They define college football.
Through the years, epic games such as the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma, the Big Game between Stanford and Cal, the end of season finale between Ohio State and Michigan and the “Back Yard Brawl” between Pitt and West Virginia have given fans tons of memories, great plays, and intense moments.
Moments like a Cal player running through the Stanford band to win the game. Harvard scoring 16 points in the last two minutes to “win” 29-29 versus an undefeated Yale team. Bo versus Woody in the Big Ten. Daryl versus Frank in the old SWC.
Over the last few decades, however, leagues have changed and the independents are no more. Some of the old rivalries are just memories; Texas A&M against LSU, Penn State versus Pitt, Syracuse playing BC and Texas against old foe Arkansas, along with many others, have gone by the wayside.
The new alignments have, however, created some intriguing new matchups that have started to develop intensity. Here are my votes for the top 10 modern day rivalries that have started to develop the mixture of animosity, hard feelings, dislike, and genuine hate that make up all good rivalries.
Some are teams that have played for years but just recently got to really dislike each other. Others are relatively new match ups created from the new mergers and acquisitions mode that the leagues all seem to be in (a sign of the times perhaps).
And I've pointed out a few that may be...well, a bit of a stretch, shall we say....