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Poll: Which of these matchups do you believe are essential rivalries?
Alabama/LSU
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Arkansas/Ole Miss
Baylor/Texas
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California/USC
Central Michigan/Eastern Michigan
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Clemson/Georgia Tech
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Duke/Virginia
Duke/Wake Forest
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Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #1)
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RE: Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #1)
I suppose it depends on the definition of essential.

To me, essential are those rivalries who either define a conference, define a region, or have such a history as to make them important.

First tier would be something like:

Alabama/Auburn
Michigan/tOSU
TX/OK
USC/UCLA
Army/Navy

Then you'd be talking:

USC/ND
FSU/The U
Cal/Stanford
Ole Miss/Miss St
OK/OSU
BYU/Utah
Pitt/WVU
GA/Fla
Mich/Mich St.
Wisc/Minn
Ala/Tenn

I'm sure there are others as well, but if we're talking essential......
10-09-2017 07:19 AM
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RE: Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #1)
(10-08-2017 12:55 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(10-06-2017 04:10 PM)Big Frog II Wrote:  TCU-Baylor Since 1899 and the hate is epic.

There was a rather largish gap in play after the SWC fell apart.

There was a 10 year stretch, but we have played 111 times.
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RE: Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #1)
(10-09-2017 07:19 AM)BadgerMJ Wrote:  I suppose it depends on the definition of essential.

To me, essential are those rivalries who either define a conference, define a region, or have such a history as to make them important.

First tier would be something like:

Alabama/Auburn
Michigan/tOSU
TX/OK
USC/UCLA
Army/Navy

Then you'd be talking:

USC/ND
FSU/The U
Cal/Stanford
Ole Miss/Miss St
OK/OSU
BYU/Utah
Pitt/WVU
GA/Fla
Mich/Mich St.
Wisc/Minn
Ala/Tenn

I'm sure there are others as well, but if we're talking essential......

In the OP, I did define "essential" for the purposes of this poll, but I suspect that many voters have interpreted differently. Maybe they are considering whether it's essential in any of the ways you describe; to one team or the other (but not both); to them personally -- I dunno.

All the matchups you mention could reasonably be considered essential IMO except for Pitt/WVU, which abruptly ended after 2011 when WVU joined the Big 12. It clearly has not been important enough to either or both teams to play since then. They do have games scheduled for 2022-25, so we'll have to see then whether or not it returns to essential status. A 9-year gap in play doesn't bode well for the rivalry.

BYU/Utah is a little shaky because of their recent voluntary 2-year lapse in scheduling one another, but has resumed and is scheduled out to 2022 at least.

Probably going to have to redo these polls at some point and make it more obvious what I'm looking for.
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(10-09-2017 10:19 AM)Big Frog II Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 12:55 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(10-06-2017 04:10 PM)Big Frog II Wrote:  TCU-Baylor Since 1899 and the hate is epic.

There was a rather largish gap in play after the SWC fell apart.

There was a 10 year stretch, but we have played 111 times.

I would consider the 10-year gap from 1996-2005 to be significant, as well as the 2-year gap from 2008-09, given how recent they were. As soon as the two teams went to different conferences after 1995, they stopped playing. If the Big 12 collapses in the next few years and both teams end up in different conferences, is it likely that they would continue to play in an annual OOC game?
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RE: Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #1)
(10-09-2017 07:19 AM)BadgerMJ Wrote:  I suppose it depends on the definition of essential.

To me, essential are those rivalries who either define a conference, define a region, or have such a history as to make them important.

First tier would be something like:

Alabama/Auburn
Michigan/tOSU
TX/OK
USC/UCLA
Army/Navy

Then you'd be talking:

USC/ND
FSU/The U
Cal/Stanford
Ole Miss/Miss St
OK/OSU
BYU/Utah
Pitt/WVU
GA/Fla
Mich/Mich St.
Wisc/Minn
Ala/Tenn

I'm sure there are others as well, but if we're talking essential......

You may want to reconsider that.
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RE: Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #1)
(10-09-2017 10:34 AM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  BYU/Utah is a little shaky because of their recent voluntary 2-year lapse in scheduling one another, but has resumed and is scheduled out to 2022 at least.

It was only considered "voluntary" from the Ewetes' AD and head coach perspectives. Utah scheduled a 2-game series with Michigan and those two didn't want another tough OOC game before conference play.

I personally know some big Ewete donors who were pretty furious with AD Chris Hill for the lapse. This rivalry has all the essential elements - proximity, fan bases living and working together, common to have divided allegiances within the same family, fantastic history of competitive games and highlights, vitriol, pranks, HUGE game in the region - it also includes the extra religious and social elements not found in any other rivalry, topped off with the superiority and inferiority complexes caused in both fan bases by realignment.

The lapse was technically only one year because the teams met in the 2015 Las Vegas Bowl.
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RE: Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #1)
(10-08-2017 08:06 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 03:06 PM)Bronco14 Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 12:57 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(10-06-2017 04:10 PM)Bronco14 Wrote:  
(10-06-2017 01:50 PM)WesternSkillet Wrote:  WMU/CMU is a major rivalry in the MAC. Top 3 easy (in the MAC).

I second this. Makes no sense to list Toledo/Bowling Green and Miami/Ohio as Essential, and then list WMU/CMU as Essential? with a ?

I'm just asking because I'm unsure. This isn't meant to offend any fans of the teams in question.

I just recommend doing a little homework next time.

OK, but I'll note that of 42 voters at the moment, only 9 have chosen CMU/WMU.
There's a lot of choices and the max is only 15. 15/42 = 13.64 9/42 = 9.1
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RE: Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #1)
(10-09-2017 05:19 PM)Bronco14 Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 08:06 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 03:06 PM)Bronco14 Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 12:57 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(10-06-2017 04:10 PM)Bronco14 Wrote:  I second this. Makes no sense to list Toledo/Bowling Green and Miami/Ohio as Essential, and then list WMU/CMU as Essential? with a ?

I'm just asking because I'm unsure. This isn't meant to offend any fans of the teams in question.

I just recommend doing a little homework next time.

OK, but I'll note that of 42 voters at the moment, only 9 have chosen CMU/WMU.
There's a lot of choices and the max is only 15. 15/42 = 13.64 9/42 = 9.1

That would argue that none of the matchups here are essential rivalries. In any case, I think I'll need to redo these polls later with a more explicit definition of essential.
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(10-09-2017 07:11 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(10-09-2017 05:19 PM)Bronco14 Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 08:06 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 03:06 PM)Bronco14 Wrote:  
(10-08-2017 12:57 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  I'm just asking because I'm unsure. This isn't meant to offend any fans of the teams in question.

I just recommend doing a little homework next time.

OK, but I'll note that of 42 voters at the moment, only 9 have chosen CMU/WMU.
There's a lot of choices and the max is only 15. 15/42 = 13.64 9/42 = 9.1

That would argue that none of the matchups here are essential rivalries. In any case, I think I'll need to redo these polls later with a more explicit definition of essential.
You got too many in question so are getting a wild spread. People in the midwest don't care for the Bama/Tennessee rivalry (which is itself overshadowed by Bama/Auburn), and people in the northwest don't care for Baylor/Texas Tech, for example. The 'other' option isn't helping either. Also, while all of these are true rivalries, none of them are 'clear-cut' like UofMich/theOhioSt, Bama/Auburn, etc.

It's a great thread idea, but you're gonna get a lot of different answers.
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