Other Rivalries

The Ohio State/Michigan rivalry is to me the best in all of sports.  Of course, I’m biased:  I live in Ohio, so naturally I believe that it’s the greatest.  There are some other rivalries that should raise some interest as well:


Mississippi/Mississippi State

Called “The Egg Bowl”, this rivalry dates back to 1901 and has featured some fascinating moments.  For starters, fights breaking out in 1926 when Ole Miss fans charged the field and attempted to tear down the goal posts from the visitor’s field.  Bulldog fans didn’t take kindly to that and protected the posts with chairs, fists, and whatever else they could find.  1983 may have topped all of them, though, as Artie Crosby of MSU tried a 27-yard field goal with 24 seconds left and the Bulldogs trailing the Rebels, 24-23.  The looked straight and deep, but somehow a 40 mph gust kept the ball from crossing the uprights.  You really have to see the play to believe it.  The Rebels lead the all-time series, 60-39-6.


Oregon/Oregon State

The Civil War, as it is called, has a few highlights, most notably in 1960 when an Oregon student abducted Oregon State’s homecoming queen and left a ransom note demanding that the OSU student body president ride a kid’s scooter to the Center of Eugene and make a public appeal for her.  Another strange one involved about 2,000 OSU students in 1937 deciding that celebrating a 14-0 victory over the Ducks on the OSU campus wasn’t enough, so they decided to caravan Eugene and celebrate some more.  At first police were reluctant to allow the students through the city but then agreed to lead them through the city if they agreed to behave.  All I can say to this is WOW!  Can you imagine any police force allowing this to happen nowadays?  The Ducks lead this series, 56-46-10.



Here’s all you need to know about the Big Game.  Stanford leads the series, 55-45-11



How can you not count a rivalry when the schools are only 10 miles apart?  A nice feature was added last year when both teams wore the home uniforms for the first time in years, which cost each team a time out because of stupid NCAA regulations.  More legendary for their battles in the 60’s and 70’s, of the 15 Rose Bowls played from 1966 through 1980, USC and UCLA played in 12 of them.  In other words, you were watching UCLA/USC vs. Ohio State/Michigan every New Year’s Day.  USC leads the series, 42-28-7.


West Virginia/Pitt

The Backyard Brawl.  Cool little footnote:  The first college football game broadcasted on the radio was the 1921 edition of this game, won by Pitt 21-13.  The best game of this rivalry was probably in 2007, when Pitt beat then-No. 2 West Virginia 13-9, knocking the Mountaineers out of the BCS Championship game and somehow bringing Ohio State and LSU back into the picture.  Pitt leads the series, 63-37-3.


South Carolina/Clemson

The only reason I put this one on here is because of this.  Anytime the phrase, ”You can’t shoot me, I’m invisible!” is uttered, I’m making sure I’m at least a county away.


Dan Boyce is the Sports Editor for TheSportsHole.com.  Along with his “Lord of the Stats” blog, Dan does frequent front page columns and his podcast, “The Boyce of the People”.  Anyone with any thoughts or comments can reach Dan here.



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