• 05/17/2012, 07:19PM ET

Top 5 Rivalries in College Football History

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5) USC vs Notre Dame

Two of the storied programs in football history, they've had some intense meetings. Not as long standing but just as good.

4) Texas vs Oklahoma

The Red River Rivalry started in 1900, and the schools have met 106 times. The meeting typically has national as well as conference implications.

3) Auburn vs Alabama

In a state lacking a major sports franchise and driven by a love for football, these two play an incredibly talented and heated rivalry. Even a 40 year break couldn't weaken this intense rivalry.

2) Army vs Navy

In the early days of college football, this game decided much more than just who would win the commander in chief trophy. The tradition behind this rivalry is one that even Ohio State and Michigan cannot match, however the huge drop in terms of national relevance makes me place them second.

1) Ohio State vs Michigan

They've met 108 times, 22 with it deciding the Big Ten conference title between the two schools. They first played in 1897, and have met all but five years since 1900. The two schools are some of the most storied in the history of the sport, and share a strong dislike for each other.

SO wrong on the order

1. Army/Navy - rivalry with respect and carries through generations. Tell a person in the military that this game isn't relevant.

2. Bama/Auburn

Part of the reason I dock Ohio/Michigan is SO many of the players and families cross the lines, plus basketball is important there.
Auburn/Alabama- there is nothing else in that state- and they have even taken to killing TREES

3. Texas/Oklahoma

Much like the Bama/Auburn game, these two states LOVE football. You ask a Texan if he wants to give up football or BBQ, and the only question he asks is "how good are my seats?"

4. Ohio State/Michigan
Lands here

5. The SEC gets 2 members to the BCS list- I'm going to give them 2 here.


Ask yourself this:
Who is ND's biggest rival? Might be USC, might be Navy to some people. The this Irishman, I'll take a loss to USC to beat Michigan. Some might even hate Army or Purdue.

USC? Might be ND, or even UCLA.

LSU might hate Bama NOW, but Arkansas has been hated for decades
And vice versa

Our differences are you having a manufactured, not intense rivalry in the top 5 and moved down Ohio State-Michigan.

Basketball is NOT more important to anyone at Michigan or Ohio State. The two schools dislike each other passionately, and the rivalry is without a doubt one of the most intense in the nation. They have just as much history as Army-Navy, except the games have consistently been better and more nationally relevant. To have them at 4 is a joke.

How do you have LSU-Arkansas here? This rivalry has little to no history, and wasn't even considered a major rivalry until the SEC created it for them, complete with an awful trophy. There's some history sure, but the two played games as solid opponents in the past, not hated rivals. Each team has much bigger concerns as rivals, as do the fans.

I find it ironic you challenge ND-USC based on having other rivals but include two teams who don't consider each other their main rivals. ND-USC is absolutely the main rivalry between the two. They have others, yes. What team doesn't? ND-USC is a heated rivalry between two of the most historic programs. It's real and natural; not faked like Arkansas-LSU.

They have just as much history as Army-Navy, except the games have consistently been better and more nationally relevant

Great Point.

I'm trying to recall the last time OSU and Michigan won a BCS title game

Oh, that would be 2003. OSU beat the #12 ranked Michigan
Michigan won the 2000 Orange Bowl, and last years Sugar Bowl

Each time beating a HIGHLY relevant UNRANKED Ohio State team.

Oh yeah- HIGHLY nationally relevant

2009 - OSU Beat an unranked Michigan
2008 - Michigan, UNRANKED

Man, what a RELEVANT Game you have

I could care LESS about Navy's record, or if they are ranked. I want the school to lose, lose badly, and for the school to burn to the ground

For three whole hours (longer if we lose) You have people AROUND THE WORD doing pushups during a game when Army/Navy play. There IS no better rivalry in Football. Both teams could be winless, and this is the only game we care about. Win this game and the season is successful. Army could be undefeated, and losing to Navy makes us want to tar and feather the coach

Don't bring me National Championships- Harvard and Yale have 54 combined- and no Sub in Guam is stopping everything to watch

Forfeited Turn

I'm sorry in the THREE MONTHS this sat out there, I just can't remember the final piece of my argument

Of course Fannation doesnt vote on arguments anyway, so it won't matter

War North Carolina
War US Army
War Notre Dame
War Moderators that care

I am out

May 17, 2012  08:30 PM ET

You got the obvious picks. I am wondering the changes that will be made.

May 17, 2012  08:57 PM ET

I guess there's nothing left to discuss.

May 18, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Good TD, there's got to be at least 100 good rivalries out there.

May 18, 2012  08:43 AM ET

2. TX OK
3. AL AU
4. GA FL
5. TX TA&M

May 18, 2012  09:17 AM ET


like these 5....

May 18, 2012  09:31 AM ET

Army Navy has to be #1, period. Any others are up for discussion......

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May 18, 2012  09:45 AM ET

There is an Ivy League rivalry that has been around longer than Army/Navy

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May 18, 2012  09:49 AM ET

LSU-Arkansas is a made up rivalry that nobody cared about until recently. Ask any LSU fan, and they will say their biggest rival throughout history is Ole Miss, and some of the younger fans would say Bama just because they don't know any better.

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May 18, 2012  09:58 AM ET

When you say basketball is more important, your thinking of the state of Indiana, not Ohio or Michigan

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May 18, 2012  10:06 AM ET

LSU-Arkansas? Really? From 1956 until 1992, LSU and Arkansas played each other 1 time during the regular season.

I'll put it this way, my wife is from southern Louisiana. Her entire family are LSU alums and fans. Extreme fans. I would say obsessive fans. I go to numerous games a season and no one in Louisiana gives two **** about Arkansas.

LSU-Alabama has always been a big rivalry. They first played each other in the late 1800's and they've played about 20 more times than LSU-Arkansas.

Most would say the biggest rivals for LSU would be in order today:

1. Ole Miss
2. Alabama
3. Auburn
4. Florida
5. Tulane
6. Texas A&M
7. Arkansas

Most fans consider the LSU-Arkansas rivalry to be a manufactured rivalry, complete with the hideous Golden Boot trophy.

Tulane really depends on who you talk to because they are no longer a big team, but the Battle for the Tiger Rag is still much bigger than the Battle for the Golden Boot.

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May 18, 2012  10:17 AM ET

I grew up as a fan of Notre Dame. I worked at West Point. Neither should be on this list. Notre Dame-USC has the history, but it just hasn't been the same. The game just doesn't bring the heat it used to. They are not really recruiting the same kids like they were a few decades ago. Army-Navy is a neat game, and we have to respect the history. These kids lay it on the line. But the football has been AWFUL. It's not the same when you're wondering which team is going to fumble the game away worse (most of the time Army). Georgia-Florida HAS to be on this list.

May 18, 2012  10:18 AM ET

How about the oldest rivaly west of the Mississippi River? Wyoming/Colordao State?-Thanks Big Alke for pointing that one out

I'd rather watch paint dry!

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May 18, 2012  10:30 AM ET

HA-HA-HA!!!!!!!I'd rather watch Wyoming/CSU than any Ivy League have ya been? Myself just want this day to zoom right on by. Got tickets to see Taj Mahal tonight.

Would have been cool to see Tommy Lee Jones play though.


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