1925 Big Ten Conference football season

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1925 Big Ten Conference football season
SportFootball
Number of teams10
ChampionMichigan
Season MVPTim Lowry
Football seasons
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1925 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan $ 5 1 0     7 1 0
Northwestern 3 1 0     5 3 0
Wisconsin 3 1 1     6 1 1
Chicago 2 2 1     3 4 1
Illinois 2 2 0     5 3 0
Iowa 2 2 0     5 3 0
Minnesota 1 1 1     5 2 1
Ohio State 1 3 1     4 3 1
Indiana 0 3 1     3 4 1
Purdue 0 3 1     3 4 1
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1925 Big Ten Conference football season was the 30th 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 1925 college football season. Over the course of the season, Big Ten teams played 36 non-conference games, compiling a 27–9 record (.750) in those games.

The 1925 Big Ten Conference champion was Michigan. The team compiled a 7–1 record, shut out seven opponents, and outscored opponents by a combined score of 227 to 3. The only points allowed by the team were in a 3 to 2 loss to Northwestern in a game played in a heavy rainstorm on a field covered in mud five or six inches deep in some places. Quarterback Benny Friedman and left end Bennie Oosterbaan, sometimes referred to as "The Benny-to-Bennie Show," were both consensus All-Americans and became known as one of the greatest passing combinations in college football history.

Northwestern's center, Tim Lowry, won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten's most valuable player. Lowry received 23 votes; Benny Friedman of Michigan finished second with 18 votes.[1] Four Big Ten players were consensus picks for the 1925 All-America team:Benny Friedman of Michigan at quarterback; Red Grange of Illinois at halfback; Bennie Oosterbaan of Michigan at end; and Ed Hess of Ohio State at guard.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Michigan Fielding H. Yost 7–1 5–1 28.4 0.4
2 Wisconsin George Little 6–1–1 3–1–1 16.4 6.3
3 Northwestern Glenn Thistlethwaite 5–3 3–1 10.1 8.6
4 Chicago Amos A. Stagg 3–4–1 2–2–1 5.5 9.5
5 Minnesota Clarence Spears 5-2-1 1-1-1 22.0 10.6
6 (tie) Illinois Robert Zuppke 5–3 2–2 12.3 7.4
6 (tie) Iowa Burt Ingwersen 5–3 2–2 15.1 9.3
8 Ohio State John Wilce 4–3–1 1–3–1 6.9 5.6
9 (tie) Purdue James Phelan 3–4–1 0–3–1 14.9 4.9
9 (tie) Indiana Bill Ingram 3–4–1 0–3–1 12.8 14.4

Key
PPG = Average of points scored per game[2]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[2]

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Non-conference matchup; Big Ten member won
Non-conference matchup; Big Ten member lost
Conference matchup
Big Ten teams displayed in bold

October 3[edit]

All 10 conference teams opened their seasons on October 3, playing 10 games against non-conference opponents, resulting in eight wins and two losses.

Date Home team Visiting team Site Result Attendance Source
October 3 Michigan Michigan State Ferry Field, Ann Arbor, MI W 39–0 30,000 [3]
October 3 Northwestern South Dakota Dyche Stadium, Evanston, IL W 14–7 18,000 [4]
October 3 Wisconsin Iowa State Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI W 30–0 10,000 [5]
October 3 Chicago Kentucky Stagg Field, Chicago, IL W 9–0 32,000 [6]
October 3 Illinois Nebraska Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL L 0–14 40,000 [7]
October 3 Iowa Arkansas Iowa Field, Iowa City, IA W 26–0 [8]
October 3 Minnesota North Dakota Memorial Stadium, Minneapolis, MN W 25–6 20,000 [9]
October 3 Ohio State Ohio Wesleyan Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH W 10–3 45,000 [10]
October 3 Indiana Indiana State Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN W 31–0 [11]
October 3 Purdue Wabash Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN L 7–13 [12]

October 10[edit]

On October 10, the conference teams played two intra-conference games and six non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in six victories and no losses.

Date Home team Visiting team Site Result Attendance Source
October 10 Michigan Indiana Ferry Field, Ann Arbor, MI W 63–0 36,000 [13]
October 10 Chicago Ohio State Stagg Field, Chicago, IL T 3–3 35,000 [14]
October 10 Northwestern Carleton Dyche Stadium, Evanston, IL W 17–0 11,000 [15]
October 10 Wisconsin Franklin University Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI W 35–0 [16]
October 10 Illinois Butler Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL W 16–13 12,599 [17]
October 10 Iowa Saint Louis Iowa Field, Iowa City, IA W 41–0 [18]
October 10 Purdue DePauw Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN W 39–0 [19]

October 17[edit]

On October 17, the conference teams played three intra-conference games and four non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in three victories and one loss.

Date Home team Visiting team Site Result Attendance Source
October 17 Wisconsin Michigan Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI L 0–21 44,000 [20]
October 17 Chicago Northwestern Stagg Field, Chicago, IL W 6–0 34,000 [21]
October 17 Iowa Illinois Iowa Field, Iowa City, IA W 12–10 24,738 [22]
October 17 Minnesota Wabash Memorial Stadium, Minneapolis, MN W 32–6 18,000 [23]
October 17 Ohio State Columbia Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH W 9–0 [24]
October 17 Indiana Syracuse Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN W 14–0 8,000 [25]
October 17 Purdue Rose Polytechnic Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN W 44–0 [26]

October 24[edit]

On October 24, the conference teams played three intra-conference games and four non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in one victory and three losses.

