Rivalry Week divides households and states. It brings out the perfect — and worst — of school soccer.

It is why in 1968, with Ohio State main Michigan 48-14 late within the sport, Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes elected to go for 2 factors, as an alternative of kicking a PAT. When reporters requested Hayes why he went for 2, he famously quipped, “As a result of they would not let me go for 3.”

Rivalry Week can determine coaches’ fates, groups’ postseason hopes and might outline a complete season. It is about bragging rights for 365 days.

Let’s all give thanks for the 2019 version of the Hater’s Information to Rivalry Week, sorted in useful chronological order:




Mississippi native Brad Edwards recollects the 1983 Egg Bowl between Ole Miss and Mississippi State the place a game-winning subject aim try miraculously stops and falls to the bottom earlier than going by way of the uprights.

Egg Bowl

Ole Miss at Mississippi State
Thursday, 7:30 ET, ESPN/ESPN App

Yr it started: 1901
Total file: Ole Miss leads 62-45-6
Previous 5 years: Ole Miss leads 3-2 (the Rebels vacated their 31-17 win in 2014 due to NCAA sanctions)

Mississippi State’s greatest villain: Ole Miss coach Johnny Vaught guided the Rebels to a 19-2-Four file within the Egg Bowl from 1947 to 1970 and once more to a win as interim coach in 1973. His second loss to the Bulldogs was a 19-14 defeat throughout Archie Manning’s senior season in 1970.

Ole Miss greatest villain: Bulldogs linebacker Leo Lewis grew to become public enemy No. 1 in Oxford after he alleged that he was given cash and different improper advantages from the Rebels throughout his recruitment. The allegations had been a part of a six-year investigation that led to the Rebels being positioned on NCAA probation for 4 years and lacking bowl video games in consecutive seasons. Lewis, now a senior, will attempt to enhance to 3-1 towards Ole Miss.

Story that greatest explains the rivalry: Rebels followers rushed the sphere after Ole Miss snapped a 13-game shedding streak to Mississippi State in 1926. However Bulldogs followers stood their floor and had been decided to guard the aim posts, so an unpleasant brawl ensued. The poor sportsmanship led the coed our bodies to create the Egg Bowl trophy. However the rivalry took one other flip in 2017 when a lifelong Mississippi State fan, Steve Robertson, who has lined the Bulldogs since 2001, introduced down Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze by poring over his telephone data, resulting in an investigation that uncovered calls Ole Miss officers referred to as “troubling” and inflicting Freeze’s resignation. “It is the 2 runt puppies within the SEC West preventing for the hind teat,” Robertson mentioned. “If you lastly get locked on that hind teat, you do no matter it’s important to do to remain there, even when the opposite man has to starve.”

Hater’s information to watching this yr: It hasn’t been a banner season for both staff, however the Bulldogs can nonetheless qualify for a bowl sport with their sixth victory. A second-half struggle, which led to 4 ejections, marred the Bulldogs’ 35-Three victory final season. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey met with the then-athletic administrators this summer time to attempt to clear up issues. MSU coach Joe Moorhead, who’s 13-11 in his second season, would possibly want this yet one more than Ole Miss’ Matt Luke, who appears assured of coming again for a fourth season in 2020.


Commonwealth Cup

2 Associated

Virginia Tech at Virginia
Friday, midday ET, ABC/ESPN App

Yr it started: 1895
Total file: Virginia Tech leads 58-37-5
Previous 5 years: Virginia Tech leads 5-0

Virginia Tech’s greatest villain: Virginia hasn’t gained back-to-back video games within the collection since Aaron Brooks was its quarterback in 1997-98. After guiding the Cavaliers to a 14-point victory over Tech in 1997, Brooks engineered a stirring comeback in a 36-32 determination the following season. His 47-yard landing move to Ahmad Hawkins with 2:01 left was the go-ahead rating. He threw for 735 yards with seven touchdowns in two video games towards the Hokies.

