College Football: The Most Dominating Opening Game Victories of All Time

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College Football: The Most Dominating Opening Game Victories of All Time
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Oklahoma State's 84-0 victory will certainly intimidate other teams.

Nobody is surprised that Oklahoma State defeated Savannah State (GA) last night. The 84-0 final score, though, was surprising and one of the attention-grabbers in the opening week of 2012 College Football.

Those 84 points the OSU Cowboys put on the scoreboard are the most scored in a major college football opener since 1991, when California scored 86 points against Pacific (CA) to open their season.

OSU's 84 point margin of victory is the greatest in major college football since 1951, when Alabama defeated Delta State (MS) 89-0.

As impressive as the Cowboys' performance was, it doesn't even come close to the record for most dominating opening game victory in major college football history.

That record belongs to the Florida Gators.

In 1913, they opened their season with a 144-0 thumping of Florida Southern (then known as Southern College).

 

Most Dominating Opening Game Victories in Major College Football History

Season Team   Opponent Score
1913 Florida vs. Florida Southern 144-0
1919 Utah St. vs. Idaho St. 136-0
1914 Oklahoma St. vs. Phillips (OK) 134-0
1919 Chicago (IL) vs. Great Lakes (IL) 123-0
1911 Nebraska vs. Nebraska-Kearney 117-0
1922 Alabama vs. Marion Military Institute (AL) 110-0
1920 Texas A&M vs. Daniel Baker (TX) 110-0
1913 Georgia vs. Alabama Presbyterian 108-0
1925 Washington vs. Willamette (OR) 108-0
1904 Minnesota vs. Twin Cities Central HS (MN) 107-0
1916 Sewanee (TN) vs. Cumberland (TN) 107-0

 

Looking at all levels of college football, Dayton (OH) has the record for greatest opening game victory. In 1923, they defeated Central Normal of Indiana 161-0.

 

Most Dominating Opening Game Victories in College Football History (All Levels)

Season Team   Opponent Score
1923 Dayton (OH) vs. Central Normal (IN) 161-0
1919 Tulsa (OK) vs. Oklahoma Baptist 152-0
1917 Detroit (MI) vs. Toledo (OH) 145-0
1913 Florida vs. Florida Southern 144-0
1919 Utah St. vs. Idaho St. 136-0
1914 Oklahoma St. vs. Phillips (OK) 134-0
1920 Montana vs. Carroll (MT) 133-0
1912 Cincinnati (OH) vs. Transylvania (KY) 124-0
1919 Chicago (IL) vs. Great Lakes (IL) 123-0
1901 Clemson (SC) vs. Guilford (NC) 122-0

 

Source: Game scores retrieved from College Football Data Warehouse.


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