List of NCAA football teams by wins

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This is a list of the college football teams with the most wins in the history of college football as measured in both total wins and winning percentage. It includes teams from the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly known as Division I-AA, Division II and Division III.

Measured in total wins, the University of Michigan leads all other football programs across all divisions with 935 wins. The all-time win leaders in the FCS Subdivision and Divisions II and III are the Yale Bulldogs (893 wins), Pittsburg State Gorillas (687 wins), and the Mount Union Purple Raiders (769 wins), respectively.

Measured in winning percentage, Mary Hardin–Baylor (Division III) lead all other programs with a winning percentage of .838. The leaders in winning percentage in the Division I Subdivisions and Divisions II are the Michigan Wolverines (.730), Yale Bulldogs (.697), Grand Valley State Lakers (.736), respectively.

On October 12, 2016, Grand Valley State University announced that it had overtaken the University of Michigan as the record holder for all-time college football winning percentage (for schools with over 500 games played, not taking division into consideration).[1] The winning percentage in the Division I Subdivisions for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football is (.712), not (.730) as noted in error on the most victories chart. As well, the order of the list is more accurate to reflect the actual victory, loss and tie counts 'as performed' on the field, eg: Michigan 935, Alabama 907, Ohio State 898, Notre Dame 893, etc...followed with the footnote to then reflect a penalty later discredited (#) victories.

Key[edit]

Division I FBS programs
Division I FCS programs
Division II programs
Division III programs

Teams ranked by total wins[edit]

Updated as of August 20, 2017

The followings list displays the record for all NCAA football programs with 600 or more wins.

Rank Team Won Lost Tied Pct. [a] Games
1 Michigan 943 337 36 .730 1316
2 Notre Dame 904 321 42 .730 1260
3 Yale 893 373 55 .697 1321
4 Texas 891 360 33 .707 1284
5 Nebraska 889 372 40 .699 1301
6 Ohio State [b] 886 322 53 .724 1261
7 Alabama [c] 878 327 43 .721 1248
8 Oklahoma 872 321 53 .721 1246
9 Penn State 867 385 41 .686 1293
10 Harvard 864 388 50 .682 1302
11 Penn 844 487 42 .630 1373
12 Tennessee 829 375 53 .681 1257
13 USC [d] 823 336 54 .701 1213
14 Princeton 817 406 50 .661 1273
15 Georgia 800 418 54 .650 1272
16 LSU 778 408 47 .650 1233
17 Mount Union 769 386 38 .661 1193
18 Wittenberg 754 358 31 .673 1143
19 Auburn 749 432 47 .629 1228
20 West Virginia 735 487 45 .598 1267
21 Virginia Tech 728 462 46 .608 1244
22 Texas A&M 725 471 48 .602 1244
23 Washington & Jefferson 724 389 40 .645 1153
24 Georgia Tech 723 490 43 .593 1256
25 Clemson 717 457 45 .607 1219
26 Washington 715 442 50 .613 1207
27 Pittsburgh 712 520 42 .575 1274
28 Florida 710 408 40 .630 1158
29 Arkansas 709 486 40 .590 1235
30 Syracuse 705 529 49 .569 1283
31 Navy 701 552 57 .557 1310
32 North Dakota State 696 370 34 .648 1100
33 (T) Pittsburg State 695 344 47 .662 1086
33 (T) Colorado 695 494 36 .582 1225
35 Widener 692 417 39 .620 1148
36 Dartmouth 689 454 46 .599 1189
37 (T) Lehigh 686 588 45 .537 1319
37 (T) North Carolina [e] 686 524 54 .564 1264
39 (T) Michigan State 684 450 44 .599 1178
39 (T) Wisconsin 684 489 53 .580 1226
41 Minnesota 683 509 44 .570 1236
42 Delaware 682 451 43 .598 1176
43 Miami (OH) 679 448 44 .599 1171
44 Tuskegee 677 363 49 .644 1089
45 (T) Wabash 672 385 59 .629 1116
45 (T) Lafayette 672 597 39 .529 1308
47 Army 671 513 51 .564 1235
48 Dayton 668 363 25 .644 1056
49 Missouri 662 552 52 .543 1266
50 Utah 661 453 31 .591 1145
51 Ole Miss 660 511 35 .562 1206
52 California [f] 656 526 51 .553 1233
53 Northern Iowa 655 410 47 .610 1112
54 Boston College 652 481 37 .573 1170
55 Rutgers 645 638 42 .503 1325
56 Virginia 643 598 48 .517 1289
57 (T) North Dakota 641 397 30 .614 1068
57 (T) Oregon 641 487 46 .566 1174
59 Maryland 640 581 43 .523 1264
60 Colgate 639 482 50 .567 1171
61 (T) Williams 638 378 47 .622 1063
61 (T) Cornell 638 516 34 .551 1188
63 Stanford 635 450 49 .582 1134
64 TCU 633 538 57 .539 1228
65 (T) Amherst 632 412 54 .600 1098
65 (T) Iowa 632 549 39 .534 1220
67 Holy Cross 623 516 55 .545 1194
68 Hillsdale 622 424 46 .591 1092
69 St. John's (MN) 620 246 24 .710 890
70 Carson-Newman 618 331 31 .646 980
71 (T) Central Oklahoma 617 407 47 .598 1071
71 (T) Franklin & Marshall 617 491 47 .555 1155
73 Tulsa 616 483 27 .559 1126
74 Miami (FL) 613 351 19 .633 983
75 Villanova 612 474 41 .561 1127
76 (T) Albion 610 408 43 .595 1061
76 (T) Brown 610 569 40 .517 1219
78 Central Michigan 609 406 36 .597 1051
79 Drake 607 507 29 .544 1143
80 Central (IA) 606 323 26 .648 955
81 Westminster (PA) 605 430 54 .575 1089
82 Coe 603 391 37 .603 1031
83 (T) Texas A&M-Kingsville 602 303 16 .662 921
83 (T) Louisiana Tech 602 449 37 .570 1088
85 (T) Arizona 601 452 33 .569 1086
85 (T) Purdue 601 554 48 .520 1203
87 (T) Arizona State 600 382 24 .608 1006
87 (T) Illinois 600 575 50 .510 1225

