Nov 20, 2023, 06:45 AM ET
Editor's note: A mentation of this communicative primitively was published successful 2021.
It's yet here, the week that hatred -- the clean, old-fashioned kind, caput you -- is successful fashion.
If you've ever been accused of firing a contractor due to the fact that helium wore a rival's garment to your house, this is your time. Put the emblem up extracurricular your house. Get the radical texts fired up. Add a small schoolhouse tone to your Zoom inheritance for your adjacent meeting.
It's Rivalry Week!
To celebrate, our reporters recap the excessive celebrations, histrion desecrations and trash-can-fueled altercations from immoderate of assemblage football's top games. Turn the combat opus up and get the memes loaded up successful your camera roll. Here we go.
Jump to a rivalry:
Ole Miss-Miss. State |
Oregon-Oregon State | Ohio State-Michigan
Kentucky-Louisville | Texas A&M-LSU
Alabama-Auburn | Arizona-Arizona State
Virginia-Virginia Tech | Washington State-Washington
Kentucky-Louisville | Florida State-Florida
Georgia-Georgia Tech | Clemson-South Carolina
North Carolina-NC State
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Better known as: Egg Bowl
This year's game: Thursday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN & ESPN App
All-time record: Ole Miss 64-47-6 (according to Ole Miss); 66-46-6 (according to Miss. State)
Current streak: Mississippi State, 1
Wildest on-field moment: Where bash you start? Most recently, determination was Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore dropping to each fours successful the extremity zone, lifting his limb and pretending to urinate similar a canine successful the 2019 Egg Bowl. His actions drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike behaviour penalty. The Rebels missed the ensuing 35-yard other constituent effort and mislaid 21-20 to the Bulldogs. Three days later, Ole Miss fired manager Matt Luke, which precipitated the hiring of Lane Kiffin. Mississippi State manager Joe Moorhead was astir apt nether much unit coming into that game. There was a feeling, just oregon not, that helium was an unusual acceptable successful Starkville aft erstwhile coaching stops astatine Penn State, Fordham and Connecticut, among different non-southern schools. Moorhead famously said that Thanksgiving nighttime aft the game, "This is my team, this is my school, this is my program. You'll person to resistance my Yankee ass retired of here." A small much than a period later, Moorhead was fired connected Jan. 3, 4 days aft Mississippi State mislaid to Louisville successful the Music City Bowl. That's contempt going 2-0 against Ole Miss arsenic Mississippi State's coach. The ironic happening is that Moore's stunt wasn't original. DK Metcalf did it 2 years earlier successful the extremity portion aft catching a 63-yard touchdown walk successful Ole Miss' 31-28 triumph implicit Mississippi State. Three days later, Mississippi State manager Dan Mullen bolted for the Florida head-coaching job.
Strangest off-field moment: Steve Robertson, a lifelong Mississippi State instrumentality who has the school's logo tattooed connected his near hand, was researching erstwhile Ole Miss manager Hugh Freeze's telephone records connected July 5, 2017, for a publication Robertson was penning and recovered a telephone associated with advertisements for a pistillate escort service.
Robertson, who had been covering Mississippi State sports since 2001, relayed his findings to lawyer Thomas Mars, who was representing erstwhile Ole Miss manager Houston Nutt successful his suit against Ole Miss. Mars alerted the Ole Miss wide counsel successful a July 13, 2017, email astir the call, and a week later, Freeze was retired arsenic Ole Miss' manager contempt beating Alabama successful back-to-back seasons, successful 2014 and 2015, and guiding the Rebels to their archetypal Sugar Bowl triumph successful 50 years to headdress the 2015 season.
Robertson said helium received aggregate decease threats and shared 1 with ESPN backmost successful 2017 successful which idiosyncratic wrote connected a connection committee that helium "won't beryllium astir overmuch longer." -- Chris Low
Quote that defines the rivalry: C.R. "Dudy" Noble, the namesake for Mississippi State's shot field, played 4 sports astatine Mississippi State (then known arsenic Mississippi A&M) past coached baseball, hoops and shot astatine Ole Miss for parts of the 1917 to '19 seasons, earlier returning to manager astatine Mississippi State, astir notably baseball. He aboriginal became Mississippi State's longtime diversion director.
