It’s lastly right here, the week that hate — the clear, outdated-customary variety, thoughts you — is in vogue.
If you’ve got ever been accused of firing a contractor as a result of he wore a rival’s shirt to your own home, that is your time. Put the flag up outdoors your own home. Get the group texts fired up. Add somewhat faculty spirit to your Zoom background in your subsequent assembly.
It’s Rivalry Week!
To have a good time, our reporters recap the extreme celebrations, tree desecrations and trash-can-fueled altercations from a few of faculty football’s best video games. Turn the battle tune up and get the memes loaded up in your digicam roll. Here we go.
Jump to a rivalry:
Ole Miss-Miss. State | UCF-USF | Wazzu-Washington | UNC-NC State
Ohio State-Michigan | OU-Oklahoma State | Alabama-Auburn
Georgia-Georgia Tech | Oregon-Oregon State | Texas A&M-LSU
Florida State-Florida | Kentucky-Louisville | Virginia-Virginia Tech
Clemson-South Carolina | Arizona-Arizona State
Better generally known as: Egg Bowl
This 12 months’s sport: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. (all occasions Eastern), ESPN & ESPN App
All-time document: Ole Miss 63-46-6 (in accordance to Ole Miss); 63-47-6 (in accordance to Miss. State)
Current streak: Ole Miss, 1
Wildest on-area second: Where do you begin? Most lately, there was Ole Miss extensive receiver Elijah Moore dropping to all fours in the finish zone, lifting his leg and pretending to urinate like a canine in the 2019 Egg Bowl. His actions drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Rebels missed the ensuing 35-yard additional level try and misplaced 21-20 to the Bulldogs. Three days later, Ole Miss fired coach Matt Luke, which precipitated the hiring of Lane Kiffin. Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead was most likely below extra strain coming into that sport. There was a sense, honest or not, that he was an odd slot in Starkville after earlier teaching stops at Penn State, Fordham and Connecticut, amongst different non-southern faculties. Moorhead famously stated that Thanksgiving night time after the sport, “This is my team, this is my school, this is my program. You’ll have to drag my Yankee ass out of here.” A bit of greater than a month later, Moorhead was fired on Jan. 3, 4 days after Mississippi State misplaced to Louisville in the Music City Bowl. That’s regardless of going 2-0 in opposition to Ole Miss as Mississippi State’s coach. The ironic factor is that Moore’s stunt wasn’t unique. DK Metcalf did it two years earlier in the finish zone after catching a 63-yard landing cross in Ole Miss’ 31-28 win over Mississippi State. Three days later, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen bolted for the Florida head-teaching job.
Strangest off-area second: Steve Robertson, a lifelong Mississippi State fan who has the faculty’s brand tattooed on his left hand, was researching former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze’s telephone information on July 5, 2017, for a e-book Robertson was writing and located a name related to commercials for a feminine escort service.
Robertson, who had been overlaying Mississippi State sports activities since 2001, relayed his findings to lawyer Thomas Mars, who was representing former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt in his lawsuit in opposition to Ole Miss. Mars alerted the Ole Miss normal counsel in a July 13, 2017, e-mail about the name, and every week later, Freeze was out as Ole Miss’ coach regardless of beating Alabama in again-to-again seasons, in 2014 and 2015, and guiding the Rebels to their first Sugar Bowl victory in 50 years to cap the 2015 season.
Robertson stated he obtained a number of demise threats and shared one with ESPN again in 2017 during which somebody wrote on a message board that he “won’t be around much longer.” — Chris Low
Quote that defines the rivalry: C.R. “Dudy” Noble, the namesake for Mississippi State’s baseball area, performed 4 sports activities at Mississippi State (then generally known as Mississippi A&M) then coached baseball, basketball and football at Ole Miss for components of the 1917 to ’19 seasons, earlier than returning to coach at Mississippi State, most notably baseball. He later turned Mississippi State’s longtime athletic director.
Noble famously informed a sports activities author: “I already know what hell is like. I once coached at Ole Miss.”
An in depth second place in the quote division goes to former Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill. When Sherrill was employed in 1991, Ole Miss coach Billy Brewer known as Sherrill a “habitual liar.” Sherrill countered by saying that Brewer “didn’t know what the word habitual meant.”
