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The 1888 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Yale as having been selected national champions.[1] October 18 saw the first intercollegiate game in the state of North Carolina when Wake Forest defeated North Carolina 6–4.[2] The first "scientific game" occurred on Thanksgiving of the same year when North Carolina played Duke (then Trinity). Duke won 16 to 0.[3]

Conference and program changesEdit

School 1887 Conference 1888 Conference
Southern California Methodists Program established Independent

Statistical leadersEdit

Conference standingsEdit

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1888 college football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Yale         13 0 0
USC         2 0 0
Notre Dame         1 0 0
Harvard         12 1 0
Princeton         11 1 0
California         6 1 0
Cornell         4 2 0
Georgetown         4 2 0
Michigan         2 1 0
Northwestern         2 1 0
Trinity         2 1 0
Virginia         2 1 0
Wake Forest         2 1 0
Lake Forest         2 2 0
Minnesota         1 1 0
Indiana         0 0 1
Miami (OH)         0 0 1
Massachusetts         2 4 0
Richmond         1 2 0
North Carolina         1 3 0
Navy         1 4 0
WPI         1 4 0
Rutgers         1 7 1
Penn State         0 2 1
1888 Eastern Intercollegiate Football Association standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dartmouth § 3 1 0          
MIT § 3 1 0          
† – Conference champion

ReferencesEdit

  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. "Wake Forest: A Look Back". http://www.wfu.edu/history/HST_WFU/pub_wfu.html.
  3. "Trinity College To Have Football Season". Winston-Salem Journal: p. 5. July 25, 1920.


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