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1923 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

The 1923 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois in the 1923 Big Ten Conference football season. The Fighting Illini compiled an 8–0 record (5–0 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 136 to 20.[1] The team was selected retroactively as the national champion by the Boand System, College Football Researchers Association, Helms Athletic Foundation, and Parke H. Davis, and as a co-national champion by the Berryman QPRS system, National Championship Foundation, and Jeff Sagarin (using the ELO-Chess methodology).[2]

1923 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1923 Fighting Illini National Champion football team.jpg
National champion (Boand, CFRA, Helms, Davis)
Co-national champion (QPRS, NCF, Sagarin-ELO)
Big Ten co-champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1923 record8–0 (5–0 Big Ten)
Head coachRobert Zuppke
Offensive schemeSingle wing
CaptainJames McMillen
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1922
1924 →
1923 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois + 5 0 0     8 0 0
Michigan + 4 0 0     8 0 0
Chicago 5 1 0     7 1 0
Minnesota 2 1 1     5 1 1
Iowa 3 3 0     5 3 0
Indiana 2 2 0     3 4 0
Wisconsin 1 3 1     3 3 1
Ohio State 1 4 0     3 4 1
Purdue 1 4 0     2 5 1
Northwestern 0 6 0     2 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

Guard Jim McMillen and halfback Red Grange were consensus All-Americans. McMillen was also the team captain.[3]

Awards and honorsEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
10/06/1923Nebraska*W 24–7
10/13/1923Butler*
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
W 21–7
10/20/1923at IowaW 9–6
10/27/1923at NorthwesternW 29–0
11/3/1923Chicago
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 7–0
11/10/1923Wisconsin
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 10–0
11/17/1923Mississippi State*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Champaign, IL
W 27–0
11/24/1923at Ohio StateW 9–0
  • *Non-conference game

RosterEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1923 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results".
  2. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 156. Retrieved December 28, 2016.