With the conference realignment in college football comes numerous changes. Among them, the most difficult of changes must surely be the conference rivalries. Many of the nation's oldest and most heated rivalries face extinction.
It raises a question:
"Who would be the overall winner of 25 of the oldest and most heated rivalries in the nation if each team ended the rivalry after the 2012 season, never to play again?"
How do you answer such a question? Head-to-head record? National success? Most recent trend?
To decide the overall rivalry winner, each team will earn points based on this system:
Head-to-Head: One point is awarded for every game ahead in the all-time series the leader is (i.e. 10-5 record= Five points for the leader).
Nationally: Two points awarded for every national championship a team has and one point for every BCS Bowl victory.
Most Recent Decade: For the winner of the majority of the last 10 games played in the series. You always wanna think you won the last battle right? King of the Mountain when the whistle blows kind of thing. Five points for any lead in the last 10 game series.
Let's see how it goes...