The 25 Biggest Rivalries In College Football


To determine how to rank the biggest college football rivalries in 2013, we looked across fan sites and discussion boards, identifying different things fans and sports experts say make top rivalries- such as history, notoriety, competition and popularity. Our goal was to produce an unbiased ranking that focuses on measurable metrics- such as attendance, ticket demand, and total games played (to name a few). In addition to historical data, we also measured recent performance and game demand to reflect current trends and events.


Recent Popularity (30 points)
Metrics: Attendance , Stadium Capacity Filled, Ticket Demand

Notoriety (25 points)
Metrics: In-State Rivalry, Intra-Conference Rivalry, Trophy Awarded, Claimed National Championships (both teams), Conference Championships (both teams), Heisman Trophy Recipients (both teams)

History (20 points)
Metrics: Date of First Meeting, Total Games Played

Competition (15 points)
Metrics: (Historical) Date of First Meeting, (Past Decade) Average Point Difference, Appearance in AP Regular Season Poll


  • The rivalry must have a game scheduled or announced in the 2013 season.
  • The teams involved in the rivalry must have met at least once in the last 5 years.
  • The teams involved in the rivalry must currently be associated with Division 1 school.


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