Superior State 2 1 1 4 2 2
Whitewater State 2 2 0 4 2 0
Stevens Point State 1 3 0 1 3 0
Eau Claire State 0 2 2 1 3 2
Stout State 0 3 1 2 4 1
Platteville State 0 4 0 1 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

Dickinson System

The AP sportswriters' poll would not begin continuously until 1936.[7] (although, the first time was a one instance publishing in 1934[8]) Frank G. Dickinson, an economics professor at the University of Illinois, had invented the Dickinson System to rank colleges based upon their records and the strength of their opposition. The system was originally designed to rank teams in the Big Nine (later the Big Ten) conference. Chicago clothing manufacturer Jack Rissman then persuaded Dickinson to rank the nation's teams under the system, and awarded the Rissman Trophy to the winning university.[9]

Although Dickinson retroactively applied the system to the 1924 and 1925 seasons, the year 1926 was the first in which the trophy was awarded at season's end. The system awarded 30 points for a win over a "strong team", and 20 for a win over a "weak team". Losses were awarded points (15 for loss to a strong team, 10 for loss to a weak team). Ties were treated as half a win and half a loss (22.5 for a tie with a strong team, 15 for a tie with a weak team). An average was then derived by dividing the points by games played.[10]

Final Dickinson rankings

Professor Dickinson's rating metrics were unfavorable to Alabama, which won all nine of its regular season games, but were given an average rating of 16.67, less than the average for wins over weak (20.00 point) contenders. Alabama was the only Southern team in the 1926 rankings.

Rank Team Record Rating
1 Stanford 10–0-1 22.50
2 Navy 9–0–1 21.83
3 (t) Michigan 7–1 21.25
3 (t) Notre Dame 9–1 21.25
5 Lafayette 9–0 20.00
6 USC 8–2 17.70
7 Alabama 9–0–1 16.67
8 Ohio State 7–1 16.25
9 Army 7–1–1 14.38
10 Brown 9–0–1 13.76
11 (t) Illinois 6–2 13.75
11 (t) Northwestern 7–1 13.75
11 (t) Penn 7–1–1 13.75

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Awards and honors

All-Americans

Main article: 1926 College Football All-America Team

The consensus All-America team included:

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Class Hometown Team
QB Benny Friedman 5'8" 172 Sr. Cleveland, Ohio Michigan
HB Mort Kaer 5'11" 167 Sr. Omaha, Nebraska USC
HB Moon Baker 5'10" 172 Sr. Rockford, Illinois Northwestern
FB Herb Joesting 6'1" 192 Jr. Owatonna, Minnesota Minnesota
E Bennie Oosterbaan 6'0" 180 Jr. Muskegon, Michigan Michigan
T Frank Wickhorst 6'0" 218 Sr. Aurora, Illinois Navy
G Bernie Shively 6'4" 208 Sr. Paris, Illinois Illinois
C Bud Boeringer 6'1" 186 Sr. Notre Dame
G Harry Connaughton 6'4" 250 Sr. Philadelphia Georgetown
T Bud Sprague 6'2" 210 So. Dallas, Texas Army
E Vic Hanson 5'10" 174 Sr. Syracuse, New York Syracuse

Statistical leaders

References

  1. ^ Okeson, Walter R., ed. (1934). Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide 1934. New York: American Sports Publishing Co. p. 206.
  2. ^ Vautravers, James. "Parke Davis". Retrieved 2022-03-11.
  3. ^ "Navy Beats Drake, Richmond Elevens", Oakland Tribune, October 10, 1926, pD-3
  4. ^ "Navy Boots Dope Bucket and Trims Famous Michigan Team", Zanesville Signal, Oct. 31, 1926, p8
  5. ^ "Stanford Defeats Trojans, 13–12, In Sensational Game", Oakland Tribune, Oct. 31, 1926, pA-1
  6. ^ "Stanford and Alabama Play Tie", Oakland Tribune, Jan. 2, 1927, p D-1; [www.rosebowlhistory.org]
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-01-06.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-12-29.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Herschel Nissenson Tales From College Football's Sidelines (Sports Publishing LLC, 2001), p93.
  10. ^ "The Dickinson system awards 30 points for a victory over a strong team, and 20 for victory over a weak team. Defeats count half as much as victories, and ties are consideredas games half won and half lost. Dividing this total by the number of games played gives the final rating, "ILLINOIS BEST FOOTBALL TEAM OF YEAR", The Syracuse Herald, Dec. 4, 1927, p23
  11. ^ "System Places Stanford First", Nevada State Journal (Reno), December 17, 1926, p6