Every College Football Team's Biggest Rivalry Game

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2013

Every College Football Team's Biggest Rivalry Game

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    Biggest Rival: Oklahoma

    The Bedlam Series is one of the most lopsided rivalries in college football with Oklahoma holding an 83-17-7 edge over Oklahoma State.

    Last year's game was an overtime thriller the Sooners won 51-48. The Cowboys have only beaten Oklahoma once over the last decade, a 44-10 rout in 2011.

Air Force

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    Biggest RivalColorado State

    The Falcons have natural rivalries with the other service academies, but with Army and Navy giving each other priority, Air Force's game against Colorado State has special meaning.

    The two teams compete for the Ram–Falcon Trophy, which Air Force won last year after beating Colorado State 42-21.

Akron

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    Biggest Rival: Kent State

    These two MAC schools are separated by just 25 miles in Northeast Ohio, competing annually in the "Wagon Wheel" rivalry.

    Kent State currently leads the series 22-19-1, winning the most recent matchup 35-24. The two will meet again in a Week 10 matchup in Akron.

Alabama

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    Biggest Rival: Auburn

    Known as the Iron Bowl, many consider this in-state clash the top rivalry in all of college football. With the lack of a professional sports team in Alabama, the fanbases on both sides look forward to this game all year.

    One of these two teams has won the national title the past four seasons. That alone gives this rivalry significant clout.

Arizona

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    Biggest Rival: Arizona State

    The Duel in the Desert annually pits Arizona's two biggest schools against each other in a battle for the Territorial Cup.

    First played in 1899, the Wildcats hold a 47-38-1 advantage over the Sun Devils.

Arizona State

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    Biggest Rival: Arizona

    Arizona State rallied to beat Arizona in last year's game by scoring 24 fourth-quarter points to snag a 41-34 victory in Tuscon. 

    Arizona will try to get revenge in this year's season finale on November 30.

Arkansas

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    Biggest Rival: LSU

    Arkansas' old rivalry with Texas faded when the two teams split conferences in 1991, but LSU has been a constant nemesis for the Razorbacks over the years.

    Arkansas came close to capping a miserable season with a highlight win over the Tigers last November, but the Razorbacks fell just short in a 20-13 loss.

Arkansas State

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    Biggest Rival: Memphis

    Memphis is the top rival for Arkansas State, and the Red Wolves have won back-to-back contests over the Tigers.

    Arkansas State beat Memphis 33-28 last year after blowing it out by 44 points in 2011.

Army

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    Biggest Rival: Navy

    This rivalry is one of the most intense in all of college football, dating all the way back to 1890.

    The rivalry has been very one-sided over the past decade, however. Army hasn't beaten Navy since 2001, when the Black Knights beat the Midshipman 26-17 in Philadelphia. 

Auburn

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    Biggest Rival: Alabama

    Nick Saban has brought an end to the domination Auburn enjoyed in the early aughts, winning four of the past five Iron Bowl matchups.

    Auburn will look to avenge two consecutive blowout losses to the Tide this year with new head coach Gus Malzahn at the helm.

Ball State

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    Biggest Rival: Northern Illinois

    These two teams first met up in 1941, and through the years, Ball State has gained the edge over Northern Illinois with a 20-18-2 record.

    The two teams started playing for the Bronze Stalk Trophy in 2008.

Baylor

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    Biggest Rival: TCU

    TCU stepped in as a natural rival when Texas A&M bolted the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012.

    This isn't a new rivalry, though, as the Bears and the Horned Frogs have met a total of 108 times. Last year's 49-21 victory gave TCU the slightest edge in the rivalry with a 51-50-7 record. 

Boise State

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    Biggest Rival: Nevada

    Boise State's rivalry with Idaho was lost in all of the college football realignment, but Nevada has been a consistent foe for the Broncos.

    That will likely remain the case after the 2013 season even though the Mountain West Conference is scheduled to split into two divisions, with Boise State and Nevada slated to be opposite each other. They have provided some memorable matchups over the years.

Boston College

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    Biggest Rival: Clemson

    Although these two teams have met 22 times, the O'Rourke-McFadden Trophy was created in 2008 as a reward for the winner of this matchup.

    Clemson currently has the advantage at 11-9-2, including victories in four of the past five years.

Bowling Green

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    Biggest Rival: Toledo

    The Toledo Rockets have been Bowling Green's biggest rival dating back to 1919, when Toledo captured the first win of the series 6-0. The rivalry is commonly referred to as the Battle of I-75.

    Bowling Green has the series advantage with a 39-34-4 record. However, the Rockets have won the past three meetings. 

