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Anthony Chiusano | | January 9, 2023

9 winningest FCS teams in college football history

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Just one FCS football program has topped 900 all-time wins. That honor belongs to Yale, who finished the 2022 season 8-2. 

Here are the nine winningest FCS teams in college football history, as of Jan. 8, 2022.

*Win-loss records were originally pulled from's post-2018 record book. Results from the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 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: 929-387-55

Win percentage: .698

First season: 1872

As one of the oldest college football programs, Yale owns 18 NCAA-recognized national championships, 16 Ivy League titles (last one coming in 2022) and two Heisman trophy winners (1936, '37). 69 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 69-61-8 edge over the Crimson, including their 50-43 double overtime win to close out 2019.

Yale Athletics Yale football

2. Harvard

All-time record:  893-409-50

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 historic rivalry, Harvard has won The Game in 16 of the past 21 matchups since 2001.  

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3. Penn

All-time record:  872-509-42

Win percentage: .628

First season: 1876

Penn owns the NCAA football record for games played across all divisions. The Quakers are also tied for fourth 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:  857-416-50

Win percentage: .667

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: 774-378-34

Win percentage: .667

First season: 1894

North Dakota State was the team of the past decade and has now won nine of the 11 FCS championships from 2011-21 — a subdivision record. The Bison have the most wins in FCS play since 2010 and boast a 44-4 all-time record in FCS playoff games.

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6. Dartmouth

All-time record:  727-466-46

Win percentage: .605

First season: 1881

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Dartmouth has one national championship and 20 Ivy League titles (most recently in 2021) in its program's history. The Big Green have failed to finish .500 or better in a season just twice since 2010.

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7. Delaware

All-time record: 722-479-43

Win percentage: .597

First season: 1889

Delaware has 18 all-time appearances in the FCS playoffs, including a semifinal run in the spring of 2021. The Blue Hens' 2003 FCS championship win is one of six national titles in program history at any level. Delaware went 8-5 in 2022 for its sixth playoff appearance since that 2003 championship.

Delaware Athletics Delaware football

8. Dayton

All-time record:   711-387-25

Win percentage: .644

First season: 1905

Dayton went over more than four decades without being shut out until a 31-0 loss to Butler in 2022, ending 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

9. Lehigh

All-time record:   703-631-45

Win percentage: .526

First season: 1884

Lehigh represents one half of college football's most-played rivalry, known as "The Rivalry." 72 of the Mountain Hawks' 703 all-time wins have come against top foe Lafayette. Lafayette leads the series 81-72-5. Lehigh finished 2-9 in 2022.

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