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08:18 AM ET 11.23 | For a decade, it didn't get much better than Florida-Florida State. In all 11 games [from 1990 to 2000], both teams were ranked in the top 10. Five times, both were in the top five. After five of those games, either Florida or Florida State went on to play for the national title. ... Rivalry Week is chock full of great games, including Michigan-Ohio State and a long list of intrastate matchups. But this game is poised to reclaim its place among the best. "This is like the old days," said third-year Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, a former offensive assistant to Nick Saban and Les Miles at LSU. The Gators already were counting it down last week against Jacksonville State.

Chicago Sun-Times

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November 23, 2012  08:50 AM ET

There is a difference between a rivalry and a jealousy. Two traditional powers competing against each other (Celtics / Lakers; Ohio State / Michigan; Duke / UNC) are actual rivalry games. A lot of supposed rivalries are actually one traditionally dominant team versus a traditionally weaker team that is jealous of the other teams success.

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November 23, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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Especially if the wolverines do the shocker at the shoe.TZ man will have my hide for that one.

You'll never convince those bucknuts and angry weasels that there are other rivalries anywhere and that some are even greater than that one.

Still say the RRSO is the best because they pause the brawls in downtown Dallas just long enough to play a football game.

November 23, 2012  09:10 AM ET
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You'll never convince those bucknuts and angry weasels that there are other rivalries anywhere and that some are even greater than that one.Still say the RRSO is the best because they pause the brawls in downtown Dallas just long enough to play a football game.

2nd that ... Been in a few of those brawls lol

November 23, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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2nd that ... Been in a few of those brawls lol

Figured you had! Downtown Dallas is crazy that weekend.

November 23, 2012  09:21 AM ET

Gators-Noles may not have the long history of some the other rivalries, but we're building a pretty good legacy of high-stakes games. This year just adds to it.

November 23, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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Figured you had! Downtown Dallas is crazy that weekend.

Well back in my younger crazy days I had a T-shirt just for two games a season. On the front it said OSU SUX and on the back it said BUT TEXAS SWALLOWS. Started more than one ruckus. Retired it long ago lol

November 23, 2012  09:30 AM ET

I might be biased a bit... Civil War... Really, doesn't get much more rival-istic... Than war...

Of course, the only reason I won't be mocked incessantly for this opinion today is that most regular posters will still be enjoying a Tryptophan induced slumber...

Hope you all had a good one last night, and that your making the most of today too!

November 23, 2012  09:48 AM ET

I'm looking forward to the Irish V. USC game. Go Irish! National Championship Game here we come!

November 23, 2012  09:50 AM ET
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Figured you had! Downtown Dallas is crazy that weekend.

The year before I moved to the Dallas area I think they had 900+ arrests that weekend.

Not sure if they still do, but the sidewalks are one way and if you make any attempt to turn around they will pull you off and arrest you....

It is definitely one crazy weekend....

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November 23, 2012  09:53 AM ET
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I think the best rival games are played on the High School level, and they do not get have to shift conferences, even though some shift time to time from say 4A to 5A or to 3A or whatever, but they have the best year in and year out rival games IMO.

Probably right.

November 23, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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There is a difference between a rivalry and a jealousy. Two traditional powers competing against each other (Celtics / Lakers; Ohio State / Michigan; Duke / UNC) are actual rivalry games. A lot of supposed rivalries are actually one traditionally dominant team versus a traditionally weaker team that is jealous of the other teams success.

Very good point FAMU. But as a guy with a dog in the "Best Rivalry" fight I cannot disagree with the basic premise of the article. Ohio State/Michigan has not been much of a rivalry for the last decade. Hopefully Hoke can restore Michigan and make it a game again.

November 23, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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I'm looking forward to the Irish V. USC game. Go Irish! National Championship Game here we come!

We will show the Trojans no mercy,, we've waited too long for a perfect season to come our way once again.
Coach Kelly's third season, the dynasty picks back up here.

GO IRISH!!!

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November 23, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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This is gonna bring out some folks, Gators/Noles as best rival game, yep, time to put on some popcorn, shame I can not have salt nor butter.

Colonel, yes the Florida/Florida State game is a great rivalry and "very" important this year, but IMO it is no more important than the USC/Notre Dame rivalry, also a very important game this year.

November 23, 2012  10:41 AM ET

Someone's got to write it and I will, with great pride and earnest conviction: The best rivalry-game is still The Black Knights of the Hudson vs. The Midshipman of Annapolis.

 
November 23, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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Colonel, yes the Florida/Florida State game is a great rivalry and "very" important this year, but IMO it is no more important than the USC/Notre Dame rivalry, also a very important game this year.

Break out the rubbing alcohol on Sunday... Something will have to unglue my eyes from the tube...

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