The rivalry games are what football fans look forward to every year. College football rivalries are one of the best traditions in the sport and still remain to be very fun and very intense. No matter your team, it likely has a rivalry and that could be the most important matchup of the year. It was difficult to narrow these down, but here are the top 5 rivalries in college football.
5. USC vs. Notre Dame
Each of these teams are 2 of the biggest names in college football. Although these teams are in different conferences and have a significant geographic separation, this rivalry dates back to 1926. Since then, these two teams have 22 national titles and produced 14 Heisman trophy winners combined. The all time series goes to the Fighting Irish at 43-34-5.
4. Army vs. Navy
While neither of these teams are necessarily an athletic powerhouse, this still ranks high among the best college football rivalries around. Although, the Navy has been dominating this rivalry between these service academics the past ten years. This respectful rivalry grabs the nation’s attention each year as these two institutions strive for some serious bragging rights.
3. Oklahoma vs. Texas
This Big 12 matchup shows no love when it comes down to the Red River Rivalry (say that 3 times fast!). Each year these teams meet at a neutral site in Dallas as part of the traditions of the Texas State Fair. Typically, this game has a huge impact on each team’s season, making the rivalry that much more exciting. Texas currently leads the all-time series of well over 100 games at 59-42-5.
2. Alabama vs. Auburn
When it comes time for the Iron Bowl, you must pick a side. This matchup is easily the biggest sporting event in Alabama each year and can get very heated. While some fans may cross the line at times, this rivalry is certainly among the best. In Alabama, your battle cry is either War Eagle or Roll Tide.
1. Michigan vs. Ohio State
It’s fair to say that these two teams have built up some hostility towards one another. The greatness of this game is how closely contested the teams are year after year. The winner of this game typically goes on to win the Big 10 Championship. In fact, a coach won’t last long if they’re losing consistently in the rivalry (just as former Buckeyes head coach John Cooper). While Michigan has been on the losing end recently, you never know when they could bounce back and even things back out.