Which Was First CFB Team in Midwest? Was Walter Camp First to Assign Points?
by Michael O'Bryant
I have two questions:
#1 Which college was the first in the midwest to field a football team?
#2 Did assigning points to touchdowns, goals, safeties orginate with Walter Camp or was this being practiced before 1882?
Most histories that I have read seem to indicate that Michigan fielded the first Midwestern team in 1879. I have evidence that St. Xavier College (which has since dropped football)also fielded a team that year.
Also most histories that I have read seem to indicate that it was Camp's idea to assign point values to touchdowns, safties and goals but I have found evidence of games being played which give point values these before 1882.