Home  Div I-A Teams Div I-AA Teams Div II Teams Div III Teams NAIA Teams NCCAA Teams Other Teams National Champs
Early Games Div I-A Conf  Div I-AA Conf  Div II Conf  Div III Conf  NAIA Conf  Discontinued Incomplete Bowl Games

 

Book Offers

 

Historical College Football Books

 

National Championships

Home

Recognized by Year

Recognized by Team

Current Selectors

Previous Selectors

Lower Division

Year by Year

Polls

AP/Coaches Poll

1936-1939

1940-1944

1945-1949

1950-1954

1955-1959

1960-1964

1965-1969

1970-1974

1975-1979

1980-1984

1985-1989

1990-1994

1995-1999

2000-2004

2005-2009

2010-2014

Mel Smith Data

Early Champs

 

Early American Football Style College Champions

Data Created and Provided by Mel Smith

Back

EARLY AMERICAN FOOTBALL STYLE COLLEGE CHAMPIONS
1882/83 - 1890/91
	TEAM		       RECORD  RATING	   RUNNERUP
				    DIVISION I

AMERICAN COLLEGIATE GAME
1882/83 YALE COLL		8-0-0	103.7	PRINCETON COLL
1883/84 YALE COLL		8-0-0	120.5	PRINCETON COLL
1884/85 YALE COLL		8-0-1	129.3	PRINCETON COLL
1885/86 PRINCETON COLL		9-0-0	138.5	YALE COLL
AMERICAN RUGBY FOOTBALL         
1886/87 YALE COLL	       10-0-1	161.0	HARVARD UNIV
1887/88 HARVARD UNIV	       10-1-0	150.2	YALE UNIV
1888/89 YALE UNIV	       14-0-0	165.2	PRINCETON COLL
1889/89 YALE UNIV	       16-1-0	170.7	PRINCETON COLL
1890/91 HARVARD UNIV	       13-0-0	159.1	YALE UNIV
				   DIVISION II

AMERICAN COLLEGIATE GAME
1882/83 HARVARD 1886 FROSH	3-2-1	59.7   WILLIAMS 1886 FROSH
1883/84 PRINCETON 1886 SOPHS	3-2-0	67.4   HARVARD 1887 FROSH
1884/85 YALE 1888 FROSH		6-2-0	81.9   HARVARD 1888 FROSH
1885/86 PRINCETON 1889 FROSH	8-0-0	83.5   YALE 1889 FROSH
AMERICAN RUGBY FOOTBALL
1886/87 PRINCETON 1890 FROSH	4-0-0	81.6   ST JOHNS (FORDHAM) DIV II
1887/88 WORCESTER POLY INST	4-0-1	74.1   UNIV CALIFORNIA
1888/89 YALE 1892 FROSH		5-1-0	77.7   HARVARD 1892 FROSH
1889/90 UNIV VIRGINIA		5-2-0	73.2   HARVARD 1893 FROSH
1890/91 COLORADO SCH OF MINES	6-0-0	83.9   HARVARD 1891 SENIORS
				   DIVISION III

AMERICAN COLLEGIATE GAME
1882/83 ST JOHNS(FORDHAM)DIV III  3-0-0	 51.6  DARTMOUTH 1885 SOPHS 
1883/84 AMHERST 1885 JRS 	  3-0-0	 54.3  ST JOHNS (FORDHAM) DIV III
1884/85 ST JOHNS(FORDHAM)DIV III  5-1-0	 57.0  RUTGERS 1886 JUNIORS  
1885/86 ST JOHNS(FORDHAM)DIV III  8-2-0	 66.3  RUTGERS 1886 SENIORS
 
