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The consortium has been based in Maine since its inception in the 1940s. All three colleges incorporate the seal of Maine in their seals.

The Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Consortium is an association and athletic conference of three liberal arts colleges in the U.S. State of Maine. The consortium comprises Colby College in Waterville, Bates College in Lewiston, and Bowdoin College in Brunswick. In allusion to the Big Three of the Ivy League, Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin, are known as the "Maine Three" [1] [2] or "Maine Big Three" [1] [3] a play on words with the words "Maine" and "main". The school names are ordered by their geographical organization in Maine (North to South).

Often times abbreviated as the "CBB Consortium", the three colleges are notable for contesting the "C-B-B Games", a three-way football game in the Fall of their respective academic years. As of the 2017-18 season, Bowdoin leads the conference in wins (19), followed by Colby (14) and Bates (13). Colby holds the record for longest streak of consecutive wins (1988–1992). Bates holds the record for biggest shutout with a 51–0 game over Colby in 1985. There have been seven three-way-ties: 1965, 1979, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2011, and 2013. Bates currently holds the winning streak having won the Games in 2014, 2015, 2016 and most recently in 2017, [4] [5] all of which have been outright wins.

The three colleges also contest the Chase Regatta, an annual up-and-down river tourney. While the inaugural winner was Bowdoin, the series has been dominated by Bates and Colby; Colby has won the regatta five times and the President's Cup nine times. Bates currently holds the most titles (14 out of 20 wins), the winning streak (2006–present), and the most President's Cups (9 cups). [6]

The CBB Consortium often draws comparisons to the football games of the Big Three of the Ivy League, with Bowdoin often drawing the connection to Harvard, Bates to Princeton, and Colby to Yale. [7] Just as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton are initialized as HYP, so too are Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin as "CBB". [8] [9]

History

Colby playing Bates at their homecoming game, 2012

From its inception, Bates College served as an alternative to a more traditional and historically conservative Bowdoin College. [10] [11] There is a long tradition of rivalry and competitiveness between the two colleges, revolving around socioeconomic class, academic quality, and collegiate athletics. [12] [1] [13] The two colleges have competed against each other athletically since the 1870s, and subsequently share one of the ten oldest NCAA Division III football rivalries, in the United States. [14] [15]

The Bates-Bowdoin Game is the most attended football game every academic year at both colleges. As of 2015, both college's presidents are named Clayton ( Spencer and Rose), leading students to include them in chants against each other.

Bowdoin developed a "football fight song" entitled, "Forward the White" in 1913. [16] All football games between the two occurred on Bowdoin's Whittier Field, but with the development of Bates' Garcelon Field, both fields have been used to hold football games.

Colby remained isolated from neighboring Bates, and the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Consortium because of its location in Waterville, and socio-economic and political differences. [14] However, in the 1940s, Colby began competing with the two colleges and in the first game, had a three way tie. In 1988, Bates president Reynolds began the Chase Regatta, which features the President's Cup, which is contested by Bates, Colby, and Bowdoin annually. [17]

The CBB Games is a college football competition between the three colleges. Each team plays the others once, with the C-B-B Trophy awarded to the college that beats the other two. The CBB Games was created for the 1965 college football season. Previously, Bates and Bowdoin have competed since 1870s against the University of Maine in the Maine State Series or Maine State Championship. When the University of Maine moved to a higher division in 1965, Colby joined and the rivalry took its current name. [15] [18]

The Chase Regatta is an annual rowing race between the men's and women's heavyweight varsity and club rowing crews of the colleges. [17] The colleges have competed in the regatta since August 3, 1988 but have competed annually since August 3, 1997, when Bates President Thomas Hedley Reynolds instated the President's Cup to be contested by all three of the CBB schools. The President's Cup is given to the team that has won the most overall heats and races, while the overall winner is determined by who won the most varsity and heavyweight competitions in the regatta. [19]