Noble famously told a sports writer: "I already cognize what hellhole is like. I erstwhile coached astatine Ole Miss."
A adjacent 2nd spot successful the punctuation section goes to erstwhile Mississippi State manager Jackie Sherrill. When Sherrill was hired successful 1991, Ole Miss manager Billy Brewer called Sherrill a "habitual liar." Sherrill countered by saying that Brewer "didn't cognize what the connection habitual meant."
Better known as: The schools did distant with Civil War moniker successful 2019
This year's game: Friday, 8:30 p.m., Fox
All-time record: Oregon, 67-49-10 (acc. to Oregon State); Oregon, 66-51-10 (acc. to Oregon)
Current streak: Oregon State, 1
Wildest on-field moment: It's pugnacious to bushed the 1998 game. No. 15 Oregon was, of course, favored successful the game, yet the nighttime mounting successful Corvallis made it ripe for an upset. The back-and-forth matter led to overtime, erstwhile a failed fourth-down effort appeared to springiness Oregon State the victory. The fans rushed the tract and surrounded the goalposts without noticing that determination had been a emblem thrown for walk interference. Security and squad officials took much than 15 minutes to get each of the fans connected the tract backmost to their seats successful bid to proceed the game. Oregon scored a touchdown to necktie the crippled astatine 38 past added a tract extremity to commencement the 2nd overtime.
The Beavers past handed the shot disconnected to moving backmost Ken Simonton, who had 157 yards connected the crushed and 4 touchdowns connected the night, and helium pranced into the extremity portion for a winning 16-yard touchdown run. The tract was re-rushed, and the triumph not lone gave the Beavers their archetypal five-win play since 1971, it besides acceptable the signifier for going 11-1 and winning the league successful the 2000 season.
Strangest off-field moment: This rivalry is nary alien to unusual moments, but however astir 1 that progressive existent fire? In 2010, aft the Ducks bushed the Beavers successful Corvallis to beforehand to the BCS rubric game, a radical of Oregon fans were seen holding up an "I hatred your Ducks" T-shirt that was connected occurrence portion they tried to airy their celebratory cigars with it. The burning garment soon ended up burning the turf and damaged the field. At the time, Oregon State's adjunct diversion manager said the full logo astatine midfield needed to beryllium replaced, which would outgo implicit $5,000. It was aboriginal determined that the harm was person to $1,500.
Police recovered cigar wrappers connected the tract and yet were capable to drawback the Oregon pupil via a photograph successful the Portland Tribune and a YouTube video successful which the 20-year-old pupil was seen throwing the burning jersey onto the turf. Though helium was not the 1 who lit the garment connected fire, helium was charged with 1 felony and 4 misdemeanors. -- Paolo Uggetti
Quote that defines the rivalry: At the hazard of leaving retired "No Natty for you" guy, this punctuation by moving backmost Ryan Nall successful beforehand of the 2017 matchup sums up the dynamic the 2 schools person with each other.
"I retrieve [at past year's game] seeing that our sideline was jumping around, and we didn't person raincoats on," Nall said. "And past I saw the fancy Nike Duck raincoats on. And I retrieve thinking, 'We're going to bushed them. They're not prepared for these elements.'"
Nall was right. Oregon State bushed the Ducks that day. But his trash speech was thrown backmost successful his look during the 2017 game, arsenic Oregon trounced the Beavers 69-10.
Better known as: The Game
This year's game: Saturday, noon, Fox
All-time record: Michigan, 60-51-6
Current streak: Michigan, 2
Wildest on-field moment: There was Desmond Howard striking the Heisman Trophy airs arsenic Keith Jackson yelled, "Hello, Heisman." Charles Woodson and David Boston going aft each different successful 1997. The 1950 Snow Bowl, a crippled that featured 45 punts and ended with a 9-3 Michigan win. The contention implicit whether J.T. Barrett got a archetypal down successful the 2016 game. But 1 of the wildest moments came successful 1973, erstwhile Ohio State ran onto the tract to a roar of boos and ran consecutive toward Michigan's "Go Blue" banner that the Wolverines leap and interaction earlier each location game. The Buckeyes jumped up, grabbed the banner and tore it down successful the mediate of the field, which caused the boos to turn louder. That incidental led to erstwhile Michigan players defending the banner successful 1977, which caused an incidental of its own. As Ohio State players ran nether the banner, the Michigan alumni stood successful the mediate of the lane portion assemblage checking and pushing the Buckeyes players arsenic they ran through. The incidental caused Michigan announcer Bob Ufer to exclaim, "Oh brother, are you and I successful for 60 minutes of football!"
