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Old 11-21-2019, 06:13 PM
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Oxford vs Cambridge.The Varsity Match began in 1872.
Lehigh–Lafayette (AKA "The Rivalry" ) is almost as old (1884). It is the most played college football rivalry. Plus they play American football, which is what I think the OP was asking).


Plus I think it probably has one of the highest ratios of "intensity of fan base" to "actual significance of the game".

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"Biggest" in what way?

In terms of how it affects people outside of the game itself? Probably Auburn-Alabama. Supposedly, there are three kinds of people in Alabama:
1. Those who say "Roll Tide" in every sentence.
2. Those who say "War Eagle" in every sentence.
3. Outsiders.
The only one that might rival it at that level is Army-Navy.

There are other rivalries that seem to be ongoing; for example, if you want to buy tickets to a Stanford sporting event over the phone, dial 800-BEAT-CAL.
This isn't just talk. In Alabama, you can get killed just for not being upset ENOUGH that Auburn won.
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A woman was killed after Alabama’s loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday because she wasn’t upset enough about the Crimson Tide’s defeat, one witness says.
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Sheperd leaves behind three young children.
Story here

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Old 11-23-2019, 12:13 PM
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Lehigh–Lafayette (AKA "The Rivalry" ) is almost as old (1884). It is the most played college football rivalry. Plus they play American football, which is what I think the OP was asking).


Plus I think it probably has one of the highest ratios of "intensity of fan base" to "actual significance of the game".
You're saying it wrong. It's Lafayette-Lehigh.

For those not from the area, those supporting Lafayette always list Lafayette first and those supporting Lehigh always list Lehigh first. Those who start with Lehigh are wrong.
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This isn't just talk. In Alabama, you can get killed just for not being upset ENOUGH that Auburn won.
Story here
Okay, but unless you're from Alabama, how can you possibly know how strongly people from there feel about that rivalry? I've mentioned in this thread, before, how UM vs. tOSU was never really on my radar when I was a kid, but at least I knew of it. I don't think I knew anything about any "Iron Bowl" until after I got out of the navy. My point being that no matter how intense locals feel about a rivalry, if it doesn't resonate with anybody outside of a given state or a given region, then how can it truly be considered a great rivalry from a nationwide perspective?
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BTW, Cal beat Stanford today with just over a minute to go.

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The biggest rivalry in ALL of sports is Michigan against ohio state. awwburn vs analbama isnt even close.
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