1951 Big Ten Conference football season
|1951 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||9|
|Top draft pick||Johnny Karras|
|Season MVP||Bill Reichardt|
|1951 Big Nine football standings|
|No. 4 Illinois $||5||–||0||–||1||9||–||0||–||1|
|No. 8 Wisconsin||5||–||1||–||1||7||–||1||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1951 Big Ten Conference football season was the 56th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference and the Big Nine Conference) and was a part of the 1951 college football season.
The 1951 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Ray Eliot, compiled a 9–0–1 record, won the Big Ten championship, was ranked No. 4 in the final AP poll, and defeated Stanford 40–7 in the 1952 Rose Bowl. The lone setback was a scoreless tie with Ohio State. Halfback Johnny Karras was the Big Ten's only consensus first-team All-American. Linebacker Chuck Boerio was selected as the team's most valuable player.
The 1951 Wisconsin Badgers football team, under head coach Ivy Williamson, compiled a 7–1–1 record, led the conference in scoring defense (5.9 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 8 in the final AP poll. Quarterback John Coatta was the first-team All-Big Ten quarterback. Defensive end Pat O'Donahue was selected as a first-team All-American by multiple selectors.
- 1 Season overview
- 2 Awards and honors
- 3 1952 NFL Draft
- 4 References
Results and team statistics
|Conf. Rank||Team||Head coach||AP final||AP high||Overall record||Conf. record||PPG||PAG||MVP|
|1||Illinois||Ray Eliot||#4||#2||9–0–1||5–0–1||22.0||8.3||Chuck Boerio|
|2||Purdue||Stu Holcomb||NR||NR||5–4||4–1||17.0||16.9||Pete Brewster|
|3||Wisconsin||Ivy Williamson||#8||#7||7–1–1||5–1–1||21.8||5.9||Hal Faverty|
|4||Michigan||Bennie Oosterbaan||NR||#15||4–5||4–2||15.0||13.6||Don Peterson|
|5||Ohio State||Woody Hayes||NR||#3||4–3–2||2–3–2||12.1||11.6||Vic Janowicz|
|6||Northwestern||Bob Voigts||NR||#13||5-4||2-4||12.4||13.8||John Steeb|
|7||Minnesota||Wes Fesler||NR||NR||2–6–1||1–4–1||18.0||28.7||Ron Engel|
|8||Indiana||Bernie Crimmins||NR||NR||2–7||1–5||15.9||24.9||Gene Gedman|
|9||Iowa||Leonard Raffensperger||NR||NR||2–5–2||0–5–1||17.9||25.9||Bill Reichardt|
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1951 season
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1951 season
PPG = Average of points scored per game; conference leader's average displayed in bold
PAG = Average of points allowed per game; conference leader's average displayed in bold
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; trophy winner in bold
- Illinois 27, UCLA 13.
- Texas 14, Purdue 0.
- Wisconsin 22, Marquette 6.
- Michigan State 25, Michigan 0.
- Ohio State 7, SMU 0.
- Northwestern 35, Colorado 14.
- Washington 25, Minnesota 20.
- Notre Dame 48, Indiana 6.
- Iowa 16, Kansas State 0.
- Illinois 14, Wisconsin 10.
- Purdue 34, Iowa 30.
- Stanford 23, Michigan 13.
- Michigan State 24, Ohio State 20.
- Northwestern 20, Army 14.
- California 55, Minnesota 14.
- Indiana 13, Pittsburgh 6.
- Illinois 41, Syracuse 20.
- Miami (FL) 7, Purdue 0 (game played Friday, October 12).
- Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 6.
- Michigan 33, Indiana 14.
- Ohio State 6, Wisconsin 6.
- Northwestern 21, Minnesota 7.
- Iowa 34, Pittsburgh 17.
- Illinois 27, Washington 20.
- Wisconsin 31, Purdue 7.
- Michigan 21, Iowa 0.
- Indiana 32, Ohio State 10.
- Northwestern 16, Navy 7.
- Nebraska 39, Minnesota 20.
- Illinois 21, Indiana 0.
- Notre Dame 30, Purdue 9.
- Wisconsin 41, Northwestern 0.
- Michigan 54, Minnesota 27.
- Ohio State 47, Iowa 21.
- Illinois 7, Michigan 0.
- Purdue 28, Penn State 0.
- Wisconsin 6, Indiana 0.
- Ohio State 3, Northwestern 0.
- Iowa 20, Minnesota 20.
- Illinois 40, Iowa 13.
- Purdue 35, Northwestern 14.
- Wisconsin 16, Pennsylvania 7.
- Cornell 20, Michigan 7.
- Ohio State 16, Pittsburgh 14.
- Minnesota 16, Indiana 14.
- Illinois 0, Ohio State 0.
- Purdue 19, Minnesota 13.
- Wisconsin 34, Iowa 7.
- Northwestern 6, Michigan 0.
- Michigan State 30, Indiana 26
- Illinois 3, Northwestern 0.
- Purdue 21, Indiana 13.
- Wisconsin 30, Minnesota 6.
- Michigan 7, Ohio State 0.
- Iowa 20, Notre Dame 20.
Awards and honors
All-Big Ten honors
The following players were picked by the Associated Press (AP)as first-team players on the 1951 All-Big Ten Conference football team. The AP picked separate offensive and defensive units, whereas the UP selected a single, eleven man unit.
AP offense and UP overall selections
|Quarterback||John Coatta||Wisconsin||AP, UP|
|Halfback||Johnny Karras||Illinois||AP, UP|
|Halfback||Vic Janowicz||Ohio State||UP|
|Fullback||Bill Reichardt||Iowa||AP, UP|
|End||Lowell Perry||Michigan||AP, UP|
|End||Leo Sugar||Purdue||AP [defensive end], UP [end]|
|Tackle||Tom Johnson||Michigan||AP, UP|
|Tackle||Chuck Ulrich||Illinois||AP, UP|
|Guard||Don MacRae||Northwestern||AP, UP|
|Guard||Chuck Studley||Illinois||AP, UP|
|Center||Chuck Boerio||Illinois||AP [linebacker], UP [center]|
AP defensive unit
|Defensive end||Pat O'Donahue||Wisconsin||AP|
|Defensive end||Leo Sugar||Purdue||AP [defensive end], UP [end]|
|Defensive tackle||Dick Logan||Ohio State||AP|
|Defensive tackle||Jerry Smith||Wisconsin||AP|
|Defensive guard||Robert Kennedy||Wisconsin||AP|
|Defensive guard||Deral Teteak||Wisconsin||AP|
|Linebacker||Chuck Boerio||Illinois||AP [linebacker], UP [center]|
|Defensive back||Vic Janowicz||Ohio State||AP|
|Defensive back||Al Brosky||Illinois||AP|
|Defensive back||Fred Bruney||Ohio State||AP|
|Halfback||Johnny Karras||Illinois||AFCA, AAB, FWAA, TSN, UP, CP, WCFF|
Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:
|Offensive end||Hal Faverty||Wisconsin||INS|
|Offensive tackle||Chuck Ulrich||Illinois||INS|
|Defensive end||Pat O'Donahue||Wisconsin||AP, FWAA, NEA|
|Defensive end||Leo Sugar||Purdue||CT|
|Defensive tackle||Tom Johnson||Michigan||CT|
|Defensive back||Al Brosky||Illinois||AP [defensive halfback], FWAA [safety]|
1952 NFL Draft
|Joe Campanella||Tackle||Ohio State||3||36|
|Vic Janowicz||Back||Ohio State||7||79|
- "1951 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
- "1951 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
- "1952 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved February 4, 2017.