List of most-played college football series in NCAA Division I

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This is a list of the most-played college football series in NCAA Division I. The Lehigh–Lafayette rivalry, known as "The Rivalry," is the most-played in Division I at 155 games. Lehigh and Lafayette are members of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The most-played Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) series is the Minnesota–Wisconsin football rivalry, at 129 games. In some cases, during the early years of college football when distant travel was prohibitive, these teams played each other more than once per year. [a]

Series listed here are not necessarily continuous series, and several of the series listed below were ended (or interrupted) by the 2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment. It also includes several games that are not considered notable rivalries, but are between teams that, mainly due to conference alignment, have been played 100 or more times.[b] Most of the games are in-conference match-ups. Nevertheless, conference affiliation is not necessarily an impediment to playing an annual game, and this list features match-ups of teams that have rarely or never shared an athletic conference. [c]

This table is for listing all NCAA Division I football series with at least 100 games played. Wins and losses are given respective to the team leading the series.

Games[edit]

  • Fully complete through December 15, 2019.
  • V stands for vacated victories. NCAA rules call for the winning team to adjust its record to remove a win that is vacated, but does not award a win to the other team. [1] This means that the win-loss-tie record doesn't add up to the total number of games played which is a key element of this list. Therefore, "V" column is used to make sure the total games adds up to the columns in the table. There should be a note included in the "V" column documenting the vacated game. (Confounding this problem is that the NCAA's official record that lists the most played rivalries, does not reflect the vacated games).
Games Series leader Opponent Rivalry or trophy name Conference W L T V First game Last game Notes Source
155 Lafayette Lehigh The Rivalry Patriot 79 71 5 1884 2019 [2][3]
141 Yale Princeton Princeton–Yale Ivy 78 53 10 1873 2019 [d] [2]
136 Yale Harvard The Game Ivy 68 60 8 1875 2019 [e] [2][4]
130 William & Mary Richmond Capital Cup Colonial 63 62 5 1898 2019 [2]
129 Wisconsin Minnesota Paul Bunyan's Axe Big Ten 61 60 8 1890 2019 [f][g] [5][6] [7]
126 Penn Cornell Trustees' Cup Ivy 75 46 5 1893 2019 [2]
124 Georgia Auburn Deep South's Oldest Rivalry SEC 60 56 8 1892 2019 [h][i] [5] [8]
124 North Carolina Virginia South's Oldest Rivalry ACC 63 57 4 1892 2019 [j] [k] [l] [5]
124 Miami (OH) Cincinnati Victory Bell (Battle for the Bell) Non-conf.[m] 59 58 7 1888 2019 [n][o][p] [5] [9]
124 Yale Brown Ivy 84 35 5 1880 2019 [2]
123 Harvard Dartmouth Dartmouth–Harvard football rivalry Ivy 72 46 5 1882 2019 [2]
123 Oregon Oregon State Civil War Pac-12 66 47 10 1894 2019 [q] [5] [10]
122 Purdue Indiana Old Oaken Bucket Big Ten 74 42 6 1891 2019 [h][r] [5][11]
122 Stanford California Big Game (Battle for the Axe) Pac-12 64 47 11 1892 2019 [5] [12]
120 Missouri Kansas Border War Non-conf.[m] 57 54 9 1891 2011 [s][t] [5][13] [14]
120 Navy Army Army–Navy Game Non-conf. 61 52 7 1890 2019 [u] [5] [15]
119 Montana Montana State Great Divide Trophy (The Brawl of The Wild) Big Sky 72 41 5 1 [v] 1897 2019 [2] [16]
119 Harvard Brown Ivy 87 30 2 1893 2019 [2]
118 Texas Texas A&M Texas–Texas A&M football rivalry Non-conf.[m] 76 37 5 1894 2011 [s] [5][17]
117 Clemson South Carolina Palmetto Bowl Non-conf.[m] 71 42 4 1896 2019 [5] [18]
117 Kansas Kansas State Governor's Cup (Sunflower Showdown) Big 12 64 48 5 1902 2019 [w][x] [5][19] [20]
