An in-depth look at the legendary 1947 SMU Football Season and the future of football at SMU
The 1946 SMU football team had a 4-5-1 record and finished with a 2-4 record in the Southwest Conference. SMU’s conference record was only good for a tie for fifth place in the 1946 Southwest Conference standings. However, there was optimism of football greatness that was prevalent not only with the 1947 SMU football team but with the entire SMU 1947 student body.
An SMU underdog team with a lot of spirit and a special skill position player playing on the SMU varsity for the first time thought they could go far in the 1947 football season. And they did. As the 1947 season unfolded, the season was one of many close low scoring games with two ties.
SMU has played college football for 100 years, but the special 1947 football season is noted to be one of a few SMU football seasons where there was a sense of “Glory on the Hilltop.”
Try your hand at answering some questions about the 1947 SMU football team. Answers are in the book!
About the Author
Author Tom Williams is an SMU graduate and based this book on his 46-year friendship with 1947 Head Cheerleader, Joe Redwine Patterson.