1886 Princeton Tigers football
National champion (Billingsley)
Co-national champion (Davis)
Conference Independent
1886 record 7–0–1
Head coach No coach
Captain Henry Savage
« 1885 1887 »
1886 college football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Yale         9 0 1
Princeton         7 0 1
Michigan         2 0 0
Harvard         12 2 0
California         6 2 1
Massachusetts         2 1 0
Navy         3 3 0
Dartmouth         2 2 0
Rutgers         1 3 0
Northwestern         0 1 0
Vermont         0 1 0
Minnesota         0 2 0

The 1886 Princeton Tigers football team represented Princeton University in the 1886 college football season. The team finished with a 7–0–1 record and was retroactively named as the national champion by the Billingsley Report and as a co-national champion by Parke H. Davis.[1][2] They outscored their opponents 320 to 27.[2]

On Thanksgiving Day in Princeton, New Jersey, undefeated teams from Yale and Princeton met. The game started late due to the absence of a referee, and heavy rain caused the game to be called on account of darkness with Yale leading 4–0 in the second half. Under the rules of the time, the game was declared "no contest" by the substitute referee, and the final score was declared to be 0–0. After a special meeting of the Intercollegiate Football Association held to review the game, the Association issued a two-part resolution: that (1) Yale should have been acknowledged the winner, but that (2) under their existing rules, the Association did not have the authority to award the game to them.[3]


October 9[[{{{school}}}|Stevens]]Princeton, NJW 58–0
October 13at StevensHoboken, NJW 61–6
October 16at PennPhiladelphia, PAW 30–0
October 23PennPrinceton, NJW 55–9
November 6at PennPhiladelphia, PAW 28–6
November 13HarvardPrinceton, NJW 12–0
November 20vs. [[{{{school}}}|Wesleyan]]Hartford, CTW 76–6
November 25YalePrinceton, NJT 0–0


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