List of NCAA college football rivalry games

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This is a list of named rivalry games in college football in the United States. The list also shows any trophy awarded to the winner.

NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision[edit]

Game Trophy Team Team First Year Final Year
100 Miles of Hate Middle Tennessee Western Kentucky 1914
Air Force–Colorado State Ram–Falcon Trophy Air Force Colorado State 1957
Air Force–Hawaii Kuter Trophy Air Force Hawaii 1966
Akron–Kent State Wagon Wheel Akron Kent State 1923
Alabama–LSU Alabama LSU 1895
Alabama–Mississippi State Alabama Mississippi State 1896
Alabama–Ole Miss Alabama Ole Miss 1894
Alabama–Penn State Alabama Penn State 1959
Appalachian State–Georgia Southern Appalachian State Georgia Southern 1932
Arizona–Arizona State Territorial Cup Arizona Arizona State 1899
Arizona–New Mexico Arizona New Mexico 1908
Arkansas–LSU Golden Boot Arkansas LSU 1901
Arkansas–Ole Miss Arkansas Ole Miss 1908
Arkansas–Texas Arkansas Texas 1894
Arkansas–Texas A&M Southwest Classic Trophy Arkansas Texas A&M 1903
Army–Navy Game Thompson Cup Army Navy 1890
Army–Notre Dame Army Notre Dame 1913
Auburn–Clemson Auburn Clemson 1899
Auburn–Florida Auburn Florida 1912
Auburn–Georgia Tech Auburn Georgia Tech 1892
Auburn–LSU Auburn LSU 1901
Auburn–Tennessee Auburn Tennessee 1900
Auburn–Tulane Auburn Tulane 1902
Backyard Brawl Pittsburgh West Virginia 1895
Ball State–Northern Illinois Bronze Stalk Trophy Ball State Northern Illinois 1941
Battle for Nevada Fremont Cannon Nevada UNLV 1969
Battle for the Bell Victory Bell Cincinnati Miami (OH) 1888
Battle for the Bell The Bell Marshall Ohio 1905
Battle for the Belt The Belt Troy South Alabama 2012
Battle for the Palladium The Palladium Trophy Troy Middle Tennessee 1936
Battle for the Rag Tiger Rag/Victory Flag LSU Tulane 1893
Battle Line Rivalry Battle Line Trophy Arkansas Missouri 1906
Battle of I-10 Silver Spade UTEP New Mexico State 1914
Battle of the Brazos Baylor Texas A&M 1899 2011
Battle of the Bricks Ohio Miami (OH) 1908
Battle of the Palouse Idaho Washington State 1894
Battle on the Bayou Wooden Boot Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Monroe 1951
Baylor–TCU Baylor TCU 1899
Baylor–Texas Tech Baylor Texas Tech 1929
Bayou Bucket Classic Bayou Bucket Houston Rice 1971
Bedlam Series Bedlam Bell Oklahoma Oklahoma State 1904
Big Game The Stanford Axe California Stanford 1892
Black and Blue Bowl Memphis Southern Miss 1935 2012
Boise State–Fresno State Milk Can Boise State Fresno State 1977
Boise State–Idaho Governor's Trophy Boise State Idaho 1971
Boise State–Nevada Boise State Nevada 1971
Border War Indian War Drum; Lamar Hunt Trophy Kansas Missouri 1891 2011
Boston College–Clemson O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy Boston College Clemson 1940
Boston College–Syracuse Boston College Syracuse 1924
Boston College–UMass Boston College Massachusetts 1899
Boston College–Virginia Tech Boston College Virginia Tech 1993
Bowling Green–Kent State Anniversary Award Bowling Green Kent State 1920
Bowling Green–Toledo Battle of I-75 Trophy Bowling Green Toledo 1919
BYU–Utah State The Old Wagon Wheel BYU Utah State 1922
California–UCLA California UCLA 1933
California–USC California USC 1915
Carolina–Duke rivalry Victory Bell Duke North Carolina 1888