Virginia’s greatest villain: The Cavaliers would possibly nonetheless be paying former Hokies coach Frank Beamer hire 4 years after his retirement as a result of he definitely owned them. After going 1-5 towards UVA within the first six conferences, Beamer’s groups gained 19 of the following 23, together with the final 12 earlier than his retirement. The Hokies scored 17 factors within the fourth quarter to ship Beamer out a winner in his last sport towards Virginia, 23-20 in Charlottesville on Nov. 28, 2015.

Story that greatest explains the rivalry: Hunter Carpenter enrolled at Virginia Tech in 1898 and performed soccer below an alias as a result of his father did not approve of him enjoying. Carpenter despised the Cavaliers, particularly after his Tech groups misplaced 5 straight video games within the collection by a mixed rating of 88-5. In 1904, Carpenter transferred to North Carolina to get one other shot at UVA, however the Cavs beat the Tar Heels 12-11. The subsequent yr, Carpenter returned to Tech for an eighth season of school soccer. The Cavaliers made him signal an affidavit that he wasn’t being paid to play within the sport. The Hokies lastly beat Virginia 11-0, however Carpenter wasn’t round for the end as a result of he was ejected for throwing the ball at a Cavs participant.

Hater’s information to watching this yr: The Hokies have gained an unprecedented 15 consecutive video games within the collection. The Cavaliers’ final win was a 35-21 determination in 2003. Final season, within the 100th assembly within the collection, the Hokies tied the rating at 31 with 1:51 left and gained 34-31 in OT. The winner of Friday’s sport claims a Coastal Division title, a spot within the ACC championship sport and doubtlessly an invite to the Capital One Orange Bowl.

Apple Cup

Washington State at Washington
Friday, Four p.m. ET, Fox

Yr it started: 1900
Total file: Washington leads 73-32-6
Previous 5 years: Washington leads 5-0

Washington’s greatest villain: Ryan Leaf mentioned there was a joke on campus throughout his time at Wazzu: “What is the distinction between God and Ryan Leaf? God would not assume he is Ryan Leaf.” The present ESPN analyst was brash and boastful and he may again it up. And in 1997 in Seattle, Leaf threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-35 victory over the favored Huskies and was carried off the Husky Stadium subject because the Cougs celebrated their first Rose Bowl berth in 67 years.

Washington State’s greatest villain: Corridor of Fame coach Don James, the Dawgfather, led Washington from 1975 to 1992 and was 13-5 within the Apple Cup. He additionally did not thoughts needling his rival. “I’ve all the time felt that being a Cougar prepares you nicely for all times,” James mentioned. “You study to not count on an excessive amount of.”

Story that greatest explains the rivalry: In 2002, Washington State was 9-1 general, ranked No. Three and will clinch a Rose Bowl berth and a shot at a BCS look with a home-field win over a 6-5 Washington staff. Wazzu QB Jason Gesser, who shared Pac-10 Participant of the Yr honors with USC’s Carson Palmer, went down with an damage within the fourth quarter and Washington rallied from a 20-10 deficit to tie the rating and pressure time beyond regulation. Within the third OT, Washington State backup Matt Kegel threw a brief move that was batted down by Washington’s Kai Ellis, who fell on the ball. After an officers’ huddle, they dominated it was a backward move and a fumble, with a Washington restoration, and the sport was over, similar to that. A near-riot ensued as shocked followers pelted the sphere with bottles, souvenirs and something that wasn’t bolted down.

Hater’s information to watching this yr: Huskies coach Chris Petersen is 5-Zero towards Mike Leach, outscoring him 189-69 in these video games, a mean consequence of 38-14. Final yr, the Huskies gained their second Pac-12 North Division title in three years with a 28-15 upset of the No. 7 Cougars within the snow, then defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake added slightly gasoline to the rivalry. “They do the identical factor yr in and yr out,” Lake mentioned. “It makes it very easy to sport plan. … Hopefully [Leach] stays right here a very long time. That may be superior.” Leach did not appear to be as conversant in the Huskies assistant, saying the protection was the identical because it had been below longtime Petersen assistant Pete Kwiatkowski, who continues to be at UW as Lake’s co-coordinator. “I do not actually even know who [Lake] is,” Leach later advised Seattle radio station KJR. “I assume he is chirping so any person will discover him or one thing. Perhaps you realize him, I do not know him.”




