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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Roy Williams Rips “Sell out” North Carolina Fans

North Carolina Ties All-Time Record; #1 in AP Poll for 8th Time

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With the release of today’s college hoops AP preseason poll, the North Carolina Tar Heels further cemented themselves as one of college basketball’s most storied programs.

The Tar Heels, returning all five starters from last season’s Elite 8 team, were the landslide #1 (62/65 votes) in the Associated Press’ preseason poll. It’s the eighth time they have been #1 with a bullet since the poll started in 1961-62.

You can compare this poll versus our poll, which we initially released the day after the 2011 National Title game.

And the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

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North Carolina #1, Kentucky #2 in College Hoops Preseason Coaches Poll

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The North Carolina Tar Heels claimed 30 of 31 first-place votes to earn the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches preseason poll. The Kentucky Wildcats received the other first place vote and start the college basketball season ranked second with Ohio State Buckeyes, Connecticut and Syracuse rounding out the top five. The Duke Blue Devils are sixth, followed by Vanderbilt, Louisville, Memphis and Florida.

You can compare this poll versus our poll, which we initially released the day after the 2011 National Title game.

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UNC’s Harrison Barnes, OSU’s Sullinger Early Favorites for Wooden Award

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The Preseason Top 50 List for the John R. Wooden Award was released today. Chosen by a preseason poll of national media members, the list is comprised of 50 players who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.

Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the Preseason list.

The players on the Preseason list are considered strong candidates for the Midseason list and the official voting ballot, both of which are open to freshman and transfer students.

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North Carolina Tar Heels Very Impressive; Ready for Test from Kentucky Wildcats

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You wouldn’t have thought that the UNC Tar Heels team playing Friday night was the same one that was defensively challenged all year. College basketball teams were able to get up and down on them pretty much at will. But on Friday night, they stepped up and answered the call, holding Marquette to 15 first half points – the second fewest in the program’s storied tournament history.

Not only did their defense click, but as usual, their offense was elite and put the game away early. The big 3 in Tyler Zeller, lottery pick Harrison Barnes, and John Henson put on a clinic against Marquette. They combined to score 61 of the 81 points and kept Marquette from ever making this a game.

By Ryan West

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