Strangest off-field moment: This astir apt could person served arsenic the wildest on-field moment, but it technically happened disconnected the field. A dustup occurred successful the 2013 game, and Ohio State violative lineman Marcus Hall was ejected. He stormed to the sideline, threw his helmet to the ground, kicked a seat and near the field. As helium made his mode into the tunnel, helium extended some arms and flipped disconnected the Michigan fans arsenic helium exited. That infinitesimal went viral, and T-shirts were adjacent made with a silhouette of Hall flipping the treble bird. -- Tom VanHaaren
Quote that defines the rivalry: "I tin guarantee you that you volition beryllium arrogant of our young radical successful the classroom, the assemblage and, astir especially, successful 310 days successful Ann Arbor, Michigan." -- caller Ohio State manager Jim Tressel astatine a Buckeyes hoops crippled aft being hired to regenerate John Cooper, who went 2-10-1 against Michigan.
Better known as: Governor's Cup
This year's game: Saturday, noon, ABC and ESPN App
All-time record: Kentucky, 19-15
Current streak: Kentucky, 4
Wildest on-field moment: Louisville was a massive, four-touchdown favourite entering the 2016 game, with aboriginal Heisman victor Lamar Jackson starring the way. But the Cards' play had already begun to autumn isolated the week earlier erstwhile Jackson was bludgeoned by Ed Oliver and the Houston antiaircraft front. Against Kentucky, Jackson struggled badly, throwing 3 interceptions. Still, Louisville had a changeable to win, with a first-and-goal play, tied astatine 38 with 1:45 to go. Instead, Jackson was deed successful the backfield and fumbled. Kentucky recovered, drove 60 yards connected 7 plays and kicked a winning tract extremity to manus the Wildcats their archetypal Governor's Cup since 2010.
Strangest off-field moment: OK, this happened connected the tract -- but not during a play. Louisville was looking for revenge successful 2017 aft Kentucky pulled the monolithic upset the twelvemonth before, and Jackson was the catalyst. The emotions were precocious from the outset, and erstwhile Jackson scored successful the archetypal quarter, a skirmish broke retired connected the sideline. Jackson got into it with Kentucky's Jordan Jones, but it was Wildcats linebacker Denzil Ware who stole the amusement by picking up a integrative trash tin and attacking a Louisville subordinate with it. -- David M. Hale
Quote that defines the rivalry: Although the 2 schools initially played successful 1912, the rivalry went acheronian from 1924 until 1994. When the rivalry kicked disconnected again, Louisville was considered an upstart program, portion Kentucky was already battling successful the hard SEC East. Former Kentucky manager Bill Curry summed up the wide feeling for the Wildcats, who saw the crippled arsenic an obstacle, portion Louisville saw opportunity: "To adhd different stem-winder, different gut-check game, was conscionable not astute scheduling connected our part, whereas for Louisville, it was a large thing." Kentucky prevailed 20-14.
Better known as: Nothing, but Les Miles erstwhile had an idea: "We request a trophy. Somebody needs to travel up with a trophy. There's truthful overmuch petroleum right? On some ends. Maybe immoderate benignant of large petroleum something. No, not a barrel. A wrench oregon something."
This year's game: Saturday, noon, ESPN and ESPN App
All-time record: LSU, 35-23-3
Current streak: Texas A&M, 1
Wildest on-field moment: The 2 teams played 50 times earlier they were ever successful the aforesaid conference, truthful determination is plentifulness of history. But we conscionable person to spell backmost to 2018 for this one, to erstwhile A&M bushed LSU 74-72 successful an epic, seven-overtime crippled that acceptable the FBS grounds for the astir points successful a crippled and lasted astir 5 hours. That, successful itself, was wild. But afterward, with fans storming the tract and Texas A&M receivers manager Dameyune Craig -- who was fired by LSU manager Ed Orgeron pursuing the 2016 play -- jawing astatine LSU coaches, a melee broke out. LSU violative expert Steve Kragthorpe (himself a erstwhile A&M violative coordinator) intervened with Craig, and A&M pupil manager Cole Fisher, Aggies manager Jimbo Fisher's nephew, shoved Kragthorpe. Cole Fisher past traded punches with LSU moving backs manager Kevin Faulk and was punched by LSU information John Battle. "I didn't admit getting punched successful my pacemaker," Kragthorpe told Gannett Louisiana newspapers afterward, though video showed it to beryllium a shove, albeit successful his chest. Jimbo Fisher said "the substance has been addressed internally" connected A&M's end; and Kragthorpe, who has Parkinson's disease, was OK. But that crippled supercharged the now-divisional rivalry.
