Best College Football Rivalries

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21Washington vs. Washington State

This rivalry divides the state. The Cascades separate not only the climate but the college you root for. The Cougs represent the country while the Huskies represent the city. Pullman is a rural, dry college town while Seattle is large and rainy.

This rivalry game is big enough the winner has their name painted on the Space Needle!

The only problem with this is that WSU needs to be in front of UW, because in my humble opinion this is the best football rivalry of all time! The Cougars are better than the Huskies though, even though most people don't think so.

The Apple-Cup is maybe, not the best.... but without a doubt the most underrated....There are two types of people in Washington State... Your either a Dawg or a Coug....And they hate eachother 24/365....

0-12 vs. 2-10 nothing gets better then that. go Steve Sarkisian - rockhawk8

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22Wisconsin vs. Minnesota

Oldest running rivalry in college fb. Awesome. And, come on, to see a badger and a gopher go after it is always exciting!

It's the classic border battle. They play for Paul Bunion's ax. - nolananderson

Longest Division 1 rivalry ever, this has to be higher.

Oldest rivalry. Pure hatred

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23Iowa State vs Iowa

when its football season its the number 1 thing to look forward too! its tons of clashes for bragging rights for the state

Doubt if any game dominates an entire state the way this game does. - MackyJay

This rivalry has been going on since forever. It splits the state in half, this should be higher, especially since it's a close game every year.

They share the same state. Iowa state is mostly good in Basketball. Iowa is
Good in both sports.

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24Tennessee vs. Alabama

Isn't what it once was since the SEC split in two. But, Bear Bryant once said he didn't know exactly what kind of football team he had each year until after the 3rd Saturday in October

This is among the oldest rivalries in the south. Can't believe its not in the top 10.

Should be at least 9 or 10, I would like to see Tennessee beat Nick Saban's Crap Alabama for once.

25Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M

Guns up! This is a great rivalry. Go Tech!

26Arizona State vs Arizona

Why is this not on the list, Oldest trophy, the territorial Cup, This should be at lest in the top 30, Duel in The Desert, and Why is arizona ucla ahead of this stupid...

Should be #1... It would be if the state of Arizona had national attention.

This should be top ten. yes... It isn't big around the country. On T.V... But, there is a poll out where it is the #1 intense rivalry... Yes, Notre Dame -USC is big tradition... However, USC has fans that look at UCLA or Stanford as their big rival. in Arizona... Nearly every fan of asu and Arizona look at the other as their #1 rival.

27Notre Dame vs. Michigan

I can't wait till this game comes back in 2018. Sells out in minutes for who ever is hosting.

This is a big game Michigan even did the Chicken dance to prove and stinks poop.

28Michigan vs. Michigan State

Nobody likes to be called a "little brother" in sports. Lots of hate in this game, should be higher - klavon20

The biggest college football rivalry involving the Michigan Wolverines

Your kidding me 27? top 5 one of the best rivalries ever. - htoutlaws2012

Over the last 5 years, this is almost always a top 25 matchup, if not a top 10.

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29Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia

What makes this game so great to watch is the fact that these two teams are so close together, hince the name: The Backyard Brawl. Its really more than hated rivals, its basically college players going against there old high school buddies. Even if one team is considerably better than the other, they will still put up great numbers against each other.

Heated rivalry that determines the conference champ most years! I would highly recommend this game move up the list!

These two hate each other.. They can care who the beat as long the beat each other.. To me this there biggest victory is when one of these wins

After the separation of the conferences, this rivalry fell apart, but I would love to see it again!

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30Penn State vs. Ohio State

I live in Columbus. My dad went to Penn State and now works at Ohio State, and every year this is a huge game for the whole family!

WE ARE PENN STATE!

Penn State is overrated every and James Franklin sucks as a coach Go Ohio State

Penn State has untimately defeated the mighty Buckeyes! I love the Nittany Lions, they're such a great team. But the main reason I support them is because they hate Ohio a State along with my fellow Michiganders.

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31LSU vs. Ole Miss

You only truly understand this rivarly if you are an LSU fan. Actually, it's more of a don't-lose-to-Ole-Miss-or-I-will-lose-faith-in-the-tigers than a rivarly

32Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State

This is one of the best college football rivalries ever. It isn't a matchup across the river, where only Oklahoma fans cheer on their team while Oklahoma State fans watch a different game. This is the Iron Bowl of Oklahoma. Oklahoma has always been a top team and in more recent years Oklahoma State is climbing the ranks and getting into the AP poll almost every year. This isn't just a football game. This is a day where the entire state of Oklahoma is on either side. This is a day where more than just bragging rights are at stake. This is a day where tears are shed. This is a day where every T.V. in Oklahoma is tuned in to the Sooners-Pokes game. This is a day where one school takes the state of Oklahoma. THIS. IS. BEDLAM.

This should be higher on the list because it an American Classic and it one of the oldest rival game

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33Florida vs. LSU

This is going to be the biggest game year in and year out for a long long time. This is by far the biggest rivalry game in college football. Next year it will be the two past national champions playing to see who is going to get the next one. Michigan / Ohio State days are boring and over.

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34Kentucky vs. Louisville

A great rivalry that keeps getting better and better. Louisville's program is now in the Top 10 or 15 annually and Kentucky's program is moving up the ranks in the SEC and going to bowl games. The atmosphere at these games is incredable. The whole state is glued to the TV when these two play.

both teams ranked this year, last year kentucky hurt louisvilles heisman rb michael bush, its heatin up every year

A great rivalry that keeps getting better and better. Louisville�s program is now in the Top 10 or 15 annually and Kentucky�s program is moving up the ranks in the SEC and going to bowl games. The atmosphere at these games is incredable. The whole state is glued to the T.V. when these two play. �

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35Lafayette vs. Lehigh

all i am gonna say is that this is the most played rivalry in all of college football. these two teams have met in 142 total games. the next closest is Harvard vs. Yale with 121 total games

Without this game, rivalries would never exist. This is the oldest college football rivalry. These are two academic powerhouses bonded together by hate. Go Hawks!

This is the granddaddy of them all. These guys actually go to class, real student athletes. No NCAA violations here.

There is no better feeling than to beat Lehigh. Go pards.

Hoping to be there next year!

36Georgia vs. South Carolina
37Georgia vs. Auburn

Each team has ruined potential great seasons for the other team. One of the most intense games every year.

Are you kidding me?! 70? THE oldest rival in the south, at 70? I mean, UGA BIT at an Auburn! That's intense hate right there!

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38Kansas State vs. Kansas

Kansas may not be a great football team, but instate rivalries are always heated. The Sunflower Showdown is the battle for the entire state of Kansas.

Kansas State would beat Kansas in football, but in basketball Kansas would win - EpicJake

Everywhere you go in Kansas there are KU fans and K-State fans. The sunflower showdown is the fight for Kansas.

39Michigan State vs. Notre Dame

These games are blast to watch these games normally came down to who had the better defense

40Colorado vs. Colorado State

I hear everywhere I travel about CSU vs. CU... people are amazed that next door neighbors will throw down in the middle of the street. Talk about intense... this game takes the cake.

Trust funders and drugged up snobs in Boulder vs. The folks. It's about culture as well as football

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