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High Five - Football Rivalry Games

Sep 05, 2013 12:47PM ● By tina

As we begin the transition from summer into fall, we’re focusing all of our attention on several must-watch football matches. Below are five can’t-miss competitions on the horizon, whether you have an affinity for the game at a high school, college or pro level.


New York Jets vs. New England Patriots, Sept. 12

The Jets and Patriots have met 108 times since 1960, with the Patriots currently leading the series 55–52–1. So what’s with the hatred between these two teams? From accusations of tampering with trades to the controversy with Bill Belichick — who famously resigned as the Jets head coach after one day to become the head coach of the Patriots — to back-and-forth knocking each other out of the playoffs, this is more than just a border war.


Carroll Dragons vs. Keller-Central Chargers, Sept. 27

It seems most area schools love to hate the Dragons for their longstanding sports success, but their 2013 Homecoming rival poses a threat as an up-and-coming challenger. The relatively new Keller-Central — it opened in 2003 — made it to the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, while Carroll won state in 2011 but suffered a heartbreaking loss to Allen in last year’s championship game. Who will be the victor? Get your tickets before they sell out! 


Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners, Oct. 12

Long known as the Red River Rivalry, this matchup is easily one of the most competitive in college football history — it began more than 100 years ago. Today, the Texas–OU matchup attracts fervent fans from far and wide. So far, Texas leads 59–43–5, although last year Oklahoma beat Texas 63 to 21. So, whether your phrase of choice is “Boomer Sooner” or “Texas Fight,” this will be a game you won’t want to miss. 


Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins, Oct. 13

In 2008, Sports Illustrated ranked the Cowboys-Redskins rivalry No. 1 in the NFL, noting these football powerhouses have hated each other since the series began in 1960. In their most recent meeting, quarterback Robert Griffin led the Redskins to a 28–18 victory over the Cowboys for the NFC East title. Be sure to show your Cowboys pride (they lead the series 62–42–2) when the Redskins visit the newly named AT&T Stadium next month.


Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. USC Trojans, Oct. 19

In June, the news broke that this storied college rivalry would continue through at least 2023, as both elite teams agreed to extend their series. The rivalry began in 1926, and its history is an old wives tale — literally (the wife of USC’s athletic director allegedly convinced the wife of Notre Dame’s then-head coach Knute Rockne the teams should play each other). Their first matchup this season kicks off next month on Notre Dame’s home turf.