List of most played college football rivalries in NCAA Division I

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This is a list of the most played football rivalries in NCAA Division I. The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Wisconsin Badgers rivalry Is the most played Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) rivalry at 132 games. However, the Lehigh–Lafayette rivalry, both members of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), is the most played in Division I at 151 games.

Rivalries listed here are not necessarily continuous: several longstanding 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 were affected by the 2010–14 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 A&M'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 again became a conference game after TCU joining the Big 12, and Oklahoma-Kansas has again became an annual game after Big 12 scheduling changes.

Conference affiliation is not necessarily an impediment to playing an annual rivalry game: match ups such as USC-Notre Dame, 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[edit]

Games Series leader Opponent Rivalry or trophy name Conference W L T First game Last game Notes Source
151 Lehigh Lafayette The Rivalry Patriot 78 68 5 1884 2015 [citation needed]
138 Yale Princeton Ivy 65 59 8 1873 2015 [2]
132 Yale Harvard The Game Ivy 76 52 10 1873 2015 [citation needed]
125 Minnesota Wisconsin Paul Bunyan's Axe Big Ten 59 58 8 1890 2015 [a][b] [3][4]
121 Miami (OH) Cincinnati Victory Bell (Battle for the Bell) Non-conf.[c] 59 55 7 1888 2016 [d][e] [5]
120 North Carolina Virginia South's Oldest Rivalry ACC 62 54 4 1892 2015 [f][g] [5]
120 Missouri Kansas Border War Non-conf.[c] 56 55 9 1891 2011 [h][i][j] [5]
119 Georgia Auburn Deep South's Oldest Rivalry SEC 56 55 8 1892 2015 [k][l] [5]
119 Oregon Oregon State Civil War Pac-12 63 46 10 1894 2015 [m] [5]
118 Texas Texas A&M Lone Star Showdown Non-conf.[c] 76 37 5 1894 2011 [h] [5]
118 Purdue Indiana Old Oaken Bucket Big Ten 72 40 6 1891 2015 [k][n] [5]
118 Stanford California Big Game (Battle for the Stanford Axe) Pac-12 61 46 11 1892 2015 [5]
117 Nebraska Kansas Non-conf.[c] 91 23 3 1892 2010 [h][o] [5]
116 Navy Army Army–Navy Game Non-conf. 60 49 7 1890 2015 [p] [5]
115 Montana Montana State Great Divide Trophy Big Sky 72 37 5 1897 2015 [citation needed]
113 Clemson South Carolina Palmetto Bowl Non-conf.[c] 67 42 4 1896 2015 [q] [5]
113 Kansas Kansas State Governor's Cup Big 12 64 44 5 1902 2015 [r][s] [5][6]
112 Georgia Georgia Tech Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Non-conf.[c] 67 40 5 1893 2015 [5]
112 Utah Utah State Beehive Boot (Battle of the Brothers) Non-conf.[c] 79 29 4 1892 2015 [h] [5]
112 Michigan Ohio State The Game Big Ten 58 48 6 1897 2015 [t] [5]
112 Ole Miss Mississippi State Golden Egg (Egg Bowl) SEC 63 43 6 1901 2015 [5]
111 Baylor TCU The Revivalry Big 12 52 52 7 1899 2015 [5]
111 Tennessee Kentucky Battle for the Barrel SEC 78 24 9 1893 2015 [5]
110 Oklahoma Oklahoma State Bedlam Series Big 12 85 18 7 1904 2015 [u] [5]
110 Tennessee Vanderbilt Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry SEC 75 30 5 1892 2015 [v] [5]
110 Texas Oklahoma Golden Hat (Red River Showdown) Big 12 61 44 5 1900 2015 [5]
109 Minnesota Iowa Floyd of Rosedale Big Ten 62 45 2 1891 2015 [w] [7]
108 Illinois Northwestern Land of Lincoln Trophy Big Ten 55 48 5 1892 2014 [w] [8]
108 North Carolina State Wake Forest Tobacco Road ACC 64 38 6 1895 2014 [w] [9]
108 LSU Mississippi State LSU–MSU football rivalry SEC 71 34 3 1896 2014 [5]
108 Texas A&M Baylor Battle of the Brazos Non-conf.[c] 68 31 9 1899 2011 [h] [5]
108 Michigan Michigan State Paul Bunyan Trophy Big Ten 68 35 5 1898 2015 [w] [10]
107 Washington Oregon Oregon–Washington football rivalry Pac-12 58 44 5 1900 2015 [w] [11]
107 Washington Washington State Apple Cup Pac-12 68 32 6 1900 2015 [w] [12]
106 Colorado State Wyoming Bronze Boot MW 57 44 5 1899 2014 [w][x] [13][14]
106 North Carolina Wake Forest Carolina–Wake rivalry ACC 69 35 2 1888 2015 [k] [5]
106 Oklahoma Kansas Big 12 72 28 6 1903 2015 [w][y] [15][16]
105 New Mexico New Mexico State Rio Grande Rivalry Non-conf.[c] 69 31 5 1894 2014 [w] [17]
105 Nebraska Iowa State Non-conf.[c] 86 17 2 1896 2010 [h] [5]
104 Nebraska Missouri Victory Bell Non-conf.[c] 65 36 3 1892 2010 [h][w] [18]
104 North Carolina North Carolina State Carolina–NC State football rivalry ACC 65 33 6 1894 2014 [k][w] [19]
104 Pittsburgh West Virginia Backyard Brawl Non-conf.[c] 61 40 3 1895 2011 [h][w] [20]
104 Missouri Iowa State Telephone Trophy Non-conf.[c] 61 34 9 1896 2011 [h][w] [21]
104 Texas Baylor Big 12 74 26 4 1901 2014 [w] [22]
103 LSU Ole Miss Magnolia Bowl SEC 59 40 4 1894 2014 [w] [23]
102 Michigan Minnesota Little Brown Jug Big Ten 74 25 3 1892 2015 [w] [24]
