Let’s play again says Stanford and UCLA.
This past Saturday, Stanford defeated UCLA 35-17 and on Friday night the two teams will meet again in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Same season rematches are rare in major college football (Div. 1 – FBS equivalent), and such rematches in back-to-back games are even more rare – before this season the last time it happened was 1944 when the Texas service teams Amarillo Field and Lubbock Field met in back-to-back games. However, the last time major college programs met in back-to-back games was 1935, when Detroit (MI) and Villanova (PA) pulled off the sequence.
It’s also the first time since 1919, that major college football teams from the same conference will play each other in back-to-back games. That year Colorado State – then known as Agricultural College of Colorado – and Wyoming played each other in their season’s first two games; both teams were from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Major College Football Teams That Played Each Other in Back-to-Back Games – Since 1900
Note: The list only includes programs that were considered “major” at the time of the game.
|Stanford (CA)- UCLA||2012||Gm #1||11/24/2012||Stanford (CA)||at||UCLA||35-17|
|Amarillo Field (TX)-Lubbock Field (TX)||1944||Gm #1||9/30/1944||Amarillo Field (TX)||at||Lubbock Field (TX)||19-0|
|Gm #2||10/7/1944||Amarillo Field (TX)||vs.||Lubbock Field (TX)||31-0|
|Detroit (MI)-Villanova (PA)||1935||Gm #1||10/26/1935||Detroit (MI)||vs.||Villanova (PA)||19-15|
|Gm #2||11/2/1935||Villanova (PA)||vs.||Detroit (MI)||13-7|
|Northern Colorado-Regis (CO)||1924||Gm #1||11/1/1924||Northern Colorado||vs.||Regis (CO)||20-7|
|Gm #2||11/8/1924||Regis (CO)||vs.||Northern Colorado||27-7|
|Erskine (SC)-Newberry (SC)||1919||Gm #1||10/11/1919||Erskine (SC)||at||Newberry (SC)||6-0|
|Gm #2||10/18/1919||Erskine (SC)||vs.||Newberry (SC)||46-0|
|Colorado St.-Wyoming||1919||Gm #1||9/27/1919||Colorado St.||at||Wyoming||28-0|
|Gm #2||10/4/1919||Colorado St.||vs.||Wyoming||14-0|
|Mississippi-Mississippi St.||1918||Gm #1||11/28/1918||Mississippi St.||vs.||Mississippi||34-0|
|Gm #2||12/7/1918||Mississippi St.||at||Mississippi||13-0|
|Baylor (TX)- Texas Christian||1907||Gm #1||11/11/1907||Texas Christian||at||Baylor (TX)||11-10|
|Gm #2||11/28/1907||Baylor (TX)||vs.||Texas Christian||16-8|
Florida State played Florida in back-to-back games twice…
In 1994 and again in 1996, Florida St. played Florida in back-to-back games – in between those matchups Florida played in the SEC Championship Game.
|Florida St. vs. Florida||1994||Gm #1||11/26/1994||Florida||at||Florida St.||31-31|
|Gm #2||1/2/1995||Florida St.||n||Florida||23-17||Sugar Bowl|
|Florida St. vs. Florida||1996||Gm #1||11/30/1996||Florida St.||vs.||Florida||24-21|
|Gm #2||1/2/1997||Florida||n||Florida St.||52-20||Sugar Bowl|
What about back-to-back rematches before 1900? In the 1800s it was common from teams to play each other in back-to-back games. In fact, college football’s second ever game was a rematch of its first – Princeton avenged a 6-4 loss to Rutgers in the first ever intercollegiate game with a 8-0 win the following week.