AMERICAN RUGBY FOOTBALL
1886/87 LAFAYETTE 1887 SRS	  5-0-0	 66.4  ST JOHNS (FORDHAM) DIV III
1887/88 PENNSYLVANIA 1889 JRS	  5-0-0  59.9  LAFAYETTE 1889 JUNIORS
1888/89 ST JOHNS(FORDHAM)DIV III  8-0-0	 64.5  LAFAYETTE 1889 SENIORS
1889/90 ST JOHNS(FORDHAM)DIV III  6-1-0	 59.0  LAFAYETTE 1891 JUNIORS
1890/91 ST JOHNS(FORDHAM)DIV III  8-1-0	 64.8  STEVENS TECH 1892 JUNIORS
Notes:
1)  When the third form of 'foot ball' was declared in 1882, it was
    called the College or Collegiate Game for a few years.  Then the
    majority of the articles began to call the game Rugby Football.
2)  Yale College became a University in 1887.
3)  St Johns (now Fordham) College put its 'foot ball' program into
    three divisions by age groups during the 1880s. The oldest students
    were found in the varsity Division I section, the 'middlers' age
    group in Division II and the youngest students were in Division III.
4)  Division I four-year college teams had to play at least half their
    games with other Division I teams to be in this group. Division II 
    contains all other four-year college varsities plus college class 
    teams playing outside games. Division III teams are mainly  
    intramural college class teams, plus college club teams and other 
    small teams playing football without much supervision.
5)  Since there are 'foot ball' games played every month of the year 
    in the 1800s, a season is set up beginning 1 August and ends on 
    31 July of the next year. Therefore, the season 1890/91 mean games 
    played under that season occurred between 1 August 1890 and  
    31 July 1891.
6)  College class teams are designated by the year of graduation.  
    Hence, a team name such as Harvard 1864 Sophs means they played 
    games during the 1861/62 season when they were sophomores. Or a 
    Yale 1864 Frosh team was playing games during the 1860/61 season 
    as freshmen.
 

   EARLY COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM COUNTS

                        POSSIBLE TEAM COUNTS/ACTUAL TEAM COUNTS

                        SEASON      DIV I     DIV II    DIV III   

                        1882/83     18/18     29/25      10/9     

                        1883/84     19/18     49/42      20/14         

                        1884/85     20/20     47/37      34/23    

                        1885/86     21/20     57/46      34/28                

                        1886/87     25/25     65/55      45/33   

                        1887/88     26/26     71/56      49/37      

                        1888/89     28/28     86/64      50/43    

                        1889/90     31/31    137/114     70/56      

                        1890/91     40/40    216/166     63/43

Notes:

1)     ‘Possible Team Counts’ include scheduled games not played or score is not available or there was a team but no other records available.

2)     ‘Actual Team Counts’ are the actual number of teams with football games with numeric scores, and includes W (for win) or L (loss).

 

******************************************************************

COLLEGE FOOTBALL DIVISION I RANKINGS 1882/83 – 1890/91

    Ball-Possession/American Collegiate Game/American Rugby Football

 

AMERICAN COLLEGIATE GAME

1882/83                       W-L-T   RATE   RANK 
Yale Coll                     8-0-0  103.7     1 
Princeton Coll                7-2-0   99.4     2   
Harvard Univ                  8-1-0   90.9     3 
Rutgers Coll                  6-4-0   79.6     4 
St Johns (Fordham) Div I      7-1-0   72.0     5 
Wesleyan (CT) Univ            3-1-0   67.2     6  
Amherst Coll                  2-3-0   63.6     7 
Coll St Francis Xavier        1-3-0   61.5     8 
Mass Inst Tech                1-3-0   60.6     9 
U Pennsylvania                2-4-0   60.6     9 
Stevens Tech                  1-1-0   59.5    11 
Columbia  Coll                1-5-0   57.4    12        
Seton Hall Coll               0-2-0   57.3    13 
Dartmouth Coll                1-1-0   54.8    14 
New York City  Univ (NYU)     0-1-0   52.8    15 
City Coll New York            1-2-0   51.5    16  
Mass Agric (U Mass) Coll      0-2-0   51.2    17 
Lafayette Coll                0-2-0   50.2    18 

 

