The culture of college football is ingrained in the hearts of its fans. The dawn of game day sparks rich traditions, unwavering spirit and a collection of rituals unique to each team and its beloved followers. But to many, not every matchup is created equal, and some rivalries run especially deep in the team’s bloodline. To the players, alumni and fans, it means so much more than a mere football game. Let’s take a look at some of the most intense rivalries in college football.
Florida Vs. Florida State
A non-conference yet highly anticipated rivalry game played between the two oldest public universities in the state of Florida. Gators lead the series at 34-21-2.
Alabama Vs. Auburn
The Iron Bowl is thought by many as one of the most intense and hardest fought rivalries in all of sports. The Crimson Tide leads the series at 42-34-1.
California Vs. Stanford
Cal and Stanford have been meeting for The Big Game since March 1892, with Stanford leading at 58-46-11.
Oregon Vs. Oregon State
Known as The Civil War, the two teams have been meeting since 1894.
Ohio State Vs. Michigan
The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan is so popular, it is commonly referred to as simply The Game. In the Big Ten matchup, Michigan tops the close series at 46-44-4.
UCLA Vs. USC
Both teams in this intercity rivalry compete every year for the Victory Bell, the annual trophy awarded to the winner.
Yale Vs. Harvard
Also sometimes referred by fans as The Game, Yale leads the series 65-56-8.
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