List of NCAA college football rivalry games
- 1 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
- 2 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision
- 3 Rivalries involving FBS and FCS teams
- 4 NCAA Division II
- 5 NCAA Division III
- 6 Longest continuous NCAA college football rivalries
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 Further reading
NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
Rivalries involving more than two teams
|Game||Trophy||Teams||First meeting||Final meeting|
|Beehive Boot||BYU, Utah, Utah State||1971|
|Commander-in-Chief's Trophy||Air Force, Army, Navy||1972|
|Florida Cup||Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL)||2002|
|Michigan MAC Trophy||Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan||2005|
|Tobacco Road||Duke, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest||1888|
|The Heartland Rivalry||Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin||1890|
NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision
Rivalries involving more than two teams
|Game||Trophy||Teams||First meeting||Final meeting|
|Big Three||Harvard, Princeton, Yale||1877|
|Sgt. York Trophy||Austin Peay, Tennessee–Martin, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech||2007|
Rivalries involving FBS and FCS teams
This list is restricted to rivalries whose participants are currently in different Division I football subdivisions, and have played one another while in different subdivisions. Most of these began when both teams competed in the same (sub)division.
In this list, the FCS team is in italics.
|Game||Trophy||Team||Team||First Year||Latest Year||Meetings|
|Battle for the Red Belt||Red Belt||Murray State||Western Kentucky||1931||2008||67|
|Battle of the Bluegrass||Eastern Kentucky||Western Kentucky||1914||2008||84|
|Blue Key Victory Bell||Ball State||Indiana State||1924||2014||65|
|Boston College–Holy Cross||Boston College||Holy Cross||1896||1986||82|
|Cajun Crown||Louisiana–Lafayette||McNeese State||1951||2016||38|
|Connecticut–Rhode Island||Connecticut||Rhode Island||1897||2009||93|
|Cypress Mug||Louisiana–Lafayette||Southeastern Louisiana||1930||1981||39|
|Little Brown Stein||Idaho||Montana||1903||2003||84|
|Louisiana–Monroe–Northwestern State||Louisiana–Monroe||Northwestern State||1952||2005||48|
NCAA Division II
NCAA Division III
Longest continuous NCAA college football rivalries
Following are the longest active continuously-played series in NCAA college football. Many historic series were interrupted by the 1918 flu pandemic and World War II. More recently, other longstanding rivalries were terminated by the 2010–14 NCAA conference realignment.
|Series nickname||NCAA Div.||First meeting||Series leader||Notes|
|Lafayette–Lehigh||1897||The Rivalry||FCS||1884||Lafayette||Most played series in college football|
|Minnesota–Wisconsin||1907||Paul Bunyan's Axe||FBS||1890||Minnesota||Most played series in FBS|
|Clemson–South Carolina||1909||Palmetto Bowl||FBS||1896||Clemson|
|North Carolina State–Wake Forest||1910||FBS||1895||NC State|
|Oklahoma–Oklahoma State||1910||Bedlam Series||FBS||1904||Oklahoma|
|Kansas–Kansas State||1911||Sunflower Showdown||FBS||1902||Kansas|
|Wabash–DePauw||1911||Monon Bell||Div. III||1890||Wabash|
|Iowa State–Kansas State||1917||Farmageddon||FBS||1917||Iowa State|
|Michigan–Ohio State||1918||The Game||FBS||1897||Michigan|
|Minnesota–Iowa||1918||Floyd of Rosedale||FBS||1891||Minnesota|
|North Carolina–Virginia||1919||South's Oldest Rivalry||FBS||1892||North Carolina|
|Purdue–Indiana||1920||Old Oaken Bucket||FBS||1891||Purdue|
Longest interrupted NCAA college football rivalries
Following are the NCAA Division I and II series that continued for the most consecutive seasons before being interrupted. Seven of the nine series on this list are interrupted rivalries from the old Big Eight Conference.
|Length||NCAA Div.||First meeting||Notes / reason for interruption|
|Nebraska–Kansas||1906–2010||105 years||FBS||1892||Longest continuous series in FBS until ended in 2010
Ended by NU's move to Big Ten
|Texas–Texas A&M||1915–2011||97 years||FBS||1894||Ended by A&M's move to SEC|
|Oklahoma–Kansas||1903–1996||94 years||FBS||1903||Longest continuous series in FBS until annual play ended in 1996
Ended by advent of Big 12 divisional play.
Annual play resumed in 2011 with end of Big 12 divisional play.
|Missouri–Kansas||1919–2011||93 years||FBS||1891||Ended by MU's move to SEC|
|Missouri–Iowa State||1919–2011||93 years||FBS||1896||Ended by MU's move to SEC|
|Nebraska–Iowa State||1921–2010||90 years||FBS||1896||Ended by NU's move to Big Ten|
|Nebraska–Kansas State||1922–2010||89 years||FBS||1911||Ended by NU's move to Big Ten|
|Nebraska–Missouri||1922–2010||89 years||FBS||1892||Ended by NU's move to Big Ten|
|Presbyterian–Newberry||1919–2006||88 years||Div. II||1913||Ended by Presbyterian's move to Division I|
- Most-played rivalries in NCAA Division I FBS
- List of NCAA Division III football programs
- Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy (top team in the Northeast)
- List of black college football classics
- College rivalry#United States
- The rivalry began in 1924. The first Battle for Chief Caddo was in 1961. Chief Caddo is the largest trophy in college sports, standing at over 7 feet (2.1 m) tall.
