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Neutral site makes it meh. Played during the middle of the season? Even more meh. Horrible, commercial name for it? Very, very meh.
There is no such thing as a true national rivalry. The closest thing to it would be Army-Navy. With that in mind, I always enjoyed the national pride behind the game but never cared for the game itself until I enlisted in the Navy. I watch it every year now and I will be attending my first Army/Navy football game this year...my first year as a Chief.
The only time a rivalry is truly national is when it has national implications. No-one outside the pacific northwest will watch the civil war but everyone would have watched had last weekend not happened. There was a time when Bama/Tenn was considered one of the best rivalries around but we haven't both been relevant at the same time for quite a while so it has taken on less significance. Bama-LSU now has greater appeal than even the IB because of what is on the line.
The ND/USC game had a chance to be really special this year but USC decided to suck.
Not the biggest, but the best rivalry game is Army/Navy.
I was gonna say the same thing. It's definitely my favorite
I think that will change going forward though, we're both gunna be pretty good for years to come
You can bet Fowler and Elam gunna get into early with somebody. And Easley acts a fool no matter who we play
OU-Texas and its not close.
Iron Bowl has only been nationally relevant very recently, but traditionally hasn't been important to anybody outside Alabama.
OU-Texas has national implications nearly every year, and the gameday atmosphere is second to none.
USC-ND would be my choice if ND did anything the last twenty years.
OSU-UM would mean something of the B1G was competitive nationally. But it isn't, so it's not.
Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS
You act like we were not down during Florida's little streak.
Civil war; the best rivalry in the Pacific Northwest that doesn't register anywhere else
Neutral site makes it when it's at the Texas State Fair with beautiful women as fried food everywhere around the stadium. The original Cotton Bowl stadium is sweet, if a little dumpy.
I go to school up here, and the women suck. They're even worse at OSU and UM. Women aren't everything, obviously, but we like girls where I'm from so it's a nice bonus.
Yeah. Those fried twinkies are what football is about.
Oh and you ever seen a 40 yr old Texas woman? It takes a circus tent to cover her. Those fried twinkies take s toll, son.
Texas / OU will always be meh. Midseason, neutral site and stupid name.
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So are your anti-OSU/UM posts based on having pee-pee envy because OSU doesn't consider you their biggest rival?
not what I heard..
Auburn is in Georgia...
This makes sense coming from someone that thinks Ohio St v. Michigan is a great game. Meh, meh, meh. College football is more than burning couches, son.
That's West Virginia.
Now go cut off someone's testicles.
No flame but OSU and UM have a combined 1 1/2 titles in 40 years don't understand how that can be a bigger rivalry on a national scene than Auburn vs. Alabama or FSU vs. UF. I understand locally it's the biggest rivalry but nationally it doesn't have the appeal it once did..
We didn't play for a while until State legislature stupidly got involved and forced us to play again. Had we always played we likely have a huge edge.
Texas/Oklahoma... Tellin' ya. National championships? check. Players from same high schools and towns? check. History for about 1,600 years? check. Proximity? check. Neutral site for no advantage? check. A state fair? check. Battle over same recruits? check. Civil hatred? check.
I don't think anybody compares. National landscape, national championship implications, etc etc etc....
Hell, Bevo got his name due to the game!!!
When we were the bad boys the greatest rivalry was US vs. the world...
Now go back and count how many times one of those teams (tOSU or UM) had it's perfect season ruined and was kept from the national championship game because its only loss was to its archrival during the final week of the regular season. That's why it's the biggest rivalry in college football.
The same can be said for Texas/OU. The only difference is that the winning team often goes on to win a MNC. Two top teams in the same year makes for a better rivalry. That is why every national poll puts Texas/OU ahead of Michigan/Ohio St.
Every national poll does not do that.
Being played during midseason completely takes Texas / OU out of the discussion. A loss in the middle of the season does not hurt a team nearly as much as one on the final week. It means more when it's played the last week of the regular season.
Sure sign you're a douche: bringing graduation rates to a football argument. Any college fb fan who wouldn't trade a 60% grad rate for a crystal trophy needs to be boat oar'd in the face.
Bama's grad rate was 75%, considered very good by national standards.
Bama-Auburn is easily the best rivalry in football FOR THE FANS, but right now Bama-LSU is the best rivalry in college sports.
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