Buffalo

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    Biggest Rival: Bowling Green

    The Bulls do not have a definitive rival, but they have battled Bowling Green in-conference over the past few years.

    Buffalo has ended each of the past two regular seasons with losses to the Falcons, but the Bulls will have a chance for revenge in this year's season finale.

BYU

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    Biggest Rival: Utah

    Known as the "Holy War," Utah and BYU maintain this annual rivalry despite Utah's recent move to the Pac-12.

    Last year's matchup was a classic, as BYU kicker Riley Stephenson missed two last-second field goals that would have tied the game.

    Winning eight of the last 11 matchups, Utah holds a 56-34-4 advantage in the series.

Cal

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    Biggest Rival: Stanford

    Simply called the Big Game, the Cal-Stanford rivalry's most memorable moment came in 1982 when Cal returned a bizarre kickoff through the Stanford band for a touchdown to win the game.

    In similarly simple fashion, that kickoff return has been immortalized as "The Play."

Central Michigan

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    Biggest Rival: Western Michigan

    Central Michigan has a number of rivalries with the directional Michigan schools from the MAC, but its matchup with Western Michigan stands above the rest.

    The two compete for the appropriately named CMU-WMU Rivalry Trophy, which the Broncos have won the past two years.

Cincinnati

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    Biggest Rival: Miami (Ohio)

    Despite having bigger schools to compete against in what used to be the old Big East Conference, Cincinnati's rivalry with Miami is one of the oldest in the country.

    Dating back to 1888, Cincinnati and Miami have met 117 times, with the Bearcats currently riding a seven-game winning streak.

Clemson

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    Biggest Rival: South Carolina

    These in-state foes battle annually in the Palmetto Bowl, and there's certainly no love lost between the two. A brawl broke out toward the end of the 2004 matchup, resulting in self-imposed bowl bans at the end of the season.

    The rivalry didn't take a break during the offseason this past April, when someone broke into Williams-Brice Stadium and painted a Clemson tiger paw on the Gamecocks' home field.

Colorado

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    Biggest Rival: Colorado State

    Like many around the country, the Colorado-Nebraska rivalry came to an end thanks to conference realignment.

    Fortunately for Colorado, it still has an annual in-state battle with Colorado State. The Rocky Mountain Showdown was first played in 1893, and the Buffaloes have dominated the series with a 61-21-2 record.

    Colorado's move to the Pac-12 will not disrupt the rivalry, as the series has been renewed through 2020.

Colorado State

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    Biggest Rival: Colorado

    Last year, the Rams pulled out a 22-17 victory over Colorado in each team's season opener. However, Colorado State fell to an improved Colorado team 41-27 in the 2013 edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown, bringing the all-time series to 62–21–2 in Colorado's favor. 

    With each program breaking in new coaches (CSU's McElwain was hired in 2012, CU's MacIntyre in 2013) and talks of Colorado State building a new on-campus stadium, this rivalry could experience a resurgence in the near future.

Connecticut

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    Biggest Rival: Syracuse

    Although most of the hatred between these schools is felt on the basketball court, this rivalry naturally extends to the football field.

    The Orange rolled the Huskies last year, piling up more than 500 yards of total offense on their way to a 40-10 victory.

Duke

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    Biggest Rival: North Carolina

    Like UConn-Syracuse, this rivalry extends from the basketball court to the football field (though the first battle on the gridiron took place all the way back in 1888).

    Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, they don't have as much success against the Tar Heels on grass. Duke has won just two games in this series since 1990.

Eastern Michigan

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    Biggest Rival: Western Michigan

    This rivalry doesn't have the tradition and standi that the WMU-CMU rivalry carries, but Eastern Michigan doesn't have many other rivalry games.

    The Eagles won just two games last year, but one of those victories came at the expense of the Broncos. Eastern Michigan quarterback Tyler Benz threw two touchdown passes in the 29-23 victory. 

East Carolina University

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    Biggest Rival: North Carolina State

    These North Carolina foes started this rivalry in 1970, and since then, the series has been relatively even.

    The Wolfpack captured 10 of the first 13 victories, but ECU has held its own, winning six of the past 10.

Florida

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    Biggest Rival: Georgia

    Some might say that Florida State is Florida's top rival, but the Gators' top SEC East foe and their annual tussle in neutral-site Jacksonville gets the nod here.

    Still widely known as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party (despite officials' best efforts to the contrary), Florida fans won't soon forget the bizarre celebration Georgia put on after the game's opening touchdown in 2007.

Florida Atlantic University

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    Biggest Rival: Florida International University

    Known as the Shula Bowl, FIU and FAU's rivalry doesn't have a deep history.

    The two first played in 2002, when a Florida Atlantic team with just one victory defeated FIU 31-21.