Better generally known as: War on I-4
This 12 months’s sport: Friday, 3:30 p.m., ESPN and ESPN App
All-time document: Tied 6-6
Current streak: UCF, 4
Wildest on-area second: The complete 2017 sport between these two faculties qualifies. UCF was in the midst of its outstanding turnaround, however the AAC East Division remained up for grabs, and the winner of that sport would go on to play for the convention championship. The groups mixed for 1,186 yards of complete offense; USF quarterback Quinton Flowers had a faculty-document 605 yards. But the last 1:41 produced a whirlwind that goes down as maybe the wildest in the rivalry. Flowers threw an 83-yard landing cross to Darnell Salomon then the 2-level conversion to D’Ernest Johnson to tie the sport at 42. But on the ensuing kickoff, Mike Hughes went 95 yards for the go-forward landing. USF had one last shot, however Mitchell Wilcox fumbled and UCF received — en route to its 13-0 season.
Strangest off-area second: There is not any love misplaced between the applications, and although it’s laborious to keep in mind now, USF was in much better place as a program 15 years in the past than UCF. At the time, USF was in the Big East, a convention that had a tie-in to the BCS, whereas UCF was in Conference USA. The two sides usually exchanged heated phrases, particularly after USF declined to prolong their sequence previous 2008. Before their sport that 12 months, UCF followers bought a maintain of USF quarterback Matt Grothe’s cellphone quantity and proceeded to incessantly name and textual content. His father, Matt Grothe Sr., obtained a demise menace from a UCF fan, and the Grothe household was protected by state troopers throughout the sport, a 31-24 additional time win for USF. — Andrea Adelson
Quote that defines the rivalry: “It’s a natural hate. We really don’t like those guys. A lot of the young guys don’t really understand the emotions behind it. But it’s something you’re born in. … You’re born to hate UCF, and you inherit that hate once you sign that letter of intent to South Florida.” — USF defensive deal with Todd Chandler in 2014
Better generally known as: Apple Cup
This 12 months’s sport: Friday, 8 p.m., FS1
All-time document: Washington, 66-30-4
Current streak: Washington, 7
Wildest on-area second: When a person sport inside a rivalry is branded with its personal title, it is a good indicator that one thing distinctive came about. For the Apple Cup, the Snow Bowl is that sport. After climbing to No. 13 in the AP ballot a number of weeks earlier, Washington State had misplaced three of 4 and entered the 1992 Apple Cup at house in opposition to No. 5 Washington. The Huskies had been ranked No. 1 till a loss to No. 12 Arizona two weeks prior however had nonetheless already locked up a visit to the Rose Bowl.
It started to snow the morning of the sport and actually began to come down after kickoff. At halftime, Washington, which was led by quarterback Mark Brunell, led 7-6 at halftime as neither crew might discover any kind of an offensive rhythm. In blizzard-like circumstances in the second half, the whole lot modified. WSU quarterback Drew Bledsoe caught fireplace and led the Cougars to 29 third-quarter factors, together with one in every of the most iconic performs in WSU and Apple Cup historical past: a 44-yard landing cross to Phillip Bobo, who slid right into a snowbank beneath the goalpost after making the catch.
Strangest off-area second: Lots of what made the 2002 sport unusual — for all the flawed causes — technically came about on the area, however not till the sport was over. Unranked Washington beat No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in triple additional time in a sport that ended when the officers dominated a WSU bubble display screen was a backward cross and recovered by Washington. The response from the crowd at Pullman’s Martin Stadium was ugly, as followers rained down bottles and no matter else they’d at their disposal towards the area. Washington star extensive receiver Reggie Williams was pelted with a bottle, and UW athletic director Barbara Hedges said she “feared for her life,” marring the finish of one in every of the best WSU common seasons in historical past. — Kyle Bonagura
Quote that defines the rivalry: “One game doesn’t make a season, but the people who say that haven’t participated in the Apple Cup.” — former WSU coach Mike Price
Better generally known as: Carolina-State
This 12 months’s sport: Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN and ESPN App
All-time document: UNC, 68-36-6
Current streak: UNC, 2
Wildest on-area second: This sport has by no means been as massive of a deal accurately, at the very least not nationally. When these squads met as ranked groups one 12 months in the past, it was solely the third time in 110 conferences that each groups had been in the AP Top 25. But neglect that neither one in every of these Tobacco Road anchors has been nearly as good at football as they need to be or that they’ve inexplicably stored this sport off the last weekend of the schedule most of the time; it is a sport that generates loads of warmth throughout the Old North State. (Trust me: I grew up dodging postgame fights in the Carter-Finley Stadium parking zone.) The 2004 version of the sport was in Chapel Hill, and the house crowd was left heartbroken when Wolfpack tailback T.A. McLendon rumbled into the finish zone for a sport-tying TD in the closing seconds, with the would-be sport-successful PAT forthcoming. As one objective line official signaled landing, one other ran in and stated McLendon’s knee had hit the turf earlier than the ball crossed the objective line. On the subsequent play, McClendon ran it in once more, this time going airborne. UNC’s Khalif Mitchell blasted the ball from McClendon’s grasp, and the sport ended with a Tar Heels fumble restoration and a 30-24 win.
