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Longest-Running Rivalries In College Football
Rivalries are one of the things that make college football worth watching every fall. Here are the longest rivalries in college football for every division.
College Football's National Champions Since 1869
In the very first year college football was played, the national championship was split between two schools -- Rutgers and Princeton. Finding a true national champion has a challenge ever since. Here, we look at all of college football's national champions. There's more than you might think.
Who Holds the Single-Game Rushing Record in...
Before he became a superstar in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, LaDainian Tomlinson was a star in the college game, setting the world on fire as the feature back for the TCU Horned Frogs. His greatest moment may have come in 1999, when he rushed for 406 yards in a single game—setting the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a single game.
Longest Winning Streaks in College Football...
Between 1953 and 1957, the Oklahoma Sooners won a remarkable 47 straight games. More than a half century later, it remains the longest winning streak in college football history.
College Football's All-Time Leading Rushers
Between 1996 and 1999, Wisconsin's Ron Dayne amassed 6,397 rushing yards to break the career college football rushing mark previously held by Texas' Ricky Williams. See the entire list of college's football's all-time leading rushers here.
Alabama vs. Auburn: Get the Facts on the Iron...
When it comes to good old-fashioned football hatred, there may be no rivalry in college football that can match Alabama versus Auburn.
10 Winningest College Football Programs
They are the elite of the elite -- the 10 winningest college football programs of all time. Here, we list the Top 10 programs in college football history, ranked by total wins through the 2007 season.
2014 College Football Preseason Top 25
After winning the national championship in 2013, the Florida State Seminoles will be looking for a repeat in 2014. But can they hold off mighty Alabama?
Longest Home Winning Streaks in College...
A list of the top 15 longest home winning streaks in college football history, including Miami, Alabama, and Harvard universities.
Scores of Every Rose Bowl Ever Played
The Rose Bowl Game has been played in Pasadena, California since 1902. The scores of each of the Rose Bowl Games are listed here.
Heisman Trophy Winners by School
Which schools can claim the most Heisman Trophy winners? Find out here.
10 of College Football's Most Succesful Coaches
Just ten coaches have won 300 games in their college football coaching careers. And three of them are still coaching today. Here, we list the top 10 winningest coaches in the game.
Ohio State's SEC Struggles
Ohio State is one of the proudest and most successful programs in college football. The Buckeyes just seem to have one flaw: They can't beat teams from the SEC.
See the Winningest College Football Teams of...
Here, we take a look at the ebbs and flows of college football's elite teams through the decades.
The Longest Losing Streaks in College Football...
The Northwestern Wildcats own one record that they probably would like stricken from the books: The longest losing streak in college football history.
2014 Big Ten Preview
Just how good--or bad--will the Big Ten be in 2014? Can anybody challenge Ohio State for league supremacy? Can James Franklin get Penn State back into
Why Does Iowa State's Kinnick Stadium Have a...
Kinnick Stadium is well known for its pink visitors’ locker rooms, a tradition started by emeritus Iowa coach Hayden Fry.
Heisman Trophy Winners - The Complete List
The Heisman Trophy has been given each year since 1935 to the “most outstanding college football player” in the country.
College Football Playoff: Poll Week 4 Reaction...
Reaction the Poll Week 4 of the 2014 College Football Playoff.
War Eagle at Auburn University
While Auburn teams are called the Tigers, the “War Eagle” is one of the most iconic traditions in all of college football.
Winningest College Football Programs of the 1990s
It was the last true dynasty in college football: Florida State in the 1990s. Coach Bobby Bowden’s Seminoles were the unquestioned kings of college football that decade, dominating the ACC, claiming two national championships and posting a better winning percentage (.890) than any other team in the nation.
Most Interceptions In A Season
Either college football quarterbacks have gotten better, or defensive backs have gotten worse. How else to explain the list of the top 10 single-season interception performances in college football history?
Most Consecutive Non-Losing Seasons in College...
Penn State enjoyed a streak of 49 non-losing seasons between 1939 and 1987. Find out which other programs have put together impressive streaks of non-losing seasons here.
Winningest College Football Programs of the 1980s
It is often said that the Miami Hurricanes owned college football in the 1980s. But here’s the thing: The ‘Canes weren’t the winnignest team of the decade. No, instead, that honor goes to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Chief Osceola at Florida State
When most college football mascots linked in any way to Native American culture have been tossed aside, Florida State’s Chief Osceola endures.
Most Played Division I College Footabll Rivalries
The old-school Big Ten football between Wisconsin and Minnesota is the longest-running rivalry in Division I college football history.
