1920 Big Ten Conference football season
|1920 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||10|
|1920 Big Ten football standings|
|Ohio State $||5||–||0||–||0||7||–||1||–||0|
The 1920 Big Ten Conference football season was the 25th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1920 college football season.
The 1920 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach John Wilce, compiled a 7–0 record in the regular season, won the Big Ten championship, and lost to California in the 1921 Rose Bowl. Halfback Gaylord Stinchcomb and guard Iolas Huffman were consensus first-team All-Americans.
The 1920 Wisconsin Badgers football team, under head coach John R. Richards, compiled a 6–1 record and finished in second place in the Big Ten. Tackle Ralph Scott was a consensus first-team All-American. End Frank Weston and center George Bunge also received first-team All-American honors from at least one selector.
End Chuck Carney of Illinois was the Big Ten's fourth consensus first-team All-American. Iowa led the conference in scoring offense (20.3 points per game), and Michigan led the conference in scoring defense (3.0 points allowed per game).
- 1 Season overview
- 2 Awards and honors
- 3 References
Results and team statistics
|Conf. Rank||Team||Head coach||Overall record||Conf. record||PPG||PAG|
|1||Ohio State||John Wilce||7–1||5–0||18.8||6.0|
|2||Wisconsin||John R. Richards||6–1||4–1||20.1||4.1|
|3||Indiana||Ewald O. Stiehm||5–2||3–1||18.4||6.9|
|6||Michigan||Fielding H. Yost||5–2||2–2||17.3||3.0|
|8||Chicago||Amos Alonzo Stagg||3–4||2–4||11.0||3.9|
|9||Purdue||A. G. Scanlon||2–5||0–4||5.1||14.7|
|10||Minnesota||Henry L. Williams||1–6||0–6||8.9||13.1|
On September 25, 1920, only one Big Ten team saw action.
- Indiana 47, Franklin 0
On October 2, 1920, the Big Ten football teams participated in one conference game and five non-conference games. The non-conference games all resulted in victories, giving the Big Ten a 6–0 non-conference record to that point in the season. Chicago, Illinois, and Michigan had bye weeks.
- Iowa 14, Indiana 7
- Ohio State 55, Ohio Wesleyan 0
- Wisconsin 60, Lawrence 0
- Northwestern 14, Knox 0
- Purdue 10, DePauw 0
- Minnesota 41, North Dakota 3
On October 9, 1920, the Big Ten teams participated in two conference games and six non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in six victories, giving the Big Ten a 12–0 non-conference record to that point in the season.
- Northwestern 17, Minnesota 0
- Chicago 20, Purdue 0
- Ohio State 37, Oberlin 0
- Wisconsin 27, Michigan Agricultural 0
- Indiana 24, Mississippi State 0
- Illinois 41, Drake 0
- Iowa 63, Cornell 0
- Michigan 35, Case 0
On October 16, 1920, the Big Ten teams participated in four conference games and two non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in two victories, giving the Big Ten a 14–0 non-conference record to that point in the season.
- Ohio State 17, Purdue 0
- Wisconsin 27, Northwestern 7
- Minnesota 21, Indiana 7
- Illinois 20, Iowa 3
- Michigan 35, Michigan Agricultural 0
- Chicago 41, Wabash 0
On October 23, 1920, the Big Ten teams participated in four conference games. Northwestern and Purdue had bye weeks.
- Ohio State 13, Wisconsin 7
- Illinois 7, Michigan 6
- Indiana 21, Minnesota 7
- Chicago 10, Iowa 0
On October 30, 1920, the Big Ten teams participated in three conference games and two non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in two victories, giving the Big Ten a 16–0 non-conference record to that point in the season. Iowa and Wisconsin had bye weeks.
