College Football’s Top Rivalries For 2009

AppleCup The top 10 college rivalries are listed by Pat Forde over at ESPN. Sure Taxes-Oklahoma is first and Tennessee-Florida is second but the Apple Cup comes in at number 8. His ranking is mainly due to the stadium funding hoopla earlier this year. There’s a lot of bad blood between fans and even the athletic departments. This year’s apple cup will be one of the better in recent history. What makes it such a big game?

  • Both teams have been Pac-10 bottom dwellers for some time. They are looking for any win they can get. 
  • Washington has a new head coach, Steve Sarkisian, and he’s looking to be 1-0 against the Cougars.
  • The Cougars have won the past two games. If they win this year in Husky Stadium it will be their first three in a row in the rivalries history.
  • The Cougars have won four out of the past five games.
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