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Chart notes
  1. ^ Win percentage counts each tie as 0.5 win.
  2. ^ Ohio State has had 12 victories vacated as a result of NCAA sanctions.
  3. ^ Alabama has had 21 victories vacated, 8 wins and 1 tie forfeited as a result of NCAA sanctions.
  4. ^ USC had 13 victories vacated by the NCAA during the 2004 & 2005 football seasons.
  5. ^ North Carolina had 16 victories vacated by the NCAA during the 2008 & 2009 football seasons.
  6. ^ California had 4 victories vacated by the NCAA during the 1999 football season.

Teams ranked by winning percentage[edit]

Updated as of August 20, 2017

The following list displays the record for all NCAA football programs with a winning percentage of .667 or higher, with a minimum of 100 games.

Rank Team Won Lost Tied Pct. Games
1 Mary Hardin-Baylor 196 38 0 .838 234
2 Grand Valley State[1] 380 135 3 .736 519
3 Michigan 935 335 36 .730 1305
4 Notre Dame 901 321 42 .729 1263
5 (T) Ohio State 886 322 53 .724 1261
5 (T) Boise State 427 162 2 .724 591
7 Thomas More 203 78 0 .722 281
8 (T) Alabama [a] 878 327 43 .721 1248
8 (T) Oklahoma 872 321 53 .721 1233
10 Wesley 244 99 1 .711 344
11 (T) Texas 891 360 33 .707 1284
11 (T) St. John's (MN) 600 242 24 .707 866
13 USC [b] 823 336 54 .701 1213
14 Nebraska 889 372 40 .699 1301
15 Yale 893 373 55 .697 1321
16 Valdosta State 275 121 3 .693 399
17 (T) Linfield 593 255 30 .692 878
17 (T) Wisconsin-Whitewater 583 254 21 .692 858
17 (T) Grambling 552 242 15 .692 809
20 Penn State 867 385 41 .686 1293
21 (T) Harvard 864 388 50 .683 1302
21 (T) West Chester 586 268 17 .683 871
23 Florida State [c] 532 244 17 .682 793
24 Tennessee 829 375 53 .681 1257
25 Bentley 199 95 1 .676 295
26 Wittenberg 754 358 31 .673 1143
27 Indiana (PA) 547 266 23 .668 836
28 Coastal Carolina 104 52 0 .667 156

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Chart notes
  1. ^ Alabama had 8 victories and 1 tie forfeited by the NCAA during the 1993 football season. Alabama had 21 victories vacated by the NCAA between the 2005-2007 football seasons.
  2. ^ USC had 13 victories vacated by the NCAA during the 2004 & 2005 football seasons.
  3. ^ FSU had 12 victories vacated by the NCAA during the 2006 & 2007 football seasons.

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