Florida International University

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    Biggest Rival: FAU

    Historically, FIU has had little success in the Shula Bowl, winning just three of the 11 matchups.

    The Golden Panthers have gained a lot of momentum, though, winning the past two games by a combined score of 75-31.

Florida State

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    Biggest Rival: Florida

    Florida, though, remains Florida State's top rival.

    The Seminoles and the Gators annually fight for Sunshine State supremacy. Florida has gotten the better of Florida State over the past 10 years, winning seven of the matchups.

    Florida also leads the all-time series 34-21-2.

Fresno State

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    Biggest Rival: San Jose State

    An argument could be made for Boise State, but that rivalry nearly fell victim to conference expansion. The Big East's implosion will keep the Broncos out west in the MWC, but San Jose State still has the edge here.

    The Bulldogs have dominated the Spartans recently, winning 16 of the past 18 games. San Jose State did win the last matchup, 27-24, in Fresno two years ago (2012 served a one-year break due to since-negated conference realignment issues).

Georgia

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    Biggest Rival: Florida

    Now officially known simply as the Florida-Georgia football game, the Bulldogs have posted back-to-back wins over the Gators for the first time since 1988-89.

    Georgia also has a strong rivalry with Georgia Tech, but the Florida rivalry has significantly more significance as the two SEC powerhouses continually battle for conference supremacy and on the recruiting front.

Georgia Tech

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    Biggest Rival: Georgia

    Georgia, though, is most certainly Georgia Tech's top rival.

    With the nickname "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate," there's certainly a lot of animosity on both sides. Unfortunately for Georgia Tech, Georgia head coach Mark Richt holds an 11-1 record against the ACC' Yellow Jackets.

Hawaii

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    Biggest Rival: Wyoming

    College football realignment brought two old rivals back together with Hawaii and Wyoming in the Mountain West (though scheduling arrangements make 2014 the earliest the rivalry can resume).

    From 1978-97, Hawaii and Wyoming battled for the Paniolo Trophy. The Wyoming Cowboys won the past five meetings, holding a 12-8 series edge.

Houston

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    Biggest Rival: Rice

    With their universities just five miles apart, Houston and Rice have been locked in a rivalry since 1971.

    The Houston Cougars have dominated the Bayou Bucket Classic, winning 28 of 39 matchups.

Idaho

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    Biggest Rival: Washington State

    With Boise State out of the picture, Idaho lost its biggest in-conference rival.

    Fortunately, Idaho resurrected its Battle of the Palouse rivalry with Washington State.

    Idaho and Washington State have played 91 times, but they have not met since 2007.

Illinois

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    Biggest Rival: Northwestern

    Illinois has a number of rivals in the Big Ten, notably Ohio State and Purdue, but none is bigger than in-state Northwestern.

    The two battle annually for the Land of Lincoln Trophy, and Illinois holds a slight edge in the series with a 54-47-5 record against the Wildcats.

Indiana

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    Biggest Rival: Purdue

    Indiana and Purdue battle for the Old Oaken Bucket annually, but the two teams met for the first time in 1891, 34 years before the trophy's inception.

    In all, Indiana and Purdue have played 115 times, but the Boilermakers have won 72 of those matchups.

Iowa

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    Biggest Rival: Iowa State

    With the Big Ten's new divisions, many of Iowa's conference rivalries have been shaken up. Nebraska will likely evolve into a strong rival, but there isn't enough history there yet.

    Iowa State, though, is a consistent nonconference nemesis. The rivalry originated in 1894, and the in-state opponents battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy annually. Iowa holds a 39-21 series edge.

Iowa State

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    Biggest Rival: Kansas State

    Iowa State doesn't have the in-conference instability Iowa has, as Big 12 opponent Kansas State is the Cyclones' top rival.

    Recently nicknamed "Farmageddon", the series started in 1917, and Iowa State leads the series with a 49-43-4 record.

Kansas

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    Biggest Rival: Kansas State

    With Missouri's departure to the SEC, Kansas' rivalry with Kansas State vaults to the top here.

    The Jayhawks and the Wildcats battle for a trophy named the Governor's Cup, and Kansas State is currently riding a four-game winning streak. The Wildcats throttled the Jayhawks by 40 last year.

Kansas State

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    Biggest Rival: Kansas

    Although Kansas State has shifted the momentum of the series with four straight victories over Kansas, the Jayhawks boast a dominating all-time record of 64-41-5.

    The Wildcats will look to make it five straight over their biggest rival with a season-finale win over the Jayhawks this November.

Kent State

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    Biggest Rival: Akron

    The Golden Flashes have won three straight games in this rivalry, including last year's 35-24 victory.