101 Ohio State Illinois Illibuck Trophy Big Ten 67 30 4 1902 2014 [w] [25]
101 Southern California California Pac-12 67 29 5 1915 2014 [w] [26]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Most played rivalry within the Big Ten Conference.
  2. ^ This became the longest uninterrupted series in FBS history in 2012 – continuous since 1907 – supplanting the Kansas–Nebraska series, which ended following the 2010 season.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Formerly an in-conference rivalry.
  4. ^ Most played intra-state rivalry.
  5. ^ Tied for most played non-conference rivalry, and also most played outside of the Power Five conferences.
  6. ^ Most played rivalry within the Atlantic Coast Conference.
  7. ^ Disputed series record: North Carolina forfeited to Virginia their win in 1957. [1]
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i As of 2015 no future games are scheduled.
  9. ^ Tied for most played rivalry that is currently non-conference.
  10. ^ Disputed series record: Missouri claims a series lead 57-54-9, based on a forfeited game in 1960. [2]
  11. ^ a b c d Can potentially be played twice in one season, with rematch in the respective conference championship game.
  12. ^ Most played rivalry within the Southeastern Conference.
  13. ^ Most played rivalry within the Pac-12 Conference.
  14. ^ Following the expansion of the Big Ten to 14 members in 2014, this is the conference's only "protected" cross-divisional rivalry.
  15. ^ 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]
  16. ^ Traditionally the last game of the regular season.
  17. ^ 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]
  18. ^ Most played rivalry within the Big 12 Conference.
  19. ^ Disputed series record: Kansas State claims Kansas leads the series lead 64-42-5, based on a forfeited game in 1980.
  20. ^ Disputed series record: Ohio State vacated the 2010 win, although this is not reflected in the NCAA source. Ohio State has only 47 wins when the vacated win is accounted for.
  21. ^ Some sources claim that Oklahoma forfeited the 1972 game. OU Forfeit 8 games in 1972 This is not included in the NCAA source.
  22. ^ Disputed series record: Vanderbilt claims Tennessee has 73-28-5 series lead due to Vanderbilt victory in 1918 but Tennessee records claim 1918 team was "unofficial [team] formed from Army recruits and students." [3]
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Not listed in the NCAA Division I FBS record book, as sourced below.
  24. ^ Most played rivalry within the Mountain West Conference.
  25. ^ 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]

Specific references
  1. ^ "Osborne: Nebraska has offer to play OU in 2020-21". The Macon Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Princeton vs Yale (CT)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Minnesota vs Wisconsin". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Minnesota defeats Wisconsin 32-4". Milwaukee Journal. October 31, 1892. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  5. ^ 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 "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. p. 117. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sports People". New York Times. August 27, 1982. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  7. ^ "Minnesota vs Iowa". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Illinois vs Northwestern (IL)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "North Carolina State vs Wake Forest (NC)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Michigan vs Michigan St.". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Washington vs Oregon". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Washington vs Washington St.". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ The Bronze Boot
  14. ^ "Colorado St. vs Wyoming". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Oklahoma vs Kansas". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ [4]
  17. ^ "New Mexico vs New Mexico St.". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Nebraska vs Missouri". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  19. ^ "North Carolina vs North Carolina St.". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Pittsburgh (PA) vs West Virginia". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Missouri vs Iowa St.". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Texas vs Baylor (TX)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Louisiana State vs Mississippi". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Michigan vs Minnesota". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  25. ^ "Illinois vs Ohio St,". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  26. ^ "Southern California vs California". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
General references