Top 10 College Football and Basketball Rivalries

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College football season begins tomorrow night! The first full slate of full games follows two days later. In the spirit of the season, we present the ten best rivalries in the game, and give you the corresponding date to circle on your calendar.

This is a football centric list, but we have the best college basketball rivalries on here as well.

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#35 BYU Cougars: College Football 77 in 77

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Last year was the first season of independence for the BYU Cougars; who responded by going 10-3 and winning a bowl game. They also had the 13th ranked defense nationally, to complement their usual vaunted air attack. What can Bronco Mendenhall do for an encore? Well the schedule gets increasingly tougher this year, but maybe a full season of Riley Nelson under center will make a difference?

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Jimmer, Steve Young Star in Funny BYU Cougars Video

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The video that follows after the jump includes an all-star team of BYU legends: Steve Young, Jimmer Fredette, Lavell Edwards etc talking about being a real cougar; becoming a real cougar. On one level the video is cutesy innocent funny- in the way they utilized the CGI cougar.

But another, more sexually depraved level this video is very funny. Because if you search for the word “cougar” these days, in any search medium, the first few entries you’ll find are related to the cougar of Demi Moore variety.

Or low-rent wannabe versions of Demi Moore.

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#34 BYU Cougars: College Football 77 in 77

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If I could paraphrase Destiny’s Child circa 2001, “all the programs who INDEPENDENT, throw your hands up at me. All the A.D.s making money throw your hands up at me.” Or perhaps you recall Bill Pullman’s very rousing “Today, is our independence day!” speech from the 1996 blockbuster film.

That’s the spirit in Provo, Utah right now. They got a sweetheart TV deal from ESPN, and centralized their broadcasting rights back to the LDS Church. And that’s exactly why they could leave the MWC to go independent in the first place- their worldwide Mormon audience is a built-in fan base. (Mendenhall has said so himself) Exactly like Notre Dame and the Catholics.

Their independent schedule is pretty tough in the early going, whoops I almost said “non-conference” there. But they finished strong last year and have lots to build on. [Read more…]