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Poll: Which of these matchups do you believe are essential rivalries?
Air Force/Wyoming
Akron/Kent State
Appalachian State/Georgia Southern
Bowling Green/Kent State
BYU/Utah State
Clemson/Florida State
Colorado/Colorado State
Fresno State/San Jose State
Fresno State/Hawaii
Kentucky/Louisville
Louisiana-Lafayette/Louisiana-Monroe
Nevada/UNLV
New Mexico State/UTEP
Notre Dame/Stanford
Toledo/Western Michigan
None of the above
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Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #3)
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Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #3)
Which of the matchups in the poll do you think are essential* rivalries?

* "Essential" rivalries are those in which both teams would likely seek to retain the matchup each year even in the event of a realignment that separated them into different divisions or conferences. In some cases, this has already happened, or they were never in the same conference/division to begin with.

Other current annual matchups aren't particularly essential. They may primarily be the result of sharing a conference/division and not any strong desire to play. These matchups would be sacrificed as annual games in the event of a realignment that separated the teams.

The line between essential and non-essential is rather blurry, so I thought I'd see what the realignment forum thinks. This is a miscellaneous poll containing some recently interrupted but active matchups, some younger matchups, and some matchups that I'm no longer sure are essential or not.

Poll #1: http://csnbbs.com/thread-829175.html
Poll #2: http://csnbbs.com/thread-829176.html
(This post was last modified: 10-07-2017 11:10 PM by Nerdlinger.)
10-07-2017 09:38 PM
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RE: Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #3)
(10-07-2017 09:38 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  * "Essential" rivalries are those in which both teams would likely seek to retain the matchup each year even in the event of a realignment that separated them into different divisions or conferences.
That's a little unfair, since we're dealing with administration politics, isn't it? Look at CU-CSU and Texas-Texas A&M.
10-07-2017 10:43 PM
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RE: Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #3)
Of those, UA and KSU. They have a ******* rivalry trophy and are a premier rivalry in the MAC.
10-07-2017 10:49 PM
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(10-07-2017 10:49 PM)Bronco14 Wrote:  Of those, UA and KSU. They have a ******* rivalry trophy and are a premier rivalry in the MAC.

I'm inclined to agree that Akron/Kent State has become essential. However, a trophy does not a rivalry make. 03-wink
10-07-2017 11:01 PM
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(10-07-2017 11:01 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  I'm inclined to agree that Akron/Kent State has become essential. However, a trophy does not a rivalry make. 03-wink

What about proximity? It's like 12 miles between campuses, and there's even a bicycle path connecting them now.
10-07-2017 11:53 PM
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Essential FBS Rivalries? (Poll #3)
No rivalry is essential if one the respective schools can make more money scrapping it.


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10-08-2017 12:12 AM
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(10-07-2017 10:43 PM)Mav Wrote:  
(10-07-2017 09:38 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  * "Essential" rivalries are those in which both teams would likely seek to retain the matchup each year even in the event of a realignment that separated them into different divisions or conferences.
That's a little unfair, since we're dealing with administration politics, isn't it? Look at CU-CSU and Texas-Texas A&M.

CU and CSU have actually played continuously since 1995 despite being in different conferences.

For the foreseeable future, UT and A&M will not return to an essential rivalry, nor will any other Big 12 rivalries that ended after the realignment. Fans may want them to play again, but if the schools themselves are unwilling to play for whatever reason, the rivalry can hardly be called essential. Unfortunate but true.
10-08-2017 12:33 PM
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(10-07-2017 11:53 PM)uakronkid Wrote:  
(10-07-2017 11:01 PM)Nerdlinger Wrote:  I'm inclined to agree that Akron/Kent State has become essential. However, a trophy does not a rivalry make. 03-wink

What about proximity? It's like 12 miles between campuses, and there's even a bicycle path connecting them now.

As I said, the rivalry is probably essential, but proximity alone does not make schools rivals. Look at Houston and Rice, for example.
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(10-07-2017 10:49 PM)Bronco14 Wrote:  Of those, UA and KSU. They have a ******* rivalry trophy and are a premier rivalry in the MAC.

The Wagon Wheel is all about Street Cred, but very respected. For most of us locals, it is understood that actual trash talking starts Three Days before the game, but we will have a Beer together afterwords. Very fierce, but we may have to see them the next day at work......
10-10-2017 01:51 AM
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