Below is a listing of the first intercollegiate game played in each state.
Note: Keep in mind these are intercollegiate games (college vs. college). Colleges often played local athletic clubs and alumni teams before ever facing a college squad.
The list below is also continuously being researched. The games listed are to the knowledge of this site, the most accurate and correct representation of the first game in each state. But as more documented games/locations are uncovered, there is the possibility that changes will need to be made to the list.
First Intercollegiate Football Game Played in Each State
Columns can be sorted by clicking on the titles in the header.
|AR||Arkadelphia||1897||11/25||Arkansas||Ouachita Baptist (AR)||24-0|
|CA||Los Angeles||1889||?||Southern California||Loyola Marymount (CA)||40-0|
|CO||Colorado Springs||1885||4/11||Colorado College||Denver (CO)||12-0|
|CT||New Haven||1872||11/16||Yale (CT)||Columbia (NY)||3-0|
|DC||Washington||1883||11/20||Gallaudet (DC)||Georgetown (DC)||3-0|
|DE||Newark||1890||10/11||Swarthmore Soph (PA)||Delaware||30-0|
|FL||Jacksonville||1901||11/9||Stetson (FL)||Florida Agriculture College||6-5|
|HI||Honolulu||1909||10/30||Punahou College (HI)||Hawaii||23-0|
|IN||Greencastle||1884||5/31||Butler (IN)||DePauw (IN)||16-0|
|KS||Baldwin City||1890||11/22||Baker (KS)||Kansas||22-9|
|KY||Lexington||1880||4/9||Transylvania (KY)||Centre (KY)||14-0|
|LA||New Orleans||1893||11/25||Tulane (LA)||Louisiana State||34-0|
|MA||Cambridge||1874||5/14||Harvard (MA)||McGill (Canada)||3-0|
|MD||Annapolis||1882||11/30||Navy (MD)||Johns Hopkins (MD)||2-0|
|ME||Lewiston||1875||11/6||Tufts JV (MA)||Bates (ME)||1-0|
|MN||Saint Paul||1882||9/30||Minnesota||Hamline (MN)||2-0|
|MO||Saint Louis||1890||11/27||Washington (MO)||Missouri||28-0|
|MT||Missoula||1897||11/12||Butte Business (MT)||Montana||20-4|
|NC||Raleigh||1888||10/18||Wake Forest (NC)||North Carolina||6-4|
|ND||Grand Forks||1894||11/3||North Dakota State||North Dakota||20-4|
|NH||Hanover||1882||10/31||Dartmouth (NH)||McGill (Canada)||1-0|
|NJ||New Brunswick||1869||11/6||Rutgers (NJ)||Princeton (NJ)||6-4|
|NM||Albuquerque||1894||1/1||New Mexico||New Mexico State||18-6|
|NY||New York||1872||11/2||Rutgers (NJ)||Columbia (NY)||1-0|
|OH||Oxford||1888||12/8||Cincinnati (OH)||Miami (OH)||0-0|
|OK||Muskogee||1895||?||Tulsa (OK)||Bacone (OK)||1-0|
|OR||Corvallis||1893||11/11||Oregon State||Lewis & Clark (OR)||62-0|
|RI||Providence||1878||11/13||Amherst (MA)||Brown (RI)||1-0|
|SC||Spartanburg||1889||12/14||Wofford (SC)||Furman (SC)||5-1|
|SD||?||1889||?||South Dakota State||South Dakota||6-6|
|TN||Nashville||1890||11/27||Vanderbilt (TN)||Nashville (TN)||40-0|
|VA||Lexington||1873||11/2||Washington & Lee (VA)||Virginia Military Institute||4-2|
|WA||Tacoma||1890||11/27||Washington||Washington College (WA)||0-0|
|WI||Racine||1888||11/29||Lake Forest (IL)||Racine (WI)||32-0|
|WV||Morgantown||1891||11/28||Washington & Jefferson (PA)||West Virginia||72-0|
|AK*||Fairbanks||1949||1/1||University of Alaska||Ladd AFB (AK)||0-0|
* Alaska has never seen an intercollegiate game. But I listed the first game involving an Alaskan college.
- The first intercollegiate football game played in the state of Illinois, didn’t even involve a school from Illinois. Michigan and the now defunct Racine College (WI), met in Chicago in the spring of 1879.
- In 1886 the state of Vermont hosted its first intercollegiate football game. Something the rest of the states in New England had already accomplished for four or more years.
- In 1901 the state of Florida hosted its first intercollegiate football game. Something the rest of the states east of the Mississippi River had already accomplished for eight or more years.
Acknowledgement: Game scores retrieved from College Football Data Warehouse were instrumental in putting together the content above.
The date of the first intercollegiate game in the state of Virginia was found in Mel Smith’s Evolvements of Early American Foot Ball: Through the 1890/91 Season. Thanks to Tex Noel for the forward.