117 Nebraska Kansas Kansas–Nebraska Non-conf.[m] 91 23 3 1892 2010 [5][21]
116 Michigan Ohio State The Game Big Ten 58 51 6 1 [y] 1897 2019 [5] [22]
116 Ole Miss Mississippi State Egg Bowl SEC 62 [z] 46 6 2 [aa] 1901 2019 [ab] [5] [23]
115 Tennessee Kentucky Battle for the Barrel SEC 81 25 9 1893 2019 [5] [24]
115 Texas Oklahoma Golden Hat (Red River Showdown) Big 12 62 48 5 1900 2019 [5] [25]
115 TCU Baylor The Revivalry Big 12 55 53 7 1899 2019 [5] [26]
115 South Dakota State South Dakota South Dakota Showdown Series MVFC 55 53 7 1889 2019 [2]
114 Georgia Georgia Tech Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Non-conf.[m] 68 41 5 1893 2019 [5]
114 Oklahoma Oklahoma State Bedlam Series Big 12 89 18 7 1904 2019 [ac] [5]
114 Tennessee Vanderbilt Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry SEC 76 33 5 1892 2019 [ad] [5] [27]
113 LSU Mississippi State LSU–MSU football rivalry SEC 75 35 3 1896 2019 [ae] [28]
113 Minnesota Iowa Floyd of Rosedale Big Ten 62 49 2 1891 2019 [ae] [29]
113 North Carolina State Wake Forest NC State–Wake Forest rivalry ACC 66 41 6 1895 2019 [5] [30]
113 Illinois Northwestern Land of Lincoln Trophy Big Ten 55 53 5 1892 2019 [ae] [31]
112 Washington Washington State Apple Cup Pac-12 74 32 6 1900 2019 [ae] [32]
112 Michigan Michigan State Paul Bunyan Trophy Big Ten 71 36 5 1898 2019 [ae] [33]
112 Princeton Harvard Harvard–Princeton football rivalry Ivy 57 48 7 1877 2019 [2]
112 North Dakota North Dakota State Nickel Trophy Non-conf. 62 47 3 1894 2019 [2]
112 Washington Oregon Oregon–Washington football rivalry Pac-12 60 47 5 1900 2019 [ae] [5][34] [35]
112 Utah Utah State Battle of the Brothers (Beehive Boot)[af] Non-conf.[m] 79 29 4 1892 2015 [s] [5]
111 Colorado State Wyoming Bronze Boot (Border War) MW 58 48 5 1899 2019 [ae][ag][ah] [36]
111 Princeton Penn Penn–Princeton football rivalry Ivy 67 43 1 1876 2019 [2]
110 New Mexico New Mexico State Battle of I-25 (Rio Grande Rivalry) Non-conf.[m] 72 33 5 1894 2019 [ae] [37]
110 North Dakota State South Dakota State Dakota Marker MVFC 63 42 5 1903 2019 [h] [2]
109 New Hampshire Maine Battle for the Brice-Cowell Musket CAA 57 44 8 1903 2019 [2]
109 North Carolina North Carolina State North Carolina–NC State football rivalry ACC 67 36 6 1894 2019 [h][ae] [38]
108 LSU Ole Miss Magnolia Bowl SEC 63 40 4 1 [ai] 1894 2019 [ae] [39] [40]
108 Texas A&M Baylor Battle of the Brazos Non-conf.[m] 68 31 9 1899 2011 [s][ae] [5] [41]
107 North Carolina Wake Forest Carolina–Wake rivalry ACC 69 36 2 1888 2019 [h][ae] [5]
107 Illinois State Eastern Illinois Mid-America Classic Non-conf.[m] 55 43 9 1901 2019 [2]
107 Cornell Columbia Columbia–Cornell football rivalry Ivy 66 38 3 1889 2019 [2]
105 Washington State Oregon State Pac-12 55 47 3 1903 2019 [ae]
104 Washington Oregon State Pac-12 66 34 4 1897 2019 [ae] [42][43]
104 Alabama Mississippi State Battle for Highway 82 SEC 82 18 3 1 [aj] 1896 2019 [ae] [44]
104 Nebraska Missouri Victory Bell Non-conf.[m] 65 36 3 1892 2010 [s][ae] [45]
104 Pittsburgh West Virginia Backyard Brawl Non-conf.[m] 61 40 3 1895 2011 [s][ae] [46]
104 Missouri Iowa State Telephone Trophy Non-conf.[m] 61 34 9 1896 2011 [s][ae] [47]
103 Iowa State Kansas State Farmageddon Big 12 50 49 4 1917 2019 [ae] [48]
103 Western Illinois Illinois State MVFC 51 47 5 1904 2019 [ae] [2][49]
103 Dartmouth Cornell Cornell–Dartmouth football rivalry Ivy 61 41 1 1900 2019 [2]
103 Michigan Minnesota Little Brown Jug Big Ten 75 25 3 1892 2017 [ae] [50]
103 Ohio State Illinois Illibuck Trophy Big Ten 68 30 4 1 [ak] 1902 2017 [ae] [51]
102 Alabama Tennessee Third Saturday in October SEC 56 38 7 1 [al]. 1901 2019 [ae] [52]
101 Virginia Tech Virginia Commonwealth Cup ACC 58 38 5 1895 2019 [ae]
100 Penn State Pittsburgh The Keystone Classic Non-conf. 53 43 4 1893 2019 [53]
100 Utah BYU Holy War (Beehive Boot)[am] Non-conf.[m] 62 34 4 1896 2019 [ae][an] [54]


