NCAA Football History
In 1869, the first intercollegiate football contest was held in New Jersey featuring teams from Rutgers and Princeton. Playing with a round ball— similar to soccer—the former beat the latter, 6-to-4 as teams played in a relatively large 120 x 75-yard field with 25 players on each side. By 1880s, some quarters revised some of the rules which were starting to resemble the modern game; players on the field were limited to 11 a side, a scrimmage system for putting the ball in play, downs for advancing the ball among other early innovations. While the popularity of the game increased it was also becoming more violent that even President Theodore Roosevelt and other schools threatened to ban the sport after many player deaths due to injuries during the games. With the pressure on, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) was formed and became the sport’s governing body and was named as such in 1910. [betnow] Before the 1940s, teams averaged 8 to 9 games per season while the players were expected to play both on offense and defense as opposed to the modern day platoon substitution on offense, defense and special teams. At around this decade as well, records of the performance of players were often incomplete and unreliable. The rise of college football continued in the following decades and brought about by rules and player equipment changes, the game led to what is now considered a very popular sport in the modern era.