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|Jackie Sherrill knew how to win rivalry games, with Mississippi State dominating Ole Miss and Texas A&M beating Texas.|
Some coache shave earned eternal gratitude -- and other eternal condemnation -- from fans for their work in big rivalry games. A rundown of some of the biggies:
(Michigan leads 57-37-6)
Wolverines hero: Fielding H. Yost, 16-3-1
Buckeyes hero: Woody Hayes, 16-11-1.
(Alabama leads 38-29-1)
Crimson Tide hero: Bear Bryant, 19-6
Tigers hero: Pat Dye, who beat Bryant, Ray Perkins and Bill Curry in their last regular-season games as Bama coaches.
(Texas leads 55-38-5)
Sooners hero: Bob Stoops, 4-1 and making it look easy.
Longhorns hero: Darrell Royal, 12-7-1, including 9-1 record in the 1960s.
(Notre Dame leads 42-28-5)
Irish hero: Lou Holtz, 9-1-1, with lone loss in OT.
Trojans hero: John McKay, including three of the most painful defeats of the Ara Parseghian era (1964, '72, '74).
(Miami leads 29-20)
Seminoles hero: Bobby Bowden won 5 in a row, but the 'Noles won 7 straight from 1964-72.
Hurricanes hero: A variety of FSU kickers.
(Tennessee leads 19-15)
Gators hero: Steve Spurrier, 8-4 and brutally quick with verbal needle.
Vols hero: Gen. robert Neyland, 6-0.
(Georgia leads 55-36-5)
Bulldogs hero: Vince Dooley, 18-6.
Yellow Jackets hero: Bobby Dodd, 12-10, including 8-game winning streak from 1949-56.
(Nebraska leads 44-16-2)
Buffaloes hero: Bill McCartney, who outlawed the color red at CU football facility when he took the job in 1982, then finally ended an 18-year losing streak to the Huskers in 1986.
Huskers hero: Tom Osborne, 21-3-1, including 6 wins by 30 points or more.
(Ole Miss leads 57-37-6)
Rebels hero: John Vaught, 19-2-4, including 18-year run without a loss.
Bulldogs hero: From 1911-25 State won 13 straight with seven different coaches.
(Utah leads 50-31-4)
Cougars hero: LaVell Edwards, 22-7 and ended Utah's dominance in series by winning his first six and 15 of his first 16 against Utah.
Utes hero: Ike Armstrong, 18-1-3 from 1925-49.
(Army leads 49-48-7)
Midshipman hero: George Welsh, 7-1-1, including his first four.
Black Knights hero: Earl "Red" Blaik, 8-8-2, but after 0-3 start, when 5-1-1, including three wins over Navy to complete perfect national championship seasons.
-- Pat Forde