The following is a list of the first college football game in each US state and the District of Columbia. Games included on this list are the earliest recorded single intercollegiate football games in each member state of the United States.
|NJ||November 6, 1869||Rutgers||New Jersey (now Princeton)||New Brunswick, New Jersey||6–4||Considered the first American football game ever played.|
|NY||November 2, 1872||Columbia||Rutgers||New York, New York||0–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in New York.|
|CT||November 16, 1872||Yale||Columbia||New Haven, Connecticut||3–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Connecticut. First game in New England. The game is essentially soccer with 20-man sides, played on a field 400 by 250 feet. Yale wins 3–0, Tommy Sherman scoring the first goal and Lew Irwin the other two.|
|VA||November 2, 1873||Washington and Lee||VMI||Lexington, Virginia||4–2||First organized intercollegiate football game in Virginia. First game in the south. Some industrious students of the two schools organized a game for October 23, 1869 – but it was rained out. Students of the University of Virginia were playing pickup games of the kicking-style of football as early as 1870, and some accounts even claim it organized a game against Washington and Lee College in 1871. But no record has been found of the score of this contest. Due to scantness of records of the prior matches some will claim Virginia v. Pantops Academy November 13, 1887 as the first game in Virginia.|
|MA||May 14, 1874||Harvard||McGill||Cambridge, Massachusetts||3–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Massachusetts.|
|ME||November 6, 1875||Bates (ME)||Tufts JV (MA)||Lewiston, Maine||1–0||After the first game against Harvard, Tufts took its squad to Bates College for the first organized intercollegiate football game played in Maine.|
|PA||November 11, 1876||Penn||Princeton||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||6–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Pennsylvania.|
|IL||May 30, 1879||Michigan||Racine College||Chicago, Illinois||1–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Illinois. The Chicago Daily Tribune called it "the first rugby-football game to be played west of the Alleghenies."|
|MI||November 1, 1879||Michigan||Toronto||Detroit, Michigan||0–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Michigan.|
|KY||April 9, 1880||Kentucky University||Centre||Stoll Field. Lexington, Kentucky||13¾–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Kentucky. Kentucky University defeated Centre. Another claim to the first game in the south.|
|MN||September 29, 1882||Hamline||Minnesota||Saint Paul, Minnesota||4–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Minnesota.|
|NH||October 31, 1882||Dartmouth||McGill||Hanover, New Hampshire||1–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in New Hampshire.|
|MD||November 30, 1882||Navy||Johns Hopkins||Annapolis, Maryland||8–0||First organized intercollegiate football in Maryland. It snowed heavily before the game, to the point where players for both teams had to clear layers of snow off of the field, making large piles of snow along the sides of the playing ground. The field was 110 yards by 53 yards, with goalposts 25 feet (7.6 m) apart and 20 feet (6.1 m) high. The first half of the game went scoreless; the Baltimore American reported that "the visitors pushed Navy every place but over the goal line in the first half". During play, the ball was kicked over the seawall a number of times, once going so far out it had to be retrieved by boat before play could continue.|
|DC||November 20, 1883||Gallaudet||Georgetown||Washington, D.C.||13–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Washington, D.C.|
|IN||May 31, 1884||Butler||DePauw||Greencastle, Indiana||16–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Indiana.|
|CO||April 11, 1885||Colorado College||Denver||Colorado Springs, Colorado||12–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Colorado. The CC Athletic Association responded to a challenge from the University of Denver by scheduling a game early on April 11. A severe windstorm that morning forced postponement of the game until the afternoon.|
|VT||November 6, 1886||Vermont||Dartmouth||Burlington, Vermont||91–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Vermont.|
|NC||October 18, 1888||Wake Forest||North Carolina||Raleigh, North Carolina||6–4||First organized intercollegiate football game in North Carolina. The first "scientific game" occurred on Thanksgiving of the same year when North Carolina played Duke (then Trinity). Duke won 16 to 0.|
|WI||November 29, 1888||Racine College||Lake Forest (IL)||Racine, Wisconsin||6–4||First organized intercollegiate football game in Wisconsin. Lake Forest claims it was just the sixteenth team in the nation.|
|OH||December 8, 1888||Miami (OH)||Cincinnati||Oxford, Ohio||0–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Ohio. The "Victory Bell" is one of the sport's oldest rivalries. The first game was played in a freezing rain.|
|SD||1889||South Dakota State||South Dakota||South Dakota||6–6||First organized intercollegiate football game in South Dakota.|
|CA||1889||USC||St. Vincent's||Los Angeles, California||40–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in California. First Pacific Coast game.|
|IA||November 16, 1889||Iowa College||Iowa||Grinnell, Iowa||24–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Iowa. First game west of the Mississippi River.|