Central-Western rivalry Victory Cannon Central Michigan Western Michigan 1907
Cincinnati–Louisville The Keg of Nails Cincinnati Louisville 1929 2013
Civil ConFLiCT UCF Connecticut 2014
Civil War Platypus Trophy Oregon Oregon State 1894
Clash of the Claws Georgia State South Alabama 2010
Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Governor's Cup Georgia Georgia Tech 1893
Clemson–Florida State Clemson Florida State 1970
Clemson–Georgia Clemson Georgia 1897
Clemson–Georgia Tech Clemson Georgia Tech 1898
Clemson–South Carolina The Palmetto Bowl Clemson South Carolina 1896
Colorado State–Wyoming Bronze Boot Colorado State Wyoming 1899
Colorado–Nebraska Colorado Nebraska 1898
Crab Bowl Classic Crab Bowl Trophy Maryland Navy 1905
Deep South's Oldest Rivalry Auburn Georgia 1892
East Carolina–NC State Victory Barrel East Carolina NC State 1970
Egg Bowl Golden Egg Trophy Mississippi State Ole Miss 1901
Florida–Florida State Florida Florida State 1958
Florida–Georgia Okefenokee Oar Florida Georgia 1915
Florida–LSU Florida LSU 1937
Florida–Miami Seminole War Canoe Florida Miami (FL) 1938
Florida–Tennessee Florida Tennessee 1916
Florida State–Miami Florida State Miami (FL) 1951
Florida State–Virginia Jefferson–Eppes Trophy Florida State Virginia 1992
Fresno State–San Diego State Oil Can Fresno State San Diego State 1923
Fresno State–San Jose State Valley Cup Fresno State San Jose State 1921
Georgia–South Carolina Georgia South Carolina 1894
Georgia–Tennessee Georgia Tennessee 1899
Georgia Tech–Tennessee Georgia Tech Tennessee 1902
Georgia–Vanderbilt Georgia Vanderbilt 1893
Georgia Southern–Georgia State Georgia Southern Georgia State 2014
Georgia Tech–Tulane Georgia Tech Tulane 1916
Georgia Tech–Virginia Tech Georgia Tech Virginia Tech 1990
Hawaii–Wyoming Paniolo Trophy Hawaii Wyoming 1978
Holy War Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl Boston College Notre Dame 1975
Holy War BYU Utah 1896
Houston–SMU Houston SMU 1975
Houston–Tulsa Houston Tulsa 1950
Illinois–Missouri Illinois Missouri 1896 2010
Illinois–Northwestern Land of Lincoln Trophy Illinois Northwestern 1892
Illinois–Ohio State Illibuck Illinois Ohio State 1902
Illinois–Purdue Purdue Cannon Illinois Purdue 1890
Indiana–Michigan State Old Brass Spittoon Indiana Michigan State 1922
Indiana–Purdue Old Oaken Bucket Indiana Purdue 1891
Iowa State–Kansas State Iowa State Kansas State 1917
Iowa State–Missouri Telephone Trophy Iowa State Missouri 1896 2011
Iowa–Iowa State Cy-Hawk Trophy Iowa Iowa State 1894
Iowa–Minnesota Floyd of Rosedale Iowa Minnesota 1891
Iowa–Nebraska Heroes Trophy Iowa Nebraska 1891
Iowa–Wisconsin Heartland Trophy Iowa Wisconsin 1894
Iron Bowl James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy Alabama Auburn 1893
Sunflower Showdown Governor's Cup Kansas Kansas State 1902
Kentucky–Louisville Governor's Cup Kentucky Louisville 1912
Kentucky–Mississippi State Kentucky Mississippi State 1914
Kentucky–Tennessee Kentucky Tennessee 1893
Kentucky–Vanderbilt Kentucky Vanderbilt 1896
LSU–Mississippi State LSU Mississippi State 1896
LSU–Texas A&M LSU Texas A&M 1899
Magnolia Bowl Magnolia Bowl Trophy LSU Ole Miss 1894
Maryland–Penn State Maryland Penn State 1917
Maryland–Virginia Maryland Virginia 1919 2013
Maryland–West Virginia Maryland West Virginia 1919
Memphis–Ole Miss Memphis Ole Miss 1921
Miami–Nebraska Miami (FL) Nebraska 1951