Strangest off-field moment: The 2 are fierce recruiting rivals. But nary signee was nether arsenic overmuch scrutiny arsenic Billy Cannon Jr., lad of LSU's legendary 1959 Heisman Trophy winner. The younger Cannon chose Texas A&M successful 1980, saying helium didn't "owe LSU his blood" and that helium wanted to permission Louisiana. LSU retired the elder Cannon's No. 20 jersey successful 1960, but aft his lad picked the Aggies, determination was a failed question to unretire the father's jersey. LSU and the Aggies besides went to the ligament successful 1986 for the services of 1 of the nation's apical recruits, moving backmost Harvey Williams. Williams, a prima astatine Hempstead (Texas) High School, conscionable 42 miles from College Station, told Sports Illustrated helium was acceptable to motion with the Aggies but that helium heard a cheerleader singing the "Aggie War Hymn" connected the mode to his announcement, got annoyed and changed his enactment to LSU. For a small other fuel, helium added: "All that subject and uniforms and outcry leaders, I don't get disconnected connected that stuff. And that canine -- Reveille -- that canine is truthful sorry. I can't basal that dog." -- Dave Wilson
Quote that defines the rivalry: "I anticipation they enjoyed it. I anticipation they enactment the people of past year's crippled too. I stake they didn't merchantability galore cups connected that one." -- Orgeron to WAFB-TV successful the outpouring of 2020, pursuing LSU's 50-7 decision of the Aggies successful 2019 aft Texas A&M sold cups astatine Kyle Field concessions stands with 2018's 74-72 people connected them.
Better known as: Iron Bowl
This year's game: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., CBS
All-time record: Alabama, 49-37-1
Current streak: Alabama, 3
Wildest on-field moment: At first, it looked arsenic if the authoritative reappraisal mightiness prevention Alabama, which was 1 triumph distant from reaching the SEC rubric crippled successful 2013 and a changeable astatine a 3rd consecutive BCS National Championship appearance. With the contention tied astatine 28, moving backmost T.J. Yeldon sprinted crossed midfield and ran retired of bounds close arsenic the play timepiece deed 0:00 connected the field. But officials took different look and decided 1 2nd should beryllium placed backmost connected the timepiece -- capable clip for Alabama manager Nick Saban to person his place-kicker effort a 56-yard tract goal.
And conscionable similar that, the Kick Six was born. Adam Griffith's footwear fell short. Chris Davis caught the shot successful the backmost of the extremity zone, started moving toward the mediate of the field, past veered to his left. Alabama's tract extremity squad was precocious getting into sum and couldn't halt Davis from breaking containment, and helium danced down the sideline for a touchdown. Auburn won the game, fans stormed the tract and Alabama was stunned. Auburn went connected to the SEC title crippled and the BCS rubric game.
"First clip I've mislaid a crippled that way," Saban said. "First clip I've ever seen a crippled mislaid that way."
Strangest off-field moment: Al from Dadeville wasn't Al from Dadeville astatine all. His real sanction was Harvey Updyke, and helium was from Louisiana, and helium called successful to Paul Finebaum's vigor amusement 1 time with a communicative of however overheated the Iron Bowl rivalry tin get.
Updyke, an Alabama fan, said helium was astatine the 2010 crippled successful Tuscaloosa erstwhile helium saw idiosyncratic spot a Cam Newton jersey connected erstwhile Alabama manager Paul "Bear" Bryant's statue.
"Let maine archer you what I did," Updyke told Finebaum. "The play aft the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn, Alabama, due to the fact that I unrecorded 30 miles away. I poisoned the 2 Toomer's trees. I enactment Spike 80DF successful them."
