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Since 1912, the Sooners and Longhorns have played all but three of their games in Dallas _ halfway between Austin, Texas, and Norman, Okla. And since 1932, the Cotton Bowl has been the site and the game has been played during the Texas State Fair. Corny dogs and Ferris wheels are as much a part of the rivalry as great football by two perennial powerhouses.

4) Notre Dame-Southern California.

Nickname. None.

Series record: Notre Dame 42, USC 33, 5 ties.

Considered the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football, the story goes that Knute Rockne’s wife convinced her husband, the famed Notre Dame coach, to play USC regularly after it was suggested to her by the wife of USC’s athletic director. The series has been marked by long stretches of dominance by each side, the latest by USC, which has won eight straight. The gap between Pete Carroll’s Trojans and the Fighting Irish has been emblematic of Notre Dame’s demise over the last decade.

5) Army-Navy.

Nickname: None needed.

Series record: Navy 54, Army 49, 7 ties.

No single game is as important to its participants as Army-Navy. For the vast majority of the seniors, it’s the last competitive football game they’ll ever play. And when the game is over the teams stand together as the alma maters are played. If you’re looking for NFL prospects playing for BCS bids, look elsewhere. But the spectacle and passion is worth the price of admission.

6) California-Stanford.

Nickname: Big Game.

Series record: Stanford 56, California 46, 11 ties.

The northern California Bay Area rivals are known for their irreverence, pranks and taunting bands. The Cardinal and Golden Bears are also responsible for the most remarkable and famous play in college football history. Known simply as The Play, Cal used five laterals and had to run over a Stanford trombone player to score the winning touchdown on the last play of the game in 1982. Stanford still does not acknowledge the victory and insists the play was illegal.

7) BYU-Utah

Nickname: The Holy War.

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