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Football fanatic or not, rivalries have a way of turning anyone into a diehard fan. It’s time for the ultimate college showdowns as these historic college football rivalries take the field for the 2016 season.

Here’s a rundown of the action:

Yale Bulldogs vs.  Harvard Crimson
Date: November 19, 2016
This Ivy League football game between two of the most academically prestigious schools in the nation is the longest running rivalry in college in football. The teams first played in 1875, and Yale leads the all-time series 65-59-8.

Miami Hurricanes vs.  Florida State Seminoles
Date: October 8, 2016
This rivalry is nothing less than a pure showdown. These two teams first met in 1951, with Miami leading series all-time 31-29. In recent years Florida State has dominated the scene, but every year is a game you don’t want to miss.

Texas Longhorns vs.  Oklahoma Sooners
Date: October 8, 2016
This is an all-out war complete with cannon fire when a Longhorn or a Sooner scores a touchdown.  Texas and Oklahoma have owned the south in college football for a long time.  These two power house programs always bring their A game when they meet in the Cotton Bowl.  Texas won the first meeting back in 1900 and they lead the all-time series 61-44-5.

Auburn Tigers vs.  Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: November 26, 2016
The entire state of Alabama closes down for one Saturday a year, The Iron Bowl. The recent success isn’t hard to find, as there are National Championships for both teams over the last 10 years, and multiple for Alabama.  Both schools boast pro-caliber players, and Heisman trophy winners like Cam Newton and Mark Ingram. Alabama has a current winning streak dating back to 2014.  The two schools first played in 1893, and Alabama leads the all-time series with a 44-35-1 advantage.

Michigan Wolverines vs.  Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: November 26, 2016
It’s “That team up North” vs “Ohio”. There have been fights, big plays, and close games. This rivalry dates back to Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes. It is known by many as “The Game” because of its influence on the Rose Bowl and National Championships in the past. Michigan leads the all time series 58-47-6.

Georgia Bulldogs vs. Florida Gators
Date: October 29, 2016
This match-up between Southeastern Conference opponents is one of the most prominent rivalry games in college football, and has been held in Jacksonville, Florida since 1933, with only two exceptions, making it one of the few remaining neutral-site rivalries. The game attracts huge crowds to Jacksonville, and the associated tailgating and other events earned it the nickname of the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”.  This series is close with Georgia leading 49-42-1, and last year Florida closing the gap with a 27-3 victory.

Army Black Knights vs. Navy Midshipman
Date: December 10, 2016
West Point, New York vs. Annapolis, Maryland.
The game has come to embody the spirit of the interservice rivalry of the United States Armed Forces. The game marks the end of the college football regular season and the third and final game of the season’s Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which includes the Falcons of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  The Army-Navy game is one of the most traditional and enduring rivalries in college football.  The most recent game (the 116th) in the series returned to Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field on December 12, 2015. For the 14th consecutive year, #21 ranked Navy beat Army by the close score of 21–17. Navy leads the series 60–49–7.

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