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Anthony Chiusano | | October 3, 2020

9 winningest FCS teams in college football history

North Dakota State's football dynasty

Just one FCS football program has topped 900 all-time wins. That honor belongs to Yale, who finished the 2019 season 9-1.

Here are the nine winningest FCS teams in college football history, as of Oct. 3, 2020.

*Win-loss records were pulled from's post-2018 record book. Results from the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons have been added to each school's record on this list. All records include bowl games and playoff wins/losses.

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1. Yale

All-time record: 916-380-55

Win percentage: .698

First season: 1872

As one of the oldest college football programs, Yale owns 18 NCAA-recognized national championships, 15 Ivy League titles (last one coming in 2017) and two Heisman trophy winners (1936, '37). Sixty-eight of Yale's all-time wins have come against Harvard in DI football's third-most played rivalry known simply as "The Game." The Bulldogs hold a 68-60-8 edge over the Crimson, including their 50-43 double overtime win to close out 2019.

Yale Athletics Yale football

2. Harvard

All-time record:  879-403-50

Win percentage: .679

First season: 1874

Harvard football has eight national championships along with 17 conference crowns since the Ivy League's inception in 1956. While Yale has more all-time wins in the the historic rivalry, Harvard has won The Game in 15 of the past 19 years, since 2001.  

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3. Penn

All-time record:  861-500-42

Win percentage: .629

First season: 1876

Penn's 1,404 games played in 142 seasons is an NCAA record across all divisions. The Quakers are also tied for third in the FCS record books for longest winning streak since 1978 (24; 1992-95) and have the longest conference win streak in Ivy League history (20; 2001-04). Penn is just behind Dartmouth for most conference titles (18), with its most recent one coming in 2016.

Penn Athletics Penn football

4. Princeton

All-time record:  840-413-50

Win percentage: .664

First season: 1869

Princeton played in the first-ever college football game in 1869 against Rutgers. Since then, the Tigers have had 28 undefeated seasons, including a 10-0 finish for the Ivy League title in 2018. Princeton scored a program- and conference-record 47 points per game in 2018.

Princeton Athletics Princeton Athletics

5. North Dakota State

All-time record: 743-371-34

Win percentage: .662

First season: 1894

North Dakota State is the team of the decade, now winning eight of the last nine FCS championships — a new subdivision record. The Bison have the most wins in FCS play since 2010 and boast a 35-2 all-time record in FCS playoff games.

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6. Dartmouth

All-time record:  715-458-46

Win percentage: .605

First season: 1881

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Dartmouth has one national championship and 19 Ivy League titles (including 2019) in its 138-year program history. The Big Green have failed to finish .500 in a season just once in the past 10 years and have gone a combined 26-4 in the last three seasons.

Dartmouth Athletics Dartmouth football

7. Delaware

All-time record: 702-467-43

Win percentage: .597

First season: 1889

Delaware is tied for seventh with 16 all-time appearances in the FCS playoffs. The Blue Hens' 2003 FCS championship win is one of six national titles in program history at any level. Delaware went 7-5 in 2018 and appeared in the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Delaware Athletics Delaware football

8. Lehigh

All-time record:  698-611-45

Win percentage: .532

First season: 1884

Lehigh represents one half of college football's most-played rivalry, known as "The Rivalry." Seventy-one of the Mountain Hawks' 694 all-time wins have come against top foe Lafayette. Lafayette leads the series 79-71-5, including a 17-16 2019 win.

Lehigh Athletics Lehigh football

9. Dayton

All-time record:  688-377-25

Win percentage: .643

First season: 1905

Dayton has gone 44 years without being shut out — a streak that started when the Flyers were still in Division III. That's a good formula for putting up wins. Dayton had the highest winning percentage among FCS teams in the 1990s (92 wins, .844) and the second highest in the 2000s (87 wins, .791).

Dayton Athletics Dayton football

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