The 1924 Big Ten Conference football season was the 29th 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 1924 college football season.
The Big Ten Conference champion for 1924 was Chicago which, in Amos Alonzo Stagg's 33rd year as head coach, compiled a 4–1–3 record (3–0–3 against Big Ten opponents) and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 88 to 40. Notable players on the 1924 Chicago team included guard Joe Pondelik and tackle Frank Gowdy. Pondelik was a consensus first-team All-American in 1924. Gowdy was selected as a first-team All-American by several selectors, including Football World, Liberty magazine, and All-Sports Magazine.
|1924 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||10|
|Season MVP||Red Grange|
|1924 Big Ten football standings|
|Conf. Rank||Team||Head coach||Overall record||Conf. record||PPG||PAG|
|1||Chicago||Amos A. Stagg||4–1–3||3–0–3||11.0||5.0|
|2 (tie)||Illinois||Robert Zuppke||6–1–1||3–1–1||25.5||8.9|
|2 (tie)||Iowa||Burt Ingwersen||6–1–1||3–1–1||13.3||6.3|
|4||Michigan||Fielding H. Yost||6–2||4–2||19.4||6.8|
|6||Minnesota||William H. Spaulding||3-3-2||1-2-1||8.5||7.9|
|7||Ohio State||John Wilce||2–3–3||1–3–2||5.0||5.6|
|8 (tie)||Indiana||Bill Ingram||4–4||1–3||18.4||12.5|
|8 (tie)||Northwestern||Glenn Thistlethwaite||4–4||1–3||13.6||8.3|
|10||Wisconsin||John J. Ryan||2–3–3||0–2–2||8.3||11.8|
No Big Ten teams participated in any bowl games during the 1924 season.
Thirteen players received first-team honors on the 1924 All-Big Ten Conference football team from at least three of the following eight selectors: Billy Evans (BE), Bill Ingram (BI), Indiana head football coach, Daily Illini (DI), Hank Casserly (HC), sporting editor of the Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin, The Indianapolis News (IN) Larry Dailey (LD), and Walter Eckersall (WE).
Two Big Ten players were consensus first-team picks on the 1924 College Football All-America Team. They were:
The 1924 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Big Ten Conference teams chosen by various selectors for the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season.1924 Chicago Maroons football team
The 1924 Chicago Maroons football team was an American football team that represented the University of Chicago during the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season. In their 33rd season under head coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, the Maroons compiled a 4–1–3 record, won the Big Ten Conference championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 88 to 40.Notable players on the 1924 Chicago team included guard Joe Pondelik and tackle Frank Gowdy. Pondelik was a consensus first-team All-American in 1924. Gowdy was selected as a first-team All-American by several selectors, including Football World, Liberty magazine, and All-Sports Magazine.Fritz Crisler was an assistant coach on the team.1924 Illinois Fighting Illini football team
The 1924 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois in the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season. The Fighting Illini compiled a 6–1–1 record (3–1–1 against Western Conference opponents) and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 204 to 71. This was the junior season for hall-of-fame All-American halfback Harold "Red" Grange. End/tackle Frank E. Rokusek was the team captain.1924 Indiana Hoosiers football team
The 1924 Indiana Hoosiers football team represented the Indiana Hoosiers in the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season as members of the Big Ten Conference. The Hoosiers played their home games at Jordan Field in Bloomington, Indiana. The team was coached by Bill Ingram, in his second year as head coach.1924 Iowa Hawkeyes football team
The 1924 Iowa Hawkeyes football team represented the University of Iowa in the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season. This marks Burt Ingwersen's first season as head coach of the Hawkeyes.1924 Michigan Wolverines football team
The 1924 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season. Coached by George Little in his first and only year as Michigan's head football coach, the team compiled a record of 6-2, outscored opponents 155–54, and finished in fourth place in the Big Ten Conference standings.
After starting the season with shutouts against Miami (55–0) and Michigan Agricultural (7–0), Michigan lost to Illinois (39–14), as Red Grange scored five touchdowns and gained 402 yards. After the loss to Illinois, Michigan rebounded with four consecutive victories over Big Ten opponents, before losing to Iowa in the final game of the season. In all eight games during the 1924 season, the Wolverines played before 340,000 spectators, reported to be "possibly a 1924 attendance record equaled by only Yale."Halfback Herb Steger was the team captain, and left tackle Edliff Slaughter was selected as a first-team All-American. With 77 points, quarterback Tod Rockwell scored almost half of Michigan's 155 points and was the second-leading scorer in the Big Ten Conference, trailing Red Grange by one point. College Football Hall of Fame inductee Benny Friedman also made his debut as a starter for Michigan, playing at the halfback position in 1924.1924 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team
The 1924 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota in the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach William H. Spaulding, the Golden Gophers compiled a 3–3–2 record and outscored their opponents by a combined score of 68 to 62. It was Minnesota's first season playing in Memorial Stadium.
Guard George Abramson and tackle Ted Cox were named All-Big Ten first team.Total attendance for the season was 139,772, which averaged to 23,297. The season high for attendance was against Illinois.1924 Northwestern Wildcats football team
The 1924 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach Glenn Thistlethwaite, the Wildcats compiled a 4–4 record (1–3 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for eighth place in the Big Ten Conference.1924 Ohio State Buckeyes football team
The 1924 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University in the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 2–3–3 record and were outscored 40–45 by their opponent.1924 Purdue Boilermakers football team
The 1924 Purdue Boilermakers football team was an American football team that represented Purdue University during the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third season under head coach James Phelan, the Boilermakers compiled a 5–2 record, finished in fifth place in the Big Ten Conference with a 2–2 record against conference opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 137 to 46.1924 Wisconsin Badgers football team
The 1924 Wisconsin Badgers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Wisconsin in the 1924 Big Ten Conference football season. The team compiled a 2–3–3 record (0–2–2 against conference opponents), finished in last place in the Big Ten Conference, and was outscored by opponents by a combined total of 94 to 66. Jack Ryan was in his second year as Wisconsin's head coach.Jack Harris was the team captain. Guard Adolph Bieberstein was selected by All-Sports Magazine as a third-team player on its 1924 College Football All-America Team.
The team played its home games at Camp Randall Stadium, which had a seating capacity of 14,000. During the 1924 season, the average attendance at home games was 14,592.
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