Howard's Rock at Clemson University
Mounted on a pedestal overlooking Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, Howard’s Rock is one of the most visible traditions in all of college football.
All-Time Associated Press National Champions
Because it is not part of the Bowl Championship Series formula, the Associated Press college football poll no longer has any bearing on which team is named national champion. But the long-running AP poll still carries some cache. And with good reason: For decades, the AP poll was the final world on college football rankings. Being named the AP’s No. 1 meant being named national champion.
Most Career Rushing Yards by a Quarterback
Rich Rodriguez got an awful lot of credit—and justifiably so—for his tremendous success at West Virginia. But one has to wonder if Rodriguez would have won nearly as much in Morgantown without the great Pat White.
Winningest College Football Programs of the 1960s
The 1960s marked the start of a golden era at Alabama. Under the leadership of the legendary Bear Bryant, who arrived in Tuscaloosa in 1958, the Crimson Tide enjoyed a dominant decade in the SEC.
College Football's All-Time Receptions Leaders
Topping the list of college football's all-time receptions leaders is Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield, who caught 316 balls between 2001 and 2004 while playing for Joe Tiller. The rest of the NCAA's all-time pass-catchers can be seen here.
Winningest College Football Programs of the 1970s
College football in the 1970s was dominated by the bluebloods. From Oklahoma and Nebraska in the Big 8 to Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten, Southern Cal out West and Penn State out East, the 1970s was an era of dominance for the game's traditional powers.
Check Out All of College Football's BCS-Era...
The Bowl Championship Series hasn’t always worked perfectly, though there’s no denying that it’s done exactly what it promised: Decide the national championship on the field. See the complete list of each of college football’s BCS-era national champions here.
Florida vs. Georgia: A Guide to the College...
Nicknamed “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” the century-old competition is one of the SEC’s most bitter rivalries.
Ranked No. 1 for the Entire Season
Only six teams in history of college football have held the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press poll for an entire season.
1995 Citrus Bowl: Alabama 24, Ohio State 17
Ohio State versus Alabama - 1995 Citrus Bowl. Page 2.
Winningest College Football Programs of the 1950s
To say Oklahoma dominated college football in the 1950s would be an understatement. Because in reality, no other program in the nation was even anywhere near as good as the Sooners were during their remarkable run from 1950-1959.
Most Passing Yards in a College Football Game
In the best game of his outstanding career, Houston's David Klinger threw for an incredible 716 yards in a 62-45 win over Arizona State. The 716-yard performance remains the NCAA record for most passing yards in a game.
Winningest Bowl Teams of All Time
Listed among the top 10 best bowl teams of all time are some of the usual susects--USC and Alabama, Florida State and Oklahoma, Penn State and Auburn. But there's also a surprise or two (Ole Miss? Georgia Tech?), and a few of the teams you might expect to be there (Ohio State, Notre Dame), well, aren't.
Most Consecutive Weeks at No. 1 in the AP Poll
Between 2003 and 2005, the USC Trojans held the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25. Their 33 straight weeks atop the AP poll is the longest streak in college football history—by a wide margin.
Bevo at the University of Texas
Bevo is the longhorn steer mascot at the University of Texas. He's been around nearly a century, and yet nobody seems quite sure where he got his name.
1993 Citrus Bowl: Georgia 21, Ohio State 14
Ohio State versus Georgia - 1993 Citrus Bowl
NCAA Career Sack Leaders
In the early 2000s, there was one player that no Pac-10 quarterback wanted to see lined up across the line of scrimmage: Terrell Suggs. In just three years at Arizona State, the defensive end registered an incredible 44 quarterback takedowns, setting the NCAA career sack record in the process.
The Game
“The Game” is the name given to the Harvard vs. Yale college football rivalry.
2014 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Preview
2014 Alabama football preview. College Football.
College Football's All-Time Career Rushing...
College football's all-time leading rusher may not be a household name. But after what Travis Prentice accomplished in his four years at Miami of Ohio, maybe he should be. Besides, Prentice holds one of college's football's greatest records: Most rushing touchdowns in a career.
Texas vs. Oklahoma: The Red River Rivalry
First played in 1900, the annual showdown between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners—known far and wide as the Red River Rivalry—has become one of college football's best and most bitter rivalries.
Tebow's 'Promise' Plaque
Tim Tebow plaque The Promise. College Football. Page 10.
Script Ohio at Ohio State University
Of all the traditions in Ohio State’s great football history, none is more widely recognized than “Script Ohio,” the formation performed by the Ohio State Marching Band each and every game day.
