1. Oklahoma vs Texas
Series Record: Texas leads 58-40-5.
Trophy: The Golden Hat
Known as: "The Red River Shootout". The winning team's state is supposed to get ownership of the Red River for one year until the next game. It's one the few college football rivalries that are played on a neutral field. These two teams play in Dallas, Texas which is is
exactly halfway between the two schools, Austin, Texas, and Norman, Oklahoma.
2. Alabama vs Auburn
Series Record: Alabama leads 38-33-1
Trophy: Omicron Delta Kappa-James E. Foy V Sportsmanship
This college football rivalry is number one as the fire,
passion and hate between the two schools is unlike any
other. This game literally stops a state. The teams didn't
play from 1907 to 1948 because after the 1907 game, they
couldn’t decide which referees to use. The trophy for this
game isn't as important as the ownership of the state that
comes with a win.
3. Ohio State vs Michigan
Series Record: Michigan leads 57-41-6.
Award: Ohio State players get a gold charm in the shape of a
pair of pants if they win. No rivalry has a better
combination of history and championship implications than
Michigan vs Ohio State. Since 1913, the two teams have
combined for all or part of 70 Big Ten titles and the have
finished 1-2 in the standings 15 times since 1968.
4. Army vs Navy
Series Record: Navy Leads 52-49-7
Award: Gold cloth stars to put on their letter sweaters for
Notes: This game probably has more history and tradition than
any other rivalry in the country. This game is also part of the
Commander-In-Chief trophy(Army, Navy, & Air Force)
5. USC vs Notre Dame
Series Record: Notre Dame leads 42-32-5
Trophy: The Jeweled Shillelagh
The winner of this game has gone on to win the national title 19
times, plus these two schools have produced 11 Heisman winners.
6. Florida vs Georgia
Series Record: Georgia leads the series, 46-37-2.
Known as: "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party"
Georgia may hold the series lead, but Florida has had Georgia's
number since 1992. This rivalry is one of only a few that is
played on a neutral site, Jacksonville, FL.
7. Florida State vs Miami
Series Record: Miami leads 30-23
Since the 1987, Florida State has lost out on playing for the
national championship five times because of losses to Miami. The
two teams have met 13 times in the last 18 years when both were
ranked in the top ten. Since 1983, these two teams have combined
for more national titles than any other two rivals in the
8. Texas vs Texas A&M
Series Record: Texas leads the series, 70-34-5.
This was voted the top college football rivalry in a USA Today
9. Nebraska vs Oklahoma
Oklahoma leads the series, 42-37-3.
The 1971 game was considered by many, the greatest college
football game of all-time. 19 times during this series, one of
these two teams have been rated #1.
10. Lafayette vs Lehigh
Series Record: Lafayette leads 76-62-5
Known as: "The Game"
This is the most-played rivalry in college football history.
11. Harvard vs Yale
Known as: "The Game"
This game is the third most-played in history; only
Layafette-Lehigh and Princeton-Yale have been played more often.
Rivalry in the Deep South" . Like many other games, these two
even argue about the overall record between the two teams. The
schools played the first SEC overtime game in 1996. Both teams
played their first College Football game against each other in
1892 in Atlanta, which Auburn won 10-0.
13. USC vs
Known as: The battle for the Victory Bell
The winning team
paints the bell in their color to match the gold: blue for UCLA,
cardinal for USC.
14. BYU vs Utah
The newest member to the list
This is the oldest rivalry in NCAA Division I-A. The teams have
met every year since 1907. Before Paul Bunyan's Axe, the teams
played for the "Slab of Bacon", a piece of wood with the word
"BACON". The idea was that the winning team "brought home the
16. Kansas vs Missouri
Known as: "The Border Showdown"
Trophy: The Indian War Drum
Notes: It's the second-oldest rivalry in Division I-A.The
war drum has a picture of a Jayhawk on one side and the MU logo
on another. This game was known as the "Border War", but after
9/11, two schools changed the official name to the "Border
17. Florida vs Florida State
In the 1990's, these programs
were two of the best in the country.
Trophy: The winning team gets
The victory cigar tradition for
Alabama was started in the Bear Bryant era; Tennessee took up
the tradition for themselves in the 1990's.
Virginia vs Virginia Tech
20. Washington vs
Trophy: The Apple Cup
vs Arizona State
Territorial Championship Cup
Known as "The Big Game". The
Territorial Cup is the oldest prize given as part of a rivalry
series. First given in 1899, the cup had been missing for fifty
years until being recently discovered.
State vs Ole Miss
Trophy: The Golden Egg trophy
The "Golden Egg" trophy is in the shape of an old-time football.
Because of its ovalesque shape, it resembles an egg.
Indiana vs Purdue
Trophy: The Old
Georgia vs Georgia Tech
Known as: "Clean,
25. Clemson vs South
"Battle of the Palmetto State"
25. Oregon vs Oregon State
Known as: "The Civil
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