1870 Princeton Tigers football
Consensus national champion
Conference Independent
1870 record 1–0
Head coach No coach
Captain Alexander Van Rensselaer
« 1869 1872 »
1870 college football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Princeton           1 0  
Rutgers           1 1  
Columbia           0 1  

The 1870 Princeton Tigers football team represented the College of New Jersey, then more commonly known as Princeton College, in the 1870 college football season. The team finished with a 1–0 record and was retroactively named the consensus national champion by the Billingsley Report, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis.[1] The Tigers played Rutgers one time and won 6–2.[2] Alexander Van Rensselaer was the team's captain.[3]

In 1871, Princeton College only played games versus Princeton Theological Seminary and there are no records of those games. No intercollegiate football games occurred that year. Princeton and Rutgers played again in 1872.[4]


November 19RutgersPrinceton, NJ (rivalry)W 6–2


  1. "National Poll Champions". NCAA Division I Football Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2017. p. 110. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  2. "1870 Princeton Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  3. "All Time Captains". Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  4. "All-Time Princeton Results". Princeton University. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
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