- The rivalry ended with Appalachian State's move to FBS football in 2014.
- The rivalry ended with Texas State's move to FBS football in 2012.
- The rivalry ended with Massachusetts move to FBS football in 2012.
- "Princeton, Dartmouth To Play For New Prize In Football". GoPrincetonTigers.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- "UAlbany, Stony Brook Expands Rivalry With The Battle For The Golden Apple". www.ualbanysports.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- The first Hoosier Helmet game occurred in 1927 when the Butler Bulldogs played the Valparaiso Crusaders. The rivalry continued through the years in the Indiana Collegiate Conference (College Division), the Heartland Conference (Division II), and presently the Pioneer League (Division I FCS). The series' first season where a trophy was awarded was in 2006.
- The first Nickel Trophy game was in 1938. The series had been suspended since North Dakota State moved from Division II to the Championship Subdivision. The University of North Dakota completed its transition to Division I in 2012, and in 2015 the series resumed play.
- The oldest rivalry in NCAA Football and the second longest in number of games. The first game was played on November 15, 1873 before a crowd of 500 at Hamilton Park in New Haven, CT with Princeton winning 3-0. The 136th game was played on November 16, 2013 in Princeton, NJ where Princeton won 59-23.
- "University of Delaware - The News Journal - delawareonline.com". The News Journal. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- Though The Rivalry is not the oldest rivalry in NCAA Football, it is the most played and longest uninterrupted rivalry. Since the first game in 1884, the Lafayette Leopards and Lehigh Engineers/Mountain Hawks have met 150 times and only missed one year (1896).
- Stephenson, Creg (August 26, 2015). "Alabama State, Tuskegee to renew football rivalry in 2017". al.com.
- Barring any further changes in conference alignments, the Idaho–Montana State rivalry will resume as an FCS rivalry in 2018 (or later, depending on conference scheduling) when Idaho football returns to the Big Sky Conference.
- Although the Fall Classic has only been played since 2002, Pitt-Northwest first played in 1932.
- The first Top Dog Game occurred in 1971 when the Butler Bulldogs moved from the College Division to Division II, joining their cross-town rival the U. of I. (formerly Indiana Central) Greyhounds in the Heartland Conference. The series lasted for 21 years until the last game in 1992 when Butler moved to Division I FCS (formerly NCAA I-AA) the following season.
- "The Ship's Wheel Trophy: The Battle of Lake Erie". Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- "Knights, Oles Meet with Goat Trophy, Cereal Bowl at Stake", Northfield News, October 9, 2004. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
- The rivalry began between Pomona and Occidental Colleges. Pomona now operates a joint athletic program with Pitzer College, both being among the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, with the joint program known as Pomona–Pitzer.
- This is the year the rivalry began. The Edmund Orgill Trophy was first competed for in 1954.
- "Lantern stays in Granville after strong 2nd half". Denison. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- The rivalry began between Pomona and another Claremont College, Claremont McKenna. As noted previously, Pomona now operates a joint athletic program with another Claremont College, Pitzer College, as Pomona–Pitzer. Claremont McKenna is now part of the Claremont–Mudd–Scripps athletic program along with two other Claremont Colleges, Harvey Mudd and Scripps Colleges.
- "The Ugliest Rivalry Trophy In The Nation". Concordia (MN). Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- "Team Records Game by Game". Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- Although King's had played Wilkes nine times before the establishment of the trophy, the first game for the Wilkes-Barre Mayor's Cup was in 1996, per King's College's preview of the 2009 game.
- NCAA's 2013 FBS Record Book (English), NCAA, retrieved July 8, 2014
- NCAA's 2013 FCS Record Book (English), NCAA, retrieved July 8, 2014
- NCAA's 2013 Division II Record Book (English), NCAA, retrieved July 14, 2014
- NCAA's 2014 Division III Record Book (English), NCAA, retrieved October 7, 2014
- Oklahoma v. Oklahoma State Series (English), cfbdatawarehouse.com, retrieved July 9, 2014
- Tramel, Berry (September 25, 2013). "Notre Dame Stadium an American treasure". Daily Oklahoman. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
- Olson, Kevin (December 2, 2014). "1910: The lost year of the Sunflower Showdown". The Manhattan Mercury. Retrieved 2014-12-05.
- DePauw v. Wabash Series (English), cfbdatawarehouse.com, retrieved October 8, 2014
- Kansas State v. Iowa State Series (English), cfbdatawarehouse.com, retrieved July 8, 2014
- Iowa v. Minnesota Series (English), cfbdatawarehouse.com, retrieved July 8, 2014
- Virginia v. North Carolina Series (English), cfbdatawarehouse.com, retrieved July 8, 2014
- Nebraska Records by Team (English), cfbdatawarehouse.com, retrieved July 10, 2014
- Presbyterian v. Newberry Series (English), cfbdatawarehouse.com, retrieved July 14, 2014
- Presbyterian College series (English), Presbyterian College, retrieved July 14, 2014
- Weinberg, Steve (August 26, 2011). "Are college football rivalries getting out of hand?". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-09-05.