Walter Camp wrote the first college football rule book this season. Another book was penned, The Game of Football; its author, Henry Chadwick, was more known as a baseball writer.
Early college football, the traditional Big Three: Yale, Harvard and Princeton, would be in the hunt for the Intercollegiate Football Association title.
The three powerhouses would combine for a 26-3 record; with Yale emerging as the only one with a perfect record as the only losses suffered the trio of talented teams would be to each other.
Harvard fell to Yale, 17-8; while Princeton's setbacks would be by identical 12-0 scores against the others.
Wesleyan, a major college during the game's formative falls opened the season with 34-0 triumph over Amherst; finished the season 4-5-0; with the losses to the teams by top three teams by a composite of 391-4.
Two of the big wins over Wesleyan: Harvard's 110-0 and Yale winning margin of 106-0 were among the Top 10 single-game scores for values that were in place this season which was used since the initial values were introduced in 1883.
Yale began a 37-game winning streak that would end in 1889; but would start another streak of the same number of games in 1890.
Early college football refereed to schools from what is considered Midwest; the west saw the inaugural game between Michigan and Notre Dame was played in South Bend; with the victors being the visitors, 8-0.
Andrew Wyant, the only member of the College Football Hall of Fame to begin his playing career in 1887, began a streak that will never be equaled.
After a five-year career that began at Bucknell, while in high school; he transferred to the University of Chicago; in all he played in 98 consecutive games including 23 as a senior. He never missed a play because of injury or illness.
Among his many jobs, was one as a medical doctor in WW I and WW II.
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