Miami–Virginia Tech Miami (FL) Virginia Tech 1953
Michigan State–Notre Dame Megaphone Trophy Michigan State Notre Dame 1897
Michigan State–Penn State Land Grant Trophy Michigan State Penn State 1914
Michigan–Michigan State Paul Bunyan Trophy Michigan Michigan State 1898
Michigan–Minnesota Little Brown Jug Michigan Minnesota 1892
Michigan–Notre Dame Michigan Notre Dame 1887 2014
Michigan–Ohio State Michigan Ohio State 1897
Minnesota–Nebraska $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy Minnesota Nebraska 1900
Minnesota–Penn State Governor's Victory Bell Minnesota Penn State 1993
Minnesota–Wisconsin Paul Bunyan's Axe Minnesota Wisconsin 1890
Missouri–Nebraska Victory Bell Missouri Nebraska 1892 2010
Missouri–Oklahoma Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe Missouri Oklahoma 1902 2011
Navy–SMU Gansz Trophy Navy SMU 1930
Navy–Notre Dame Rip Miller Trophy Navy Notre Dame 1927
Nebraska–Oklahoma Nebraska Oklahoma 1912 2010
Nebraska–Wisconsin Freedom Trophy Nebraska Wisconsin 1901
New Mexico–Utah New Mexico Utah 1939
North Carolina–NC State North Carolina NC State 1894
North Carolina–South Carolina North Carolina South Carolina 1903
North Carolina–Wake Forest North Carolina Wake Forest 1888
Northwestern–Notre Dame Northwestern Notre Dame 1889
Notre Dame–Purdue Shillelagh Trophy Notre Dame Purdue 1896
Notre Dame–Stanford Legends Trophy Notre Dame Stanford 1925
Notre Dame–USC Jeweled Shillelagh Notre Dame USC 1926
Ohio State–Michigan State Ohio State Michigan State 1909
Ohio State–Penn State Ohio State Penn State 1912
Oklahoma State–Texas Tech Oklahoma State Texas Tech 1935
Ole Miss–Tulane Ole Miss Tulane 1893
Ole Miss–Vanderbilt Ole Miss Vanderbilt 1894
Oregon–Washington Oregon Washington 1900
Penn State–Pittsburgh Penn State Pittsburgh 1893
Penn State–Syracuse Penn State Syracuse 1922
Penn State–West Virginia Penn State West Virginia 1904
Pittsburgh–Syracuse Pittsburgh Syracuse 1916
Red River Showdown Red River Shootout trophies Oklahoma Texas 1900
Rice–SMU Mayor's Cup Rice SMU 1916
Rio Grande Rivalry New Mexico New Mexico State 1894
Rivalry in Dixie Louisiana Tech Southern Miss 1935
River City Rivalry Paddlewheel Trophy Cincinnati Pittsburgh 1921 2012
Rocky Mountain Showdown Centennial Cup Colorado Colorado State 1893
Rumble in the Rockies Colorado Utah 1903
Shula Bowl Don Shula Award Florida Atlantic FIU 2002
SMU–TCU Iron Skillet SMU TCU 1915
South's Oldest Rivalry North Carolina Virginia 1892
Stanford–USC Stanford USC 1905
Syracuse–West Virginia Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy Syracuse West Virginia 1945 2012
TCU–Texas Tech Saddle Trophy TCU Texas Tech 1926
Tennessee–Vanderbilt Tennessee Vanderbilt 1892
Texas A&M–Texas Tech Texas A&M Texas Tech 1927 2011
Texas–Texas A&M Texas Texas A&M 1894 2011
Texas–Texas Tech Chancellor's Spurs Texas Texas Tech 1928
Textile Bowl Textile Bowl Clemson NC State 1899
Third Saturday in October Alabama Tennessee 1901
UConn–UMass Connecticut Massachusetts 1897
UCLA–USC Victory Bell UCLA USC 1929
Utah State–Wyoming Bridger Rifle Utah State Wyoming 1903
Battle of the Brothers Utah Utah State 1892
Virginia Tech–West Virginia Black Diamond Trophy Virginia Tech West Virginia 1912
Virginia–Virginia Tech Commonwealth Cup Virginia Virginia Tech 1895
War on I–4 War on I–4 Trophy UCF South Florida 2005
Washington-Washington State Apple Cup Washington Washington State 1900

