Top 5 Rivalry Games in NCAA Football 13

Hey college football fans, Brian Parker of the EA SPORTS Game Changers here to break down the “Top 5 Rivalry Games in NCAA Football 13”!  One of my favorite parts of college football is the historic rivalries between the schools, and these games are some of the best around.  I’ll put the games in order of when they’ll be played on the schedule this coming season, so as not to start any debates over which of these games is the best in college football!

Oklahoma Sooners versus Texas Longhorns

Red River Rivalry

October 13th, 2012

The “Red River Rivalry” between Oklahoma and Texas is such a big game, it’s held at a neutral site every year (the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas) with the fanbases split 50/50 in the stands.  This Big XII Conference rivalry game has been played 106 times, with Texas holding the lead with 59 wins, 42 losses, and 5 ties.  The last game between the two teams was played on October 8th, 2011, with the Sooners blowing out the Longhorns in a 55-17 victory.  The Golden Hat trophy is awarded to the winner of each game.

Auburn Tigers versus Alabama Crimson Tide

Iron Bowl

November 24th, 2012

The Iron Bowl is one of the longest-running rivalries in college football, with 76 meetings since February of 1893.  The Crimson Tide lead the rivalry series with 41 victories, 34 defeats, and a single tie.  In 2011, Alabama won 42-14 on November 26th, 2011 on their way to a BCS National Championship at the end of the season.  The winner of the game receives the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Award.  This hard-fought rivalry between in-state rivals has produced the National Champion in the last two seasons; will the same be true this coming season?

Michigan Wolverines versus Ohio State Buckeyes

The Game

November 24th, 2012

There’s no trophy on the line when “The Game” is played; only bragging rights in one of the most bitter rivalries you’ll find in sports.  The Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes have been meeting each other on the gridiron since October 17th, 1897, and in 108 meetings between the schools, the Wolverines hold the edge with 58 wins, 43 losses, and 6 ties.  The Buckeyes had a 7-game winning streak snapped last season, as Michigan won 40-34 at home on November 26th, 2011.  Can a new coach in Columbus get the Buckeyes back on the winning path this season, or will Michigan make it two in a row?

Notre Dame Fighting Irish versus USC Trojans

Jeweled Shillelagh

November 24th, 2012

When the Irish and the Trojans play, the goal for each team is possession of the Jeweled Shillelagh:  a traditional Irish club adorned with ruby Trojan heads and emerald Shamrocks to commemorate the victories of each school in the rivalry.  The rivalry has been contested 83 times, with the Fighting Irish holding a record of 43 wins, 34 losses, and 5 ties (with one vacated USC win not on record).  After a Notre Dame victory in 2010, USC battled back to win 31-17 on the road in the 2011 meeting; with the Trojans now eligible for postseason play again, this year’s battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh might help to decide whether or not USC gets to play in their first Pac-12 Conference Championship Game.

Army Black Knights versus Navy Midshipmen

Army-Navy Game

December 8th, 2012

Although the Army and Navy football teams are often out of bowl game eligibility by the time they meet in December, it matters little to the legions of fans who come out in support of these service academies.  The yearly game takes place as the sole FBS game on the second Saturday in December, giving it prime viewership as college football fans wait for the Conference Championships.  These schools first met in 1890 and have played each other 112 times; Navy leads the series with 56 wins, 49 losses, and 7 ties.  Last year’s game was won by Navy, 27-21, in a game which debuted Nike Pro Combat uniforms for each side.  While the uniforms may be more traditional in this year’s December 8th meeting, the action promises to be just as compelling.

Have you played any of these rivalry games in NCAA Football 13 so far?  Do you think there’s a game not on this list that deserves to be here?  Let us know what your favorite college football rivalry is in the comments below!