Strangest off-area second: After the 1905 sport led to a 0-0 rating, the third straight tie in the rivalry, the NC State football crew obtained a congratulatory telegram from Trinity College, somewhat faculty in close by Durham that had but to begin a football program. In 1925, Trinity modified its title to Duke. — Ryan McGee
Quote that defines the rivalry: “You might not hear much about that game around the country, and that’s fine. But if you ever walk into a bar anywhere in the state of North Carolina and you see a guy in khakis and his Carolina polo staring at a guy in his jeans and an NC State T-shirt, clear the room, because it’s about to go down.” — Philip Rivers, NC State quarterback, 2000-03, who posted a 3-1 document vs. UNC
Better generally known as: The Game
This 12 months’s sport: Saturday, midday, Fox
All-time document: Michigan, 58-51-6
Current streak: Ohio State, 8 (and 17 of the previous 20)
Wildest on-area second: There was Desmond Howard placing the Heisman Trophy pose as Keith Jackson yelled, “Hello, Heisman.” Charles Woodson and David Boston going after one another in 1997. The 1950 Snow Bowl, a sport that featured 45 punts and ended with a 9-3 Michigan win. The controversy over whether or not J.T. Barrett bought a primary down in the 2016 sport. But one in every of the wildest moments got here in 1973, when Ohio State ran onto the area to a roar of boos and ran straight towards Michigan’s “Go Blue” banner that the Wolverines soar and contact earlier than each house sport. The Buckeyes jumped up, grabbed the banner and tore it down in the center of the area, which prompted the boos to develop louder. That incident led to former Michigan gamers defending the banner in 1977, which prompted an incident of its personal. As Ohio State gamers ran below the banner, the Michigan alumni stood in the center of the lane whereas physique checking and pushing the Buckeyes gamers as they ran via. The incident prompted Michigan announcer Bob Ufer to exclaim, “Oh brother, are you and I in for 60 minutes of football!”
Strangest off-area second: This most likely might have served as the wildest on-area second, however it technically occurred off the area. A dustup occurred in the 2013 sport, and Ohio State offensive lineman Marcus Hall was ejected. He stormed to the sideline, threw his helmet to the floor, kicked a bench and left the area. As he made his approach into the tunnel, he prolonged each arms and flipped off the Michigan followers as he exited. That second went viral, and T-shirts had been even made with a silhouette of Hall flipping the double chook. — Tom VanHaaren
Quote that defines the rivalry: “I can assure you that you will be proud of our young people in the classroom, the community and, most especially, in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” — new Ohio State coach Jim Tressel at a Buckeyes basketball sport after being employed to change John Cooper, who went 2-10-1 in opposition to Michigan.
Better generally known as: Bedlam
This 12 months’s sport: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ABC and ESPN App
All-time document: Oklahoma, 90-18-7
Current streak: Oklahoma, 6
Wildest on-area second: This sequence is one-sided, however it has definitely not lacked drama, particularly in the Big 12’s shootout period. In 2014, Oklahoma State got here in on a 5-sport dropping streak with a freshman quarterback — Mason Rudolph, who began the season as the third-stringer — making simply his second profession begin after burning his redshirt every week earlier than, and Mike Gundy got here in at 1-8 versus Bob Stoops in the sequence. Trailing 35-28 with a couple of minute left, the Cowboys compelled an Oklahoma punt. They kicked it to Oklahoma State working again Tyreek Hill, who made a good catch. But the Cowboys had been known as for working into the punter, and the Sooners opted to take the 5 yards and kick it once more. This time, Hill caught it and sped 92 yards for a landing to tie issues up and ship the sport to additional time. “It didn’t feel real because I was crying while I was running,” Hill stated. “Tears of joy.” OU missed a 44-yard area objective in the first additional time, and the Cowboys made a 21-yarder to win.
