When it comes to college sports, rivalries are the lifeblood of fans — especially for fans of college football. A solid rivalry can make an insignificant matchup one of the biggest games of the year. It can also push an already important game to intense heights that are, for the most part, unique to the college football landscape. Here are the seven rivalries in college football that are liable to tear apart families, ruin friendships, and end relationships.
7. USC Trojans-Notre Dame Fighting Irish
A bitter rivalry between private universities and football teams that have been historical powerhouses, the USC Trojans and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish first met in 1926 and have played each other 85 times. With each team playing to take home the Jeweled Shillelagh trophy, Notre Dame currently holds the overall record in the series at 45-35-5; 45-34-5 when USC’s 2005 vacated win is eliminated.
Fans who call the rivalry between USC and the Notre Dame one of the greatest in college football often look at the numbers to make their point. Combined, the two universities have accounted for 22 national titles, 14 Heisman Trophy winners, and 21 All-Americans, College Football Hall of Famers, and future National Football League Hall of Famers. When it comes to rivalry series in NCAA football, all of those numbers rank as No. 1.