Date Home team Visiting team Site Result Attendance Source
October 24 Illinois Michigan Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL L 0–3 66,609 [27]
October 24 Wisconsin Purdue Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI W 7–0 14,000 [28]
October 24 Ohio State Iowa Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH L 0–15 33,000 [29]
October 24 Northwestern Tulane Stagg Field, Chicago, IL L 7–18 15,000 [30]
October 24 Penn Chicago Franklin Field, Philadelphia, PA L 0–7 55,000 [31]
October 24 Minnesota Notre Dame Memorial Stadium, Minneapolis, MN L 7–19 52,000 [32]
October 24 Indiana Miami (OH) Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN W 25–7 [33]

October 31[edit]

On October 31, the conference teams played three intra-conference games and four non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in four victories and no losses.

Date Home team Visiting team Site Result Attendance Source
October 31 Northwestern Indiana Dyche Stadium, Evanston, IL W 17–14 [34]
October 31 Minnesota Wisconsin Memorial Stadium, Minneapolis, MN T 12–12 40,000 [35]
October 31 Chicago Purdue Stagg Field, Chicago, IL W 6–0 34,000 [36]
October 31 Michigan Navy Ferry Field, Ann Arbor, MI W 54–0 47,000 [37]
October 31 Penn Illinois Franklin Field, Philadelphia, PA W 24–2 60,000 [38]
October 31 Iowa Wabash Iowa Field, Iowa City, IA W 28–7 [39]
October 31 Ohio State Wooster Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH W 17–0 17,000 [40]

November 7[edit]

On November 7, the conference teams played four intra-conference games and two non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in two victories and no losses.

Date Home team Visiting team Site Result Attendance Source
November 7 Northwestern Michigan Soldier Field, Chicago, IL W 3–2 40,000 [41]
November 7 Iowa Wisconsin Iowa Field, Iowa City, IA L 0–6 [42]
November 7 Illinois Chicago Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL W 13–6 68,864 [43]
November 7 Ohio State Indiana Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH W 7–0 30,500 [44]
November 7 Minnesota Butler Memorial Stadium, Minneapolis, MN W 33–7 20,000 [45]
November 7 Purdue Franklin Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN W 20–0 [46]

November 14[edit]

On November 14, the conference teams played three intra-conference games and four non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in three victories and one loss.

Date Home team Visiting team Site Result Attendance Source
November 14 Michigan Ohio State Ferry Field, Ann Arbor, MI W 10–0 59,000 [47]
November 14 Purdue Northwestern Ross–Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN L 9–13 [48]
November 14 Minnesota Iowa Memorial Stadium, Minneapolis, MN W 33–0 45,000 [49]
November 14 Wisconsin Michigan State Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI W 21–10 [50]
November 14 Chicago Dartmouth Stagg Field, Chicago, IL L 7–33 34,000 [51]
November 14 Illinois Wabash Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL W 21–0 20,466 [52]
November 14 Indiana Rose Polytechnic Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN W 32–7 [53]

November 21[edit]

On November 21, the conference teams played four intra-conference games and two non-conference games. The non-conference games resulted in two losses.

Date Home team Visiting team Site Result Attendance Source
November 21 Michigan Minnesota Ferry Field, Ann Arbor, MI W 35–0 47,000 [54]
November 21 Chicago Wisconsin Stagg Field, Chicago, IL L 7-20 34,000 [55]
November 21 Ohio State Illinois Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH L 9–14 72,657 [56]
November 21 Indiana Purdue Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN T 0–0 15,000 [57]
November 21 Notre Dame Northwestern Cartier Field, South Bend, IN L 10–13 32,000 [58]
November 21 USC Iowa Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA L 0–18 66,000 [59]

Bowl games[edit]

No Big Ten teams participated in any bowl games during the 1925 season.

All-Big Ten players[edit]

The following players were picked by multiple selectors as first-team players on the 1925 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Players selected as first-team players by all seven selectors are shown in bold.

  • Bennie Oosterbaan, end, Michigan (AP, BE, BTW, NB, JW, UP, WE)
  • Chuck Kassel, end, Illinois (AP, BE, BTW, UP, WE)
  • Dick Romey, end, Iowa (JW, NB)
  • Fred "Bub" Henderson, tackle, Chicago (AP, BE, BTW, JW, NB, UP, WE)
  • Tom Edwards, tackle, Michigan (BTW, NB, UP, WE)
  • Harry Hawkins, tackle, Michigan (AP, BE, BTW, JW)
  • Ed Hess, guard, Ohio State (AP, BE, BTW, JW, NB, UP, WE)
  • Bernie Shively, guard, Illinois (AP, BE, JW)
  • Robert J. Brown, center/guard, Michigan (AP, BE, BTW, JW, NB, UP)
  • Tim Lowry, Northwestern (BTW, UP, WE)
  • Benny Friedman, quarterback, Michigan (AP, BE, BTW, JW, UP, WE)
  • Red Grange, halfback, Illinois (AP, BE, BTW, NB, JW, UP, WE)
  • Austin McCarty, halfback/fullback, Chicago (AP, BE, BTW, WE)
  • Loren L. Lewis, fullback, Northwestern (AP, UP)

All-Americans[edit]

Four Big Ten players were consensus first-team selections to the 1925 College Football All-America Team:

  • Bennie Oosterbaan, end, Michigan (AAB, AP, COL, FW, INS, NEA, UP, A&S, BE, NB, RKN, Sun, WC, WE)
  • Ed Hess, guard, Ohio State (COL, LIB, NEA, UP, A&S, BE, NB, HR)
  • Benny Friedman, quarterback, Michigan (AAB, LIB, UP, RKN, Sun, SW)
  • Red Grange, halfback, Illinois (AP, COL, FW, INS, LIB, NEA, UP, A&S, BE, HR, NB, RKN, Sun, SW, WC, WE)

Other Big Ten players receiving first-team honors from at least one selector included:

References[edit]

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