Strangest off-area second: Oklahoma State rang the bell at Old Central, the oldest training constructing in the state, after wins. In 1932, OU followers stole the bell clapper so it could not be rung. But Cowboys college students banged on the bell with a sledgehammer to maintain it going. The clapper then turned the trophy that was awarded to the winner annually. A crystal trophy generally known as the Bedlam Bell has since changed it. — Dave Wilson
Quote that defines the rivalry: “This feels so bad. Finishing tied with OSU isn’t like kissing your sister; it’s like kissing your ugly twin sisters.” — Oklahoma linebacker Aubrey Beavers after a 15-15 Bedlam tie in 1992.
Better generally known as: Iron Bowl
This 12 months’s sport: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS
All-time document: Alabama, 47-37-1
Current streak: Alabama, 1
Wildest on-area second: At first, it regarded as if the official evaluation would possibly save Alabama, which was one win away from reaching the SEC title sport in 2013 and a shot at a 3rd consecutive BCS National Championship look. With the contest tied at 28, working again T.J. Yeldon sprinted throughout midfield and ran out of bounds proper as the play clock hit 0:00 on the area. But officers took one other look and determined one second ought to be positioned again on the clock — sufficient time for Alabama coach Nick Saban to have his place-kicker try a 56-yard area objective.
And identical to that, the Kick Six was born. Adam Griffith’s kick fell quick. Chris Davis caught the ball in the again of the finish zone, began working towards the center of the area, then veered to his left. Alabama’s area objective crew was late stepping into protection and could not cease Davis from breaking containment, and he danced down the sideline for a landing. Auburn received the sport, followers stormed the area and Alabama was shocked. Auburn went on to the SEC championship sport and the BCS title sport.
“First time I’ve lost a game that way,” Saban stated. “First time I’ve ever seen a game lost that way.”
Strangest off-area second: Al from Dadeville wasn’t Al from Dadeville in any respect. His actual title was Harvey Updyke, and he was from Louisiana, and he known as in to Paul Finebaum’s radio present in the future with a narrative of how overheated the Iron Bowl rivalry can get.
Updyke, an Alabama fan, stated he was at the 2010 sport in Tuscaloosa when he noticed somebody place a Cam Newton jersey on former Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s statue.
“Let me tell you what I did,” Updyke informed Finebaum. “The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn, Alabama, because I live 30 miles away. I poisoned the two Toomer’s trees. I put Spike 80DF in them.”
Finebaum, who wasn’t taking all of it that significantly, requested, “Did they die?”
“They’re not dead yet, but they definitely will die,” Updyke stated.
Finebaum then requested, “Is that against the law to poison a tree?
“Do you assume I care?” Updyke said. “I actually do not. Roll rattling Tide.”
Updyke did poison the famed oaks on Toomer’s Corner, which had stood for more than 70 years as a gathering place for Auburn fans to celebrate. The school fought to save the trees, but in 2013, they had to be removed.
Updyke, who died in 2020, was charged with criminal mischief, desecrating a venerated object and damaging agriculture. He was later convicted of felony criminal damage of an agricultural facility, served more than 70 days in jail and was ordered to pay about $800,000 in restitution. — Alex Scarborough
Quote that defines the rivalry: From 1904 to 1988, every Iron Bowl was played in Birmingham, which was only an hour’s drive from the University of Alabama but twice as far from Auburn. When Pat Dye took over as coach at Auburn in 1981, he wanted to change that. But his former boss, Bryant, said they’d never agree to it as long as he was still coaching. To which Dye famously replied, “You ain’t gon’ coach ceaselessly.” Bryant reminded Dye that they had a contract to play in Birmingham through 1988. Fine, Dye said, they’d play the game in Auburn in 1989 then. And they did. The 11th-ranked Tigers upset No. 2 Alabama 30-20 in the first rivalry game ever played in their home stadium. Afterward, Dye told his team how much that meant to him: “Sure I’d like to be 11-0, however I would not swap this 12 months for any 12 months that I’ve been at Auburn.”