Rivalries involving more than two teams[edit]

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[edit]

Game Trophy Team Team First Year Final Year
9/11 Memorial Game Liberty Cup Columbia Fordham 1890
Battle for the Brice-Cowell Musket Brice-Cowell Musket Maine New Hampshire 1903
Battle for Chief Caddo[1] Chief Caddo Northwestern State Stephen F. Austin 1924
Battle for the Golden Horseshoe The Golden Horseshoe Cal Poly UC Davis 2004
Battle for the Ol' School Bell The Ol' School Bell Jacksonville State Troy State 1924 2001
Battle for the Old Mountain Jug Old Mountain Jug Appalachian State Western Carolina 1932 2013[2]
Battle for the Paddle Paddle Trophy Nicholls State Texas State 1998 2011[3]
Battle for the Ram-Crusader Cup Ram–Crusader Cup Fordham Holy Cross 1902
Battle of the Bay Hampton Norfolk State 1962
Battle of the Blue Battle of the Blue Trophy Delaware Villanova 1895
Battle of the Bluegrass Eastern Kentucky Western Kentucky 1914 [4]
Battle of the Border Lamar McNeese State 1951
Battle of the Piney Woods Sam Houston State Stephen F. Austin 1925
Battle of the "Real" HU Hampton Howard 1908[5]
Bayou Classic Grambling State Southern 1974
BoomBox Classic Jackson State Southern 1929
Brawl of the Wild The Great Divide Trophy Montana Montana State 1897
Brown–Penn Brown Penn 1895
Brown–Princeton Brown Princeton 1898
Brown–Rhode Island Governor's Cup Brown Rhode Island 1909
Brown–Yale Brown Yale 1880
Capital Cup Capital Cup Richmond William & Mary 1898
Causeway Classic Causeway Carriage Sacramento State UC Davis 1954
Colonial Clash Bill Knight Trophy Massachusetts New Hampshire 1897 2011[6]
Columbia–Harvard Columbia Harvard 1877
Constitution State Rivalry Central Connecticut Sacred Heart 1998
Cornell–Dartmouth Cornell Dartmouth 1900
Cornell–Penn Trustees' Cup Cornell Penn 1893
Dartmouth–Harvard Dartmouth Harvard 1882
Dartmouth–New Hampshire Granite Bowl Dartmouth New Hampshire 1901
Dartmouth–Princeton Governor's Trophy; Sawhorse Dollar[7] Dartmouth Princeton 1897
Dartmouth–Yale Dartmouth Yale 1884
Delaware–James Madison Delaware James Madison 1983
Delaware–William & Mary Delaware William & Mary 1915
Eastern Kentucky–Morehead State Old Hawg Rifle Eastern Kentucky Morehead State 1924
Eastern Washington–Portland State The Dam Cup Eastern Washington Portland State 1968
Empire Clash The Golden Apple Trophy[8] Albany Stony Brook 1995
Empire State Bowl Empire Cup Columbia Cornell 1889
EWU–UM Governors Cup The Governors Cup Eastern Washington Montana 1967
Florida Classic Bethune-Cookman Florida A&M 1925
Grand Canyon Rivalry HintonBurdick Grand Canyon Trophy Northern Arizona Southern Utah 1982
Harvard–Penn Harvard Penn 1881
Harvard–Princeton Harvard Princeton 1877
Hoosier Helmet Game Hoosier Helmet Trophy Butler Valparaiso 1927 [9]
Jacksonville State–Samford Jacksonville State Samford 1905
James Madison–William & Mary James Madison William & Mary 1978
Labor Day Classic Durley-Nicks Trophy Prairie View A&M Texas Southern 1947
Magic City Classic Alabama A&M Alabama State 1924
McNeese State–Northwestern State McNeese State Northwestern State 1951
Mid-America Classic Mid-America Classic Eastern Illinois Illinois State 1901
Military Classic of the South Silver Shako The Citadel VMI 1920
North Carolina A&T–North Carolina Central North Carolina A&T North Carolina Central 1924
North Carolina A&T–South Carolina State North Carolina A&T South Carolina State 1924
North Dakota–North Dakota State Nickel Trophy North Dakota North Dakota State 1894 [10]
North Dakota–South Dakota Sitting Bull Trophy North Dakota South Dakota 1903
North Dakota State–South Dakota State Dakota Marker North Dakota State South Dakota State 1903
Northwestern State–Southeastern Louisiana Northwestern State Southeastern Louisiana 1951
NSU Challenge NSU Trophy Nicholls State Northwestern State 1973
Penn-Princeton Penn Princeton 1876
Penn-Yale Penn Yale 1879
Princeton-Yale[11] Princeton Yale 1873
Red Beans and Rice Bowl 50 Pound Iron Pot Central Arkansas McNeese State 2008
Richmond-VMI Richmond VMI 1893
River Bell Classic River Bell Trophy Nicholls State Southeastern Louisiana 1972
Route 1 Rivalry First State Cup Delaware Delaware State 2007[12]
South Dakota Showdown Series South Dakota South Dakota State 1889
Southern Heritage Classic Jackson State Tennessee State 1990
Southern Utah-Weber State Southern Utah Weber State 1984
State Fair Classic Grambling State Prairie View A&M 1925
The Citadel-Furman The Citadel Furman 1913
The Game Harvard Yale 1875
The Rivalry[13] Lafayette Lehigh 1884
Turkey Day Classic Alabama State Tuskegee (D-II) 1901 [14]
VMI-William & Mary VMI William & Mary 1905