1883/84                       W-L-T   RATE   RANK
Yale Coll                     8-0-0  120.5     1     
Princeton Coll                8-1-0   99.3     2 
Harvard Univ                  9-2-0   90.0     3 
U Pennsylvania                6-2-1   85.8     4 
Stevens Tech                  6-4-1   84.9     5 
Wesleyan (CT) Univ            3-5-0   64.7     6  
Lafayette Coll                2-4-0   63.9     7 
St Johns (Fordham) Div I      4-5-0   63.8     8 
Coll St Francis Xavier        3-1-0   63.6     9 
Columbia Coll                 1-5-0   57.8    10 
Mass Inst Tech                0-1-0   55.6    11 
U Michigan                    0-4-0   55.5    12 
Seton Hall Coll               2-3-0   55.0    13 
Dartmouth Coll                0-1-0   54.5    14 
Williams Coll                 1-2-0   52.6    15 
Rutgers Coll                  1-6-0   50.8    16 
U Lewisburg (Bucknell)        0-1-0   49.2    17  
City Coll New York            0-2-0   46.6    18 
Amherst Coll (no data) 

 

1884/85                       W-L-T   RATE   RANK
Yale Coll                     9-0-1  129.3     1 
Princeton Coll                9-0-1  120.2     2 
Harvard Univ                  7-4-0  101.9     3 
U Pennsylvania                6-1-1   85.2     4 
Wesleyan (CT) Univ            3-5-0   79.5     5   
Rutgers Coll                  3-4-0   72.4     6 
Williams Coll                 4-1-0   70.8     7 
St Johns (Fordham) Div I      5-1-0   69.1     8 
Stevens Tech                  4-5-0   64.3     9 
Tufts Coll                    4-4-1   59.6    10 
Coll St Francis Xavier        1-1-0   59.0    11 
Columbia Coll                 2-2-0   58.6    12 
Amherst Coll                  1-2-0   56.5    13 
Seton Hall Coll               0-1-0   55.1    14   
Dartmouth Coll                1-2-1   55.0    15 
City Coll New York            0-2-0   52.2    16 
Mass Inst Tech                1-4-0   51.7    17 
Lafayette Coll                2-6-0   51.0    18    
Trinity (CT) Coll             1-2-0   47.6    19 
Lehigh Univ                   0-4-0   36.7    20 

 

1885/86                       W-L-T   RATE   RANK
Princeton Coll                9-0-0  138.5     1    
Yale Coll                     9-1-0  126.2     2 
U Pennsylvania               10-6-0   96.1     3  
Mass Inst Tech                6-5-0   93.6     4 
Williams Coll                 6-1-0   83.7     5 
Wesleyan (CT) Univ            3-4-0   81.1     6 
St Johns (Fordham) Div I      6-3-0   70.3     7  
Seton Hall Coll               3-0-0   69.9     8 
Stevens Tech                  4-7-0   69.0     9 
Rutgers Coll                  1-2-0   61.4    10 
Columbia Coll & Alumni        2-2-0   58.0    11 
Coll St Francis Xavier        0-3-0   55.7    12 
Lafayette Coll                3-2-1   55.1    13 
Mass Agric (U Mass) Coll      3-2-1   54.1    14 
Tufts Coll                    4-5-0   52.2    15   
Trinity (CT) Coll             1-1-0   51.4    16 
City Coll New York            2-6-0   47.9    17 
Lehigh Univ                   2-5-1   47.5    18 
Amherst Coll                  1-8-1   46.5    19 
Dartmouth Coll (no data) 

 

AMERICAN RUGBY FOOTBALL

1886/87                       W-L-T   RATE   RANK
Yale Coll                    10-0-1  161.0     1  
Harvard Univ                 12-2-1  155.9     2 
Princeton Coll                7-0-1  113.8     3 
U Pennsylvania                9-7-1  110.5     4 
Lafayette Coll               10-2-0   90.2     5 
St Johns (Fordham) Div I      8-1-0   86.0     6 
Williams Coll                 5-2-1   81.4     7 
Mass Inst Tech                4-8-1   78.8     8 
Wesleyan (CT) Univ            3-6-0   77.8     9 
Lehigh Univ                   4-3-1   74.1    10 
Rutgers Coll                  2-3-0   70.8    11 
Seton Hall Coll               2-0-0   68.5    12 
Dartmouth Coll                2-2-0   67.9    13 
Amherst Coll                  7-3-0   65.2    14 
Haverford Coll                1-2-0   60.7    15 
Swarthmore Coll               1-1-0   59.8    16 
Stevens Tech                  0-7-1   59.6    17 
Coll St Francis Xavier        0-2-0   59.2    18 
Mass Agric (U Mass) Coll      2-1-0   57.8    19 
Trinity (CT) Coll             0-3-0   55.5    20 
Dickinson (PA) Coll           0-3-0   53.5    21 
New York City  Univ (NYU)     0-2-0   52.3    22 
City Coll New York            0-5-0   50.1    23 
Tufts Coll                   1-12-0   49.6    24 
U Vermont                     0-1-0   46.6    25 

