The first known college football game was played in 1869 and it wasn’t long before rivalries began to develop between the earliest football teams.
Here are the 19 oldest rivalries in Division I college football, across the FBS and FCS, beginning with Yale vs. Princeton in 1873. These are taken from official NCAA record books, which you can find here on NCAA.org:
|South Dakota St.-South Dakota||1889|
|North Dakota-North Dakota St.||1894|
|William & Mary-Richmond||1898|
|Illinois St.-Eastern Ill.||1901|
|North Dakota St.-South Dakota St||1903|
|Western Ill.-Illinois St.||1904|
Here’s more on the oldest rivalries:
Yale vs. Princeton
The Yale-Princeton rivalry is the oldest in college football, dating back to 1873. Yale and Princeton dominated the college football scene when this rivalry began, with Yale claiming 13 outright national titles and Princeton claiming eight between 1869 and 1894.
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Yale vs. Harvard
One of the more well-known rivalries, simply called “The Game,” has been around since 1875.
Princeton vs. Penn
Princeton’s third-oldest college football rivalry with an Ivy League opponent is the Princeton-Penn…