    Kent State will look to win its fourth straight without Darrell Hazell, the former head coach who was hired by Purdue after the 2012 season.

Kentucky

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    Biggest Rival: Louisville

    Despite playing in separate conferences, there's no doubt that Louisville is Kentucky's biggest rival.

    Louisville Cardinals coach Charlie Strong is off to a good start, winning two games between these in-state rivals.

Louisiana Tech

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    Biggest Rival: Fresno State

    If Louisiana Tech could find a way to reignite its rivalry with Louisiana-Monroe (they haven't played since 2000), Fresno State would get bumped here.

    Skip Holtz's squad found a new rival in Fresno State, and as both teams are nicknamed the Bulldogs, the series has appropriately been named the Battle for the Bone. Louisiana Tech has only won four of the 11 matchups.

Louisiana-Lafayette

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    Biggest Rival: Louisiana-Monroe

    The Battle on the Bayou pits the Ragin' Cajuns against the Warhawks, and the two teams have battled 48 times.

    Louisiana-Lafayette has taken control of the series recently, winning five straight games, including last year's 40-24 victory on the road.

Louisiana-Monroe

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    Biggest Rival: Louisiana-Lafayette

    Louisiana-Monroe hasn't defeated the Ragin' Cajuns since 2007, when it won a defensive battle 17-11 in Lafayette.

    The Warhawks will try to get a victory in their Week 12 matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette this year.

Louisville

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    Biggest Rival: Kentucky

    Life has been good for the Louisville Cardinals recently.

    Not only are they coming off of a national title in basketball, but they're also reveling in the joy of two straight victories over the hated Wildcats in football.

LSU

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    Biggest Rival: Alabama

    No disrespect to Ole Miss, but Alabama has to be LSU's top rival right now.

    No team has crushed the spirit of a fanbase like Alabama has done to LSU's over the past two seasons. After throttling the Tigers in the BCS title game in January 2012, the Tide stunned LSU in Baton Rouge with a last-minute drive for the ages 10 months later.

Marshall

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    Biggest Rival: Ohio

    Known as the Battle for the Bell, Marshall and Ohio have battled since 1905, although the rivalry didn't get its nickname until 1997.

    Ohio currently holds a 31-19-6 edge in the series.

Maryland

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    Biggest Rival: Virginia

    Although the Terrapins have a solid nonconference rival in West Virginia and will soon be reigniting an old rivalry with Penn State when they join the Big Ten, Virginia remains Maryland's top rival.

    The Terrapins beat the Cavaliers 27-20 in last year's matchup.

Memphis

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    Biggest Rival: University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Nicknamed the Battle for the Bones, Memphis and UAB began their rivalry in 1997. 

    The Tigers and the Blazers have played each of the past 15 years, but UAB has taken 10 of those matchups.

Miami

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    Biggest Rival: Florida State

    It isn't the oldest rivalry, but few have produced more memories than this one.

    The rivalry really picked up steam in the late 1980s and through the '90s. The Seminoles and the Hurricanes were constantly battling to position themselves for a national title, and even though they're not as consistent these days, it's still a great matchup.

Miami (Ohio)

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    Biggest Rival: Cincinnati

    The Redhawks haven't won the Victory Bell since 2005, when Josh Betts led Miami in a 44-16 rout of the Bearcats.

    Although it's lost seven straight, Miami has held its own overall, trailing just 59-51-7 in the series record.

Michigan

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    Biggest Rival: Ohio State

    The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is considered one of the fiercest rivalries in all of sports, and dating back to 1897, the hate has been brewing between these two schools for more than a century.

    How deep is that hatred? Neither team refers to the other by the correct name. At the encouragement of head coach Brady Hoke, Michigan refers to Ohio State simply as Ohio. Those wearing scarlet and gray refer to Michigan as "that school up north."

Michigan State

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    Biggest Rival: Michigan

    The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is only a year younger than the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry. The Spartans and the Wolverines play annually for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

    Michigan has dominated the rivalry, and it got to the point where former Wolverines running back Mike Hart called the Michigan State Spartans "little brother" during a postgame interview back in 2007.

    Michigan State responded by winning the next four games.

Middle Tennessee

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    Biggest Rival: Troy

    This rivalry started in 1936, but the teams had a 40-year stretch from the 1950s to the '90s when they didn't play.

    The rivalry sparked back up in 1999, and Troy reeled of six straight victories before the Blue Raiders finally snapped the streak last season.

Minnesota

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    Biggest Rival: Wisconsin

    This Big Ten battle takes place every year, with Paul Bunyan's Axe going to the winner.