Finebaum, who wasn't taking it each that seriously, asked, "Did they die?"
"They're not dormant yet, but they decidedly volition die," Updyke said.
Finebaum past asked, "Is that against the instrumentality to poison a tree?
"Do you deliberation I care?" Updyke said. "I truly don't. Roll damn Tide."
Updyke did poison the famed oaks connected Toomer's Corner, which had stood for much than 70 years arsenic a gathering spot for Auburn fans to celebrate. The schoolhouse fought to prevention the trees, but successful 2013, they had to beryllium removed.
Updyke, who died successful 2020, was charged with transgression mischief, desecrating a venerated entity and damaging agriculture. He was aboriginal convicted of felony transgression harm of an cultivation facility, served much than 70 days successful jailhouse and was ordered to wage astir $800,000 successful restitution. -- Alex Scarborough
Quote that defines the rivalry: From 1904 to 1988, each Iron Bowl was played successful Birmingham, which was lone an hour's thrust from the University of Alabama but doubly arsenic acold from Auburn. When Pat Dye took implicit arsenic manager astatine Auburn successful 1981, helium wanted to alteration that. But his erstwhile boss, Bryant, said they'd ne'er hold to it arsenic agelong arsenic helium was inactive coaching. To which Dye famously replied, "You ain't gon' manager forever." Bryant reminded Dye that they had a declaration to play successful Birmingham done 1988. Fine, Dye said, they'd play the crippled successful Auburn successful 1989 then. And they did. The 11th-ranked Tigers upset No. 2 Alabama 30-20 successful the archetypal rivalry crippled ever played successful their location stadium. Afterward, Dye told his squad however overmuch that meant to him: "Sure I'd similar to beryllium 11-0, but I wouldn't swap this twelvemonth for immoderate twelvemonth that I've been astatine Auburn."
Better known as: Territorial Cup
This year's game: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ESPN and ESPN App
All-time record: Arizona, 50-46-1
Current streak: Arizona, 1
Wildest on-field moment: Arizona State had already locked up a berth successful the Rose Bowl erstwhile it traveled to Tucson successful 1986, and the lone blemish connected its grounds was a tie. Down 24-10 precocious successful the 3rd quarter, the Sun Devils were driving with a accidental to marque it a one-score game. On third-and-goal, Chuck Cecil stepped successful beforehand of a Jeff Van Raaphorst walk six yards heavy successful the extremity portion and returned it for a touchdown. The touchdown sealed a celebrated triumph for Arizona and, possibly much importantly, prevented Arizona State from finishing undefeated. For Arizona, Cecil's interception instrumentality stands arsenic 1 of the astir iconic moments successful programme history.
Strangest off-field moment: Unlike astir long-standing rivalries, determination hasn't been 1 iconic trophy connected the enactment successful the Arizona-ASU shot crippled for a important play of time. Multiple trophies person cycled successful and retired implicit the past 70 years oregon so. Still, the Territorial Cup is the oldest rivalry trophy successful assemblage football, dating backmost to 1899. After its debut much than a period ago, the Cup went missing for the adjacent 80 years, lone to beryllium discovered successful a religion basement successful 1980. It has been awarded to the victor of the crippled since 2001. -- Kyle Bonagura
Quote that defines the rivalry: "This rivalry goes backmost [to 1899]. The Territorial Cup has truly affectional instrumentality bases erstwhile it comes to this shot game. It's 1 of longest rivalries successful assemblage football, truthful that's ever good. The guys that person played successful this crippled person competed successful it; they recognize the validity of it." -- Sun Devils manager Herm Edwards, 2018
Better known as: Commonwealth Cup
This year's game: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., ACC Network and ESPN App
All-time record: Virginia Tech, 60-38-5 (acc. to Tech); Virginia Tech, 58-38-5 (acc. to UVA)
Current streak: Virginia Tech, 2 (and 17 of the past 18)
Wildest on-field moment: Virginia held a commanding 29-14 pb entering the 4th fourth of the 1995 installment of the Commonwealth Cup. The Hokies stormed backmost connected the limb of signal-caller Jim Druckenmiller, taking a one-point pb with 47 seconds to play. UVA's last comeback effort was thwarted erstwhile Virginia Tech's Antonio Banks picked disconnected a walk and returned it for a score. But what's astir remembered from that play is Virginia trainer Joe Gieck sticking his ft retired successful a feigned effort to travel Banks arsenic the Hokies' defender raced down the Cavaliers sideline. Gieck insisted the incidental was conscionable a gag and that helium ne'er came adjacent to tripping Banks, adding, "I've seen excessively galore radical interruption a tibia [doing that] successful soccer."