|SC||December 14, 1889||Wofford||Furman||Spartanburg, South Carolina||5–1||First organized intercollegiate football game in South Carolina. The game featured no uniforms, no positions, and the rules were formulated before the game. First game in the Deep South.|
|DE||October 11, 1890||Swarthmore (Sophomores)||Delaware||Newark, Delaware||30–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Delaware. "In Newark, when news leaked out in 1889 that thew college boys were going to play football Sheriff Bill Simmons swore up and down Main Street that the first corpse carried off the field would mean the end of the game."|
|KS||November 22, 1890||Baker||Kansas||Baldwin City, Kansas||22–9||First organized intercollegiate football game in Kansas.|
|MO||November 27, 1890||Washington (MO)||Missouri||St. Louis, Missouri||28–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Missouri.|
|TN||November 27, 1890||Vanderbilt||Nashville (Peabody)||Athletic Park, Nashville, Tennessee||40–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Tennessee.|
|WA||November 27, 1890||Washington College||Washington||Tacoma, Washington||0–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Washington.|
|NE||February 14, 1891||Doane (NE)||Nebraska||Crete, Nebraska||18–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Nebraska.|
|WV||November 28, 1891||West Virginia||Washington & Jefferson||Show Lot, Morgantown, West Virginia||72–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in West Virginia.|
|GA||January 30, 1892||Georgia||Mercer||Herty Field, Athens, Georgia||50–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Georgia.|
|RI||October 1, 1892||Brown||WPI||Providence, Rhode Island||8–4||First organized intercollegiate football game in Rhode Island.|
|UT||November 25, 1892||Utah State||Utah||Logan, Utah||12–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Utah.|
|AL||February 22, 1893||Auburn||Alabama||Lakeview Park, Birmingham, Alabama||32–22||First organized intercollegiate football game in Alabama.|
|MS||November 11, 1893||Mississippi||Union (TN)||Oxford, Mississippi||56–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Mississippi.|
|OR||November 11, 1893||Oregon State||Albany College||Corvallis, Oregon||62–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Oregon.|
|LA||November 25, 1893||Tulane||LSU||New Orleans, Louisiana||34–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Louisiana. The first intramural games in the state occurred at Tulane on New Year's Day, 1890 by dividing students into two teams. The game was introduced to Tulane by Hugh and Thomas Bayne, who played the game at Yale University.|
|NM||January 1, 1894||New Mexico||New Mexico State||Albuquerque, New Mexico||18–6||First organized intercollegiate football game in New Mexico. First game in the southwest.|
|ID||May 20, 1894||Idaho||Washington State||Moscow, Idaho||22–0||First organized football in Idaho.|
|TX||October 19, 1894||Texas||Texas A&M||Austin, Texas||38–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Texas.|
|ND||November 3, 1894||North Dakota||North Dakota State||Grand Forks, North Dakota||24–6||First organized intercollegiate football game in North Dakota.|
|OK||November 7, 1895||Oklahoma||Oklahoma City Terrors||Norman, Oklahoma||34–0||The first organized college football game in Oklahoma Territory occurred on November 7, 1895 when the 'Oklahoma City Terrors' defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 34 to 0. The Terrors were a mix of Methodist college students and high schoolers. The Sooners did not manage a single first down. By next season, Oklahoma coach John A. Harts had left to prospect for gold in the Arctic. Organized football was first played in the territory on November 29, 1894 between the Oklahoma City Terrors and Oklahoma City High School. The high school won 24 to 0.|
|WY||November 25, 1895||Wyoming||Northern Colorado||Laramie, Wyoming||34–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Wyoming.|
|NV||November 26, 1896||Nevada||California JV||Reno, Nevada||40–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Nevada.|
|MT||November 12, 1897||Montana||Butte Business (MT)||Missoula, Montana||20–4||First organized intercollegiate football game in Montana.|
|AR||November 25, 1897||Ouachita Baptist (AR)||Arkansas||Arkadelphia, Arkansas||24–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Arkansas.|
|AZ||November 30, 1899||Arizona||Tempe Normal||Tucson, Arizona||11–2||First organized intercollegiate football game in Arizona.|
|FL||November 22, 1901||Stetson||FAC|
(predecessor of Florida)
|Jacksonville, Florida||6–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Florida in 1901. A 7-game series between intramural teams from Stetson and Forbes occurred in 1894. The first intercollegiate game between official varsity teams was played on November 22, 1901. Stetson beat Florida Agricultural College at Lake City, one of the four forerunners of the University of Florida, 6–0, in a game played as part of the Jacksonville Fair. A sure score by FAC was obstructed by a tree stump.|
|HI||October 30, 1909||Hawaii||Oahu College||Honolulu, Hawaii||23–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Hawaii.|
|AK||January 1, 1949||Alaska–Fairbanks||Ladd Air Force Base||Fairbanks, Alaska||0–0||First organized intercollegiate football game in Alaska.|
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