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

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.

GamesEdit

  • Fully complete through December 13, 2020.
  • V column stands for vacated victories. Vacated victories are different than forfeited victories. Recently, the NCAA has used the vacating procedure instead of requiring forfeitures when teams are penalized for violating NCAA rules. NCAA procedures require that the winning team adjust its record to remove a win that is vacated. However, the losing team is not allowed to reduce the number of losses on its record.[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[d] [2]
142 Yale Princeton Princeton–Yale football rivalry Ivy 78 54 10 1873 2019[d] [e] [2]
136 Yale Harvard Harvard–Yale football rivalry Ivy 68 60 8 1875 2019[d] [f] [2][3]
130 William & Mary Richmond Capital Cup Colonial 63 62 5 1898 2019[d] [2]
130 Wisconsin Minnesota Paul Bunyan's Axe Big Ten 62 60 8 1890 2020 [g][h][i] [4][5]
126 Penn Cornell Trustees' Cup Ivy 75 46 5 1893 2019[d] [2]
125 Oregon Oregon State Oregon–Oregon State football rivalry Pac-12 66 49 10 1894 2020 [j] [4][6]
125 Georgia Auburn Deep South's Oldest Rivalry SEC 61 56 8 1892 2020 [k][l] [4][7]
125 North Carolina Virginia South's Oldest Rivalry ACC 63 58 4 1892 2020 [m] [n] [o] [4]
124 Miami (OH) Cincinnati Victory Bell (Cincinnati–Miami) Non-conf.[p] 59 58 7 1888 2019[d] [q][r][s] [4][8]
124 Yale Brown Ivy 84 35 5 1880 2019[d] [2]
123 Stanford California Big Game (Battle for the Axe) Pac-12 65 47 11 1892 2020 [4][9]
123 Harvard Dartmouth Dartmouth–Harvard football rivalry Ivy 72 46 5 1882 2019[d] [2]
122 Purdue Indiana Old Oaken Bucket Big Ten 74 42 6 1891 2019[d] [k][t] [4][10]
121 Navy Army Army–Navy Game Non-conf. 61 53 7 1890 2020 [u] [4][11]
120 Missouri Kansas Border War Non-conf.[p] 57 54 9 1891 2011 [v][w] [4][12][13]
119 Montana Montana State Great Divide Trophy (The Brawl of The Wild) Big Sky 72 41 5 1[x] 1897 2019[d] [2][14]
119 Harvard Brown Ivy 87 30 2 1893 2019[d] [2]
118 Kansas Kansas State Kansas–Kansas State football rivalry Big 12 64 49 5 1902 2020 [y][z] [4][15][16]
118 Texas Texas A&M Texas–Texas A&M football rivalry Non-conf.[p] 76 37 5 1894 2011 [v] [4][17]
117 Ole Miss Mississippi State Egg Bowl SEC 63 [aa] 46 6 2[ab] 1901 2020 [4][18]
117 Clemson South Carolina Palmetto Bowl Non-conf.[p] 71 42 4 1896 2019[d] [4][19]
117 Nebraska Kansas Kansas–Nebraska football rivalry Non-conf.[p] 91 23 3 1892 2010 [4][20]
116 Michigan Ohio State Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry Big Ten 58 51 6 1[ac] 1897 2019[d] [4][21]
116 Tennessee Kentucky Kentucky–Tennessee football rivalry SEC 81 26 9 1893 2020 [22]
116 Texas Oklahoma Red River Showdown Big 12 62 49 5 1900 2020
116 TCU Baylor The Revivalry Big 12 56 53 7 1899 2020 [4][23]
115 Oklahoma Oklahoma State Bedlam Series Big 12 90 18 7 1904 2020 [ad] [4]
115 South Dakota State South Dakota South Dakota Showdown Series MVFC 55 53 7 1889 2019[d] [2]
115 Tennessee Vanderbilt Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry SEC 77 33 5 1892 2020 [ae] [4][24]
114 Georgia Georgia Tech Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Non-conf.[p] 68 41 5 1893 2019[d] [4]
114 Minnesota Iowa Floyd of Rosedale Big Ten 62 50 2 1891 2020 [25]
114 North Carolina State Wake Forest NC State–Wake Forest rivalry ACC 67 41 6 1895 2020 [4][26]
114 Illinois Northwestern Land of Lincoln Trophy Big Ten 55 54 5 1892 2020
113 LSU Mississippi State LSU–Mississippi State football rivalry SEC 75 35 3 1896 2020
113 Michigan Michigan State Paul Bunyan Trophy Big Ten 71 37 5 1898 2020
112 Washington Washington State Apple Cup Pac-12 74 32 6 1900 2019[d]
112 Princeton Harvard Harvard–Princeton football rivalry Ivy 57 48 7 1877 2019[d] [2]
112 North Dakota North Dakota State Nickel Trophy Non-conf. 62 47 3 1894 2019[d] [2]
112 Washington Oregon Oregon–Washington football rivalry Pac-12 60 47 5 1900 2019[d] [27]
112 Utah Utah State Battle of the Brothers (Beehive Boot)[af] Non-conf.[p] 79 29 4 1892 2015 [v] [4]
112 Colorado State Wyoming Bronze Boot (Border War) Mountain West 59 48 5 1899 2020 [ag][ah] [28]
111 Princeton Penn Penn–Princeton football rivalry Ivy 67 43 1 1876 2019[d] [2]
110 New Mexico New Mexico State Battle of I-25 (Rio Grande Rivalry) Non-conf.[p] 72 33 5 1894 2019[d]
110 North Dakota State South Dakota State Dakota Marker MVFC 63 42 5 1903 2019[d] [k] [2]
110 North Carolina North Carolina State North Carolina–NC State football rivalry ACC 68 36 6 1894 2020 [k]
109 New Hampshire Maine Battle for the Brice-Cowell Musket Colonial 57 44 8 1903 2019[d] [2]
109 LSU Ole Miss Magnolia Bowl SEC 64 40 4 1[ai] 1894 2020 [29]
108 Texas A&M Baylor Battle of the Brazos Non-conf.[p] 68 31 9 1899 2011 [v] [4][30]
108 Illinois State Eastern Illinois Mid-America Classic Non-conf.[p] 57 42 9 1901 2019[d]
108 North Carolina Wake Forest North Carolina–Wake Forest rivalry ACC 70 36 2 1888 2020 [k] [4]
107 Cornell Columbia Columbia–Cornell football rivalry Ivy 66 38 3 1889 2019[d] [2]
106 North Carolina Duke Victory Bell (Duke–North Carolina) ACC 61 39 4 2 1888 2020 [31]
105 Washington State Oregon State Pac-12 55 47 3 1903 2020
105 Washington Oregon State Pac-12 67 34 4 1897 2020 [32][33]
105 Alabama Mississippi State Alabama–Mississippi State football rivalry SEC 83 18 3 1[aj] 1896 2020
104 Nebraska Missouri Victory Bell (Missouri–Nebraska) Non-conf.[p] 65 36 3 1892 2010 [v]
104 Pittsburgh West Virginia Backyard Brawl Non-conf.[p] 61 40 3 1895 2011 [v]
104 Missouri Iowa State Telephone Trophy Non-conf.[p] 61 34 9 1896 2011 [v]
104 Michigan Minnesota Little Brown Jug Big Ten 76 25 3 1892 2020 [34]
104 Iowa State Kansas State Farmageddon Big 12 51 49 4 1917 2020 [35]
103 Western Illinois Illinois State MVFC 51 47 5 1904 2019[d] [2][36]
103 Dartmouth Cornell Cornell–Dartmouth football rivalry Ivy 61 41 1 1900 2019[d] [2]
103 Ohio State Illinois Illibuck Trophy Big Ten 68 30 4 1[ak] 1902 2017 [37]
103 Alabama Tennessee Third Saturday in October SEC 57 38 7 1[al] 1901 2020
102 Virginia Tech Virginia Commonwealth Cup ACC 59 38 5 1895 2020
102 Wisconsin Northwestern Big Ten 60 37 5 1890 2020 [38]
100 Penn State Pittsburgh The Keystone Classic Non-conf. 53 43 4 1893 2019[am] [40][41]
100 Utah BYU Holy War (Beehive Boot)[an] Non-conf.[p] 62 34 4 1896 2019[d] [ao] [42]

