1899 College Football Summary

In the span of 42 days, tiny Sewanne College in Tennessee, as a team would take not only play 12 teams in this span (10 of which were major colleges) but also would defeat ALL by a margin of 26.0 as every game was a shutout win.

The team's largest margin of victory was a 71-0 shackling of Cumberland Tennessee in game No. 9 after a six day break. Then, 10 days later the schools would be on the Plains of Alabama, to meet Auburn the season's eventual SIAA Champion, winning its closest game of the "victory tour" by a single point, 11-10.

This was the initial and only points allowed by the small college that would play in the early seasons of the SEC when it was formed in the mid 1930s.

The kick is...good! Arthur Poe, Princeton hero in the game of a year ago against Yale, did it again this season.

As the game between the two rivals continued, Princeton would lose players by injury including it kickers.

As darkness began to fall, Lew Palmer fell on a Yale fumble the latter's 25-yard line; setting-up Poe's heroics once again.

On his first-ever attempt at a goal from the field, the confident player split the uprights from 34 yards away; as Princeton claimed the thriller 11-10.

Harvard zipped through its first 7 games of the yeas without allowing a point, while scoring 110. Following a 22-10 win over Carlisle, Harvard would blank Pennsylvania and Dartmouth before closing out with a 0-0 tie with Yale.

Carlisle scored early against the powerhouse Harvard eleven; but a fumble and blocked punt for scores gave the latter the victory.

Playing an unheard of 18-game schedule, Chicago would win 16 games, with the other games ending in a tie by the same score, 5-5 against Iowa and Pennsylvania.

The school's season finale was a 17-0 shutout over second place Wisconsin in the Western Conference. As well, this was the only game the Maroons played off the "Windy City campus.

Once again, Wisconsin's outstanding kicker would add excitement in the Badgers' 6-0 defeat at Yale. He booted a 100-yard punt

A tradition is born. In the game between the service academies, Army would claim a 17-5 victory; in the first game it would have the mule as its mascot.

For fans who never thought Indiana University ever had a good team; this season was one that showed it has had. In fact, over a 4-year stretch, 1896-99, the school compiled a 22-6-3.

This season, the Hoosiers after six losses against rival Purdue, this season IU would claim their initial triumph, 17-5,

1899 Leaders

  • Offensive Scoring Leader (Most Points Scored)
    Chicago (16-0-2), 505 points
  • Defensive Scoring Leader (Least Points Allowed)
    California (7-1-1), 2 points
  • National Champions (Retroactive)
    Harvard and Princeton

Top 10 Winningest Teams

Rank Team Won Lost Tied Parcentage
1 Yale 116 7 5 0.926
2 Princeton 107 9 4 0.908
3 Pennsylvania 124 14 2 0.893
4 Harvard 103 12 3 0.886
5 Texas 36 8 1 0.811
6 Michigan 72 20 2 0.777
7 Villanova 73 20 3 0.776
8 Chicago 83 23 8 0.763
9 Kansas 57 18 2 0.753
10 Wisconsin 56 18 3 0.747

Writers J. Parmly Paret of the Outing Magazine; along with, Caspar Whitney. Walter Camp and Charles Patterson; along with the New York Evening Telegram all named Harvard National Champions.

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