NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision
Rivalries involving more than two teams
|Beehive Boot||BYU, Utah, Utah State (previously Weber 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|
NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision
Rivalries involving more than two teams
|Big Three||Harvard, Princeton, Yale||1877|
|Sgt. York Trophy||Austin Peay, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UT Martin||2007|
Rivalries involving FBS and FCS teams
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.
NCAA Division II
NCAA Division III
|Game||Trophy||Team||Team||First Year||Latest Year||Meetings|
|Academic Bowl||Academic Bowl||Carnegie Mellon||Case Western Reserve||1986||2019||34|
|Admiral's Cup||Admiral's Cup||Maine Maritime||Mass Maritime||1973||2019||47|
|Backyard Brawl||Millsaps||Mississippi College||1920||2013[b]||52|
|Baird Brothers Trophy||Case Western Reserve||Wooster||1984||2012||25|
|Battle for the Border Claw||Border Claw Trophy||East Texas Baptist||Louisiana College||1947||2019||22|
|Battle for the Drum||The Drum||Occidental||Pomona–Pitzer||1895[c]||2019||112|
|Battle for the Wagon||Conestoga Wagon||Dickinson||Franklin & Marshall||1889||2019||111|
|Battle of Sixth Street||Battle of Sixth Street Trophy||Claremont–Mudd–Scripps||Pomona–Pitzer||1959[d]||2019|
|Biggest Little Game In America||Amherst||Williams||1884||2019||134|
|The Book of Knowledge||Carleton||Macalester||1898||2019||67|
|The Bridge Bowl||Bridge Bowl Trophy||Mount St. Joseph||Thomas More (KY)NAIA||1990||2013[e]||18|
|Bronze Ball||Anderson (IN)||Manchester (IN)||1945||2019|
|The Bronze Turkey Game||The Bronze Turkey Trophy||Knox (IL)||Monmouth (IL)||1888||2019||131|
|Cereal Bowl||Goat Trophy||Carleton||St. Olaf||1919||2019||100|
|The Chowder Bowl||Mass Maritime||SUNY Maritime||2007||2019||12|
|Cortaca Jug||Ithaca||SUNY Cortland||1930||2019||77|
|Cranberry Bowl||The Scoop||Bridgewater State||Mass Maritime||1974||2019||46|
|Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Game||Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy||Baldwin Wallace||John Carroll||1923||2019||59|
|Doehling-Heselton Memorial Trophy||Lawrence||Ripon||1893||2019||119|
|Dutchman's Shoes||RPI||Union (NY)||1886||2019||117|
|Edmund Orgill Trophy||Rhodes||Sewanee||1899[f]||2019||87|
|Founders Trophy||Chicago||Washington (MO)||1933||2019||38|
|Gate City Soup Bowl||Greensboro||Guilford||1997||2016||20|
|Goal Post Trophy||Juniata||Susquehanna||1923||2019||74|
|Helmet Trophy||Anna Maria||Castleton||2009||2019||11|
|Tommie-Johnnie Game||The Holy Grail||St. John's (MN)||St. Thomas (MN)||1901||2019[g]||89|
|Johns Hopkins–McDaniel||Maryland Railroad Lantern||Johns Hopkins||McDaniel||1894||2019||98|
|Keystone Cup||Delaware Valley||Widener||1977||2019||42|
|Lefse Bowl||The Troll Trophy||Concordia (Moorhead)||St. Olaf||1921||2019||70|
|Lincoln Football Trophy||Franklin & Marshall||Gettysburg||1890||2019||105|
|Little Brass Bell||North Central (IL)||Wheaton (IL)||1900||2019||101|
|Little Brown Bucket||Dickinson||Gettysburg||1892||2019||85|
|Maple Sap Bucket||Castleton||Norwich||2009||2019||11|
|Mercer County Cup||Grove City||Thiel||1892||2019||106|
|Monon Bell Classic||Monon Bell||DePauw||Wabash||1890||2019||126|
|Occidental–Whittier||Myron Claxton's Shoes||Occidental||Whittier||1901||2019||111|
|Old Red Lantern||Denison||Wooster||1889||2019||88|
|Old Rocking Chair Classic||Mac-Jack Rocking Chair||Hamilton||Middlebury||1911||2019|
|Oldest College Rivalry West of the Mississippi||Coe||Cornell (IA)||1891||2019||129|
|Pynchon Saw Game||Pynchon Saw Trophy||Springfield College (MA)||Western New England University (MA)||2013||2019||7|
|Seafaring Scuffle||Merchant Marine||SUNY Maritime||2009||2019||11|
|Secretaries Cup||Coast Guard||Merchant Marine||1949||2020[h]||49|
|Steven Dean Memorial Trophy||Catholic||GeorgetownFCS||1976||2019||19|
|The Game||Geneva||Westminster (PA)||1891||2019||122|
|The Game (Hampden–Sydney vs. Randolph–Macon)||The Game Ball||Hampden–Sydney||Randolph–Macon||1893||2019||123|
|The Regents Cup||Frostburg StateD-II||Salisbury||1973||2018||46|
|The Stagg Hat||Lycoming||Susquehanna||1949||2019||55|
|Transit Trophy Game||The Transit Trophy||RPI||WPI||1894||2019||113|
|Trinity–Wesleyan football rivalry||Trinity||Wesleyan||1885||2019||119|
|Victory Bell Classic||Victory Bell||Franklin (IN)||Hanover||1898||2019||89|
|Wagon Wheel||Lewis & Clark||Willamette||1949||2019|
|War on I-94 Trophy||Wisconsin–Eau Claire||Wisconsin–Stout||1917||2019||97|
|Wilkes-Barre Mayor's Cup||King's (PA)||Wilkes||1 996[i]||2019|
|Wooden Shoes Rivalry Trophy||Hope College (MI)||Kalamazoo College (MI)||1910||2019||95|
- The list only shows games that have an associated Wikipedia article for either the name of the game or the trophy. Other series have been played more times than games listed here that have no Wikipedia article. For example, in the FBS, Washington State and Oregon State have played more than 100 times, and in the FCS, Harvard and Brown have played over 100 times.
