There’s nothing quite like attending a college football game when you’re playing your rivals! Most college rivalries have a long and rich history, and while we don’t claim any favorites as a company, you can bet some of our staff have some strong opinions when it comes to local schools. Whose side are YOU on?
Lehigh University vs. Lafayette College
Located only seventeen miles apart, Lehigh University and Lafayette College are one of the nation’s oldest rivalries. Known as “The Rivalry,” the Mountain Hawks and the Leopards have played one another a total of 152 times. Lafayette leads the series with 78 wins, 69 losses and 5 ties. The game predates trophies, so instead, the winner keeps the game ball.
University of Pennsylvania vs. Princeton University
Our local Ivy League rivalry between the Princeton Tigers and the UPenn Quakers dates way back to 1876! One of the most balanced rivalries in college football, Princeton has won 31 and Penn has won 30 of the games played since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956.
Penn State vs. Temple University
The Nittany Lions and the Temple Owls are fierce rivals since 1931. After dominating three of the first four meetings between the two, Penn State went on to hold Temple win-less from 1941 to 2015, when Temple broke their losing streak with a 27-10 win over the Lions.
University of Delaware vs. Villanova University
The Wildcats and the Blue Hens have held their rivalry since 1895. They played annually from 1964–1980 with a hiatus 1980–1988. The Villanova Wildcats currently lead the “Battle of the Blue” 28 to 21 with 1 tie over UDel. The Battle of the Blue was the first game played at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA.
University of Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia University
Called “The Backyard Brawl,” this rivalry dates back to 1895 — and the 1921 game was the first college football game on the radio, (Pittsburgh won that day). While the West Virginia University Mountaineers currently are ahead in the last ten games, the Pittsburgh Panthers have won the most overall.
Bloomsburg University vs. West Chester University
This is our most recent rivalry, only dating to 1941 — but it’s fierce! West Chester’s Golden Rams lead in all-time wins at 49 to 27, but this year the Bloomsburg Huskies pulled it out in the last two minutes of the game to win 20-19! What a game.
Franklin & Marshall University vs. Dickinson College
This rivalry dates back to the late 1880s when the two teams would use Conestoga Wagons to travel to visit each other — and still today when these two teams meet, the trophy is in the shape of the wagon! This year it was Franklin & Marshall gave Dickinson College quite the whopping with a shutout of 56 to 0.