No. 4: Texas Longhorns
Texas Longhorns - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 7.
The Lion King: Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno has been coaching football at Penn State since 1950. He's been the head coach since 1966. And it's not a stretch to say that Paterno is the most important man in the history of the university.
Floyd of Rosedale
Each year, the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Iowa Hawkeyes battle for a trophy of a bronzed pig. It is called Floyd of Rosedale, and it's one of the most famous trophies in all of college football.
Colleges That Dropped Major College Football
Big-time college football isn’t for everybody.
NCAA Career Tackling Leaders
In the early and mid-2000s, the Northwestern defense was anchored by steady linebacker Tim McGarigle. In his four years with the Wildcats, McGarigle racked up 545 career tackles—more than any other defender in college football history.
Seattle Isn't the Only Team With a 12th Man...
Origins: In January of 1922, Texas A&M took the field against mighty Centre College, the No. 1-ranked
The Original Michigan Man: Fielding Yost
Fielding Yost arrived at the University of Michigan in 1901. In each of the next four seasons, he won national championships -- and put Michigan football on the map.
Longest Winning Streaks in an Annual Rivalry
For more than four decades, Notre Dame owned Navy. The Irish and the Midshipmen play each other every year, and have done so for years. But between 1964 and 2006, it was awfully hard to call the series a “rivalry.” Besides, the Irish won every year during that span, setting the all-time record for most consecutive wins in an uninterrupted (annual) rivalry series.
Tiger Walk
The Tiger Walk at Auburn University is one of the most imitated traditions in college sports.
USA Today College Football National Champions
The USA Today Coaches Poll wasn't always a coaches poll. In fact, upon its launch in 1982, the poll was a partnership of USA Today and ESPN, and like the Associated Press poll, was based on the votes of sportswriters.
College Football's All-Time Passing Leaders
Houston has a long and storied history of turning out top quarterbacks. But none of those signal-callers threw for more yards during their careers than Case Keenum.
NCAA Career Interception Leaders
Most college football records tend to favor recent history. The record for career interceptions bucks the trend. The all-time leader in this category played his college ball between 1950 and 1952. His name was Al Brosky, and he played for Illinois.
Program History: Alabama Crimson Tide
The Alabama Crimson Tide are the South's most successful college football program. Find out why here.
The Victors
The Big House. Bo Schembechler. Maize and blue. Winged helmets. And maybe most importantly, “The Victors.” That’s Michigan football.
The Fiesta Bowl: All-Time Scores
For a major bowl game, the Fiesta Bowl has a surprisingly short history. The first edition of this game was played in 1971. The past winners of the game are listed here.
Tebow Meets Obama
Tim Tebow Barack Obama. College Football. Page 11.
Brian Kelly
Like others who came before him, Brian Kelly arrived at Notre Dame with a high expectations, an impressive resume and a well-earned reputation as a winner. But also like others who came before him, Kelly quickly learned that success elsewhere does not necessarily guarantee success in South Bend.
Most Rushing Yards in a Season by Quarterback
It should come as no surprise that the record for most rushing yards in a single season by a college quarterback is held by Beau Morgan, an Air Force alum.
Most Touchdown Passes in a College Football...
In 2006, Hawaii's Colt Brennan threw an incredible 58 touchdown passes, guiding the Warriors to an 11-3 record along the way. Brennan's effort broke the season touchdown pass mark previously held by Houston's David Klinger, who threw 54 in 1990.
No. 3: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 8.
Most Receiving Yards in a Season
Trevor Insley is one of the most under-appreciated college football players of all time. In his career at the University of Nevada between 1996 and 1999, Insley compiled what might be considered the best resume of any receiver, ever.
Touchdown Jesus
: "Touchdown Jesus" is the name given to the mural The Word of Life , which famously adorns the facade
No. 6: Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 5.
No. 5: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Notre Dame - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 6.
No. 7: Auburn Tigers
Auburn football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 4.
The Man Who Made Florida State: Bobby Bowden
Bobby Bowden arrived at Florida State when the program was one of the worst in college football. It took him less than two decades to turn the 'Noles into the most dominant team in college football.
No. 2: Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State football. College Football. Page 9.
No. 8: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 3.
Largest Stadiums in College Football
Penn State's Beaver Stadium is the largest stadium in all of college football, with a capacity of 107,282.
Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is given each year to the best coaches in each of college football's four divisions.
Nick Saban
He's controversial and often cranky, but there's no denying this much: Nick Saban is one of the most successful coaches in college football history.
