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 Wisconsin Badgers and the Minnesota Golden Gophers who play for Paul Bunyan's Axe. Many rivalries follow closely behind the border battle between Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Rivalries 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.

Games Series leader Opponent Rivalry or trophy name Conference W L T First game Most recent game Notes Source
123 Minnesota Golden Gophers Wisconsin Badgers Paul Bunyan's Axe Big Ten 59 56 8 1890 2013 [a][b][c] [2][3]
120 Missouri Tigers Kansas Jayhawks Border War Non-conf.[d] 56 55 9 1891 2011 [e][f][g] [4]
118 Texas Longhorns Texas A&M Aggies Texas–Texas A&M football rivalry Non-conf.[d] 76 37 5 1894 2011 [h][i] [4]
118 Miami RedHawks Cincinnati Bearcats Victory Bell Non-conf.[d] 59 52 7 1888 2013 [j] [4]
118 North Carolina Tar Heels Virginia Cavaliers South's Oldest Rivalry ACC 61 53 4 1892 2013 [k][l] [4]
117 Nebraska Cornhuskers Kansas Jayhawks Non-conf.[d] 91 23 3 1892 2010 [m] [4]
117 Auburn Tigers Georgia Bulldogs Deep South's Oldest Rivalry SEC 55 54 8 1892 2013 [n][o] [4]
117 Oregon Ducks Oregon State Beavers Civil War Pac-12 61 46 10 1894 2013 [p] [4]
116 Purdue Boilermakers Indiana Hoosiers Old Oaken Bucket Big Ten 72 38 6 1891 2013 [q] [4]
116 Stanford Cardinal California Golden Bears Big Game Pac-12 59 46 11 1892 2013 [4]
114 Navy Midshipmen Army Black Knights Army–Navy Game Non-conf. 58 49 7 1890 2013 [r] [4]
111 Utah Utes Utah State Aggies Battle of the Brothers Non-conf.[d] 78 29 4 1892 2013 [4]
111 Clemson Tigers South Carolina Gamecocks Palmetto Bowl Non-conf.[d] 65 42 4 1896 2013 [s] [4]
111 Kansas Jayhawks Kansas State Wildcats Governor's Cup Big 12 65 41 5 1902 2013 [t][u] [4][5]
110 Michigan Wolverines Ohio State Buckeyes The Game Big Ten 58 45[v] 6 1897 2013 [a] [4]
110 Ole Miss Rebels Mississippi State Bulldogs Egg Bowl SEC 61 43 6 1901 2013 [4]
109 Tennessee Volunteers Kentucky Wildcats Battle for the Barrel SEC 76 24 9 1893 2013 [4]
109 TCU Horned Frogs Baylor Bears Baylor–TCU football rivalry Big 12 51 51 7 1899 2013 [4]
108 Georgia Bulldogs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Non-conf.[d] 64 39 5 1893 2013 [4]
108 Texas A&M Aggies Baylor Bears Battle of the Brazos Non-conf.[d] 68 31 9 1899 2011 [4]
108 Texas Longhorns Oklahoma Sooners Red River Rivalry Big 12 60 43 5 1900 2013 [4]
108 Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma State Cowboys Bedlam Series Big 12 84 17 7 1904 2013 [w] [4]
107 Minnesota Golden Gophers Iowa Hawkeyes Floyd of Rosedale Big Ten 61 44 2 1891 2013 [x] [6]
107 Illinois Fighting Illini Northwestern Wildcats Land of Lincoln Trophy Big Ten 54 48 5 1892 2013 [x][a] [7]
107 Tennessee Volunteers Vanderbilt Commodores SEC 73 28 5 1892 2013 [y] [4]
107 North Carolina State Wolfpack Wake Forest Demon Deacons ACC 63 38 6 1895 2013 [x] [8]
106 Michigan Wolverines Michigan State Spartans Paul Bunyan Trophy Big Ten 68 33 5 1898 2013 [x] [9]
106 Washington Huskies Oregon Ducks Oregon–Washington football rivalry Pac-12 58 43 5 1900 2013 [x] [10]
106 Washington Huskies Washington State Cougars Apple Cup Pac-12 68 32 6 1900 2013 [x] [11]
105 North Carolina Tar Heels Wake Forest Demon Deacons ACC 68 35 2 1888 2012 [n] [4]
105 Colorado State Rams Wyoming Cowboys Bronze Boot MW 56 44 5 1899 2013 [x][z] [12][13]
105 Nebraska Cornhuskers Iowa State Cyclones Non-conf.[d] 86 17 2 1896 2010 [4]
104 Nebraska Cornhuskers Missouri Tigers Victory Bell Non-conf.[d] 65 36 3 1892 2010 [x] [14]
