|1963 Big Ten Conference football season|
|Number of teams||10|
|Top draft pick||Carl Eller|
|Runners-up||Michigan State, Ohio State|
|Season MVP||Dick Butkus|
|1963 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 3 Illinois $||5||–||1||–||1||8||–||1||–||1|
|No. 9 Michigan State||4||–||1||–||1||6||–||2||–||1|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1963 Big Ten Conference football season was the 68th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1963 NCAA University Division football season.
The 1963 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Pete Elliott, won the Big Ten football championship with a record of 8–1–1, defeated Washington in the 1964 Rose Bowl, and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll. Illinois center Dick Butkus received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award as the most valuable player in the conference and was a consensus first-team All-American.
The 1963 Michigan State Spartans football team, under head coach Duffy Daugherty, compiled a 6–2–1 record, finished in second place in the conference, led the conference in scoring defense (7.0 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 10 in the final AP Poll. Halfback Sherman Lewis was a consensus first-team All-American and finished third in the voting of the 1963 Heisman Trophy.
The Big Ten's statistical leaders included Tom Myers of Northwestern with 1,398 passing yards, Tom Nowatzke of Indiana with 756 rushing yards, and Paul Krause of Iowa with 442 receiving yards. Carl Eller of Minnesota was the first Big Ten player selected in the 1964 NFL Draft with the sixth overall pick.
Results and team statistics
|Conf. Rank||Team||Head coach||AP final||AP high||Overall record||Conf. record||PPG||PAG||MVP|
|1||Illinois||Pete Elliott||#3||#2||8–1–1||5–1–1||17.0||9.6||Dick Butkus|
|2 (tie)||Michigan State||Duffy Daugherty||#9||#4||6–2–1||4–1–1||16.4||7.0||Sherman Lewis|
|2 (tie)||Ohio State||Woody Hayes||NR||#4||5–3–1||4–1–1||12.2||11.3||Matt Snell|
|4||Purdue||Jack Mollenkopf||NR||NR||5–4||4–3||13.2||16.6||Ron DiGravio|
|5 (tie)||Northwestern||Ara Parseghian||NR||#4||5–4||3–4||18.0||13.8||Bill Swingle|
|5 (tie)||Wisconsin||Milt Bruhn||NR||#2||5–4||3–4||16.7||13.8||Jim Purnell|
|7||Michigan||Bump Elliott||NR||NR||3–4–2||2–3–2||14.6||14.1||Tom Keating|
|8||Iowa||Jerry Burns||NR||NR||3–3–2||2–3–1||15.8||14.0||Mike Reilly|
|9||Minnesota||Murray Warmath||NR||NR||3–6||2–5||10.6||13.0||Carl Eller|
|10||Indiana||Phil Dickens||NR||NR||3–6||1–5||16.8||20.9||Tom Nowatzke|
AP final = Team's rank in the final AP Poll of the 1963 season
AP high = Team's highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1963 season
PPG = Average of points scored per game
PAG = Average of points allowed per game
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy; trophy winner in bold
There were no changes in the conference's head football coaches between the 1962 and 1963 seasons.
On January 1, 1964, Illinois defeated Washington, 17–7.
The Big Ten's individual statistical leaders for the 1963 season include the following:
|3||Roger Lopes||Michigan State||601|
|4||Sherman Lewis||Michigan State||577|
|1||Sherman Lewis||Michigan State||54|
|2||Roger Lopes||Michigan State||42|
Awards and honors
All-Big Ten honors
|Quarterback||Ron DiGravio||Purdue||AP, UPI|
|Halfback||Sherman Lewis||Michigan State||AP, UPI|
|Halfback||Paul Warfield||Ohio State||UPI|
|Fullback||Tom Nowatzke||Indiana||AP, UPI|
|End||Chuck Logan||Northwestern||AP, UPI|
|End||Dan Underwood||Michigan State||AP|
|Tackle||Carl Eller||Minnesota||AP, UPI|
|Center||Dick Butkus||Illinois||AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI, Time, WCFF|
|Tackle||Carl Eller||Minnesota||AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, UPI, Time, WCFF|
|Halfback||Sherman Lewis||Michigan State||AP, CP, UPI, WCFF|
Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:
|Back||Paul Warfield||Ohio State||Time|
The Heisman Trophy was awarded to Roger Staubach of Navy. Two Big Ten players finished among the top 10 in the voting for the trophy. They were: Michigan State running back Sherman Lewis (third); and Illinois center/linebacker Dick Butkus (sixth).
1964 NFL Draft
|Carl Eller||Defensive end||Minnesota||1||6|
|Paul Warfield||Halfback||Ohio State||1||11|
|Matt Snorton||End||Michigan State||2||20|
|Matt Snell||Running back||Ohio State||4||49|
|Tom Keating||Defensive tackle||Michigan||4||53|
|Ed Lothamer||Tackle||Michigan State||5||64|
|Herman Johnson||Halfback||Michigan State||6||77|
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