See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lehigh vs. Lafayette and Wiliam & Mary vs. Richmond, for example.
  2. ^ For instance Brown's series with Harvard and Yale, and Oregon State's series with Washington and Washington State.
  3. ^ For instance Miami (Ohio)-Cincinnati and Army-Navy
  4. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Ivy League.
  5. ^ The NCAA incorrectly lists the record as 77-60-8 in its 2019 FCS record book which is listed as a specific reference here and a general reference to this list
  6. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Big Ten Conference.
  7. ^ This became the longest uninterrupted series in FBS history in 2012 – continuous since 1907 – supplanting the Kansas–Nebraska series.
  8. ^ a b c d e Can potentially be played twice in one season, with rematch in the respective conference championship game.
  9. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Southeastern Conference.
  10. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  11. ^ Disputed series record: North Carolina forfeited their win in 1956 (or 1957) but there was no NCAA sanction.
  12. ^ Winsipedia.com number of games played is incorrect
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Formerly an in-conference rivalry.
  14. ^ Most-played intra-state rivalry.
  15. ^ Most-played rivalry that is currently non-conference.
  16. ^ Most-played rivalry between FBS teams outside the Power Five conferences.
  17. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Pac-12 Conference.
  18. ^ Since 2014, this is the only "protected" cross-division rivalry in the Big Ten.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g As of 2019 no future games are scheduled.
  20. ^ Kansas forfeited 1960 win.
  21. ^ Traditionally the last game of the college football regular season, played second Saturday in December.
  22. ^ Montana vacated its last five wins of 2011 season due to NCAA violations. This included a regular season win over Montana State.
  23. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Big 12 Conference.
  24. ^ Disputed series record: Kansas State claims Kansas leads the series lead 64-47-5, based on a game that the Big Eight conference ruled Kansas had to vacate in 1980. Kansas claims a very narrow interpretation of NCAA statistical guidelines that don't reference games that conference committees vacate. The NCAA did not act on the 1980 vacation. The winsipedia.com database does not delete the victory from Kansas' win total, while it does delete games that are officially vacated by the NCAA.
  25. ^ Ohio State vacated all of its win during the 2010 season due to NCAA violations. This included a win over Michigan.
  26. ^ Mississippi State forfeited 1976 and 1977 games, which by NCAA guidelines are changed to Ole Miss wins. This is different than vacated games, which are only removed from the offending team's win totals. In this series, there are both forfeits and vacations, which makes the different treatment particularly apparent.
  27. ^ Ole Miss vacated 2012 and 2014 wins against Mississippi State which are removed from its win totals, but not added to Mississippi State's win totals.
  28. ^ On-field record is 62-48-6.
  29. ^ Some sources claim that Oklahoma forfeited the 1972 game. OU Forfeit 8 games in 1972 This is not included in the NCAA source.
  30. ^ Disputed series record: Vanderbilt records show that Tennessee has 75-33-5 series lead due, including Vanderbilt's 1918 victory. Tennessee records do not count games played in 1918 since the team was "unofficial [team] formed from Army West Point recruits and students. " This list entry accepts the Vanderbilt contention given the unusual circumstances that all college football teams faced in 1918 when the War Department took over training for many college students.
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Not listed in the NCAA Division I FBS record book, as sourced below.
  32. ^ Beehive Boot also involves BYU
  33. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Mountain West Conference.
  34. ^ Most-played conference rivalry between FBS teams outside the Power Five conferences.
  35. ^ 2013 win by Ole Miss vacated. Incorrectly treated in the LSU media guide as a forfeit, with win credited to LSU and loss credited to Ole Miss.
  36. ^ Alabama forfeited a game in 1993 that officially results in a Mississippi State win instead of an Alabama loss. Alabama vacated the game in 2005, which results in removal of the game from Alabama's win column, but not an added win for Mississippi State.
  37. ^ Ohio State vacated all of its win during the 2010 season due to NCAA violations. This included a win over Illinois.
  38. ^ Alabama vacated its 2005 win against Tennessee. It also forfeited its 1993 tie, which changes that game from a tie to a win for Tennessee
  39. ^ Beehive Boot also involves Utah State
  40. ^ Disputed series record: BYU does not recognize 6 games played before 1922 (3 wins for each school).