    That axe hasn't called Minnesota home in nearly a decade. The Golden Gophers last beat the Badgers in 2003 when Rhys Lloyd kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired for a 37-34 victory.

Mississippi State

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    Biggest Rival: Ole Miss

    The Golden Egg Trophy is given to the winner of this game, but Ole Miss and Mississippi State have been doing battle for much longer than the trophy's existence.

    The Golden Egg was created in 1927, but this rivalry dates back to 1901. Ole Miss currently leads the series with a 61-42-6 record.

Missouri

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    Biggest Rival: Arkansas

    College football lost a number of tremendous rivalries with all of the conference realignment, but few hurt more than losing the Kansas-Missouri rivalry.

    The SEC replaced that border war with a new one in Arkansas, but it will take a while for the the Tigers and the Razorbacks to build a history.

Navy

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    Biggest Rival: Army

    Navy's vaunted rushing attack has led to 11 straight victories for the Midshipmen, helping them capture the series lead with a 57-49-7 record.

    Army and Navy will face off for the 114th time on Saturday, December 14.

Nebraska

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    Biggest Rival: Wisconsin

    Nebraska lost its Big 12 rival when it moved to the Big Ten, and it will be hard for the Cornhuskers to find a suitable replacement for Oklahoma.

    With two years of B1G play under its belt, Nebraska has a solid rivalry brewing with Wisconsin. The Badgers thumped Nebraska in 2011, but the Cornhuskers got their revenge last year with a 30-27 victory in Lincoln. 

    Then the Badgers hung 70 points on Nebraska in the Big Ten title game. The Cornhuskers will remember that for a long time.

Nevada

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    Biggest Rival: UNLV

    There's no love lost between these two in-state rivals. The Wolf Pack and the Rebels battle annually for the Fremont Cannon, and Nevada is currently riding an eight-game winning streak.

    The Wolf Pack won last year's thrilling game after rallying from a 17-point second-half deficit to claim a 42-37 victory.

New Mexico

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    Biggest Rival: New Mexico State

    Known as the Rio Grande Rivalry, the Lobos and the Aggies have met on the field 103 times dating back to 1894.

    New Mexico halted New Mexico State's three-game winning streak last year with a 27-14 victory.

New Mexico State

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    Biggest Rival: New Mexico

    The Aggies have been dominated by the Lobos, winning just 31 of their 103 matchups.

    Back in 1917, New Mexico State annihilated New Mexico in a game that ended with a score of 110-3.

North Carolina

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    Biggest Rival: Duke

    Winning the Victory Bell might not mean as much to either fanbase because of the attention the basketball teams receive, but the Tar Heels have dominated this series.

    That didn't stop Duke from beating North Carolina for the first time since 2003 last year, when quarterback Sean Renfree threw a touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter to steal a 33-30 victory.

North Carolina State

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    Biggest Rival: North Carolina

    This in-state and in-conference rivalry started in 1894, and the Tar Heels have dominated through the years, accumulating a 64-32-6 record over the Wolfpack.

    North Carolina's Giovani Bernard returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown in the final minute of last year's game, capping 18 fourth-quarter points in a 43-35 come-from-behind victory. It ended the Wolfpack's five-game winning streak.

North Texas

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    Biggest Rival: SMU

    The on-again, off-again series known as the Safeway Bowl started in 1922, and the SMU Mustangs have dominated, winning 28 of the 33 matchups.

    They last played in 2007, when SMU pulled out a 45-31 victory. The rivalry will be renewed with a 10-year series starting in 2014.

Northern Illinois

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    Biggest Rival: Ball State

    The Bronze Stalk Trophy will be on the line in their Week 11 matchup on Wednesday, November 13.

    The Huskies have won the past four games, including last year's 35-23 victory.

Northwestern

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    Biggest Rival: Illinois

    The Big Ten boasts a number of very old rivalries, but few have been played out as evenly as the Illinois-Northwestern series.

    Nothing was even about this matchup last year, when the Wildcats hammered the Illini 50-14 in the regular-season finale.

Notre Dame

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    Biggest Rival: USC

    Few rivalries have more history, as these two programs have combined for 22 national titles and boast 14 Heisman Trophy winners.

    Notre Dame leads the series and won last year's game 22-13 to earn a spot in the national title game.

Ohio

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    Biggest Rival: Marshall

    Ohio has won two straight games after dropping six in a row to the Thundering Herd throughout the aughts.

    The two will renew the rivalry in Week 3 under the lights.

Ohio State

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    Biggest Rival: Michigan

    The rivalry really earned its stripes with "The 10-Year War," a decade-long battle from 1969-78 waged by Michigan coach Bo Schembechler and Ohio State coach Woody Hayes. 

