Bowdoin Football Featured in Sporting News "50 States, 50 Rivalries"

Bowdoin Football Featured in Sporting News "50 States, 50 Rivalries"

BRUNSWICK, Maine - In an effort to determine the top sports rivalry in every state, Sporting News Magazine has chosen the "CBB" football battles between Bowdoin, Colby and Bates as the top rivalry in the Pine Tree State.

The magazine, which was released the week of May 4, selects the top intra-state showdown at any level of sports in each of the 50 states. For instance, the cover of the magazine features the Cubs-White Sox tradition as Illinois’ top rivalry.

The "CBB" Championship, formerly the Maine State Series, dates back more than a century. Bowdoin competed with Bates, Colby and the University of Maine each season beginning in 1893 and continuing until 1965. Each team played the other three once, with the team with the best record crowned as champion. Bowdoin won 'modern' state championship nine times: in 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1942, 1949, 1952, 1960 and 1963. Prior to the 1965 season, the University of Maine moved to a higher level of competition, and the CBB Championship was born.

Since that time, Bowdoin has won 18 titles, including the last three, while Colby has claimed 14 and Bates eight.

Bowdoin head coach Dave Caputi was quoted in the article: "We always play those games the last two of the year. I love it because it's a built-in playoff system at the end of the year. You get two games against two rival schools every year, and our scores have been all over the map in the years I've been here. A senior class that leaves and can win four in a row- that's a pretty significant accomplishment. To go through four years at any of these schools, especially when you have two in-state rivals, and to beat both of them for your entire athletic career, that doesn't happen very much."

The Polar Bears will go after their fourth-straight CBB crown this fall when they play at Bates on November 7 and host Colby on November 14.