Backyard Brawl got a little more heated after last year's contest
Like any good rivalry, the "Backyard Brawl" is based on proximity and history.
West Virginia and Pittsburgh have played each other since 1895, and the two campuses sit only about 70 miles apart. Their coaches often cross the same paths while recruiting the fertile western Pennsylvania high school scene.
"Kissing cousins" is how Mountaineers coach Bill Stewart describes the two programs.
"When you cross that border, it's time to get after it," Stewart said. ...
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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?