Better known as: The schools did away with Civil War moniker in 2019
This year’s game: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ESPN and ESPN App
All-time record: Oregon, 66-48-10
Current streak: Oregon State, 1
Wildest on-field moment: It’s tough to beat the 1998 game. No. 15 Oregon was, of course, favored in the game, yet the nighttime setting in Corvallis made it ripe for an upset. The back-and-forth affair led to overtime, when a failed fourth-down try appeared to give Oregon State the victory. The fans rushed the field and surrounded the goalposts without noticing that there had been a flag thrown for pass interference. Security and team officials took more than 15 minutes to get all of the fans on the field back to their seats in order to continue the game. Oregon scored a touchdown to tie the game at 38 then added a field goal to start the second overtime.
The Beavers then handed the ball off to running back Ken Simonton, who had 157 yards on the ground and four touchdowns on the night, and he pranced into the end zone for a winning 16-yard touchdown run. The field was re-rushed, and the win not only gave the Beavers their first five-win season since 1971, it also set the stage for going 11-1 and winning the conference in the 2000 season.
Strangest off-field moment: This rivalry is no stranger to strange moments, but how about one that involved actual fire? In 2010, after the Ducks beat the Beavers in Corvallis to advance to the BCS title game, a group of Oregon fans were seen holding up an “I hate your Ducks” T-shirt that was on fire while they tried to light their celebratory cigars with it. The burning shirt soon ended up burning the turf and damaged the field. At the time, Oregon State’s assistant athletic director said the entire logo at midfield needed to be replaced, which would cost over $5,000. It was later determined that the damage was closer to $1,500.
Police found cigar wrappers on the field and eventually were able to catch the Oregon student via a photo in the Portland Tribune and a YouTube video in which the 20-year-old student was seen throwing the burning jersey onto the turf. Though he was not the one who lit the shirt on fire, he was charged with one felony and four misdemeanors. — Paolo Uggetti
Quote that defines the rivalry: At the risk of leaving out “No Natty for you” guy, this quote by running back Ryan Nall in advance of the 2017 matchup sums up the dynamic the two schools have with each other.
“I keep in mind [at last year’s game] seeing that our sideline was leaping round, and we did not have raincoats on,” Nall said. “And then I noticed the fancy Nike Duck raincoats on. And I keep in mind pondering, ‘We’re going to beat them. They’re not ready for these parts.'”
Nall was right. Oregon State beat the Ducks that day. But his trash talk was thrown back in his face during the 2017 game, as Oregon trounced the Beavers 69-10.
Better known as: Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate
This year’s game: Saturday, Noon, ABC and ESPN App
All-time record: Georgia, 68-39-5 (according to Georgia); 67-41-5 (according to Tech)
Current streak: Georgia, 3 (and 16 of the past 19)
Wildest on-field moment: In the 1999 edition in Atlanta, the score was tied at 48 with 13 seconds to go. Georgia had the ball at Tech’s 2-yard line on first-and-goal. Instead of kicking a field goal to potentially win the game, Georgia coach Jim Donnan elected to go for a touchdown. Jasper Sanks took a handoff, dove for the goal line and — depending on which side you were on — either fumbled or was down before losing the ball. TV replays showed Sanks was down, but it was before the introduction of instant replay rules. So, the only thing that mattered was the officials ruled Sanks fumbled the ball, and Georgia Tech took possession at its 1-yard line. The game went into overtime, and Tech’s Luke Manget kicked a field goal to give the Yellow Jackets a controversial 51-48 victory. The next week, then-SEC commissioner Roy Kramer suspended referee Al Ford and his six-man crew from working the SEC championship game.
Wildest off-field moment: The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets don’t agree about much of anything, including the all-time series record. Georgia says it has a 68-39-5 advantage; the Yellow Jackets claim 41 victories in the series. The dispute lies in games played during World War II, in 1943 and 1944, during which Georgia Tech won by a combined score of 92-0. Many of the Bulldogs’ best players from their 1942 national championship enlisted in the war, so there wasn’t a single returning starter. In fact, most of Georgia’s players were under the age of 18 and weren’t eligible for the military draft. Conversely, Georgia Tech benefited from having an on-campus Navy V-12 Program, from which it was able to recruit football players, as well as a Navy flight school, which attracted players from other schools. Georgia still distinguishes the disputed games in its media guide and record books with asterisks. — Mark Schlabach
Quote that defines the rivalry: “Lose to Tech, you do not put up a Christmas tree. That’s my rule.” — Erk Russell, whose family apparently went without the holiday tradition only four times in his 17 seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator from 1964 to 1980.
