Best Rivalries in College Football

About the Writer David Lewis, Sports Editor

The Red River Showdown is this weekend and the fans are pumped up. Over eighty thousand people will fill the seats of Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas to support the red or the orange. But this isn’t the only rivalry in college football. Here are four of the best rivalries in college football:





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Michigan lines up in a game deciding drive in the crazy atmosphere of Columbus.

“The Game” is annually played between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines at the end of the regular season. Most years it decides who will be in the Big Ten Championship, and sometimes even the National Championship. They met for the first time in 1897, following the Toledo War, which explains why their emotions and hatred for each other were fueled. Fans have despised the opposite team since the first game played and still hate each other to this day. The rivalry is so heated that people from the Ohio region will not use the letter M in the month of November. Instead, they will draw an X where an M should be. The Game was also rated the biggest rivalry in North America and Top 10 in the World. If you haven’t ever watched The Game before, make sure to check it out, it will be a great one.

Michigan leads all-time series: 58-49-6




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Jalen Hurts (Alabama QB) stiff-arms an Auburn Defender to lead to an Iron Bowl Victory.


“The Iron Bowl” is annually played between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers at the end of the regular season during Thanksgiving week.  The Iron Bowl for the past four seasons has been the deciding factor of playoff birth. Most recently it has been one of the greatest back and forth rivalries ever. People all over the nation tune in to watch some of the best teams from the south fight it out for bragging rights and the chance for an SEC Championship. The Iron Bowl has also hosted one of the greatest sports moments ever, the kick six. The Teams first met in 1893 in February in what would be a Championship deciding game. For most of the teams’ history, they battled it out at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama (The reason for the Iron Bowl nickname). The Iron Bowl  is currently rated by most sports analysts as the greatest college football rivalry, and we could see another great one this year as both teams are in the Top Ten.

Alabama leads all-time series: 45-36-1





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Army’s star running back Terry Baggett jumps over a Navy defender to seal a victory in Philadelphia.


“America’s Game” is considered the longest and biggest tradition rivalry in college football between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen in the last college football game of the regular season. Both teams fight for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy every season to earn the glory over other military schools. Over history America’s Game was ruled by Navy with fourteen straight years of dominance, but lately Army has returned to their former glory and has won twice in a row. The teams first met in 1890 in a blowout Navy win, at the Navy Shipyard. It was one the only college football game ever played at a military base. Army versus Navy is one of the most watched games every year, and it is sure to be another fun matchup this time around.

Navy leads all-time series: 60-51-7





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Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills catches an important touchdown against Red River Rival Texas.


The “Red River Showdown” is a massive rivalry played between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns in the third week of the Texas State fair at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. It’s called the Red River Showdown because of the Red River that separates Texas and Oklahoma. There have been many conflicts across the river which is why both teams cannot stand the other. Both teams fight for a cowboy trophy which is known as the Golden Hat. The teams first met in 1900 when Texas hadn’t even named their football team yet. They were simply called “Varsity.” Right now Oklahoma is on a two game win streak in the big rivalry and they’re hoping to expand on it, as both teams are ranked and the whole nation is watching.

Texas leads the all-time series: 61-46-5