Former Ohio State large receiver Joey Galloway beats Michigan his senior yr for the primary time and earns a pair of gold pants.

The Sport

Ohio State at Michigan
Saturday, midday ET, Fox

Yr it started: 1897
Total file: Michigan leads 58-50-6
Previous 5 years: Ohio State leads 5-0

Michigan’s greatest villain: The Wolverines loathed longtime Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, however Jim Tressel did much more injury towards them. Tressel had a 9-1 file towards Michigan throughout his tenure as coach from 2001 to 2010 (a 37-7 victory in 2010 was vacated due to NCAA violations), and his staff’s 42-39 win in 2006 secured the Buckeyes a spot within the BCS Nationwide Championship Sport.

Ohio State’s greatest villain: OSU followers will most likely by no means forgive present ESPN analyst Desmond Howard for placing a Heisman pose ultimately zone after a 93-yard punt return for a landing within the Wolverines’ 31-Three rout in 1991. It was the longest punt return in Michigan historical past — and the Buckeyes’ worst loss to the Wolverines since 1946. Howard’s groups went 3-Zero towards OSU from 1989 to ’91.

Story that greatest explains the rivalry: The legend goes that Hayes refused to name Michigan by its title and referred to it as “that faculty [or state] up north.” In truth, throughout a recruiting journey to Detroit in February 1972, Hayes refused to buy gasoline in Michigan, as an alternative selecting to return to Ohio on fumes. “We’re not getting any gasoline on this [expletive] state,” Hayes advised an assistant. “The tax cash we might be paying them on the gasoline can be going to them, and I am not supporting them in any method doable.”

Hater’s information to watching this yr: The Buckeyes gained the Large Ten East and clinched a spot within the convention title sport, however the Wolverines can nonetheless attempt to injury their CFP hopes. After some early struggles on offense, Michigan has gained seven of its previous eight video games. Jim Harbaugh is the primary Michigan coach to start out 0-Four towards the Buckeyes. The Wolverines allowed 38 factors within the second half of a 62-39 loss final yr. OSU has gained seven straight and 14 of the previous 15 video games (together with the vacated 2010 win) within the collection.

Palmetto Bowl

Clemson at South Carolina
Saturday, midday ET, ESPN/ESPN App

Yr it started: 1896
Total file: Clemson leads 70-42-4
Previous 5 years: Clemson leads 5-0

South Carolina’s greatest villain: Clemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson guided the Tigers to a 35-17 victory in 2014, throwing for 2 touchdowns and operating for 2 extra — whereas enjoying with a torn ACL in his left knee. The loss snapped USC’s five-game profitable streak, and Watson went 3-Zero within the collection earlier than turning professional.

Clemson’s greatest villain: In 1992, USC freshman quarterback Steve Taneyhill, along with his lengthy mullet hanging out of his helmet, hit pretend dwelling runs after massive performs after which autographed the Tiger paw at midfield at Dying Valley following the Gamecocks’ 24-13 victory. Two years later, he returned to Clemson and directed a 33-7 rout, which secured a profitable season and bowl look.

Story that greatest explains the rivalry: The groups traded blows for practically 10 minutes within the fourth quarter of Clemson’s 33-7 victory at Dying Valley in 2004. Nobody was harm earlier than legislation enforcement and coaches broke up the ugly melee. Directors at each faculties self-imposed bowl bans on account of the struggle. It was Lou Holtz’s last sport as USC’s coach.

Hater’s information to watching this yr: The Gamecocks have not put up a lot resistance within the final three conferences, with Clemson profitable every by 21 factors or extra. The Gamecocks are headed to their second shedding season in 4 years. Including salt to their wounds, the Gamecocks are satisfied that Clemson’s teaching workers turned them in for violations that led to USC being positioned on probation final month. The Tigers can win their 27th consecutive sport and stay among the many CFP favorites.

