College Football’s Top 10 Rivalries

College Football’s Top 10 Traditional Rivalries

By: Steve Clarkson

10. Harvard vs. Yale, aka “The Game”

  • ·      Rivalry has been played since November 13th, 1875
  • ·      Second oldest continuing rivalry in college football
  • ·      Series record: Yale leads (65-55-8)

 9. Army vs. Navy

  • ·      Rivalry has been played since 1890
  • ·      Series record: Navy leads (56-49-7)

 8. Texas vs. Texas A&M (In active Rivalry)

  • ·      Rivalry has been played since 1894
  • ·      Third longest running rivalry in all of college football
  • ·      Series record: Texas leads (75-36-5)

 7. Stanford vs. Cal, aka “Big Game”

  • ·      Rivalry has been played since March 19th, 1892
  • ·      Tenth longest rivalry in NCAA Division I FBS football
  • ·      Series record: Stanford leads (58-46-11)
  • ·      The teams play for the Stanford Axe 

 6. Florida vs. Georgia

  • ·      Rivalry was born in 1915
  • ·      The game attracts huge crowds of fans to Jacksonville.  Some say the tailgating before this game is much like “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.”
  • ·      Series record: Georgia leads (48-40-2) per Florida, Georgia leads (49-40-2) per Georgia
  • ·      The teams play for the Okefeokee Oar

 5. Notre Dame vs. USC

 4. Texas vs. Oklahoma, aka “Red River Rivalry”

 3. Michigan vs. Ohio State

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  • Rivalry has been played since October 17th, 1897
  • In 2000, this game was ranked by ESPN as the greatest North American sports rivalry
  • Series record: Michigan leads (58-43-6)

 2. Alabama vs. Auburn, aka “Iron Bowl”

1. USC vs. UCLA, aka “The Crosstown Showdown”

  • ·      This rivalry really started in 1939.   Both teams were ranked and the Rose Bowl was on the line for both teams.  The game ended in a scoreless tie, USC went onto the Rose Bowl.
  • ·      This rivalry is among the most unusual, as the campuses are only 12 miles apart, and both in the same city.
  • ·       Each team plays in their own home jerseys
  • ·      Series record: USC leads (46-28-7)