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The Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl, between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas LonghornsJ.P. Wilson/Icon SMI Oklahoma and Texas fans meet each year in Dallas. Is theirs the nation's best rivalry?

Rivalries. They form the backbone of college football. From stadiums filled with 100,000-plus to smaller -- but still intense -- local and/or historic showdowns, these long-standing tradition-rich games anchor fans' fall calendars. But how do today's best rivalries stack up against one another? You tell us, by clicking on the boxes below.

Rank: College football's biggest rivalries

Alabama-Auburn

Alabama-Auburn

Nov. 30, at Auburn

Army-Navy

Army-Navy

Dec. 14, at Lincoln Financial Field

BYU-Utah

BYU-Utah

Sept. 21, at BYU

California-Stanford

California-Stanford

Nov. 23, at Stanford

Clemson-S. Carolina

Clemson-S. Carolina

Nov. 30, at South Carolina

Florida-Georgia

Florida-Georgia

Nov. 2, at EverBank Field

Florida State-Miami

Florida State-Miami

Nov. 2, at Florida State

Georgia-Georgia Tech

Georgia-Georgia Tech

Nov. 30, at Georgia Tech

Harvard-Yale

Harvard-Yale

Nov. 23, at Yale

Michigan-Ohio State

Michigan-Ohio State

Nov. 30, at Michigan

Notre Dame-USC

Notre Dame-USC

Oct. 19, at Notre Dame

Oklahoma-Texas

Oklahoma-Texas

Oct. 12, at Cotton Bowl

Oregon-Oregon State

Oregon-Oregon State

Nov. 29, at Oregon

UCLA-USC

UCLA-USC

Nov. 30, at USC

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Sure, the opening weekend of college football had plenty of games that made Team USA's 121-66 basketball win against Angola look like a classic by comparison, but we didn't have to wait for Boise State and Virginia Tech on Monday night for a reminder of what we've missed lo these many football fallow months. You want drama? Navy-Maryland and East Carolina-Tulsa offered up a season's worth. But what is a more painful way to lose?

Maryland 17, Navy 14: The Midshipmen rolled up 412 yards on the ground, but they needed 413 for the win. Passing up a chance to tie the game with a field goal in the final minute (one of its only passes on the day), Navy went for broke on fourth down at the 1, only to see Ricky Dobbs stuffed short of the points. Watch the stop | Watch the game

East Carolina 51, Tulsa 49: Last team with the ball wins? Absolutely, even if the last team with the ball is 33 yards away from the end zone with seconds remaining. Dominique Davis' Hail Mary landed in the arms of receiver Justin Jones to give East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill a win in his debut. Watch the Hail Mary | Watch the game

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A lot of college football fans will tell you their two favorite teams are their team and whoever plays their rival that Saturday. But it sure feels like Boise State is gaining ground on the latter part of that equation.

There are a lot of things working in Boise State's favor as it builds a nationwide network of fans. The Broncos play at least five games on ESPN or ESPN2 this season, all on weekday nights when college football fans are craving something to tide them over until Saturday. And since it's safe to say the BCS isn't America's most popular institution, it only makes sense to support the team whose diverse playbook has helped poke holes in the system's flaws. Plus, let's be honest, who doesn't love them some blue turf?

So as long as they aren't playing your team, is Boise State America's team?

Brian (Greensboro)

Ivan, pretend that Boise State is any BCS conference this year...where do you rank them? Is it still third (AP), fifth (Coaches) or something else?

Ivan Maisel
Ivan Maiisel

I understand your point. But Boise State has won two Fiesta Bowls in the last four years. They have 20-plus starters returning from an undefeated team. I don't think anyone need apologize for ranking the Broncos high. And if they lose, we'll be wrong and we'll all move on. Full transcript

Jeremy (Corvallis)

How do you think Boise would do in the PAC-10? It's much easier to get up for 1 (max. 2) games per year, compared to having to show up every week (except against Wazzu).

Pac-10 blogger Ted Miller
Ted Miller

Hard to say: Boise is a good team, and it is particularly good at preparing for big games. But as you say, playing a quality foe just about every week is something the Broncos have not done. I do think this year's Boise State team would finish in the top-third of the Pac-10, perhaps even win the conference. Full transcript

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Fighting Irish eyes were smiling after a shutout win for Notre Dame against Nevada to open the season, but at least one fan used SportsNation's virtual billboard to post some concerns about the future -- and not just this weekend's game at Michigan. Sure, Notre Dame looked good, but so did Navy and Washington, two teams many assumed Charlie Weis' team would roll over later this season.

And while we're talking about the Huskies, another SportsNation blogger isn't sure if a close game in Seattle said more about a revival on the shores of Lake Washington or problems at quarterback for the Tigers.

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