Beyond the fact that for many teams it’s the final game of the campaign, what makes Week 13 of the college football season special is its traditional role as “rivalry weekend.”
Yes, while grudge matches are staged from September to November, Thanksgiving weekend is home to the biggest offering of rivalry matchups. The following slideshow pinpoints and then power ranks, for your pleasure, the 10 bitterest rivalries in college football.
Though four of these contests have already been played in 2012, six are still yet to be decided (five this Saturday).
What earns these long-standing clashes the “bitter” tag is a careful combination of relevancy, competitiveness and history.
Even more importantly, each of these hate-fests are still active, festering affairs and all are by and large oozing with meaning—an element that means that the outcome of the game earns the winner more than mere bragging rights.