1933 Big Ten Conference football season

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1933 Big Ten Conference football season
SportFootball
Number of teams10
ChampionMichigan
Runners-upOhio State
Season MVPJoe Laws
Football seasons
← 1932
1934 →
1933 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Michigan + 5 0 1     7 0 1
#3 Minnesota + 2 0 4     4 0 4
#5 Ohio State 4 1 0     7 1 0
#10 Purdue 3 1 1     6 1 1
Illinois 3 2 0     5 3 0
Iowa 3 2 0     5 3 0
Northwestern 1 4 1     1 5 2
Chicago 0 3 2     3 3 2
Indiana 0 3 2     1 5 2
Wisconsin 0 5 1     2 5 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from Dickinson System

The 1933 Big Ten Conference football season was the 38th 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 1933 college football season.

Michigan compiled a 7–0–1 record, extended its unbeaten streak to 22 games, shut out five of eight opponents, gave up an average of 2.3 points per game, outscored opponents 131 to 18, and was the Big Ten champion. In December 1933, Michigan was awarded the Knute K. Rockne Trophy as the No. 1 team in the country under the Dickinson System. Two other Big Ten teams also finished among the top five teams in the post-season Dickinson ratings: Minnesota at No. 3 and Ohio State at No. 5. Center Chuck Bernard and tackle Francis Wistert were consensus first-team picks for the 1933 College Football All-America Team.

Ohio State finished in third place with a 7–1 and its sole loss being against Michigan.

Iowa quarterback/halfback Joe Laws received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the most valuable player in the conference.

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach DS Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG MVP
1 (tie) Michigan Harry Kipke #1 7–0–1 5–0–1 16.4 2.3 H. Everhardus
1 (tie) Minnesota Bernie Bierman #3 4-0-4 2-0-4 8.0 4.0 Pug Lund
3 Ohio State Sam Willaman #5 7–1 4–1 20.1 3.3 M. Vuchinich
4 Purdue Noble Kizer #10 6–1–1 3–1–1 13.6 4.6 Fred Hecker
5 (tie) Illinois Robert Zuppke NR 5–3 3–2 9.6 4.0 Dave Cook
5 (tie) Iowa Ossie Solem NR 5–3 3–2 16.4 7.0 Joe Laws
7 Northwestern Dick Hanley NR 1–5–2 1–4–1 3.1 5.3 Ed Manske
8 Chicago C. Shaughnessy NR 3–3–2 0–3–2 14.8 7.0 Jay Berwanger
9 Indiana Earle C. Hayes NR 1–5–2 0–3–2 3.1 12.0 Bob Jones
10 Wisconsin Clarence Spears NR 2–5–1 0–5–1 6.8 9.9 Robert Schiller

Key
DS = Ranking in the Dickinson System, a system used at the time to rank the country's best college football teams and to award the Knute Rockne Trophy to the national champion[1]
PPG = Average of points scored per game[2]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[2]
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[3]

All-conference players[edit]

The following players received first-team honors from either the Associated Press (AP) or United Press (UP) on the 1933 All-Big Ten Conference football team:

All-Americans[edit]

Three Big Ten players were consensus first-team picks on the 1933 College Football All-America Team:[4]

  • Chuck Bernard, center, Michigan (AAB, AP, CO, FWAA, INS, LIB, NANA, NEA, UP, CP, DJW, MP, NYS, WC, WD)
  • Francis Wistert, tackle, Michigan (AAB, CO, FWAA, UP, DJW, NYS, WC)
  • Duane Purvis, fullback, Purdue (AAB, CO, LIB, NANA, UP, WC, WD)

Other Big Ten players receiving first-team All-American honors from at least one selector were:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dickinson Rates Michigan Eleven First in the Nation". Detroit Free Press. December 10, 1933. p. 39.
  2. ^ a b "1933 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Most Valuable Player Ballots Sent to Judges". Chicago Tribune. December 10, 1933. p. 2-2.
  4. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved August 16, 2014.