Thursday Apr 27

College Football Rivalries

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If there's one thing that's truly great about college football, its the rivalries.  Nothing ignites the fervor like playing that old nemesis across the way.  Often stretching back over a century or more, these age-old antagonisms are as deeply rooted in the culture of fandom as cheering for the team itself.  With Rivalry Week upon us, here is a look at the most intense and enduring college football rivalries of all time.

Name of Rivalry (if applicable)--Trophy Awarded (if applicable)--Team vs Team (Date of Original Matchup)

  • The Game--Ohio State vs Michigan (1897) Michigan leads 58-45 (six ties, Ohio State's 2010 vacated win not included)
  • Iron Bowl--James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy--Alabama vs Auburn (1893) Alabama leads 42-35 (1 tie)
  • The Game--Harvard vs Yale (1875)  Yale leads 65-56 (8 ties)
  • Army–Navy Game--Army vs Navy (1890) Navy leads 56-49 (7 ties)
  • Red River Rivalry--Golden Hat--Oklahoma vs Texas (1900)  Texas leads 60-43 (5 ties)
  • Michigan - Notre Dame Rivalry --Michigan vs Notre Dame (1887) Michigan leads 24-16 (1 tie)
  • Deep South's Oldest Rivalry--Auburn vs Georgia (1892) Auburn leads 55-54 (8 ties)
  • Florida State-Miami rivalry --Governor's Cup--Florida State vs Miami (1951) Miami leads 31-27
  • Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate-- Governor's Cup--Georgia vs Georgia Tech (1893) Georgia leads 64-39 (5 ties)
  • Big Game--The Stanford Axe--Stanford vs California (1892)  Standford leads 59-46 (11 ties)
  • Bedlam Series--Bedlam Bell--Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State (1900) Oklahoma leads 83-17 (7 ties)
  • Border War--Indian War Drum & Lamar Hunt Trophy--Kansas vs Missouri (1891) Missouri leads 57-54 (9 ties, record is disputed, 56-55 is also accepted by some)
  • Holy War --BYU vs Utah (1896)  Utah leads 57-34 (4 ties)
  • Saban Bowl--Alabama vs LSU (1895, nicknamed Saban Bowl in 2007 after Nick Saban's departure from LSU to Alabama)  Alabama leads 48-25 (5 ties)
  • Commonwealth Cup--Virginia vs Virginia Tech (1895) Virginia Tech leads 53-37 (5 ties)
  • South's Oldest Rivalry--North Carolina vs Virginia (1892) UNC leads 60-54 (4 ties)
  • Magnolia Bowl--Magnolia Bowl Trophy--LSU vs Ole Miss (1894) LSU leads 58-40 (4 ties)
  • Civil War --Platypus Trophy--Oregon vs Oregon State (1894) Oregon leads 61-46 (10 ties)
  • Lone Star Showdown--Lone Star Showdown trophy--Texas vs Texas A&M (1894)  Texas leads 76-37 (5 ties)
  • Duel in the Desert--Territorial Cup--Arizona vs Arizona State (1899) Arizona leads 47-39 (1 tie)
  • Seminole War Canoe Trophy--Florida vs Miami (1955) Miami leads 29-26
  • The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party--Okefenokee Oar--Florida vs Georgia (1915) Georgia leads 50-40 (2 ties, Florida asserts a record of 49-40)
  • Egg Bowl--Golden Egg Trophy--Ole Miss vs Mississippi State (1901) Ole MIss leads 61-43 (6 ties)
  • Backyard Brawl--Pittsburgh vs West Virginia (1895)  Pitt leads 61-40 (3 ties)
  • Land of Lincoln/Sweet Sioux Tomahawk Trophy--Illinois vs Northwestern (1892, Sioux trophy established in 1945, changed to Land of Lincoln Trophy in 2009) Illinois leads 54-48 (5 ties)
  • Victory Bell--Duke vs North Carolina (1948)  UNC leads 40-22 (1 tie, 2 of UNC wins have been vacated)
  • Tiger Bowl--Auburn vs LSU (1901) LSU leads 27-20 (1 tie)
  • Heartland Trophy--Iowa vs Wisconsin (1894) Wisconsin leads 43-42 (2 ties)
  • Sunflower Showdown--Governor's Cup--Kansas vs Kansas State (1902) Kansas leads 64-42 (2 ties)
