It’s rivalry week in college football. Michigan-Ohio State, Auburn-Alabama, Georgia-Georgia Tech, amongst others.
When it comes to football rivalries, it seems like college football has cornered the market on historic feuds. Certainly there are some rivalries in the NFL (Bengals-Steelers, Dallas-Washington, Packers-Vikings), but they all seem to wax and wane as parity in the NFL causes some of these matchups to lose their allure over time.
Of course, the same could be said for some of these college football matchups. UM-OSU has certainly been one-sided as of late, and Florida-Florida State has been a shell of itself since the early 2000s.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
What is the best rivalry in sports?
My answer: Personally, no rivalry gets me more heated in sports that Michigan-Ohio State, but I’m biased as a former Wolverine.
From an outsider perspective, however, no football matchup got me more excited than Colts vs. Patriots in the days when Peyton Manning was at the top of his game. Manning vs. Brady was one of those matchups that always seemed to pay off, and it seemed to take place at the most crucial points in the season, playoffs or otherwise.
I believe Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are both top five quarterbacks to ever play the game, and the fact that we got to see them face off 12 times in history (I don’t include the Broncos years for Manning) was a pleasure.
A lot of times we see rivalries get overhyped (see UM-OSU this year), but Patriots-Colts paid off every time. I miss it.