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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. ^ 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 z aa ab Game will not be played in the 2020 fall college football season due to Covid-19 scheduling changes.
  5. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Ivy League.
  6. ^ The NCAA incorrectly lists the record as 78–60–8 in its 2020 FCS record book
  7. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Big Ten Conference.
  8. ^ Became the longest uninterrupted series in FBS history in 2012 – continuous since 1907 – supplanting the Kansas–Nebraska series.
  9. ^ Became the longest uninterrupted series in all college football history in 2020 – continuous since 1907 – supplanting the Lafayette–Lehigh series.
  10. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Pac-12 Conference.
  11. ^ a b c d e 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 Atlantic Coast Conference.
  14. ^ Disputed series record: North Carolina forfeited their win in 1956 (or 1957) but there was no NCAA sanction.
  15. ^ Winsipedia.com number of games played is incorrect
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Formerly an in-conference rivalry.
  17. ^ Most-played intra-state rivalry.
  18. ^ Most-played rivalry that is currently non-conference.
  19. ^ Most-played rivalry between FBS teams outside the Power Five conferences.
  20. ^ Since 2014, this is the only "protected" cross-division rivalry in the Big Ten.
  21. ^ Traditionally the last game of the college football regular season, played second Saturday in December.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g As of 2019 no future games are scheduled.
  23. ^ Kansas forfeited 1960 win.
  24. ^ Montana vacated its last five wins of 2011 season due to NCAA violations. This included a regular season win over Montana State.
  25. ^ Most-played rivalry within the Big 12 Conference.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ 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.
  29. ^ Ohio State vacated all of its win during the 2010 season due to NCAA violations. This included a win over Michigan.
  30. ^ Some sources claim that Oklahoma forfeited the 1972 game. OU Forfeit 8 games in 1972 This is not included in the NCAA source.
  31. ^ 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.
  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, meaning a win is deducted from Alabama total. Alabama also forfeited its 1993 tie, which changes that game from a tie to a win for Tennessee
  39. ^ Penn State vs. Pittsburgh was not scheduled to be played in 2020. The series was not interrupted due to COVID-19.[39]
  40. ^ Beehive Boot also involves Utah State
  41. ^ Disputed series record: BYU does not recognize 6 games played before 1922 (3 wins for each school).

