Most played rivalries in NCAA Division I FBS

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This is a list of the most played rivalries in the Football Bowl Subdivision of NCAA Division I. The two teams that have played each other the most in college football are the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers who play for Paul Bunyan's Axe. Many rivalries follow closely behind the border battle between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Rivalries listed here are not necessarily continuous: several rivalries played by the Nebraska Cornhuskers were interrupted after the 2010 season by the team's move from the Big 12 Conference to the Big Ten as of the 2011 season.[1] In addition to Nebraska-Kansas, Nebraska-Iowa State, and Nebraska-Missouri, several other rivalries have been affected by the ongoing 2010–13 NCAA conference realignment. These include Missouri-Kansas and Missouri-Iowa State due to Missouri's move to the SEC, Texas-Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Baylor due to TAMU's move to the SEC, and Pitt-WVU due to Pitt's move to the ACC and WVU's move to the Big 12.

Conversely, TCU-Baylor has again become a conference game after TCU joining the Big 12, while Oklahoma-Kansas has once again become an annual game.

On the other hand, conference affiliation is not necessarily an impediment to playing an annual rivalry game: matchups such as Miami-Cincinnati, Navy-Army, Utah-Utah State, Clemson-South Carolina, Georgia-Georgia Tech, and New Mexico-New Mexico State are contested each season despite the lack of conference affiliation between the two rivals.

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

Most played FBS series[edit]

Games Series leader Opponent Rivalry or trophy name Conference W L T First game Most recent
game
Notes Source
123 Minnesota Wisconsin Paul Bunyan's Axe Big Ten 59 56 8 1890 2013 [a][b] [2][3]
120 Missouri Kansas Border War Non-conf.[c] 56 55 9 1891 2011 [d][e][f] [4]
118 Texas Texas A&M Lone Star Showdown Non-conf.[c] 76 37 5 1894 2011 [g][h] [4]
118 Miami Cincinnati Victory Bell Non-conf.[c] 59 52 7 1888 2013 [i] [4]
118 North Carolina Virginia South's Oldest Rivalry ACC 61 53 4 1892 2013 [j][k] [4]
117 Nebraska Kansas Non-conf.[c] 91 23 3 1892 2010 [l] [4]
117 Auburn Georgia Deep South's Oldest Rivalry SEC 55 54 8 1892 2013 [m][n] [4]
117 Oregon Oregon State Civil War Pac-12 61 46 10 1894 2013 [o] [4]
116 Purdue Indiana Old Oaken Bucket Big Ten 72 38 6 1891 2013 [p] [4]
116 Stanford California Big Game Pac-12 59 46 11 1892 2013 [4]
114 Navy Army Army–Navy Game Non-conf. 58 49 7 1890 2013 [q] [4]
111 Utah Utah State Battle of the Brothers Non-conf.[c] 78 29 4 1892 2013 [4]
111 Clemson South Carolina Palmetto Bowl Non-conf.[c] 65 42 4 1896 2013 [r] [4]
111 Kansas Kansas State Governor's Cup Big 12 65 41 5 1902 2013 [s][t] [4][5]
110 Michigan Ohio State The Game Big Ten 58 46 6 1897 2013 [u] [4]
110 Ole Miss Mississippi State Egg Bowl SEC 61 43 6 1901 2013 [4]
109 Tennessee Kentucky Battle for the Barrel SEC 76 24 9 1893 2013 [4]
109 TCU Baylor Baylor–TCU football rivalry Big 12 51 51 7 1899 2013 [4]
108 Georgia Georgia Tech Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Non-conf.[c] 64 39 5 1893 2013 [4]
108 Texas A&M Baylor Battle of the Brazos Non-conf.[c] 68 31 9 1899 2011 [4]
108 Texas Oklahoma Red River Rivalry Big 12 60 43 5 1900 2013 [4]
108 Oklahoma Oklahoma State Bedlam Series Big 12 84 17 7 1904 2013 [v] [4]
107 Minnesota Iowa Floyd of Rosedale Big Ten 61 44 2 1891 2013 [w] [6]
107 Illinois Northwestern Land of Lincoln Trophy Big Ten 54 48 5 1892 2013 [w] [7]
107 Tennessee Vanderbilt SEC 73 28 5 1892 2013 [x] [4]
107 North Carolina State Wake Forest ACC 63 38 6 1895 2013 [w] [8]
106 Michigan Michigan State Paul Bunyan Trophy Big Ten 68 33 5 1898 2013 [w] [9]
106 Washington Oregon Oregon–Washington football rivalry Pac-12 58 43 5 1900 2013 [w] [10]
106 Washington Washington State Apple Cup Pac-12 68 32 6 1900 2013 [w] [11]
106 North Carolina Wake Forest ACC 68 35 2 1888 2013 [m] [4]
105 Colorado State Wyoming Bronze Boot MW 56 44 5 1899 2013 [w][y] [12][13]
105 Nebraska Iowa State Non-conf.[c] 86 17 2 1896 2010 [4]
104 Nebraska Missouri Victory Bell Non-conf.[c] 65 36 3 1892 2010 [w] [14]
104 Pittsburgh West Virginia Backyard Brawl Non-conf.[c] 61 40 3 1895 2011 [w] [15]
104 Missouri Iowa State Telephone Trophy Non-conf.[c] 61 34 9 1896 2011 [w] [16]
104 New Mexico New Mexico State Rio Grande Rivalry Non-conf.[c] 68 31 5 1894 2013 [w] [17]
104 Oklahoma Kansas Big 12 70 28 6 1903 2013 [w][z] [18][19]
103 North Carolina North Carolina State Carolina–NC State football rivalry ACC 65 32 6 1894 2013 [w][m] [20]