  • Sunshine Showdown--Florida vs Florida State (1958)  Florida leads 34-22 (2 ties)
  • Battle of the Brazos--Baylor vs Texas A&M (1899) A&M leads 68-31 (9 ties)
  • Victory Bell--Cincinnati vs Miami (OH) (1888) Miami leads 59-51 (7 ties)
  • Battle of the Brothers--Utah vs Utah State (1892) Utah leads 77-29 (4 ties)
  • The Battle for the Mitten--Paul Bunyan Trophy--Michigan vs Michigan State (1953) Michigan leads 68-33 (5 ties)
  • Battle of the Palmetto State--Clemson vs South Carolina (1896) Clemson leads 65-41 (4 ties)
  • Little Brown Jug--Michigan vs Minnesota (1903)  Michigan leads 73-24 (3 ties)
  • Apple Cup--Washington vs Washington State (1900) Washington leads 68-32 (6 ties)
  • Indiana–Purdue rivalry--Old Oaken Bucket--Indiana vs Purdue (trophy established in 1925, teams first met in 1891)  Purdue leads 72-38 (6 ties)
  • Old Wagon Wheel--BYU vs Utah State (1948)  BYU leads 46-34 (3 ties)
  • Rio Grande Rivalry--The Maloof Trophy--New Mexico vs New Mexico State (1894) New Mexico leads 68-31 (5 ties)
  • Baylor-TCU Rivalry--Baylor vs TCU (1899)  TCU leads 51-50 (7 ties)
  • Little Brown Stein--Idaho vs Montana (1903) Idaho leads 55-27 (2 ties)
  • Southwest Classic --Arkansas vs Texas A&M (1903) Arkansas leads 41-25 (3 ties)
  • Third Saturday in October--Alabama vs Tennessee (1901) Alabama leads 50-38 (7 ties)
  • Holy War --Frank Leahy Memorial Bowl and Ireland Trophy--Boston College vs Notre Dame (1975) Notre Dame leads 13-9
  • Oregon-Washington rivalry--Oregon vs Washington (1900)  Washington leads 58-42 (5 ties)
  • Paul Bunyan's Axe (formerly Slab of Bacon)--Minnesota vs Wisconsin (1890)  Minnesota leads 58-56 8 (ties)
  • Battle for the Rag--Tiger Rag or Victory Flag--LSU vs Tulane (1893)  LSU leads 69-22 (7 ties)
  • Border War--Bronze Boot--Colorado State vs Wyoming (1899)  Colorado State leads 56-44 (5 ties)
  • Missouri–Nebraska Rivalry--Victory Bell--Missouri vs Nebraska (1892) Nebraska leads 65-36 (3 ties)
  • CMU–WMU Rivalry Trophy--Central Michigan vs Western Michigan (1907)  WMU leads 44-36 (2 ties)
  • Arch Rivalry--Illinois vs Missouri (1896) Missouri leads 17-7
  • Rocky Mountain Showdown--Centennial Cup--Colorado vs Colorado State (1893) Colorado leads 62-21 (2 ties)
  • Battle of the Palouse--Idaho vs Washington State (1894) WSU leads 71-16 (3 ties)
  • Commander-in-Chief's Trophy--Air Force, Army, Navy (1972) Air Force: 18, Navy: 12, Army: 6
  • Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe--Oklahoma vs Missouri (1929) Oklahoma leads 57-16 (4 ties)
  • UCLA-USC rivalry--Victory Bell--UCLA vs USC (1929)  USC leads 44-30 (7 ties)
  • Cy-Hawk Trophy--Iowa vs Iowa State (1977)  Iowa leads 39-20
  • Third Saturday in September--Florida vs Tennessee (1916)  Florida leads 22-19
  • Crab Bowl Classic--Maryland vs Navy (1905) Navy leads 14-7
  • Battle for the Palladium--The Palladium Trophy--Troy vs Middle Tennessee (1936)  Middle Tennessee leads 11-8
  • Boise State-Idaho rivalry--Governor's Cup--Idaho vs Boise State (1972) Boise State leads 22-17 (1 tie)
  • Battle for the Schwartzwalder Trophy--Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy--Syracuse vs West Virginia (trophy established in 1993, teams first met in 1945) Syracuse leads 32-27
  • Houston–Rice rivalry--Bayou Bucket--Houston vs Rice (1971)  Houston leads 27-11
  • Beehive Boot--BYU, Utah, Utah State, and Weber State (1971) BYU leads with 22 boots
  • Black and Blue Bowl-- Memphis vs Southern Miss (1935) Southern Miss leads 39-21 (1 tie)
  • Floyd of Rosedale--Iowa vs Minnesota (1891) Minnesota leads 61-44 (2 ties)
  • Maryland-Penn State rivalry--Maryland vs Penn State (1917) Penn St leads 35-1 (1 tie)