Strangest off-field moment: These days, Virginia Tech players expect wins against their main rival, but astatine the crook of the 20th century, things were different. Hence the communicative of the agelong vocation of Hunter Carpenter, a aboriginal Hall of Fame halfback who played for the Hokies from 1899 done 1903. In 1899, Carpenter's squad was demolished by Virginia, and helium vowed revenge. Unfortunately for Carpenter, helium mislaid again successful 1900 and 1901 and 1902 and 1903. Inexplicably, Carpenter past enrolled astatine North Carolina -- a acold amended shot programme astatine the clip -- successful hopes helium mightiness yet bushed Virginia successful 1904. He mislaid again. In 1905, Carpenter returned to Virginia Tech -- his eighth twelvemonth playing assemblage shot -- and faced allegations by the UVA newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, that helium was being paid. He was forced to motion an affidavit denying it, and helium yet got his win. The result became truthful contentious that Virginia refused to play the Hokies again until 1923. -- David M. Hale
Quote that defines the rivalry: In 1989, erstwhile Virginia Tech manager Frank Beamer was dealing with bosom problems, which raised alarms erstwhile helium collapsed connected the sideline during the Hokies crippled with Virginia that year. It turns out, Beamer had really been connected the receiving extremity of an errant elbow during a tackle attempt. "So, I got this bosom contented going," Beamer said, "I got a bony knocked out, and we mislaid the game." No uncertainty the people was the 1 that bothered Beamer most.
Better known as: Apple Cup
This year's game: Saturday, 4 p.m., Fox
All-time record: Washington, 75-33-6
Current streak: Washington, 1
Wildest on-field moment: When an idiosyncratic crippled wrong a rivalry is branded with its ain name, it's a bully indicator that thing unsocial took place. For the Apple Cup, the Snow Bowl is that game. After climbing to No. 13 successful the AP canvass a fewer weeks earlier, Washington State had mislaid 3 of 4 and entered the 1992 Apple Cup astatine location against No. 5 Washington. The Huskies had been ranked No. 1 until a nonaccomplishment to No. 12 Arizona 2 weeks anterior but had inactive already locked up a travel to the Rose Bowl.
It began to snowfall the greeting of the crippled and truly started to travel down aft kickoff. At halftime, Washington, which was led by backmost Mark Brunell, led 7-6 astatine halftime arsenic neither squad could find immoderate benignant of an violative rhythm. In blizzard-like conditions successful the 2nd half, everything changed. WSU backmost Drew Bledsoe caught occurrence and led the Cougars to 29 third-quarter points, including 1 of the astir iconic plays successful WSU and Apple Cup history: a 44-yard touchdown walk to Phillip Bobo, who slid into a snowbank underneath the goalpost aft making the catch.
Strangest off-field moment: A batch of what made the 2002 crippled unusual -- for each the incorrect reasons -- technically took spot connected the field, but not until the crippled was over. Unranked Washington bushed No. 3 Washington State 29-26 successful triple overtime successful a crippled that ended erstwhile the officials ruled a WSU bubble surface was a backward walk and recovered by Washington. The effect from the assemblage astatine Pullman's Martin Stadium was ugly, arsenic fans rained down bottles and immoderate other they had astatine their disposal toward the field. Washington prima wide receiver Reggie Williams was pelted with a bottle, and UW diversion manager Barbara Hedges stated she "feared for her life," marring the extremity of 1 of the champion WSU regular seasons successful history. -- Kyle Bonagura
Quote that defines the rivalry: "One crippled doesn't marque a season, but the radical who accidental that haven't participated successful the Apple Cup." -- erstwhile WSU manager Mike Price
Better known as: Sunshine Showdown
This year's game: Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN and ESPN App
All-time record: Florida, 37-27-2
Current streak: Florida State, 1
Wildest on-field moment: It is truthful hard to take betwixt the Choke astatine Doak successful 1994 oregon the Sugar Bowl successful 1997 erstwhile Florida won the nationalist title oregon Florida upsetting No. 1 Florida State 32-29 by rotating quarterbacks successful 1997 oregon Doug Johnson throwing a shot adjacent Bobby Bowden's caput during a pregame brawl successful 1998 oregon a postgame combat betwixt the teams successful 2003 aft Florida State started stomping connected the logo astatine midfield (a crippled marred by horrific officiating calls). As you tin see, determination person been plentifulness of chaotic moments. But if we had to take one, the astir notable has to beryllium the Choke astatine Doak, erstwhile Florida blew a 31-3 fourth-quarter pb successful Tallahassee. The crippled ended successful a 31-31 tie, but it felt similar a triumph to galore Seminoles. Florida manager Steve Spurrier said of the game, "They were each bragging astir the tie. I said, 'Hell, it's the aforesaid for you arsenic it is for us.'" Spurrier ne'er did bushed Florida State successful Tallahassee.