Rivalries involving more than two teams[edit]

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[edit]

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 Final Year
Battle for the Red Belt Red Belt Murray State Western Kentucky 1978
Blue Key Victory Bell Ball State Indiana State 1924
Boston College–Holy Cross Boston College Holy Cross 1896
Cajun Crown Louisiana-Lafayette McNeese State 1951
Colgate-Syracuse Colgate Syracuse 1891
Little Brown Stein Idaho Montana 1903 2003[15]
Louisiana-Monroe-Northwestern State Louisiana-Monroe Northwestern State 1952
Mayor's Cup Temple Villanova 1928
Ramnapping Trophy Connecticut Rhode Island 1897

NCAA Division II[edit]

Game Trophy Team Team First Year Final Year
26th Street Tussle Key to the City Augustana (SD) Sioux Falls 2012
Anchor-Bone Classic Anchor-Bone Trophy Grand Valley State Ferris State 1971
The Trainer's Kit St. Cloud State Minnesota State 1978
Battle for the Peach Basket Peach State Bragging Trophy (The Peach Basket) Valdosta State West Georgia 1983
Battle in Seattle Cascade Cup Western Washington Central Washington 1922 2008
Battle of the Ravine Henderson State Ouachita Baptist 1895
Battle of the Valleys Grand Valley State Saginaw Valley State 1975
Black and Blue Presidents Panhandle Challenge Shepherd West Liberty 2011
Bronze Derby PresbyterianNow FCS Newberry 1913 2006
Purple River Rivalry Winona State Minnesota State 1932
Black Hills Brawl Homestake Trophy Black Hills State South Dakota School of Mines 1895
Coal Bowl Coal Miners Pail Trophy California (PA) Indiana (PA) 2009
Dan Farmer Classic Dan Farmer Trophy San Francisco State Chico State 1940 1995
Dog Fight Minnesota–Duluth St. Cloud State 1933
Fall Classic Pittsburg State Northwest Missouri State 2002[16]
Great Valley Classic Shepherd Shippensburg 1998
Heritage Bell Delta State Mississippi College 1979
Miner's Cup Northern Michigan Michigan Tech 2002 [1920]
Missouri Western–Northwest Missouri State Missouri Western Northwest Missouri State 1981
North Alabama–West Alabama football rivalry North Alabama West Alabama 1949
Old Hickory Stick Game Hickory Stick Northwest Missouri State Truman State 1930
President's Cup President's Cup Central Oklahoma Northeastern State 1912
Top Dog Game Top Dog Trophy Butler Indianapolis 1971 1992[17]
Turnpike Tussle Emporia State Washburn 1899
Two Rivers Classic Two Rivers Classic Trophy UNC Pembroke Fayetteville State 2009
Miner's Bowl Miner's Helmet and Axe Missouri Southern Pittsburg State 1986
The Wooden Shoes Trophy Grand Valley State Wayne State 1975
Niagara Cup Gannon Mercyhurst 2004
The Ship's Wheel Trophy: The Battle of Lake Erie Gannon Lake Erie 2011 [18]
Commemorative Classic Johnson C. Smith Livingstone 1892 [19]

NCAA Division III[edit]

