1923 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

1923 Illinois Fighting Illini football
National champion (Boand, CFRA, Helms, Davis)
Co-national champion (QPRS, NCF, Sagarin-ELO)
Big Ten co-champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1923 record 80 (50 Big Ten)
Head coach Robert Zuppke
Offensive scheme Single wing
Captain James McMillen
Home stadium Memorial Stadium
1923 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Illinois + 5 0 0     8 0 0
Michigan + 4 0 0     8 0 0
Chicago 5 1 0     7 1 0
Minnesota 2 1 1     5 1 1
Iowa 3 3 0     5 3 0
Indiana 2 2 0     3 4 0
Wisconsin 1 3 1     3 3 1
Ohio State 1 4 0     3 4 1
Purdue 1 4 0     2 5 1
Northwestern 0 6 0     2 6 0
  • + Conference co-champions

The 1923 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the 1923 college football season. The Fighting Illini compiled an 80 record (50 against Western Conference opponents) and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 136 to 20.[1] The team was selected retroactively as the national champion by the Boand System, College Football Researchers Association, Helms Athletic Foundation, and Parke H. Davis, and as a co-national champion by the Berryman QPRS system, National Championship Foundation, and Jeff Sagarin (using the ELO-Chess methodology).[2]

Guard Jim McMillen and halfback Red Grange were consensus All-Americans.


Player Position Class Hometown
Steve Coutchie Quarterback Senior Harvey, Illinois
Harry 'Swede' Hall Quarterback Senior Chicago, Illinois
Harold 'Red' Grange Halfback Senior Wheaton, Illinois
Wally McIlwain Wingback/Halfback Sophomore Evanston, Illinois
Earl Britton Fullback/Placekicker/Punter Sophomore Elgin, Illinois
Bill Hansen Fullback Junior Brookston, Indiana
Emil 'Heine' Schultz End Junior Geneseo, Illinois
Edward John 'Ted' Richards End Junior Glencoe, Illinois
Frank Edward Rokusek End Senior Omaha, Nebraska
Clarence Arthur Muhl End Senior Oskaloosa, Iowa
Gilbert Jay Roberts Center Senior Oskaloosa, Iowa
Vivian Julius 'Vee' Green Center Senior Waukegan, Illinois
Roy Andrew Miller Tackle Sophomore Urbana, Illinois
Chuck Addison Brown Tackle Sophomore Cissna Park, Illinois
Richard 'Dick' Hall Tackle Senior Logansport, Indiana
John Mauer Tackle Sophomore Batavia, Illinois
Bernard F. 'Bunny' Oakes Tackle Senior Maywood, Illinois
Walter Charles Crawford Tackle Sophomore Waukegan, Illinois
James McMillen Right Guard Senior Grayslake, Illinois
Louis Frederick Slimmer Guard Senior Millville, New Jersey
Leonard J. Umnus Guard Junior Menominee, Michigan


Date Opponent Site Result
10/06/1923 Nebraska* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 247  
10/13/1923 Butler* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 217  
10/20/1923 at Iowa Iowa FieldIowa City, IA W 96  
10/27/1923 at Northwestern Northwestern FieldEvanston, IL W 290  
11/3/1923 Chicago Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 70  
11/10/1923 Wisconsin Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 100  
11/17/1923 Mississippi State* Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL W 270  
11/24/1923 at Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 90  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.


  1. "1923 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule and Results".
  2. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 108. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
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