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|
|Number of teams||9|
|Top draft pick||Bill Daley|
|Season MVP||Dave Schreiner|
|1942 Big Ten football standings|
|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|
|No. 19 Minnesota||3||–||3||–||0||5||–||4||–||0|
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.
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|
PPG = Average of points scored per game
PAG = Average of points allowed per game
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
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
- Dave Schreiner, end, Wisconsin (AP, UP)
- Bob Shaw, end, Ohio State (AP, UP)
- Dick Wildung, tackle, Minnesota (AP, UP)
- Al Wistert, tackle, Michigan (AP, UP)
- Julius Franks, guard, Michigan (AP, UP)
- Lin Houston, guard, Ohio State (AP, UP)
- Fred Negus, center, Wisconsin (AP, UP)
- George Ceithaml, quarterback, Michigan (AP, UP)
- Billy Hillenbrand, halfback, Indiana (AP, UP)
- Elroy Hirsch, halfback, Wisconsin (AP)
- Paul Sarringhaus, halfback, Ohio State (UP)
- Pat Harder, fullback, Wisconsin (AP, UP)
- 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
|Les Horvath||Quarterback||Ohio State||6||45|
- "1942 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
- "Schreiner Named Most Valuable In Big Nine: Tribune Silver Football Won By Badger End". Chicago Tribune. December 20, 1942. p. 2-1.
- "Four Badgers Placed On All Big Ten Grid Team". The Milwaukee Sentinel (AP story). November 29, 1942.
- Tommy Devine (December 1, 1942). "Wisconsin End Top Gridder On All Big Ten Eleven". Reading Eagle (UP story). p. 15.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 5–6. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
- "1943 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved January 4, 2017.