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The 1896 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing Lafayette and Princeton as having been selected national champions.[1] Lafayette finished with an 11-0-1 record while Princeton had a 10-0-1 record. In the second game of the season for both teams, Lafayette and Princeton played to a scoreless tie. Both teams had signature wins: Lafayette defeated Penn 6-4, giving the Quakers their only loss of the season, while Princeton defeated previously unbeaten Yale, 24-6, on Thanksgiving Day in the last game of the season. Princeton was retroactively named the 1896 national champions by the Billingsley Report, the Helms Athletic Foundation, the Houlgate System, and Lafayette and Princeton were named national co-champions by the National Championship Foundation and Parke Davis.

Conference and program changesEdit

Conference changesEdit

Membership changesEdit

School 1895 Conference 1896 Conference
Central Michigan Normal NormalitesProgram establishedIndependent
Chicago Maroons Independent Western Conference
Clemson Tigers Program established SIAA
Cumberland BulldogsIndependent SIAA
Illinois Illini Independent Western Conference
Indiana State Sycamores Program Established Independent
Kansas State Agricultural AggiesProgram establishedIndependent
Kentucky State WildcatsIndependent SIAA
Louisiana State TigersIndependent SIAA
Mercer BaptistsIndependent SIAA
Michigan Wolverines Independent Western Conference
Minnesota Golden Gophers Independent Western Conference
Mississippi RebelsIndependent SIAA
Mississippi A&M AggiesIndependent SIAA
Nashville ? Independent SIAA
Nevada State SagebrushersProgram establishedIndependent
Northwestern Wildcats Independent Western Conference
Purdue Boilermakers Independent Western Conference
Southwestern Presbyterian Lynx Independent SIAA
Storrs Agricultural AggiesProgram establishedIndependent
Texas LonghornsIndependent SIAA
Texas Christian Horned FrogsProgram establishedIndependent
Tennessee VolunteersIndependent SIAA
Territorial Normal NormalsProgram establishedIndependent
Wisconsin Badgers Independent Western Conference

Conference standingsEdit

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1896 CFA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Colorado 2 0 0     5 0 0
Colorado Mines 1 1 0     1 2 0
Colorado College 0 2 0     3 4 0
† – Conference champion
1896 Maryland Intercollegiate Football Association standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Maryland           6 2 2
† – Conference champion
1896 SIAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
LSU § 3 0 0     6 0 0
Georgia § 2 0 0     4 0 0
Vanderbilt 3 0 2     3 2 2
Auburn 3 1 0     3 1 0
Georgia Tech 1 1 1     1 1 1
Texas 1 1 0     4 2 1
Alabama 1 1 0     2 1 0
Kentucky State 1 1 0     3 6 0
Sewanee 3 3 0     3 3 0
Tulane 1 2 0     3 2 0
SW Presbyterian 0 1 0     0 1 0
Nashville 0 1 1     0 1 1
Mercer 0 2 1     0 2 1
Central (KY) 0 2 1     0 3 1
Mississippi A&M 0 2 0     0 4 0
Cumberland            
§ – Conference co-champions
1896 college football independents records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Virginia         7 2 2
California         6 2 2
Washington Agricultural         2 0 1
Oregon         2 1 0
Utah         3 2 0
Notre Dame         4 3 0
Clemson         2 1 0
Texas A&M         2 0 1
Stanford         2 1 1
Washington         2 3 0
Michigan Agricultural         1 2 1
Oregon Agricultural         1 2 0
North Carolina         3 4 1
USC         0 3 0
Indiana State Normal         0 1 0
1896 Triangular Football League standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Dartmouth 2 0 0     5 2 1
Amherst 1 1 0     3 6 1
Williams 0 2 0     6 4 1
† – Conference champion
1896 Western Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin 2 0 1     7 1 1
Michigan 2 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 2 1 1     6 1 2
Chicago 3 2 0     15 2 1
Minnesota 1 2 0     8 2 0
Illinois 0 2 1     4 2 1
Purdue 0 2 1     4 2 1
† – Conference champion
1896 Western Interstate football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Iowa 2 0 1     7 1 1
Kansas 2 1 0     7 3 0
Nebraska 1 1 1     6 3 1
Missouri 0 3 0     7 5 0
† – Conference champion

Minor conferencesEdit

Conference Champion(s) Record
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Michigan State Normal Schoo 3–0–0

See alsoEdit

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.


LafayettePennFootballOct23.1896

Lafayette on defense in its 6-4 upset victory over Pennsylvania in college football on October 24, 1896 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (The book incorrectly gives the date as October 23, which was a Friday.) From the book "Football - The American Intercollegiate Game", written by Parke H. Davis in 1911 and no longer in copyright

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