- Rivalry ended when Mississippi College rejoined NCAA Division II in 2014.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thomas More, which had left the NAIA for NCAA Division III in 1990, returned to the NAIA in 2019.
- This is the year the rivalry began. The Edmund Orgill Trophy was first competed for in 1954.
- The 2020 game, which was intended to be the last in the rivalry, was not held due to COVID-19. St. Thomas will involuntarily leave the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) in spring 2021, joining the Division I Summit League for most non-football sports and the FCS Pioneer Football League.
- The 2020 edition was the only NCAA Division III game played in calendar 2020.
- 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.
Rivalries involving more than two teams
|Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Consortium||C-B-B Trophy||Bates, Bowdoin, Colby||1892|
|Little Three||Amherst, Wesleyan, Williams||1899|
Longest continuous NCAA college football rivalries
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Following are the longest active continuously-played series in NCAA college football.[obsolete source] Many historic series were interrupted by the 1918 flu pandemic and World War II. More recently, other longstanding rivalries were terminated by the 2010–2014 NCAA conference realignment and have been (or will be) interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Series nickname / Trophy||NCAA Div.||First meeting||Series leader||Notes|
|Lehigh–Lafayette||1897||The Rivalry||FCS||1884||Lafayette||Most played series in college football. No game played in calendar 2020 due to COVID-19, but played in April 2021 as part of the Patriot League's rescheduled spring 2021 season.|
|Minnesota–Wisconsin||1907||Paul Bunyan's Axe||FBS||1890||Wisconsin||Most played series in FBS|
|Clemson–South Carolina||1909||Palmetto Bowl||FBS||1896||Clemson||Ended in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|North Carolina State–Wake Forest||1910||NC State–Wake Forest rivalry||FBS||1895||NC State|
|Oklahoma–Oklahoma State||1910||Bedlam Series||FBS||1904||Oklahoma|
|Kansas–Kansas State||1911||Sunflower Showdown||FBS||1902||Kansas|
|Wabash–DePauw||1911||Monon Bell||Div. III||1890||Wabash||Ended in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|Iowa State–Kansas State||1917||Farmageddon||FBS||1917||Iowa State|
|Michigan–Ohio State||1918||The Game||FBS||1897||Michigan||Ended in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|Dartmouth–Cornell||1919||Cornell–Dartmouth football rivalry||FCS||1900||Dartmouth||Ended in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|North Carolina–Virginia||1919||South's Oldest Rivalry||FBS||1892||North Carolina|
|Penn–Cornell||1919||Trustees' Cup||FCS||1893||Penn||Ended in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|Purdue–Indiana||1920||Old Oaken Bucket||FBS||1891||Purdue||Ended in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic|
- Note: The NCAA also lists as "continuous" the following rivalries interrupted by gaps during war years: North Carolina–Virginia (1910–1916, 1919–current); Mississippi–Mississippi State (1915–1942, 1944–current); Auburn–Georgia (1919–1942, 1944���current); Tennessee–Kentucky (1919–1942, 1944–current). Other rivalries were also interrupted during war years, for example: Harvard–Yale (1897–1916, 1919–1943, 1945–present); Princeton–Yale (1876–1916, 1919–1943, 1945–present); Miami–Cincinnati (1909–1942, 1945–present); and Oregon-Oregon State (1912–1942, 1945–present). The NCAA does not explain how it selects only some interrupted rivalries to count as "continuous."
Longest interrupted NCAA college football rivalries
Following are the NCAA Division I and II series that continued for the most consecutive seasons before being interrupted. Seven of the ten series on this list are interrupted rivalries from the old Big Eight Conference.
|Length||NCAA Div.||First meeting||Notes / reason for interruption|
|Nebraska–Kansas||1906–2010||105 years||FBS||1892||Longest continuous series in FBS until ended in 2010|
Ended by Nebraska's move to Big Ten
|Texas–Texas A&M||1915–2011||97 years||FBS||1894||Ended by Texas A&M's move to SEC|
|Oklahoma–Kansas||1903–1997||95 years||FBS||1903||Longest continuous series in FBS until annual play ended in 1997|
Ended by advent of Big 12 divisional play
Annual play resumed in 2011 with end of Big 12 divisional play
|Missouri–Kansas||1919–2011||93 years||FBS||1891||Ended by Missouri's move to SEC|
|Missouri–Iowa State||1919–2011||93 years||FBS||1896||Ended by Missouri's move to SEC|
|Nebraska–Iowa State||1921–2010||90 years||FBS||1896||Ended by Nebraska's move to Big Ten|
|Nebraska–Kansas State||1922–2010||89 years||FBS||1911||Ended by Nebraska's move to Big Ten|
|Nebraska–Missouri||1922–2010||89 years||FBS||1892||Ended by Nebraska's move to Big Ten|
|Ohio State–Illinois||1914–2002||89 years||FBS||1902||Ended by Big Ten's change to non-round robin scheduling|
|Presbyterian–Newberry||1919–2006||88 years||Div. II||1913||Ended by Presbyterian's move to Division I|
- Most-played rivalries in NCAA Division I FBS
- List of NCAA Division III football programs
- Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy (top team in the Northeast)
- List of black college football classics
- College rivalry#United States
- Idaho returned to FCS in 2018, joining the Big Sky Conference.
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