List of most played college football rivalries in NCAA Division I

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This is a list of the most played college football rivalries in NCAA Division I. The Lehigh–Lafayette rivalry, known as "The Rivalry," is the most-played in Division I at 153 games. Lehigh and Lafayette are members of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The most played Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) rivalry is Minnesota–Wisconsin football rivalry, at 126 games.

Rivalries listed here are not necessarily continuous rivalries, and several of the rivalries listed below were ended (or interrupted) by the 2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment. Nevertheless, conference affiliation is not necessarily an impediment to playing an annual rivalry game, and this list features match-ups of teams that have rarely or never shared an athletic conference, such as Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati and Army-Navy.

This table lists all rivalries with more than 100 games played. Wins and losses are given respective to the team leading the series.

Games[edit]

Games Series leader Opponent Rivalry or trophy name Conference W L T First game Last game Notes Source
153 Lafayette Lehigh The Rivalry Patriot 78 70 5 1884 2017 [1]
140 Yale Princeton Princeton–Yale Ivy 77 53 10 1873 2017 [2]
133 Yale Harvard The Game Ivy 67 59 8 1875 2017 [3]
127 William & Mary Richmond Capital Cup Colonial 62 61 5 1898 2017
127 Wisconsin Minnesota Paul Bunyan's Axe Big Ten 60 59 8 1890 2017 [a][b] [4][5]
123 Penn Cornell Trustees' Cup Ivy 73 46 5 1893 2017 [6]
122 North Carolina Virginia South's Oldest Rivalry ACC 63 55 4 1892 2017 [c][d] [7]
122 Georgia Auburn Deep South's Oldest Rivalry SEC 58 56 8 1892 2017 [e][f] [7]
121 Miami (OH) Cincinnati Victory Bell (Battle for the Bell) Non-conf.[g] 59 56 7 1888 2017 [h][i] [7]
121 Oregon Oregon State Civil War Pac-12 64 47 10 1894 2017 [j] [7]
120 Stanford California Big Game (Battle for the Axe) Pac-12 63 46 11 1892 2017 [7]
120 Purdue Indiana Old Oaken Bucket Big Ten 73 41 6 1891 2017 [e][k] [7]
120 Missouri Kansas Border War Non-conf.[g] 57 54 9 1891 2011 [l][m] [7]
118 Navy Army Army–Navy Game Non-conf. 60 51 7 1890 2017 [n] [7]
118 Texas Texas A&M Lone Star Showdown Non-conf.[g] 76 37 5 1894 2011 [l] [7]
117 Nebraska Kansas Kansas–Nebraska Non-conf.[g] 91 23 3 1892 2010 [l][o] [7]
115 Montana Montana State Great Divide Trophy (The Brawl of The Wild) Big Sky 72 39 5 1897 2017 [citation needed]
115 Clemson South Carolina Palmetto Bowl Non-conf.[g] 69 42 4 1896 2017 [p] [7]
115 Kansas Kansas State Governor's Cup Big 12 64 46 5 1902 2017 [q][r] [7][8]
113 Michigan Ohio State The Game Big Ten 58 49 6 1897 2017 [s] [7]
114 Mississippi Mississippi State Golden Egg (Egg Bowl) SEC 64 44 6 1901 2017 [7]
112 Utah Utah State Beehive Boot (Battle of the Brothers) Non-conf.[g] 79 29 4 1892 2015 [l] [7]
112 TCU Baylor The Revivalry Big 12 54 52 7 1899 2017 [7]
113 Tennessee Kentucky Battle for the Barrel SEC 79 25 9 1893 2017 [7]
113 South Dakota State South Dakota South Dakota Showdown Series MVFC 54 52 7 1889 2017 [9]
111 Georgia Georgia Tech Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Non-conf.[g] 66 41 5 1893 2017 [7]
112 Tennessee Vanderbilt Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry SEC 75 31 5 1892 2016 [t] [7]
112 Texas Oklahoma Golden Hat (Red River Showdown) Big 12 61 46 5 1900 2016 [7]
111 Oklahoma Oklahoma State Bedlam Series Big 12 86 18 7 1904 2016 [u] [7]
110 Illinois Northwestern Land of Lincoln Trophy Big Ten 55 51 5 1892 2017 [v] [10]
111 Minnesota Iowa Floyd of Rosedale Big Ten 62 47 2 1891 2017 [v] [11]
111 North Carolina State Wake Forest NC State-Wake Forest rivalry ACC 66 39 6 1895 2017 [v] [12]
111 LSU Mississippi State LSU–MSU football rivalry SEC 73 35 3 1896 2017 [7]
110 Washington Oregon Emerald City Showdown Pac-12 60 45 5 1900 2017 [v] [13]
110 Michigan Michigan State Paul Bunyan Trophy Big Ten 69 36 5 1898 2017 [v] [14]
109 Washington Washington State Apple Cup Pac-12 71 32 6 1900 2016 [v] [15]
108 Texas A&M Baylor Battle of the Brazos Non-conf.[g] 68 31 9 1899 2011 [l] [7]
108 Colorado State Wyoming Bronze Boot MW 58 45 5 1899 2016 [v][w] [16][17]
108 New Mexico New Mexico State Rio Grande Rivalry Non-conf.[g] 70 33 5 1894 2017 [v] [18]
107 Oklahoma Kansas Big 12 73 28 6 1903 2016 [v][x] [19][20]
106 Illinois State Eastern Illinois Mid-America Classic Non-conf.[g] 55 42 9 1901 2017
106 North Dakota State South Dakota State Dakota Marker MVFC 60 41 5 1894 2017 [e]
106 North Carolina Wake Forest Carolina–Wake rivalry ACC 69 35 2 1888 2015 [e] [7]
107 North Carolina North Carolina State North Carolina–NC State football rivalry ACC 66 35 6 1894 2016 [e][v] [21]
107 Texas Baylor Big 12 77 26 4 1901 2017 [v] [22]
105 Nebraska Iowa State Non-conf.[g] 86 17 2 1896 2010 [l] [7]
106 LSU Mississippi Magnolia Bowl SEC 61 41 4 1894 2017 [v] [23]
104 Nebraska Missouri Victory Bell Non-conf.[g] 65 36 3 1892 2010 [l][v] [24]
104 Pittsburgh West Virginia Backyard Brawl Non-conf.[g] 61 40 3 1895 2011 [l][v] [25]
104 Missouri Iowa State Telephone Trophy Non-conf.[g] 61 34 9 1896 2011 [l][v] [26]
103 Southern California California Pac-12 67 29 5 1915 2016 [v] [27]
102 Michigan Minnesota Little Brown Jug Big Ten 74 25 3 1892 2015 [v] [28]
102 Washington Oregon State The Dog Fight Pac-12 64 34 4 1897 2017
102 Washington State Oregon State Pac-12 52 47 3 1903 2017
101 Alabama Mississippi State SEC 79 18 3 1896 2016
101 Ohio State Illinois Illibuck Trophy Big Ten 68 30 4 1902 2017 [v] [29]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Most played rivalry within the Big Ten Conference.
  2. ^ This became the longest uninterrupted series in FBS history in 2012 – continuous since 1907 – supplanting the Kansas–Nebraska series, which ended following the 2010 season.
  3. ^ Most played rivalry within the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  4. ^ Disputed series record: North Carolina forfeited to Virginia their win in 1957. [1]
  5. ^ a b c d e Can potentially be played twice in one season, with rematch in the respective conference championship game.
  6. ^ Most played rivalry within the Southeastern Conference.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Formerly an in-conference rivalry.
  8. ^ Most played intra-state rivalry.
  9. ^ Most played non-conference rivalry, and also most played involving FBS teams outside the Power Five conferences.
  10. ^ Most played rivalry within the Pac-12 Conference.
  11. ^ Following the expansion of the Big Ten to 14 members in 2014, this is the conference's only "protected" cross-divisional rivalry.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i As of 2016 no future games are scheduled.
  13. ^ Disputed series record: Missouri claims a series lead 57–54–9, based on a forfeited game in 1960. [2]
  14. ^ Traditionally the last game of the regular season.
  15. ^ When last played in 2010, it was the longest uninterrupted series in FBS history (1906-2010). However, Nebraska's 2011 move to the Big Ten ended the annual rivalry.[citation needed]
  16. ^ This is the longest current uninterrupted series in the South, and the second longest uninterrupted series in FBS play (1909–present) behind only the Minnesota/Wisconsin series.[citation needed]
  17. ^ Most played rivalry within the Big 12 Conference.
  18. ^ Disputed series record: Kansas State claims Kansas leads the series lead 64-46-5, based on a forfeited game in 1980.
  19. ^ Disputed series record: Ohio State vacated the 2010 win, although this is not reflected in the NCAA source. Ohio State has only 48 wins when the vacated win is accounted for.
  20. ^ Disputed series record: Vanderbilt claims Tennessee has 73-28-5 series lead due to Vanderbilt victory in 1918 but Tennessee records claim 1918 team was "unofficial [team] formed from Army recruits and students." [3]
  21. ^ Some sources claim that Oklahoma forfeited the 1972 game. OU Forfeit 8 games in 1972 This is not included in the NCAA source.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Not listed in the NCAA Division I FBS record book, as sourced below.
  23. ^ Most played rivalry within the Mountain West Conference, and most played conference rivalry that involves FBS teams outside the Power Five conferences.
  24. ^ Formerly held NCAA record for longest continuous rivalry in FBS (1903-1997) until Big 12 Conference alternate-year scheduling ended it.[citation needed]