ReferencesEdit

Specific references
  1. ^ NCAA Statistics Policies & Guidelines (PDF), NCAA, p. 23, retrieved November 2, 2020
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Football Championship Subdivision Records" (PDF). fs.ncaa.org. NCAA. p. 83. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Game: Harvard-Yale 2017 - Harvard Alumni".
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). fs.ncaa.org. NCAA. p. 185. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Wisconsin vs. Minnesota". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Winsidpedia College Football Database: Oregon vs. Oregon State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Georgia vs. Auburn". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  8. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Cincinnati vs. Miami (OH)". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  9. ^ Stanford Football Media Guide 2019. 2019. p. 112.
  10. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Purdue vs. Indiana". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  11. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Navy vs. Army". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Missouri vs. Kanas". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Kansas 2011 Football Media Guide. 2011. p. 196.
  14. ^ "NCAA penalizes Montana football program". The Marshall News Messenger. Marshall, Texas. AP. July 27, 2013. p. B3. Retrieved February 10, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "Sports People". New York Times. August 27, 1982. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  16. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Kansas vs. Kansas State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  17. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Texas vs. Texas A&M". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  19. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: South Carolina vs. Clemson". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  20. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Nebraska vs. Kansas". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  21. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Ohio State vs. Michigan". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  22. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Tennessee v. Kentucky". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  23. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Datbase: TCU vs. Baylor". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  24. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt". Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  25. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Minnesota vs. Iowa". Winsipedia. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
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  27. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Washington vs. Oregon". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  28. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Colorado State vs. Wyoming". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  29. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: LSU vs. Ole Miss". Winsipedia. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  30. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Texas A&M vs. Baylor". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  31. ^ Tysiac, Ken (September 20, 2011). "UNC football takes a big hit". The Charlotte Observer.
  32. ^ "WInsipedia College Football Database: Washington vs. Oregon State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  33. ^ 2019 University of Washington Football Media Guide. 2019. p. 213.
  34. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Michigan vs. Minnesota". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  35. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Iowa State vs. Kansas State". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  36. ^ http://www.chicagonow.com/prairie-state-pigskin/2017/11/rivals-since-8th-grade-keene-and-torgerson-epitomize-the-isu-wiu-football-rivalry/
  37. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Ohio State vs. Illinois". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  38. ^ "Winsipedia College Football Database: Wisconsin v. Northwestern". Winsipedia.com. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  39. ^ Bodani, Frank (February 12, 2018). "No Pitt for Penn State football in 2020. When will they meet again?". York Daily Record.
  40. ^ "Winsidpedia College Football Database: Pittsburgh vs. Penn State". Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  41. ^ Bodani, Frank (February 12, 2018). "No Pitt for Penn State football in 2020. When will they meet again?". York Daily Record. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  42. ^ "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.