Strangest off-field moment: Perhaps the astir contentious infinitesimal successful the rivalry happened aft their 1996 regular-season matchup, erstwhile Spurrier accused Florida State manager Bobby Bowden of trying to deliberately instrumentality retired backmost Danny Wuerffel. Florida State won the crippled 24-21, but the teams ended up successful a rematch successful the Sugar Bowl to determine the nationalist championship. Bowden said of the accusations: "We mightiness deed 'til the echo alternatively of conscionable the whistle. We effort to bash it legally. They usually telephone it if it's excessively late." It was not a bully capable mentation for Spurrier, who said, "We are not going to spell to the Sugar Bowl and instrumentality the crap that we took successful Tallahassee. Maybe we're declaring warfare connected the Seminoles, and possibly they've declared warfare connected us, but we're looking guardant to competing with them -- not for a nationalist championship, not for thing but trying to bushed them. That should beryllium arsenic large a extremity arsenic we could perchance have." Florida won the rematch 52-20 to assertion its archetypal nationalist title. -- Andrea Adelson
Quote that defines the rivalry: "You cognize what FSU stands for, don't you? Free Shoes University." -- Spurrier
Better known as: Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate
This year's game: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ABC and ESPN App
All-time record: Georgia, 70-39-5 (acc. to Georgia); 70-41-5 (acc. to Tech)
Current streak: Georgia, 5 (and 18 of the past 21)
Wildest on-field moment: In the 1999 variation successful Atlanta, the people was tied astatine 48 with 13 seconds to go. Georgia had the shot astatine Tech's 2-yard enactment connected first-and-goal. Instead of kicking a tract extremity to perchance triumph the game, Georgia manager Jim Donnan elected to spell for a touchdown. Jasper Sanks took a handoff, dove for the extremity enactment and -- depending connected which broadside you were connected -- either fumbled oregon was down earlier losing the ball. TV replays showed Sanks was down, but it was earlier the instauration of instant replay rules. So, the lone happening that mattered was the officials ruled Sanks fumbled the ball, and Georgia Tech took possession astatine its 1-yard line. The crippled went into overtime, and Tech's Luke Manget kicked a tract extremity to springiness the Yellow Jackets a arguable 51-48 victory. The adjacent week, then-SEC commissioner Roy Kramer suspended referee Al Ford and his six-man unit from moving the SEC title game.
Wildest off-field moment: The Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets don't hold astir overmuch of anything, including the all-time bid record. Georgia says it has a 68-39-5 advantage; the Yellow Jackets assertion 41 victories successful the series. The quality lies successful games played during World War II, successful 1943 and 1944, during which Georgia Tech won by a combined people of 92-0. Many of the Bulldogs' champion players from their 1942 nationalist title enlisted successful the war, truthful determination wasn't a azygous returning starter. In fact, astir of Georgia's players were nether the property of 18 and weren't eligible for the subject draft. Conversely, Georgia Tech benefited from having an on-campus Navy V-12 Program, from which it was capable to enlistee shot players, arsenic good arsenic a Navy formation school, which attracted players from different schools. Georgia inactive distinguishes the disputed games successful its media usher and grounds books with asterisks. -- Mark Schlabach
Quote that defines the rivalry: "Lose to Tech, you don't enactment up a Christmas tree. That's my rule." -- Erk Russell, whose household seemingly went without the vacation contented lone 4 times successful his 17 seasons arsenic Georgia's antiaircraft coordinator from 1964 to 1980.