Game Trophy Team Team First Year Final Year
Academic Bowl Academic Bowl Carnegie Mellon Case Western Reserve 1986
Admiral's Cup Admiral's Cup Maine Maritime Mass Maritime 1973
Backyard Brawl Millsaps Mississippi College 1920 2013
Baird Brothers Trophy Case Western Reserve Wooster 1984 2011
Battle For The Border Claw Border Claw Trophy East Texas Baptist Louisiana College 2000
Biggest Little Game In America Amherst Williams 1884
The Book of Knowledge Carleton Macalester 1998
The Bridge Bowl Bridge Bowl Trophy Mount St. Joseph Thomas More (KY) 1990 [2]
Bronze Ball Manchester (IN) Anderson (IN) 1945
The Bronze Turkey Game The Bronze Turkey Trophy Knox (IL) Monmouth (IL) 1888
CBB Trophy Bates, Bowdoin, Colby 1896
Centennial Cup Hobart Rochester 2007
Cereal Bowl Goat Trophy Carleton St. Olaf 1919[20]
Cortaca Jug Ithaca SUNY Cortland 1942
Courage Bowl Rochester St. John Fisher 2005
Battle for the Wagon Conestoga Wagon Dickinson Franklin & Marshall 1889
Cranbery Bowl The Scoop Bridgewater State Mass Maritime 1978
Doehling-Heselton Memorial Trophy Lawrence Ripon 1893
The Drum Pomona–Pitzer Occidental 1895[21]
Dutchman's Shoes RPI Union (NY) 1886
Edmund Orgill Trophy Rhodes Sewanee 1899[22]
Founders Trophy Chicago Washington (MO) 1933
The Goal Post Juniata Susquehanna 1952
The Hammer Augsburg Hamline 2005
Hoffman Cup Merchant Marine St. Lawrence 2003
I-94 Trophy Wisconsin–Eau Claire Wisconsin–Stout 2008
Tommie-Johnnie Game The Holy Grail St. John's (MN) St. Thomas (MN) 1901
Johns Hopkins–McDaniel rivalry Maryland Railroad Lantern Johns Hopkins McDaniel 1894
Gettysburg–McDaniel rivalry Gettysburg McDaniel 1891
The Game Westminster (PA) Geneva 1891
Gate City Soup Bowl Greensboro Guilford 1997[23]
The Cuyahoga Gold Bowl The Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy John Carroll Baldwin-Wallace 1921
Keystone Cup Widener Delaware Valley 1981
Little Brass Bell North Central Wheaton (IL) 1946
Little Brown Bucket Dickinson Gettysburg 1938
Little Three Amherst, Wesleyan, Williams 1899
Maple Sap Bucket Castleton Norwich 2009
Mercer County Cup Grove City Thiel 1983
Monon Bell Classic Monon Bell DePauw Wabash 1890
Occidental–Whittier Myron Claxton's Shoes Occidental Whittier 1901
Old Paint Bucket Hamline Macalester 1887
Old Red Lantern Denison Wooster 1989[24]
Peace Pipe Pomona–Pitzer Claremont–Mudd–Scripps 1959[25]
Rocking Chair Classic Mac-Jack Rocking Chair Hamilton Middlebury 1980
Oldest College Rivalry West of the Mississippi Coe Cornell (IA) 1891
The Game (Hampden–Sydney vs. Randolph–Macon) The Game Ball Hampden–Sydney Randolph–Macon 1893
The Regents Cup Salisbury Frostburg State 1973
Seafaring Scuffle SUNY Maritime Merchant Marine 2008
Secretaries Cup Coast Guard Merchant Marine 1949
The Stagg Hat Lycoming Susquehanna 1993
Steven Dean Memorial Trophy Catholic Georgetown 1976 1993
The Transit Trophy RPI WPI 1980
Lefse Bowl The Troll (since 1974)[26] Concordia (Moorhead) St. Olaf 1921[27]
Victory Bell Classic Victory Bell Franklin (IN) Hanover 1896
Wagon Wheel Lewis & Clark Willamette 1949
Wilkes-Barre Mayor's Cup King's (PA) Wilkes 1996[28]

Longest continuous NCAA college football rivalries[edit]

Following are the longest active continuously-played series in NCAA college football.[29][30][31][32] 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 Continuous
Series nickname NCAA Div. First meeting Series leader Notes
LafayetteLehigh 1897 The Rivalry FCS 1884 Lafayette Most played series in college football[30]
MinnesotaWisconsin 1907 Paul Bunyan's Axe FBS 1890 Minnesota Most played series in FBS[29]
ClemsonSouth Carolina 1909 Palmetto Bowl FBS 1896 Clemson
North Carolina StateWake Forest 1910 FBS 1895 NC State
OklahomaOklahoma State[33][34] 1910 Bedlam Series FBS 1904 Oklahoma
KansasKansas State[35] 1911 Sunflower Showdown FBS 1902 Kansas
WabashDePauw[36] 1911 Monon Bell Div. III 1890 Wabash
Iowa StateKansas State[37] 1917 Farmageddon FBS 1917 Iowa State
MichiganOhio State 1918 The Game FBS 1897 Michigan
MinnesotaIowa[38] 1918 Floyd of Rosedale FBS 1891 Minnesota
DartmouthCornell 1919 FCS 1900 Dartmouth
North CarolinaVirginia[39] 1919 South's Oldest Rivalry FBS 1892 North Carolina
PennCornell 1919 FCS 1893 Penn
PurdueIndiana 1920 Old Oaken Bucket FBS 1891 Purdue

Longest interrupted NCAA college football rivalries[edit]

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.

