Best College Football Rivalries

They are the games that each team and all of their fans look forward to each year and the games where even if the rest of the season is a total bust, you still feel okay about it because the team beat the rival. College football rivalries are among the strongest in all of sports and these rivalries are the most intense of them all.

The Top Ten

1 Ohio State vs. Michigan

I look at the comments on the iron bowl section and I read things like, "our rivalry is much bigger than the Ohio State vs Michigan game" and "the Ohio State/Michigan game is nowhere near the rivalry of the iron bowl." When I read things like that I just have to shake my head because comments like these just smack of desperation. Another iron bowl fan asks why the iron bowl is not listed as number one on this thread which is really a dumb question. The obvious answer is because Ohio State vs Michigan IS the best rivalry in college football and the majority of people who follow college football would agree. You just need to come to grips with reality iron bowl fans.

I absolutely agree. Our rivalry with that team up north is just the bets. Can we go for 7 in a row? Go Bucks! - lilrocketman

I lived in Alabama one summer and I can say they are passionate about their rivalry but no more than Ohio State and Michigan fans are about their rivalry. So what if Ohio and Michigan have pro teams in their state and Alabama doesn't. OSU/UM is still the greatest rivalry. If anyone thinks that the Iron Bowl is the greatest, go to a UM/OSU game or just be there for the tailgate and you will change your mind.

Nothing beats the rivalry these to teams have. 110 years of hasty attitudes and that intense game in November. It is the greatest accomplishment knowing that for the next 364 days you can hold your head high knowing you beat the "other team". Take a step inside the big house for this game, and I guarantee there will be no doubt in your mind what THE greatest rivalry of college football is. Michigan vs. Ohio State. No questions asked.


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2 Auburn vs. Alabama

This is by far the biggest rivalry in college football. There is no NFL team. That means its all college football in the state, and its either Auburn or Alabama. The fans and players hate each other. On Iron Bowl day there is an average of two deaths a year caused by the game.

Ohio and Michigan have 3 professional football teams between them. Alabama not only no professional football teams but not professional sports teams at all. The Iron Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the state and it involves the entire state...its all they have

It is a rivalry that polarizes the state. Yes, other NCAA teams do exist, and you can root for them in the state of Alabama. But when the Iron Bowl comes around, everyone must pick a side, regardless if you could care a less about Alabama or Auburn!

Chief called... Ohio State-Michigan that ain't it

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3 Texas vs. Oklahoma

This isn't just a game. It is an event. This isn't a home and home, this is we will meet you in the middle, because we don't want your team, your fans or anything associated with your school near our campus. This isn't lets set up some tailgates and have a little party before the game. This starts with the three hour party trek up or down I-35 to Dallas with thousands of fans, has all-night trash talking with your counterparts from the other side of the Red River (where laws have been changed three times in the past 30 years- just because of this game), includes coming into the State Fair of Texas and you don't go to the stadium, you enter the Cotton Bowl. In this game no one has the advantage of home-field, split it 50/50 at the 50 and go at it.

Two states that hate each other over more than just sports. Arrogant Texans trying to push around proud Oklahomans. Two states that lined their armies up along a river about to kill each other over it. Texans don't want Oklahomans in their state and Oklahomans don't want to be there either. Both sides hope that the other is perpetually defeated by anybody else at anything else. No forgiveness. No forgetting. The whole of Oklahoma watches and listens intensely to the shootout. Every T.V. and radio is tuned in. Store shelves are emptied of snacks and drinks. Food delivery vehicles line the streets (yes, they are listening to the game). Phones are silent, but houses rumble with cheers and jeers. There is no other rivalry. Rivalry is far too pleasant a word to describe the animosity between these two states.

Come the second Saturday of October each year the State of Oklahoma hates the State of Texas. This rivalry is so heated that a Sooner fan once nearly castrated a Texas fan for even suggesting the Longhorns are superior to the Sooners. The teams are often evenly matched, the Cotton Bowl is 50% Sooners and 50% Longhorns and the energy in the stadium is electric - every year. It is the greatest sporting event I've ever attended in terms of energy and passion.

Go horns

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4 Army vs. Navy

I grew up 20 minutes from the Naval Academy, my uncle and his son (my cousin) both attended the Naval Academy and I've probably been to more Navy football games than any other team. What makes this rivalry the best, despite the streak, is the fact that even though they are athletes, they have all made the decision to protect and serve this country, instead of going on to become famous and wealthy in the NFL. The march on, the exchanging of "prisoners", the singing of the alma maters and the camaraderie shown between the players, knowing that they might be on separate teams now, but will be on the same team in the future. That is what makes this rivalry great and why it will always be one of the best rivalries in all of sports.

