Epic Rivalries in College Football

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College football has a lengthy history and offers plenty of rivalries. As the seasons go by, football rivalries seem to be increasing. The major contributor to these battles emanates from the way regional conferences are aligned. Bragging rights has certainly caused fierce competition between college teams from the same region. The other factor being history. The following are some of the epic rivalries in college football history.

Yale vs. Harvard

Known as “The Game,” Yale vs. Harvard contests often live up to this expectation. This 139-year-old duel still presents an intoxicating spectacle. From the pitch to the stands, the intensity of these matches is unmatched. Currently, Yale tops this rivalry series 68-60-8

Alabama and Auburn

Ever since the first game in 1893, the Iron Bowl rivalry continues to manifest deep footballing hatred. The Yale-Harvard rivalry might be “The Game,” but Alabama vs. Auburn is a battle you won’t want to miss. In fact, for 41 years starting in 1907, the teams refused to play each other due to dislike. The crimson tide leads this rivalry 45-36-1. Nowadays, the Iron Bowl is an annual obsession among the fans.

Lafayette vs. Lehigh

Stakes are usually high when the Leopards meet Lehigh. It’s not all about the bragging rights, but a chance of extending history. These teams have faced each other a record 155 times. Although Lafayette leads the series 79-71-5, it is the Mountain Hawks who have dominated this duel in recent seasons.

Michigan and Ohio State

With decades of historic success under their belts, the Michigan-Ohio rivalry needs no introduction. These teams have faced off 116 times, and the Wolverines lead the series 58-50-6. However, in the past eight meetings, it is the Buckeyes who have emerged victorious. This contest is likely to become a one-sided contest if Michigan fails to break Ohio’s streak in the upcoming seasons.