Clear, Previous-Customary Hate

Georgia at Georgia Tech
Saturday, midday ET, ABC/ESPN App

Yr it started: 1893
Total file: Georgia leads 67-41-5
Previous 5 years: Georgia leads 3-2

Georgia Tech’s greatest villain: Former Bulldogs coach Mark Richt most likely deserves a statue someplace close to Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Richt’s groups went 13-2 towards the Yellow Jackets and by no means misplaced in Atlanta. Richt’s final sport as UGA’s coach was a 13-7 victory at Tech on Nov. 28, 2015; he was fired the following day.

Georgia’s greatest villain: A seven-man SEC officiating crew was suspended two days after they blew a name close to the tip of Georgia Tech’s 51-48 time beyond regulation victory in 1999. With the rating tied at 48 with 15 seconds left in regulation, the officers dominated that Georgia’s Jasper Sanks fumbled on the 1-yard line. TV replays confirmed the ball popped out after Sanks hit the bottom, however it was earlier than the period of instantaneous replay. Tech kicked a subject aim in time beyond regulation — after an try was blocked on third down — to win the sport.

Story that greatest explains the rivalry: Georgia and Georgia Tech had been constitution members of the SEC, however the Yellow Jackets left the league in 1964 due to coach Bobby Dodd’s issues about scholarship limits and participant mistreatment. Tech tried to re-enter the league in 1975 with Bear Bryant’s assist, however the Bulldogs led the cost to dam membership.

Hater’s information to watching this yr: Identical to final yr, the Bulldogs is likely to be two victories from reaching the CFP in the event that they defeat Georgia Tech after which LSU within the SEC championship sport on Dec. 7. The Yellow Jackets have limped to a 3-Eight file in coach Geoff Collins’ first season. Georgia has gained 15 of the earlier 18 video games within the collection.

Governor’s Cup

Louisville at Kentucky
Saturday, midday ET, SEC Community/ESPN App

Yr it started: 1912
Total file: Kentucky leads 16-15
Previous 5 years: Louisville leads 3-2

Kentucky’s greatest villain: Former Louisville coach Bobby Petrino cherished beating the Wildcats greater than anybody else. His groups went 4-Zero throughout his first tenure from 2003 to ’06 after which 3-1 after he returned in 2014. Throughout his first sport towards Kentucky as Louisville’s coach in 2003, the Cardinals scored their last landing with 13 seconds left in a 40-24 rout.

Louisville’s greatest villain: Document-setting UK quarterback Tim Sofa threw for 398 yards with 4 touchdowns in a 38-24 victory over the Cardinals in 1997, after which had 498 yards with seven touchdowns in a 68-34 win within the first sport at Papa John’s Stadium the following yr. The pass-happy Wildcats piled up 801 yards in the second.

Story that greatest explains the rivalry: UK followers have lengthy professed their superiority over the Cardinals within the Commonwealth. The Wildcats gained the primary six video games by a mixed rating of 210-Zero from 1912 to 1924 — after which the rivalry wasn’t performed once more for 70 years. The Cardinals needed to wait till a 13-10 victory in 1995 to assert their first win within the intrastate collection.

Hater’s information to watching this yr: The Cardinals have been higher than marketed in Scott Satterfield’s first season and have already gained seven video games. Kentucky has been dogged by accidents however may also get to seven wins with a second straight determination over the Cardinals.



Patty Liverance needed to determine the place to ship her two youngest youngsters to varsity so she had an thought, let the result of the 2013 Bowl do it for her. Alabama wins, she stays in Michigan, Auburn wins, she strikes to Alabama.

Iron Bowl

Alabama at Auburn
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

Yr it started: 1893
Total file: Alabama leads 46-36-1
Previous 5 years: Alabama leads 4-1

Auburn’s greatest villain: With 57 seconds left within the 1985 Iron Bowl, Alabama trailed 23-22 and was backed up at its 12-yard line. However Tide quarterback Mike Shula linked on three passes and threw a key block on a reverse to maneuver to Auburn’s 35-yard line. With the Iron Bowl hanging within the steadiness, Alabama’s Van Tiffin made a dramatic 52-yard subject aim as time expired for a 25-23 win.

