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College Football: Rematch of AP Ranked Teams

Posted by Andrew McKillop on December 1, 2011

Championship Saturday will consist of two rematches of AP ranked teams.  No. 5 Virginia Tech will try to avenge their earlier season loss to No. 21 Clemson.  Meanwhile No. 15 Wisconsin will try to forget the Hail Mary pass, that No. 11 Michigan State defeated them with back in October.

In the history of the AP poll, there have been 19 other instances of two ranked teams meeting each other twice in the same season.  Checkout the list below.

Year Date Rk Won/Tie Rk Lost/Tie Score
1959 10/31/1959 1 LSU vs 3 Mississippi 7-3
1/1/1960 2 Mississippi n 3 LSU 21-0
1975 10/4/1975 2 Ohio St at 13 UCLA 41-20
1/1/1976 11 UCLA n 1 Ohio St 23-10
1978 11/11/1978 4 Nebraska vs 1 Oklahoma 17-14
1/1/1979 4 Oklahoma n 6 Nebraska 31-24
1982 9/25/1982 12 UCLA at 20 Michigan 31-27
1/1/1983 5 UCLA n 19 Michigan 24-14
1994 11/26/1994 4 Florida vs 7 Florida St 31-31
1/2/1995 7 Florida St n 5 Florida 23-17
1996 11/30/1996 2 Florida St vs 1 Florida 24-21
1/2/1997 3 Florida n 1 Florida St 52-20
1999 10/2/1999 21 Alabama at 3 Florida 40-39
12/4/1999 7 Alabama n 5 Florida 34-7
1999 10/23/1999 18 Texas vs 3 Nebraska 24-20
12/4/1999 3 Nebraska n 12 Texas 22-6
Year Date  Rk Won Rk Lost Score
2000 10/14/2000 10 Florida vs 19 Auburn 38-7
12/2/2000 7 Florida n 18 Auburn 28-6
2000 10/14/2000 8 Oklahoma at 2 Kansas St 41-31
12/2/2000 1 Oklahoma n 8 Kansas St 27-24
2001 9/29/2001 7 Tennessee vs 14 LSU 26-18
12/8/2001 21 LSU n 2 Tennessee 31-20
2001 10/20/2001 9 Texas vs 14 Colorado 41-7
12/1/2001 9 Colorado n 3 Texas 39-37
2002 11/2/2002 2 Oklahoma vs 13 Colorado 27-11
12/7/2002 8 Oklahoma n 12 Colorado 29-7
2003 9/20/2003 11 LSU vs 7 Georgia 17-10
12/6/2003 3 LSU n 5 Georgia 34-13
2003 10/11/2003 2 Miami FL at 5 Florida St 22-14
1/1/2004 10 Miami FL n 9 Florida St 16-14
Year Date Rk Won Rk Lost Score
2004 10/2/2004 8 Auburn at 10 Tennessee 34-10
12/4/2004 3 Auburn n 15 Tennessee 38-28
2007 10/13/2007 6 Oklahoma vs 11 Missouri 41-31
12/1/2007 9 Oklahoma n 1 Missouri 38-17
2007 10/25/2007 2 Boston College at 8 Virginia Tech 14-10
12/1/2007 6 Virginia Tech n 12 Boston College 30-16
2010 9/25/2010 17 Auburn vs 12 South Carolina 35-27
12/4/2010 2 Auburn n 18 South Carolina 56-17
2011 10/1/2011 13 Clemson at 11 Virginia Tech 23-3
12/3/2011 5 Virginia Tech ? n 21 Clemson ? ?
2011 10/22/2011 15 Michigan St vs 4 Wisconsin 37-31
12/3/2011 11 Michigan St ? n 15 Wisconsin ? ?

 

Teams that have won the first game in a two-game season series between AP ranked teams, have a 10-9 record in the rematch game.  In conference championship games, that record goes to 8-4.

Teams that were upset in the first game of a two-game season series (defeated by a team with a worst ranking), have a record of 3-4 in the rematch.  Three out of those four losses came when their opponent had the better ranking the second time around; thus no longer an “upset” victory”.

It’s the first time in their school’s histories, that Clemson, Michigan State, and Wisconsin will play in a in-season ranked rematch game.  It’s the second time for Virginia Tech.  Back in 2007, they went 1-1 against Boston College; winning the ranked rematch game in the ACC Championship Game.

All signs are pointing to an LSU-Alabama rematch in the BCS Championship Game.  If this does occur, it will be the first time there have ever been three ranked rematch games in one season.

 

Reference: College Football at Sports-Reference.com, College Poll Archive

 

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3 Responses to “College Football: Rematch of AP Ranked Teams”

  1. Tex Noel said

    Another informaive topic, Andrew.

    I knew of some; but as with all your post, learn something on this great game of college football.

    Thanks for sharing this info with us.

    However, you missed a big game.

    Michigan State, opened the 1965 season–at home–with a 13-3 victory over UCLA.

    Both teams would win their respective conference championships; and thus, this set-up a rematch in the “Granddaddy of all Bowls, the Rose Bowl.”

    UCLA would win the rematch 13-12.

    Sept. 18, 1965 MIchigan State 13-3
    Jan. 1, 1966 UCLA 13-12

    • Andrew McKillop said

      Thanks for the addition Tex. I should have been more clear, but to qualify for the list above both of the teams had to be ranked in their first game, and the rematch.

      I double-checked and Michigan State and UCLA were unranked (AP Poll) in their first matchup. Without taking a look at it though, I imagine they might have been ranked in the coaches poll in both games though (i.e. the coaches poll consisting of a Top 20, in comparison to the AP’s Top 10 at the time).

      There were two other Rose Bowl rematches on the list above. UCLA was involved in all of them.

  2. […] new, guys.  And to the victor of the rematch often go the spoils.  Just take a look at all the rematches compiled by Andrew McKillop over at Sportsdelve.com.  Rematches happen.  In some cases, the winner of the rematch wins it all unanimously (see […]

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