1959 Big Ten Conference football season
|1959 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||10|
|Top draft pick||Jim Houston|
|Season MVP||Bill Burrell|
|1959 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 6 Wisconsin $||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||3||–||0|
|No. 13 Illinois||4||–||2||–||1||5||–||3||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1959 Big Ten Conference football season was the 64th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1959 NCAA University Division football season.
The 1959 Wisconsin Badgers football team, under head coach Milt Bruhn, won the Big Ten championship, was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll, and lost to Washington in the 1960 Rose Bowl. Tackle Dan Lanphear was a consensus first-team All-American. Quarterback Dale Hackbart led the Big Ten with 1,121 yards of total offense.
- 1 Season overview
- 2 Statistical leaders
- 3 Awards and honors
- 4 1960 NFL Draft
- 5 References
Results and team statistics
|Conf. Rank||Team||Head coach||AP final||AP high||Overall record||Conf. record||PPG||PAG||MVP|
|1||Wisconsin||Milt Bruhn||#6||#5||7–3||5–2||16.5||14.9||Jerry Stalcup|
|2||Michigan State||Duffy Daugherty||NR||#11||5–4||4–2||16.6||13.1||Dean Look|
|3 (tie)||Purdue||Jack Mollenkopf||NR||#6||5–2–2||4–2–1||12.1||9.0||Len Jardine|
|3 (tie)||Illinois||Ray Eliot||#13||#12||5–3–1||4–2–1||12.3||10.3||Bill Burrell|
|5||Northwestern||Ara Parseghian||NR||#2||6–3||4–3||19.3||14.9||Jim Andreotti|
|6||Iowa||Forest Evashevski||NR||#5||5–4||3–3||25.9||11.1||Don Norton|
|7||Michigan||Bump Elliott||NR||NR||4–5||3–4||13.6||17.9||Tony Rio|
|8||Indiana||Phil Dickens||NR||NR||4–4–1||2–4–1||15.8||11.7||Ted Aucreman|
|9||Ohio State||Woody Hayes||NR||#7||3–5–1||2–4–1||9.2||12.7||Jim Houston|
|10||Minnesota||Murray Warmath||NR||NR||2–7||1–6||10.9||17.7||Tom Moe|
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1959 season
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1959 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; trophy winner in bold
On November 14, 1958, Bennie Oosterbaan resigned as Michigan's head football coach with two games remaining in the program's worst season since 1936. Bump Elliott, who had been Michigan's backfield coach for two years, was hired to replace him.
Shortly before the end of the 1959 season, Illinois head coach Ray Eliot retired after 18 years in the position. On December 22, 1959, Illinois hired 33-year-old Pete Elliott as its new head football coach. Elliott had played for Michigan and served as California's head coach from 1957 to 1959.
The Big Ten's individual statistical leaders for the 1959 season include the following:
|2||Dean Look||Michigan State||785|
|4||Herb Adderley||Michigan State||419|
|3||Dean Look||Michigan State||875|
|2||Gary Ballman||Michigan State||30|
Awards and honors
All-Big Ten honors
|Quarterback||Dean Look||Michigan State||AP|
|Halfback||Bob Jeter||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Halfback||Ron Burton||Northwestern||AP, UPI|
|Fullback||Mike Stock||Northwestern||AP, UPI|
|End||Jim Houston||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|End||Don Norton||Iowa||AP, UPI|
|Tackle||Dan Lanphear||Wisconsin||AP, UPI|
|Guard||Jerry Stalcup||Wisconsin||AP, UPI|
|Guard||Bill Burrell||Illinois||AP, UPI|
|Center||Jim Andreotti||Northwestern||AP, UPI|
|Tackle||Dan Lanphear||Wisconsin||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, TSN, UPI, CP, Time, WCFF|
|Halfback||Ron Burton||Northwestern||AFCA, FWAA, NEA, TSN, UPI, CP, Time, WCFF|
|Guard||Bill Burrell||Illinois||AP, FWAA, UPI, CP, WCFF|
Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:
|End||Jim Houston||Ohio State||CP, Time|
|Halfback||Dean Look||Michigan State||FWAA|
|Fullback||Bob White||Ohio State||Time|
Four Big Ten players finished among the top 10 in the voting for the 1959 Heisman Trophy: offensive lineman Bill Burrell of Illinois (fourth); running back Dean Look of Michigan State (sixth); quarterback Dale Hackbart of Wisconsin (seventh); and running back Ron Burton of Wisconsin (10th).
1960 NFL Draft
|Jim Houston||Defensive end||Ohio State||1||8|
|Ross Fichtner||Defensive back||Purdue||3||33|
|Jim Marshall||Tackle||Ohio State||4||44|
|Bob Jarus||Running back||Purdue||5||53|
|Bob White||Back||Ohio State||8||91|
- "1959 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- Jerry Green (November 15, 1958). "Bump Elliott Gets Job of Rebuilding Sagging Michigan". The Terre Haute Star. p. 7.
- "Colorful Ray Eliot Bowing Out as Illini Football Coach". Galesburg Register-Mail. November 18, 1959. p. 18.
- "Illinois Appoints Pete Elliott, 33, To Football Post". Wilmington Morning News. December 23, 1959. p. 28.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- "1959 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
- "1960 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved February 3, 2017.