What’s the best rivalry in college football? The initial response is to go with Alabama-Auburn, and it’s hard to disagree with a sentiment like that; the two programs share the last four national championships and the games usually make for appointment viewing there in late November.
Though rivalries are supposed to be two-sided, Auburn is quite clearly not on Alabama’s level. Nobody is, really, but Auburn isn’t even as close as LSU or Florida, and neither of those schools share the deep, historical, passionate and visceral rivalry with Alabama that Auburn does.
Florida and Georgia have a great rivalry, but for some reason—perhaps the game’s usual date in October before the stakes are clear—the annual World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party seems more like a sideshow than an important football game.
Most of the other rivalries in college football either lack passion, competitiveness, end-of-season importance or something else that would otherwise diminish their…
Continue reading at Bleacher Report – Big Ten Football