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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Formerly an in-conference rivalry.
  4. ^ Most played rivalry that is currently non-conference.
  5. ^ This rivalry will not be played in the immediate future due to Missouri changing conferences. As of 2014 no future games are scheduled.
  6. ^ Disputed series record: Missouri claims a series lead 57-54-9, based on a forfeited game in 1960. [1]
  7. ^ Most played intra-state rivalry.
  8. ^ This rivalry will not be played in the immediate future due to Texas A&M changing conferences. As of 2014 no future games are scheduled.
  9. ^ Among active rivalries (i.e., those continuing in 2013), the most played that is intra-state and currently non-conference.
  10. ^ Most played rivalry within the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  11. ^ Disputed series record: Virginia claims North Carolina leads the series 59-54-4, based on a forfeited game in 1956. [2]
  12. ^ 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]
  13. ^ a b c Can potentially be played twice in one season, with rematch in the respective conference championship game.
  14. ^ Most played rivalry within the Southeastern Conference.
  15. ^ Most played rivalry within the Pacific-12 Conference.
  16. ^ The Big Ten will realign divisions in 2014, and the two teams will be placed in opposite divisions, creating the potential for a same-season rematch in the Big Ten Championship Game.
  17. ^ Traditionally the last game of the regular season, before the era of conference title games. The game returned to its status as the last game of the regular season starting in 2009, when it was moved from the first Saturday in December to the second.
  18. ^ 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]
  19. ^ Most played rivalry within the Big 12 Conference.
  20. ^ Disputed series record: Kansas State claims Kansas leads the series lead 64-42-5, based on a forfeited game in 1980.
  21. ^ Disputed series record: Ohio State vacated the 2010 win, although this is not reflected in the NCAA source. Ohio State has only 45 wins when the vacated win is accounted for.
  22. ^ Some sources claim that Oklahoma forfeited the 1972 game. OU Forfeit 8 games in 1972 This is not included in the NCAA source.
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Not listed in the NCAA FBS records source.
  24. ^ 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]
  25. ^ Most played rivalry within the Mountain West Conference.
  26. ^ 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. ^ "Osborne: Nebraska has offer to play OU in 2020-21". The Macon Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Minnesota vs Wisconsin". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Minnesota defeats Wisconsin 32-4". Milwaukee Journal. October 31, 1892. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Football Bowl Subdivision Records". NCAA. p. 117. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sports People". New York Times. August 27, 1982. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Minnesota vs Iowa". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Illinois vs Northwestern (IL)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ "North Carolina State vs Wake Forest (NC)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Michigan vs Michigan St.". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Washington vs Oregon". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Washington vs Washington St.". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ The Bronze Boot
  13. ^ "Colorado St. vs Wyoming". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Nebraska vs Missouri". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Pittsburgh (PA) vs West Virginia". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Missouri vs Iowa St.". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  17. ^ "New Mexico vs New Mexico St.". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Oklahoma vs Kansas". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  19. ^ [4]
  20. ^ "North Carolina vs North Carolina St.". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
General references