- Ohio State 7, Chicago 6
- Indiana 10, Northwestern 7
- Illinois 17, Minnesota 7
- Michigan 21, Tulane 0
- Purdue 19, Wabash 14
On November 6, 1920, the Big Ten teams participated in four conference games and one non-conference game. The non-conference game resulted in a loss to Notre Dame, giving the Big Ten a 16–1 non-conference record to that point in the season. Indiana had a bye week.
- Ohio State 14, Michigan 7
- Wisconsin 3, Minnesota 0
- Illinois 3, Chicago 0
- Iowa 20, Northwestern 0
- Notre Dame 28, Purdue 0
On November 13, 1920, the Big Ten teams participated in four conference games and one non-conference game. The non-conference game resulted in a second loss to Notre Dame, giving the Big Ten a 16–2 non-conference record to that point in the season. Ohio State had a bye week.
- Wisconsin 14, Illinois 9
- Michigan 14, Chicago 0
- Iowa 28, Minnesota 7
- Northwestern 14, Purdue 0
- Notre Dame 13, Indiana 10
On November 20, 1920, the Big Ten teams participated in four conference games and two non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in a win and a loss, giving the Big Ten a 17–3 non-conference record for the regular season. All three losses were against Notre Dame.
- Ohio State 7, Illinois 0
- Wisconsin 3, Chicago 0
- Indiana 10, Purdue 7
- Michigan 3, Minnesota 0
- Iowa 14, Iowa State 10
- Notre Dame 33, Northwestern 7
Awards and honors
All-Big Ten players
The following players were selected as first-team players on the 1920 All-Big Ten Conference football team by E. C. Patterson for Collier's Weekly (ECP), Malcolm McLean, or Walter Eckersall of the Chicago Tribune (WE). It also includes players listed as members of the 1920 "All-Conference Team" as published in the "ESPN Big Ten Football Encyclopedia" (BTFE).
|Quarterback||Aubrey Devine||Iowa||BTFE, ECP, MM, WE|
|Halfback||Gaylord Stinchcomb||Ohio State||BTFE, MM, WE|
|Halfback||Frank Steketee||Michigan||BTFE, WE|
|Halfback||Alvah Elliott||Wisconsin||ECP, MM|
|Halfback||Ralph E. Fletcher||Illinois||ECP|
|Fullback||Jack Crangle||Illinois||BTFE, ECP, MM, WE|
|End||Chuck Carney||Illinois||BTFE, ECP, MM, WE|
|End||Frank Weston||Wisconsin||BTFE, ECP, WE|
|Tackle||Ralph Scott||Wisconsin||ECP, MM|
|Tackle||Iolas Huffman||Ohio State||ECP|
|Tackle||Duke Slater||Iowa||BTFE, WE|
|Guard||Elliot C. Risley||Indiana||MM|
|Guard||Charles McGuire||Chicago||BTFE [tackle], MM, WE [tackle]|
|Guard||Festus Tierney||Minnesota||BTFE, WE|
|Guard||George C. Bunge||Wisconsin||ECP|
|Guard||Dean W. Trott||Ohio State||ECP|
|Guard||Graham Penfield||Northwestern||BTFE, WE|
|Center||Jack Depler||Illinois||BTFE, ECP, MM, WE|
Four Big Ten players were selected as consensus first-team players on the 1920 College Football All-America Team. They were:
|Halfback||Gaylord Stinchcomb||Ohio State||FM, WC, LP, WE|
|End||Chuck Carney||Illinois||WC, LP, NEA UP, WE|
|Guard||Iolas Huffman||Ohio State||FM, LP|
Other Big Ten players received first-team honors from at least one selector. They were:
- "1920 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
- "Honors Divided On All-Western Football Team". Cornell Daily Sun. December 7, 1920. p. 3.
- "All "Big Ten" Eleven Picked by "Chi" Experts". Iowa City Press-Citizen. November 27, 1920. p. 4.
- ESPN Big Ten Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2007. p. 192. ISBN 978-1-933060-49-1.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved February 11, 2017.