2014 Oregon Football Preview
2014 Oregon football preview. College Football.
Sugar Bowl - Winners of the Sugar Bowl
The Sugar Bowl has been played each year in New Orleans, Louisiana since 1935.
Highest Scoring Kickers in College Football...
A list of the top 10 highest scoring kickers in college football history.
Most Points Scored in a College Football Game
Illinois running back Howard Griffith scored eight touchdowns in a game in 1989, giving him 48 points in the game. It is the best single-game scoring performance in college football history.
John Cooper
John Cooper won a lot of games at Ohio State. He never truly won over the Buckeye fans, though.
2014 Wisconsin Football Preview
2014 Wisconsin Badgers Football Preview
What is a National Letter of Intent?
Before getting a scholarship, top football recruits must sign a National Letter of Intent. Here are the basic facts behind the document.
No. 1: Michigan Wolverines
Michigan football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 10.
College Football Questions & Answers: The...
In Vol. 2 of our special two-part playoff edition of College Football Questions & Answers, we explore more of the issues surrounding college football's move toward the adoption of a playoff system.
2014 Ohio State Football Preview
2014 Ohio State Football Preview
Saban Revives Michigan State
Nick Saban Michigan State. College Football.
The Bowl Championship Series: Hits and Misses
The Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, is one of the most controversial topics in all of sports. See how this system for choosing a national champion in college football has succeeded -- and failed -- since its 1998 launch.
The Orange Bowl-All-Time Scores
The Orange Bowl is college football's second-oldest bowl game.
Michigan Stadium: The Big House
College football boasts more than a few huge stadiums. But there is only one known as "The Big House."
The About.com College Football Top 25
Each week, About.com college football writer Tim Hyland ranks the nation's teams, from 1 to 25. The rankings are updated each Monday morning.
The Old Oaken Bucket
The Old Oaken Bucket, given each year to the winner of the Indiana-Purdue game, has origins dating all the way back to 1925.
All-Time Division III College Football Champions
A list of each of college football's Division III national champions.
Knute Rockne
Knute Rockne is the most famous coach from the most famous school in all of college football.
The Apple Cup
The Apple Cup is the name given to the annual football rivalry between the University of Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars.
No. 9: Army Black Knights
Army football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 2.
From Happy Valley to Columbus: How Larry...
How Larry Johnson, longtime Penn State assistant, ended up coaching for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
All-Time Division II College Football Champions
A complete list of each of the champions of college football's Division II.
Most Tackles in a Season
Lawrence Flugence started his college football career as a defensive end. Then, during his sophomore season at Texas Tech, he moved to linebacker. It's safe to say this was a good move.
Welcome to the New (and Confusing) College...
Details on how voting and rankings will work under the new College Football Playoff.
Eddie Robinson
A profile of Eddie Robinson, longtime football coach at Grambling State University and one of the most successful coaches in college football history.
The Yale Bowl
The Yale Bowl may no longer host big-time college football—Yale hasn’t competed in college football’s top division in years—but the venue remains one of the most historic, beloved and important in all of college football.
Florida Quarterback Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow already has a national championship and a Heisman Trophy. So the question is: What does the Florida quarterback have in store for his junior season?
Passing Efficiency Through The Years
How much has the passing game changed college football—and how much better are college quarterbacks today than they were a couple decades back? Well, see the information here to find out.
Home Depot Coach of the Year Award
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award is given each year to the best coach in college football.
2014 Auburn Football Preview
2014 Auburn Tigers Football Preview
Urban Meyer
With a stunning record of success over the course of a decade, Urban Meyer in the 1990s and 2000s established himself as nothing short of one of the premier coaches in college football history--an innovative thinker, inspiring leader, and perhaps above all, a relentless winner.
Single-Season NCAA Receptions Leaders
In 1989, Houston's Manny Hazard caught a whopping 142 passes to set the all-time NCAA record for catches in a season.
2014 Michigan Football Preview
2014 Michigan Wolverines Football Preview
No. 10: LSU Tigers
LSU Tigers Best Uniforms in College Football
The Cotton Bowl - All-Time Scores
The Cotton Bowl has been played each year in Dallas since 1937.
Most Touchdown Passes in College Football History
Hawaii's Colt Brennan threw 131 touchdown passes in his college career. He is the game's all-time touchdown pass leader.
College Football Questions & Answers: The...
This much seems certain: Very soon, college football will have a playoff system. But how that playoff will look, and how it will effect the game, remains unknown.
College Football Playoff 2014, Poll Week 1: R
Reactions and analysis to the first Top 25 released by the College Football Playoff committee.