  • Maryland-Virginia rivalry--Maryland vs Virginia (1919)  Maryland leads 42-32 (2 ties)
  • Battle for the Golden Boot--Golden Boot--Arkansas vs LSU (1901, awarding of Golden Boot since 1996) LSU leads  35-20 (2 ties)
  • Maryland-West Virginia rivalry--Maryland vs West Virginia (1919) West Virginia leads 25-21 (2 ties)
  • The Battle of I-10 --Silver Spade--New Mexico State vs UTEP (1935)  UTEP leads 52-35 (2 ties)
  • Battle of I-75--Peace Pipe--Bowling Green vs Toledo (1919) Toledo leads 17-15
  • Florida Cup--Florida, Florida State, Miami (2002) Miami leads 3-1-1
  • Fresno State-San José State Rivalry--Fresno State vs San José State (1926) Fresno St leads 39-33 (3 ties)
  • Governor's Cup--Kentucky vs Louisville (1912) Kentucky leads 14-10
  • Illibuck--Illinois vs Ohio State (trophy established 1925, teams have met beginning in 1902,) Ohio St leads 62-30 (4 ties, record not including Ohio St's 2010 vacated win)
  • Notre Dame-USC rivalry--Jeweled Shillelagh--Notre Dame vs USC (1926) Notre Dame leads 43-34 (5 ties)
  • Keg of Nails--Cincinnati vs Louisville (1929)  CIncinnati leads 30-20 (1 tie)
  • Battle for the Mayor's Cup--Mayor's Cup--Rice vs SMU (1916)  SMU leads 47-40 (1 tie)
  • Legends Trophy--Notre Dame vs Stanford (1988)  Notre Dame leads 17-8
  • Megaphone Trophy--Michigan State vs Notre Dame (1949)  Notre Dames leads 32-26-1 since trophy began and 46-28-1 all time
  • Battle for the Iron Skillet--Iron Skillet--TCU vs SMU (1925)  TCU leads 44-40 (7 ties)
  • Michigan MAC Trophy--Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan (2005) CMU-3, EMU-3, WMU-1
  • Old Brass Spittoon--Indiana vs Michigan State (1950) Michigan State leads 41-14 (1 tie)
  • Purdue Cannon--Illinois vs Purdue (1943)  Purdue leads 31-27 (2 ties)
  • Ram-Falcon Trophy--Air Force vs Colorado State (1980) Air Force leads 28-19 (1 tie)
  • Shillelagh Trophy--Notre Dame vs Purdue (1957) Notre Dame leads 55-26 (2 ties)
  • Telephone Trophy--Iowa State vs Missouri (1959)  Missouri leads 31-18 (3 ties)
  • Textile Bowl--Clemson vs North Carolina State (trophy awarded since 1981, teams have met beginning in1899) Clemson leads 51-27 (1 tie)
  • The Battle of the Land Grants--Land Grant Trophy--Michigan State vs Penn State (1993) Penn St leads 13-5
  • Battle for Nevada--Fremont Cannon--Nevada vs UNLV (1969)  Nevada leads 22-15
  • Shula Bowl--Don Shula Award--Florida Atlantic vs Florida International (2002)  Florida Atlantic leads 8-2
  • O'Rourke–McFadden Trophy--Boston College vs Clemson (trophy established 2008, teams first met in 1940) Clemson leads 10-9 (2 ties)
  • River City Rivalry--Paddlewheel Trophy--Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh (trophy awarded since 2005, teams played 4 times prior)  Ptt leads 8-3
  • Battle for the Bone--Fresno State vs Louisiana Tech (1986)  Fresno St leads 7-4
  • Battle for the Milk Can--Milk Can--Boise State vs Fresno State (trophy established in 2005, teams first met in 1977)  Boise leads 6-1
  • Wagon Wheel--Akron vs Kent State (1946)  Kent St leads 21-19 (1 tie)
  • Governor's Victory Bell--Minnesota vs Penn State (1993)  Penn St leads 8-4
  • Gansz Trophy--Navy vs SMU--(trophy established in 2009, trams first met in 1930) Navy leads 9-7
  • Battle for the Bones--The Bones--UAB vs Memphis (1997) UAB leads 10-4
  • Friends of Coal Bowl--Governor's Cup--West Virginia vs Marshall (trophy established in 2006, teams first met in 1911) West Virginia leads 11-0
  • Jefferson-Eppes Trophy--Florida State vs Virginia (1995) Florida St leads 14-2

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