    Over the past 10 years, though, the Wolverines have only managed two victories over the Buckeyes.

Oklahoma

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    Biggest Rival: Texas

    The Red River Rivalry dates back to 1900, and Texas holds a commanding 59-43-5 series lead over Oklahoma.

    The Sooners, though, have taken control of the rivalry of late, winning three straight and nine of the past 13. Behind the strong play of quarterback Landry Jones and running back Damien Williams, Oklahoma rolled Texas 63-21 last year.

Oklahoma State

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    Biggest Rival: Oklahoma

    The Bedlam Series is one of the most lopsided rivalries in college football with Oklahoma holding an 83-17-7 edge over Oklahoma State.

    Last year's game was an overtime thriller the Sooners won 51-48. The Cowboys have only beaten Oklahoma once over the past decade, a 44-10 rout in 2011.

Ole Miss

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    Biggest Rival: Mississippi State

    Despite Ole Miss holding a sizable series edge over Mississippi State, the teams have each won five matchups over the past decade.

    Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace threw five touchdowns against the Bulldogs in last year's 41-24 victory.

Oregon

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    Biggest Rival: Oregon State

    Known as The Civil War, Oregon and Oregon State first clashed on the field in 1894. The Ducks lead the series 60-46-10.

    Oregon is riding a five-game winning streak over the Beavers, with an average margin of victory of 20 points.

Oregon State

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    Biggest Rival: Oregon

    The Beavers last beat the Ducks in 2007, when Oregon State's defense limited Oregon's high-powered offense to just 339 total yards in 38-31 double-overtime victory.

    They will meet again on Friday, November 29.

Penn State

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    Biggest Rival: Ohio State 

    Penn State's rivalries with Maryland, Syracuse and West Virginia dropped off when the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten, but a fantastic rivalry has caught fire with Ohio State.

    The Buckeyes technically hold a 14-8 advantage over Penn State because six Nittany Lions victories were vacated as the result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State's last official victory over Ohio State came in 1997.

Pittsburgh

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    Biggest Rival: Syracuse

    Another casualty of conference realignment was the Backyard Brawl, Pitt's longstanding rivalry with West Virginia.

    As Pitt and Syracuse both shift to the ACC in 2013, the Orange are the only rival remaining in Pitt's future.

Purdue

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    Biggest Rival: Indiana

    Purdue has dominated this series, winning 13 of the past 16 matchups.

    The Boilermakers posted a season-high 56 points against the Hoosiers last year in a 21-point victory in the regular-season finale.

Rice

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    Biggest Rival: SMU

    While Rice's rivalry with Houston is intense, especially given the schools' proximity to each other, it doesn't have quite the history that the Rice-SMU rivalry packs.

    Rice and SMU first met in 1916 and have played every year since 1926, aside from the obvious exclusion of the 1987-88 seasons.

Rutgers

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    Biggest Rivals: Penn State

    Rutgers never established any huge rivalries with its fellow Big East members, and with its pending move to the Big Ten, Penn State will take over as the Scarlet Knights' top rival.

    The two teams first met in 1918 and played every season from 1982-95, but Penn State announced it will officially renew this rivalry next season. 

San Diego State

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    Biggest Rival: BYU

    BYU and San Diego State first met in 1947, but they have only played each other 36 total times.

    The Cougars have dominated the series with a 28-7-1 record. San Diego State hasn't beaten BYU since 2000, when they won 16-15 in a defensive battle.

    They will not face each other in 2013.

San Jose State

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    Biggest Rival: Fresno State

    Conference expansion nearly ended this rivalry as well, but with San Jose State joining the Mountain West, it will fortunately survive. 

    San Jose State and Fresno State did not play last year but will face off again on Friday, November 29. 

SMU

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    Biggest Rival: TCU

    SMU dominated this rivalry early, especially throughout the 1970s and '80s, but the Horned Frogs have turned the tables since SMU's "death penalty," winning 17 of the past 23.

    TCU beat SMU 24-16 last season, and the two will go at it again on Saturday, September 28.

South Carolina

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    Biggest Rival: Clemson

    Clemson and South Carolina enter the season ranked in the Top 10, and both sides are hoping to still be there when they meet in the regular-season finale.

    Clemson holds the series lead with a 65-41-4 record, but South Carolina has won the past four games by an average of 17.5 points.

South Florida

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    Biggest Rival: University of Central Florida

    Being such a young program, South Florida doesn't have any established rivals. Referred to as the War on I-4, UCF provides a natural, geographical nemesis for the Bulls.

    USF and UCF played four times from 2005-08, with the Bulls winning all four games. The rivalry will renew on Friday, November 29.

