1973 Big Ten Conference football season
|1973 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||10|
|Top draft pick||John Hicks|
|Co-champions||Michigan, Ohio State|
|Season MVP||Archie Griffin|
|1973 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 2 Ohio State +||7||–||0||–||1||10||–||0||–||1|
|No. 6 Michigan +||7||–||0||–||1||10||–||0||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1973 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Woody Hayes, and the 1973 Michigan Wolverines football team, under head coach Bo Schembechler, compiled identical 10–0–1 records and tied for the Big Ten championship. Ohio State was ranked No. 2 in the final AP Poll, and Michigan was ranked No. 6. Ohio State led the conference in both scoring offense (37.5 points per game) and scoring defense (5.8 points allowed per game).
The regular season ended with a 10–10 tie between Michigan and Ohio State. When the game ended in a tie, the Big Ten athletic directors voted, 6–4, to send Ohio State to the Rose Bowl. Michigan athletic officials and fans were outraged, with even the Vice President of the United States, Gerald Ford, speaking out against the decision. Ohio State defeated USC, 42–21, in the 1974 Rose Bowl. Two selectors, the National Championship Foundation and the Poling System, recognize Michigan as a co-national champion for the 1973 season.
The Big Ten statistical leaders in 1973 included Ohio State running back Archie Griffin with 1,577 rushing yards. Griffin also won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's most valuable player. Four Big Ten players were recognized as consensus first-team All-Americans: Randy Gradishar and John Hicks of Ohio State and Dave Gallagher and Dave Brown of Michigan.
- 1 Season overview
- 2 Statistical leaders
- 3 Awards and honors
- 4 1974 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 (tie)||Ohio State||Woody Hayes||#2||#1||10–0–1||7–0–1||37.5||5.8||Archie Griffin|
|1 (tie)||Michigan||Bo Schembechler||#6||#4||10–0–1||7–0–1||30.0||6.2||Paul Seal|
|3||Minnesota||Cal Stoll||NR||NR||7–4||6–2||23.6||26.8||Steve Neils|
|4 (tie)||Illinois||Bob Blackman||NR||NR||5–6||4–4||14.9||14.3||Octavus Morgan|
|4 (tie)||Michigan State||Denny Stolz||NR||NR||5–6||4–4||10.4||14.9||Ray Nester|
|4 (tie)||Purdue||Alex Agase||NR||NR||6–5||6–2||18.2||19.4||Bo Bobrowski|
|4 (tie)||Northwestern||John Pont||NR||NR||4–7||4–4||17.1||27.2||Stan Kay|
|8||Wisconsin||John Jardine||NR||NR||4–7||3–5||19.6||21.5||Mike Webster|
|9 (tie)||Indiana||Lee Corso||NR||NR||2–9||0–8||13.7||24.6||Chuck Sukurs|
|9 (tie)||Iowa||Frank Lauterbur||NR||NR||0–11||0–8||12.7||36.5||Brian Rollins|
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1973 season
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1973 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
Four Big Ten teams changed head coaches between the 1972 and 1973 seasons, as follows:
- Duffy Daugherty retired as Michigan State's head football coach at the end of the 1972 season. Denny Stolz, who had been the Spartans' defensive coordinator for two years, took over as head coach.
- Bob DeMoss was replaced by Alex Agase as Purdue's head coach. Agase had been Northwestern's head coach from 1964 to 1972.
- Agase was replaced as Northwestern's head coach by John Pont. Pont had been Indiana's head coach from 1965 to 1972.
- Pont was replaced as Indiana's head coach by Lee Corso. Corso had been the head coach at Louisville from 1969 to 1972.
On September 15, 1973, the Big Ten football teams opened the season with five conference games.
- Ohio State 56, Minnesota 7
- Michigan 31, Iowa 7
- Illinois 28, Indiana 14
- Northwestern 14, Michigan State 10
- Purdue 14, Wisconsin 13
On September 22, 1973, the Big Ten teams played nine non-conference games, resulting in four wins and five losses. Ohio State had a bye week.
- Michigan 47, Stanford 10
- Minnesota 41, North Dakota 14
- Illinois 27, California 7
- Michigan State 14, Syracuse 8
- Miami (OH) 24, Purdue 19
- Colorado 28, Wisconsin 25
- Notre Dame 44, Northwestern 0
- UCLA 55, Iowa 18
- Arizona 26, Indiana 10
On September 29, 1973, the Big Ten teams played 10 non-conference games, resulting in three wins and seven losses.
- Ohio State 37, TCU 3
- Michigan 14, Navy 0
- Kansas 34, Minnesota 19
- West Virginia 17, Illinois 10
- UCLA 34, Michigan State 21
- Notre Dame 20, Purdue 7
- Nebraska 20, Wisconsin 16
- Pittsburgh 21, Northwestern 14
- Penn State 27, Iowa 8
- Indiana 17, Kentucky 3
On October 6, 1973, the Big Ten teams played 10 non-conference games, resulting in five wins and five losses. After concluding three weeks of non-conference play, the Big Ten teams had compiled a 12–17 non-conference record.
