1930 Big Ten Conference football season
|1930 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||10|
|Season MVP||Wes Fesler|
|1930 Big Ten football standings|
|#5 Michigan +||5||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||1|
|#4 Northwestern +||5||–||0||–||0||7||–||1||–||0|
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.
Results and team statistics
|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
PAG = Average of points allowed per game
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
No Big Ten teams participated in any bowl games during the 1930 season.
All-Big Ten players
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.
|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|
|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:
|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:
|Guard||Wade Woodworth||Northwestern||AP, NEA, NYEP, LAT|
|Fullback||Lafayette Russell||Northwestern||AAB, NANA, NYEP|
- "1930 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
- 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.
- Paul Mickelson (November 28, 1930). "Northwestern Places 4 Stars". Prescott Evening Courier (AP story).
- "NEA and Rockne All-Big Ten selections". The Capital Times. November 28, 1930. p. 17.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Newman Put On All-Big Ten". Detroit Free Press. November 23, 1930. p. 15.