Alabama’s greatest villain: Quarterback Cam Newton performed with the Tigers for just one season, and lots of Alabama followers will go to their graves swearing he should not have been eligible for that lengthy. Newton’s father was accused of purchasing his son out of junior school, and Auburn declared Newton ineligible for just a few hours. After all, he was reinstated in time to steer Auburn from a 24-point deficit in a 28-27 victory over the Tide within the 2010 Iron Bowl, which grew to become often known as the “Camback.”

Story that greatest explains the rivalry: Following Auburn’s 2010 nationwide championship, Alabama fan Harvey Updyke poisoned the long-lasting timber at Toomer’s Nook, the place Tigers followers historically collect to have a good time victories. Updyke later pleaded responsible to prison injury of an agricultural facility and was sentenced to 6 months in jail and 5 years of supervised probation. “I simply have an excessive amount of Bama in me,” Updyke mentioned.

Hater’s information to watching this yr: The Crimson Tide misplaced to LSU 46-41 on Nov. 9, which value them an SEC West title and doubtlessly a spot within the CFP. Then the Tide misplaced star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a dislocated hip in a 38-7 win at Mississippi State two weeks in the past. The Tigers are 8-Three after shedding to a few groups at the moment within the high 10 of the CFP rankings, and coach Gus Malzahn may actually use a victory over Alabama. Since enjoying for a BCS nationwide title in 2013, the Tigers are solely 4-14 towards their three greatest rivals — Alabama, Georgia and LSU.

Paul Bunyan’s Axe

Minnesota Gamers have a good time with Paul Bunyan’s Axe in 2018 after beating Wisconsin for the primary time since 2003. Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire

Wisconsin at Minnesota
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN App

Yr it started: 1890
Total file: Tied 60-60-8
Previous 5 years: Wisconsin leads 4-1

Wisconsin’s greatest villain: Till final yr, the Badgers hadn’t misplaced to the Gophers in 15 years. In 2003, Minnesota, with tailbacks Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney, took a 24-6 lead within the second quarter. However then Wisconsin tied the rating at 34 with 7:15 to play. Minnesota obtained the ball again final and drove down the sphere for a possible profitable subject aim. Rhys Lloyd’s 35-yard try was true, and he sprinted towards Wisconsin’s sideline for Paul Bunyan’s Axe earlier than the ball even went by way of the uprights in a 37-34 win.

Minnesota’s greatest villain: Former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema’s groups went 7-Zero towards the Gophers from 2006 to 2012. Within the 2010 sport, with the Badgers up 41-16 with 6:39 left, Bielema had his staff go for 2 after a landing. Bielema mentioned that is what his card advised him to do, however then-Gophers coach Tim Brewster thought he was attempting to run up the rating. The coaches had a heated alternate at midfield afterward. “He’ll need to stay with it as a result of it was unsuitable,” Brewster mentioned.

Story that greatest explains the rivalry: The longest rivalry in school soccer has been a one-sided affair not too long ago, with the Badgers profitable 21 of 24 conferences since 1995. Earlier than one of many conferences, Bielema had two power coaches gown like Minnesota gamers and steal Paul Bunyan’s Axe throughout a Wisconsin apply. “Everyone is wanting round like, ‘What the hell simply occurred?'” Bielema mentioned on the time. “That they had by no means seen the trophy misplaced earlier than, most of them. I needed them to really feel what that was going to be like.”

Hater’s information to watching this yr: The winner of Saturday’s sport in Minneapolis wins the Large Ten West, clinches a spot within the Large Ten championship sport and nonetheless has a possibility to go to the Rose Bowl Sport Offered by Northwestern Mutual. The Badgers are nonetheless licking their wounds from final season’s ugly 37-15 loss at dwelling final season.

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