 

1887/88                       W-L-T   RATE   RANK
Harvard Univ                 10-1-0  150.2     1 
Yale Univ                     9-0-0  134.2     2 
Princeton Coll                7-2-0  120.8     3 
Mass Inst Tech                7-3-0   97.3     4 
Lafayette Coll                7-2-0   79.5     5 
Dartmouth Coll                3-1-1   77.4     6 
Wesleyan (CT) Univ            7-5-0   75.3     7 
U Pennsylvania                6-7-0   74.9     8 
St Johns (Fordham) Div I      6-4-0   73.2     9 
Williams Coll                 3-3-0   72.9    10 
Lehigh Univ                   4-3-0   69.5    11 
Penn State Coll               2-0-0   65.8    12 
Rutgers Coll                  3-6-0   62.5    13 
Swarthmore Coll               3-2-0   61.4    14 
Tufts Coll                    3-6-0   60.1    15  
Boston Univ                   2-3-1   59.1    16 
Haverford Coll                2-4-0   58.6    17 
New York City Univ (NYU)      0-1-0   54.9    18 
Dickinson (PA) Coll           0-3-0   52.8    19 
Cornell (NY) Univ             1-3-0   52.6    20 
Trinity (CT) Coll             3-3-1   51.9    21 
Amherst  Coll                 4-6-0   50.4    22 
Bucknell Univ                 0-2-0   50.2    23 
Stevens Tech                  0-6-1   48.4    24    
Union (NY) Coll               1-3-1   48.2    25  
U Vermont                     0-2-0   47.9    26 

 

1888/89                       W-L-T   RATE   RANK
Yale Univ                    14-0-0  165.2     1 
Princeton Coll               11-1-0  157.0     2 
Harvard Univ                 12-2-0  152.8     3 
U Pennsylvania               10-7-1  125.9     4 
Lehigh Univ                  10-2-0   93.9     5 
Mass Inst Tech                7-5-0   87.4     6 
Johns Hopkins Univ            6-5-0   81.4     7 
Williams Coll                 4-4-0   80.8     8 
St Johns (MD) Coll            6-0-0   78.8     9  
Lafayette Coll                6-3-0   76.5    10 
Wesleyan (CT) Univ            2-7-0   74.8    11  
Trinity (CT) Coll             5-1-1   72.6    12  
St Johns  (Fordham) Div I     4-3-0   70.0    13 
Worcester Poly Inst           3-5-0   68.1    14 
Cornell (NY) Univ             3-3-0   67.7    15 
Dartmouth Coll                3-4-0   66.4    16 
U Michigan                    2-1-0   65.0    17 
Stevens Tech                  3-7-1   64.5    18 
Haverford Coll                2-3-1   64.2    19 
US Navy Acad                  1-4-0   59.5    20 
Renssalaer Poly Inst          1-0-0   57.5    21 
Rutgers Coll                  1-7-1   56.9    22 
Dickinson (PA) Coll           1-1-1   56.7    23 
Penn State Coll               0-2-2   54.8    24 
Amherst  Coll                 2-9-1   53.9    25 
Bucknell Univ                 2-3-1   52.0    26   
Union (NY) Coll               0-4-0   51.6    27  
Swarthmore Coll               0-5-0   50.7    28 

 