All the rivalries on this list are great! Depending on where you live, each one has traditions, deep-seated feelings, sets the tone for the year, and for the players, the games are all-out, all-in wars! Army-Navy has all these characteristics, and one more... At these schools, the students raise their right hand and swear out an oath to support and defend the Constitution on their first day of attendance. So this rivalry, for the players and students, is an all-out, all-in war between "brothers-in-arms. " For Americans, there has always been something truly special about that! As for me, GO BLACK KNIGHTS!

Army and Navy may not be the powerhouses they once were, but no college football game has the same implications (both on and off the field) that the fabled Army/Navy Game does. Anyone who stands in attendance at an Army/Navy game in person and doesn't feel a certain chill run up their spine quite simply isn't an American.

This is the only football game where everyone playing is willing to die for everyone watching. - StephenWRichey

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5 Florida vs. Georgia

To the guy who said "they only lead Florida in the series because the war.. Only 2 players on that team went to the army, while 80 of the gators seniors and juniors went, and Georgia thought they were good so they ran up the score... A shame that we had to teach them quite a few lessons after the war... "

Are you stupid? I don't know of ANY war that spanned 1915-1989. The Gators got their asses handed to them more often than not during that span. You guys didn't "teach" us anything after the war (whichever war you're referring to). You kept on LOSING. Remember that Heisman winner of yours, Spurrier? Recall what we did to him that year? So does he. That's exactly why he made sure to schedule a bye week every year prior to the Cocktail Party. He didn't want UF to lose to UGA the way they had for decades.

As of right now, this rivalry is as good as they come. Even the last several Gator victories have only been by 7 points or less since 2002.

Some of the best players to ever play the game came through this game. You'll never see so many drunk people in one place. A stadium half full of fans is louder than most other schools full stadiums

Two of the perennial powerhouses in college football and two of the greatest programs in history of football duke it out for pride and, more often than not, a spot in the SEC Championship Game.

Well its 2018 so gators are garbage to THE DAWGS

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6 USC vs. Notre Dame

The geographical separation between these schools may be seen as a point of weakness, but what other rivalry could withstand being in different conferences (or none at all) in two entirely separate regions of the country?

nothing is better than this michigan ohio state is nothing if ur a notre dame fan u undderstand the importance of this day

California vs Indiana. The summers of Los Angeles vs the cold winters of South Bend. Glitz and Glamour vs Blue Collar in your face football. Cardinal and yellow vs Blue and Gold. The USC Trojans vs The Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This isn't just a football game, it's a clash of cultures and life styles. Two of the most prestigious programs in College football. This is the game both fanbases mark every year, and while it does not have the hatred of Alabama Auburn, they certainly don't like each other. Think about all the legends that have gone to these universities. Joe Montana, Troy Polomalu, Jerome Bettis, Lynn Swann, Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer, Reggie Bush, Tim Brown, Anthony Munoz, Marcus Allen, Justin Tuck, Tony Rice, just to name a few. This rivalry is one that you never miss

Biggest game I college foootball

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7 Oregon vs. Oregon State

The Civil War is one of the best games every year!

Ducks are the best so if you are a beavers fan we have beat so many times I can't count them

As a matter of fact Oregon state beat Oregon in 2016 #GO BEAVERS

This is a rivalry? This is not even on T.V. because it is so predictable - 375028

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8 Clemson vs. South Carolina

just wait. carolina is gonna pull ahead one day. look what we did in just one year! were world series champs in baseball, knocked off number one in football and knocked off number one in basketball! now we've got lattimore and alshon. :) watch your backs

This is easily one of the best rivalries in college football. Especially after the brawl that happened about 10 years ago. I look forward to this match up every year. It is easily better then Oregon Oregon State and BYU Utah. I would put it number 6 on the list

There has been atleast 10 brawls in this rivalry, most recent one was in 2004. Tell me this rivalry isn't the fiercest in the nation

Very bitter rivalry. Very underrated

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9 USC vs. UCLA

who cares about any other rivalry in southern california. NO ONE CARES ABOUT ANOTHER RIVALRY

This is by far the greatest rivalry in college football. Utah v BYU bahahaha...gimme a break.

anyone in southern California is one side or the other. USC fans just make you want to be UCLA fans.

