American Football Database
1917 Denver Pioneers football
RMC co-champion
ConferenceRocky Mountain Conference
1917 record9–0 (5–0 RMC)
Head coachJohn Fike (3rd season)
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Template:1917 Rocky Mountain Conference football standings The 1917 Denver Pioneers football team represented the University of Denver in the Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) during the 1917 college football season. In their third season under head coach John Fike, the Pioneers compiled a perfect 9–0 record (5–0 against RMC opponents), shared the RMC championship with Utah State, and outscored all opponents by a total of 226 to 45.[1]

At the end of the season, both Denver and Utah State were undefeated against Rocky Mountain Conference opponents. A game between Denver and Utah State was proposed to determine an undisputed conference champion, but Denver's faculty ruled against the game. Denver officials claimed the title and asserted that the Utah Aggies "have a right to claim nothing more than a tie for the honors."[2][3]

The 1917 team was the only group in the University of Denver's football history to compile a perfect season.[4]


October 6Camp Logan*Denver, COW 45–0
October 13Montana State*Denver, COW 33–7
October 20ColoradoDenver, COW 7–0
October 27at Colorado AgriculturalFort Collins, COW 10–6
November 3at WyomingLaramie, WYW 18–0
November 10at Kendall*
  • Association Park
  • Tulsa, OK
W 20–19[5]
November 17at Colorado MinesGolden, COW 51–0
November 24at Colorado Teachers*Greeley, COW 14–6
November 29Colorado CollegeDenver, COW 28–7
  • *Non-conference game


  1. "1917 Denver Pioneers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  2. "Denver 'U' Cancels Game with Aggies". The Salt Lake Telegram: p. 10. December 1, 1917.
  3. In games against three common conference opponents (Colorado, Wyoming, and Colorado A&M), Utah State won by a total margin of 120 points; Denver defeated the same three opponents by a total margin of only 31 points.
  4. "Denver Pioneers School History". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  5. "One Point Gives Denver University Victory Over Kendall Collegians". Tulsa Daily World: p. 12. November 11, 1917.

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