Longest Continuous College Football Rivalries

    The list of the longest continuous college football rivalries and rivalry games are headlined by some awesome hardware and century-old matchups.

    The college football slate is dominated by rivalries that stem back from generation to generation. Some of these rivalry games have been played annually for decades, even centuries now.

    You don’t want to miss these longest continuous college football rivalries.

    Longest Continuous College Football Rivalries

    Listed below are the longest continuous college football rivalries and their coinciding matchup details.

    MORE: List of College Football Rivalry Games

    The Rivalry

    Teams: Lehigh vs. Lafayette
    Division: FCS
    First Meeting: 1884
    Continuous Since: 1897
    All-Time Record: Lafayette leads 81-72-5

    Paul Bunyan’s Axe

    Teams: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin
    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1890
    Continuous Since: 1907
    All-Time Record: Wisconsin leads 45-27-3

    NC State-Wake Forest Rivalry

    Teams: NC State vs. Wake Forest
    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1895
    Continuous Since: 1910
    All-Time Record: NC State leads 68-42-6

    Bedlam Series

    Teams: Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1904
    Continuous Since: 1910
    All-Time Record: Oklahoma leads 91-19-7

    Sunflower Showdown

    Teams: Kansas vs. Kansas State
    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1902
    Continuous Since: 1911
    All-Time Record: Kansas leads 64-51-5

    Farmageddon

    Teams: Iowa State vs. Kansas State
    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1917
    Continuous Since: 1917
    All-Time Record: Iowa State leads 52-50-4

    South’s Oldest Rivalry

    Teams: North Carolina vs. Virginia
    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1892
    Continuous Since: 1919
    All-Time Record: North Carolina leads 65-59-4

    Longest Interrupted College Football Rivalries

    These rivalry games had reached epic streaks before being interrupted for various reasons.

    Clemson-South Carolina

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1896
    Continuous Years: 1909-2019
    Length: 111 years
    Reason: COVID-19

    Wabash-DePauw (Monon Bell)

    Division: Division III
    First Meeting: 1890
    Continuous Years: 1911-2019
    Length: 109 years
    Reason: COVID-19

    Nebraska-Kansas

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1892
    Continuous Years: 1902-2010
    Length: 105 years
    Reason: Nebraska moved to the Big Ten

    Michigan-Ohio State (The Game)

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1897
    Continuous Years: 1918-2019
    Length: 102 years
    Reason: COVID-19

    Dartmouth-Cornell

    Division: FCS
    First Meeting: 1900
    Continuous Years: 1919-2019
    Length: 101 years
    Reason: COVID-19

    Penn-Cornell

    Division: FCS
    First Meeting: 1893
    Continuous Years: 1919-2019
    Length: 101 years
    Reason: COVID-19

    Purdue-Indiana (Old Oaken Bucket)

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1891
    Continuous Years: 1920-2019
    Length: 100 years
    Reason: COVID-19

    Texas-Texas A&M (Lone Star Showdown)

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1894
    Continuous Years: 1915-2011
    Length: 97 years
    Reason: Texas A&M moved to the SEC

    Oklahoma-Kansas

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1903
    Continuous Years: 1903-1997
    Length: 95 years
    Reason: Big 12 Divisions were created (resumed annually in 2011)

    Missouri-Kansas (Border War)

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1891
    Continuous Years: 1919-2011
    Length: 93 years
    Reason: Missouri moved to the SEC

    Missouri-Iowa State (Telephone Trophy)

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1896
    Continuous Years: 1919-2011
    Length: 93 years
    Reason: Missouri moved to the SEC

    Nebraska-Iowa State

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1896
    Continuous Years: 1921-2010
    Length: 90 years
    Reason: Nebraska moved to the Big Ten

    Nebraska-Kansas State

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1911
    Continuous Years: 1922-2010
    Length: 89 years
    Reason: Nebraska moved to the Big Ten

    Ohio State-Illinois (Illibuck Trophy)

    Division: FBS
    First Meeting: 1902
    Continuous Years: 1914-2022
    Length: 89 years
    Reason: Big Ten’s non-round robin scheduling began

    Presbyterian-Newberry (The Bronze Derby)

    Division: Division II
    First Meeting: 1913
    Continuous Years: 1919-2006
    Length: 88 years
    Reason: Presbyterian moved to Division I

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