Commonwealth Cup takes the cake for ACC rivalry games
Duke coach David Cutcliffe and Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, who are both in their first seasons, will be introduced to the in-state rivalries that have helped shape part of their programs' histories, while UNC coach Butch Davis is playing his second in-state rival in as many weeks. The last meeting didn't go so well, as the Tar Heels suffered their worst loss of the season to NC State. Aside from pride, the game with the most at stake this week is in Blacksburg, Va.
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Sometimes conference crowns are up for grabs. Bowl bids often hang in the balance. But rivalry week is about more than that. Pride, bragging rights and some unique trophies are on the line when rivals meet. What could be better -- or more important -- than that?
Rivalry Week: A Closer Look
• Miller: Civil War features rare great matchup
• Bennett: Backyard Brawl heats up Big East
• ACC: Plenty on the line in Commonwealth Cup
• Big 12: Bedlam Series has BCS implications
• SEC: Bama looks to stop recent skid vs. Auburn
• Blue state or red state? UNC-NCSU divided
• The "Big Game" isn't just any game
• Holy War: BYU-Utah spice things up
• SEC: Tennessee has dominated Vandy
• Big Ten: All about the trophy hunting
• Washington: Apple Cup always matters
• Big Ten: OSU-Michigan still The Game
• SportsNation: Do you know your rivalries?
• Vote: Who will be the rivalry week winners?