It’s that time year again. Families get together, eat great meals, and enjoy some of college football’s top rivalry games.
This weekend, we get to enjoy big editions of The Game, Notre Dame vs. Stanford, the Apple Cup, and of course, the Iron Bowl.
That last match-up will serve as the SEC West Championship, and has massive College Football Playoff implications.
Alabama and Auburn have each won eight of the 16 match-ups since the start of the 21st century. Not every rivalry has been quite so competitive. Here are the 10 major rivalries that have been dominated by one school over that time frame.
Alabama – 13, Tennessee – 4
Tennessee does not have a win in its annual game against Alabama since Nick Saban took over the Crimson Tide. The Vols’ last win in this series came in 2006, during Mike Shula’s final season in Tuscaloosa. Since, Alabama is 11-0, and most of the games haven’t been close. Tennessee has only been within one score of the Tide twice, and the average score has been 36-11.
Florida – 13, Tennessee – 4
Tennessee has had a ton of trouble with its main rivals since the end of the Phil Fulmer era. After Fulmer was fired following the 2008 season, it has gone through four full-time head coaches, the best of whom—Butch Jones—had a win percentage of just .588. Unlike the Alabama series, Tennessee does have a recent win over Florida, just last fall. That game broke an 11-game winning streak for the Gators. Florida won the game between the two soon-to-be fired head coach, Jones and Jim McElwain, 26-20.
Kansas State – 13, Kansas – 4
The Sunflower Showdown has gone almost completely one way, at least while Bill Snyder has been in Manhattan. Three of Kansas’s four wins since 2001 came from 2006-2008. Those were the three years that Ron Prince coached the Wildcats, between Snyder’s first retirement and his decision to take the program back over. Kansas State has won nine in a row over the Jayhawks since Snyder’s return.
Oklahoma – 13, Oklahoma State – 4
The Sooners and Cowboys have both fielded very strong programs during this time period, but Oklahoma has had a significant edge in Bedlam. OU snapped off a big winning streak from 2003-2010, and has won five of seven in the game, with Oklahoma State last picking up a ‘W’ in the epic 2014 overtime edition of the game.
USC – 13, UCLA – 4
Over the last few decades, this crosstown rivalry has been a series of runs. UCLA dominated play from 1991-1998, but 1999-2005 swung all the way to the Trojans. After a 2006 Bruins win, USC swept the next five games. After a three game streak for the Brett Hundley-helmed Bruins, USC has won three straight again. The most recent game proved to be too much for head coach Jim Mora Jr. to overcome.
Georgia – 13, Georgia Tech – 3
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Georgia has dominated the 21st century of Clean, Old Fashioned Hate, but the recent games have actually been very competitive. The two programs have split the last four games, with the 2013 and 2014 editions going to overtime. Each game has been decided by one score. Before that, however, this series was all Georgia. The Dawgs were 12-1 against Georgia Tech from 2001-2013.
Navy – 14, Army – 2
Army defeated Navy in 2001, and in last year’s 21-17 shocker. In between, the Midshipmen owned this historic rivalry, winning every game by an average margin of just under 20 points. Army parlayed last year’s win over Navy into a tremendous 2017 season, and sit at 8-3 on the year. Jeff Monken has done a great job of elevating the program, and this year’s Army-Navy Game should be a blast because of it.
Ohio State – 14, Michigan – 2
One of college football’s most historic rivalries has also been one of its most one-sided. Michigan has only picked up one win since Lloyd Carr was head coach, in 2011, Brady Hoke’s first year. That season, Ohio State was transitioning between Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer, with Luke Fickell filling in as interim head coach. Last year’s game was incredibly dramatic, an overtime game that featured a very controversial spot giving Ohio State a crucial first down. Ohio State has been volatile, but it is a big favorite over Michigan this year. The line currently sits at 12-points, per Odds Shark.
Wisconsin – 14, Minnesota – 2
Paul Bunyan’s Axe hasn’t changed hands many times recently, and not since 2003. Wisconsin has been one of college football’s most consistent programs in recent years, and part of that consistency is beating Minnesota year-in and year-out. P.J. Fleck has reinvigorated Minnesota’s program a bit, but Wisconsin is playing for an undefeated regular season. As a 17-point favorite, with a staunch defense, the Badgers are a heavy favorite to continue that dominance.
Virginia Tech – 15, Virginia – 1
The Commonwealth Cup isn’t the biggest-name rivalry week game, and Virginia Tech’s utter dominance in the series doesn’t help matters. Virginia won this game in 2003, and, it’s only win over the Hokies since 1998. Just four of the games since 2001 have been single-digit contests. Virginia is better than expected this season, but is still a touchdown underdog at home this weekend.