C-B-B Games results

Season Result Colby-Bates Score Bates-Bowdoin Score Bowdoin-Colby Score
1965 3-way tie Colby, 39–20 Bates, 10–0 Bowdoin, 28–21
1966 Bates Bates, 28–7 Bates, 35–13 Bowdoin, 15–6
1967 Bates Bates, 38–14 Bates, 38–24 Bowdoin, 7–0
1968 Bowdoin Bates, 28–12 Bowdoin, 41–14 Bowdoin, 17–0
1969 Bowdoin Colby, 14–13 Bowdoin, 13–10 Bowdoin, 38–14
1970 Bowdoin Bates, 14–7 Bowdoin, 21–3 Bowdoin, 31–17
1971 Bowdoin Colby, 17–8 Bowdoin, 42–15 Bowdoin, 30–27
1972 Colby Colby, 35–21 Bowdoin, 37–10 Colby, 28–22
1973 Bowdoin Colby, 14–0 Bowdoin, 20–12 Bowdoin, 28–20
1974 Bates Bates, 16–14 Bates, 18–7 Bowdoin, 27–6
1975 Bowdoin Colby, 21–12 Bowdoin, 19–6 Bowdoin, 41–13
1976 Bowdoin Bates, 38–16 Bowdoin, 20–14 Bowdoin, 37–19
1977 Bowdoin Bates, 25–14 Bowdoin, 21–17 Bowdoin, 15–14
1978 Bates Bates, 27–20 Bates, 24–14 Bowdoin, 27–10
1979 3-way tie Bates, 20–7 Bowdoin, 14–0 Colby, 21–20
1980 Bowdoin Bates, 14–13 Bowdoin, 13–0 Bowdoin, 8–0
1981 Bates Bates, 10–6 Bates, 23–13 Colby, 17–13
1982 Bowdoin Colby, 28–21 Bowdoin, 33–14 Bowdoin, 18–0
1983 Colby Colby, 20–13 Bates, 33–15 Colby, 15–14
1984 Bowdoin Bates, 31–21 Bowdoin, 28–23 Bowdoin, 20–14
1985 Bowdoin Bates, 51–0 Bowdoin, 24–21 Bowdoin, 24–0
1986 Bates Bates, 21–6 Bates, 36–0 Bowdoin, 21–14
1987 Bowdoin Bates, 46–28 Bowdoin, 20–19 Bowdoin, 14–10
1988 Colby Colby, 19–3 Bowdoin, 10–6 Colby, 24–0
1989 Colby Colby, 30–0 Bates, 10–0 Colby, 38–20
1990 Colby Colby, 9–3 Bates, 19–14 Colby, 23–20
1991 Colby Colby, 41–7 Bowdoin, 34–13 Colby, 28–13
1992 Colby Colby, 50–0 Bowdoin, 35–14 Colby, 26–18
1993 2-way tie Colby, 53–14 Bowdoin, 34–6 Tie, 21–21
1994 Colby Colby, 28–6 Bates, 33–14 Colby, 34–13
1995 3-way tie Colby, 26–6 Bates, 33–29 Bowdoin, 24–3
1996 Colby Colby, 28–21 Bowdoin, 35–16 Colby, 39–15
1997 Bowdoin Bates, 22–21 Bowdoin, 28–19 Bowdoin, 27–19
1998 Bowdoin Bates, 13–7 Bowdoin, 49–14 Bowdoin, 10–7
1999 Bates Bates, 20–17 ( OT) Bates, 38–7 Colby, 20–0
2000 Colby Colby, 14–0 Bates, 44–13 Colby, 34–7
2001 Colby Colby, 42–0 Bates, 38–35 ( OT) Colby, 41–13
2002 Bates Bates, 19–14 Bates, 48–28 Colby, 32–27
2003 Colby Colby, 27–14 Bates, 20–17 Colby, 7–6
2004 Colby Colby, 17–16 Bowdoin, 21–0 Colby, 23–0
2005 Colby Colby, 24–17 Bowdoin, 21–14 Colby, 28–3
2006 Bowdoin Colby, 10–7 (4 OT) Bowdoin, 23–14 Bowdoin, 13–10
2007 Bowdoin Colby, 20–13 Bowdoin, 31–7 Bowdoin, 20–17
2008 Bowdoin Bates, 31–21 Bowdoin, 55–14 Bowdoin, 20–6
2009 3-way tie Colby, 34–27 Bates, 28–24 Bowdoin, 32–27
2010 Bowdoin Colby, 10–6 Bowdoin, 21–20 Bowdoin, 26–21
2011 3-way tie Colby, 37–13 Bates, 24–2 Bowdoin, 20–10
2012 Bates Bates, 31–6 Bates, 14–6 Colby, 17–0
2013 3-way tie Colby, 21–3 Bates, 17–10 Bowdoin, 32–22
2014 Bates Bates, 34–28 ( OT) Bates, 10–7 Colby, 14–7
2015 Bates Bates, 10–9 Bates, 31–0 Bowdoin, 35–13
2016 Bates Bates, 21–19 Bates, 24–7 Colby, 32–16
2017 Bates Bates, 27-24 Bates, 24-17 Colby, 31-20
Season Winner Colby – Bates score Bates – Bowdoin score Bowdoin – Colby score

Note: Source of wins and losses: games between 1966 to 1978, [20] games between 1979 to 1998, [21] and for all other games not specified in aforementioned years: [22] [23] [24] [25] As of the 2017-18 season, Bowdoin leads the conference with 19 wins, followed by Colby's 14 wins, and Bates' 13 wins. The highest scoring game was the 1987 Colby-Bates with a total of 74 points. The lowest scoring game was the 1967 Bowdion-Colby game with a total of 7 points. The biggest shutout was Bates' 51–0 game against Colby in 1985. The longest consecutive streak of games won is Colby with 5 championships in a row (1988–1992). There have been 7 three-way-ties, 1 two-way tie, and 4 uses of overtime, (the 2006 Colby-Bates game required overtime to be issued four times for a winner to be determined).

Chase Regatta results

See also

References

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