1910 College Football Season
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1910 College Football Season

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 selected national champions.[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]

  • The only eligible receivers were the two ends, who could catch a pass no more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, and could not be interfered with until the ball was caught.
  • A legal pass could not be thrown unless the quarterback was at least 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage and the rest of the players, except the two ends, were at least 1 yard behind the scrimmage line.
  • On kickoffs and punts, the kicking team's players could not be touched until they had advanced 20 yards
  • Flying tackles were outlawed, and "the man making a tackle must have at least one foot on the ground".
  • The ballcarrier could no longer be aided in any way by his teammates.

Other rules in 1910 were:

  • Field 110 yards in length
  • Kickoff made from midfield
  • Three downs to gain ten yards
  • Touchdown worth 5 points
  • Field goal worth 3 points
  • Game time based on agreement of the teams, not to exceed two 45 minute halves.[3]

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

  • Arkansas changed its nickname from the Cardinals to the current Razorbacks.

Conference standings

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

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
Chicago 2 4 0     2 5 0
Wisconsin 1 2 1     1 2 2
Northwestern 1 2 1     1 3 1
Purdue 0 4 0     1 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1910 IIAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Southern Illinois           7 1 0
1910 NCAA independents football records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Pittsburgh         9 0 0
Washington         6 0 0
Navy         8 0 1
USC         7 0 1
North Carolina A&M         4 0 2
Penn         9 1 1
Florida         6 1 0
Oregon         4 1 0
Notre Dame         4 1 1
Army         6 2 0
Virginia         6 2 0
Dartmouth         5 2 0
Penn State         5 2 1
Idaho         4 2 0
Carlisle         8 6 0
Maryland         4 3 1
Montana         3 2 1
Oregon Agricultural         3 2 1
Washington State         2 3 0
North Carolina         3 6 0
Delaware         1 2 2
1910 Missouri Valley football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Nebraska $ 2 0 0     7 0 1
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
Wyoming 1 4 0     4 4 0
Colorado Mines 1 4 0     2 4 0
Colorado Agricultural 0 4 0     0 5 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1910 SAIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgetown + 2 0 1     6 1 1
VPI 3 1 0     6 2 0
Davidson 1 1 0     6 2 0
William & Mary 1 1 0     1 7 1
George Washington 0 1 0     0 1 0
Richmond 0 4 0     2 5 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
1910 SIAA 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
Central + 3 0 0     9 0 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 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

Minor conferences

All-Americans

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

References

  1. ^ Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book (PDF). Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. p. 70. Retrieved .
  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.



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