1927 Big Ten Conference football season
|1928 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||10|
|Season MVP||Ken Rouse|
|1927 Big Ten football standings|
|#1 Illinois +||5||–||0||–||0||7||–||0||–||1|
|#3 Minnesota +||3||–||0||–||1||6||–||0||–||2|
Rankings from Dickinson System
The 1927 Big Ten Conference football season was the 32nd 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 1927 college football season.
The 1927 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Robert Zuppke, compiled a 7–0–1 record, won the Big Ten championship, led the conference in scoring defense (3.0 points allowed per game), and was recognized as the national champion under the Dickinson System rankings. Guard Russ Crane and center Robert Reitsch received first-team All-American honors.
The 1927 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, under head coach Clarence Spears, compiled a 6–0–2 record, led the Big Ten in scoring offense (26.1 points per game), and was ranked No. 3 in the Dickinson System rankings. Fullback Herb Joesting was a consensus first-team All-American, and guard Harold Hanson also received first-team All-American honors from multiple selectors.
The 1927 Michigan Wolverines football team, under head coach Elton Wieman, compiled a 6–2 record, shut out its first four opponents, and was ranked No. 7 in the Dickinson System rankings. Michigan end Bennie Oosterbaan was a consensus first-team All-American for the third consecutive year. Halfback Louis Gilbert was Michigan's leading scorer and a first-team All-Big Ten player.
Results and team statistics
|Conf. Rank||Team||Head coach||Overall record||Conf. record||DS
|4||Chicago||Amos Alonzo Stagg||4–4||3–3||NR||8.1||8.5|
|6 (tie)||Northwestern||Dick Hanley||4–4||2–3||NR||16.1||12.3|
|6 (tie)||Ohio State||John Wilce||4–4||2–3||NR||16.4||11.5|
|9 (tie)||Iowa||Burt Ingwersen||4–4||1–4||NR||13.4||10.4|
|9 (tie)||Wisconsin||Glenn Thistlethwaite||4–4||1–4||NR||12.0||9.4|
No Big Ten teams participated in any bowl games during the 1927 season.
All-Big Ten players
The following players were picked by the Associated Press (AP), the United Press (UP), the Chicago Daily News (CDN), and/or Walter Eckersall (WE) as first-team players on the 1927 All-Big Ten Conference football team.
|Quarterback||Harold "Shorty" Almquist||Minnesota||AP [halfback], CDN, UP, WE|
|Halfback||Louis Gilbert||Michigan||AP, CDN, UP, WE|
|Halfback||Jud Timm||Illinois||CDN, UP, WE|
|Fullback||Herb Joesting||Minnesota||AP, CDN, UP, WE|
|End||Bennie Oosterbaan||Michigan||AP, CDN, UP, WE|
|End||Waldo A. Fisher||Northwestern||AP, CDN, UP|
|Tackle||Leo Raskowski||Ohio State||AP, CDN, UP, WE|
|Tackle||Albert J. Nowack||Illinois||AP, CDN, WE|
|Guard||Ray Baer||Michigan||AP, CDN, UP, WE|
|Guard||Harold W. Hanson||Minnesota||AP|
|Guard||John R. Matthews||Indiana||WE|
|Guard||Justin Whitlock Dart||Northwestern||CDN|
|Center||Ken Rouse||Chicago||AP, CDN, UP, WE|
Two Big Ten players were selected as consensus first-team players on the 1927 College Football All-America Team. They were:
|End||Bennie Oosterbaan||Michigan||AAB, AP, CO, INS, NANA, NEA, UP, CP, CEP, HE, NYS BE, LP, WE|
|Fullback||Herb Joesting||Minnesota||AAB, AP, CO, INS, NEA, UP, CP, HE, NYS, BE, LP, WE|
Other Big Ten players received first-team honors from at least one selector. They were:
|Tackle||Leo Raskowski||Ohio State||COL, NEA, BE, CEP, LP, WE|
|Guard||Harold Hanson||Minnesota||UP, NANA, CEP, LP|
|Center||Robert Reitsch||Illinois||NANA, LP|
- "1927 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 9, 2017.