It is tough being a football fan, isn't it? Our favorite sport has the shortest playing season and the longest offseason. Our pros can't seem to figure out how to keep a good thing going, while our amateurs can't figure out the proper way to crown a champion.
By this coming fall, the top level of pro football that will be played will be the CFL and UFL. As for college, well despite the bad post season it is still one of the best amongst any sport, pro or college, when it comes to its regular season. And that is thanks in part to the rivalries in the game.
While pro rivalries can come and go based on how well the teams have done in the past, or the hatred that is created between players and not necessarily the jersey, college rivalries stay consistent despite how good or how bad the teams have been.
Sure there are exceptions in the pro ranks: Ravens and Steelers, Lakers and Celtics, Yankees and Red Sox, Al Davis and...anybody, but college football has more meaningful and more entertaining rivalries. Some are known nationwide, others only known within a region, but they are always there. Some have lasted for over 100 years and some have only just begun, but once the seed of hate is planted, it is there to take root and grow.
I love rivalry games, and I would like to share with you 20 games that I would like see turn into annual rivalry games. Some would be new, some would be renewed, all would be interesting.
Now, this is an opinion article, meaning I am not going to be impartial on some of these, and I might even show some dislike toward some schools. But, hey, what is a true rivalry without a little bit of prejudice and loathing (besides Army and Navy)?