Uga at the University of Georgia
Uga is the much-beloved bulldog mascot at the University of Georgia.
2014 Michigan State Football Preview
2014 Michigan State football preview.
Traveler at USC
Traveler, the pure white horse that charges up and down the sidelines at Trojans home games, is one of the most recognized mascots in college football.
Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska
Nebraska Memorial Stadium. College Football. Page 2.
Oversigning in College Football: Should It Be...
Oversigning has long been one of the controversial topics in college football. Recently, it's become one of the most talked about, too.
Most Wins Over the Nation's Top-Ranked Team
It is by definition the biggest win possible in college football: Knocking off the nation's No. 1 team. And no two teams have done that more often than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Oklahoma Sooners, who share the all-time record for most wins against the nation’s top-ranked squad.
Tebow Wins His Second National Championship
Tim Tebow Oklahoma. College Football. Page 9.
2014 SEC Preview
So now we know the SEC is, in fact, beatable. When the Florida State Seminoles knocked off the Auburn Tigers in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game,
USC, 'Bama to Open 2016 Season
Alabama will play USC in the 2016 Cowboys Classic.
Reveille
Reveille is the official mascot of Texas A&M University.
Beaver Stadium at Penn State University
Beaver Stadium. College Football. Page 8.
Kyle Field at Texas A&M
Kyle Field isn't among the nation's largest stadiums. But it is one of the loudest -- and winning there, visiting teams have found, it never easy.
The Gator Bowl - All-Time Scores
The Gator Bowl has been played each year in Jacksonville, Florida, since 1946.
The Little Brown Jug
Each year, the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan Wolverines take the field and play for the right to take home maybe the most famous trophy in college football: The Little Brown Jug.
The Vol Navy
The Vol Navy is the name given to the boaters who “tailgate” on the Tennessee River before (and after) home games at the University of Tennessee.
College Football Playoff: Poll Week 2 Reaction...
2014 College Football Playoff: Poll Week 1 Reaction and Analysis
Les Miles
He might be the most underappreciated and underestimated coach in all of America. But there is no denying this simple fact: Les Miles is a winner.
ESPN College GameDay
For college football fans, no Saturday morning is complete with ESPN College GameDay.
College Football Sunday Morning Observations,...
Reaction to Week 12 of college football's 2014 season.
No. 4: TCU Horned Frogs
TCU Horned Frogs. College Football. Page 7.
The Rose Bowl
The historic Rose Bowl may not be the most intimidating stadium in the country. It may not be loud on UCLA gamedays, and it may not carry the same kind of cachet as some of college football’s more feared venues. But at the end of the day, it’s still the Rose Bowl—one of the most beautiful settings in all of college football, home to the storied old Rose Bowl Game, and one of the most important venues in the game.
2013 Notre Dame Football Preview
The 2013 college football preview capsule for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
2014 Big Ten Football Preview: Part I
Can the Big Ten make a leap forward in 2014? Can anyone challenge Ohio State for league supremacy? We answer those questions and more, in Part I of our two-part Big Ten preview for the 2014 season.
Tiger Stadium at Louisiana State University
Tiger Stadium Death Valley. College Football. Page 9.
Tebow Wills Gators Past 'Bama for SEC...
Tim Tebow SEC Championship. College Football. Page 8.
College Football's Most Intimidating Stadiums
Winning on the road in college football is tough. And it's even tougher when you have to play at LSU's insane Death Valley or Ohio State's massive Ohio Stadium, Oregon's crazy-loud Autzen Stadium or Penn State's soaring Beaver Stadium. Here, we take a look at the 10 toughest places to play in college football.
Saban Hits the SEC—and Wins
Nick Saban LSU. College Football. Page 2.
After Miami Debacle, the Media Hits Out at the...
In the wake of the NCAA's admission that it committed wrongdoing during its investigation into the University of Miami, columnists heavily criticized both the NCAA and its president, Mark Emmert.
The Notre Dame Victory March
In part because of Notre Dame’s long-standing success, in part because of the program’s massive exposure,
Nick Saban Through the Years
Nick Saban is the new king of college football. After leading Alabama to the 2009 national championship, Saban became the first coach in the modern era to win national titles at two different schools. Here, we look back on Saban's remarkable coaching career, including highlights from his stints at Michigan State, LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama.
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of...
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. College Football. Page 7.
Robert Griffin III
t is as simple as this: During his career at Baylor University, Robert Griffin III did the impossible. In fact, he did the impossible twice.
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