The 1873 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Princeton as having been selected national champions.[1]

The Harvard vs. McGill game played on May 15, 1874, was the first rugby-style football game played in the United States.[2]

Harvard vs. McGill on May 15, 1874

Organized intercollegiate football was first played in the state of Virginia and the Southern United States when Washington & Lee defeated VMI 4 to 2.[3] Some industrious students of the two schools organized a game for October 23, 1869 – but it was rained out.[4] Students of the University of Virginia were playing pickup games of the kicking-style of football as early as 1870, and some accounts even claim it organized a game against Washington and Lee College in 1871, but no record has been found of the score of this contest. Due to scantness of records of the prior matches some will claim Virginia v. Pantops Academy November 13, 1887, as the first game in Virginia.

Conference standings[edit | edit source]

1873 college football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Princeton         1 0 0
Harvard         1 0 1
Washington and Lee         4 0 0
Stevens Tech         2 1 0
Yale         2 1 0
Columbia         2 1 0
Rutgers         1 2 0
McGill         0 1 1
Eton         0 1 0
CCNY         0 1 0
NYU         0 1 0
Princeton Seminary         0 1 0
VMI         0 4 0

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Official 2009 NCAA Division I Football Records Book. Indianapolis, IN: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2009. pp. 70. http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/football_records/DI/2009/2009FBS.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  2. "No Christian End!". The Journey to Camp: The Origins of American Football to 1889. Professional Football Researchers Association. http://www.profootballresearchers.com/articles/No_Christian_End.pdf. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  3. "A History of Washington and Lee Athletics". http://www.generalssports.com/information/athletics_history/index. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  4. Melvin I. Smith. Evolvements of Early American Foot Ball: Through the 1890/91 Season. p. 53. https://books.google.com/books?id=kxuEYG6WmOsC&pg=PA53#v=onepage.

Harvard vs. McGill on May 15, 1874


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AVERAGE OVERALL CONF SOS*
RANK TEAM CONF SCORE W- L-T W- L-T AVG RANK
1 Princeton IND 87.43 1- 0-0 0- 0-0 38.37 4
2 Columbia IND 63.00 2- 1-0 0- 0-0 45.93 3
3 Rutgers IND 52.05 1- 2-0 0- 0-0 54.79 1
4 Yale IND 38.37 2- 1-0 0- 0-0 53.33 2
5 Stevens IND 33.69 2- 1-0 0- 0-0 34.67 6
6 Minor Teams 20.51 0- 3-0 0- 0-0 35.25 5
7 Harvard IND

(*STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE)

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