1889/90                       W-L-T   RATE   RANK
Yale Univ                    16-1-0  170.7     1 
Princeton Coll               10-0-0  142.6     2 
Harvard Univ                 10-2-0  131.4     3 
Lehigh Univ                   9-3-2  116.6     4 
Cornell (NY) Univ             7-2-0  104.0     5    
U Pennsylvania                7-7-0   93.2     6 
Williams Coll                 4-7-1   92.0     7 
Dartmouth Coll                7-1-0   89.7     8 
Wesleyan (CT) Univ            5-7-1   87.0     9 
Franklin & Marshall Coll      6-1-1   80.3    10 
Amherst Coll                  3-5-2   76.2    11 
Trinity (CT) Coll             7-3-1   75.6    12 
Seton Hall Coll “Alerts”      3-1-0   73.5    13 
Lafayette Coll                3-4-2   71.0    14 
St Johns (Fordham) Div I      5-2-1   70.1    15 
Dickinson (PA) Coll           3-2-1   66.5    16 
Stevens Tech                 2-10-0   65.8    17 
Columbia Coll                 2-7-2   62.3    18 
Haverford Coll                4-2-1   61.6    19  
Mass Inst Tech                3-6-0   60.0    20 
U Michigan                    1-2-0   56.1    21  
U Rochester                   4-4-1   55.5    22 
Syracuse Univ                 1-1-0   54.8    23 
Bucknell Univ                 1-4-1   53.9    24 
Renssalaer Poly Inst          0-1-0   53.0    25 
Albion Coll                   0-3-0   52.7    26 
Rutgers Coll                  1-4-0   51.9    27 
Swarthmore Coll               2-5-0   50.2    28 
Penn State Coll               2-2-0   49.6    29  
U Vermont                     0-3-0   49.3    30 
Union (NY) Coll               1-3-1   41.8    31    

 

1890/91                       W-L-T   RATE   RANK
Harvard Univ                 13-0-0  159.1     1         
Yale Univ                    14-1-0  158.8     2  
Princeton Coll               12-1-1  143.4     3 
U Pennsylvania               12-3-0  119.1     4 
Williams Coll                 9-2-0  114.8     5 
Lehigh Univ                   7-4-0  106.1     6   
Amherst Coll                  8-5-1   99.6     7  
Cornell (NY) Univ             7-4-0   93.5     8 
Franklin & Marshall Coll      8-2-0   91.0     9 
Dartmouth Coll                6-4-0   90.6    10 
Wesleyan (CT) Univ            5-6-0   86.2    11  
Rutgers Coll                  5-5-1   85.6    12 
U Michigan                    4-1-0   78.0    13 
Bowdoin Coll                  6-4-0   75.8    14  
Syracuse Univ                 8-3-0   75.4    15  
St Johns (Fordham) Div I      7-3-2   73.5    16 
Mass Inst Tech                5-7-1   73.3    17   
Hamilton Coll                 4-4-0   71.1    18 
Trinity (CT) Coll             4-5-1   70.1    19 
Swarthmore Coll               3-3-0   70.0    20 
Penn State Coll               2-2-0   68.9    21 
Lafayette Coll                2-5-1   67.2    22 
Seton Hall Coll “Alerts”      2-1-0   67.2    22 
U Virginia                    5-2-0   66.4    24 
Columbia Coll                 2-7-1   66.3    25 
Albion Coll                   2-2-0   65.9    26  
Stevens Tech                  2-6-1   64.5    27 
Union (NY) Coll               4-5-0   64.2    28 
Brown Univ                    3-5-1   63.0    29  
Bucknell Univ                 1-4-1   61.0    30  
Dickinson (PA) Coll           3-6-0   58.8    31 
U Rochester                   3-5-0   56.4    32  
Colgate Univ                  1-1-0   56.2    33 
Haverford Coll                3-5-0   55.8    34 
Trinity (Duke) Coll           0-1-0   55.5    35 
Olivet Coll                   0-1-0   53.8    36 
New York City Univ (NYU)      2-4-0   53.6    37 
U Vermont                     1-1-0   50.5    38 
Mass Agric (U Mass) Coll      1-4-0   50.4    39  
City Coll New York            1-8-1   45.2    40 
Copyright

 

   

 

   

 

Contact and Copyright Information

 

David DeLassus:

College Football Data Warehouse

 

Copyright Ó2000-2014 College Football Data Warehouse