Best rivalry ever! UCLA vs the University of Second Choice aka USC! I bleed blue and gold! Go Bruins!

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10 Florida vs. Florida State

A David and Goliath contest that evolved into a heavy weight championship boxing match--with often the fastest, most talented athletes in the country from rival elementary, middle, and high schools across the state. Throw in top talent from around the country and some spice--Spurrier, Deion, and other instigaters. And, you have the best rivalry in the country.

A lot of times it is a game where one team is trying to make a final push for a national championship, where the other is trying to play spoiler. That reason alone makes it a great rivalry.

Ether side would trade a conference championship to beat the other team and maybe even a national if we didn't have to beat each other to get to it.

A Tide fan, a Gator fan and a Noles fan were all on a mountain top. The Bama fan said that he would prove that he was the biggest Bama fan in the world, so he jumped off the mountain. The Gator fan said he'd prove he was the biggest Gator fan in the world, so he pushed the FSU fan off of the mountain.

Had the FSU fan seen all this coming, he would've pushed the UF fan into the Bama fan to kill 'em both. Except Noles are stupid, and he'd miss the Gator fan and fall off himself.


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The Contenders

11 Utah vs. BYU

I'm a Mormon but my Alma Mater is Utah. So for those who think they are mutually exclusive, I don't fit that mold. I cheer for Utah when they play BYU, but I actually root for BYU when they are not playing Utah. There are many nasty fans on both sides of the aisle, but that is what makes this rivalry so fierce.

I think most of these people literally hate each other, I mean it is downright unholy. With the self-righteousness of the BYU fans, and the barbaric Utah fans, it really brings out the ugliness on both sides. I have friends from both schools, and I can say that there are some pretty cool dudes going to both schools. But some real ugly characters come out of the wood works when Utah and BYU meet up. It is quite a spectacle.

I've met many BYU fans and many Utah fans. Both schools have some conservative fans, but also some extremists. I consider myself an extremist. I'm sick and tired of seeing that ugly red all over the place. I'm downright pissed that the Pac 12 accepted them instead of the obviously better BYU for religious reasons, allowing Utah to get Power 5 recruits and good talent. And now the Utah cowards don't want to continue this rivalry because they're "too good" for us now. I respect some Utes, but they have a few a-holes who represent the school as a dirty satanist university. They hate BYU because we're mormons, that's it! I believe that at least 50% of Utah fans are jerks for these reasons:

1. They hate BYU more than they love Utah.

2. They didn't have the grades or the test scores to get into BYU, so they decided to go to our rivals.

3. They think that since we have so many good kids, they don't think that they'll fit in and go to Utah, filling the university with bad ...more

if Luke weren't in Russia right now he'd probably say something like this, "Utah is about to get anhilalated by their biggest fear, BYU." you should've seen it. He sat amoung the Utah fan section with a blue cape, tall furry blue marching band hat with byu everything dangling from him. we walked through the red section to get food during half time and drunk man after dumb fan from utah tried to physically harm him. Do note he is this 19 year old kid and simply walked around.... ha ha haaaa. so funny how disgruntled these hot tempered ute fans were the day their team was smeared! i love it!

The fights are great

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12 Harvard vs. Yale

How is this so low? Just because they're now FCS teams doesn't mean that this isn't the singular best rivalry in sports. These two teams were always powerhouses back in the day. Not only that, but it's not every day you get to watch a nationally televised game in which 90% of the players know that "hyperbole" isn't pronounced "hyperboll". This is game is also always played in a stadium at least ninety years old. This is the most storied rivalry of all time and should be at least in the top five. Go Harvard!

It is called "The Game". Not the Iron Bowl. Not the Backyard Brawl. It is simply, "The Game. Enough said.

I like Yale better because they somehow managed to trick Harvard into holding up cards that spelt out "We Suck".

We never saw Ohio State or Michigan trick 1800 fans into holding cards that spelt out "WE SUCK"

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13 Missouri vs. Kansas

All other rivalries pale in comparison. The most INTENSE and HATE driven rivalry in all of college football. Born of the unpleasantness between the two states following the American Civil War, the "Border War" polarizes entire families and communities across Kansas and Missouri. Otherwise civil citizens don their blue and red or black and gold and flock to Arrowhead where their teams wage an all-out war for the next 3-4 hours. Winner brings home the Indian War Drum, and the bragging rights last for the next 364 days. They take the last day off so they can play again. MIZ-ZOU!