Southern Miss

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    Biggest Rival: Louisiana Tech

    With its series against Memphis ending, the Rivalry in Dixie between Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech gets the nod here.

    The Bulldogs and the Golden Eagles first played in 1935, and through the years, Southern Miss has dominated the series, piling up a 31-13 record.

Stanford

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    Biggest Rival: Cal

    The Cal-Stanford rivalry has been relatively even since it originated in 1892, with Stanford holding a 58-46-11 advantage.

    The Cardinal have won the past three matchups and will try to extend that winning streak on Saturday, November 23.

Syracuse

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    Biggest Rival: Boston College

    The Syracuse-West Virginia rivalry was lost when the Mountaineers moved to the Big 12, but with the Orange's move to the ACC, their rivalry with Boston College can be renewed.

    The two formed a rivalry when Boston College was a Big East member, and the ACC's acquisition of Syracuse will finally get these two back on the same field this year.

TCU

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    Biggest Rival: Baylor

    This formerly inconsistent rivalry took on more of a permanent role when TCU joined the Big 12, and that's good news for fans on both sides.

    Baylor and TCU played in one of the most memorable season openers in recent years in 2011. The teams combined for 98 points and 1,030 total yards. Baylor pulled off the upset 50-48.

Temple

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    Biggest Rival: Cincinnati

    After joining the American Athletic Conference, Temple will be taking on a brand-new slate of teams in 2013.

    Due to Cincinnati's proximity, the Bearcats could emerge as a rival to the Owls. The two will play on Friday, October 11.

Tennessee

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    Biggest Rival: Florida

    Tennessee has big rivalries with Kentucky, Georgia and Vanderbilt, but the two big ones, particularly on the football field, are Alabama and Florida.

    The Gators get the nod here, and they currently boast an eight-game win streak over the Volunteers. Tennessee will look for its first win against Florida since the 2004 season on Saturday, September 21.

Texas

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    Biggest Rival: Oklahoma

    Texas will look to avenge last year's blowout loss on Saturday, October 12, trying for its first win in the series since 2009.

    Quarterbacks Vince Young and Colt McCoy were able to stop Oklahoma's recent dominance, but if the Longhorns don't pull out a victory this year, the rivalry will begin titling largely the Sooners' way again.

Texas A&M

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    Biggest Rival: LSU

    Texas A&M's move to the SEC presented the opportunity to reignite its rivalry with LSU, and that's exactly what happened when the Aggies were slated in the West division.

    LSU and Texas A&M have met 51 times, and the Tigers hold a 28-20-3 edge. LSU won last year's game 24-19 after forcing five Texas A&M turnovers.

Texas Tech

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    Biggest Rival: Texas

    Texas Tech has had a tough time against Texas historically, losing 47 of the 62 matchups.

    The Red Raiders last beat the Longhorns 39-33 in 2008, when wide receiver Michael Crabtree broke free for a 28-yard touchdown reception with one second left in the fourth quarter. 

Toledo

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    Biggest Rival: Bowling Green

    The Rockets will look to extend their three-game win streak over Bowling Green on Saturday, October 26.

    Toledo has averaged 27 points and more than 480 total yards of offense in those victories. 

Troy

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    Biggest Rival: South Alabama

    Troy and South Alabama have a budding rivalry that fans on both sides are starting to embrace.

    The Troy Trojans beat the South Alabama Jaguars 31-10 last season, and the two will battle again this year on Saturday, October 5.

Tulane

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    Biggest Rival: LSU

    No Tulane rival can match the history the Mean Green have with in-state enemy LSU.

    Known as the Battle for the Rag, Tulane and LSU first played in 1893 and have met on the field 98 times since.

    LSU holds a commanding 68-23-7 series lead, and the Tigers have won 18 straight.

Tulsa

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    Biggest Rival: Rice

    Tulsa defeated Rice in dramatic fashion last year when running back Alex Singleton scored a touchdown from one yard out with just 1:31 remaining. The touchdown gave Tulsa a 28-24 lead it would not surrender.

    The rematch will take place in Tulsa on Saturday, October 5.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

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    Biggest Rival: Southern Miss

    With the Memphis rivalry done, Southern Miss, geographically, makes the most sense for a UAB rivalry.

    The Blazers beat Southern Miss 27-19 last year and will play again in the season finale on Saturday, November 30.

University of Central Florida

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    Biggest Rival: University of South Florida

    Now playing in the American Athletic Conference together, UCF and USF is a geographical rivalry in the truest sense.

    There isn't much history with the teams only playing each other four times, but the UCF Knights will be looking for their first victory over the USF Bulls on Friday, November 29.