Better generally known as: Nothing, however Les Miles as soon as had an concept: “We want a trophy. Somebody wants to give you a trophy. There’s a lot petroleum proper? On each ends. Maybe some sort of massive petroleum one thing. No, not a barrel. A wrench or one thing.”
This year’s game: Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN and ESPN App
All-time record: LSU, 34-22-3
Current streak: Texas A&M, 1 (LSU, 8 of the past 10)
Wildest on-field moment: The two teams played 50 times before they were ever in the same conference, so there is plenty of history. But we just have to go back to 2018 for this one, to when A&M beat LSU 74-72 in an epic, seven-overtime game that set the FBS record for the most points in a game and lasted nearly five hours. That, in itself, was wild. But afterward, with fans storming the field and Texas A&M receivers coach Dameyune Craig — who was fired by LSU coach Ed Orgeron following the 2016 season — jawing at LSU coaches, a melee broke out. LSU offensive analyst Steve Kragthorpe (himself a former A&M offensive coordinator) intervened with Craig, and A&M student manager Cole Fisher, Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher’s nephew, shoved Kragthorpe. Cole Fisher then traded punches with LSU running backs coach Kevin Faulk and was punched by LSU safety John Battle. “I did not recognize getting punched in my pacemaker,” Kragthorpe told Gannett Louisiana newspapers afterward, though video showed it to be a shove, albeit in his chest. Jimbo Fisher said “the matter has been addressed internally” on A&M’s end; and Kragthorpe, who has Parkinson’s disease, was OK. But that game supercharged the now-divisional rivalry.
Strangest off-field moment: The two are fierce recruiting rivals. But no signee was under as much scrutiny as Billy Cannon Jr., son of LSU’s legendary 1959 Heisman Trophy winner. The younger Cannon chose Texas A&M in 1980, saying he didn’t “owe LSU his blood” and that he wanted to leave Louisiana. LSU retired the elder Cannon’s No. 20 jersey in 1960, but after his son picked the Aggies, there was a failed movement to unretire the father’s jersey. LSU and the Aggies also went to the wire in 1986 for the services of one of the nation’s top recruits, running back Harvey Williams. Williams, a star at Hempstead (Texas) High School, just 42 miles from College Station, told Sports Illustrated he was set to sign with the Aggies but that he heard a cheerleader singing the “Aggie War Hymn” on the way to his announcement, got annoyed and changed his selection to LSU. For a little extra fuel, he added: “All that army and uniforms and yell leaders, I do not get off on that stuff. And that canine — Reveille — that canine is so sorry. I can not stand that canine.” — Dave Wilson
Quote that defines the rivalry: “I hope they loved it. I hope they put the rating of final 12 months’s sport too. I wager they did not promote many cups on that one.” — Orgeron to WAFB-TV in the spring of 2020, following LSU’s 50-7 defeat of the Aggies in 2019 after Texas A&M sold cups at Kyle Field concessions stands with 2018’s 74-72 score on them.
Better known as: Sunshine Showdown
This year’s game: Saturday, Noon, ESPN and ESPN App
All-time record: Florida, 36-26-2
Current streak: Florida, 2
Wildest on-field moment: It is so hard to choose between the Choke at Doak in 1994 or the Sugar Bowl in 1997 when Florida won the national championship or Florida upsetting No. 1 Florida State 32-29 by rotating quarterbacks in 1997 or Doug Johnson throwing a football near Bobby Bowden’s head during a pregame brawl in 1998 or a postgame fight between the teams in 2003 after Florida State started stomping on the logo at midfield (a game marred by horrific officiating calls). As you can see, there have been plenty of wild moments. But if we had to choose one, the most notable has to be the Choke at Doak, when Florida blew a 31-3 fourth-quarter lead in Tallahassee. The game ended in a 31-31 tie, but it felt like a win to many Seminoles. Florida coach Steve Spurrier said of the game, “They had been all bragging about the tie. I stated, ‘Hell, it is the identical for you as it’s for us.'” Spurrier never did beat Florida State in Tallahassee.