References[edit]

Specific references
  1. ^ Lopresti, Mike (September 19, 2017). "7 of the most-played college football rivalries of all time". NCAA.com. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Princeton vs Yale (CT)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Game: Harvard-Yale 2017 - Harvard Alumni". 
  4. ^ "Minnesota vs Wisconsin". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Minnesota defeats Wisconsin 32-4". Milwaukee Journal. October 31, 1892. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cornell vs Pennsylvania". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. p. 117. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sports People". New York Times. August 27, 1982. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  9. ^ "South Dakota Game by Game against Opponents". cfbdatawarehouse.com. 
  10. ^ "Illinois vs Northwestern (IL)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Minnesota vs Iowa". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ "North Carolina State vs Wake Forest (NC)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Washington vs Oregon". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Michigan vs Michigan St". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Washington vs Washington St". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  16. ^ "The Bronze Boot". 
  17. ^ "Colorado St. vs Wyoming". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ "New Mexico vs New Mexico St". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Oklahoma vs Kansas". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Postgame Notes - Kansas Athletics". Kansas Athletics. 
  21. ^ "North Carolina vs North Carolina St". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Texas vs Baylor (TX)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Louisiana State vs Mississippi". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Nebraska vs Missouri". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Pittsburgh (PA) vs West Virginia". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on February 22, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Missouri vs Iowa St". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  27. ^ "Southern California vs California". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Michigan vs Minnesota". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  29. ^ "Illinois vs Ohio St,". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
General references