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Top 25 Biggest College Football Rivalries in 2013

Top 25 Biggest College Football Rivalries in 2013

How We Did It

To determine how to rank the biggest college football rivalries in 2013, we looked across fan sites and discussion boards, identifying different things fans and sports experts say make top rivalries- such as history, notoriety, competition and popularity. Our goal was to produce an unbiased ranking that focuses on measurable metrics- such as attendance, ticket demand, and total games played (to name a few). In addition to historical data, we also measured recent performance and game demand to reflect current trends and events.

Metrics

Recent Popularity (30 points)
Metrics: Attendance , Stadium Capacity Filled, Ticket Demand

Notoriety (25 points)
Metrics: In-State Rivalry, Intra-Conference Rivalry, Trophy Awarded, Claimed National Championships (both teams), Conference Championships (both teams), Heisman Trophy Recipients (both teams)

History (20 points)
Metrics: Date of First Meeting, Total Games Played

Competition (15 points)
Metrics: (Historical) Date of First Meeting, (Past Decade) Average Point Difference, Appearance in AP Regular Season Poll

    Criteria
  • The rivalry must have a game scheduled or announced in the 2013 season.
  • The teams involved in the rivalry must have met at least once in the last 5 years.
  • The teams involved in the rivalry must currently be associated with Division 1 school.

The Results

 
 
Top 25 Overall Rankings
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Overall Score
1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs LSU Tigers 100.00
2 Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes 99.50
3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs USC Trojans 96.00
4 Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Longhorns 93.43
5 Alabama Crimson Tide vs Auburn Tigers 93.35
6 Michigan State Spartans vs Michigan Wolverines 93.01
7 Army Black Knights vs Navy Midshipmen 86.52
8 LSU Tigers vs Texas A&M Aggies 86.23
9 Alabama Crimson Tide vs Tennessee Volunteers 86.00
10 Michigan Wolverines vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish 82.50
11 Florida Gators vs Georgia Bulldogs 81.03
12 Georgia Bulldogs vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 80.81
13 Auburn Tigers vs Georgia Bulldogs 80.66
14 LSU Tigers vs Ole Miss Rebels 79.31
15 Oklahoma Sooners vs Oklahoma State Cowboys 77.75
16 Oregon Ducks vs Oregon State Beavers 77.31
17 Florida Gators vs LSU Tigers 76.32
18 Alabama Crimson Tide vs Ole Miss Rebels 75.97
19 Michigan State Spartans vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish 75.14
20 Minnesota Gophers vs Wisconsin Badgers 74.50
21 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions 73.53
22 UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans 73.45
23 California Golden Bears vs Stanford Cardinals 73.06
24 Iowa Hawkeyes vs Minnesota Gophers 73.03
25 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Ole Miss Rebels 72.93
 

Rankings Based On Individual Metrics

Top 5: Highest Game Attendance (2012)
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Attendance
6 Michigan State Spartans vs Michigan Wolverines 113,833
21 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions 107,818
2 Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes 105,899
28 Illinois Fighting Illini vs Ohio State Buckeyes 105,311
9 Alabama Crimson Tide vs Tennessee Volunteers 102,455
 
Top 5: Highest Percent of Stadium Full- Capacity (2012)
Overall Rank
Rivalry
% Capacity Filled
38 Oregon Ducks vs Washington Huskies 108.87%
48 TCU Horned Frogs vs Texas Tech Red Raiders 106.43%
26 Georgia Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks 106.17%
10 Michigan State Spartans vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish 105.62%
8 LSU Tigers vs Texas A&M Aggies 105.33%
 
Top 5: Highest Average Ticket Price (2013)
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Avg. Ticket Price
8 LSU Tigers vs Texas A&M Aggies $441.72
1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs LSU Tigers $439.52
3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs USC Trojans $420.34
4 Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Longhorns $385.00
2 Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes $325.62
 
Top 5: Highest Average Ticket Price (2012)
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Avg. Ticket Price
1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs LSU Tigers $467.39
8 LSU Tigers vs Texas A&M Aggies $331.86
10 Michigan Wolverines vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish $304.50
2 Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes $297.58
4 Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Longhorns $117.00
 
Total National Championships (both Teams- claimed)
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Total National Champaionships
10 Michigan Wolverines vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish 22
3 Notre Dame Fighting Irishvs USC Trojans 22
9 Alabama Crimson Tide vs Tennessee Volunteers 22
1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Tigers 19
18 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Ole Miss Rebels 19
 
Top 5: Total Conference Championships (both teams)
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Total Conference Championships
2 Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes 77
5 Alabama Crimson Tide vs Auburn Tigers 72
21 Ohio State Buckeyes vs Penn State Nittany Lions 60
33 Iowa Hawkeyes vs Nebraska Cornhuskers 55
32 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Purdue Boilermakers 53
 
Top 5: Total Heisman Recepients (both teams)
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Total Heisman Recpients
3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs USC Trojans 13
6 Michigan State Spartans vs Michigan Wolverines 10
1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs LSU Tigers 10
15 Oklahoma Sooners vs Oklahoma State Cowboys 9
34 Arkansas Razorbacks vs LSU Tigers 8
 
Top 5: Oldest Rivalries
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Year Founded
10 Michigan Wolverines vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1887
7 Army Black Knights vs Navy Midshipmen 1890
20 Minnesota Gophers vs Wisconsin Badgers 1890
69 Illinois Fighting Illini vs Purdue Boilermakers 1890
24 Iowa Hawkeyes vs Minnesota Gophers 1891
 
Top 5: Most Games Played
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Games Played
20 Minnesota Gophers vs Wisconsin Badgers 122
60 North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Cavaliers 117
13 Auburn Tigers vs Georgia Bulldogs 116
16 Oregon Ducks vs Oregon State Beavers 116
68 Indiana Fighting Illini vs Purdue Boilermakers 115
 
Top 5: Smallest Difference in Overall Record
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Difference
13 Auburn Tigers vs Georgia Bulldogs Tied
31 Iowa Hawkeyes vs Wisconsin Badgers Tied
78 Minnesota Gophers vs Penn State Nittany Lions 1
87 Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns vs Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks 2
92 Kentucky Wildcats vs Mississippi State Bulldogs 2
 
Top 5: Closest Matchups (Lowest Average Point Difference - Past Decade)
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Avg Point Difference
88 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles 2
67 Colorado Buffaloes vs Utah Utes 3
36 Florida State vs Miami Hurricanes 7
77 Fresno State vs San Diego State 7
55 Arizona vs Arizona State 8
 
Top 5: Total AP Regular Season Poll Appearances (Both Teams, Past Decade)
Overall Rank
Rivalry
Poll Appearances
17 Florida Gators vs LSU Tigers 20
42 Florida Gators vs Florida State Seminoles 20
4 Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Longhorns 20
47 Clemson vs Florida State 19
2 Michigan Wolverines vs Ohio State Buckeyes 19
Sources:
  • Wikipedia.org
  • NCAA.org
  • Ticket Prices: TicketCity, Other Secondary Ticket Brokers
  • Capacity: Wikipedia.org
  • Other Sources: Facebook.com, Twitter.com, Individual Team Webpages
 
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