College Football’s Biggest Rivalries – Our Top 10
College football is upon us and, as a new season gets underway, new goals are made, new star players emerge, and the thrill of chasing after the BCS National Championship begins. Every team will have at least one game circled on their schedules, knowing it's a must-win battle. In some cases, those games mean so much to a team, that even if they have a horrible season, they can take some solace in knowing they beat their bitter rivals. Let's look at some of those rivalries with College Football's Biggest Rivalries — Our Top 10.
This rivalry is called “The Holy War” because BYU is owned by the Church of Latter-Day Saints and Utah is owned by the state. Church versus state. Get it? Anyway, Utah leads this series, 54-34-4.
Known as “The Backyard Brawl”, this rivalry started in 1895. The squads don't only get after on the field — they also compete for recruits because only 70 miles separate the two schools. Pittsburgh owns this series, 61-39-3.
This rivalry is called the “Civil War.” This in-state rivalry began in 1894 and the winner gets the Platypus Trophy. Oregon, which went to the national championship game last season, leads the series, 58-46-10.
This crosstown rivalry began in 1929. USC leads the series, 43-28-7, but did have to give up wins from 2004 and 2005 because of NCAA violations. The winner takes home the Victory Bell.
Not to be confused with the George Foreman and Joe Frazier fight, the Sunshine Showdown has only been around since about 1958. The Gators lead the series, 33-20-2.
Here's another storied rivalry that started back in 1926. The winner gets to take home a jeweled shillelagh with either a ruby trojan or an emerald shamrock depending on who wins. Notre Dame leads the series, 43-33-5.
The Army-Navy game has been around since 1890, making it one of the oldest rivalries in college football. This game is usually the last game of the regular season for both teams, who battle viciously for the win, but band together at the end no matter what. In fact, both teams will get together after the game and sing each others alma maters to the academy students, which shows some pretty cool sportsmanship. Navy leads this series, 55-49-7.
The Red River Rivalry has been around since 1900 and gets its name from the fact that the Red River runs between our two states. However, it wasn't always known as the “Red River Rivalry”. In 2005, the name was changed from “Red River Shootout” to “Red River Rivalry” to show that gun violence was not condoned. Since 1932, the game has been played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the Longhorns hold the edge in the series, 59-41-5.
You have to love intra-state rivalries and this one is one of the best, in not only college football, but, one of the best in any sport. Dubbed “The Iron Bowl” because of the history of the steel and iron industry, this rivalry, featuring the national champions for the last two seasons, has been around since 1893. Alabama leads this series, 40-34-1.
This game is the biggest rivalry in college football, and arguably the biggest rivalry in any sport in any country. Simply called “The Game”, this series has around since 1897. Even if you can't stand either team, people across the country will tune in to watch this fierce rivalry. Michigan leads the series, 57-44-6.