104 Pittsburgh Panthers West Virginia Mountaineers Backyard Brawl Non-conf.[d] 61 40 3 1895 2011 [x] [15]
104 Missouri Tigers Iowa State Cyclones Telephone Trophy Non-conf.[d] 61 34 9 1896 2011 [x] [16]
104 New Mexico Lobos New Mexico State Aggies Rio Grande Rivalry Non-conf.[d] 68 31 5 1894 2013 [x] [17]
104 Oklahoma Sooners Kansas Jayhawks Big 12 70 28 6 1903 2013 [x][aa] [18][19]
103 North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina State Wolfpack Carolina–NC State football rivalry ACC 65 32 6 1894 2013 [x][n] [20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c From 2011 to 2013, could potentially be played twice in one season with rematch in the Big Ten championship game. Realignment in 2014 will place both teams in the same division, eliminating the possibility of such a rematch.
  2. ^ Most played rivalry within the Big Ten Conference.
  3. ^ This became the longest current uninterrupted series in FBS (1907–present) with the end of the annual Kansas–Nebraska game following the 2010 season. It became the longest uninterrupted series in FBS history in 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Formerly an in-conference rivalry.
  5. ^ Most played rivalry that is currently non-conference.
  6. ^ This rivalry will not be played in the immediate future due to Missouri changing conferences. As of 2012 no future game has been scheduled.
  7. ^ Disputed series record: Missouri claims a series lead 57-54-9, based on a forfeited game in 1960. [1]
  8. ^ Most played intra-state rivalry.
  9. ^ This rivalry will not be played in the immediate future due to Texas A&M changing conferences. As of 2012 no future game has been scheduled.
  10. ^ Among active rivalries (i.e., those continuing in 2013), the most played that is intra-state and currently non-conference.
  11. ^ Most played rivalry within the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  12. ^ Disputed series record: Virginia claims North Carolina leads the series 59-54-4, based on a forfeited game in 1956. [2]
  13. ^ 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]
  14. ^ a b c Can potentially be played twice in one season, with rematch in the respective conference championship game.
  15. ^ Most played rivalry within the Southeastern Conference.
  16. ^ Most played rivalry within the Pacific-12 Conference.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ 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]
  20. ^ Most played rivalry within the Big 12 Conference.
  21. ^ Disputed series record: Kansas State claims Kansas leads the series lead 64-42-5, based on a forfeited game in 1980.
  22. ^ Ohio State vacated the 2010 win, although this is not reflected in the NCAA source. Should be 45 wins when the vacated win is accounted for.
  23. ^ Some sources claim that Oklahoma forfeited the 1972 game. OU Forfeit 8 games in 1972 This is not included in the NCAA source.
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Not listed in the NCAA FBS records source.
  25. ^ Disputed series record: Vanderbilt claims Tennessee has 73-28-5 series lead due to Vanderbilt vicotory [sic] in 1918 but Tennessee records claim 1918 team was "unofficial [team] formed from Army recruits and students." [3]
  26. ^ Most played rivalry within the Mountain West Conference.
  27. ^ 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]

  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. 

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