1930 Big Ten Conference football season

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1930 Big Ten Conference football season
Number of teams10
Co-championsMichigan, Northwestern
Season MVPWes Fesler
Football seasons
← 1929
1931 →
1930 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Michigan + 5 0 0     8 0 1
#4 Northwestern + 5 0 0     7 1 0
Purdue 4 2 0     6 2 0
Wisconsin 2 2 1     6 2 1
Ohio State 2 2 1     5 2 1
Minnesota 1 3 0     3 4 1
Indiana 1 3 0     2 5 1
Illinois 1 4 0     3 5 0
Iowa 0 1 0     4 4 0
Chicago 0 4 0     2 5 2
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System

The 1930 Big Ten Conference football season was the 35th 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 1930 college football season.

The 1930 Michigan Wolverines football team, under head coach Harry Kipke, compiled an 8-0-1 record, led the conference in scoring defense (2.6 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 5 in the Dickinson System. Quarterback Harry Newman and center Maynard Morrison won first-team All-Big Ten honors. The 1930 Michigan team was the first of four consecutive Michigan teams to win or tie for the Big Ten championship, losing only one game from 1930 to 1933.

The 1930 Northwestern Wildcats football team, under head coach Dick Hanley, compiled a 7–1 record, tied with Michigan for the Big Ten championship, and was ranked No. 4 in the Dickinson System. End Frank Baker was a consensus first-team All-American. Guard Wade Woodworth and fullback Lafayette Russell also received first-team All-American honors from multiple selectors.

Ohio State end Wes Fesler won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the most valuable player in the Big Ten and was also selected as a consensus first-team All-American.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record DS
1 (tie) Michigan Harry Kipke 8–0–1 5–0 #5 12.3 2.6 Jack Wheeler
1 (tie) Northwestern Dick Hanley 7–1 5–0 #4 22.8 4.5 Bob Clark
3 Purdue Noble Kizer 6–2 4–2 NR 18.8 5.1 George Stearns
4 (tie) Wisconsin Glenn Thistlethwaite 6–2–1 2–2–1 NR 25.2 4.4 Bill Lusby
4 (tie) Ohio State Sam Willaman 5–2–1 2–2–1 NR 17.4 6.0 Wes Fesler
6 (tie) Minnesota Fritz Crisler 3–4–1 1–3 NR 15.8 10.1 Clarence Munn
6 (tie) Indiana Harlan Page 2–5–1 1–3 NR 3.5 15.1 Joe Zeller
8 Illinois Robert Zuppke 3–5 1–4 NR 9.8 12.1 Stan Bodman
9 Iowa Burt Ingwersen 4–4 0–1 NR 11.0 9.3 Oliver Sansen
10 Chicago Amos Alonzo Stagg 2–5–2 0–4 NR 3.7 14.3 Wally Knudson

DS = Rankings from Dickinson System. See 1930 college football season
PPG = Average of points scored per game[1]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[1]
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy[2]

Regular season[edit]

Bowl games[edit]

No Big Ten teams participated in any bowl games during the 1930 season.

All-Big Ten players[edit]

The following players were picked by the Associated Press (AP), the United Press (UP), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and/or the conference coaches (Coaches) as first-team players on the 1930 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[3][4][5][6][7]

Position Name Team Selectors
Quarterback Harry Newman Michigan AP, UP, Coaches [halfback]
Quarterback Jack White Purdue NEA, Coaches
Halfback Lee Hanley Northwestern AP, UP, NEA
Halfback Eddie Risk Purdue AP, Coaches
Halfback Lew Hinchman Ohio State UP
Fullback Lafayette Russell Northwestern UP, NEA
Fullback Pug Rentner Northwestern AP, Coaches
End Frank Baker Northwestern AP, UP, NEA, Coaches
End Wes Fesler Ohio State AP, UP, NEA, Coaches
Tackle Milo Lubratovich Wisconsin AP, UP, NEA, Coaches
Tackle George Van Bibber Purdue AP, UP, NEA, Coaches
Guard Wade Woodworth Northwestern AP, UP, NEA, Coaches
Guard Biggie Munn Minnesota UP, NEA, Coaches
Guard Greg Kabat Wisconsin AP
Center Maynard Morrison Michigan AP, UP, NEA, Coaches


Three Big Ten players were selected as consensus first-team players on the 1930 College Football All-America Team. They were:

Position Name Team Selectors
End Wes Fesler Ohio State AAB, AP, COL, INS, NANA, NEA, UP
End Frank Baker Northwestern AP, INS, UP
Tackle Milo Lubratovich Wisconsin NEA, UP

Other Big Ten players received first-team honors from at least one selector. They were:

Position Name Team Selectors
Guard Wade Woodworth Northwestern AP, NEA, NYEP, LAT
Fullback Lafayette Russell Northwestern AAB, NANA, NYEP


  1. ^ a b "1930 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  2. ^ Harvey Woodruff (December 21, 1930). "Vote Fesler Most Valuable Big 10 Player: Versatile Ohio Athlete Wins Tribune Award; Wheeler, Michigan, Places Second". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1.
  3. ^ Paul Mickelson (November 28, 1930). "Northwestern Places 4 Stars". Prescott Evening Courier (AP story).
  4. ^ "NEA and Rockne All-Big Ten selections". The Capital Times. November 28, 1930. p. 17.
  5. ^ "United Press Names Big Ten All Stars: Wildcats Lead With Four Men on Honor Team; Harry Newman Called Best Quarterback in Conference Since Friedman". Decatur Herald. November 24, 1930. p. 3.
  6. ^ "United Press Gives Its All-Big Ten Selections--3 Teams: Munn Is Put On First Team As a Guar". The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. p. 5.
  7. ^ "Newman Put On All-Big Ten". Detroit Free Press. November 23, 1930. p. 15.