Strangest off-field moment: Perhaps the most contentious moment in the rivalry happened after their 1996 regular-season matchup, when Spurrier accused Florida State coach Bobby Bowden of trying to deliberately take out quarterback Danny Wuerffel. Florida State won the game 24-21, but the teams ended up in a rematch in the Sugar Bowl to decide the national championship. Bowden said of the accusations: “We would possibly hit ’til the echo as a substitute of simply the whistle. We strive to do it legally. They often name it if it is too late.” It was not a good enough explanation for Spurrier, who said, “We should not going to go to the Sugar Bowl and take the crap that we took in Tallahassee. Maybe we’re declaring battle on the Seminoles, and perhaps they’ve declared battle on us, however we’re trying ahead to competing with them — not for a nationwide championship, not for something besides making an attempt to beat them. That ought to be as massive a objective as we might presumably have.” Florida won the rematch 52-20 to claim its first national title. — Andrea Adelson
Quote that defines the rivalry: “You know what FSU stands for, do not you? Free Shoes University.” — Spurrier
Better known as: Governor’s Cup
This year’s game: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2 and ESPN App
All-time record: Kentucky, 17-15
Current streak: Kentucky, 2
Wildest on-field moment: Louisville was a massive, four-touchdown favorite entering the 2016 game, with future Heisman winner Lamar Jackson leading the way. But the Cards’ season had already begun to fall apart the week before when Jackson was bludgeoned by Ed Oliver and the Houston defensive front. Against Kentucky, Jackson struggled badly, throwing three interceptions. Still, Louisville had a shot to win, with a first-and-goal play, tied at 38 with 1:45 to go. Instead, Jackson was hit in the backfield and fumbled. Kentucky recovered, drove 60 yards on seven plays and kicked a winning field goal to hand the Wildcats their first Governor’s Cup since 2010.
Strangest off-field moment: OK, this happened on the field — but not during a play. Louisville was looking for revenge in 2017 after Kentucky pulled the massive upset the year before, and Jackson was the catalyst. The emotions were high from the outset, and when Jackson scored in the first quarter, a skirmish broke out on the sideline. Jackson got into it with Kentucky’s Jordan Jones, but it was Wildcats linebacker Denzil Ware who stole the show by picking up a plastic trash can and attacking a Louisville player with it. — David M. Hale
Quote that defines the rivalry: Although the two schools initially played in 1912, the rivalry went dark from 1924 until 1994. When the rivalry kicked off again, Louisville was considered an upstart program, while Kentucky was already battling in the difficult SEC East. Former Kentucky coach Bill Curry summed up the general feeling for the Wildcats, who saw the game as an obstacle, while Louisville saw opportunity: “To add one other stem-winder, one other intestine-examine sport, was simply not sensible scheduling on our half, whereas for Louisville, it was an amazing factor.” Kentucky prevailed 20-14.
Better known as: Commonwealth Cup
This year’s game: Saturday, 3:45 p.m., ACC Network and ESPN App
All-time record: Virginia Tech, 59-38-5
Current streak: Virginia Tech, 1 (and 16 of the past 17)
Wildest on-field moment: Virginia held a commanding 29-14 lead entering the fourth quarter of the 1995 installment of the Commonwealth Cup. The Hokies stormed back on the arm of signal-caller Jim Druckenmiller, taking a one-point lead with 47 seconds to play. UVA’s final comeback attempt was thwarted when Virginia Tech’s Antonio Banks picked off a pass and returned it for a score. But what’s most remembered from that play is Virginia trainer Joe Gieck sticking his foot out in a feigned attempt to trip Banks as the Hokies’ defender raced down the Cavaliers sideline. Gieck insisted the incident was just a joke and that he never came close to tripping Banks, adding, “I’ve seen too many individuals break a tibia [doing that] in soccer.”
