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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Fake tickets flooding Alabama vs. Auburn Iron Bowl?

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The University of Alabama is looking forward to hosting another sellout crowd when the Crimson Tide football team hosts the Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and the UA Athletic Ticket Office wishes to remind fans of the potential danger of being sold counterfeit tickets at Tide home games.

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#26 Auburn Tigers: College Football 77 in 77

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What did we just learn from Joe Paterno? Erecting a statue for someone while they’re still alive and their legacy is not yet fully formed is risky business. And sometimes backfires. There’s already a Cam Newton statue at Auburn. Again, something scandalous could arise, especially given Newton’s past history.

The Bo Jackson statue I’m cool with; his career is long over.

As for the Auburn Tigers this college football season, a step forward? 2011 was rebuilding from the title year of 2010, so now better things are expected. Even though they’re breaking in a new coordinator on each side of the ball

Go here for the Auburn Tigers men’s basketball season preview

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Auburn Tigers women get breast implants? Suggestive billboard now removed

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I guess this was a little bit in poor taste, and a lot offensive: using a sense of community to a college football fanbase to get a boob job. Telling female fans of the Auburn Tigers, they needed breast implants is just a hair politically incorrect.

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Auburn Gets All-American Transfer from Illinois; Fullback Jay Prosch

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It’s certainly transfer season in college football, kind of like a mini NFL free agent signing period. Notre Dame landed the top QB recruit in Gunner Kiel yesterday, and Illinois sophomore Jay Prosch transferred to the Auburn Tigers.

Prosch is ranked among the top fullback prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft class. The move that will allow Prosch to be closer to his family in the Mobile, Ala., area, including his ailing mother. Prosch was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly on Dec. 12 and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree this year.

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DC Vic Koenning Leaving Illini; Headed to North Carolina? Auburn? Troy?

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Before Vic Koenning took over the Illini defense in 2010, the unit was among the worst in college football.  Under Koenning, the 2011 Illini finished second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally in total defense.

“Y’all know me,’’ Koenning said. “I’m only as good as the staff. The success we had this year was because of us. It was the defensive staff and the players.’

It’s a shame Vic has to go; it really is. New Head Coach Tim Beckman offered him the chance to keep the defensive coordinator job, but Koenning turned it down.

Nothing definite announced for Koenning‘s future job but he clearly has some options. According to Carolina Blue:

Sources close to the situation report that Illinois interim head coach and former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is expected to join Larry Fedora’s staff at UNC.

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Superstar Auburn Duo Declare for Draft, Top 5 NFL Picks?

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Big news regarding the NFL Draft; two underclassmen from the national title team in college football; announced there going pro.

With Auburn, the conversation always begins with their QB Cam Newton, the reigning Heisman winner who was dominant on the offensive side of the ball for the Tigers. But they have a player on the opposite side of the ball who is has been just as dominant this fall; and who started the year in obscurity much like Newton. That’s Nick Fairley, who may end up getting picked ahead of Newton.

By Paul M. Banks

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