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1942 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1942 Big Ten Conference football season was the 47th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1942 college football season.

1942 Big Ten Conference football season
SportFootball
Number of teams9
Top draft pickBill Daley
ChampionOhio State
Season MVPDave Schreiner
Football seasons
← 1941
1943 →
1942 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Ohio State $ 5 1 0     9 1 0
No. 3 Wisconsin 4 1 0     8 1 1
No. 9 Michigan 3 2 0     7 3 0
Illinois 3 2 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 0     6 4 0
No. 19 Minnesota 3 3 0     5 4 0
Indiana 2 2 0     7 3 0
Purdue 1 4 0     1 8 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1942 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, led by head coach Paul Brown, compiled a 9–1, led the Big Ten in scoring offense (33.7 points per game), won the conference championship, and was ranked No. 1 in the final AP Poll. The Buckeyes' only loss was by a 17–7 score against Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. Tackle Charles Csuri received the team's most valuable player award. Halfback Les Horvath went on to win the 1943 Heisman Trophy.

Wisconsin, under head coach Harry Stuhldreher, compiled an 8–1–1 record, led the conference in scoring defense (6.8 points per game allowed), and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll. The Badgers played Notre Dame to a 7–7 and suffered its sole loss on the road against Iowa. End Dave Schreiner was a consensus first-team All-American and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the most valuable player in the conference.

Michigan, under head coach Fritz Crisler, compiled a 7–3 record and was ranked No. 9 in the final AP Poll. Two Michigan linemen, tackle Al Wistert and guard Julius Franks (Michigan's first African-American All-American), were selected as consensus first-team All-Americans.

Contents

Season overviewEdit

Results and team statisticsEdit

Conf. Rank Team Head coach AP final AP high Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG MVP
1 Ohio State Paul Brown #1 #1 9–1 5–1 33.7 11.4 Charles Csuri
2 Wisconsin Harry Stuhldreher #3 #2 8–1–1 4–1 14.9 6.8 Dave Schreiner
3 (tie) Michigan Fritz Crisler #9 #3 7–3 3–2 22.1 13.4 Al Wistert
3 (tie) Illinois Ray Eliot NR NR 6–4 3–2 22.7 12.6 Elmer Engel
5 (tie) Indiana Bo McMillin NR NR 7–3 2–2 25.6 7.9 Lou Saban
5 (tie) Iowa Eddie Anderson NR #12 6–4 3–3 14.7 13.5 Tom Farmer
5 (tie) Minnesota George Hauser #19 #7 5–4 3–3 16.9 10.1 Dick Wildung
8 Purdue Elmer Burnham NR NR 1–8 1–4 3.0 19.9 Bill Buffington
9 Northwestern Pappy Waldorf NR NR 1–9 0–6 9.6 20.9 Ed Hirsch

Key
PPG = Average of points scored per game[1]
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[1]
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy[2]

Regular seasonEdit

Bowl gamesEdit

During the 1942 season, the Big Ten maintained its long-standing ban on postseason games. Accordingly, no Big Ten teams participated in any bowl games.

All-Big Ten playersEdit

The following players were picked by the Associated Press (AP) and/or the United Press (UP) as first-team players on the 1942 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[3][4]

All-AmericansEdit

At the end of the 1942 season, Big Ten players secured five of the 12 consensus first-team picks for the 1942 College Football All-America Team.[5] The Big Ten's consensus All-Americans were:

  • Dave Schreiner, end, Wisconsin (AAB, AP, CO, INS, LK, NEA, NW, SN, UP, CP, NYS, WC, MS)
  • Dick Wildung, tackle, Minnesota (AAB, AP, CO, LK, NEA, NW, SN, UP, CP, NYS, WC, MS)
  • Al Wistert, tackle, Michigan (AAB, LK, NW, UP, NYS, WC, MS)
  • Julius Franks, guard, Michigan (CO, INS, NW, CP)
  • Billy Hillenbrand, halfback, Indiana (AAB, UP, SN, CP, NEA, CO, NYS, WC)

Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:

1943 NFL DraftEdit

The following Big Ten players were selected in the first 10 rounds of the 1943 NFL Draft:[6]

Name Position Team Round Overall pick
Bill Daley Fullback Minnesota 1 7
Dick Wildung Tackle Minnesota 1 8
Dave Schreiner End Wisconsin 2 11
Tom Farmer Back Iowa 2 15
George Ceithaml Back Michigan 3 19
Al Wistert Tackle Michigan 5 32
Les Horvath Quarterback Ohio State 6 45
Bill Parker End Iowa 8 65
Bob Motl End Northwestern 9 80

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "1942 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "Schreiner Named Most Valuable In Big Nine: Tribune Silver Football Won By Badger End". Chicago Tribune. December 20, 1942. p. 2-1.
  3. ^ "Four Badgers Placed On All Big Ten Grid Team". The Milwaukee Sentinel (AP story). November 29, 1942.
  4. ^ Tommy Devine (December 1, 1942). "Wisconsin End Top Gridder On All Big Ten Eleven". Reading Eagle (UP story). p. 15.
  5. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "1943 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved January 4, 2017.