References[edit]

Specific references
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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Football Championship Subdivision Records" (PDF). fs.ncaa.org. NCAA. p. 83. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
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  4. ^ "The Game: Harvard-Yale 2017 - Harvard Alumni".
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  6. ^ "Minnesota defeats Wisconsin 32-4". Milwaukee Journal. October 31, 1892. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
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  8. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Georgia vs. Auburn". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  9. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Cincinnati vs. Miami (OH)". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "Winsidpedia College Football Database: Oregon vs. Oregon State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  11. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Purdue vs. Indiana". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  12. ^ Stanford Football Media Guide 2019. 2019. p. 112.
  13. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Missouri vs. Kanas". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  14. ^ Kansas 2011 Football Media Guide. 2011. pp. p. 196.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  15. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Navy vs. Army". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
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  18. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: South Carolina vs. Clemson". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  19. ^ "Sports People". New York Times. August 27, 1982. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  20. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Kansas vs. Kansas State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  21. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Nebraska vs. Kansas". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  22. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Ohio State vs. Michigan". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  23. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  24. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Tennessee vs. Kentucky". Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  25. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Texas vs. Oklahoma". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  26. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Datbase: TCU vs. Baylor". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  27. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt". Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  28. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: LSU vs. Mississippi State". Winsipedia. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  29. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Minnesota vs. Iowa". Winsipedia. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  30. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: North Carolina State vs. Wake Forest". Winsipedia.co. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  31. ^ "Illinois vs Northwestern (IL)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
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  33. ^ "Michigan vs Michigan St". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  34. ^ "Washington vs Oregon". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
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  36. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Colorado State vs. Wyoming". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
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  39. ^ "Louisiana State vs Mississippi". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
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  41. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Texas A&M vs. Baylor". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  42. ^ "WInsipedia College Football Database: Washington vs. Oregon State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  43. ^ 2019 University of Washington Football Media Guide. 2019. pp. p. 213.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  44. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Alabama vs. Mississippi State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  45. ^ "Nebraska vs Missouri". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  46. ^ "Pittsburgh (PA) vs West Virginia". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on February 22, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
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  49. ^ http://www.chicagonow.com/prairie-state-pigskin/2017/11/rivals-since-8th-grade-keene-and-torgerson-epitomize-the-isu-wiu-football-rivalry/
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  51. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Ohio State vs. Illinois". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  52. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Alabama vs. Tennessee". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  53. ^ "Winsidpedia College Football Database: Pittsburgh vs. Penn State". Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  54. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Utah vs. BYU". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
General references. Vacated games are not treated consistently with NCAA's own rules for reporting in these publications and the lists have missing games.