10 rivalry games we'd love to see in an alternate reality
It’s Rivalry Week — but why not extend the fun?
Here is a list of 10 out-of-conference rivalries we’d love to see built in the schedule. (We think the College Football Playoff Committee wouldn’t mind watching, either):
Ohio State-Alabama: After beating Bama last year in the national semifinals, hopefully Urban Meyer and Nick Saban can turn two of the winningest football programs in the country into a much needed Big Ten vs. SEC rivalry.
It’s unlikely the Buckeyes or Tide will play again this season, but it’s a matchup we’d like to see, especially after Saban blamed the impending NFL Draft on his team’s loss.
FSU-Georgia: In their first, and only, championship since WWII Georgia beat Florida Sate to win the 1980 title. They haven’t met often, and not at all since 1993. Inexcusable for arguably the two best programs in bordering states.
Notre Dame-Alabama: Can you say ratings? The two biggest brands in college football would create a can’t-miss game every season. Alabama took down the Irish 42-14 in the 2013 national championship. Why wait for the selection committee to make it happen?
Auburn-FSU: Auburn leads the series 13-5 but FSU won the game that matters most: the 2014 BCS National Championship 34-31, in one of the wildest championships in recent memory. With two campuses that are under a four-hour car ride away Auburn-FSU is a no-brainer.
Tennessee-Clemson: Even closer in proximity, a Tennessee-Clemson rivalry works because the Tigers clearly have supplanted the Gamecocks as the top team in South Carolina.
They last met in the 2003 Peach Bowl (Clemson won 27-14).
The fire-power between these two offenses could become an entertaining matchup. The Vols haven’t had much postseason action since their loss to Clemson over a decade ago.
Texas-LSU: The Tigers and Longhorns first met in 1896 and most recently in the 2003 Cotton Bowl when Nick Saban still coached in Death Valley.
Another brand name border war that makes too much sense not to happen annually. Play it at Jerry World … and collect the cash.
The two schools have agreed to a home-and-home series from 2019-2020, but the start to a longer rivalry is what we’re looking for.
Oklahoma-Texas A&M: Another matchup of neighboring states would reuinte the former Big 12 rivals.
It also would give Oklahoma a chance for redemption after losing to QB Johnny Manziel 41-13 in the 2013 Cotton Bowl.
Stanford-Michigan: A game between the current and former team of one of college football’s most notorious head coach’s (Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh) would definitely put fans in the stands at the Big House and Stanford Stadium. The two teams haven’t played since 1976.
USC-Texas: One of the easier matchups to add, and yet the two have not played since their legendary Rose Bowl thriller following the 2005 season.
Auburn-Oregon: The Ducks are enjoying one of the best decades in college football but remain without the one thing separating the champions from everyone else. A title.
Ohio State denied Oregon last year, but before that, Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers prevented the Ducks from winning their first national title.
The two teams haven’t played since but wouldn’t it have been nice to see QB Marcus Mariota and RB Tre Mason go toe-to-toe in 2013 in an annual game?