The Greatest College Football Rivalries of All Time : The Civil War, the Iron Bowl, and Other Memorable Matchups

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College football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. Fans follow their favorite team with unfailing loyalty, and nowhere do the colors come out more fervently than when rivals face off. These games bring out the passion, the rituals, and even the rage of football fans across the country. Whether based on history and tradition, or proximity and local pride, college rivalry games have an intensity unmatched by any other sporting event.

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Overview

College football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. Fans follow their favorite team with unfailing loyalty, and nowhere do the colors come out more fervently than when rivals face off. These games bring out the passion, the rituals, and even the rage of football fans across the country. Whether based on history and tradition, or proximity and local pride, college rivalry games have an intensity unmatched by any other sporting event.

The Greatest College Football Rivalries of All Time: The Civil War, the Iron Bowl, and Other Memorable Matchups showcases the best of these competitions. Martin Gitlin details game highlights, the history behind the rivalries, and how the fans, players, and coaches have impacted the matchups. The fourteen top rivalries are covered, including the always-intense battles between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines, the great in-state rivalry between the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the historic contests between the Army Black Knights and the Navy Midshipmen.

In addition to capturing the action of the games, this book also covers the personal stories that heighten the passion and intensity of the rivalries—including pranks pulled over the years by opposing fans. With stats and series highlights detailed in each entry, and featuring historical and contemporary photographs throughout its pages, The Greatest College Football Rivalries of All Time is a must-read for every fan of college football.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442229839
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/16/2014
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 456,833

Meet the Author

Martin Gitlin is a freelance writer and the author of more than 40 books on popular culture and sports. He has won many awards for his writing, including first place for General Excellence in Journalism from the Associated Press. His most recent books are The Great American Cereal Book: How Breakfast Got Its Crunch (2012) and The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time (Scarecrow Press, 2013).
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Ohio State vs. Michigan: Woody, Bo and Beyond
Chapter 2: Alabama vs. Auburn: The Iron Bowl
Chapter 3: Army vs. Navy: War on the Gridiron
Chapter 4: Oklahoma vs. Texas: The Red River Rivalry
Chapter 5: Notre Dame vs. Southern California: The Cross-Country Clash
Chapter 6: Harvard vs. Yale: The Game
Chapter 7: Georgia vs. Florida: The World’s Largest Cocktail Party
Chapter 8: Lafayette vs. Lehigh: The First Rivalry
Chapter 9: California vs. Stanford: The Big Game
Chapter 10: Florida State vs. Miami: The Game without a Name
Chapter 11: Grambling State vs. Southern: The Bayou Classic
Chapter 12: Utah vs. Brigham Young: The Holy War
Chapter 13: Oregon vs. Oregon State: The Civil War
Chapter 14: Clemson vs. South Carolina: The Palmetto Bowl
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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