- Ohio State 27, Washington State 3
- Michigan 24, Oregon 0
- Nebraska 48, Minnesota 7
- Stanford 24, Illinois 0
- Notre Dame 14, Michigan State 10
- Purdue 27, Duke 7
- Wisconsin 37, Wyoming 28
- Ohio 14, Northwestern 12
- Arizona 23, Iowa 20
- Indiana 28, West Virginia 14
On October 13, 1973, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 24, Wisconsin 0
- Michigan 31, Michigan State 0
- Minnesota 24, Indiana 3
- Illinois 15, Purdue 13
- Northwestern 31, Iowa 15
On October 20, 1973, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 37, Indiana 7
- Michigan 35, Wisconsin 6
- Minnesota 31, Iowa 23
- Illinois 6, Michigan State 3
- Purdue 21, Northwestern 10
On October 27, 1973, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 60, Northwestern 0
- Michigan 34, Minnesota 7
- Illinois 50, Iowa 0
- Michigan State 10, Purdue 7
- Wisconsin 31, Indiana 7
On November 3, 1973, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 30, Illinois 0
- Michigan 49, Indiana 13
- Minnesota 52, Northwestern 43
- Michigan State 21, Wisconsin 0
- Purdue 48, Iowa 23
On November 10, 1973, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 35, Michigan State 0
- Michigan 21, Illinois 6
- Minnesota 34, Purdue 7
- Wisconsin 35, Iowa 7
- Northwestern 21, Indiana 20
On November 17, 1973, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Ohio State 55, Iowa 13
- Michigan 34, Purdue 9
- Minnesota 19, Illinois 16
- Michigan State 10, Indiana 9
- Wisconsin 36, Northwestern 34
On November 24, 1973, the Big Ten teams played five conference games.
- Michigan 10, Ohio State 10
- Minnesota 19, Wisconsin 17
- Northwestern 9, Illinois 6
- Michigan State 15, Iowa 6
- Purdue 28, Indiana 23
On January 1, 1974, Ohio State (ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll) defeated USC (ranked No. 7), 42–21. Pete Johnson scored three touchdowns, and Archie Griffin capped the scoring with a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
1. Mitch Anderson, Northwestern (1,224)
Passing efficiency rating
1. Gregg Bohlig, Wisconsin (112.9)
Rushing yards per attempts
Yards per reception
Awards and honors
All-Big Ten honors
|Quarterback||Dennis Franklin||Michigan||AP, UPI|
|Running back||Archie Griffin||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|Running back||Ed Shuttlesworth||Michigan||AP, UPI|
|Running back||Billy Marek||Wisconsin||AP|
|End||Steve Craig||Northwestern||AP, UPI [tight end]|
|End||Brian Rollins||Iowa||AP [end]|
|Split end||Garvin Roberson||Illinois||UPI [split end]|
|Flanker||Clint Haslerig||Michigan||UPI [flanker]|
|Tackle||John Hicks||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|Tackle||Kurt Schumacher||Ohio State||UPI|
|Guard||Mike Hoban||Michigan||AP, UPI|
|Guard||Jim Kregel||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|Center||Mike Webster||Wisconsin||AP, UPI|
|Defensive line||Van DeCree||Ohio State||AP [front 5], UPI [def. end]|
|Defensive line||Steve Neils||Minnesota||AP [front 5], UPI [def. end]|
|Defensive line||Pete Cusick||Ohio State||AP [front 5], UPI [def. tackle]|
|Defensive line||Dave Gallagher||Michigan||AP [front 5], UPI [def. tackle]|
|Defensive line||Vic Koegel||Ohio State||UPI [guard]|
|Defensive line||Octavus Morgan||Illinois||AP [front 5]|
|Linebacker||Randy Gradishar||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|Linebacker||Rick Middleton||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|Defensive back||Dave Brown||Michigan||AP, UPI|
|Defensive back||Neal Colzie||Ohio State||AP, UPI|
|Defensive back||Mike Gow||Illinois||AP, UPI|
|Defensive back||Bill Simpson||Michigan State||UPI|
|Linebacker||Randy Gradishar||Ohio State||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WCFF, FN, Time, TSN|
|Offensive guard||John Hicks||Ohio State||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WCFF, FN, Time, TSN|
|Defensive end||Dave Gallagher||Michigan||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, WCFF, Time, TSN|
|Defensive back||Dave Brown||Michigan||AFCA, FWAA, UPI|
Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:
|Running back||Archie Griffin||Ohio State||UPI|
|Defensive end||Van DeCree||Ohio State||UPI, FN|
|Defensive back||Bill Simpson||Michigan State||TSN|
|Defensive back||Carl Capria||Purdue||TSN|
1974 NFL Draft
|John Hicks||Guard||Ohio State||1||3|
|Carl Barzilauskas||Defensive Tackle||Indiana||1||6|
|Rick Middleton||Linebacker||Ohio State||1||13|
|Randy Gradishar||Linebacker||Ohio State||1||14|
|Dave Gallagher||Defensive End||Michigan||1||20|
|Keith Fahnhorst||Tight end||Minnesota||2||35|
|Paul Seal||Tight end||Michigan||2||36|
|Ed Shuttlesworth||Running back||Michigan||2||37|
|Bill Simpson||Defensive back||Michigan State||2||50|
|Steve Craig||Tight end||Northwestern||3||64|
|Clint Haslerig||Wide receiver||Michigan||4||83|
|Morris Bradshaw||Wide receiver||Ohio State||4||93|
- "1973 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- "Voted Silver Football: Buckeyes' Archie Griffin Is Most Valuable Player In 1973 Big Ten Football". Chicago Tribune. December 25, 1973. p. 10A.
- "1973 AP All Big Ten Football Team". Piqua Daily Call. November 27, 1973. p. 11.
- "Bucks, Wolves Dominate: Buckeyes Place 10 On All-Big Ten Team". The Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio). November 28, 1973. p. 11B.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- "1973 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- "NFL Draft Locations". FootballGeography.com. October 2, 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
- "1974 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved February 20, 2017.