1953 Illinois Fighting Illini football team
|1953 Illinois Fighting Illini football|
Big Ten co-champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1953 record||7–1–1 (5–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Ray Eliot (12th year)|
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|1953 Big Ten football standings|
|#3 Michigan State +||5||–||1||–||0||9||–||1||–||0|
|#7 Illinois +||5||–||1||–||0||7||–||1||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1953 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1953 college football season. In their 12th year under head coach Ray Eliot, the Illini compiled a 7–1–1 record, finished in a tie for first place in the Big Ten Conference, and were ranked #7 in the final AP Poll. The sole defeat was a 34–7 loss to Wisconsin.
Sophomore halfback J. C. Caroline led the team with 1,256 rushing yards on 194 attempts (6.5 yards per carry) and was selected as a consensus first-team player on the 1953 College Football All-America Team. Guard John Bauer was selected by the Newspaper Enterprise Association as a third-team All-American.
|John Ryan||End, Defensive Back|
|Robert Lenzini (captain)||Guard|
|John Bauer||Guard, Tackle|
|David Bauer||Defensive Back|
|Stan Wallace||Defensive Back|
|J. C. Caroline||Halfback, Defensive Back|
- Head Coach: Ray Eliot (12th year at Illinois)
|09/26/1953||Nebraska*||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||T 21–21|
|10/03/1953||Stanford*||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||W 33–21|
|10/10/1953||Ohio State #3||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||W 41–20|
|10/17/1953||Minnesota||No. 9||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||W 27–7|
|10/24/1953||Syracuse*||No. 7||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||W 20–13|
|10/31/1953||Purdue||No. 4||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||W 21–0|
|11/07/1953||at Michigan #17||No. 4||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||W 19–3|
|11/14/1953||Wisconsin||No. 3||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||L 7–34|
|11/21/1953||Northwestern||No. 7||Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL||W 3–0|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.|
- "1953 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
- Harry Grayson (1953-11-29). "Harry Grayson Picks All-America for 1953". Independent Record. Helena, Montana.