Series Continuous
Length NCAA Div. First meeting Notes / reason for interruption
NebraskaKansas 1906–2010[29] 105 years FBS 1892 Longest continuous series in FBS until ended in 2010
Ended by NU's move to Big Ten
TexasTexas A&M 1915–2011[29] 97 years FBS 1894 Ended by A&M's move to SEC
OklahomaKansas 1903–1996[29] 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.
MissouriKansas 1919–2011[29] 93 years FBS 1891 Ended by MU's move to SEC
MissouriIowa State 1919–2011[29] 93 years FBS 1896 Ended by MU's move to SEC
NebraskaIowa State 1921–2010[40] 90 years FBS 1896 Ended by NU's move to Big Ten
NebraskaKansas State 1922–2010[40] 89 years FBS 1911 Ended by NU's move to Big Ten
NebraskaMissouri 1922–2010[40] 89 years FBS 1892 Ended by NU's move to Big Ten
PresbyterianNewberry 1919–2006[41][42] 88 years Div. II 1913 Ended by Presbyterian's move to Division I

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ The rivalry ended with Appalachian State's move to FBS football in 2014.
  3. ^ The rivalry ended with Texas State's move to FBS football in 2012.
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ The rivalry ended with Massachusetts move to FBS football in 2012.
  7. ^ "Princeton, Dartmouth To Play For New Prize In Football". Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "UAlbany, Stony Brook Expands Rivalry With The Battle For The Golden Apple". Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "University of Delaware - The News Journal -". The News Journal. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  13. ^ 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).
  14. ^ Stephenson, Creg (August 26, 2015). "Alabama State, Tuskegee to renew football rivalry in 2017". 
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Although the Fall Classic has only been played since 2002, Pitt-Northwest first played in 1932.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "The Ship's Wheel Trophy: The Battle of Lake Erie". Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Knights, Oles Meet with Goat Trophy, Cereal Bowl at Stake", Northfield News, October 9, 2004. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ This is the year the rivalry began. The Edmund Orgill Trophy was first competed for in 1954.[1]
  23. ^
  24. ^ "Lantern stays in Granville after strong 2nd half". Denison. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "The Ugliest Rivalry Trophy In The Nation". Concordia (MN). Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  27. ^ "Team Records Game by Game". Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g NCAA's 2013 FBS Record Book (English), NCAA, retrieved July 8, 2014 
  30. ^ a b NCAA's 2013 FCS Record Book (English), NCAA, retrieved July 8, 2014 
  31. ^ NCAA's 2013 Division II Record Book (English), NCAA, retrieved July 14, 2014 
  32. ^ NCAA's 2014 Division III Record Book (English), NCAA, retrieved October 7, 2014 
  33. ^ Oklahoma v. Oklahoma State Series (English),, retrieved July 9, 2014 
  34. ^ Tramel, Berry (September 25, 2013). "Notre Dame Stadium an American treasure". Daily Oklahoman. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  35. ^ Olson, Kevin (December 2, 2014). "1910: The lost year of the Sunflower Showdown". The Manhattan Mercury. Retrieved 2014-12-05. 
  36. ^ DePauw v. Wabash Series (English),, retrieved October 8, 2014 
  37. ^ Kansas State v. Iowa State Series (English),, retrieved July 8, 2014 
  38. ^ Iowa v. Minnesota Series (English),, retrieved July 8, 2014 
  39. ^ Virginia v. North Carolina Series (English),, retrieved July 8, 2014 
  40. ^ a b c Nebraska Records by Team (English),, retrieved July 10, 2014 
  41. ^ Presbyterian v. Newberry Series (English),, retrieved July 14, 2014 
  42. ^ Presbyterian College series (English), Presbyterian College, retrieved July 14, 2014 

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