Maybe it is because someone somewhere did something a long time ago that no one even remembers. Maybe it is because one school kidnapped the other’s mascot once. Whatever the reason, every team has one game that would make their season. They can lose all the rest, but win this one and the season is a success. That’s what makes a rivalry a rivalry.
The best game on Thanksgiving was not played by professionals, but by the Longhorns of Texas and the Aggies of A&M. In the 116th meeting of the in-state rivals, the #3 Longhorns were tested to the end as the Aggies fought tooth and nail trying to win their seventh game of the year. Both QBs turned in admirable performances, but in the end it was Colt McCoy and the Longhorns out scoring Jerrod Johnson and the Aggies 49-39 in a Turkey Day thriller.
The Backyard Brawl lived up to its billing as West Virginia edged #8 Pittsburgh 19-16 on Friday. Florida was probably the only team not to have a hard time with their in-state rival as Tim Tebow and company has a pretty easy time with Florida State winning 37-10. Alabama needed a late connection from QB George McElroy to Roy Upchurch to pull out a 26-21 win against Auburn in the 74th edition of the Iron Bowl.
The Holy War between #22 Utah and #18 Brigham Young came down to a touchdown pass from Max Hall to Andrew George in OT to give BYU the 26-23 win. Oklahoma State (#11) was looking at a potential BCS game until Bedlam Saturday saw them drop yet another to the hated Sooners of Oklahoma. Clemson will fall from #15 after getting destroyed in the Battle for the Palmetto State with the Gamecocks of South Carolina 34-17.
A handful of other in-stat rivals got the pleasure of seeing their opponents drop in the polls after pulling out victories. A 17 point 3rd quarter for Mississippi State helped them past #20 Mississippi, 41-27. North Carolina State will finish the season with a losing season, but will have the satisfaction of knowing they knocked North Carolina (#25 before the game) out of the polls. Clean, Old Fashioned Hate will seem like an appropriate name for their game against the Bulldogs of Georgia since Georgia Tech (#7) will probably lose out on a BCS game after losing 24-30.
Whether your team won or lost, Rivalry Weekend is a time honored tradition for sports fans everywhere. It is a time to gather with friends from near and far, enjoy the company of loved ones, and relive the good ole’ days as you cheer on the old college team. The tradition lives on due to the intensity that fans across the nation bring to it year in and year out. Tailgates across the nation were witness to a number of beers being consumed, probably the only thing rival fans could agree on
Fans in Georgia will agree that the Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster can turn people into just that- big, sloppy monsters. This ale made by the Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, Georgia comes in at a whopping 8.75% ABV. An collection of malts (2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal 20, Crystal 30, Crystal 45, Crytal 77) and hops (Warrior, Centennial, Cascade, Ahtanum, Simco) combine to make this tantalizing red ale that is so good you forget what the alcohol content is going to turn you into until your friends tell you what you did the next day.