UCLA

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    Biggest Rival: USC

    With both schools located in Los Angeles, this rivalry originated in 1929 when the Trojans defeated UCLA 76-0.

    The Bruins ended a five-game losing streak to USC last year with a 38-28 victory.

UNLV

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    Biggest Rival: Nevada

    The Rebels will try to earn their first victory in this rivalry since 2004 this fall, hoping to end their eight-game losing streak against the Wolf Pack.

     

USC

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    Biggest Rival: Notre Dame

    While the UCLA rivalry is incredibly heated, USC's battle with Notre Dame has consistently affected the national landscape of college football for decades.

    After USC won eight straight games over the Irish from 2002-09, Notre Dame has battled back and won two of the past three.

Utah

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    Biggest Rival: BYU

    The Utah-Utah State rivalry is very intense, but the Holy War with BYU edges the Aggies here.

    Utah won a classic last year and holds the series lead with a 56-34-4 record. The two will play again in a Week 4 matchup.

Utah State

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    Biggest Rival: Utah

    Utah State, though, has no bigger rival than the Utes.

    Known as the Battle of the Brothers, the Utes and the Aggies first played in 1982. Utah has dominated the series, winning 77 of the 110 matchups.

    Utah State beat Utah 27-20 in overtime last year, its first victory in the series since 1997.

University of Texas at El Paso

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    Biggest Rival: New Mexico State

    The Miners and the Aggies have played in the Battle of I-10 since 1914.

    UTEP has the series lead with a 52-35-2 record and has won the past four matchups by more than 19 points on average.

Vanderbilt

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    Biggest Rival: Tennessee

    Vanderbilt has been dominated in this in-state rivalry, winning just 29 of the 107 matchups. Nineteen of those victories came before the 1926 season.

    The Commodores snagged a rare victory last season, routing the spiraling Volunteers 41-18 in Nashville. 

Virginia

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    Biggest Rival: Virginia Tech

    These two in-state rivals battle annually for the Commonwealth Cup, which was created in 1996.

    The rivalry originated, though, back in 1895, when the Cavaliers blanked the Hokies 38-0.

Virginia Tech

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    Biggest Rival: Virginia

    The Hokies have dominated the Cavaliers, winning 13 of the past 14 matchups. That has helped Virginia Tech gain a 52-37-5 overall advantage over Virginia.

    The two teams will face off in the regular-season finale on November 30.

Wake Forest

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    Biggest Rival: North Carolina

    This is one of the oldest rivalries in college football, dating back to 1888.

    The Tar Heels have dominated the series with a 68-35-2 record, but the Demon Deacons have displayed some fight recently, winning six of the past 10.

Washington

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    Biggest Rival: Washington State

    The Apple Cup is awarded annually to the winner of this in-state battle.

    The Huskies and the Cougars started this rivalry in 1900, and Washington has controlled the series, winning 67 of the 105 meetings.

Washington State

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    Biggest Rival: Washington

    Although the Cougars have historically struggled against the Huskies, they've managed to win five of the past nine matchups.

    Washington State upset No. 25 Washington 31-28 last year after scoring 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to force overtime. 

West Virginia

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    Biggest Rival: Texas

    West Virginia lost its longstanding rivalry with Pitt when it moved to the Big 12, and with no natural geographical ties to the region, why not battle with the best?

    The Mountaineers won a 48-45 shootout against Texas in Austin last year. Quarterback Geno Smith was outstanding for West Virginia, tossing four touchdowns in the three-point victory.

Western Kentucky

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    Biggest Rival: Troy

    The Sun Belt Conference doesn't provide Western Kentucky with any geographical rivalries, but as time goes on, the Hilltoppers could get something brewing with Troy.

    The two played a great game last year, one that Western Kentucky won 31-26 behind a fourth-quarter defense that surrendered no points to the Trojans.

Western Michigan

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    Biggest Rival: Central Michigan

    Western Michigan dominated the early stages of this rivalry, winning 24 of the first 27 games. 

    The Chippewas have made the rivalry more even over the years, but the Broncos still hold the 45-36-2 advantage.

Wisconsin

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    Biggest Rival: Minnesota

    Even though Minnesota holds the series advantage with a 59-55-8 record, Wisconsin has dominated this rivalry over the past decade.

    The Badgers have ripped off nine consecutive victories over the Gophers, and over the past three years, Wisconsin has beaten Minnesota by an average of 24 points.

Wyoming

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    Biggest Rival: Colorado State

    The Bronze Boot Trophy is awarded to the winner of this rivalry every year, and that has ended up in Wyoming's hands four straight years.

    Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith tossed four touchdowns in Wyoming's 45-31 victory that looked much closer than it actually was. The two will play again on Saturday, October 19.