Rooted in actual war. The civil war. No one hates another
Bunch of folks the way we hate Kansas. They attacked Osceola
and we burned Lawrence to the ground. I
Actually might hate Kansas more than I love Missouri. That's a rivalry.
Michigan vs. Ohio State is a joke in comparison.

Just go to a game and you will be forced to put this rivalry in the top three. After the game, that is all the people talk about for months and whoever wins has major braggin rights. TRUST ME, go to a game! - phigginskc

When was kansas ever good? - 375028

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14 Miami vs. Florida State

By far- the best talent- the best teams-the steepest price to pay for loser- and I felt EVERY wide right and the one wide left deep in my gut for years after as FSU lost 3 rings to the U. Knew we had to beat them to win Nat'l Championship and we did both times we won it... but it ran through Miami and Tally - damersh

Voted by ESPN the greatest rivalry of the last 20 years, including 7 national championships since 1983 and the 2 winningest programs since 1980. Not too mention two of the most memorable games ever, Wide Right 1 and 2.

They would empty benches before games. Never mind all the nfl talent these teams have. These 2 schools have had more hard hitting smack talking and living up to the hype even if the Canes have been down for the last few years. This game is always close and all cfb fans will watch. It used to decide #1 and titles.

Sencond or third easily - 375028

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15 Georgia vs. Georgia Tech

Oh! If I had a daughter, sir, I'd dress her in White and Gold,
And put her on the campus to cheer the brave and bold.
But if I had a son, sir, I'll tell you what he'd do"
He would yell, 'TO HELL WITH Georgia! ' like his daddy used to do.

georgia tech vs. georgia is an in state rivarly that has many in a love hate relationship between these two schools.

16 LSU vs. Alabama

When Tulane University had a viable team, the rivalry was between Tulane and LSU and it was fun fierce. Bets causing the loser to paint his house the winner's team colors. Many purple and gold homes in New Orleans by default! But just as many by choice. Years passed and Tulane was not a Thanksgiving game any longer.
Nick Sabin came to LSU and was awesome. Then Sabin wanted to go pro. Then Sabin did not like the pros. Then Sabin insulted the entire state of Louisiana by going to a truly rival team. The rivalry is not so much with the University of AL as it is to defeat Sabin.
Besides, Les Miles smiles! And is a really great mentor to his players.
The SEC may not be in this new Championship playoff, but it is still the toughest in the nation.

This game, more often than not, is the deciding factor between who will win the SEC West and then represent the conference in the national title game (or college football playoff now). The determination between the teams, the passion in the fan bases, and the top tier talent that both teams produce year in and year out all show why this game I'd the biggest and best rivalry in college sports. - Verderame

This one intensified thanks to Nick Saban

Love this game somuch go tigers

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17 Tennessee vs. Florida

"If Florida wins they mildly celebrate, but if Tennessee wins it will be the biggest party in Knoxville ever."

People at my school start talking about this matchup a month before it happens. - 2storm

Too me it's one of the biggest games it's a very heated rivalry

All I have to say is...

I hate Florida
Go Vols

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18 Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State

This rivalry is insane. All State ever does is talk about how much Ole Miss needs to go to hell, and Ole Miss says the same to MSU. The games are intense. There are eggs thrown at the Egg Bowl, fights breaking out, and some pretty harsh stuff

such an incredible rivalry very deserving of this list

The egg bowl is my favorite! I also like LSU and Alabama and Army and Navy. Go state, lsu, and army! - Alpha101

Number 18? This should be number 3!

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19 Washington 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....

Wash has won 70 times, wsu has won 32 times, with six ties. Apple Cup deserves a top five spot. Go Dawgs!

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20 Wisconsin 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!

Will always be #1 no need to question it. The oldest conference in the country and the breasted rivalry--- On Wisconsin

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

Yeah! Oldest rivalry in college football, going on since the 1890’s, and the games are awesome! Wisconsin for life! - PackFan2005

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21 Iowa State vs Iowa

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.

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

It's a great rivalry every yea

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22 Penn State vs Pittsburgh

Best football game of all time. Pennsylvania would shut down when the game would take place. Best game - 1981..... Spring board for Penn State's 1st National Championship.

Joe Pa ruined a game that was more rich in tradition than he will ever be. The state of Pennsylvania would all be watching this one.

Sure its not one of the currently played rivalries but historically it belongs in the top ten


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23 Penn 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!


