1904 College Football National Champion: Minn, Mich, or Penn?
by Gopher Fan
Greetings from Minneapolis. I have a question about the 1904 college football season. The NCAA and Big Ten's official football records list Minnesota as a national champion for going 13-0 and outscoring opponents 725-12 in 1904. The national championship was by Billingsley.
Michigan and Pennsylvania were also named National Champions in 1904. Michigan and Penn shared National Championship honors from the National Championship Foundation while Parke Davis and Helms named Penn as champions. Michigan and Minnesota also shared the Big Ten title for the second straight year as well in 1904.
The University of Minnesota's athletic department has never acknowledged this national title, even though it acknowledges two national basketball titles awarded by the Helms Foundation in the early 20th century. My question is, is the national title by Billingsley legitimate enough to consider?
Thank you for your time.