Strangest off-field moment: These days, Virginia Tech players expect wins against their chief rival, but at the turn of the 20th century, things were different. Hence the story of the long career of Hunter Carpenter, a future Hall of Fame halfback who played for the Hokies from 1899 through 1903. In 1899, Carpenter’s team was demolished by Virginia, and he vowed revenge. Unfortunately for Carpenter, he lost again in 1900 and 1901 and 1902 and 1903. Inexplicably, Carpenter then enrolled at North Carolina — a far better football program at the time — in hopes he might finally beat Virginia in 1904. He lost again. In 1905, Carpenter returned to Virginia Tech — his eighth year playing college football — and faced allegations by the UVA newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, that he was being paid. He was forced to sign an affidavit denying it, and he finally got his win. The outcome became so contentious that Virginia refused to play the Hokies again until 1923. — David M. Hale
Quote that defines the rivalry: In 1989, former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer was dealing with heart problems, which raised alarms when he collapsed on the sideline during the Hokies game with Virginia that year. It turns out, Beamer had actually been on the receiving end of an errant elbow during a tackle attempt. “So, I bought this coronary heart subject going,” Beamer said, “I bought a tooth knocked out, and we misplaced the sport.” No doubt the rating was the one which bothered Beamer most.
Better known as: Palmetto Bowl
This year’s game: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network and ESPN App
All-time record: Clemson, 71-42-4
Current streak: Clemson, 6
Wildest on-field moment: The nation’s second-longest continuously played rivalry (it ended at 111 games last year; thanks COVID-19) is packed with title-worthy moments, from The Return and The Brawl to The Catch and The Catch II (or as Gamecocks fans call it, The Push-Off). But the peak pissed-off moment of the game’s history happened in 1992. That’s when cocky, rattail-wearing quarterback Steve Taneyhill took over a South Carolina team that had started the season 0-5 and led the Gamecocks to four wins in his five starts, including an upset 24-13 victory over the reeling Tigers. Taneyhill threw for nearly 300 yards in the cold rain, and along the way, he stood on the bench and taunted the orange crowd, swung an imaginary baseball bat, was carried off the field by jubilant fans and, most notably, ran to Death Valley’s midfield and acted as if he was signing his autograph atop Clemson’s sacred Tiger Paw logo. A poster of that moment is still on display in sports bars and man caves from Charleston to Greenville.
Strangest off-field moment: OK, so it was on the field, but it involved a bunch of guys who should have been off the field. In 1961, Clemson took the field in Columbia and started their pregame warm-ups, but they were the weirdest warm-ups ever, including dancing and stumbling and dropping passes. They even convinced the Clemson band to play the “Tiger Rag.” But when the real Tigers jogged out, confused and then angry, the crowd realized that the “crew” they’d been watching was instead members of South Carolina’s Sigma Nu fraternity. — Ryan McGee
Quote that defines the rivalry: “They ain’t Alabama. They ain’t LSU. And they’re definitely not Clemson. That’s why Carolina’s in Chapel Hill and USC’s in California and the college on this state at all times has been, at all times will likely be, Clemson.” — Tigers coach Dabo Swinney, 2011
Better known as: Territorial Cup
This year’s game: Saturday, 4 p.m., Pac-12 Network
All-time record: Arizona State, 43-40-1
Current streak: Arizona State, 4
Wildest on-field moment: Arizona State had already locked up a berth in the Rose Bowl when it traveled to Tucson in 1986, and the only blemish on its record was a tie. Down 24-10 late in the third quarter, the Sun Devils were driving with a chance to make it a one-score game. On third-and-goal, Chuck Cecil stepped in front of a Jeff Van Raaphorst pass six yards deep in the end zone and returned it for a touchdown. The touchdown sealed a famous win for Arizona and, perhaps more importantly, prevented Arizona State from finishing undefeated. For Arizona, Cecil’s interception return stands as one of the most iconic moments in program history.
Strangest off-field moment: Unlike most long-standing rivalries, there hasn’t been one iconic trophy on the line in the Arizona-ASU football game for a significant period of time. Multiple trophies have cycled in and out over the past 70 years or so. Still, the Territorial Cup is the oldest rivalry trophy in college football, dating back to 1899. After its debut more than a century ago, the Cup went missing for the next 80 years, only to be discovered in a church basement in 1980. It has been awarded to the winner of the game since 2001. — Kyle Bonagura
Quote that defines the rivalry: “This rivalry goes again [to 1899]. The Territorial Cup has actually emotional fan bases when it comes to this football sport. It’s one in every of longest rivalries in faculty football, in order that’s at all times good. The guys which have performed on this sport have competed in it; they perceive the validity of it.” — Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards, 2018