Better known as: Palmetto Bowl
This year's game: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network and ESPN App
All-time record: Clemson, 72-43-4
Current streak: South Carolina, 1
Wildest on-field moment: The nation's second-longest continuously played rivalry (it ended astatine 111 games past year; acknowledgment COVID-19) is packed with title-worthy moments, from The Return and The Brawl to The Catch and The Catch II (or arsenic Gamecocks fans telephone it, The Push-Off). But the highest pissed-off infinitesimal of the game's past happened successful 1992. That's erstwhile cocky, rattail-wearing backmost Steve Taneyhill took implicit a South Carolina squad that had started the play 0-5 and led the Gamecocks to 4 wins successful his 5 starts, including an upset 24-13 triumph implicit the reeling Tigers. Taneyhill threw for astir 300 yards successful the acold rain, and on the way, helium stood connected the seat and taunted the orangish crowd, swung an imaginary shot bat, was carried disconnected the tract by jubilant fans and, astir notably, ran to Death Valley's midfield and acted arsenic if helium was signing his autograph atop Clemson's ineffable Tiger Paw logo. A poster of that infinitesimal is inactive connected show successful sports bars and antheral caves from Charleston to Greenville.
Strangest off-field moment: OK, truthful it was connected the field, but it progressive a clump of guys who should person been disconnected the field. In 1961, Clemson took the tract successful Columbia and started their pregame warm-ups, but they were the weirdest warm-ups ever, including dancing and stumbling and dropping passes. They adjacent convinced the Clemson set to play the "Tiger Rag." But erstwhile the existent Tigers jogged out, confused and past angry, the assemblage realized that the "team" they'd been watching was alternatively 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 surely not Clemson. That's wherefore Carolina's successful Chapel Hill and USC's successful California and the assemblage successful this authorities ever has been, ever volition be, Clemson." -- Tigers manager Dabo Swinney, 2011
Better known as: Carolina-State
This year's game: Saturday, 8 p.m., ACC Network and ESPN App
All-time record: UNC, 68-38-6
Current streak: NC State, 2
Wildest on-field moment: This crippled has ne'er been arsenic large of a woody arsenic it should be, astatine slightest not nationally. When these squads met arsenic ranked teams 1 twelvemonth ago, it was lone the 3rd clip successful 110 meetings that some teams were successful the AP Top 25. But hide that neither 1 of these Tobacco Road anchors has been arsenic bully astatine shot arsenic they should beryllium oregon that they person inexplicably kept this crippled disconnected the last play of the docket much often than not; this is simply a crippled that generates plentifulness of vigor crossed the Old North State. (Trust me: I grew up dodging postgame fights successful the Carter-Finley Stadium parking lot.) The 2004 variation of the crippled was successful Chapel Hill, and the location assemblage was near heartbroken erstwhile Wolfpack tailback T.A. McLendon rumbled into the extremity portion for a game-tying TD successful the closing seconds, with the would-be game-winning PAT forthcoming. As 1 extremity enactment authoritative signaled touchdown, different ran successful and said McLendon's genu had deed the turf earlier the shot crossed the extremity line. On the adjacent play, McClendon ran it successful again, this clip going airborne. UNC's Khalif Mitchell blasted the shot from McClendon's grasp, and the crippled ended with a Tar Heels fumble betterment and a 30-24 win.
Strangest off-field moment: After the 1905 crippled ended successful a 0-0 score, the 3rd consecutive necktie successful the rivalry, the NC State shot squad received a congratulatory telegram from Trinity College, a small schoolhouse successful adjacent Durham that had yet to commencement a shot program. In 1925, Trinity changed its sanction to Duke. -- Ryan McGee
Quote that defines the rivalry: "You mightiness not perceive overmuch astir that crippled astir the country, and that's fine. But if you ever locomotion into a barroom anyplace successful the authorities of North Carolina and you spot a feline successful khakis and his Carolina polo staring astatine a feline successful his jeans and an NC State T-shirt, wide the room, due to the fact that it's astir to spell down." -- Philip Rivers, NC State quarterback, 2000-03, who posted a 3-1 grounds vs. UNC