Rival - hated foe - the enemy.
When it comes to college football there are plenty of rivals. Every state has two schools that really hate to lose to the other.
I grew up in Alabama and every child has to declare at birth his or her allegiance to either Alabama or Auburn and their parents hope their first words spoken are "War Eagle" or "Roll Tide."
As a third generation Auburn man, my favorite colors are orange and blue.
The war between the Tigers and the Tide was played for years in Birmingham, thus the title - "The Iron Bowl".
It is the greatest rivalry in college football as it literally stops the state on the day of the game. The teams didn't play from 1907 to 1948 because of various arguments between the schools. Alabama leads the series 38-31-1, but Auburn has now won four in a row.
As proud Troy University graduate, the team we Trojans hated was Jacksonville State. The Battle for the "The Ol' School Bell" was the most important game of the year when I was a student and a short-term member of the Sound of the South marching band before focusing on my journalism future.
When Troy began its move up to Division I-A, the game was halted, but the road trips to Jacksonville and the parade at Troy the week of the JSU games were something I will always remember.
Here in Louisiana there are also several rivalry games that are played at the end of each season.
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