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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Oregon Ducks 62, USC Trojans 51: fun with the box score

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It was a battle of high octane offenses and bad defenses (and the top 2 hottest cheerleading squads, look here to check out Oregon’s crew, go here for USC’s squad) Oregon Ducks 62, USC Trojans 51. 113 combined points as Oregon keeps their national title hopes alive. “Video game numbers” has become a cliche lately, but it applied to this college football game.

Here’s some highlights from the box score of this one.

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#1 USC Trojans: College Football 77 in 77

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Welcome to The Sports Bank 77 in 77. We’re previewing one team a day everyday as the college football season approaches. And we’re doing it in rapid fire sequence. Today, the USC Trojans

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Former USC, Raiders QB Todd Marinovich has some Artwork to Share

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When of the best ESPN films of all time, “The Marinovich Project,” told the unique story of Todd Marinovich’s life. Marinovich is known best as a star QB for the USC Trojans who played for the Raiders, but never quite made it in the NFL.

The film conveyed his beginnings as a football prodigy built to star at the sport (back when he was known as “Robo QB”), his problems with substance abuse and depression, his troubles with the law and ultimately his journey to happiness through artistic expression.

That’s right Todd Marinovich is now an accomplished artist and you can learn more about it after the jump.

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Notre Dame Football and Brian Kelly: How does this story end?

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Halfway through his second season at the pressure-packed helm of Notre Dame football, Brian Kelly has experienced horrible tragedy and made almost every mistake imaginable.

From the death of Declan Sullivan to horrible public admission that the players he recruited were on a different level than those he inherited, Kelly has done a lot in creating the minefield he has to navigate daily.

After finishing last season with a four-game winning streak and a lopsided bowl victory over one-time-rival Miami in the Sun Bowl, a lot was expected of the 2011 Fighting Irish.

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#6 Stanford Cardinal-USC Trojans: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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Stanford vs. USC, sounds like a route to me? Well, maybe not. It’s the Cardinal’s last actual tune-up before their epic clash with the Oregon Ducks on November 12th. Forget Oregon St, they’ll roll over them.

No, the real reason I choose this Pac-12 contest for BHGP is the NFL Draft implications! I’m a draftnik, a mock nerd, so when I see the top pick in the draft taking on the #2 QB! Not to mention there’s at least two, maybe 3-4 more prospects in the this game that could go in the top ten-twenty, let the fun begin!

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USC Trojan Trio of Future NFL 1st Round Picks: Barkley, Kalil, Woods

The USC Trojans have two underclassmen (QB Matt Barkley and OT Matt Kalil) who look like top 10 picks in the 2011 draft. And they have a sophomore (WR Robert Woods) who should be a top pick in the 2012 draft. Given all the sanctions USC is under, and their current place in the college football landscape, it’s pretty obvious that all Trojan underclassmen with a legit chance of going pro early; will.

Fresh off their solid 30-17 win at Notre Dame. It was a great chance for the upper midwest to see these three blue chip prospects in action. And given how much the game meant to ND, it ended up being the biggest win of Lane Kiffin‘s USC career.

“You get the sense that this was their Super Bowl here, and all of the official visitors and moving it to a night game, the bye before.  So it’s even more pleasing to come in here with all of that stuff going on around and our players played really well,” Kiffin said at the postgame press conference.

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USC Trojans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Brutally Honest Game Preview

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It’s not often that we pick a game with two unranked teams for BHGP. And other than September non-conference or bowl games, we don’t do the intersectional thing much either. But this is college football’s top inter-sectional rivalry: USC Trojans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish.  Both are on the cusp of the AP top 25, so winner gets a national ranking.

USC has won 11 of the last 14. Notre Dame had an 11-game winning streak from 1983-1995.

This rivalry began in 1926, when Knute Rockne became the first Midwestern coach to take a team to the West Coast (Notre Dame won 13-12) and the teams have meet every season since (taking 1943-45 off due to travel restrictions during World War II).

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish 59, Air Force Falcons 33: Rapid Reaction

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Offense was the story in South Bend on Saturday, as Tommy Rees the “Game Manager” became Tommy Rees “the Touchdown slinger.”

Notre Dame reeled off 42 first half points thanks in large part to four passing touchdowns from their quarterback in route to a 59-33 shellacking of the Air Force Academy in a game that was not even as close as the already lopsided outcome would suggest.

Rees had trouble missing his targets as he connected on 23 of 32 passes for just under 300 yards and four touchdowns.

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#30 USC Trojans: College Football 77 in 77

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We are proud to reach a milestone here in the 77s- out first ever guest posting! Please welcome Amy Lamare from Gridiron Goddess. Ms. Lamare and I met at the Nike Football Media Summit in Dallas, and what follows is entirely written by her, so if/when you notice the “us” and “we” in reference to the team- that’s why. No Illini would ever do such a thing. Enjoy:

The USC Trojans, facing another year of sanctions, thanks to their unsuccessful NCAA appeal, won’t be looking to reinvent the wheel this season. That said, expect improvement from last year’s 8-5 squad (5-4 in the Pac-10) thanks to maturation from key players Matt Barkley and Robert Woods.

Offensively, the Trojans have every reason to improve on last year’s decent effort as the players have a full year of Lane Kiffin?s system under their belts. The biggest question comes on the O-Line and true freshman Cyrus Hobbi and Aundrey Walker will likely be tapped to make a big impression early on in their college football careers.

Just an aside, you know you want to click the link to the USC Song Girl Cheerleaders swim party photos

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Viva la Sun Bowl! Notre Dame vs Miami: Game preview

Only few would have properly predicted the location of the old west Texas town of El Paso for the reunion, but nonetheless, the famed Notre Dame/Miami rivalry reignites on New Year’s Eve near the Mexican border.

Bowl games are a great reward for the teams as the players and coaches get to enjoy a few days of activities and events leading up to the game, but once the ball is kicked, no one will care that Coach Kelly took the team shopping for new boots.

Yes, that did happen.

Both teams thought they were set at the quarterback position going into the season, but entering the bowl game, that is not the case for either squad.

Jacory Harris has been wildly inconsistent all season, and the injury to the Irish’s Dayne Crist has thrust untested Tommy Rees into more action his freshman year than anyone anticipated.

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Finally! The Irish beat the Trojans … yes, I mean ND vs. USC

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He came to Notre Dame four years ago to win and make a difference on the field. Many would argue that he never came close to his goal … until tonight.

Robert Hughes’ heart, soul and determination led the Irish to their first victory over Southern Cal in the past nine years.He was benched more than once during his career. He was in South Bend when his brother was murdered. He watched his team fall apart … year after year …

But he never gave up.

And then, when it mattered the most, he stepped up and led his beloved Irish to victory.

By: Brian McCabe

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