Originally written on College Spun  |  Last updated 9/25/13
Matthew Tosh/Wikicommons College football fans love to debate the best rivalries in the game – both past and present. Many think that “The Game” (Ohio State vs. Michigan) is easily the top matchup to attend each year, while others might choose the “Iron Bowl” (Alabama vs. Auburn) or “The Red River Rivalry” (Texas vs. Oklahoma) instead. TicketCity.com put together a study to try to determine which 2013 matchup is the biggest rivalry game of them all – and the result might surprise you. First, here are the metrics used for the rankings: Attendance Stadium Capacity Filled Ticket Demand In-State Rivalry Intra-Conference Rivalry Trophy Awarded Claimed National Championships (both teams) Conference Championships (both teams) Heisman Trophy Recipients (both teams) Date of First Meeting Total Games Played Average Point Differential (Past Decade) Appearances in AP Regular Season Poll (both teams) And now, the results. That’s right – according to TicketCity, Alabama vs. LSU is the top rivalry game of 2013. Something tells me the folks in Ann Arbor and Columbus might not agree. Rivalry Game Overall Score 1. Alabama vs. LSU 100.00 2. Michigan vs. Ohio State 99.50 3. Notre Dame vs. USC 96.00 4. Oklahoma vs. Texas 93.43 5. Alabama vs. Auburn 93.35 6. Michigan State vs. Michigan 93.01 7. Army vs. Navy 86.52 8. LSU vs. Texas A&M 86.23 9. Alabama vs. Tennessee 86.00 10. Michigan vs. Notre Dame 82.50 11. Florida vs. Georgia 81.03 12. Georgia vs. Georgia Tech 80.81 13. Auburn vs. Georgia 80.66 14. LSU vs. Ole Miss 79.31 15. Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State 77.75 16. Oregon vs. Oregon State 77.31 17. Florida vs. LSU 76.32 18. Alabama vs. Ole Miss 75.97 19. Michigan State vs. Notre Dame 75.14 20. Minnesota vs. Wisconsin 74.50 21. Ohio State vs. Penn State 73.53 22. UCLA vs. USC 73.45 23. California vs. Stanford 73.06 24. Iowa vs. Minnesota 73.03 25. Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss 72.93 The biggest omission? Clearly the matchup between Alabama and Texas A&M we witnessed two weeks ago – that rivalry has some intangibles that will never show up in a mathematical ranking system.  As you can see, four of the top 10 games (and 11 of the 25 overall) include at least one SEC team. Alabama and LSU are both involved in four of the top 25 games – tied at the top for one single team. Notre Dame also checks in with three games – USC, Michigan and Michigan State. Sadly, at least one of those games won’t continue moving forward. What do you think? Is the list too SEC-heavy? Or do 11 of the best 25 rivalry games in 2013 really involve at least one Southeastern Conference team? You can see TIcketCity.com’s full report and rankings system here.
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