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The 1869 college football season was the first season of intercollegiate football in the United States. While played using improvised rules resembling soccer and rugby as much as the modern American sport, it is traditionally considered the inaugural college football season. However, there is momentum shifting towards the 1874 Harvard Crimson being the first to play by rules that led to what became gridiron football. The 1869 season consisted of only two total games, both of which occurred between Rutgers University and Princeton University; The first was played on November 6 at Rutgers' campus, and the second was played on November 13 at Princeton's campus. These games were comparable to soccer.

The first ever college football national championship awarded (retroactively) was split between the only two participants in 1869, Rutgers and Princeton. Princeton was named the champion by the Billingsley Report and the National Championship Foundation, while college football research historian Parke H. Davis named the two teams co-champions. Various other ratings and retrospectives have rated the teams differently.

The two games were played with rules very different from what is currently understood as American football, and also played under home field rules that differed from each other. However, what developed into a more rugby-style play and eventually into the football known by current fans had its beginnings in 1874, when McGill (Montreal) visited Harvard to play "The Boston Game" and British rugby.


1869 college football season sections
Intro  First intercollegiate football game ever played  Second and final game of 1869  Aftermath of the 1869 games  See also  References  External links  

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The 1869 college football season was the first season of intercollegiate football in the United States. While played using improvised rules resembling soccer and rugby as much as the modern American sport, it is traditionally considered the inaugural college football season. However, there is momentum shifting towards the 1874 Harvard Crimson being the first to play by rules that led to what became gridiron football. The 1869 season consisted of only two total games, both of which occurred between Rutgers University and Princeton University; The first was played on November 6 at Rutgers' campus, and the second was played on November 13 at Princeton's campus. These games were comparable to soccer.

The first ever college football national championship awarded (retroactively) was split between the only two participants in 1869, Rutgers and Princeton. Princeton was named the champion by the Billingsley Report and the National Championship Foundation, while college football research historian Parke H. Davis named the two teams co-champions. Various other ratings and retrospectives have rated the teams differently.

The two games were played with rules very different from what is currently understood as American football, and also played under home field rules that differed from each other. However, what developed into a more rugby-style play and eventually into the football known by current fans had its beginnings in 1874, when McGill (Montreal) visited Harvard to play "The Boston Game" and British rugby.


1869 college football season sections
Intro  First intercollegiate football game ever played  Second and final game of 1869  Aftermath of the 1869 games  See also  References  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: First intercollegiate football game ever played
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