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

I am a penn state fan and I hate ohio state with a passion

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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24 Tennessee 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.

How is this not top 10. - 2storm

Lets hope Butch Jones's Tennessee beats stupid Nick Saban's Alabama in 2016

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25 Michigan 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

Arguably a bigger rivalry than UM-OSU. These two fan bases live in the same backyard. As of recently, MSU has had the advantage in the matchup and OSU has completely dominated for over a decade.

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26 Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M

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

27 Notre Dame vs. Michigan

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

I get tired of seeing Michigan lose and when I go there I will crush Notre Dame!

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

28 Oklahoma 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

If Oklahoma wins, then they mildly celebrate and Oklahoma State fans just go home not surprised about the loss and says "Maybe next year we'll win".

If Oklahoma State wins, then they throw the biggest party ever, and Oklahoma fans start out like it's the end of the world.

That is how lopsided the rivalry is. Oklahoma won at least 90 of the games, and Oklahoma State probably 14 or 15.

29 LSU vs. Arkansas

As an LSU fan, I can say that in this rivalry The two fan bases never really go at each other's throat, but something special ALWAYS happens on this Thanksgiving rivalry.

This is a pretty good rivalry. GO HOGS

4 words for you! Battle of the Boot!

GO HOGS! - riri_lol

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30 LSU 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

31 Kentucky 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

Yeah we win every year in cfb but lose in cbb

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. �

32 Florida 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.

None of you watched the 2015 gaame if you didn't vote this

33 Georgia vs. South Carolina
34 Georgia vs. Auburn

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

One of the best rivalries ever. tied 55-8-55

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!

35 Lafayette 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!

36 Kansas 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.

37 Arizona 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.


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38 Michigan State vs. Notre Dame

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

39 Colorado 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.

The Buffs win almost every time in the Mountain Showdown. This one is the biggest game of the season for both teams.

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

40 LSU vs. Auburn

Expect the unexpected when these two face off! I've seen a little bit of everything in this rivalry. From earthquakes to fires, doinked field goals, miracle plays etc... Throw the record books out. When LSU and Auburn play, anything can happen.

41 Maryland vs. West Virginia
42 Cal vs. Stanford

SMART VS. SMART!!! Most of the game were close and decided by less then 7 points. It is huge in northern california. The atmosphere is amazing! DONT FORGET THE PLAY!!!

A rivalry similar to Harvard and Yale, where it's not only on the field, court, etc. But also academically in the classroom and research.

Oh, boy. I almost got into Stanford believe it or not, and I know that this game is a big deal every single year. - BigBerry25

Why is this ranked so low? Should be in the top 20 without a doubt!

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43 Boise State vs. Idaho

A rivalry characterized by extended periods of unrelenting brutality inflicted by one school upon the other. There is no respect here. With Ohio State/Michigan, Army/Navy, Alabama/Auburn and rivalries like that, they hate each other, sure, but they sort of respect each other as rivals. With Idaho and BSU it's all hate. If either institution could cause the other not to exist, they'd do it in a heartbeat.

This ain't no school yard bullcrap...this is real football. You play for keeps

44 Alabama vs. Texas A&M
45 Indiana vs. Purdue

What the crap. Any football fan who has sense would know that the Hoosiers boilermakers game is one of the top in all of college football you can't argue with that. It's better than Georgia Georgia tech it's better than Michigan Michigan st, it's better than a lot of them that are in front of it! GO HOOSIERS

The hoosiers suck and they should just crawl back into the hole they came from! BOILER UP

Just under the Ohio State vs Michigan rivalry

I love the hoosiers they are awesome - footballanytime

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46 Virginia Tech vs. Virginia

virginia rule and vt sucks!! even though uva lost they still rule

Its turkey season on nov. 24 vt may be good UVA is better


25 strait years going to bowls, please tell me cokeheaded Iva fans how do you think your better than us

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47 Colorado vs. Nebraska

Nebraska Colorado is a battle of the two Big 12 North teams that have any history whatsoever. It almost seems to be the good guys vs. bad, the law vs. the rebels.

Huskers, get ready for a great Buffalo Massacre.

Very intense games

These guys have always had a tough rivalery

48 North Carolina vs. Duke


Go duke

49 Florida vs. Miami (FL)

Florida is scared to play miami

50 Grambling vs. Southern

This is one of the best Thanksgiving road trip to New Orleans. Go G-Men

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